This article contains spoilers for the Evil Season 2 premiere. The power of Christ compels you… not to continue reading unless you have seen the episode.
Did Satan and his minions corrupt Kristen Bouchard? and pushed her to serve as an infantryman in their infernal army? At the end of the Evil Season 2 premiere, it’s still unclear. But one thing we do know: Kristen definitely killed Orson Leroux.
It’s been a while since we’ve hung out with David, Kristen, and Ben – the Season 1 finale aired in January 2020 – but it looks like time hasn’t passed as we return in the evening. where serial killer Leroux was offended. And then Ben gets a visit from some sort of succubus and Leland wants an exorcism and “Feliz Navidad” is unfolded in a seriously unsettling way and… well, let’s get into the events of “N Is For Night Terror”, of okay?
DON’T YOU WANT TO TAKE ME TO FUNKYTOWN? | The hour opens with the final moments of the season 1 finale: Kristen receives the call that Leroux has been clubbed to death, presumably by his wife. Next, Dr Bouchard takes a rosary out of a bathroom vanity drawer and is shocked when he burns his hand. But (essentially) single moms don’t have time for existential crises! So she puts some balm on the wound and walks outside, where she pulls a bloody ax from its trunk and begins digging a hole in the backyard. One of her daughters is watching her from a second story window (I would put some money in to have it Lexis, especially depending on what happens later in the episode), but when Kristen goes upstairs to check on the girls, they are all asleep.
Downstairs, she washes the ice ax carefully in the kitchen sink, then hangs it in the cupboard under an umbrella. She thinks of calling Andy, but instead dials David. But he left for a run late at night without his phone. “Please God help me,” he cries out, panting, and as someone who loves to run but often thinks she might die doing so, I can understand. “Help me see,” he continues, and oh, yes, he’s talking about his vision.
The gash in his side bleeds through his bandages when he comes home. Is he soaking an alcohol swab? peroxide? And presses him against the cut, which hurts so much that he screams and then collapses to the floor. It comes back to the vision of Kristen, the hoofed beast and the scythe in the field… only this time, Leland is there, dancing to “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc .. (Side note: Bwahahahaha and WHAT IS THIS? SHOW, EVEN?)
GUESS WHO’S BACK? | The next day, David, Ben and Kristen inform Bishop Marx of their suspicions regarding RSM Fertility: “A demonic presence is trying to corrupt a generation by manipulating their eggs,” David reports. An incredulous Marx is like, “Cool, cool. Anyway, I have a new assessment for you. He describes a new parishioner who has donated a lot of money to the church and who seeks an exorcism because he orchestrated his own diabolical subjugation, aka “in his youth he let himself be possessed”.
As you might have guessed from the promos and that, that parishioner is Leland Townshend. And when it presents itself, our holy trinity is apoplectic. “We can’t believe a word that comes out of this f-ker’s mouth,” says Kristen, reveling in the CBS-to-Paramount + show’s new ability to curse. David is also, though less colorful, against working with the man who undermined them from the start. But Ben offers a different perspective: Leland’s decision is obviously some kind of scam, “so let’s cheat him” by agreeing to evaluate him. His reasoning? Even his lies will reveal truths they could use.
During all of this, Ben looks at Kristen with a lot of suspicion. “Is there something I should be worried about there?” he asks, openly pointing out that she had blood on her leg the day Leroux was killed. She curiously avoids his question, instead asking him to check the metal of the rosary she touched, which left her with a “rash,” she said.
A first conversation with Leland goes something like this. He says he wants an exorcism because he’s in love with Sheryl and “my darker nature has had a pretty free reign.” He remembers warding off the devil as a teenager “while my parents were watching M * A * S * H in the next room”, and he did so to orchestrate the death of a driver from bus that tormented him. David asks what the devil looked like and is surprised when Leland quite accurately describes the creature in David’s visions.
KRISTEN IS CLEANED | It wasn’t until Kristen’s date with Dr. Boggs that we get absolute clarity on what happened with Leroux. After she makes sure he won’t tell the police – because apparently therapists are only required to do so if a client talks about a crime that’s going to take place, not one in the past? – she blurted out, “I killed someone.”
As she relates, she grabbed the ice ax and went to his house, then murdered him – but not in self-defense. He laughed at her saying he was going to call the police because she was threatening him, and when they took her away he was going to go to her house and kill her children. “Couldn’t you find… any other way?” Kurt asks uncomfortably; Kristen answers no. And she really doesn’t care what she’s done. “I can’t change my actions,” she said firmly, “and I wouldn’t.” They then discuss the burn on his hand, which he believes could be a psychosomatic symptom of his struggle with committing such a terrible act. She just wants a prescription. So he writes one down, then tells her to come back soon.
When she gets home, there’s blood splatter on the floor and a bloody handprint on a wall, so Kristen grabs a baseball bat and follows the trail upstairs. Turns out it’s just Lexis, bleeding profusely from her mouth. Kristen watches and… are those fangs growing out of her child’s gums? She touches one and he cuts her finger, but Mama Bouchard pushes back any horror she might be feeling and assures Lexis that all is well.
Ben appears shortly after, a little embarrassed by the blood (it’s really a LOT) but excited by his discovery: the rosary cross is made of cobalt, which can burn when heated, for example with a hair straightener. or a hair dryer nearby.
BEN HAS A FRIEND | David & Co. discover that a bus driver died in a fire accident in 1978, but when Kristen calls Leland’s ex-wife to discuss, she learns that he has never taken the bus and has never taken the bus. would have had no interaction with the driver. “Of course I lied, I’m possessed,” he says when confronted with the truth. “Did you really think the devil’s offspring would be honest with you?” But he’s got more evidence, he swears, showing them the back of his earlobe, which sports a stick-and-poke tattoo of the number 8. He reports it’s a countdown. the number of months allocated to get them to help. him, and that the tattoo happened one excruciatingly painful night while he was alone in his apartment. As he talks about his torment, Kristen smiles.
One more thing: Leland questions Ben about what he believes, then says cryptically, “You’re going to have a dream tonight, Ben.” The one you’ve never had before. Indeed, that evening, Ben receives a visit from a female nocturnal terror like the George of Kristen. She’s sassy and terrifying, and Ben is very scared but very rational. “This is taken from today’s speech. Leland put that in my head, ”he says, fear mounting, then wakes up.
‘MIAM MIAM’ | Courtesy of Leland, Kristen, David and Ben walk around her apartment. “He’s playing with us,” she notes after finding the place devoid of almost all of her belongings except for a copy of a book called Devil’s Bargain displayed prominently on the nightstand. Then they open her closet and HOLY GOD WHAT IS WAITING IN, there’s a stuffed dog that appears and sings “Feliz Navidad”, and – as you might have guessed. – that scares me.
Eventually, they realize that the dog is not just an annoying vehicle for a fear of jumping: it is an alarm. They pull out the drawer it’s in and discover two things: a terrible smell and the sigil card. They realize that Sheryl had to take it and deliver it to Leland, who made marks all over the place. They take a picture, then hand the card over. On the way out, an upside down cross hanging over a door falls and hits Kristen on the head; inside they find a do-it-yourself tattoo kit.
They confront Leland about it at his desk the next day, but he takes it without hesitation. And when Kristen calls her ex again, she learns the woman is in a coma from a car accident – and Leland seems to have known it happened. Slightly disheveled, Kristen sits down in Leland’s office (as he laughs, she wonders why, and he notes “It’s just the chair – knowing who else is sitting there.” Ha!) She starts off. going through the psychological tests we’ve had I’ve seen her use before, the true / false questions and the like, but eventually gives up, asking “How crazy are you, Leland?”
Leland explains how easy it was to bribe, but “David will be harder. It is the real price. Apparently her plan is to get her away from David from the priesthood, using the safety of her daughters as an incentive to do so. Quasi-Father Acosta is two months away from ordination, Leland points out, “two months of potential sexual activity. Yum yum. ”Kristen later reports to David and Ben that Leland is a psychopath with a narcissistic personality disorder.
But Bishop ignores this diagnosis and recommends exorcism, with the caveat that Kristen, Ben, and David be there as he just happens to be “my skeptical eyes” during the procedure.
ONLINE FRAUD | If you’re worried about what happened to Vampire Lexis… you probably should be. Kristen takes her to the dentist for surgery to resolve the issue, but Lexis ends up biting the doctor’s finger very badly, breaking it (and / or severing it?) Before Kristen kicks her out.
Elsewhere, because Ben installed spyware on Leland’s computer during their visit, he is able to keep tabs on him in his apartment. So, one night, Ben opens the software and is greeted by Leland who is staring at his computer screen. Soon it becomes clear that Leland is following / mirroring Ben’s movements. And then he starts to laugh maniacally and bend over the screen and how can something so simple be so scary ?!
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