‘Preacher’ Recap: Custer Makes Quincannon a Believer

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This post contains spoilers for “Preacher,” Season 1, Episode 4, titled “Monster Swamp.” To refresh your memory of where we left off, read last week’s “Preacher” recap.

This week in Annville, Texas…

Paintballing down girls is the local sport, practiced by a group of meat-packing goonies – they’re Odin Quincannon’s men. Think of this as hunting, only more sexist and revolting. But the nighttime activity goes horribly awry when a young girl, after being hit in the chest by a neon green paintball, falls into pit, and proceeds to die of what can only be imagined as excrement asphyxiation. The pit was filled with literal crap. Meat-packers: 1; Scantily-clad ladies (because why not?): 0.

Tulip, being the badass feminist that she is, doesn’t approve of the girl’s untimely demise. Pressure is building and it’s not long before she takes out her frustrations on moaning men at the local whorehouse. Just one problem — she mistakes one of the guys for the paintballing murderer and, instead, beats the living crap out of Cassidy. On the car ride to the hospital, she gives him a kiss — we’ll call it the “kiss of life” — which may or may not have made Cassidy fall in love with Tulip on the spot. Will we get some Cassidy/Custer action soon?

Cassidy tries to explain to Custer about DeBlanc and Fiore showing up to take back what’s inside him. But Custer mistakes this thing for his inner knowledge and the word of the Lord. Cassidy warns him to get away (head to Tijuana if necessary), but Custer has bigger fish to fry. Things have changed since Custer’s dad was Preacher. For one, Custer can’t muster a full congregation. The church is run down and missing all its glory. There is little hope for it.

Custer toys with the idea of a raffle, because $1,000 televisions really get people’s religious juices flowing. But also decides he needs a bigger gesture, so he lands on bringing Quincannon (the town’s most powerful and feared man) to church because people look up to him. In a little devious, and not-so-bright plan, Custer offers Quincannon his father’s land – something Quincannon has always wanted – as long as he listens to the sermon on Sunday. Then Custer tries to make an example of the power of the Lord. “I ask you now,” Custer says, “will you serve God?” Of course, Quincannon refuses, until Custer orders him to serve God. So Quincannon accepts. Is it possible that Custer is starting to control his power? Does anyone sense that this could go terribly wrong?

Cassidy is stringing DeBlanc and Fiore along. It’s pretty clear he isn’t believing their script. They claim to be from Heaven and on the quest of extracting whatever is inside of Custer and putting it back into its “domicile” (by the way, their use of odd language is spectacular). How? By using a chainsaw, which, if you recall, they already attempted and it didn’t go so well. But neither did their next idea, which was luring this “thing” out of him with a lullaby.

Cassidy entertains them, but ultimately asks for payment… which he uses on drugs and hookers while DeBlanc and Fiore wait patiently (if a little naively) for him at the Sundown Motel. But Fiore isn’t incredibly trusting of Cassidy either. He offers to call “them” or their superiors in heaven, and lets them know exactly what’s been going on. That doesn’t sound like it’s going to go well. But before they have a chance to do anything, they get a call from “above,” in a telephone of sorts that looks anything but heavenly. We’ll see if DeBlanc and Fiore pick up that phone call when “Preacher” returns next week.

Before you leave:

We get a little glimpse of Custer’s father. He was a strict man, but it’s clear that Custer is trying to live up to the glory days of his father’s congregation – seems our Preacher has a bit of a conflicted past.

Quincannon gets a little visit from the mayor. By the looks of it, Quincannon is Annville’s ultimate boss. The mayor, in an effort to bring the town out of its slump, met with a “green” agriculture group that could lessen Quincannon’s power over the town. Quincannon doesn’t take this well.

Also, where was “Arseface”? Eugene has been underutilized so far.

What did you think of “Preacher” episode 4? Weigh in below.

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  1. J L says:

    Hmmm. That forced conversion is really making it hard to like the preacher. Using his powers on the pedophile was fine, but he better get some kind of backlash for this ego based decision to force him to convert. Or am I giving this show too much benefit of the doubt, that it’s not another despicable Christian wet dream show? Promoting a believer-good/non-believer-bad false comparison, and the desired need for the religion to actually be important to society and proper human interaction.

    • PotatOS says:

      This show is most definitely not the next Touched by an Angel or 7th Heaven or even Left Behind. They may change a lot of things in the adaptation, but it’s extremely safe to say that what you’re worried about won’t be one of those things.

  2. Phillip says:

    For the record, I have read the comics, and I honestly enjoy what they’ve done. From the get-go it’s shown as different (Tulip and Jesse didn’t grow up together for one) but it’s obvious that if this keeps up we’ll still get to the same endgame as the comics.

  3. Julie says:

    Did woody Harrelson make an appearance in this episode? ???? I could of sworn he was the bald guy with a full beard …had a very small part

  4. Ava Girl says:

    Tired of the hate from those who read the novels. The show is going to be different and it’s good for those of us who who haven’t read them. And ps, please stop referring to Jesse as Custer…

  5. This seems poorly executed, and not just for those who have read it and loved it. Why, oh why, in the scores of Preacher characters did they bring Odin Quincannon and his meat business into it immediately? That was in Salvation, for crying out loud! I’ll have faith in the material and in Dominic Cooper’s Jesse, but

    I’d start it off in Texas, do a series of flashbacks to Angelville, Louisiana, as he gets letters from Jody – or intercutting Jody – and Herr Starr, separately – tracking Jesse, while Jesse and Tulip are Gone to Texas, saved from an undead Saint of Killers by Cassidy, start their friendship. Jody catches up to him and season 1 two part finale is Until the End of the World. In the aftermath, season 1 closing moments, Herr Starr gets Jesse and reports to The Grail.

    Season 2 has Cassidy and Tulip freeing Jesse from Herr Starr, who has Hoover and Featherstone now for comic relief. Also brings Dixie Fried more into the early story, since it makes sense on their way to Europe they stop in New Orleans to try and separate Genesis from Jesse. involves Masada and much loftier elements, esp. after we see how Tulip and Jesse reunite after Jody did what he did. Allfather puts more pressure on Herr Starr, we get his backstory. So now we have the fallen angel in chains (very Enochian), old world mixing with the new, and constantly raising the stakes until season 2 closes with the return of the Saint of Killers (and his Ancient History) and a combination of Masada and War in the Sun. Since we know the show won’t run as long as the comic, we have to amp it up faster, on a shorter timeline. Starr could use U.N. troops, as opposed to U.S. in the books.

    Season 3 is the final season, and only with a well crafted grand arc could you even come close to a TV show standing up to the Hall of Fame comic book that is Preacher. Because if Preacher lacked anything, it was direction and quality in its ending. Bring a more carefully crafted plan to this version and it’ll be the binge show / box set to own for years to come. Maybe a fourth, but I doubt it.

    I don’t want it to just be a celebration of the juvenile aspect. Arseface, Jesus de Sade, buggerin’ time, Odin Quincannon… I know Garth Ennis has a flair for the absurd, but let’s not just have a ball with the absurd when there’s so much quality material to cover. Had no idea I’d write this much.

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