Jacob's coffin gets opened, and it turns out to contain Jacob's body. He's even wearing the red Mansfield Panthers shirt, although it's not in as good condition as the shirt that the living Jacob was wearing. And people start coming up with theories about what's going on. Maggie thinks that maybe the river might be magical, while Ray is certain that Caleb is really an alien replicant. He's apparently a paranoid conspiracy theorist, but it's not like there's going to be an explanation that doesn't sound crazy, right?
Henry is starting to consider the possibility that Jacob is actually his son, but every time he starts to soften, his arm hurts and he gets cranky again. So he goes through about four changes of heart in a row, and Lucille is getting kind of fed up with it. Henry's willing to make a boat with Jacob, but that just makes him sad when he remembers Jacob drowning. But Henry seems to be about the only person who's still skeptical about Jacob. Fred seems to believe Jacob completely, and he takes a detour to a local bar, where he threatens to murder the man who had an affair with his wife. Tom also believes in Jacob, but the other people at his church think that the boy might be spawned by Satan or something. I guess that's a third theory on what's going on, and it's no crazier than anything else. The church board tries to ban Lucille and Jacob from attending services, but Tom doesn't want to let that happen.
However, pretty much everyone is suspicious of Caleb. Ray's the only one who thinks he's an alien, but Marty and Maggie find a lot of holes that Caleb dug at his hunting shack, as well as a rubber mask that had been buried there. Marty's conclusion is that Caleb probably robbed an armored car right before he died. Elaine is still enraptured by Caleb, because who doesn't want their dead father to come back and promise to cover their mortgage payments?
At the end of the episode, there are two simultaneous revelations. First, Marty finds the man that Caleb beat to death with a hammer. And Tom finds a woman named Rachel, who's our third person to return from the dead. It's surprising how quickly you can become bored by the idea of meeting a character who's been resurrected, isn't it?
A coffin opens slowly. Jacob is inside, wearing that Mansfield Panthers shirt that I've been complaining about. He seems really well preserved but this turns out to be Henry's memory of him being first put in there. Although Past Henry doesn't look a great deal like Kurtwood Smith. This is the problem with using actors who have long careers, because I already know what he looked like thirty years ago. He was in an episode of The A-Team called "The Battle of Bel Air" in 1984! Robocop was 27 years ago, and he'd already lost all the hair on the front half of his scalp. Anyway, now we know that Jacob was, in fact, wearing that shirt when he was buried. In the present, Henry is watching Lucille play catch with Jacob in the back yard. He starts to smile, but a twinge in his wrist makes him drop his knife. He slinks back into the house, scowling. But to be fair, he's not quite stomping.
Cemetery. This is the continuation of the last episode, with Marty and Maggie looking into Jacob's coffin. Henry had been watching from farther away, but I guess he had to go back home for that other scene. We don't get to see what they're looking at, which is because it's the body of an eight-year-old boy that's been decomposing for thirty years. That's not something this show wants to make us look at. So instead, the two people looking into the coffin have to talk about the Mansfield Panthers shirt. Maggie takes a moment to look wistfully at her mother's coffin. Then Marty reaches into the coffin and snips off the tag from the shirt. They do not appear to take a DNA sample, which was the whole reason they opened the coffin in the first place.
Now Marty compares the tag from the coffin, which is very faded, to the one on the shirt that Living Jacob was wearing. Even the handwritten "JACOB" looks the same, allowing for the fading. He's in the Langston home, and Jacob appears in the doorway behind him. Jacob asks if he was in the coffin. Marty asks, "How could you be in there when you're here right now?" That's very clever, but I feel like there are going to be paradoxes no matter how this shakes out, so maybe you could just be honest with the kid? He's probably pretty freaked out about coming back from the dead, and he asked you a direct question. Marty wants to talk about playing catch, but Jacob wants to know if he's like Caleb. He tells Marty about his dream from last episode where they both fell to dust. Instead of exploring the profound psychological issues the boy appears to be going through, Marty tells Jacob to tell someone if Caleb comes near him. Then he fist-bumps him. Jacob knows how to fist bump? Those weren't super-popular among 8-year-olds in 1982.