Under the Dome: Which 'Burning' Questions Were Answered in Week 2? Which Lives Were Lost?

Under the Dome Recap Duke Dead House FireThis week on CBS’ Under the Dome, the residents of Chester’s Mill learned a bit more about their frightful fishbowl, and along the way bid a tragic adieu to two neighbors.

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* In flashback, we learned that Barbie was after Julia’s husband Peter to “pay up,” but was confronting him merely to give a scare. But when Peter pulled a(n empty) pistol, the men scuffled and Peter wound up on the fatal receiving end of a gunshot. Later, after Barbie retrieves his dog tags from the site of the fight, we (and Julia) learn his full name: Dale Barbara. Yeah… “Barbie” might actually be better.

* About the dome itself: By young (and smart!) Joe’s calculations, the barrier measures about 10 miles across, encasing Chester’s Mill and some of an adjacent lake. And while the dome is impervious to lasers and caustic substances (as Dodee overheard on her jerry-rigged military scanner), it does let water seep through (as Joe witnessed firsthand) — but not smoke. Also, the dome is not a military product, and it doesn’t care much for battery-operated things. (Sorry about that, Duke/Lapidus. RIP.)

* Junior (aka Andrew Shue and Andy Samberg’s love child) believes that the dome has “scrambled” imprisoned Angie’s thoughts and thus is responsible for her no longer wanting to canoodle with a complete, all-but-frothing-at-the-mouth lunatic. His endgame: For Angie to remember “what we’re working for” — that is, simpler days of vamping in mall photo booths.

* When Big Jim gleans that Reverend Coggins is high/has been “using our stuff,” it offers a first clue about the mysterious propane stockpiling that Duke was turning a blind eye to. We also learn that the reverend is sinfully clumsy, utterly startled when the wastebasket full of burning propane invoices that he kicks over to the drapes sets those drapes and then Duke’s entire house on fire.

* Bucket brigade buddies Joe and Norrie are, like, totally sweet on each other at first sight!

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* Why did Peter owe money, and to whom?

* What “stuff” can 1) be made from propane, 2) can get you high and 3) could help “save” Chester’s Mill? (Any chemistry majors/retired meth lab cooks wanna help with this one?)

* Why are the military folk on the outside being such tools? Wouldn’t there be a value in communicating with those trapped inside? And why hose the barrier if you’re not going to ask the kid immediately on the other side if water is getting through…?

* What was Duke about to tell Deputy Linda when his pacemaker went boom?

* If I may briefly channel Travolta in Broken Arrow: Now that Freddy has been felled by a ricocheted bullet from Deputy Freak Out’s gun, can people please stop shooting guns at the impervious barrier?!

* How has Bushey not played “Get Lucky” once yet?

What questions do you have coming out of Under the Dome, Week 2?

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  1. l says:

    Do they ever try to dig under it? The thing cant go all the way through the earth

  2. dani n. says:

    Read the book..

    • Len says:

      .. Just skip the ending of it :)

      • Annie says:

        They’ve already indicated they’re not going that route. Not sure what else is left, though.

      • Rob says:

        Having read the excellent book I take slight offense at that! Ha ha. Seriously though, It would be sacrilege to reveal that ending to people watching the TV show since only after 1000+ pages can that make any measure of sense, plus I read in EW that the ending may be changed, even if they get to it in this first 13 episode arc, which I doubt. I assume they will make 13 more for next summer if it is profitable (viewers only count to the networks as stepping stones to profit from advertisers these days). Stephen King said this could never be a movie, but a long series? (If you think 13 episodes is a long series you must be under 25. The X-Files was on for 9 seasons of 25, yes 25 episodes a year).

  3. Julie says:

    I love two things about this article: 1) that you called Junior Andrew Shue’s and Andy Samberg’s love child. Awesome and holy crap he could be their kid; and 2) you made reference to Lapidus because I honestly had no idea what his actual name on the show is (was) but he will always be Lapidus/Kenny Rogers/Burt Reynolds/Chesty to me.

    And the show was good tonight too but seriously…what did they think they were going to accomplish with the bucket assembly line?

    • dan says:

      From the moment I saw Junior in the pilot episode I thought he looked like a good looking, younger Andy Samberg. Your description of him as the lovechild of Samberg and Andrew Shue is perfect! I also wondered why the young kid didn’t show the military guys that the water was seeping through the dome.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        Right? “Hey, guys! Over here, inside the dome! My hand is wet! Or are you not interested in findings??”

  4. grayton says:

    I’m really surprised that CBS didn’t wait to re-air or shuffle this episode due to the tragedy in AZ of 19 firefighters losing their lives…. not such good taste, IMO.

    • Lee Harvey says:


    • M3rc Nate says:

      People all around the world, im sure very near by you or me, are dying in thousands of different ways, yet every day episodes are on tv of murders, rapes, stabbings, shootings, fires etc….get over it. 19 fire fighters bravely gave their lives to stop a fire…so what there should be no fire on tv at all for the next what….1 week? 2 weeks? how long until its not insensitive anymore? The episode had a guy accidentally set a house on fire and was stuck in it, and the town tried to put it out, the guy got saved..i could understand if it was a forest fire and firefighters died fighting it that that would be….POSSIBLY not in good taste to play a day later on TV.

    • Weezy says:

      Another mindless idiot…there is no relationship between a tragedy that happens in the REAL WORLD and a television show. Let’s keep worrying about non-sense…it’s served us well so far.

      • Rob says:

        It would be nice if you could refrain from name-calling. It’s all too prevalent these days and this is a discussion, or should be, about a television show (and fantasy fiction). Many networks do delay sometimes for weeks episodes that parallel real-world tragedies. It’s just the kind thing to do. In this case since the firefighters were not inside the dome, there wasn’t really a parallel. Nonsense to one person is scriptural truth to another, as most adults have learned in life.

        • MrMank says:

          I’ll agree that name-calling is not necessary. That being said, this is the kind of stuff that drives me nuts. Every week there’s a new tragedy, and there always seems to be a show that has some element of said tragedy (although I’ll agree with what most said here…that parallel is REALLY thin in this case). People need to take control of their TVs instead of expecting others to do it for them. It’s really not difficult.

    • Emmapants says:

      That seems like an odd connection to make, considering there were absolutely zero firefighters in this episode…

    • Leigh says:

      Would not have made the same connection.

    • eye says:

      The only shows that can have shuffled episodes are the ones that are more procedural based.

  5. gregk says:

    Being a research chemist, I don’t think the propane can easily be chemically converted into meth, drugs, or anything valuable like this, aside from being a heat or bomb source. Nothing obvious here without some very sophisticated technology.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Thank you lol, i was like “wait…wtf? hes high on…propane?” lol. I would presume if they can make some drug from it or w/e…how it would “help the town” is the town would deal it in some way to make money?

    • dhg says:

      The propane is powering cookers not being used as an ingredient.

    • Len says:

      It’s well known that drug labs, even indoor marijuana gardens, require a great deal of power. The propane is probably used as a power source, rather than take it from the power grid and be noticed for usage.

    • mercury says:

      Actually you can get high on propane.. I’m not a research chemist, just happen to know this one.

  6. Sally says:

    How can Joe not realize that while the whole town is helping put out the fire, his own sister is missing! Come on, some one has got to figure out Angie isnt around..

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Well i would say that isnt exactly a good time, i mean people arent exactly doing a head count or have it on their mind to see where your family is…its only been a day, and hes been out walking around all day studying the dome, so for all he knows shes at home or is around town safe and sound.

    • Babar says:

      From an interview on another site:

      Q: There’s a lot of chaos once the dome drops, but will anyone start to look for her?
      Robertson: She does see her brother before she gets trapped, so the audience is going to think, “Why isn’t her brother looking for her? He knows she’s in the dome along with everyone else.” But it goes back to who she is. She’s a really independent free spirit. She has her own apartment and does whatever she wants to. There is the threat of maybe something happened to her, but there’s also the reasoning that’s just Angie. That’s terrifying for her as well because no one is really looking for her at all.

    • Erica Beck says:

      i was wondering the exact same thing! thank you, some one else for noticing

  7. Jacob says:

    Gregk I dont think they were making drugs from propane but maybe using it as heat source to cook somthing but I’m no chemist

  8. Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    Well, I’m a little past page 700 right now, and less than a week has gone by (with all hell breaking loose including, riots, arson, murders, suicides, murder.suicides

  9. Sheila says:

    Can we discuss Worst Firefighting Effort EVER?

    “Just toss the water randomly on the porch; that should work!”

    • Stefan says:


    • dhg says:

      well the whole fire sequence was dumb.what house would go up like that?the walls acted like they were soaked in gasoline.of course that stupid high preacher should have pocketed the papers not burned them.and yeah,the fire fighting thing was dumb too.including when big jim came up on the dozer,why didn’t he die of smoke inhalation?

    • Sg. Grant says:

      Also, they show Joe and his friend seeing the smoke from a far distance. Then they show a shot of the fire and there is absolutely not smoking come from it yet.

  10. Suddenly says:

    Answers we got-Mike Vogel has no body hair.

  11. Valerie says:

    Seriously, I don’t know if I can stick with a series dumb enough to kill off the Awesome!Jeff Fahey in the 2nd episode.

  12. Lacey says:

    They have already deviated so far from the book that reading it won’t help you understand the show. But read it anyway, it’s good (IMHO, better).

    • Tom says:

      Agree completely! The mini-series is fun but the book, naturally, is better. And didn’t the crazy guy actually kill his girlfriend early on in the book? Keeping her a prisoner in the fall-out shelter is stupid.

  13. Ana says:

    Shouldn’t Angie’s brother or friends be looking for her? No one is wondering where she is?

  14. Whatever says:

    Big Jim obviously got a copy of Walters White’s recipe before Breaking Bad wrapped up.
    I wonder if it will be blue…

  15. Hamza says:

    Since I haven’t read the book I don’t really know what Stephen King has in mind for Junior, but he’s been the most repulsive character in these two episodes. The jealous boyfriend angle has been pathetic.

    • Emmapants says:

      Junior is a particular type of Stephen King crazy that reminds me of Craig Toomey from the Langoliers. Actually, I’m not going to lie, a lot about this show reminds me of the Langoliers. Which… I’m kind of okay with. But I’m waiting for Norrie’s psychic powers to manifest.

  16. what! says:

    Q- Will Carolyn and Alice continue to use horrible out-of-town cliche lines!? Huhhh our daughter needs a ‘real doctor’, ‘I never knew my neighbors’. Ok, we get it. At least Norrie is getting interesting.

  17. Emmapants says:

    How has it not occurred to Angie to point out that she technically broke up with Junior before the dome showed up?

    Also, why does this dome hate cops so much? And is this obviously going to lead to Barbie being enlisted for the law enforcement, now there is one police officer left?

    And Joe needs to speak up and tell everyone that since water passed through the dome, they’re not all going to suffocate.

  18. Mel says:

    Your review was so much more entertaining than the episode! The real mystery for me is why this show is getting such high ratings.

  19. Tina says:

    after watching the second episode, I don’t think I’ll be watching the rest. Nothing really interesting going on. Kept waiting for Angie to knock out her ex or stab him with something, instead she comes up with something really stupid to say. The red head is getting on my nerves always pointing out the obvious and blabbing to the whole town about the dome without knowing the facts. I’m done unless there’s nothing else on.

  20. Lina says:

    Regarding the question: “Why did Peter owe money, and to whom?” The poker chips in the cabin might be a clue here.

  21. Sassa says:

    Reblogged this on Sarah.

  22. Doug says:

    I assume that the dome must be opaque on the outside. People are not responding to those trapped in the dome because they can’t see or hear them. That would make the most sense.

    • Jen says:

      No. On the first episode the fire truck clearly saw Barbie as they swerved and slammed on the brakes. Then the fireman was trying to talk to his gf cop and they clearly saw each other. Plus Barbie held up the note to “call the FAA”.

  23. Leave Comments says:

    Those who have read the book please do not discuss plotline spoilers! It is amazing to me how much I have to avoid any news/threads/forums when I want to not have a show ruined these days.

  24. Ronald says:

    It was difficult to watch – the acting and effects were awful. pulling over the bulldozer yelling “stop stop”, the flames instantly going up on the walls, but the priest hasn’t been roasted to a crisp, seeing smoke and then the house doesn’t have any smoke coming from it, pointing out the propane tank is going to explode – as if they knew exactly when it was going to explode. the acting of Julia and the overacting of the Rennie. the scientists ignoring the fact that water can go through the dome. the whole episode just felt awkward and badly produced! if the next episode continues down this path, i might stop watching

  25. Erica Beck says:

    you said that peters gun was empty. if that was the case then how did he get shot in the scuffle? just saying…

    • Adam G. says:

      There were two guns. The stainless Beretta was empty. Barbie’s gun was loaded.

      • Adam G. says:

        Peter drew the Beretta on Barbie, who then knocked it out of his hands into the floor, tackled Peter, and drew his own handgun. While they rolled around on the floor, Peter was shot accidentally. Barbie went back to the scene later to recover his dog tags and realized the Beretta wasn’t loaded.

  26. andy says: