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Recap / Preacher S 2 E 12 On Your Knees

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The Saint returns, Tulip and Cassidy find out about Jesse's dealings with the Grail and Eugene and Hitler proceed with their plan to break out of hell.

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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Jesse is about to be scalped by the Saint, he makes a desperate attempt to appeal to his humanity.
  • And Then What?: Jesse is sadly unable to answer Tulip's and Cassidy's questions what will become of them after Jesse becomes the Messiah.
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  • Broken Pedestal: Eugene realizes that Tracy Loach was incredibly selfish and attention-seeking.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Eugene also confronts his a projection of his father about the way he was treated despite being only a kid.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Jesse and friends stand no chance against the Saint, even without his magical weapons.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Losing his family made the Saint abandon all efforts to change himself.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: His wife convinced the Saint to change his ways, but after his attempted kindness got her and his daughter indirectly killed, the Saint brutally abandoned the effort.
  • Internal Reveal: Tulip and Cassidy find out about Jesse's dealings with the Grail.
  • One Degree of Separation: On his way out of Hell, Eugene passes over the Saint's cell.
  • Shout-Out: The Saint is named William, in reference to William Munny of Unforgiven whose backstory inspired the Saint's.
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  • Title Drop: Said by Jesse in a flashback to his last encounter with the Saint, and by the preacher in the flashback to the Saint's baptism.
  • Villainous Rescue: Mannering, on Herr Star's orders, takes William (The Saint) back with her to Hell, just in time before the latter scalps Jesse.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Jesse breaks with Tullip and Cassidy and agrees to become the Grail's Messiah.
    • Eugene is breaking out of hell after confronting his traumas about Tracy Loach's suicide, being molested as a child by Pedro the Prairie Dog, and his father's treatment.
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