Andy returns in this week’s Evil. And by the end of the episode, I’m willing to bet that he’d rather cross the Khumbu Icefall armed only with dental floss and a pair of woolen mittens than try to figure out what the holy heck is up with Kristen these days.
She’s self-harming. She’s punching dudes in grocery stores. She’s demanding that he wear an animal mask while they have sex. It’s a bad scene when your mother-in-law — who’s currently worshipping a doll, remember — is in the right, but Andy, what Sheryl said is true: You’ve been gone too long.
There’s also some very intriguing God-helmet stuff that unfolds during the hour. Read on for the highlights of “B Is For Brain.”
HELLO, ANDY | Kristen is drinking the monks’ whiskey in the bathtub (ha!) when her girls announce that their father will be home in just a few minutes. She’s less than thrilled. But she pastes on a smile and goes down to greet Andy. When they’re alone later, he announces “I need sex,” and she’s into it, but she flinches when he pulls her close. Turns out, she has several cross-shaped burns on the skin of her abdomen, injuries she explains away by saying that she leaned into the stove by accident. Andy is incredulous, but the prospect of nookie distracts him… until she seems to get off on his hurting her by touching the wounds.
Don’t worry, it gets weirder. She grabs a bag from her closet and pulls out gags (did she steal those from the monastery?) and animal masks; he gets a rat, and she gets a tiger. They go at it, and it’s apparently a satisfactory experience for both of them. Yet when he wants to cuddle afterward, she skedaddles out of bed and doesn’t seem to care much when one of the girls sees her, still in mask and lingerie, in the bathroom.
GOING TO HELMET IN A HANDBASKET | The next day, Kristen, David and Ben are at a research lab. The scientists there are mapping the brain to investigate neurodegenerative disease, but the electrode-studded helmet they place on their subjects has been causing some to think that they’re communing with God. Kristen scoffs that the Vatican only wants them to look into the project to see whether technology can be used to convert people to the faith, though she concedes that stimulation of the temporal lobe — which the helmet does — could lessen depression and cause ecstasy, as one woman reports. The problem, though? Some test subjects report experiencing Hell while strapped to the unit.
So our trio decides to try it out. Ben is first. He has a vision of his dead mother, who tells him she wanted him to understand science but not reject Allah. “I did not reject Allah,” he tells her. “Allah rejected me.” Still, though, she takes him by the hand and they wander through their old neighborhood. But when a prostitute walks by and takes off her veil, she’s a scary, dark cloud of ghost. In the test area Ben rips off the helmet and runs from the room.
CLEANUP ON AISLE 2! | Kristen is next. But before we get to her experience, let’s talk about how Andy finds the red unicorn journal in her closet, and it’s filled with maps of houses (and are those sigils on them?). And later, when he and Kristen are in a supermarket and a douchey guy cuts them in line, Kristen goes to the frozen aisle, grabs a bag of French fries, and whallops the guy so hard that he hits the ground. (Real talk? Right before this, Kristen is telling Andy about how she misses the way they were before kids, when they “didn’t give a f—k,” and while my personal manifestation of this type of personality dissonance usually manifests in an ill-advised one-more-glass-of-wine-than-everyone-else-is-having, followed by tipsy online shopping at 2 am, I FEEL YOU, MAMA.)
Anyway, back to the helmet. As we watch, it seems like David is going next. But his vision is of Kristen, selecting an ice axe and then going to Orson LeRoux’s house to murder him with it. Kristen is shaken when David privately tells her what he saw; she hightails it to Kurt’s office, who advises that she confess to David, if nothing more than for the placebo effect, which could alleviate her physical symptoms. “THIS IS HER THING, ISN’T IT?” I write in my notes at this point, and it IS. She goes to David’s room at the rectory and when it opens, Leland is gnawing on David’s arm while David screams in pain on the floor.
She’s very disoriented when she takes off the helmet, and she can’t figure out why one of her boots is buckled now; it very clearly wasn’t before she donned the apparatus. Anyway, for real now, she runs to Kurt. He observes that she talks about David a lot, but that Andy is home after a long time away, and she’s barely mentioned him. “Reflect on what you want in this moment. If it’s your husband, it’s your husband. If it’s David, it’s David,” he says. But she says that David isn’t obtainable, because he’s about to become a priest. However, Kurt notes, “If he doesn’t become a priest, he’s not unobtainable.”
‘MAPS TO KILL PEOPLE’ | David is the last to put on the helmet… and he sees nothing. But Sister Andrea has an easy explanation for that — his visions are from God, not from being zapped by electrodes, she says — and they’ve got bigger problems, anyway. She faced off with Leland earlier in the episode and managed to stare him down by wielding a kitchen knife and a steel demeanor. But the bad guys are getting stronger, she warns. So she instructs him to meditate more and “start over,” because Leland will be back.
Ultimately, Bishop Marx is frustrated when David says the Vatican should not look into the helmet, Kristen says it “absolutely” should and Ben is torn. Back at home, after getting read for filth by Sheryl and her creepy puppet of the damned, Andy suggests that they sell the climbing business and that she quit her job, because something in it is “making you different.” She gets very angry very quickly, raising her voice as she protests that her work is “making me tougher. It’s making me more self-sufficient.” In fact, her job is “our lifesaver,” she says.
Her ire, though, is doused when Andy pulls out the unicorn journal and says that Laura told him that the blueprints are “maps to kill people.” Kristen starts crying, overcome, explaining that they’re a therapeutic tool to manage her anger. She’s so clearly done for the day, and he lays down behind her and puts his arm around her to comfort her.
Later on, though, when Andy is asleep, Kristen creeps downstairs. She heats a crucifix over one of the stove’s burners. When it’s glowing hot, she lays it on her bare stomach, presses it in and then claps a hand over her mouth to stifle her scream.
Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!
“she skedaddles out of bed and doesn’t seem to care much when one of the girls sees her, still in mask and lingerie, in the bathroom.” uh actually kristen was wearing a robe in that scene, so her daughter didn’t see her in any lingerie, plus she had the mask on so we couldn’t see her facial reaction, but considering she didn’t say anything for a moment before trying to play it off like “boo!”, like as if she had the mask on to be “scary” i think she did care that her daughter saw her.
What is the clear goo that leaks through all the surfaces (mattress, floors, kitchen etc.)???
I was surprised they didn’t address the apparent holes it left between floors.
The demon that escaped from the trunk in last week’s episode??
I think Kristen could very well have brought the demon home with her. That might explain the deeper dive into creepiness she’s been overcome with. They may discover the burned holes (reminiscent of Alien’s acid blood), or maybe the holes were psychic?
Yes, the Alien acid blood struck me too and that Kristen has to be possessed to be pretty much of a social path these days!
Thanks to your input, I rewatched the previous episode. The goo in the monastery seems normal, sticking to floor & wood. The goo at Kristen’s seems supernatural, with penetrating power…😱 I hope this mystery will be addressed in incoming episode.
The goo in the monastery was while it was closed, Kristen made a sound and released the demon so now it has goo powers.
Well–that’s one of the many intrigues of the show!!
TVLine just posted an interview with the Sowrunners about the goo—but don’t expect a clear-cut answer!
Oops! Didn’t mean to imply any piggy heritage to the Kings!!
This show started off being about the possibility of evil being present where logic and science could explain the phenomena. However, as the show progresses, I see Kristin as the one being possessed by or embracing the evil.
In no particular order, she released a demon, killed a man, branded herself with crucifixes, daydreams about the soon to be priest, flirts with the baby priest.
There’s more, but that’s my take.
This show never ceases to answer me. I loved this episode, but last weeks, “S is for Silence”was Brilliant!
I need more of Kristen, Ben, and David constantly..They had to squeeze some much into this episode this week, it was overwhelming..♥
Why must EVIL and other shows made for streaming have a time limit (other than showing it on the network later)? They could add more details now and if the show makes it to network they could edit out the F and other questionable material to make it fit the hour time slot.
This season was written and edited to air on CBS, as opposed to streaming. I suspect season 3 will be different in that regard and push the envelope further.
A lot to unpack. Kristen is really losing it. I am curious how far they take her spiral this season.
My goodness!! Evil is always intriguing but this episode has a load and a half in it . Andy could’ve easily been dismissed as a side character–yet Andy is (at present)coming off as a very easily understandable and relatable character. Love how the one character (David) who yearns for the”God Helmet” to find a quick answer to faith does not see any patent answer–speaking of the helmet-that false turn of Kristen imaging confessing to David was very well done.Now we viewers know Leland and Sister Andrea are NOT in a conspiracy–but are they conversing as individuals or as conduits for forces even beyond their own control?
Honestly, I’m with David, I wouldn’t let the Church near that helmet. It may prove helpful for people with diseases, which, cool, but otherwise…yeah. I can easily see where the Church getting their hands on this could go very wrong very fast.
As for everything else…uh, yeah, wow, talk about throwing everything but the kitchen sink at us here! I breathed SUCH a massive sigh of relief when it was revealed that that vision of Kristen murdering LeRoux was not something David had seen, interesting though that possibility would be. That said, boy, now we’ve gotten a proper glimpse into exactly just how things went down when Kristen went to attack him, that certainly explains a lot about her behavior of late. Her attacking the guy at the store was startling enough, but this whole thing of her burning herself is…very disturbing. As are those maps of houses (which are being kept in one of the journals Leland had left last season, no less). I felt for her so much when she finally just collapsed in tears at the end, her exhaustion came through loud and clear there.
And I feel for Andy, too, with all his confusion and frustration and fear. It’s one thing to expect a few changes after you’ve been away a couple months, but this…yeah. This is a lot to take in, for sure. His idea for how they can change their lives around is interesting, but I’m not surprised Kristen’s not entirely on board with it, so it’ll be interesting to see how they reconcile that, if they ever do.
And I also continue to feel for Ben, ’cause he’s been going through a lot this season, too. That stuff with the ghost and his mom was freaky and painful and intriguing, and as tough as it is to see him struggling so much, I’m really loving all this exploration of his backstory we’ve been getting, and am all for continuing to learn more about these aspects of his past.
At least David’s got a stable source of support in Sister Andrea, which is good. It can’t be said enough how much I love her and her interactions with David, as well as Leland. I love how she’s not holding back one bit in her contempt for Leland, and I’m excited to see how she and David will work together to fight, and hopefully defeat, him.
Yeah. Strange and surreal episode, this one, but I mean that in the best way possible. All of this seems like a very unsettled calm before a big storm, so I’m bracing for whatever craziness is yet to come for everyone.
You feel sorry for Andy who leaves a wife with four little girls one with a heart problem to indulge his hobby the mountain climbing business ain’t got nothing to do with the security of his family he satisfied his own desires
Not a hobby. It’s a money-making business.
I felt for her, too, when she collapsed into sobs on the bed. Such a great scene. This episode showed us so much & at the same time, kept us guessing. I’m going to have to watch it again. I was so glad to discover that David hadn’t been shown the truth about the murder she committed. Why am I rooting for a killer?? To me, that shows how multi layered these characters are. On a comic note, the looks on Andy’s face when he sees the Doll Altar was priceless!
This is starting to remind me of LOST. One puzzle upon another mystery leading to more questions and the viewers waiting to see what comes next but it continues without really going back to resolve the questions of the past.
They should answer a few questions along the way instead of having us wait for an all inclusive episode that may resolve the season or series. LOST kept us that way but as it went along I got lost and didn’t find my way back and it turned out I was right. LOST didn’t resolve any questions to all the puzzles with their ending.
I hope EVIL is not the same.
I had the same thought! Very much like lost where a seemingly important, weird thing happens, but, they never go back to address it. Like that goop burning through the floors. Like back in the first season when one David’s father’s wives delivered a demon baby in a cornfield while Kristin watched. Or Kristen’s daughter growing extra fang teeth and biting off the dentist’s finger. Why is there no follow through? I would like to see all these loose threads weave back into the storyline to make sense.
Some sort of evil is affecting her what she needs now is David I know that you’re scared to let her get close to the forbidden fruit but she needs David. Andyis nothing more than a dependent just like one of the kids.it seemed like y’all just want to torture her.what’s wrong with letting her have a good win once in awhile.
Good episode, but my favorite part was the brief scene bewteen Leland and Sister Andea.
That scene was awesome. Leland has a lot of bluster, but he’s clearly worried about S. Andrea’s power.
“Evil” is one of the best show currently ! So brillant, so well acted. We missed yhis series for too long ! Last week’s episode “S for Silence” was a masterpiece and last night’s was also excellent. long life to this outstanding show§
What do you think is going on with Kristen’s mom and her occult doll/altar/gift of money/sacrifice? Clearly she must have had this going on pre-Leland.