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Recap / Preacher S 2 E 9 Puzzle Piece

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After Jesse takes out Starr's men, Starr decides to look into exactly who he's dealing with.

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  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. The Black Comedy Rape incident was played for laughs in the comic, but did a real number on Starr's psyche, while he takes it in stride here.
  • Bait-and-Switch: We are led to believe that B.R.A.D. is the huge, monstrous-looking man who attacks Jesse's police protection. In fact, he's just a belligerant drunk, and B.R.A.D. is an airborne Attack Drone.
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  • Black Comedy Rape: Thanks to a misunderstanding in hiring prostitutes, Herr Starr ends up getting gang-raped in his office. While he's certainly not happy about it, he treats it as a temporary annoyance, and it even gives him a Eureka Moment that ends up saving Jesse, Tulip, Cassidy and Denis.
  • Enemy Mine: Starr proposes to Jesse a team-up to find God.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Featherstone makes a show of this trope by loyally agreeing with Starr that she and Hoover deserves to die for their failure to take down Jesse, and helps him unjam the gun he's planning to shoot them with. It seems to have been a ploy to get him to agree to give them a second chance, though. Meanwhile, Hoover looks decidedly nervous, but he too neither tries to run nor begs for his life.
  • Fun with Acronyms: B.R.A.D. stands for Battle-Ready Remote Operated Aerial Drone.
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  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Inverted. Denis, now turned by Cassidy, has a new fondness for his father.
  • Mook Horror Show: We get one as the Sampson unit attacks Jesse and company, courtesy of their face cameras, night vision goggles and noise-cancelling headsets.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: Used by the Grail when coming after Jesse and his friends.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Even Herr Starr, who hasn't displayed much subtlety so far, thinks that deploying B.R.A.D. is excessive, but Featherstone insists that it's what it's going to take.
  • Not So Different: While going over surveillance video of Jesse Custer, Starr hears him express compatible views that inspire him to spare his life and seek an alliance.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: Thanks to Jesse and the Word, Tulip managed to sleep through the entire battle between her friends and the Grail.
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  • Take That!: Harry Connick Jr. gets blown up by B.R.A.D.
  • You Have Failed Me: Learning that Hoover and Featherstone have failed to kill Jesse, Herr Starr prepares to execute them, apparently as a matter of pure routine.

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