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'Resurrection' recap: Tom has the worst day ever

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Forsaken” | Aired Nov 30, 2014

After a brief hiatus, Resurrection returned (how about that for a pun?) on ABC last night with a shocking possible death. Not only that, but the Langston family is digging themselves a financial hole, and the town of Arcadia is being overrun by the True Living Lunatics (as we affectionately call them). Let’s break down what happened!

Auntie Love: Lucille still feels bad for her wine-drunk rage at the family dinner with Barbara, before she disappeared. She brings a picnic to Maggie at work, only to be greeted with a pissed-off niece. We can’t really blame Maggie, though. We would act the same if everyone treated our adulterous mother (who came back from the dead) with hostility. Maggie feels bad, and she calls Aunt Lucy to bury the hatchet. Honestly, we think this is one of the weaker storylines in the show right now, so we’re glad the writers are trying to bring the Langston family back in. Speaking of the Langstons …

Don’t do it, Henry! Margaret, the Langston matriarch, will stop at nothing to protect her family, as we all know. After she discovered that Brian Addison (the guy investing in the new factory) is a decedent of William Kirk, she had to step in and kill the deal. Apparently, William is one of the factory workers from Margaret’s flashbacks as a young girl, when her family and townsfolk brutally murdered William and other Returned over and over again. William’s grandson, Brian Addison, obviously has the hots for Margaret, and he complies to end the investment. When Henry hears about this, though, he can’t take no for an answer. Against Margaret’s wishes, Henry digs into why Brian pulled out, and visits him at his home. He ends up meeting William, and we were on the edge of our seats the whole time. Did anyone else think Brian was going to kidnap Henry, or was that just us? We know William has a vendetta out for the Langston family, but we could see him jumping the gun and doing something rash to get his revenge.

William gets Brian to reopen the investment, and Henry and Brian head to the bank, where Henry learns he has to refinance his home in order to rebuild the factory. Ugh—he just needs to give it up already! Henry is an old man who should be looking to retire and spend his days woodworking with his possible alien son. That’s right: We still aren’t giving up on our alien theory.

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Bellamy fesses up: Bellamy and Sheriff Fred Langston are on the case of who could have painted the red crosses on the doors of those housing any Returned. Fred pays a visit to Elaine, who is still cooped up in the hospital watching her sick brother Ray slip away, and he learns that she knows about the True Living group. Fred, Bellamy, and Deputy Carl go see the True Living gang at the local diner and press them for details on where they were the night before. Ray’s right-hand man hides Deputy Carl’s secret of being one of the True Living, and takes the accusations from Fred. Ray’s friend defends himself by saying the Returned are evil and will lead to no good, which of course infuriates Bellamy, who then smashes Ray’s friend into the table. Bellamy ends up saying that he is a Returned and a force to be reckoned with. He mic-drops that bombshell, then walks out of the diner.

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Later that night, Fred calls Bellamy and tells him that his scene in the diner made one of the True Living members have a change of heart, and they gave a tip that something may go down in Arcadia that night. Bellamy knows that Pastor Tom is housing some of the Returned with nowhere to go at his church, so he heads there to make sure they all stay safe. Of course, a pretty bad series of events go down.

Pastor Tom needs some saving: Throughout the episode, Tom spends time with Rachael, even sitting with her through her amniocentesis, a procedure to extract embryonic fluid. Maggie suggested they do the procedure because she believes the baby’s stem cells could have cured Rachael. Rachael obviously wants to help find a cure, so she agreed without hesitation, much to Jeanine’s disappointment. Jeanine sees Rachael and Tom getting closer and is understandably getting worried she’ll lose Tom and the opportunity to help raise the baby. Now, the rational thing to do would be to go to couples’ counseling. But Jeanine is nuttier than squirrel turds. She lies to Rachael and makes her think that Tom wants them to go to her sister’s house; then she lies to Tom and tells them they are with an obstetrician getting a follow-up appointment. After that, things go to a whole new level of crazy when Tom finds Jeanine’s baby journal full of nursery and name ideas. This journal was way over the top—Jeanine had scrapbook crafts and all sorts of entries with “psychopath” written all over them.

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Rachael must have smelled the crazy, because she calls Tom and tells him she’s worried about Jeanine. Tom ends up confessing his love to Rachael and says he only wants to be with her. Rachael, of course, is thrilled, and she agrees to sit tight until Tom comes to get her. Tom is about to leave the church when tear gas comes crashing through the window, and he and Bellamy evacuate everyone inside. Tom rushes out the back to help clear out the gas, and he ends up getting smashed into by a truck—driven by Deputy Carl! We aren’t medical experts, but we’re pretty sure Tom is a goner. But he can, of course, come back as a Returned … right?

We knew after a two-week hiatus that this week’s episode was going to be action-packed. We didn’t expect a death, though—especially one of the main characters! We want to hear your thoughts on whether Deputy Carl will pay for his crime. Is this the end of Pastor Tom? We hope not!

Sob to this throwback GIF of Jacob and Tom, and sound off with your thoughts. Until next time … #FangsOut!













Resurrection airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.