‘Preacher’ Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: Damsels

Preacher season 2 episode 3

Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare, and Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer in ‘Preacher’ season 2 episode 3 (Photo by Skip Bolen / AMC / Sony Pictures Television)

Hero music kicks off season two episode three of AMC’s critically acclaimed, addictive series, Preacher. A woman calls out to Eugene (aka Arseface) for help, signaling the unfolding of Eugene’s tragic backstory. Eugene (face back to pre-gunshot) rides his bike over to Tracy’s house. Turns out she needs his emotional support because her boyfriend, Tucker, was cheating on her. Eugene’s comforting Tracy (Gianna LePera) in her bedroom when she whips out a double-barrel shotgun and says she’s going to kill herself. She’s already written a suicide note in which she specifically does not blame Tucker, but does label him an asshole. She also leaves Tucker a list of the guys she had great sex with. Her note lists Eugene as her most trusted friend, and she tells him where to find her funeral playlist.

Eugene (Ian Colletti) tries to tell her dying is not the answer and God wouldn’t approve. He assures her God has a miracle waiting for her and she has to stick around to find out what it is. She finally puts down the gun and he lights her multi-page suicide note on fire, tossing it in the trashcan. Tracy thanks him and then rests her head on his shoulder.

Unfortunately, Eugene misinterprets this action and goes in for a kiss. Tracy’s disgusted and picks up the shotgun once again, this time actually going through with the suicide attempt by blowing off the top of her head. Eugene responds by saying, “Darn it” – a severe understatement – and scoops her brain matter and skull bones back into her head. When her mom wonders why the bedroom door’s locked, he places a cowboy hat over Tracy’s head and tries to escape out the window.

Tracy’s mom grows more and more frantic, pounding on the door and demanding Eugene leave Tracy alone. Eugene can’t get the window open and then spots the shotgun on the floor. It’s obvious he believes he has no choice but to put the gun to his own head as Tracy’s mom calls him a monster from outside the room.

The same story unfolds repeatedly as Eugene replays the moment his life went off the rails. The replay stops and we see he’s actually locked up in a cell in Hell. A warden comes in and warns him not to move.

The trio of Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) are back on the road, leaving Texas in their rearview mirror. Jazz plays as Tulip declares going to New Orleans to search for God is a dumb idea. Cassidy’s happy about the choice since women will flash their boobs at him, and now Tulip’s irritated they’re listening to the same jazz song over and over again. Jesse is trying to figure out why God loves this particular song and he’s wondering why Tulip is only going 50 mph. It’s obvious she’s trying to delay their arrival in New Orleans.

Jesse points out the only part of New Orleans he hates are the swamps (it’s a family thing) and since God likes jazz, that’s where they’re going. “I like tacos. Doesn’t mean I go to Mexico,” responds Tulip. Cassidy throws in that he’d like a Mexican taco right now, and Tulip tells him he doesn’t need to go to Mexico for one. Tulip is really determined to steer clear of New Orleans and suggests they go to Mexico because maybe God likes Mexi-jazz, as Cassidy labels it. Jesse won’t change his mind; New Orleans is their next stop.

Tulip, Cassidy and Jesse arrive in New Orleans, walk down Bourbon Street, and then head into a random club playing jazz. Jesse steps up to the bartender and says, bluntly, “We’re looking for God.” Surprisingly, the bartender doesn’t throw them out and instead escorts them into a locked area at the back of the club. They’re escorted through the kitchen and then downstairs through a hallway to another secret room. Inside is an elderly man who indicates they must be quiet.

Apparently “looking for God” is a code for watching a man dressed as a Dalmatian (complete with a leash) and the woman seated next to him on a couch have sex, doggie style. They’re told the going rates for watching or participating and Cassidy takes out a wad of money which Jesse makes him put right back away. Jesse tells them this is not what they’re looking for as the “dog” growls while they’re escorted out.

Back out on the street, Tulip feigns illness and says she wants to head to the hotel. She asks Jesse not to be mad at her about deciding they shouldn’t get married, and he changes the subject to remind her God’s missing and they have to find him. They part ways, angry at each other.

Jesse’s ready to keep up the search with Cassidy, but now Cassidy decides he has to stop Tulip from checking into a hotel. They’re going to stay with Dennis, a friend of Cassidy’s, instead.

Cassidy and Tulip are walking to Dennis’ when she gets angry at him for bringing up the dead guy at the Texas hotel. A woman spies Tulip and welcomes her back to town, giving her a hug and telling Tulip to stop by for a visit.

Cassidy and Tulip arrive at Dennis’ place and Dennis looks confused. He speaks to them in French, however neither Cassidy nor Tulip speak the language. Cassidy explains they want to sleep at his house for a very long time. They follow Dennis inside but he doesn’t seem happy they’re there. Two thirds of the roadtrip trio make themselves at home, and then Cassidy finds his host and thanks him for letting them stay. Cassidy reveals they’re all on a big mission and that his friend the preacher will be staying with them, too. Dennis doesn’t say a word while Cassidy rambles on.

Back in her room, Tulip is worried because the woman she just ran into is probably telling Victor she’s in town. Tulip’s pissed they’re in New Orleans, and Cassidy believes if Jesse knew she was in trouble he’d agree to leave the city. Cassidy reminds her Jesse loves her and then he volunteers to help her out since she’s helped him before. “You’re treating me like an idiot Irish sidekick and you need to tell me what the hell is going on here, love,” says Cassidy, a tad angrily.

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