Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Under the Dome recap: Breaking Point

Jim and Julia attempt to hit the kinship where it hurts, and they’ve brought plenty of C4 to help.

Posted on

Brownie Harris/CBS

Under the Dome

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Jeff Fahey, Colin Ford, Natalie Martinez, Mike Vogel

The resistance force was in full effect on this week’s Under the Dome. And by full effect, I mean that Big Jim actually gets something done during “Breaking Point” while the rest of the group run into plenty of trouble as they try to accomplish their given tasks.

Rather than sitting around Bird Island, Jim, Julia, Joe, Norrie, and Hunter want to take action. Julia would like to use emotions to wage their war—Jim would prefer bullets. But he’ll have to wait, as Joe, Norrie, and Julia plan a reconnaissance mission into town while Joe hangs back to keep an eye on Hunter.

When they arrive at the entrance to the mines, they discover that Christine has awoken from her cocooned resting place. She’s drained the dome’s amethysts of most of their power, not just to heal herself, but to fake an apocalypse outside the dome.

Yes, the cataclysmic end of times vision appearing outside the dome was just that—a vision. Christine concocted it to bring the dome together and, in their brainwashed state, all the townspeople happily went along with the ploy. Now, she wants them to save the rest of the amethysts dying in the cave. She believes bringing them to the surface will help to recharge them (how or why that would work is left unexplained, leaving us to assume that, like Superman, the dome receives its power from the sun), and so she puts Barbie in charge of the recovery process while Eva (who has consummated her relationship with Barbie) is on lunch duty.

Julia uses this time to strike, luring Barbie away from the group, attempting to convince him that he won’t truly be happy with this group. As much as he may be programmed to think he belongs to Eva, to Christine, and to this version of the town, Julia wants him to believe he doesn’t. She leaves him to wonder where he stands while she goes off to radio Jim and tell him Christine has returned.

This kicks Jim into action, and he doesn’t mind leaving Hunter alone now that Indy has taken a liking to him. But he’s not going into town empty-handed. He and Hunter made connection to the outside world, to a woman named Lilly. She’s the new Hunter, and she helps Jim secure a care package of explosives.

Jim takes it into town to meet with Julia, promising that people may die, but they have to take action no matter who is in the line of fire. At first, that just means a single guard who Big Jim kills so that he can enter the mines and begin planting bombs.

And what is the grand queen Christine doing while her flock is put at mortal risk? She’s hoping to turn Sam, who she has locked up in the cellar where Junior once kept Angie. She’s going to make Sam a believer, make the kinship literally flow through him. She transfuses some of her blood into his body, hoping it will take the necessary hold on him. She leaves the final step up to him, and Sam leaves the bunker after looking in an occluded mirror and seeing… something. But whether he saw himself or the CGI mesh of an alien figure that Eva and Christine do remains a mystery.

While Christine attempts to suck Sam into the kinship, Norrie is fighting to pull her mother away from it. She and Joe arrive at the town hall and steal Christine’s secret schematic. They accomplish their mission, but are immediately sidetracked when Norrie decides it’s a good time to attempt to save her mother. She tries to break through with a range of emotions—she appeals to her mother’s nostalgia, she attempts to instill her with fear, anger, remorse, and even blames her for the loss of Norrie’s other mother.

NEXT: Jim attacks the kinship’s caves, but his mission comes at a cost…