When we left Eddie last week, he was being led by Cal to dig until he “found something.” So it was no surprise to see we are met by Eddie still digging when this week’s episode starts. Cal is still waiting for Eddie to have a vision, sees him react and calls him out. Eddie’s vision happened to involve Cal kissing his wife Sarah. Not a very nice vision to have considering it’s not too far-fetched. But Eddie is smart enough to keep his vision to himself. At least he can see Cal for who he is.
As for Eddie and Sarah’s son Hawk, he finally took the leap to make a choice of his own without the movement’s influence. When his “IS” friend asks him to join her at a party, he caved and showed. He lost track of time and ended up innocently falling asleep with her. His absence sends his family into a panic; he is almost 16 which is the age they choose to stay in the movement or leave. We learn his aunt Tessa left the movement, so it’s a very sore subject for his family. And talk about mother’s guilt, his mom lays it on thick with him! She badgers him into staying in the movement by reminding him of her sister and telling him a story of how he died and came back to her when she was pregnant. So he does what a lot of teens do, he tells her what she wants to hear. And I am starting to see he may become more of an ally to his dad than we first thought, and I think Eddie sees it too.
While we are on the topic of seeing things for what they are, Mary seems to lose her rose colored glasses for Cal in this episode. After doing what he requested of her, finally sleeping with Sean the man he suggested for her, she starts to see his manipulations. She was so excited to tell him that she did what he asked of her, but he was so angry and preoccupied with the situation he had with the rich family, The Ridge’s, he was “helping,” that he was a major dick to her. And after that, she tried to talk to him again but stopped when she saw how sweet and loving he was being towards Sarah. This obviously didn’t sit well, because she tried to leave the camp. It was only after talking to Sean she chose to stay. So hopefully she will also end up helping Eddie or Agent Gaines when it comes to Cal because he is a freaking sociopathic creep.
Cal really loses it with the situation with The Ridge’s. Their son was not to under any circumstances get the ayahuasca laced medicine. So when he found out Sarah sent him with his mother to Peru to do just that, he was livid. Mr. Ridge was a powerful man, and he was now on his bad side. This could blow up big time and be bad for the movement as a whole. But it seems what set Cal off more than that was the fact that Mr. Ridge called him out for losing control of his “cult”. We can clearly see Cal is a quick tempered control freak, so that is one of the worst things that can be said to him.
We also see more about Agent Gaines in this episode. We learn there is something going on with his daughter medically, and he used it as an in with Eddie. He tells Eddie he wants to start the first R on the ladder, he wants to start practicing. But he was shocked when he saw Eddie talking him out of it rather than pushing him in like most cults. I’m sure Eddie is trying to help save any more people from getting sucked into this crazy cult. Speaking of, I was surprised to see Agent Gaines's reaction to meeting and speaking to Alison. He was playing the devil’s advocate pretty hard and he seemed so cold when he told her to leave and start a new life. But I was happy to see he looked into what she told him more. He and his partner agreed the activity before her husband’s death was suspicious and very close to mimicking trafficking. And that could give them more grounds to look into the movement further.
But I have to say, the best part of this whole episode was finally seeing Cal get his ass kicked. He clearly deserved it. He bullied Mr. Ridge into following along with his wife and trusting them to treat his son, then his son and wife vanish. That’s a big breach of trust, and powerful people don’t like being made to be fools. Granted it looks like his son really is getting the help he needs from the medicine. But, it was still nice to see someone finally check Cal. I just hope Eddie doesn’t stay blind to his wife Sarah; she is just as delusional as Cal can be, minus the violence. And I have a feeling we will see her playing right into Cal after she sees him all beat up. That’s part of his plan anyways, to steal Sarah and have the movement under his rule. But I guess we will have to wait and see!