'The Path' Recap, Episode 4: I've Seen The Future, Baby

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At first, we was assured that The Path was, during a core, a story about white privilege: violent white people doing violent white people things to and with other violent white people, nonetheless any apparent need to indeed make money. But au contraire, my friend! I’ve satisfied that while a creepy alloy who started a cult is a white dude named Steve, and while a principal characters have so distant been white folks, a cult of Meyerism is flattering diverse. You’ve got power-hungry and/or deeply traumatized, exposed people from many a background.

It seems a tone of one’s skin does not matter if one wishes to enter Meyerism. Nor, really, does a calm of one’s character. You’ve only got to be obedient, or deeply calculating, or some multiple of both, and we can “ascend The Ladder.”

Anyway, we open a fourth part (“The Future”) with a stressed-out Eddie (Aaron Paul) and Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) worrying over Miranda Frank (Minka Kelly), a super-hot Midwestern cult member who Eddie poorly claimed was his one-night mount while on a training goal to Peru. In reality, they only did cult-approved ayahuasca and during some prove she hugged him while he cried. (You know, simple shit my friends do in Upstate New York and in Greenpoint once a year while listening to a pre-curated “Chill” brew on Spotify, nonetheless whatever.) Turns out Miranda upheld out while jailed by creepy culty Cal, and pennyless her arm. She’s going to be only excellent and she is not during all dead.

Speaking of Cal, he’s during a sanatorium with a girl. Miranda’s not too discerning on a uptake (nor is anyone nonetheless Cal in this program, basically) so she believes Cal when he tells her that if she even had a suspicion of doing a nasty with Eddie, it might have led Eddie to trust he boned her, that is indeed a same as if they indeed boned, so fundamentally it’s her error if he thinks he cheated. So Miranda finally “unburdens,” that is to contend she admits she did wrong. And she cries and cries.

Cal, meanwhile, now realizes Eddie indeed lied. He can see that Miranda is revelation a truth, given charismatic cult leaders can generally review and manipulate people unequivocally well. Later, when he tells Eddie and Sarah that Miranda Frank finally unburdened, he shoots Eddie his law Creepy Cal Smile to prove that all is not as it seems.

Cal is going to use this somehow…but how?GIF: Hulu

BTW, a elders are in city from their imagination five-bedroom residence in San Diego for Ascension Day. Who a fuck are a elders? Why, Bill (four-time Tony hopeful and year 2000 Tony leader Brian Stokes Mitchell) and mother Felicia (Adriane Lenox, who won a 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Featured Actress in a Play endowment for her purpose in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt.) we adore saying array creator Jessica Goldberg’s playwright fingerprints all over this show, by a way.

The elders are unequivocally in city to keep an eye on Cal, who has apparently been fucking adult this whole cult care gig that broker father (and stream almost-dead guy) Doctor Steve gave to him for God knows what reason. And they like Eddie a lot some-more than Cal, even nonetheless Eddie cheated on Sarah. They are not psyched to learn that Miranda Frank was brought to Cult Camp for psychological torture. They are doubly not psyched to learn Miranda finished adult in a sanatorium as a result.

The elders do adore Sarah, though. They grin helpfully as a druggie abounding child from a prior episode, Freddie Ridge (Max Ehrich), wears his nonsensical e-meter or whatever and tells Sarah that he’s all improved and totally not dependant to drugs anymore.

He’s respirating out his “damage.” Sure.GIF: Hulu

Later, in a private session, Sarah tells Mr. and Mrs. Ridge that their child isn’t indeed marinated yet. She explains that he needs to go by special diagnosis with “medicine.” Mr. Ridge (Michael Countryman) uses his abounding male dungeon phone to Google a chemical devalue she names – and lo and behold, it’s ayahuasca! He’s all, “Fuck this, we out” and Sarah’s like, “Your child will collect adult again unless we let me sip him with ayahuasca” given that creates sense, and Mrs. Ridge (Kaili Vernoff) is like, “Maybe we should listen to her” and Mr. Ridge is like, “I am so rich! We’re holding him home!”

Now Cal wants Eddie to stand adult a subsequent stage of The Ladder (their embellishment for cult levels). He adds that he’d adore to be Eddie’s guide, and that when we do 7R with a guide, we “become one,” that is a gayest shit I’ve ever witnessed, and we am a lady who has had sex with women. Nothing in my life or in this universe has ever been as sincerely odd as this moment.

Paris is burning, boys.GIF: Hulu

They don’t kiss, that bums me out, nonetheless they’re apparently going to crash during some point, right? God, we wish so.

Various other things start in this episode, like lovable small teen Hawk removing a small iPod as a present from a lady even nonetheless no one has had an iPod given 2008. It has Arcade Fire on it, given we theory this unequivocally is 2008? And she’s like, “Whoa man, listen to this” given we theory she’s Zach Braff in Garden State, and now it’s 2004?

The Shins will change your life.GIF: Hulu

Later he goes to a large margin celebration and creates out with a girl, given Arcade Fire gave him balls of steel, motherfucker. (I’m contemptible we was meant about Arcade Fire, by a way, a rope we unequivocally do enjoy.)

FBI Abe (Rockmond Dunbar), a representative infiltrating a cult, learns that Mary Cox (Emma Greenwell) was terribly abused by her father and his assailant friends. She seems so happy in a cult. Will FBI Abe have doubts about either a cult is indeed doing anything wrong? Probably. And FBI Abe is fearful his tot daughter is sick. He had another daughter who substantially died, that we know given of a Significant Shot™ of a framed mural of a small lady who is clearly not now vital in a residence with FBI Abe and Mrs. FBI Abe and a small FBI Babe.

Mrs. Ridge texts Sarah to let her know that Freddie Ridge did in fact start regulating heroin again. Sarah and Mrs. Ridge go to some heroin flophouse, where Sarah finds Freddie Ridge. Then she drives Freddie and Mrs. Ridge to a airfield so they can go hang out with Elder Silas in Peru, like we do.

Oh, and during some prove in a proceedings, Cal goes and jerks off in front of Mary Cox, given each singular part of The Path contingency have some uncanny sex shit in it.

Onanism is apparently not a impiety in this sold cult. Hooray!GIF: Hulu

Look, this uncover is bananas. It’s about people who are deeply aggrieved and/or stupid. It’s uncanny and suffused with dismay nonetheless also full of soap show party and voluptuous voluptuous sex. It’s fatty like One Life to Live (RIP) nonetheless smarter and not set in Llanview, PA. we shall continue to suffer a uncanny passionate ways until it is over, during that prove we will start a cult clinging to people who suffer Hulu strange programming to an diseased degree. I’m flattering certain we was innate to lead such a cult, and that we am a Chosen One.

‘Til subsequent time, Pathheads!

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Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) is a comedian and writer. Her books are accessible during Amazon and your favorite indie bookshop and other book-type places.

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