I continue to really enjoy the Chief and his daughter as the two most interesting characters, but Amy Brenneman as the wife/mom of the Garvey family is a close second.
I like that the show put her in a role where sharing became necessary. Earlier in the episode, the show had posed the question: Does Laurie still consider the police chief her husband? And scrawled in blue pen on a notepad, we get an answer: Yes, she does. But whatever her feelings for her family, however clear or mixed they may be, the effect that the Sudden Departure had on her outweighs those feelings.
Not surprising to find that he's a cult leader who is also a kinky pedophile and manipulative murderer. But, this storyline still hasn't captured my interest much.
The interesting thing is that the show suggests those things, but also suggests that he may be the real deal. Certainly Tom believes that he's the real deal. But at the same time, Tom isn't willing to make use of Holy Wayne's peculiar talents. On some level, he has a deep need to remain himself.
I'm way more interested in the Chief - is the dog killer a real person? I guess he is - his daughter saw him, and the bagels really DID get caught. Still, our local Chief has a lot to deal with...
Did the daughter really seem him though? Jill and her friend walk right past him without acknowledging him. Only once the police chief directs her to, does Jill take the beer from him. The police chief and the Mystery Man have their conversation, and then Jill comes out and asks who was at the door.
If this is a Fight Club
scenario, the police chief could have given Jill the beer himself. Jill and her friend are in the kitchen and hear the police chief talking at the front door. They assume someone must be there, and then Jill asks who it was.
The one thing I think the show is really missing is someone he knows and trusts that he can play off of. Theroux is doing a great job, but it's all internalized performance. I wish he had at least SOME time to talk to a friend and externalize.
This show is all about internalized performances. Margaret Qualley's performance as the daughter Jill might be the most internalized of all of them. But certainly, everybody we've met so far is keeping it in.
The other interesting thing to me was that the father's schizophrenic hallucinations knew about the Mystery Man. And the father's advice to his son wasn't to trust the voices in his head, but to be wary of them and heed their advice on the down-low.
The show has done a good job of walking the line with the multiple possibly supernatural occurrences. There is one indisputable occurrence beyond human understanding -- the rapture itself -- but everything else is open to multiple interpretations. I hope the show continues to walk that line going forward. I like the idea that other supernatural things could
be going on, but that there could also be more mundane explanations.