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Jesse investigates a clue about God; Tulip makes friends with a new neighbor; a glimpse into Cassidy's past relationship with Denis.

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  • Bait-and-Switch: We open with a shot of a muscular Eugene doing pull ups, and his new prison tattoo that reads "Tracy", implying he has undergone Took a Level in Jerkass to survive the environment of Hell. And then he offers Tyler a snack.
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins and ends with Cassidy singing an Irish folk song to Denis.
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  • Calling Your Orgasms: The Extrapolator version of Jesse does this as Tracy gives him a handjob, coinciding with Eugene shooting himself.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even the prisoners of hell are appalled that fellow inmate, Tyler raped four girls.
    • While Tyler himself was horrified that one of his fellow inmates once burned her children alive.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Eugene insists that he deserves Hell because he betrayed Tracy's trust by... kissing her. Once. While he has his reasons for considering it a terrible thing to do note  you could see why Hitler would be... unimpressed.
  • Hope Spot: The Extrapolator runs on this. It shows the damned a version of their worst memory in which things go right, but then finds a way to make them even worse.
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  • Insistent Terminology: Tyler insists that he didn't rape four women, he just date raped them, and by accepting the date, he was entitled to sex.
  • Instant Costume Change: In the time it takes Lara to shut the door on Tulip, remove the chain lock, and open the door back up (about five seconds, give or take), she's completely changed her appearance.
  • Odd Friendship: Tulip seems to be striking one up with Lara, not knowing that she's an agent of the Grail.
  • Offing the Offspring: One of hell's inmates was a single mother who set her children on fire.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: It seems that Grail Industries may be this, considering that their logo is emblazoned on the TV sets at the tech store.
  • Wham Line: Hitler recruits Eugene to escape Hell.
  • Wham Shot: The Blu-Ray with Mark Harelik's audition and subsequent murder is branded "Property of Grail Industries".
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  • What You Are in the Dark: Eugene is basically, genuinely good, despite his attempted posturing to adapt in Hell. Hitler takes advantage of this by having Eugene display his good nature for the security camera. This leads to Eugene being thrown into the pit and experiencing an even worse version of his worst memory, which makes him much more agreeable to Hitler's plan to escape Hell.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Cassidy's main qualm against turning Denis into a vampire. He talks about this, at length, with Tulip:
    Tulip: Live forever, huh? I guess it’d be cool. You don’t have to worry because nothing hurts you, you know? There’s nothing to be afraid of.
    Cassidy: Yeah, well, things still hurt.
    Tulip: You know what I mean. You got all your fingers chopped off, a couple of these bad boys later and they’re back.
    Cassidy: Yeah, well, alright. Yeah, that’s a point, to be sure, that’s a bonus, all right. But there’s trade-offs, like… I used to love the beach. When I was a boy me Ma used to take us to the beach in the summer, me and me brother. Every Sunday. Every other stupid kid would be down on his knees in church, we’d have the whole run of the place, I loved it. Christ, I can’t remember the last time I was on the beach.
    Tulip: Yep, me neither. I hate the beach.
    Cassidy: And there’s the boredom, you’ve heard every joke, drugs barely work, and then every one you ever cared or loved just… just dies. Except you.
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