NCAA suits show up at his house and talk to his mom Jayda (Joy Bryant). Quincy is convinced OSU sent them, and he calls Spencer. One thing Spencer knows how to do is BS, and he certainly makes it sound like he knows how to handle the situation. In fact, he assures the invalid Spencer brothers all is handled, despite the massive scandal causing USC to consider backing out of their TV deal.
On Preacher Season 3 Episode 8, the devil comes to Angelville, and straight to Grandma's because, apparently, she's got a direct line to Hell. It comes as no surprise that the source of Grandma's powers is from making a deal with the prince of darkness.
Remember, Starr's entire job is to protect the Messiah and bring on the second coming. He knows darn well that Humperdoo is not the right person for the job, which is why he was after Jesse in the first place. Why then did he just stand there sucking up to the disgusting Allfather?
Mae shows up in the church, with some beautiful cinematography and costuming to boot. Say what you will about the ritual and its grotesque implications, these guys know how to dress in style! The purple robed women sing chorally before the Book of Covenants is brought out. Passages are read by Malachi while Mae is brought in to listen. They sign off by reminding her that the chain must not be broken.
I must admit, I'm kind of at a loss about what to talk about here because aside from maybe one or two conversations and a change in location, this episode is set up in almost every sense of the word. I'm personally a little annoyed and surprised that the whole thing regarding the landlady clearly knowing everything about the whole situation was completely dropped here. While the apartment is fixed, she still seems to be nowhere to be found and the team still needs to find work because McRonald's is still closed down. So now we're left with what feels like a complete repeat of the set up that we got just a few episodes ago: convenient situation presents itself where the gang is able to go to a far off location for them to get some work done only to be followed by Emi and Suzuno because they can't trusted the devils, and then the episode ends with some supernatural implications. I'll save my thoughts on the eerie foreshadowing and set up for next week because depending on how that's handled, I might need to call bullshit, but for now I'll try to squeeze out as much intrigue as I can from the episode even though I feel like I just summed up everything.
The conversation that Emi and Maou have while tending to the plants was interesting because it almost feels like Emi is trying to convince herself that she's still this hardened warrior that will kill Maou at a moment's notice, just other things that keep getting in the way. But if he learns to feel remorseful for his actions during that wait time, then maybe some of that anger will go away. Obviously she sticks to the fact that she will kill him no matter what and to be honest I don't think the show has done a good job of addressing why Maou doesn't fully deserve that. If anything, the problem with satirizing the show in such a way while also leaning into serious discussions is that it does lead to instances where I wonder exactly where Maou's character arc is going to go. I think that given his experiences and given his backstory, he has the capacity to feel remorse for his actions and in some cases I think he does. However, there are some actions that you don't really walk away from outside of extenuating circumstances so I wonder if the show will at all address that in these last couple episodes. Given the show's pacing though, this is probably the last arc of the season so who knows what type of payoffs will get before we reach that end.
Back on the Bebop, Jet complains to Spike about Faye's taking off without letting them know when she'll be back. He has been researching the next bounty head, and suggests doing that while they wait. The target is Piccaro Calvino and a crew, who stole a valuable Grey Ash plant. Surprisingly, Spike sees that Rocco is part of that crew and the package he was given is that same plant, which he then shows to Jet. Jet notes that the plants are worth tens of millions of Woolongs and are used in medicine to cure a blindness disease called Venus Sickness. Faye immediately proposes selling the plant, but Jet dismisses that, since it's stolen.
Rocco and Spike meet at their arranged time and place, and Spike lets him know that he's a bounty hunter. Rocco draws his gun as a reaction but drops it when Spike then says he knows the plant is for Stella's blindness. He wants Spike to run, but Piccaro's gang surrounds Spike. When Rocco asks them to spare Spike's life, they refuse and Rocco decides to act, giving Spike time to get cover. A shootout commences and Rocco runs for cover with the Grey Ash plant. Faye soon makes it to the meeting place in her Red Tail zipcraft and fires on the gang members, knocking walls and pillars to the ground. Jet also joins the action in the Hammer Head.
After that night, Spike goes to visit Stella in the hospital where she is about to undergo surgery to repair her eyesight. She is under the assumption that Rocco arranged the operation and will come visit her, until she learns from Spike's silence and facial features that Rocco has died. She asks Spike what Rocco was really like and Spike replies that she knows better than anyone: that he was a terrific guy.
The episode starts with Yo-han telling Ga-on that if the devil exists then it is the self-pity of the powerful people. He says how the foundation people shamelessly came to the hospital after the church fire and asked for the donation.
Ga-on, on the way home, thinks how police officers in the prison respected Yo-han and thinks to himself that if the devil exists then Yo-han could have asked the officers to do him a favor. (I am really glad that Ga-on is still sane)
Looking into the records, Murdock discovers that Westmeyer-Holt Contracting was affiliated with Confederated Global Investments. Wondering why Confed Global was interested in forcing tennants out of their homes, Page suggests that Armand Tully might know something, which Nelson sees as a possible lead. Page then reads the New York Bulletin article about Blake regaining counciousness, after supposedly being shot by the Masked Man. As Nelson and Page argue about the vigilante's involvement, Murdock notes that Blake might know a lot.
Fisk brings Leland Owlsley to Melvin Potter to make a protective armor for him, as Owlsley became a target for the Masked Man. Fisk offers to move Owlsley somewhere safe, as Owlsley hints that if the Masked Man finds him, Fisk's finances might be in jeopardy, which he recognizes as a subtle threat. Wesley then informs Fisk that although Blake has been dealt with, Hoffman was attacked by the Masked Man who apparently got Blake to talk before his death. Although Hoffman was unable to spin it as the Masked Man was the one who killed Blake, Owlsley voices his concern and asks how much does Hoffman know. Fisk assures him that the situation will be handled, but Owlsley tells him that Fisk is not the one who will do it. 781b155fdc