Dirty had Annie trying to protect Joy. Her mother’s vision wanted her to kill Joy to keep her clean. Ace/Augustin wanted Joy because she was clean. But no one gets away from Castle Rock without being a little dirty.

No One Wants a Dirty Joy:

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Annie and Joy have been taken to the Marsten house and Ace is there to greet them. The cult has switched out Annie’s medication with placebos to try and make the weaving process easier. But she is having vision of her mother. Crysilda is telling that they want to use Joy and there is only one way to keep her clean, kill her. Annie is popping pills and brewing tea to try and calm down. But one of the cult members sees Joy’s drawings and takes it to Ace/Augustin. They realize that Joy’s drawing style resembles Amity’s. Ace finds out that Joy is not on any medication and a untainted vessel. So he locks Joy up in the Attic to await the weaving.

Annie’s visions of her mother are getting stronger. She sees the door to the basement open and investigates. She finds dead bodies there. Joy is missing and Annie get the info out of a cult member before killing her. She has to take out another with a sledgehammer (hello Misery shoutout). Finally she and Joy are reunited, but Crysilda is begging for Annie to get them out clean. Annie goes to choke Joy, but the memories of baby Joy snap her out of it. They sneak their way to the back door. Outside they find a crowd of enthralled citizens. They are sneaking out when spotting. The crowd begins to move and the two are separated. Annie is captured and Joy is enthralled.

Dirty and Enthralled:

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The people of Castle Rock and Jerusalem’s Lot are enthralled by the idol of the the Angel/The Kid and the noice that follows it. They follow it and more and more people join in. They end up on the grounds of the Marsten House. The cult has cut the power to the towns and all communication. We see from the paintings on the wall they destruction is their goal, but what part does this dirty and enthralled mob play?

Nadia Gets Her Hands Dirty:

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Chris gets the orders to kill Nadia and use her body for one of the cult members. He heads over to her house and tries to kill her quickly. But Bertrand may have Chris’ body but not all of his memories. Nadia is a fighter just like her brothers. She fights back and finally chokes him until he passes out. She takes him to the hospital and dopes him up with mind altering drugs. Somehow this loosens Bertrand’s hold on Chris. Chris is able to break through for a bit. Nadia discovers a patient and finds out about the people of the Rock. But Bertrand is waking up and the cult members are in the hospital to kill any stragglers. Bertrand alerts them and Nadia pushes him into the locked and bullet-proof pharmacy. She gives him more drugs and he helps her fool the cult members. She takes out one and shoots another, but not before Chris is fatally shot. He says she has to help the town and is trying to say he has always loved her, when he dies.

King Connections:

This week did not have a lot of connections. We see Annie with the sledge hammer and she wields it just like in Misery. We also have two small shout outs to The Shining. We see a wet and decaying Crysilda speaking to Annie. This reminds me of the woman in room 217 who appears in both The Shining and Doctor Sleep. We also have Annie with the big chef’s knife ready to defend her child just like Wendy did.

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Closing Thoughts:

This season Hulu has made the episodes longer or shorter based on the story they have to tell. That works well for me. Dirty gave us more insight into the cult and set a lot of things up for the final two episodes. It was not the best episode of the season, but it would be hard to top last week. In writing terms it is the necessary fall in action to prepare us for the rise in the the last two episodes.


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