Luthor Mansion. Alexander ponders an ornate chess set in his bedroom. The door unlocks and Tess walks in with a handful of papers. Without turning to look at her, Alexander apologizes for ruining the party. "I know that something's wrong with me," he says. "I'm a freak!" Tess gathers him up in her arms. "No, no you're not," she says. "You're a beautiful little boy, and I promise you that I'm going to make everything okay." While she's hugging him, he reaches into her sweater pocket and palms the key to the door. Pulling away to look into his face, Tess asks him about the symbol he was drawing at the party. Alexander tries to make it seem unimportant, but Tess shows him other drawings of the symbol that she found in his closet. "Please tell me what they mean to you," she says. "It's the symbol of the bad man," Alexander says. "He comes into my dreams to hurt me." Tess's subsequent promise to never let anyone hurt him means little to Alexander, because the bad man can't be stopped. "He's the strongest man in the whole world! You can't protect me!" Tess again promises to protect him, but this only enrages Alexander. He picks up one of his toys and hurls it across the room, shouting, "He wants to kill me!" Tess, near tears, turns away and busies herself with picking up the toy. She tries to calm Alexander, but the boy is running out of the room and locking the door behind him. Tess rushes to the door, calling his name repeatedly, her voice rising with panic.
Village of the Damned. Lois sits at the dinner table with the Cavanaughs. Gas lamps hang from the walls and beeswax candles light the table, but the room is otherwise dark. Lois picks at her ham in silence for a while. "Yummy," she says, trying to start a conversation. "And to think you fixed all this without a KitchenAid or a Costco." Mr. Cavanaugh says they live a simple life and keep away from modern technology and temptation. "Helps us stay on the righteous path," he says. Lois tries to segue into discussing other paths, like the one they should be taking to the train station. Instead, he talks about their teachings and spending time with one's fellow man. Lois remembers Sunday school from living on military bases. "You should finish your dinner," Mr. Cavanaugh says with a note of finality. Ruth turns the discussion to the Harvest Festival, which Lois would like to see someday. "Bet that's a lot of fun," she says. Charlotte stares down at her plate, saying nothing. Mr. Cavanaugh is aghast at the very idea of fun. "We glorify the day we were shown the Lord's sign," he says. He and the missus recall the day that fires rained down from the heavens, destroying the village and killing their daughter Esther as she was ringing the town bell. Lois is sincerely sorry for their loss. Mrs. Cavanaugh looks at her with tears in her eyes. "Before that, we suffered terrible drought, and years of bad crops," Mr. Cavanaugh says. He describes a hungry and sick people. "But our daughter gave her life so that we could prosper." Charlotte adds that now their people never get sick and their crops are always bountiful. Mr. Cavanaugh goes on to say that they offer the Lord a sacrifice every year. Lois is mightily disturbed, although she tries to remain as calm and polite as possible instead of denouncing them as the whackjobs they clearly are.