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The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 2 Recap | Don’t Be Ridiculous

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The Wu Tang Band of podcasters Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) recap episode 2 of The Leftovers season 3. Josh and Antonio bring the ruckus and smoke their way through some coping mechanisms after the latest developments in Jarden, Eminence, and everything in between (aka St. Louis and Australia.)

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  • Matthew Murphy

    So we’re definitely getting a scene where our Kevin gets dunked by these weird Australian ladies. And are they going to have to bring his body back to Jarden John Locke style? This season especially has a lot of Lost vibes. Hope he can stick the landing.

    • TrentC

      The ladies look to be affiliated with Kevin’s Dad. I hope he can put the brakes on any plan they may have for Kevin.

  • Carrie Coon is incredible. I hope after The Leftovers & Fargo she gets more and more leading roles in highly acclaimed stuff because every time she’s on screen I’m fixated by every word and expression.

  • Matthew Murphy

    I couldn help but think of a “these aren’t our dingos” situation in Australia after October 15.

  • TrentC

    I think I fell in love with Carrie Coon last night. Great episode and without hearing the podcast, you have to love how they leaned into the Perfect Strangers song over the credits. This show consistently amazes me.

  • GeekFurious

    I have a lot of questions I could ask or comments I could make but all I want to do is talk about the space doggies arriving in the finale to ruin Antonio’s 2017.

  • eccola, la lei

    I think it’s interesting how the “Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse” ask two questions: is your name Kevin, and are you the chief of police. This shows that this is the only identifying information they have from the Book of Kevin (no nationality, appearance, etc.) and, technically, wouldn’t this description apply to Kevin Sr as well? I think it shows that they either don’t know Kevin Sr yet (they only know the Book of Kevin somehow) or Kevin Sr has been telling the story without saying it is about his son for some reason.

  • HomerBrannon1

    Wasn’t Michael writing a blog when he closed the laptop and Kevin facetiously asked if he was looking at porn? Maybe he’s the culprit in spreading Kevinism around the world.

    • Andiamo

      He was looking at a Mapleton website. Maybe researching for the Book? Still might’ve put in online, but not right then.

      • HomerBrannon1

        Oh yeah, good point.

  • Luke Mild

    So funny that you guys mentioned Summer Heights High and Jonah because towards the end of the episode, I thought that one of the four horse-women looked strangely familiar…

  • Andiamo

    I think these folks are trying so hard to believe something that they’re going to bring the “apocalypse” on themselves. We already have Matt letting people believe in a departure that didn’t happen, just so people will keep believing that something will happen.

    Australia the same thing is happening, but it seems even more advanced. I thought the whole Four horsewoman scene was pretty telling. The women obviously want to believe so badly that even though Aussie Chief Kevin is a complete d*ck, they still think he’s the second coming of Christ. When Grace says she needs his help, and asks him to come with them, he curses her out, so the other woman (Florence) shoots him with a dart.

    Grace: “Jesus, Florence.”

    Florence: “He wasn’t coming”

    So what do they do, they tie him up and take him. In other words. “Jesus, you are coming whether you like it or not!”

    Also, after obsessively looking at the police station walls, I noticed something about the posters. The Stop Arson poster by the TV actually said Stop Bushfire Arson if you look closely. So people must be trying to recreate the Burning Bush. Also, the other poster I could make out said You Can Stop Really Bad Days with a cop and a woman with her arm in a cast. (Like the anti-matter version of Kevin and Nora)

    The main focus of the police force seems to about be preventing people from harming themselves or doing things to try to recreate biblical prophecy. And this must’ve been going on long enough that they made some fancy posters about it.

    • TrentC

      With Holy Kevin, Nora, the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse and Kevin’s Dad all on a collision course, this is going to get electric.

  • Andiamo

    They yadda yadda’ed right over the fact that Mary left Miracle, and is apparently not in a coma again. So…..?

    • eccola, la lei

      Good point. This implies that Matt is also wrong in thinking Kevin can only come back to life in Miracle.

      • Andiamo

        I think it proves that Matt was wrong, but not much else. Matt was convinced she would go into a coma again if she left, but Matt’s logic is all over the place. Nora wheeled Mary out into the encampment after she woke up, and she was fine. Kevin came back to life, but didn’t go back to being dead when he stepped outside of Miracle. So “miracles” may happen inside, but there’s nothing showing they unhappen outside.

        It’s so hard to know what’s going on with both Mary and Kevin though, right? They never even talked about if Mary remembered being in the hotel.

        If I had to guess, as long as Kevin is near an Axis Mundi/portal type of location he’ll come back to life. Since we heard the story about the Australian guy (David Burton) who also said he couldn’t die, and Kevin Sr. was able to communicate with Kevin in the hotel while he was in AU, I’m thinking Kevin will not be dying in Australia any time soon. But what do I know.

    • Rubicon

      I wonder what caused his blood nose?

      • Andiamo

        Is there such a thing a guilt induced nosebleed? Because Matt’s incessant dabbing of the rug while Nora was talking to him about lying seemed like an “Out, out damned spot” moment to me.

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    Just stopping by to say WU TANG!

  • Brendan Fitzpatrick

    Not that i’ve super analyzed them myself, but do you think there’s anything we can interpret or read in to from the lyrics of either “Perfect Strangers Theme” Or Wu Tang’s :”Protect ya Neck”?

    • Brendan Fitzpatrick

      Wu Tang Clan: Protect Ya Neck.

      Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to welcome to you
      All the way from the slums of Shaolin
      Special uninvited guests
      Came in through the back door
      Ladies and gentlemen, it’s them!

      Dance with the mantis, note the slim chances
      Chant this, anthem swing like Pete Sampras
      Taking it straight to Big Man On Campus
      Brandish your weapon or get dropped to the canvas
      Scandalous, made the metro panic
      Cause static, with or without the automatic
      And while I’m at it, yo, you got cash, pass it
      It’s drastic, gotta send half to Dirty Bastard

      Hey yo, hey yo
      Waves is spinning, blades is spinning
      Slay em in the eighth inning
      Stay truck, god stay playing linen
      Kill rap, observe the uptowns, ho, feel that
      Mink jeans on, seen where the real at
      2000 zitos, moving with a ill ego
      For real, for real, ill lines, ill people
      Yo, bring it back, 9 more civilians
      Pollyin deals, monopoly and bills
      Why y’all niggas lying
      Caught 300, lab look royal wit a mean stomach
      Go broke, all seen, done it
      Words from the heavy set
      If I don’t eat, then we already met
      Fly ass bro, liver than coke

      Now what Clan you know wit lines this ill?
      Bust shots at Big Ben like we got time to kill
      Niggas can’t gel or I’m just too high to tell
      Put on my gasoline boots and walk through hell
      Wit 9 generals, 9 ninjas in your video
      9 milli blow, semi auto wit no serial
      Man metaphysical, I speak for criminals
      Who don’t pay they bills on time and fuck wit digital
      Never seen, smoke a bag of evergreen
      My sword got a jones, more heads for the severing
      Johnny in the dungeon, taking all bets, throw ya ones in
      Scared money don’t make money, throw ya guns in

      That’s word to Jah Mo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
      Blowing hydro on a beach wit Tamiko
      My gun bullet hollow for you to swallow
      Blowing the nozzle, hear it whistle
      One in the head, this is code red, man for dead
      X amount of lead spray from the barrel
      Heat clear the street like Connor O’Carroll
      Fully equipped, rifles, banana clip shit
      To make my niggas from East New York flip

      Yo, you may catch me in a pair of Polo Skipperys, matching cap
      Razor blades in my gum’s (Bobby!)
      You may catch me in yellow Havana Joe’s goose jumper
      And my phaser off stun (Bobby!)
      Why y’all might just catch me in the park playing chess, studying math
      Signin 7 and a sun (Bobby!)
      But you won’t catch me without the ratchet, in the joint
      Smoked out, dead broke or off point (Bobby!)

      Wallo’s comfortable, chocolate frosting
      Your socks hanging out, yours is talking
      Rock so steadily, son, I’m still crazy
      Sport my old Force MD furs in the 80’s
      Nat Turners wit burners, Jackie Joyner-Kersee
      Taught why y’all niggas how to rap, reimburse me
      Rothsdale’s, ruby red sales, Bloomingdale’s, blocks
      Ox tails chopped up in Caribbean spots
      I’m nice, maxed out, creeping wit the ax out
      Murder these bikini bitches, switching with they backs out

      Niggas want to pop shit, I pop clips
      Bitch, I’ll put my dick on ya lips
      Alabama split, hammer slay quick
      That David Banner gamma ray shit
      Shells in the mouth, jailhouse snitch
      My powder voice, Snow White stiff
      Verbal killas, gorilla grip
      God body shit, puff Marley spliffs

      You might see me in a 6, that’s not my style
      You might see me wit a bitch, that’s not my child
      I be in the benzo, keep a low profile
      Dead serious, take flicks and don’t smile
      Trying to get money, why y’all cats is wild
      I pose for the clothes, make a song like wild
      I’m a chip off the board game, got sword game
      Live life to the fullest, still want more fame
      Darts on layaway, beats on standby
      Outfits pressed up, ready for airtime

      Run on the track like Jesse Owens
      Broke the record flowing, without any knowing
      That my wordplay run the 400 meter relay
      It’s on once I grab the baton from the DJ
      A athlete wit his iron cleat in the ground
      Wildest nigga who sprint off the gun sound
      The best time yet still 7.0
      Swift flow made the cameramen clothes blow

      • TrentC

        I’m a little older than Antonio and watched Perfect Strangers when it aired. Here’s the lyrics. Nothing really too deep:

        Sometimes the world looks perfect,
        Nothing to rearrange.
        Sometimes you just get a feeling
        Like you need some kind of change.

        No matter what the odds are this time,
        Nothing’s going to stand in my way.

        This flame in my heart,
        Like a long lost friend
        Gives every dark street a light at the end.

        Standing tall, on the wings of my dream.
        Rise and fall, on the wings of my dream.

        The rain and thunder
        The wind and haze
        I’m bound for better days.

        It’s my life and my dream,
        Nothing’s going to stop me now.

        (Nothing’s going to stop me)

        It’s my life and my dream,
        Nothing’s going to stop me now.

        Nothing’s going to stop me now.

        • Charles Bikle

          As far as late 80’s sitcom theme songs go, it’s pretty bland & generic, much like the show itself (although Bronson Pinchot, and Mark Lynn-Baker are talented).

    • Andiamo

      I thought a lot of the episode was about how Nora has desperately been trying to maintain control, and it’s not really working. (The thing that seems to convince Nora to try the insane radiation idea was Mark Linn-Baker telling her he doesn’t want to die, he wants to take some f***ing control.)

      I don’t know if the Wu Tang lyrics mean anything, but the title may. The fantastic Regina King reminds her that letting go can make you feel better, but “Protect ya Neck”, meaning you still have to maintain some balance (literally and figuratively.) I thought that whole scene was awesome.

  • Justin Curry

    The Kangaroo apocalypse is upon us

  • TrentC

    So was it a big deal that all of the electronics went wonky Nora tried to use? I found the infant on the lap airport check in scene poignant because I believe it led to her side trip to see Lily.

    This has be the only show where two women bouncing on a trampoline can stir up feelings of potential dread.

  • Edwin Johnson

    Honest question. Will we get a Wutang cover of Let The Mystery Be?

    • Andiamo

      That would be awesome for the finale.

  • Coa0928

    Who is to say the Australia scene was 7 years after the first Oct. 14 and not the second big Oct 14. the main timeline is leading up to? Meaning, it is actually 14 years after the departures

  • Dave Bertera

    Another interesting Lost connection: Sam Anderson, who played Bernard on Lost, also played a recurring character on Perfect Strangers. I wonder if he too is one of the Deaparted like most of the Perfect Strangers series regulars? For that matter, what other Lost cast members could have departed? Matthew Fox? Or (say it isn’t so) Evangeline Lilly??

    • Andiamo

      Well, we know Penny didn’t depart, because she keeps calling Nora.