Carnivale

Ep.

Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

2-12
Recap

This Way To The Egress

New Canaan, CA - Who lives? Who dies? Who can tell?

03.26.2005
04.01.2005
C

Strega

2-11
Recap

Reunited! And It Feels So...Bleh.

Outside New Canaan - Jonesy returns to Libby, Ben meets up with Sofie, and Justin finds what's left of Eleanor. Ew.

03.19.2005
03.25.2005
C

Strega

2-10
Recap

It's Like Something By Sondheim

Cheyenne, WY - Several characters break into song, and there's also bribery, conspiracy, rape, attempted rape, grand theft auto, and murder.

03.12.2005
03.18.2005
C+

Strega

2-9
Recap

Birds Of A Feather

Lincoln Highway - Justin impresses his flock, and Ben succeeds in killing a bunch of birds.

03.05.2005
03.11.2005
B

Strega

2-8
Recap

Self-Promotion

Outskirts, Damascus, NE - In just one episode, Ben goes from being confused by everyone to being the source of confusion.

02.26.2005
03.04.2005
A

Strega

2-7
Recap

Getting Dirty

Damascus, NE - Ben finally meets Scudder, while the secondary characters begin to pair up in new ways. And new places. Like the back seat of a Volkswagen, yes.

02.19.2005
02.25.2005
B-

Strega

2-6
Recap

Some Stuff Happens!

The Road To Damascus - Sofie and Ben have sex. Dolan unintentionally confesses to burning down Chin's. It rains. Only with this show would a change in the weather make the blurb.

02.12.2005
02.18.2005
C+

Strega

2-5
Recap

Because We Mustn't Blame The Writers, Right?

Creed, OK - Nothing continues to happen, but at least now we know that it's all Sofie's fault for refusing to read the cards sooner.

02.05.2005
02.11.2005
D+

Strega

2-4
Recap

A Carnivàle Thanksgiving

Old Cherry Blossom Road - Ben gets to know his grandmother, and learns that Scudder might be the nice one in the family. Oh, and he also might be dead.

01.29.2005
02.04.2005
B-

Strega

2-3
Recap

Snake Harming

Ingram, TX - Ruthie's snakes are burned, charmed, and beaten to a bloody pulp, but Brother Justin's is treated much more kindly.

01.22.2005
01.28.2005
C

Strega

2-2
Recap

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Alamogordo, NM - Remember last week's developments? Well, Sofie reappears, and Management decides he will talk to Ben after all. So never mind about that. Meanwhile, Varlyn rehases the first season.

01.15.2005
01.15.2005
C

Strega

2-1
Recap

Second Coming

Los Moscos - The second season starts with a demonstration of the many uses of corpses. Resuscitate them! Cremate them! Throw them in gullies! Give them as gifts! Eat your heart out, Martha Stewart.

01.08.2005
01.08.2005
B-

Strega

1-12
Recap

A Roustie, A Comatose Pyrokinetic, And A Woman Scorned Walk Into A Trailer....

The Day That Was The Day - The coma patient whispers, "Sofie," the roustie offers to jiggle for the ladies, and the woman scorned shouts, "Fire? But I just kissed her!" Ba dum dum. Elsewhere, Ben kills Lodz to save Ruthie, and Justin finally comes to terms with his powers. But it ain't over 'til the bearded lady sings, so y'all be sure to come back for Season Two, okay?

11.29.2003
12.05.2003
B+

Aaron

1-11
Recap

Sister? But I just kissed her!

The Day Of The Dead - Razorblades, lesbians, Mexicans, snakes, worms, haircuts, semi-naked children, adultery, wet t-shirt contests, incest, inappropriate confessions, huckey duck, hammer suck, fiddler's bitch, Ruthie is dead, the end.

11.22.2003
11.30.2003
B+

Aaron

1-10
Recap

Lust in the Dust Redux

Hot And Bothered - Ben takes a bath, Sofie has morning sickness, Justin returns to his sister, and everyone has sex. I'm pretty sure some other stuff also happened, but come on! Ben! Took a bath! What else do you need to know?

11.15.2003
11.21.2003
A

Aaron

1-9
Recap

And boy, are my arms tired

Insomnia - Actually, all of Ben is tired this week, as he struggles to stay awake so that he can avoid dreaming of Scudder. The rest of the carnies spend their day putting on a "Fireball Show," which features Turtle Boy, a Man Eating Chicken, Adrienne Barbeau dancing with a snake, and Lodz doing his mentalist act. Finally. Oh, and Brother Justin gets released from the asylum, presumably because he was the only one in there who wouldn't take off his pants.

11.08.2003
11.14.2003
B-

Aaron

1-8
Recap

Take my wife. Please.

Lonnigan, Texas - Pa Pimp decides to pimp out his wife to Jonesy, and the scar-job scene that follows is one of the more touchingly acted (and also truly revolting) moments in recent memory. Elsewhere, Ben goes on a quest to locate Lobster Boy, but finds only a Freemason instead. And Brother Justin gets committed to a mental institution, where he psychically spell-checks his psychiatrist and listens to stories about himself on the radio. If paranoid delusions, physical deformities, or knee-licking hookers turn you on, then this is definitely the episode for you.

11.01.2003
11.07.2003
B-

Aaron

1-7
Recap

He ain't heavy, he's my brother!

The River - Ben defies the laws of physics by hurling Gabriel across the midway. And then he heals him. Brother Justin defies the laws of physics by jumping off a bridge, having a lengthy vision about his childhood, and then magically returning to his pre-jump perch with no harm done. Elsewhere, Pa Pimp fails to overcome inertia, Libby's new hair reflects the entire visible spectrum of light, and Avogadro's Roustie sets out for greener pastures.

10.25.2003
10.31.2003
B-

Aaron

1-6
Recap

They put the "à" in "Funeràle"

Pick A Number - Gabriel wears his cape and tights. Samson brings an autographed trading card of himself. The Twins yodel. Gayko actually spits on the grave. Sofie does herself a little husband-hunting. Lila cries like a hairy little girl. Management turns out to be tactless in addition to stupid. Jonesy doesn't plant even one single vegetable. And the skeletal remains of Adrienne Barbeau deliver a touchingly heartfelt, yet no less thematically ironic, eulogy. Note to self: Be sure to specify Fisher & Diaz in my will.

10.18.2003
10.24.2003
A

Aaron

1-5
Recap

Stripper? I Hardly Even Know Her!

Babylon - With Brother Justin on sabbatical for the week, the carnie crew finally rolls into the much foreshadowed town of Babylon. After a brief hootenanny, Ben finds himself at the bottom of a mineshaft, and Meatloaf's Daughter finds herself peeling off her bottoms before ending up hanging from a tree with the word "Harlot" carved into her forehead. Ouch. Elsewhere, Jonesy is drunk, Sofie may be pregnant, and Management isn't talking.

10.11.2003
10.17.2003
B+

Aaron

1-4
Recap

Lust in the Dust

Black Blizzard - A massive dust storm leaves everyone stranded and on their own. Samson gets busy with The Whore Of The Truck Stop On The Dirt Road To That One Town Near Babylon, Sofie goes trolling for townies, Jonesy is left to hold down the for-- er, "tent," and Ben and Lodz go on a field trip that involves dead sheep and power over the weather. Oh, and Chin's burns down. But that only takes ten seconds.

10.04.2003
10.10.2003
B-

Aaron

1-3
Recap

Sleep Of Faith

Tipton - When Sheriff Ron Butterfield threatens to shut them down, Samson reinvents the carnival as a faith-healing revival show. No actual healing occurs, however, because Ma Butterfield (or Lady Exposition, as I like to call her) refuses to allow Ben to kill someone else just to save her. Oh, and Clancy kills Otho. But that's not really important this week.

09.27.2003
10.03.2003
C+

Aaron

1-2
Recap

The Best Little Whorehouse In The Methodist Church

After The Ball Is Over - Brother Justin uses his powers to turn a local whorehouse into the Lord's house, and Ben discovers that the man of his dreams just might be his dear old dad. Elsewhere, Sofie's mom goes for a nighttime stroll, a bald townie gets what's coming to him, and the first stirrings of a love rhombus begin to form amongst Ben, Sofie, Jonesy, and Adrienne Barbeau.

09.20.2003
09.26.2003
B+

Aaron

1-1
Recap

Carnival! Carnivale! Carnivàle!

Milfay - Welcome back my friends, to a show where logic bends. We're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside.

09.13.2003
09.19.2003
B+

Aaron

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