Alright, I confess that I’m not exactly an expert in what it’s like to live under a dome. I don’t know what it would be like to be entirely cut off from the outside world, loved ones missing or dead, living in a place where my fellow residents are alternating between pluckily pulling together or rioting, raping and killing each other, local politicians leading armed assaults against other citizens hoarding valuable resources for themselves in territorial power grabs.
What I do know is that if I were in such a situation, not only would there be no chance in hell that I would give up any guns I have on the say-so of said local politician leading armed assaults, I would be looking for to get my hands on more guns. As many as possible. And I’m Canadian. (My constitution doesn’t guarantee me the right to bear arms. My constitution politely advises against it).
But the good folks of Chester’s Mill happily give up their guns, based on Big Jim’s nice request. And Big Jim, naturally, has an ulterior motive that has to do with the sudden — and equally implausible — appearance of Natalie Zea as Maxine, an outside partner of Big Jim’s in the meth business. The drug is called Rapture, and it’s like doing all other drugs combined, and Barbie and Linda learn about it, with Linda investigating the propane connection, discovering to her dismay that her hero/father figure Duke was involved.
Anyway, now Chester’s Mill is ripe for the plucking! Oh, and Maxine is also who Barbie was reporting to after his collection attempt on Julia’s husband went south, so now there’s someone under the dome other than Barbie who knows that secret. Where has she been for eight days? Oh, just hiding out in an abandoned house, but no one has seen her before even though she’s apparently been able to venture out enough to know what’s happened with Coggins and that Barbie and Julia are doing the big squeaky. Neither Barbie nor Big Jim seem particularly pleased that Max has shown up, but since no one else apparently knows she’s there, it seems like offing her would be an easy enough solution. I suppose that’s not Barbie’s style, but I see no reason for Big Jim to follow her orders.
Meanwhile, Angie plans to keep the already-been-looted Sweetbriar Rose open, and wants the deed from Big Jim, in some sort of weird "time to take on some responsibility" motivation. She has a seizure and intones "pink stars are falling" in the arms of Junior, who is going through some sort of eye-rolling character rehabilitation. He shows her a painting his mom did of him with pink stars falling around him.
She tells Norrie and Joe about the seizure, and they let her know it happened to them too. But they can’t check out the egg in the mini-dome, because it’s gone missing from its spot in the woods. They locate it by the end, though, in a barn. Apparently Joe sleepwalked out into the woods, dug it up and brought it back and didn’t realize it, possibly because too many people were being let in on the secret. When Joe, Norrie and Angie all put their hands on the dome, things start glowing blue and sort of locks them in, with the image of a fourth hand glowing in an empty spot on the dome. It’s sort of like when your game console loses contact with a controller and wants you to reconnect it!
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So Julia’s bringing her new boyfriend Barbie out to see the mini-egg in the mini-dome. Despite the fact that they’re almost out there, he’s asking, "So it’s like an egg in a mini-dome?" Because this show is terrible with its exposition. I mean, if you have to have Julia draw attention to it by exasperatedly pointing out that she’s explained it several times already… then maybe just rewrite it? Maybe just leave it out? Anyway, Barbie thinks it sounds "pretty out there" as if it’s any more out there than the maxi-dome. He wonders if it’s like the thing at a planetarium that projects the stars all around you. You mean a projector?
But when they get there, there’s nothing but a hole in the ground where the dome used to be. Before they can puzzle out where it could have gone, Linda buzzes Barbie on the radio to tell him about shots being fired on Greeley Street, and she needs him there now. Well, good thing he’s in the middle of nowhere right now! Julia says she’s going to find the dome.
Meanwhile, Norrie and Joe (who is trying to catch a chicken for dinner) discuss what "the monarch will be crowned" could mean, and Joe speculates that it means someone will soon be ruling them all or maybe it has to do with all the monarch butterflies outside the dome the other day.
Over at the Sweetbriar Rose, Angie notes Big Jim’s -- to use a Stephen King-favored expression -- shit-eating grin, and it’s because of his triumph over Ollie and a deal struck with farmers where they get goods and services in exchange for vegetables and meat, which sounds a lot like what farmers already do anyway, so GOOD JOB, JIM. Angie’s got designs on keeping the diner open, even if she can’t really offer more than one or two items a day, but she thinks it’s important. But she’s not going from waitress to manager, as Big Jim thinks, but from waitress to owner. She wants him to turn over the deed to her so she can learn to stand on her own two feet? Or something? A glowering Big Jim says he’ll think about it, clearly not enamored of the idea yet. Maybe that’s because it’s stupid? Are people even spending money like it means anything right now? Exactly what kind of economy does Angie think Chester’s Mill even has right now? Well, maybe that’s a dumb question, considering the appliance delivery truck was out making the rounds the other day.
So everyone at the scene of the shooting waited around for Barbie to come running out of the woods. Some dude had a bullet graze his arm, but he’ll be OK. He was shot by neighbor Tim Utley. "And I’d do it again!" says Utley, coming over from his property now instead of having already been arrested or at least detained by Linda. It’s up to Barbie to cool him down. Utley says he didn’t mean to shoot Mr. Feldman, but some freak showed up on his doorstep, ranting about hearing voices from the dome and Utley fired off a couple of shots to warn him off, which is when Feldman was hit. Meanwhile, the crazy dude is still inside, so Linda and Barbie head in.