If you’re still rooting for Julia and Barbie’s romance, than, boy, is “Plan B” the episode of Under the Dome for you. And if not, well… it looks like Big Jim might actually still have a little heart left in him. So that has to count for something, right?
It was one step forward, one step backward for the resistance this week, as they regrouped following the destruction of Christine’s precious mines and amethysts.
They’ve gone into hiding at the town funeral home (which, if everyone who’s died since the show began actually came through there, would be a surprisingly popular place. But there’s apparently little need to honor the dead when townspeople are dropping like flies) while their previous hideout, the Aktaion house on Bird Island, is set aflame by Barbie and his merry band of redshirts.
Barbie soon has more on his mind than killing Julia, though‚ he’s an expecting father! Yes, his one night with Eva led to her pregnancy (maybe those cocoons were laced with fertility pills), and it’s no normal baby on the way. As Christine explains, the baby is the group’s new queen as her time in control winds down (You tell a baby before it’s born that it can be anything it wants when it grows up and suddenly it’s looking to become a queen. What a cocky alien baby.) Their baby will lead the way, and they won’t have to wait long to greet it into the world thanks to the apparently expedited pregnancy. They would presumably still have to wait for the child to mature, though, unless Christine expects the child to be born right into adulthood.
The only thing left for the soon-to-be father to do is to ensure his child and its mother are safe. That means one thing to the brainwashed Barbie—killing Julia. So he and Eva plot to trick Julia into meeting with Barbie under the guise that he still has feelings for her and has returned to normalcy. So he makes the call (while Eva oddly decides to kiss and fawn over him as if that wouldn’t be distracting), and Julia agrees to meet.
But Julia isn’t a total idiot (this week). She comes to the backroad-set meeting, gun drawn on Barbie, who makes a plea that he’s regained his sanity. She allows him to get close, and at first, it seems too close. The two hug and Barbie reaches for the gun tucked in her waist, but Julia came prepared, and drugs Barbie. He collapses, as big Jim stands behind him, watching with such pure sadistic glee in his eyes I was surprised he didn’t cackle and start firing his gun like Yosemite Sam.
Now, Jim’s not a big fan of the idea to free those stuck in the kinship. He sees them as lost causes, and he’d prefer to take the easy route—killing them—rather than go through the effort of saving them. But Julia says no to the god damn negativity, Jim, she doesn’t need it. She’s an idea woman, while Jim’s more of the shooty type, so they settle for a middle ground—torture.
NEXT: Can Julia really save Barbie, and does Big Jim actually care (about anyone)?