Ben eventually manages to tear his eyes away from the float, which is when he notices a nearby church adorned with a brightly lit, Templar-esque cross. He heads inside, and I'm pretty sure it's the exact same church that was used in Vampires, Shanghai Noon, and pretty much every other movie, TV show, commercial, home video, or Paris Hilton sex tape that features a southwestern-looking church. He wanders the aisles for a moment, perhaps scanning the walls for informative murals or razorblade dispensers, and then notices a man emerging from a nearby confessional. He heads inside, and sits down. Sharp-eyed viewers will immediately recognize that the "priest" is actually Hack Scudder, but Ben can't even spell "Hack," much less recognize his own father through a paper-thin wicker divider, so the secret remains safe for the moment. Scudder's first words? "Kneel, my son." Yeah. This show scares me sometimes. Ben complies, and Scudder continues the ritual by asking how long it's been since his last confession. "I never done this before," answers Ben, which is a phrase he's been getting a lot of use out of in these past two episodes. Scudder instructs him to confess his sins, so that they may be forgiven. "By you?" asks Ben (which will factor into my own personal bizarre Carnivàle conspiracy theory in a moment). "In the eyes of the Lord," comes the answer. "He can't make it right," sighs Ben. "I killed a man." "Yes," replies Scudder without even a hint of surprise, which would have been more than enough to tip off anyone who could actually be considered sentient that something here just ain't right. Ben, however, is Ben, so he just continues with a litany of sins: "I done impure things with a woman I wasn't married to. I lied. I stole. I stunk " This is followed by a long pause. "I let her die," Ben finally admits. "Your mother chose to die," says Scudder, and it's this that finally causes Ben to get curious. But instead of saying anything, or asking a question, or even peering more closely through the screen separating them, Ben decides to go all the way out of his booth and open the door to the other side. When he does, however, Scudder is obviously already long gone. Ben just stands there (sing it with me now), looking stupid. Fade to black.
Episode Report CardAaron: A- | 834 USERS: C+
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