by Ryan Fu •
Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
What a crazy but good episode of the Leftovers this week. First off, I’ve never seen someone really get stoned before unless you count last night when I gave my friend a pot brownie in which he got really stoned. (Sorry, I had too) This episode reminded of the Fight Club when Meat Loaf’s character Robert Paulsen got killed for their cause, making him a martyr for their group. The gruesome death of Gladys caused many people of the Guilty Remnant to question what they were going, especially Laurie Garvey. But just like Liv Tyler’s character calmly tells us, it was just a matter of time before people pushed back. The GRs finally pushed enough buttons to cause many people including one organization to react violently. As a society at what point do we chose to say that a particular group aren’t part of the human race because their values don’t match ours? Do we have the right to treat them less than human beings?
After finding the mangled body Gladys, Laurie has a mini panic attack, which causes the leader of the GRs, Patty Levin, to take Laurie to a retreat to calm her down. At the retreat, Patty tells Laurie to take a break from being a GR, giving her civilian clothes, buying her breakfast and allowing her to talk. But Laurie does not utter a single word as Patty tells her that she brought Gladys there a year ago in the same booth, in which Patty wants to know if she is still part of the team because in her words,
“There is no room for doubt. Doubt is going to fire you up until you are ash.”
Laurie silently reassures Patty that she’s still down for the cause while Chief Garvey is starting to realize that everything he does for the town is going unnoticed. As he tries to protect the people of Mapleton with a mandatory curfew, the town people turn on him especially his new buddy/dog killer, Dean, tells the Chief why should we even care about the GRs, they don’t care about us, which leads the council to not pass the curfew. Garvey still decides to protect the GRs by giving them “rape whistles” but he also is trying to figure out where his wife is with the help of Liv Tyler’s character, Meg, but she tells him,
“She’s not your wife anymore.”
To exacerbate Chief Garvey’s problems, he finds out the ATFEC would gladly exterminate the GRs as the agent tells Garvey that the group are an infestation that should be taken care of like rodents. This leads Garvey to wonder what the hell is going on in his life? He is starting to lose his mind and material things like his white shirts and bagels but he is also starting to lose his family which leads him to drink more as we see the Chief slowly coming apart. He realizes he still has to be strong for his daughter, which we can see in a great scene with Garvey and his daughter, telling her that he is divorcing her mother, Laurie.
That scene was very powerful because Garvey and his daughter are still in love with Laurie but they recognize that she is not the same person anymore. Really good episode of the Leftovers but fantastic acting on the part of the actors and actresses especially from Justin Theroux, in which I hope Chief Garvey gets his shit together because I think there is going to be “shit-storm” coming soon from different groups that are trying to get the heart and minds of the people.
- You can add “stoned to death” to my biggest fear list now.
- His name was Robert Paulsen. Didn’t you want the GRs while they were in the woods to start chanting, “her name was Gladys.”
- Chief Garvey is kinda of a perv checking his daughter BF and the cheerleaders at school.
- Dean kills dog and goes ballroom dancing like every tough, self respecting, mid-west man. I can’t tell yet if he is there to help Justin Theroux character or not?
- Are those tattoos really real on Justin Theroux’s character because I thought I saw a “Hello Kitty” tat?
- Chief Garvey swears like a sailor, which apparently the Reverend does as well, “I say Fuck too.”
- Didn’t you want the Reverend to tell Laurie to “Fuck off” as she used the “rape whistle” at him.
- Bacon makes everything better.
- I was “inebrited” this week at Comic Con. I feel the liquor attendant is also an English teacher at Mapleton.
- No ticket, no laundry. Unless, you’re the drunk Chief of the Police looking like a total psycho then you get your way.
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