The military returns, bringing civilians with them, for Chester's Mill first visitor's day. But what the townspeople think is a nice gesture that bodes well for the future turns out to be a farewell party, what with the government's plan to bomb the dome into submission (and taking out every resident as well). Barbie uses his top-secret military connections to get wind of the plan, and the town's core group of guardians decide that the residents' best hope for survival is to gather in the abandoned cement factory, an evacuation that manages to happen with remarkably little concern over the fact that the government is dropping a huge bomb on them. The people in Chester's Mill do get over things pretty quickly. Meningitis, the fact your husband has disappeared shortly after a bookie's enforcer who you're flirting with comes to town to collect on a debt… You know, no big deal.
During visitor's day, Julia waits in vain to see her husband, but instead sees her sister-in-law, who has a Dear John letter from him that apologizes and says she deserves better. Linda sees her fiancé but has difficulty telling him about the death of his brother. Fortunately, Microsoft has a useful dome-proof tablet that helps them communicate, which is nice. Oh, and Linda and Rusty are already on the cover of People magazine somehow and there's already plans for a reality show about them, which is hilarious and somehow noticeably implausible in a show about an invisible, indestructible dome that suddenly cuts everyone off from the outside world.
Meanwhile, Lester's getting crazier and crazier, hearing voices in his head coming through his hearing aid — one of which is a military broadcast mentioning "Moab," which he mistakes for a biblical reference but is actually MOAB, or "mother of all bombs," which helps the Chester's Millers figure things out. While this is going on, Big Jim — who, as predicted, didn't release Angie immediately — is trying to figure out to deal with his psycho, now-deputized son. Distressingly, it involves not immediately asking him about the young woman he has chained up in the bomb shelter but giving him the authority to deputize more assholes, ostensibly to help prevent a riot during Visitor's Day at the dome. That's hilarious, considering what a docile bunch the people of Chester's Mill are. Just give 'em a stirring speech and they'll go right back to burning gas, food and batteries while they're cut off from any source of replenishment.
At any rate, he does free her, figuring everyone's going to die today anyway, but then he doesn't tell her about the impending doom and she winds up getting caught by Junior again, who now has a gun and a badge.
Thankfully, Joe is full on looking for his sister, with Norrie, who freaks out when she meets through the dome her biological father, and discovers her moms may not have been completely honest about his involvement, a development I'm sure will be riveting f-ZZZZZZZ. Joe and Norrie don't find Angie but share a kiss when the bomb goes off, the fact they didn't start seizing up making them then forget again that Angie has been missing for days.
Anyway, obviously the bomb doesn't have any effect on the dome and does not kill everyone inside, since that would make for a rather short series. It does turn the world around a charred hellscape, though, so I hope no one has big plans for the Linda-Rusty reality show. Lester takes credit for the town being spared, attributing it to his repentance. Big Jim, though, takes a dimmer view, and presses Lester's ear (with its hearing aid) against the dome until it explodes, killing him. Be honest: You all cheered a little bit at that too, right?
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So this episode opens unpromisingly with the Seizure Twins playing with walkie-talkies, and Norrie whining about getting up at the "ass crack of dawn." Joe has worked out a theory about the babbling they do when they have seizures — they're like receivers for transmissions from the dome, and they're fine on their own but when they get too close, it's like feedback. You know, like with the walkie-talkies that they fortunately have now despite them not leaving each other's sight at all. Norrie wants to know why the dome would only talk to them, which I hate to tell her is an awfully presumptuous assumption to make.
Joe wants to show her the wallpapering of Monarch butterflies along the dome, even though it's nowhere near their season, and the perpetually cynical Norrie starts blathering about how maybe the dome sent the butterflies to let them know that the dome is just like a cocoon and when it comes down they'll transform into something new, and she's not swayed by Joe pointing out that most caterpillars are eaten before they become butterflies. Cool effect on the butterfly wall, though!
And no, Big Jim did not set Angie free when he found her cowering in his bomb shelter that was filling with water. The water has at least stopped and seems to have drained by the morning, and a sleeping Angie wonders what took him so long, and asks why he hasn't gone to the police yet. He says first he wants to know what she's been doing down here. His voice tells us that he's got a pretty good goddamn idea what she's doing down here, but he needs her to say it, so she does: "He's been keeping me prisoner!" Big Jim makes her say it was Junior, and he wants to know why he would. "Because he's insane," says Big Jim. He doesn't argue the point, but honking outside gets his attention and he leaves a screaming Angie behind, locking her inside as he says he needs to think about it.
It's Lester who's honking, and Big Jim, not unreasonably, points out, essentially, that it'd be nice if the reverend stayed away, what with them ostensibly breaking up. Lester came to warn Big Jim of the biblical judgment coming, that's whispering "Moab" to him, which was a wicked place in the Bible, but Big Jim's not buying it, and stomps into his house. Lester fiddles with his hearing aid, and we too hear the voice he's hearing, crackling into his ear, but really distorted. You'd just as easily convince me it's Al Pacino saying "Hoo-ah" from Scent of a Woman.