Maxine straight-up shoots Julia in the shoulder, because despite being some kind of super-coolly logical criminal businesswoman, all she really is a woman scorned and determined to take her revenge on Barbie. Barbie, with the help of Joe, gets Julia to the hospital, where Julia can get taken care of.
Joe is on leave from the Mini-Dome Quartet, featuring Angie and Junior, who have a terrifyingly boring conversation about whether they should still be a couple. Junior is under the impression that because this dome has intertwined their fates, they should be … I don't know, having sex? An angry Angie reminds Junior of his kidnapping and forcible restraint, forcing him to leave the Mini-Dome Quartet temporarily. Junior would love to be the reason for the funnel cloud that is all of a sudden developing over Chester's Mill, but Joe thinks that it's due to Barbie and connected to the gunshot wound that Julia suffered. In the end, the Mini-Dome Quartet decide to go Maxi-Dome on us, whereupon they see a vision of Big Jim wounded and bleeding, dying to death, while they're all holding bloody knives, and they decide — as you would — that this must mean that they need to take Big Jim out.
That's something that Barbie wants to do, naturally, although he's willing to compromise in the short term so he and Big Jim — after yet another mini-showdown between the two of them — can work together to take down Maxine. Which they do, albeit a little too well, what with Big Jim gunning down Maxine and her bodyguard in cold blood. He's about to add Barbie to the pile of corpses until Barbie gets the upper hand on him, only to be stopped from (presumably) killing Big Jim by Linda, who has wasted an awful lot of time this week on detective work. Well, not so much "detective" work, as "accepting with little question as Big Jim — who she now knows is a major drug manufacturer — tells her a story of Barbie the doctor killer." I mean, Barbie did kill the doctor. It looks bad for Barbie when Linda arrives just after Max and her bodyguard were killed, and Big Jim successfully places the blame on Barbie, who ends the episode on the run, Big Jim hilariously going out over the air to alert everyone about Fugitive Barbie and say there's a "warrant" out for his arrest and announcing that they'll be seeking the death penalty. Meanwhile, Dodee conveniently overhears military chatter again, and it's the army confirming that Barbie is the one they're looking for.
Oh, and I was totally right about Mare Winningham not signing on for just one episode. She's back! I mean, her corpse washes up on the beach. So much for Mare Winningham.
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Our favorite idiot teenagers are all lying on their backs, having communed with the dome and apparently painted the projected stars on the walls and ceiling of the barn. Joe points out that the four bright stars along one wall aren’t part of any constellation, and maybe that’s them! Also, that stupid caterpillar’s chrysalis has changed from green to clear. As Joe says, "It’s pretty rad," and upon hearing him talk like an advertising copywriter from the ‘80s, Norrie loses her shit and whines about being "guardians of some secret cosmic mystery." Joe, who couldn’t keep a secret if his life depended on it, wants to tell someone, and the gang decides that since the mini-dome didn’t put Julia in the hospital -- like it did Dodee -- the "dome trusts Julia," and Angie dispatches Joe to tell Julia their little secret.
As promised, Big Jim has shown up at the town hall to come clean about his involvement, with Duke and Reverend Scoggins, to buy propane off the books. Big Jim deflects Linda’s pointed questions by saying that because he did so, the lights are still on, and the diner is still operating, etc. "You think I’m a crook? I think I’m owed a damn parade," he says. Linda says the dome’s coming down in fact saved Big Jim’s ass, because otherwise he’d be in jail right now. With all the bravado he can muster, Big Jim suggests Linda charge him with "conspiracy to keep the lights on," or maybe she wants to go after a real criminal? Someone who’s a mystery in this town? Someone blessed with a strong hairline?
That would be Barbie, brooding all over Julia’s house as she comes downstairs to ask him how the couch was. "Lonely," he says. "So was the bed," she replies. He asks if she wants him to leave. What she wants is for him to take him to Peter’s grave, and then she babbles about "closure" in a way that would make me head for the door and never be seen again. But Barbie apparently wants to continue having sex with Julia, so it sounds like he’s agreeable.
Back at the town hall, Linda wants to know what Barbie ever did that she should be going after him for. Big Jim says Barbie was working for Maxine as an enforcer, and putting the screws to the good folks of Chester’s Mill. Like Peter Shumway, whom no one has heard a peep from since he got in too deep with Maxine. "Some people have secrets. You couldn’t imagine," says Big Jim. Linda doesn’t appear too swayed yet. "What about you?" she asks Big Jim, who claims to be an open book, which causes Linda to literally raise her eyebrows.