‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: Books From Beyond

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1 Episode 3
Bruce Campbell (as Ash), Ray Santiago (as Pablo), and Dana DeLorenzo (as Kelly) in ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’

The third episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead begins with Ruby Knoby, played by Lucy Lawless, finding her way to Kelly’s dad’s grave. When he returns as a deadite, she grabs him and tries to get information from him by using a knife that seems to have special powers over deadites.


After the cut scene to the title page we find ourselves with Ash (Bruce Campbell), Pablo (Ray Santiago), and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) outside the book shop, Books From Beyond. Ash brings the Necronomicon inside to get information about it, when Amanda Fisher (Jill Marie Jones) sees him and tries to arrest him. Pablo comes up behind her and knocks her out, saving Ash. After the owner of the shop gives them a brief history of the book, Ash decides to summon a minor demon who should be able to tell him how to close the portal. Ash’s twisted reasoning behind the decision: Summoning another demon would be like throwing paint on a painting. There is already paint on it, so it’s fine.

So, they summon the demon and it turns out to be stronger than they thought it would be. Meanwhile, Kelly has been charged with guarding Amanda in a backroom in the book store but Amanda fairly easily convinces Kelly to set her free. When she does, Amanda accidentally disturbs the pattern on the ground that’s the only thing containing the demon. It escapes and immediately goes after Ash, killing the book dealer in the process. As it’s killing Ash, Pablo attempts to help out but instead is also caught in the demon’s grasp. Then Kelly picks up the Necronomicon and smashes it into the demon which immediately disintegrates.

The battle with the minor demon is over, the shop’s in shambles, and Ash isn’t really any closer to solving the deadite problem. The trio slips away from Amanda, but the only information they seemed to have gathered from the demon is that the key to stopping the deadites lies within Ash himself.

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James Bostard