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'Resurrection' recap: There's a new pastor in town

Season 2 | Episode 11 | “True Believer” | Aired Jan 11, 2014

This show keeps on surprising us. Just when we thought Resurrection was on the outs, it gives a bang-up storyline that breathes new life into the show. Pastor James (aka Hoyt from True Blood) has taken the reigns as the new town hero, bringing Returned back intentionally—not letting chance decide whether they deserve another shot at life. In this episode, Marty battles his faith in Pastor James, and we finally see the return of Rachael (but no Janine). Let’s break down the most important parts.

Marty and his visions. Ever since Pastor James showed up and they shared their bug vision together, Marty has been having dreams about him. Maggie tells Marty that he needs to confront Pastor James and figure out what this really means. When Marty approaches him, Pastor James knows about the dreams already and tells him that they both have a higher purpose—Marty just needs to accept it. Could he be more vague?

Earlier that day, Marty learned from Jenny that Pastor James was a preacher who “performed miracles” back in the day. Basically, he was a con artist. He seems to be up to his old tricks, because that same day Jenny, Marty, Jacob, and Lucille watched Pastor James “heal” a local woman and her grief over the loss of her husband by bringing him back to life before her eyes. The subtext here is that Marty’s dream had that same man in it, as well as Pastor James. Since Marty can’t put the pieces together, he gets increasingly frustrated and calls Pastor James a liar and a con artist. What the French toast is going on?

RIP Henry (for, like, five minutes). Henry hears the harsh truth from Fred, and finally recognizes that he was being a huge ass to Lucille and messed up with the whole factory thing. He calls Lucille, and she says that they can meet at a restaurant downtown that night. While she’s waiting for him, Marty is having himself a little catnap at the office when Henry suddenly wakes him up. Henry tells Marty that he wanted to thank him for all he’s done for Jacob, and then he disappears. What is with all these visions? Fred comes into Marty’s office and senses something is up, when they hear honking outside. Henry’s car is parked in the middle of the street, and Fred immediately knows something is wrong. Henry has died of a heart attack—right after Marty saw a vision of him. Lucille finds out and is in denial. She doesn’t get upset, because she thinks Pastor James can bring him back—just like he did with his little trick earlier. Fred is ridden with guilt over the mistakes he has made with his brother, so he decides to play along.

Shoot me, why don’t ya! Pastor James tells Lucille and Fred that he will help them bring Henry back as a Returned—but he won’t take any money. All he needs to do this is Marty. Fred and Lucille don’t understand why, but they head to Marty and beg him to help. Marty’s reluctant, but he eventually joins them. Pastor James leads Fred and Marty out to an empty field in the middle of nowhere, with an empty grave dug in the ground.

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Pastor James tells them that one of them has to shoot him, so he can go to wherever the dead are to bring Henry back. He’s very nonchalant about it, too: “I’ll be back in around an hour.” Marty is like, “Hell no,” and when he turns to walk away, Fred shoots Pastor James into the grave. Talk about abusing the law! Couldn’t there have been a better way to kill Pastor James? Doesn’t Maggie have a set of pills he can take?

After hours of waiting by the grave, the boys decide to go searching for a Returned Pastor James and Henry. They give up by morning, thinking that there’s no way it could take this long. It’s not like he was grabbing takeout, he was bringing someone back from the dead. We think that warrants at least 24 hours. Right after Fred and Marty break the news to Lucille (who is hysterical), Pastor James shows up at the front door—with Henry. Marty decides that Pastor James is legit, and they take off while Lucille makes the moves on a very weirded out Henry. Girl, he just rose from the dead. Let the guy get a bourbon and a good night’s sleep before you jump his bones.

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Rachael, aka, Queen B. Someone has been listening to Destiny’s Child throwback jams, because Rachael is an “independent woman” and ready to kick anyone’s ass that crosses her. Pregnant to the point where she’s having phantom contractions, Rachael escaped from her captor, Janine, and has even given her a nickname: Crazy Bitch. Rachael didn’t end up killing herself again—which is obviously a good thing—and heads to the hospital to see Maggie to make sure all is good in baby world. Maggie knows she doesn’t have anywhere to stay, so she suggests she talk to Elaine. Elaine lets her stay in the empty room above the bar … and says that Rachael can wait tables in return. Rachael is basically nine months pregnant, so how is she going to wait tables? And when she has the baby, how will she manage that—have the little tot bus her tables for her? Anyways, the two bond at Pastor Tom’s grave, and on their way out of the cemetery, Rachael makes note of Pastor James’ grave. Maybe she recognizes his name from him possibly bringing her back from the dead?

Locked up. Mags is in the government facility with the rest of the unclaimed reject Returned. All of the Returned there are scared of her, because they think she can make them disappear at a moment’s notice. The head guard calls out Mags for punishing herself, knowing that she’s in there at her own will, and she can leave whenever she wants. She finally shows some emotion when she finds out that Henry has died, and seems to have some restored optimism on life when she finds out he has Returned. Maybe this means she’ll return to Arcadia?

Like we said—what an episode! Pastor James also revealed to Marty that he had a bad past, and his repentance was this work. Pastor James saw Marty as a baby, when Marty was “Robert,” and the chance to save Marty from drowning saved him from wanting to take his own life. We aren’t really sure that explains why Pastor James needs Marty, but hopefully the show will continue to expand on that. The only thing that was missing from this episode was Janine, but we anticipate she’ll have a terrifyingly awesome return when we least expect it.

Sound off with your thoughts from last night, and check out the preview for next week’s episode below. Until next time … #FangsOut


Liz and Lindi (TeamTSD)

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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