In Preacher’s season 1 finale, God finally makes an appearance… Or does He? WARNING: SPOILERS!
In the season finale “Call and Response”, God finally answers Jesse’s call but it didn’t turn out like it was supposed to. Not that anyone had a clue what exactly would happen when Jesse used that severed hand to make a long-distance phone call.
Tulip & Jesse
The show starts with the Schenks getting down and dirty, then sitting down to breakfast, pleased as punch. Little do they know Tulip is driving like a bat out of Hell back to Annville and to Jesse. She breaks open their door and slams Betsy’s head into the table, demanding to know what they’ve done to Jesse. (Aww… she does care)
After she gives the Mrs. a nose job, Jesse pops into the kitchen, fresh from the shower. He’s wearing an “aww shucks” grin, and says “Hey Tulip’. After dispensing with “niceties” Tulip and Jesse go outside to her car where she reveals Carlos, hog-tied in her trunk.
Root has Cassidy in police custody because he can’t find Jesse. He sits down outside his cell with a thick file, a thermos and a loaded gun. He tells Cassidy that he has been going through his extensive rap sheet that goes all the way back to the 1920’s. He knows Cassidy is a vampire and asks him where his son Eugene is? Cassidy evades the question, so Root shoots him and then gives him a paper cup of blood. (Ah, the thermos) This cycle goes on for quite a while until Cassidy admits that Jesse sent him to Hell and goads Root into admitting that he must be a little relieved.
Flashback time: Back at the bank robbery where everything went so bad for Tulip and Jesse, more is revealed to shed light on Tulip’s vendetta. We see Tulip and Jesse in the bank vault joking around with each other, clearly in love. Carlos has been keeping watch and is listening in on the happy couple over their radios. Jesse passes him 2 bags of cash, with instructions to come back for the rest. On his way out Carlos decides to cut loose one of the guards before driving off with the cash in the getaway car.
Jesse and Tulip run outside and Jesse has shot the guard in the head. Sirens are blaring, and suddenly Tulip stoops, holding her stomach in pain and says to Jesse, “The baby!” OMFG!!!! She was pregnant and lost the baby! No wonder she wants to kill Carlos.
Back at the Schenks
Jesse still refuses to kill Carlos, but once Tulip reminds him of their baby he storms inside. He comes back out with a garbage bag and oven mitts. He is going to shoot Carlos after all, but Tulip stops him. With tears in her eyes, she tells him “it was the thought that counted.” Instead they give him a head start before beating him with a crow bar.
All Saints Church
The schenks, Jesse and Tulip get ready for the BIG Sunday service by cleaning and sprucing up the church. Betsy shows Jesse how to use the severed hand to operate the Heaven phone. Soon the moment arrives and the church is packed in anticipation for God to arrive. Before Jesse greets the congregants, Tulip, Jesse and Cassidy speculate about what will happen when Jesse makes the call. Tulip says “Whatever happens, I want french fries after.”
Just as Jesse is about to address the towns people, Quincannon jumps in front of him to preach to everyone how this is all bullshit and there is no God…Blah Blah Blah. When Jesse finally gets the crowd back he immediately places the call. Everyone waits with bated breath. For a while, nothing happens…Then the lights go out!
A cheesy hologram beams out of the phone, and there, sitting on a throne is everyone’s favourite version of God. White flowing robes, beard and even curly white locks. But wait, something looks really fake about his hair. People start asking the apparition questions, including Quincannon. He asks if his “little Lucy is up there, with him?” Of course “God” answers yes. Jesse is getting more suspicious with every question and when he addresses Him, Jesse flat-out says “you’re not God!”
Jesse uses the Voice to ask him if He is really God and of course he has to answer truthfully. He says no, he’s not and that they don’t know where God is, “He’s missing”. Disembodied arms in suits haul the imposter away while he’s making excuses. Blaming Jesse for using Genesis etc…
Well there you have it folks! God is missing!
In the confusion that follows, Jesse tells Cassidy and Tulip to follow him out because Tulip “Wants french fries”. They hit the road and they drive out-of-town. The congregants destroy the chapel.
The Next Day
Emily tells her children that nothing has changed. “We don’t need God,” she says. “We never did.” The following things change:
Chief Red Savage smokes a cigarette then hangs himself from a tree. A group of school kids murder Linus on his school bus. Mrs. Loach euthanizes her daughter. Quincannon cradles a heap of ground meat stuffed into his dead daughter’s ski parka.
A “danger” sign flashes in the control room of the meat plant and a prostitute tries to stop the alarm as Pappy lies dead in the room. “Uh oh,” she says through the ball gag in her mouth.
Methane gas blasts out of pipes throughout the town.
Chief Red Savage and the Prairie Dog hang dead from a tree. The embers of the Chief’s cigarette ignite the methane and a massive explosion destroys the church and INCINERATES THE ENTIRE TOWN!!!! OMFG!
The shuttle to Hell returns and a very sad Fiore exits the bus, alone.
How The Very Last Episode of Season 1 Ends
Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip eat fries at a diner. Jesse proposes they hit the road and find God. With everyone in agreement, they prepare to leave. Jesse pays the cashier: It’s “Eugene.” Jesse vows to the hallucination that he’ll get him out of Hell. After Jesse leaves, a TV station reports that a methane explosion from an excess amount of cow manure, leveled Annville. No survivors are expected.
In the parking lot, Tulip asks Jesse how it works. He employs the Word of God and tells Tulip to kiss him. As Cassidy watches, Tulip kisses Jesse (Yessss!) She then punches him, ordering him to never do it again. They get in the car and drive off.
Meanwhile, the seraphim emerges from the wreckage in Annville. The Cowboy shoots her dead. “Preacher,” he growls.
Incredible! Seriously this show has surpassed my expectations in every way!
Facts don’t lie! Preacher has been named the #2 “Best cable TV show” running just a little behind The People vs OJ Simpson. I am really going to miss it, but at least I know its coming back, and in a big way! Favourite parts of the season finale? Um…Only everything! It was really satisfying to see Jesse and Tulip kiss (FINALLY) though it obviously hurt Cassidy. Also, was not expecting the entire town to be wiped off the map.
So the big questions still remain: Will Eugene ever be rescued? Will the Cowboy catch up to the three musketeers? Did anyone at all, survive the blast in Annville? I guess we will just have to wait and see. I know it sucks! Thankfully we will have The Walking Dead, Lucifer and our other favourites to fill the gap. Honestly, it has been a long time since I have had so many shows to watch on TV. Thank God for PVR and On Demand!