Wow. More than a few people have mentioned that last week's episode was so slow-moving, they forgot a great deal of what happened. Well, once I wrote the recap, the same thing must have happened to me, because nothing's looking all that familiar in the summary of last week's episode. Oh, no. Wait. I forgot about the Satanist lops off finger part. No, you see, that memory does still reside in my brain; I've just been repressing it, thank you. The sad part is that the reason I'm suppressing it is not because it's so scary. It's really not. No, it's just that when we originally watched the first episode, Peeter pointed out that Isaiah's chopped-off finger kind of reminded him of one of those nasty canned Vienna sausages. Gross.
It looks like the opening scene of this week's episode consists of my husband vacuuming the dining room. Yeah, I guess that's what happens when you shoot your television program so dark that all the average person sees on the screen is a damn reflection of her own apartment. Oh, I can also make out a super that says, "Miami Memorial Hospital." It's up to you, gentle reader, to figure out what happened in this brief scene. Go ahead, be creative. We're all bound to do a better job than whatever really happened anyway.
Just as last week, we get scenes of Professor Lampley lecturing to his students about good and evil. He calls the forces that shape the Earth "positive and negative," but I suspect we're really supposed to be thinking of good and evil. It is a little more subtle, though, than the usual boot to the head with which the series treats the good-versus-evil topic.
At least we finally find out what was happening at the beginning. Sister Josepha and Dr. Richard are in an ambulance with ComaGirl. Richard wants to bring ComaGirl to a hospital, but Josepha says that is they first place "they" will look. And, of course, "if they find [ComaGirl], her life is over."
At first I thought they meant the doctors at the Miami hospital, but in the next scene, we learn that a judge sympathetic to Sister Josepha's cause has signed an order allowing the Eklind Foundation to step in and spirit away ComaGirl. That's right -- no destination specified. I'll bet that's common legal practice. Then again, last week Dr. Richard sat in on ComaGirl's medical review, and he's an astrophysicist, for God's sake. And I hear they let the janitors perform delicate microsurgery occasionally. But don't tell the hospital's board of directors. They might feel compelled to put a stop to all these stupid plot devices. Like this one: not even the hospital administrator knows where ComaGirl is now. At least that's what he tells a really pissed-off guy who's come to investigate. I'm not sure who the surly fellow is. If we've seen him before, it obviously wasn't a memorable occasion for me, and I can't check last week's tape because having to record Revelations made it so sick that I had to give it a mercy killing right after I finished my recap.