“Evil” Recap: Season 2, Episode 12 – “D Is for Doll”
This week Wrong gives us a toy box full of new information about Sheryl’s creepy boyfriend Eddie, but leaves us scratching our heads over how the demonic doll is going to mess things up for everyone – maybe as early as the finale of the season next week?
The hour also offers us a tender and busy interaction between David and Kristen. Oddly, it’s the second “would we be romantic partners in a parallel universe?” conversation that I recapitulated this week. One more, and we’ll have a trend!
Read on for the highlights of âD Is for Dollâ.
DO NOT OPEN THE CHEST! | Let’s do the doll stuff first. A widower named Nathan (played by Chicago Med ‘s Ato Essandoh) with a teenage son comes to Church with reports that he felt a dark presence in his home. At first it seemed to focus on him. Then he became more interested in his child, Elijah – to the point that the boy believed he was pushed by some invisible force, which resulted in a broken arm.
When David, Kristen and Ben arrive at Nathan’s, they find a stain on Elijah’s ceiling; Nathan thinks it’s water seeping from the attic above. The trio go up to the smelly attic and find a trunk tied with rope. Nathan says his deceased wife’s belongings are stored there; when Ben opens the chest, he finds inside a porcelain doll similar to Sheryl’s Eddie.
Indeed, this doll is also called Eddie. Nathan reports that his wife bought it at a flea market 10 years ago, and that it came with a long list of rules for caring for the item. But she told him she got rid of it. Our team was called home soon after, as Elijah felt the presence again and attempted to saw through his cast – bleeding in the process – to alleviate the feeling of crawling he felt under the cast. This time, when Ben uses UV light to scan the area, she reveals three demonic shadows on the walls of the child’s room.
After David postulates that they witness a demonic infestation, it suffices for Monsignor Korecki to send a qualified layman from the Church named Gregory to the house – although David protests, saying Father Amara would be a better choice. And when Gregory arrives, we see why. He’s a showy, rude, leather-clad amateur who invokes virtually every tropes of exorcism you’ve ever seen in popular media. (To my daytime folks: it also gives off an early ’90s-Todd-Manning-From-A life to live atmosphere, but it’s neither here nor there.) Nathan is impressed, David is embarrassed. But Kristen’s reactions to Gregory’s theatrics are gold.
Kurt followed Kristen & Co., hoping to eventually write a book about their work (despite David and Kristen telling him not to). And after Gregory does his schtick, Kurt has an encounter with a horned figure in the hallway; it gives him a peck on his nose. And yes, what you just imagined is exactly what happened. When Kristen finds Kurt, the figure disappears and the shaken doc doesn’t mention that he saw anythingâ¦ but Kristen notices a black spot on his nose to the touch. So yes, it definitely happened.
Although Ben took the Eddie doll from Nathan’s wife, Nathan asks him to retrieve it: “I didn’t tell you everything,” he confesses, adding that the shadow is still there. He told them that his wife would give Eddie “little gifts to make him happy.” A month after he convinced her to stop and they put the doll in the attic, she died of heart disease.
EDDIE X 3 | Meanwhile, Kristen’s daughter Lynn babysits a baby boy who has a “friend” who tells him what to do. She soon discerns that “the friend” is another Eddie doll – this one dressed as a clown – and at one point, when they are playing hide and seek, it seems a dark figure is sitting in an armchair. rocking in the corner. from the boy’s room. “He just looks small,” the boy said, “but he’s actually big.” Shudder.
When she gets home, the doll is in her bag. But when the boy’s parents come to pick him up, saying the boy is very upset that his toy is missing, Lynn tells Kristen that she does not have Take it. She assumes that the boy put the doll in his backpack because he is afraid of it. And when she goes to retrieve the doll in her bag in the closetâ¦ it’s gone.
We later learn that Laura, the youngest girl, grabbed the toy. And when she goes to put it back on, Liza (aka Tail Daughter) grabs it and mistakenly thinks the doll is the one she saw in Sheryl’s room. So the two sneak into Grandma’s shed, leave Clown Eddie there, and run screaming from the place when the train goes by and makes everything shake.
Let’s put a pin in this plot, because in the meantime, over there in the presbytery …
DOUBT THOMAS DAVID | â¦ David is not sure that becoming a priest is the right thing for him to do. “Spend my whole life without a wife, without children?” Being alone? âHe ponders. At his insistence, she admits that there was a man who fell in love with her years ago, but says no more. (Later we learn that the man married, had children and ultimately committed suicide – and Andrea’s phone number and photo were still in her wallet at the time of her death.) Then she tells him about the meeting she was in. witness between Leland and the Bishop, in which Leland offered his pro bono counseling services to the Church, positioning himself as a believer with a background in psychology – a kind of anti-Kristen. “If you have any doubts, David , go and satisfy them, she said forcefully, because the war begins!
As he reflects on his future, David visits The Gospel Four Square, run by the pastor he met at the party where David punched someone. As well as being a place of worship, Four Square is also a bustling community center involved in social justice work; the pastor reminds David that there is a place for him there, if he wants it. Later, David returns to explain to the pastor why he left the Catholic Church: he fell in love with a nun. And what about the spiritual attack? How does Four Square handle this? “Ah, the sleight of hand stuff,” the pastor replies, laughing like “cartoon Christianity” as he maintains that racism is a much more powerful spiritual attack than possession.
All of these thoughts swirl through David’s head as he and Kristen chat in his bedroom later. âI really struggled this week,â he says. “I just don’t know if I’m doing the right thing.” She gently tells him that he inspires her. âI know you want to be good. There are so few people who want to be good. I worry what will happen if you turn away from “the priesthood,” she adds, saying that she enjoys their time together, but that becoming a priest is “more important.” There is a beat, then DAVID DOES IT ALL.
“Have you ever wondered what it would be like if things turned out differently?” ” he asks. “What if I met you before all of this?” What would we say to each other? She smiles and replies, âYou know I know that. There is a little hesitation, then David throws caution (and potentially his priestly necklace) to the wind: “Are we in love?” She nods. I DIE. Then Kristen gets up, walks over to David and places her palm on his chest. “Go get ordered,” she said, then left the room. (Side note: My very in-depth and scholarly notes from this sequence read, âAGGHHHHHHHHHH.â Seriously, go back and watch this scene again. Katja Herbers and Mike Colter are so, so good.)
‘DAFFODIL’ | OK, back to the doll business. Edward follows Sheryl out of school and, once the girls are inside, makes a proposal, “I ask you to do two things.” If you do, I give you one thing, “adding that the mysterious item in question is” priceless “. But she has to accept without knowing what the first two things are. And because Sheryl is making even more terrible decisions than normal this season, she agrees.
The first task: accompany Edward to a meeting in a corporate boardroom, play a game of moving the tile until he says the word “daffodil,” then stand up and slap one. of the meeting participants. She is doing it. As they exit the building afterward, Edward whispers something about her panties, then drops to his knees and runs his hand under her dress. Seems like the elevator car isn’t the only thing going down. Hey-oh!
The second task: escort Edward to dinner, where he casually mentions âdaffodil,â which prompts her to head to another table, implying in front of everyone that she is having an affair with one of the men ( whose wife also appears to be there). She is doing it.
And in the car afterwards, Edward gives his reward to Sheryl: “You graduated,” he says as she unwraps a giant jar containing a shrunken head in liquid. It’s his great-grandfather’s noggin, he informs her. âYou are my successor. This is your seal.
Indeed, at home, Sheryl finds some old jarhead on her Sigil Bingo sheet (aka this large card). She turns to speak to Eddie and notices the new doll instead. So she withdraws her Eddie, draw chalk lines on the floor, then position his clothes: “Father,” she whispers, putting down her shrunken head, “son” (this one is Eddie) and “holy ghost” (the other Eddie). She kneels before them crying. âI’m ready,â she said, her hands folded in prayer. “Use me.”
Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Do you have any predictions for the final? Sound off in the comments!