So, here we go. Van Alden leads Sebso down to the river, and while he does, I'm going to register my first complaint, which is one of logic: Why is Sebso doing this? He's already got the transfer to Detroit. He's scot free. Sure, Van Alden doesn't trust him, but Van Alden doesn't trust the milkman. If the show is trying to say that Sebso cares about Van Alden's opinion of him more than he does getting safely out of Atlantic City, then I'm not sure the series to date supports that. Anyway, I think I'm just stalling because here comes the absolute nadir of the season (and thus series) so far: Van Alden once again approaches the Baptists -- who, by the way, clear the way for him like he's Abraham Lincoln -- then asks to be able to wash Sebso's Jew ass clean. Sebso doesn't want any part of that water, but between Van Alden's badgering and the Baptists' peer pressure, he reluctantly wades out. Apart from this being an awful scene, it is also a public service announcement: never let anyone convince you into getting Baptized when you don't want to. So this moment and its religious connotations are disturbing enough. We've already seen Van Alden go wild-eyed with Jesus-y fervor before. So this scene -- which turns from Baptism to interrogation (Van Alden demands Sebso confess his sins) to outright drowning (Sebso finally stops thrashing while Van Alden slobbers about forcing out the devil and the Baptists just stand there and do nothing) -- manages to be both redundant, stupid, and a wild tonal shift from the general realism of the world of Atlantic City. Van Alden, if he wasn't already, is a complete cartoon monster. One who then strikes a Jesus pose, yells up to the heavens, and stalks out to the shore holding his badge and gun out to the cowering crowd. Like they were even trying to do anything. R.I.P. Agent Sebso. As a consolation prize, you may have taken the show down with you.
Episode Report CardJoe R: B- | 1271 USERS: B
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