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Recap / Preacher S 2 E 13 The End Of The Road

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Herr Starr stages a demonstration of Jesse's abilities in order to reveal him to the world. Cassidy and Tulip discover that they've been spied on; when Tulip goes to confront Featherstone/Jenny about this, she is shot. Cassidy tries to save her life by turning her into a vampire, but Jesse stops him; in order to bring her back to life, he must return to Angelville. Eugene and Hitler finally escape Hell.

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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The speech Starr prepared to Jesse decries the evils of the modern world, mentioning murder, rape, sedition, incest, and... lesbianism. Not homosexuality, mind you, but specifically lesbianism. Presumably because lesbians don't want to have sex with Herr Starr.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: While it goes without saying that you shouldn't keep your dog in a closet, you should also not just release it into a city.
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins with a flashback to Angelville, and ends with Jesse returning there with Tulip's dead body.
  • Broken Ace: Genesis has now full-on stopped functioning.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even without Genesis working, Jesse is more than able to fight off the Armenian terrorists with ease. Though since it was a staged assault, its not clear how much they were really trying.
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  • Call-Back: Hitler and Eugene arrive to the world of the living in the same way Fiore did.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The episode starts with a flashback set in Angelville, showing Jesse under the abusive control of two men named Jody and T.C.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The cashier in the store obliquely references Tulip's race, takes overly long checking her ID, and calls her "darling." Tulip slams his head into the glass pane hard enough to knock him out and leave a blood stain on it.
  • Emergency Transformation: When Tulip is dying, Cassidy wants to turn her into a vampire to save her. Jesse, having seen how that worked out for Denis, won't let him, and the two even come to blows over it.
  • Escaped from Hell: Eugene and Hitler finally succeed in leaving Hell.
  • Evil All Along: Hitler was apparently manipulating Eugene in order to escape Hell.
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  • Evil Is Petty: Mannering knows Eugene doesn't belong in hell, but wants to keep him nonetheless because he broke her stuff.
  • False Flag Operation: The Armenians who attacked the class where Jesse was preaching had blanks in their guns, which leads Jesse to the conclusion that it was a mere PR stunt.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Tulip tries to make herself feel better by indulging in her regular "put odious white men in their place to stand up for downtrodden women and children" shtick, robbing an annoying cashier and giving the money to a down-on-her-luck mother. However, in this case the victim's obnoxiousness was so mild and Tulip's treatment of him so overly harsh that the supposed beneficiary doesn't want her help but walks off in disgust.
  • Internal Reveal: Tulip learns the truth about Featherstone, and is promptly shot by her.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Hitler violently pushes a disabled man to the ground, who wanted to help him after being run over by a car.
    • Herr Starr orders Tulip's ambulance to be cancelled.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After the teenage Jesse kills the chicken in a fit of rage, he immediately regrets it and asks his grandmother to bring it back.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Since she's caught off guard and has to arm herself with the closest thing at hand, Tulip ends up trying to fight Featherstone with a glue gun. Featherstone has an actual gun. The results are what you'd expect.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: After the staged attack on the class, there is this exchange of words between Jesse and Starr:
    Jesse: I didn't sign up for this shit!
    Starr: Spoken like a true messiah.
  • Offing the Offspring: Cassidy pushes Denis out of the window into bare sunlight because the latter proved to be a mentally unstable, bloodlusted individual and after he mocked his father for good measure.
  • Oh, Crap!: Eugene's reaction when he sees Hitler running off and violently pushing a disabled man to the ground who wants to help him.
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • After being abused by Jody, the annoying Chicken pesters the teenage Jesse one too many times, he kills it by stomping on it.
    • After Denis mocks Cassidy for his hypocrisiy of telling him to be good while having bad intentions himself, Cassidy loses it and pushes Denis out of the window, killing him by sunlight.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Charon seems like an easy-going fellow who abides by the rules and stands up to Mannering when she tries to exploit her position. Too bad it gets him killed.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Due to God being gone, Mannering blows Charon off when he tells her that he is the one to decide who can leave hell. She then kills him.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Hoover tries this as a last-moment attempt to get back into the Scary Black Man Abusive Boyfriend persona he adopted to sell Featherstone's cover to Tulip. Since the sentence he adds "bitch" to is "you're out of moisturizer," the effect is less than convincing.
  • The Un-Reveal: The final scene ends in God's room, shown by the Dalmatian suit hanging over the bed, but when the bathroom door opens, only a bright light is seen.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Charon's voice is... not what you would expect from the ferryman of the underworld. Though his voice deepens when he threatens Mannering.
  • What an Idiot!: You'd think Tulip would be smart enough to come at Featherstone with a gun the moment she discovered the truth. But instead she thought it would be a good idea to use a screwdriver instead.
  • Where It All Began: Jesse has to return to Angelville to bring Tulip back from the dead.
  • Wham Line:
    • For the first time ever, Denis starts speaking in English, asking his father if he can be a good lad too. Then his father gives it back to him, answering that he can't, not with him being around, and pushes him out of a window into the deadly sunlight.
    • Starr tells Jesse that he can help his friends "and then you can come back for your soul," showing him a soul container. The car Jesse is in speeds off while Jesse is still sputtering in surprise.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After several episodes of Hitler showing all the signs of being The Atoner, he promptly runs off after being back in the world of the living, violently pushing a disabled man to the ground, indicating he might have been a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing all this time.
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