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'Resurrection' winter finale recap: Arcadia is a hot mess

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “Aftermath” | Aired Dec 7, 2014

With Pastor Tom’s death, the town of Arcadia is going to crap. In the Resurrection winter finale, the True Living protest Pastor Tom’s memorial, the Langston family bond is compromised, and we have no idea if Pastor Tom will even come back as a Returned. In the first scene, we see Pastor Tom rocking a baby in a nursery, happy as a clam. Rachael appears, then we flash to a dying Tom on the pavement. You’re killing us, ABC! Lets dive into the the dirty deets of the episode.

Government bitch has a soft side. The whole sickness storyline seems to be on the up, as a cure has been discovered. The embryonic fluid from Rachael has seemed to cure Ray, whom we saw scarfing down a sandwich. The only problem is that the secret government agency won’t answer Bellamy’s calls, and to make matters worse, Bellamy is out of doses for himself to subdue his symptoms. Maggie won’t take no for an answer, so she and Bellamy head to the government agency’s secret lair. A few episodes back, Bellamy had hidden a phone there when he was being treated, so he would be able to use GPS to locate the building.

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When they arrive, they tell the government chick, Miss Angela Forrester, about the cure and how the fact that they can’t find Rachael isn’t a problem. Rachael is a twice Returned, and her previous body is being held at the government facility, so all they have to do is retract the embryonic fluid from it. Apparently, according to Bellamy and Maggie, a body is still good for three weeks, so this should work. Angela says that she needs to run this by her superiors, who refuse to help upon her asking. She delivers the bad news to Maggie and Bellamy and sends them on their way. Just when they think that they are screwed and Bellamy is a goner, Rachael looks inside of her bag and sees that Angela had snuck some embryonic fluid in there. Victory! (P.S. This was probably the only happy part of the episode.)

Janine is 50 shades of messed up. This part of the episode was so good and terrifying, we literally thought for a moment we were watching a horror film. For those who don’t remember, Janine kidnapped Rachael and took her to her sister’s house (without her sister being present). She drugged Rachael and took her phone, and when Rachael woke up, she found Janine folding laundry and all of the doors in the home locked from the inside (like we said, terrifying). Janine tells Rachael that Tom is dead, and instead of letting Rachael head back to Arcadia to mourn him, she recites some creepy scripture while rubbing Rachael’s belly, as Rachael silently cries.










Rachael does the classic kidnapee move and plays along with Janine, and while Janine has her back to her, Rachael smashes the side of her head with a teakettle. Go Rachael! Just when we think that Rachael is OK, we see her parked in front of a railroad crossing with crazy eyes and the horn of a train in the background. Because she is a recovering suicidal Returned, we didn’t take this as a good sign.

Tom who? Lucy decides not to tell Jacob that Tom died because of a hate crime, and Margaret doesn’t agree. Mags thinks that Jacob needs to know the whole truth, but Lucy is stern on her decision (probably because he’s 10 and hasn’t yet grasped the concept of murder). Jacob hears their entire argument through the vent in his room, and when his mom comes to tell him that Father Tom has passed, Jacob just says that he was a grown-up, so he barely knew him at all. This makes Lucy cry, and Jacob tries to make her feel better by giving her a picture of him and Tom as kids, which of course only makes her cry again. Nailed it, Jacob.

Margaret gets the boot. Margaret finds out that Henry ended up making a deal with the Addison family, and she decides to get Fred involved to stop it. Fred is reluctant (and a total jerk to her), but he ends up getting the Addisons to give Henry his money back. Fred tells Henry about the factory fire and how their mom is a lying control freak, and much to Henry’s dismay, he knew it was true. Henry confronts Margaret, who does a crappy job of defending herself. Then he kicks her out of the house. Ouch, Mags. This one hurts.









The True Living versus Fred. Even though he was the one to first turn on the Returned, Fred is now a man of the law, and protects them if he must, for the safety of those in Arcadia. When the True Living show up to Tom’s memorial, Fred has none of it. He asks them to leave, and they rebut by saying that they are legally allowed to silently protest, as Tom was a sympathizer with the Returned—and thus hated by their group. Earlier that day, Fred had figured out that Deputy Carl was to blame for Tom’s death and took him into custody, so Fred was clearly in a no-nonsense mood. Henry sees Fred and the True Living arguing and decides to say some words, but it only gets him thrown to the ground and injured. When a fight breaks out, Jacob oversees the madness and tells Margaret that he understands all of the chaos is caused by their “return,” and he knows it’s time for him to go. Ugh, so what does this mean? Is Mags going to make Jacob disappear forever too? How does she even do that? We want answers!

Will Pastor Tom appear as a Returned when the show comes back from its hiatus on January 4? We hope so! Sound off with your thoughts on the winter finale episode. In the meantime, bawl your eyes out to these GIFs of Tom and Rachael. #TeamTachael (That couple name sounded better in our heads.)















Until next time … #FangsOut



TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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