Under the Dome Recap: Between Falling Rocks and a Hard Place

Under the Dome Season 2 Episode 6

CBS certainly did take us Under the Dome on Monday’s episode of the sci-fi drama. Like, waaaaay under the dome.

As Barbie and Sam spent the hour investigating an underground tunnel (and swapping some seriously dark secrets), we also learned quite a bit about the rest of the gang in Chester’s Mill.

Let’s revisit the finer points of “In the Dark,” shall we?

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TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT | Newly minted sheriff Barbie — who, sadly, isn’t wearing the uniform — is called to the high school to look into a tunnel that leads far, far below the locker where Angie was killed. Sam, Barbie and Junior go underground in pursuit of Lyle, but all they find is Pauline’s old journal — which, of course, is blocked by a trip wire that blows up the tunnel and caves the men in with fallen rocks. Junior is pushed out of harm’s way in time, but Barbie and Sam are left behind to see just how deep the tunnel goes.

The endeavor is tense, to say the least, as Barbie and Sam have a “Who here is less trustworthy?” contest throughout the hour. Even when the two men split up to search the tunnel in opposite directions, they suspiciously meet up again moments later, and happen upon a cliff that leads way, way down — so far down, in fact, that they can’t even hear a rock land at the bottom of the cavern. With nowhere to turn, Barbie and Sam swap horror stories about their pasts: Barbie confesses to having killed “a lot of people” (though he fails to mention one of them was Julia’s husband), and Sam confesses that Lyle was the one to push Melanie in a ditch back in ’88, after the shimmering egg they found in the woods caused Pauline pain.

Their weird, backwards bonding moment is short-lived, of course. After Barbie spies the scratches on Sam’s chest, Sam admits he killed Angie in the hopes of eliminating The Four Hands — good band name, no? — and bringing down the dome. But Sam can’t bear to live under the dome’s thumb for another second, and he leaves Pauline’s prophetic journal to Barbie — insisting that Barbie will ultimately need to kill the other three teenagers — before swan-diving off the edge of the cliff. (Side note: If Mike Vogel and Eddie Cahill want to team up again in the future, I would so watch a buddy-cop comedy starring the two of them. Imagine the deadpan jokes!)

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FROM DUST ‘TIL DAWN | Meanwhile, Mother Nature’s latest practical joke in Chester’s Mill is a dust storm, which threatens to suffocate everyone in town. Big Jim, indignant that Julia is compromising his authority, gets the town together to hoist a windmill and disperse water through the air, which ultimately clears the dust in a matter of minutes. But, in true Big Jim fashion, he’s willing to let Joe’s skateboarder friend Ben barely survive an asthma attack first, just to make a point. Stay classy, Big Jim.

Elsewhere, Julia and Rebecca create an explosive device that will clear the fallen rocks from the tunnel’s entrance. As they work, Rebecca explains that her father’s illness prompted her to become a science teacher in the first place, and her cold, icy heart seems to melt juuuuust a little. (And, in a nice girl-power moment, the ladies do successfully blow away the rocks, allowing Julia to reunite with her man.)

EGG-CELLENT TIMING | After Junior narrowly escapes the tunnel’s cave-in, he warns Melanie that they’re in danger of being killed, as are Norrie and Joe. The four teenagers agree to pursue whatever destiny the dome has in store for them, so they head to the lake where Julia threw The Egg last season. After summoning the egg out of the water (with the power of their hands!), they return to Joe’s house (or is it Angie’s?) and place their hands on the egg, which turns the whole living space… into a nightclub! Actually, it’s just more pink stars, which shimmer and fall around the foursome as the glittering outline of a building — the same one that Junior spied in a snow globe of Zenith — appears in the air before them.

OK, your turn. What did you think of the episode? Do you think Sam is really dead? And were you happy to see Norrie and Joe rekindle their (two-week-old) flame? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. JJM says:

    This has probably been the best episode of the season…

    • wjm980 says:

      Agreed. There actually was some plot movement this episode, and, with the exception of the usual awful Big Jim dialogue, there were very little cringe-worthy lines uttered. As to the query about whether Sam is really dead or not, who knows. The main subplot of this whole show is people coming back from the dead.

  2. laurelnev says:

    Melanie’s from ZENITH? Alien foreshadowing much?

  3. LDMR says:

    Four sheriffs in three weeks? – Duke, Linda, Phil and now Barbie.

    Remember in the first episode of this season they said that they’d only been in the dome for two weeks. Given they seem to treat each episode as a new day, they’ve been in the Dome for nearly three weeks now.

    The egg thing from the lake was too much. In the first episode, Melanie essentially appeared splashing in the Lake right where Julia dropped the egg, so I always thought Melanie had hatched from the egg… Obviously not, she just appeared in the lake… did Sam, Pauline and Lyle dump her body in the Lake? Did I miss that?

    This show is a bit much, and while it’s cheesy as anything, makes no sense, and has already moved the centre of the dome from the woods to the school, and hasn’t answered anything like ‘why haven’t the soldiers come back after the bomb did nothing?’ ‘ why are there no people on the outside of the dome peering in?’ just as an example, I can’t stop watching the train wreck it’s delivering.

    • Justin Howell says:

      An answer to the question: “Why are there no soldiers or people outside the dome?”

      They bombed it with a nuke. The lingering radiation is too much for any human being to go anywhere near it.

      • Jersey Jeff says:

        No, it was explicitly stated that the bomb was the biggest thing they had, short of a nuke.

      • Chris says:

        It wasn;t a nuke Justin, it was a MOAB. Largest yield non nuclear weapon the military has

      • Moment says:

        Technically there are people outside of the dome, they’re just a ways back. As the largest bomb they had made no difference against it, your next best option is to simply stand back and observe.

  4. SK says:

    Didn’t Joe’s house get destroyed when the magnetized dome well, start magnetizing all the metal in his house? I’m confused because that’s where I thought Barbie and Rebecca went to save Joe, Norrie and someone else. Speaking of Rebecca, I really want her to be gone already. She seems to be the smartest person there with being a science teacher, a vet, explosive expert and I don’t know what else.
    As what someone said, it’s only been 2 weeks or it could be 3 now and they’re so worried that food is going to run out? They’re not expecting to be rescued at all? Speaking of would-be rescuers, yes, where are the people from outside the dome? Why aren’t anyone out there? Did the bomb destroyed the surrounding area of the dome outside that no one can come close to the dome? But it looks so pristine out there!

  5. Kiera Giovanini says:

    I think that there’s another tunnel at the bottom of the cave and that it leads to Zenith and that Sam isn’t dead. But what I was wondering the whole episode was: Where the heck is Lyle ?

    • JJM says:

      I also thought of that. I think that the end of jump off that cliff there’s a portal or something. As weird as it is, I heard a “whooshing” noise of some sort when Sam jumped. I feel strange saying it, but I also know anything is possible with this show…

  6. Jeffreu says:

    I’m confused did they rebuild Joe’s house. They went back to his house to touch the egg. Does they dome not go down that far? Whats the deal with the bottomless pit?

  7. NayNay says:

    Okay, didn’t Joe’s house fall apart a few episodes ago? Where did he get all the pictures? Big Jim makes my skin crawl, someone please kill him. Café lady has his number though. A wind storm with wind not able to get through the dome? Really? But I still keep watching…..

    • anne says:

      Angie has an apartment apparently so there good in that respect and there is still wind in the dome its just becoming more toxic.

    • CountryQueen says:

      The Dome generates whatever weather it wants. I know the smartest person on the planet (Rachel), said it was due to the something with the red algae, but they’ve talked about the Dome and the weather before. But hey, all they had to do was head out to the Lake, there wasn’t any wind there, let alone a sand storm.

  8. CountryQueen says:

    Forget putting up windmills to take care of the sand storm, just head out to the lake where the kids were – AND THERE WAS NO SAND FLYING THROUGH THE AIR!! Terrible, terrible continuity with this show! They had issues with the stinging, and then not so much stinging blood rain, but this was over the top awful.

    I hope this show ends this season. I am really only watching to see where they are taking us, the ride is not that great, I don’t know why I think the destination will be any better.

  9. Demi says:

    This probably will end as all King shows have been in the past. A big nothing. I have stopped wasting my time.

  10. Jimmy says:

    This was a really good episode from a story standpoint. Solid character development, action, and interesting mysteries all in one episode. A lot of people say they don’t like this show, and it has a long way to go from being great, but I’m liking this season a lot more than season 1. There seems to be a direction with story this season, whereas with season 1, the story was all over the place, and some plots were just plain stupid and pointless (the Maxine Seagrave disaster, anyone?). And, according to the cast, we’re finally going to start getting some real answers about the dome in the next few episodes.

  11. I’d hate to be sheriff of Chester’s Mill. It’s a dead-end job.

  12. jeff says:

    its funny how the recap on entertainment weekly is more like a review and the author that writes it sounds very bitter about the show. whereas this recap is what it is, a recap and doesn’t seem to feel very biased one way or the other. and i enjoy reading these recaps more than i do on entertainment weekly. i agree that JJM seems to think that this was the best episode so far this season. in entertainment weekly’s recap, the author states that this show was boring. however, i enjoy this show regardless of the ridiculousness of it. i mean for heaven’s sakes, it’s a science fiction show, not a real life non-fiction one.

  13. Morgan says:

    Barbie is from Zenith… And Melanie said he looked familiar a couple episodes ago, what did that mean?… He can’t die. The show won’t survive wit Junior being the only brave guy left… I really don’t know where their taking us at this point; but I’ll keep watching til it gets canceled…

  14. The Squatch says:

    Okay, so… maybe over the cliff is a o=portal of some kind that teleports you to Zenith. Maybe that town is under a dome as well. They have no way of knowing if their town is the only one that suddenly found itself under a dome. It seems odd no one has mentioned that, like, “Hmm… i wonder if this is happening anywhere else?”. AT least if there are two towns and they can travel back and forth it will open up new story lines and is a way to introduce new characters without them continuously popping up in Chester’s Mill like Rebecca did. Then again, with this show, who the heck knows…

  15. LadyC says:

    First thing– way to much has happened for it to be only two weeks…they need to change the opening voice over a bit. Secondly, Joe and Angie’s house came apart at the seams when the magnetic incident happened. They have been staying at Julia’s. I think that Sam is definitely gone but have a feeling that Angie might show up again.