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Jesse and Starr take on the Allfather, while Tulip's attempts to retrieve the briefcase full of souls goes awry and Cassidy attempts to warn the other Enfants du Sangre about their leader.


  • Big Damn Villains: The Nazis Hitler called for help stop the bus with an actual tank.
  • Blatant Lies: Cassidy immediately sees right through the bullshit excuses Eccarius tries to make for his murderous behaviour.
  • Brick Joke: In the previous episode, Herr Starr told Jesse that the Allfather was hiding Jesse's soul up his ass. After the Allfather explodes, his disembodied anus, hanging from some intestine on a rack, releases the vial with the soul in it.
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  • Cassandra Truth: Sadly, due to his attitude towards them at first, Cassidy is unable to convince Les Enfants of Eccarius' true nature and gets nailed to a pool table to die in the sun instead.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Unfortunately, like in the previous episode, Cassidy is still no match for Eccarius.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Jody is quite troubled about Featherstone's callous behaviour towards Tulip being brought to hell, given that she rescued her from the same fate.
    • The Saint doesn't seem quite ok with the fact that both Tulip and Eugene are brought to hell despite not being dead in the first place.
  • Honor Before Reason: The Allfather grants Jesse his request to die on his knees, like a Christian. This is what leads to his demise.
  • It Amused Me: Really, what other reason would there be for Jesse ordering Herr Starr not to wear hats anymore?
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  • Ludicrous Gibs: Jesse shoots Genesis into the Allfather, causing him to explode from rejection and raining his copious innards all over the room.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Tulip comes up with a brilliant plan to stop the bus to Hell... but it relies on the assumption that the bus obeys conventional laws of mechanics, which it does not.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tulip almost manages to talk her way into getting the briefcase of souls back, having Featherstone released, and going on her way, but then Eugene recognizes her and calls out to her from the bus.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Averted. After the Allfather explodes, Jesse notices the Allfather's disembodied anus passing gas before it releases the vial containing Jesse's soul.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • No matter the animosity between them, Tulip feels sorry for Featherstone and tries to convince the Angel of Death to not take her to hell. Unfortunately, it ends badly for her, see Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.
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    • Jesse refuses to execute Humperdoo in cold blood, instead letting him and his clones go.
  • Reality Ensues: The Humperdoo clones are so mentally handicapped that some of them walk right into traffic.
    • Tulip's original plan to stop the bus might sound good on paper but the laws of physics put a damper on her plans.
  • Skyward Scream: Herr Starr, normally calm and collected, lets out his anger against Jesse this way after trying out several wigs.
    Son of a WHORING BITCH!
  • Take a Third Option: Starr tells Jesse that if he doesn't kill Humperdoo and take his place as the Messiah, Starr will let the Allfather's plan go forward. Unwilling to murder Humperdoo in cold blood, Jesse releases him and all the clones out into the world, which wrecks the Grail's plans.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Tulip and Eugene (especially Eugene) are quite uncomfortable with working together with Hitler to escape from the bus.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Tulip has two escape plans on the Hell Bus which she spells out (with cartoon illustrations provided) and both fail. Nobody believes or wants to hear Hitler's plan, and it works.
  • We Are Everywhere: The Grail has infiltrated every nuclear command center throughout the world.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Starr says Humperdoo is 17th generation direct descendant of Christ. Which would mean the previous generations bore a child on average when they were over a hundred years old.
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