And Twig professes his feelings for Maddie in 'No Place That Far'
It’s finally time to find out what’s been happening with Juliette and the Church of Coherent Philosophy down in Bolivia in “No Place That Far.”
We open the episode with Miss Barnes storming up to a member of the church’s management to complain about the “unconscionable” way the place is being run: A woman just fainted because she worked a 12-hour day. The faintee had been put on “extra duty,” which basically meant that despite repeatedly asking for breaks, she was denied any chance to rest and wound up unconscious.
Incensed by the severe mismanagement she’s witnessed over the past few weeks, J takes it to Darius, telling him she can’t stay there after seeing what she’s seen. He tells her she can’t give up on her journey, and that he needs her to help make things right. She agrees to stay for now to help, but then she’s going home!
Later, she’s packing when a couple of stern-looking souls named Bill and Sharon (of course) come by to go over the claims of abuse she reported to Darius. They tell her the volunteer gave a different account of events, and so they want to know why she’s chosen to make such serious false allegations against the movement. Wonderful. Jules sees through their manipulative ways and tells them their act won’t work with her. She tries to leave for her flight, but creepy Bill and Sharon tell her she’s in no condition to travel. J’s all, “Try and stop me,” so they literally do by bringing in a security guard and locking her in her room until she gets out of her “agitated” state.
The next day, B and S want to have a real conversation with Juliette now that she’s had time to reflect. They’ve also installed a woman named Rosa in Juliette’s room to supervise her at all times. They inform her they’re fully within their rights to keep her under supervision since she’s had episodes like this before and tell her they’ll let her go home if she accepts help to understand why she’s so angry and why she makes up allegations. Understandably, Juliette is furious.
After two days, they’re still keeping her locked in her room. Getting desperate, Juliette starts to work on her ward, imploring Rosa to help her. Rosa lets slip that the management doesn’t genuinely believe J is emotionally unstable, they just think she’s a troublemaker. That night, Juliette wakes up and vomits. Knowing her own body, she immediately realizes she’s pregnant. She tells Rosa she needs to see a doctor, but Rosa tells her to keep quiet and do nothing until she returns. When she gets back, Juliette is singing to her unborn child in bed, and Rosa, overhearing, softens a little. She brings J a pregnancy test, and yes, as she thought, it’s positive! Once again, Juliette tries to appeal to Rosa, asking if she could imagine having her child locked up. Rosa, it turns out, doesn’t need to imagine that: The church has her sons on lockdown too. Clearly afraid of the crazies at the head of this cult, Rosa implores Juliette just to submit to them. Ah, but poor Rosa has no idea who she’s dealing with. International country superstar/plane-crash survivor Juliette Barnes submits to no one. But she will pretend to.
The next day when she meets with Bill and Sharon, she tells them her allegations were just a reaction to seeing someone else’s pain. They bring up her abuse, convincing her she lashed out because she was reminded of her own pain. Juliette wipes tears from her cheeks and agrees with everything they say in fake submission. Then she walks out the room and smiles. Girl’s got a plan. (Recap continues on page 2)