Outside the house, several young adults are building a boat — an ark actually. It was not absolutely clear to me whether they were dismantling the wood from the church to use as planks for the vessel. But I suspect yes. And if you’re wondering, I’m 99 percent sure their backyard church is different from the one that Nora/Sarah visits in the near future.
Chief takes some measure of satisfaction at the sight of the ark, and he notes to the youngsters that it’s for the flood — though their ambiguous reaction doesn’t necessarily confirm his hopes. Inside, he digs for food in the freezer and finds Grace’s family photo album. We review the Playford family’s history, meet the couple’s five adopted children, see the seesaw near the pond that will soon be used for a more sinister purpose. And we find a page of Scripture, Isaiah 41, and Chief’s thumb points to the following passage: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Chief falls asleep, and when he wakes, it’s night, and he limps outside to witness the confusing commotion from episode 2 — Grace and three other ladies drowning Australian Kevin in the pond. They shoot Chief with a tranquilizer and wait until morning.
Grace pours Kevin tea when he wakes. She admits to killing Australian Kevin and shares her tragic Departure story. Is it okay to say that hers is the worst of anyone’s? She lost her pastor husband and assumed her five children vanished instantaneously with him. But it turned out that only her husband had departed, and the young children, terrified to be alone when it happened, set out to find Grace or any other adult in town. Two years later, Grace learned the awful truth: The children had died alone in the wilderness, their bones discovered on her property, a site now marked by the cross that inadvertently saved Chief’s life. There, she found him lying like a fallen angel. There, she found the page from the Book of Kevin that told of a police chief named Kevin “who passed into the land of the dead and spoke to them and freed them from their pain and rose again.” And just 20 kilometers away lived a police chief named Kevin. God was speaking to her — and testing her like Abraham had been tested. This was not her son, but he was an innocent man. “I thought you were sent by God, sent with a message just for me,” she tells Chief. “But you’re not an angel. There is not a message. And God doesn’t care about me. It’s all just a story I told myself. It’s just a stupid silly story and I believed it because… I’ve got to be crazy, haven’t I?”
“I’ve got to be crazy” is The Leftovers’ version of “Watcha talkin’ about, Willis.” And Chief speaks Grace’s language: “I don’t think you’re crazy at all. You just got the wrong Kevin.”
And the right Kevin is heading to Australia.