Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 6 of CBS' "Under the Dome," titled "The Endless Thirst."
Last episode we saw that even a missile couldn't make a dent in the dome. This week, we reconvene right after the failed launch, and the townspeople are even more terrified than they were before. Sure, sudden death is frightening, but knowing you're trapped under a mysterious bubble that even a missile can't penetrate -- that's even scarier.
If things were bad before, they finally hit a breaking point this episode.
When we last saw Norrie and Joe, they were kissing as the missile illuminated the sky. This week, Norrie's mother is suffering from a diabetic attack because she is out of insulin. The crazed reverend burned the last of the supply and Alice is having trouble making complete sentences. In a fit of delirium, Alice stumbles into the street as a semi truck comes barreling towards her. She dodges it in time, but the appliance-delivery man swerves and hits a water tower instead. A water main breaks and precious water comes pouring out. The town's limited supply is ruined, but I'm more concerned with the fact that someone ordered a refrigerator at a time like this. Apparently, appliance deliveries stop for no dome.
Big Jim and the rest of the crew are understandably upset by the looming lack of water. Without water, the town really can't survive. Rennie decides to bribe Wally, a Mill resident who owns a well, with propane. The whole propane scheme has kind of dropped off, but at least the supplies are coming in handy now.
On the other side of town, riots break out. I'm actually surprised Chester's Mill lasted this long without a full-blown loot. To their credit, the residents tried to wait in line at the grocery store, offering the owner good old-fashioned money. But what does the owner need with money when there's nowhere to use it? With no options left, they decide to riot and they storm the store, stealing everything from toilet paper to energy drinks to Pop Tarts. To make matters worse, the only police officer is Linda (Junior is missing in action, AKA hiding in Angie's childhood bedroom). Linda decides to recruit Barbie to help out. Even after they toss tear gas at the crowd, the people don't back down.
Meanwhile, Julia stakes out the radio hosts again. No one in town is able to get a radio signal because of a horrible screeching noise. Dodee presents Julia with a nerdy-looking radio contraption. Using the gadget, the women embark on a journey to locate the high-pitched noise. Hey, not everyone in town can constantly be saving lives.
Which brings me to Barbie. Oh, Barbie. Mike Vogel's pretty face is quickly becoming the best reason to tune in. Anyway: amidst the grocery store looting, Barbie finds Rose, the diner owner, and Angie, knocked out on the floor of the restaurant. Earlier in the episode, Angie revealed Junior's evilness to Rose, but alas, by the end of the show she is lying in a pool of her own blood, and the secret dies with her. Since Angie is still alive, Barbie rescues her and hands her off to Big Jim because the clinic is too far away and the police car's tires are slashed. No matter what this girl does, she always ends up in the arms of a Rennie man.
After the town has basically destroyed itself, it starts to rain. Guns, gas bombs, and broken windows -- nothing can stop the fighting except rain. As it pours, people celebrate and stop the chaos. Just a minute ago they were bashing each other's heads into racks of potato chips but now that it's raining, everyone is a neighbor again.
Julia, Dodee, Joe and Norrie head to the edge of the dome, hoping that maybe the rain signals an end to the trapping. Nope. Instead they realize that the dome is now self-sufficient, and can produce its own evaporating system. Dodee also proclaims that because of this, the water is purified and even safe to drink.
By the end of the episode, everyone is relieved, bloodied and even more confused. Dodee and Julia find out that the noise is coming from Joe and Norrie, who confess that they seem to have some sort of connection to the dome. Norrie saved her mom's life (for now) by stealing insulin from a child. Morals go out the window when the dome comes down. Barbie and Julia finally embrace and share a kiss in the rain a la The Notebook. And lastly, Big Jim makes a "deal" with Angie that if she keeps quiet about his crackpot son, he'll make sure she and her brother are taken care of. She agrees because apparently she hasn't learned not to trust that family yet.
"Under the Dome" airs Mondays, 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
"Big Jim doesn't see himself as a bad guy. He thinks he's doing right, he thinks he is the chosen leader of the town. He does save the town a number of times. Certain people, if they keep the trains running, see themselves as the right person for the job even though the way they go about doing that isn't necessarily all that kosher. There's a side of him that's as dark as ever. He has moments where he'll go to the dark side like that, which is really the fun part about playing him. I would really like the audience to go, 'Big Jim's a sweet guy, he's not really a bad guy,' then all of a sudden, in a heartbeat, the reptilian part comes out."
"The dome is a device, it's a fish bowl, and you put a bunch of fish in a fish bowl and bang on it and you see how they react. You'll see some fish eat other fish, you'll have other fish fight the fish that are eating the other fish, but that's kind of what this is, an experiment. But, also, we're dealing with the added element of what is this thing, where did it come from, is it man-made, is it other-worldly? What are the limitations of this world in which we now find outselves?"
"How do I play a character who is so determined not to examine her own life and her own choices and how far will I go in pursuit of a story to avoid that? The more my own life starts to fall apart in the show, the more obsessed I have to be with the dome and everything that's happening in Chester's Mill. We flirt with every possible outcome that thing could be. We examine it in many, many, many ways and it's still standing at the end of the day, so draw your own conclusions as to what that is, why that is, how that is, but as far as where we are in episode 10 right now, we're still perplexed and finding out some interesting stuff."
"There are two sides to Junior, the public persona that his dad wants him to be, the town jock and bully jerk, and there's the broken child that is inside Junior that he probably is more connected to because of past history with family and losing his mother at a young age. He finds this thing in Angie that fills this gap that's missing in his heart. He gets obsessed and wants to keep that quality. He wants to keep that love as much as he can so he does what he does."
"It's not like we have a clear trajectory of where we're going. We just get to play it episode by episode, which is awesome. It's so much more fun that way because we're living it as the characters are. In a show like this, we can go at any moment. I'm not dead yet..."
"I felt he was kind of simple, but because of his lack of parents (who are on the outside) and his sister isn't around, he has to grow up a little bit. He has to figure things out. So Joe does a lot of growing up in the first episodes. He goes on his instincts. Joe loves this. The dome may be a scary thing but it's also the most exciting thing that's ever happened in Chester's Mill. It's something to talk about, to think about; what is this thing and how can he figure it out? What does he have to do?"
"With Linda, what you see is what you get. As to why I stayed in town and why I became a cop, why I'm such a tough girl and I don't have parents, there's a story to be had there. But for the most part, what you see is what you get. It's very vulnerable, when you have somebody that doesn't have a clear past or history, it's like, Where are you gonna go? Who are you, really? Is the dome going to change you?"
"It's interesting where [the writers are] going; we make our speculations and we're totally wrong and blown away. There are some skills you have in life and in a crisis situation, they're heightened. [Dodee] gets a line to the outside world. Technology makes sense to her, people don't. Stepping out of the radio station and getting to interact with everyone, it's different. Because she doesn't necessarily trust anyone. She's keeping everything that she's finding pretty close to her and not really trusting everyone. She has some unique skill sets that she doesn't want everyone to know that she has."
"A lot of times, network TV isn't notable for bravery because what happens is you have a lot of executives who feel like the concept is a Christmas turkey. This is the most beautiful Christmas turkey I have ever seen. Let's sit down and have dinner. And when dinner is over, we're going to turkey sandwiches, and then the next day we're going to have turkey meatloaf and the day after that we're going to have turkey tetrazzini, turkey soup until there's nothing left but the bones. There's a tendency to run things until they're threadbare. I have no idea how far they're going to go or what they're going to do with it. But the one thing I've said to all the writers and to the people, the executives who are involved with this is, let's be thinking ahead all the time about how we're going to button this up. Because what guys like me do is, I run the story. And there's always more surprise. There can always be another story. And if you like 'Under the Dome' well then maybe there'll be something else that will come along. Who knows?"
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