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‘Preacher’ Recap: Custer Fails to See ‘The Possibilities’

This post contains spoilers for “Preacher,” Season 1, Episode 3, titled “The Possibilities.” To refresh your memory of where we left off, read last week’s “Preacher” recap.

As if the past two episodes weren’t enough to highlight just how messed up the world of “Preacher” is, Episode 3 picks up with Tulip having a park bench conversation with Danni. Danni, who seems to be a colleague of sorts, tells Tulip she wants her husband killed (it’s okay, Tulip refuses). Danny then meets up with a creepy lowlife, who may in fact be very powerful and is wearing a snazzy white suit, at a snuff film fest. Then Sheriff Root chats with the seemingly indestructible DeBlanc and Fiore (more on them here) about their “undercover operations.” He rewards this little exchange with a graphic children’s murder story that he read in the newspaper. We get it, the world is a bad place with bad people.

DeBlanc and Fiore are running out of time to capture the force that entered Custer, so they arm themselves with more ammunition and enlist the help of Cassidy, but not before he runs them over and kills them — again. There’s apparently an endless supply of them, so no need to worry. All they want is what’s inside the Preacher. The power is not to be used at all and is meant to be locked in a little tin can, which realistically doesn’t offer any sense of security. We finally find out (although if you’re at all familiar with the comics, you already knew this), DeBlanc and Fiore are from Heaven.

Custer’s powers are working a little too well. After having told Tracy Loach to open her eyes (the cliffhanger from last week’s episode), she does. But that’s the extent of her awakening, so his powers are pretty literal, but still technically effective. Remember the child-loving (read: pedophile) Linus from episode two? Custer’s orders to forget the little girl on his bus certainly sank in. He can’t remember seeing her… ever.

Custer has decided to share his powers with Cassidy – the burden of this omnipotence is too great to handle independently. He makes the vampire hop, sing Johnny Cash (kind of) and admit he likes Justin Bieber. “It’s awesome,” says Cassidy of Custer’s power. Cassidy is stoked and Custer, (despite the evil grin every time he uses his power), is less so. Ah, Jesse – forever struggling to do what’s right and honor the word of God. But just imagine the possibilities!

Donnie Schenck is still mad about Custer breaking his arm. Apparently his son has been getting a lot of mockery from the kids at school about his dad’s “bunny” noise. Donnie isn’t immune to it either, everyone seems to think Custer breaking his arm is hilarious, especially his son’s classmates. Donnie obviously does not.

Tulip tries to enlist Custer on that mission she keeps bringing up. Custer isn’t into the life of crime anymore, but when she labels it “justice,” Custer sings a different tune. Looks like Tulip has the last known address of Carlos, a “stealing, children-killing son of a b—h,” as she puts it, who wronged them in the past. The temptation of killing Carlos is apparently too great and Custer jumps at the opportunity. But on their way to Carlos, Custer gets intercepted at a gas station bathroom by Donnie, who has planned some sort of ill-advised revenge scheme, which fails miserably. Custer orders Donnie to put the gun he’s holding into his mouth and almost asks him to pull the trigger. But Custer hesitates and decides otherwise, which leaves Donnie weak and scared out of his too-tight polo. Custer finally “gets it,” which we’ll just assume means the purpose of his newfound power, and changes his mind about his trip with Tulip, deciding to let God handle Carlos’s fate – much to Tulip’s frustration.

Compared to the bloody twists and turns of the first two episodes, “The Possibilities” didn’t live up to the promise of its title — ending without a cliffhanger and overall feeling a little lackluster, although it was good to get some answers about DeBlanc and Fiore, not to mention some insight into Jesse and Tulip’s troubled past.

Before you leave:

We get to see a little more of Odin Quincannon in this episode. He’s a strange dude – he finds cow slaughter sounds soothing. He’s inscrutable and so far, not too verbal.

Eugene idolizes Custer and seems somewhat naïve, considering what he’s been through. His pessimistic father only chastises his optimistic perspective on life. But all Eugene really wants is to connect with the world, the people in it, and God. Seriously, when is the kid going to catch a break?

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