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Ash Vs. Evil Dead recap: Bound in the Flesh

As Amanda makes a not-so-surprising return, Ruby comes through with the night’s biggest twist

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Ash vs Evil Dead

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless
Action, Comedy, Horror

Ash battled Ash and Amanda returned as a reanimated villain, but the most shocking moment in tonight’s episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead arrived at the installment’s conclusion, with Ruby revealing that she is the author of the Necronomicon. Guessing it might not have been such a good idea to turn the book over to her. Then again, Ash making a poor decision probably is to be expected, especially where evil is concerned.

His generally lousy judgment does at least help save his life temporarily. Poor confused Pablo and Kelly must try to determine a way to tell him apart from his Deadite doppelgänger as the episode opens — not an easy task given that both Ashes are saying totally idiotic things. Each Ash also knows certain private facts about Pablo and Kelly, like, until he was 9, Pablo’s best friend was a cat (Notorious C.A.T.!). Finally one Ash (who turns out to be Real Ash) suggests that they just shoot both of them, that way “the other guy is dead and I don’t have to deal with any of this s— anymore.” Kelly immediately knows what to do, riddling the imposter with bullets. That idea, she points out, only could have come from the real guy — it’s the easy way out. “The only person you’re willing to lay down and die for is you,” she says. Ash responds, “Well, that’s because I’m very important to me.” Pablo offers, “Yeah, we definitely shot the right one.”

As Ash explains Evil Ash’s weird origins, he laments that this recent turn of events cost him his shot with Amanda, whose body is still impaled on the deer antlers. (Wouldn’t you think maybe they’d be a little less cavalier about her death? Well, not Ash, but Pablo and Kelly?) He focuses on the grim business ahead, namely dismembering the bodies to prevent either from returning as a Deadite: “We can’t have hot and sexy coming back to ruin our day.” As he fires up the chainsaw, they hear those three travelers call out a greeting from the woods. (Knew they’d be back.)

Turns out, hiker Brad got them lost — evidently the trail map just stopped making sense (we’ve heard that before). Despite the fact that Pablo, Kelly, and Ash are spattered with blood and armed to the teeth, the group asks if they can sleep overnight at the cabin, or even just camp out front. Conferring with Pablo and Kelly, Ash insists that the trio stay elsewhere: “They’re going to get possessed, and then it’s the night train to Kill-adelphia.” “With stops in Choklahoma City and Die-ami,” Kelly adds. Ash advises them to lead the hikers to safety on a trail behind the cabin, and Pablo signs on eagerly, hoping to find a way to impress the “super cute” Heather. He does get some one-on-one time with her, and she thanks him for his help. But she also wants to know what he, Kelly and Ash are really up to, and she lets it drop that she could get the information out of him, if he didn’t have a girlfriend. A sound from the woods interrupts the conversation, and Pablo draws his gun. She takes his hand just as Kelly glances back at them.

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At the cabin, Ash sets to work to the soothing melodies of Bill Withers’ “Just the Two of Us.”: “Chopping up my evil clone. Maybe someday that will feel weird.” As the blood from the severed body parts seeps across the floor, it makes contact with the Necronomicon — which begins to speak to Ash, addressing him by name. “If you bury me, you’ll stop being a super man and go back to being a stock boy. I’m what makes you special.” Unwilling to listen, Ash throws the book in the refrigerator. Next up? Taking care of Amanda. But when Ash turns the corner, her body is gone. Of course.

NEXT: Ruby saves the day … and then … doesn’t