So we get this total grab bag of "previously on Miracles" scenes that don't really give you much information necessary for tonight's show so much as they seem to try to lay out the premise for the series itself. And we cut from the scenes of buses exploding and trains hitting cars and other such fun stuff to the Sodalitis Quaerito headquarters, where Keel and Skeet are playing chess at night, and Evelyn's all recovered from getting shot last week and is hanging out there too, like, GO HOME ALREADY, and Keel says "checkmate" and apparently this was a recreation of a match in which some novice beat a master champion or whatever, and Keel wants Skeet to explain that, and naturally Skeet comes up with a bunch of ways it could have happened, all of which make much more sense than divine intervention in a chess game. And all Keel can say is, "Oh ye of little faith."
And the phone rings, and Evelyn, who is actually working while the other two play games, answers it and is all "Sodalitis Quaerito," only no one answers, and then she says "SQ," like maybe this group is so well known that they're referred to just by initials now. And still no one answers, so she hangs up and complains that someone keeps calling and hanging up, and Skeet says, "Maybe it's the dead chess master!" and he and Keel make these gasping faces, and play more chess, like, don't mind Evelyn while she works her ass off for you or anything. ["And it seems to me like they'd get a fair number of hang-ups, given their line of work, but whatever." -- Sars] And the phone rings again, and she answers on speakerphone this time and this guy using a voice disguiser says "it's me" for some reason and then asks what exactly it is that the group does, and Evelyn sums it up for all the first-time viewers making the "previously" scenes all the more unnecessary, like, CAN WE PICK UP THE PACE HERE PLEASE with this guy who's acting like he got SQ's phone number out of the yellow pages or something. And the guy says, "I keep having these dreams. And they keep coming true," and finally Skeet and Keel are able to tear themselves away from their damn chess game to pay attention to this guy explaining that he dreams of "obliterating" people and when he wakes up they're dead for real. "Who's dead?" says Evelyn, and when we hear his real voice it sounds like a teenager, and he says "Mr. Bass" and "Miss Jansen," and then he says that since the cops can't stop him, he figured SQ might be able to, and the kid says he's from Red Deer, which made me do a double-take since Red Deer is right on the highway between Calgary and Edmonton and I've passed through it many times. And the kid says he's going to kill himself, so Skeet starts in with the "you don't want to do that," which startles the kid, since he didn't know he was on speakerphone. And meanwhile Keel has snagged some newspaper article that he starts waving at Skeet. And Skeet says, "We can help you," but the guy hangs up. And Keel puts down the front page of some tabloid called The Global Sun with a cover story headlined "Bigfoot Kills Again" over a drawing of Bigfoot, and Evelyn reads us the story with the placeline "Red Deer, Michigan," like, I DON'T THINK SO, MICHIGAN. And the gist of the story is that Red Deer (which according to this episode has been the site of many Bigfoot sightings) is reeling from the gruesome deaths of two people, with the same names as the kid had mentioned. The story even quotes some "local angler" whose fishing skills make him qualified to pronounce that "only one thing could have done this, and it ain't human." And Skeet's all "whatever" over the credibility of this tabloid, but Keel points out that two people have been mauled to death and someone has just confessed to having predictive dreams about it. "Doesn't that interest you, Paul?" intones Keel, and this is definitely some sort of employer test. And Skeet doesn't say anything.
Welcome to Red Deer, pop. 14,293, which is smaller than the real Red Deer. And in this church in the middle of the night is a minister practicing his sermon, and he's going on about "faith, hope and charity" and excuse me while I yawn on behalf of the congregation who will soon have to be bored to tears by this guy. And the priest is startled by a noise, and then a door swings open and we get the Scary Noises And Music portion of the soundtrack as the priest wonders if someone is there. And he hears more noises and gets freaked out and starts going "Though I walk through the valley…" like, something is stalking him and he busts out the Coolio songs. And suddenly he's thrown through the air, landing hard and realizing he's been slashed. And the priest's screams take us into the opening credits, and the light goes out in the church, like, at least the savage killer is concerned about conserving energy.