The Stand – tape 2108

Back to post-apocalyptic America for Stephen King’s The Stand. First, part 2: The Dreams. Frannie Goldsmith (Molly Ringwald) is sewing up her dead father’s shroud. Oh God, nerdy stalker guy isn’t dead yet, and he turns up in time to help her bury her father in the garden.

Burying Dad

He’s still just as creepy and pathetic. He’s definitely a red-pill kind of guy.

Failed pop star Larry Underwood (Adam Storke) meets Laura San Giacomo as Nadine Cross. Over a nice steak dinner, they discuss future plans, and Larry talks about the visions he’s been having about Mother Abigail. Nadine has been having visions too, but not of Mother Abigail.

Dangerous Visions

Matt Frewer, who we didn’t meet in the previous episode, is playing a somewhat manic character called Trashcan Man. He’s hearing voices, who seem to want him to blow up oil depots.

Matt Frewer

Mother Abigail is talking to God. She knows she has to lead the people, but she’s not happy about it. And she’s seeing visions too, of a man with a mullet and glowy eyes.

Mullet Man

Miguel Ferrer’s Lloyd Henreid is still locked up in prison, and he doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from as everyone else is dead. He’s also visited by the man with the mullet who introduces himself as Randall Flagg.

Randall Flagg

Deaf Mute Nick Andros (Rob Lowe) comes across another survivor, Tom Cullen, but wouldn’t you know it, he can’t read or write. But they manage to communicate somewhat. He’s been seeing the visions too.

Tom Cullen

Stu Redman (Gary Sinise) is with Glen Bateman (Ray Walston) wondering whether to foillow the dreams to Nebraska when two motorcyclists drive past. It’s Frannie (Ringwald) and Revenge of the Nerds.

Ray Walston

“We’re glad to see you, aren;t we Harold” she says to Sinise. Harold has not improved. “I don’t know. I mean do we assume that they’re alright just because they remember how to shake hands?” Good God, dump him now.

Nick and Tom meet Julie Lawry (Shawnee Smith) who’s delighted to meet Good Looking Nick, but less interested in poor simple Tom. She’s going to be trouble.

Nick and Laura

Sure enough she tells Tom that the indigestion remedy Nick brought him was poison, so Nick tells her he doesn’t need her. She ends up shooting at them from a window. I guess crisis affects people differently.

Nick, Tom, and a few more friends they found on the way, make it to Mother Abigail’s home, where they spend a little time there enjoying the hospitality before heading on to Boulder Colorado.

Meanwhile, Trashcan Man arrives in Las Vegas, which looks like it still has an electricity supply. Lloyd is there too with some other unsavoury looking characters, waiting for Randall Flagg.

Viva Las Vegas

Nick’s group reach Boulder, and it’s not long before they’re joined by a convoy of others, many on motorbikes (so I assume Frannie, Stu and Harold the manbaby are with them).

Part 3 is The Betrayal. It opens with Stu and party, not in Colorado but Ohio, and Stu is operating on one of them for a burst appendix. The patient doesn’t make it. They hold the funeral in the rain, which is apparently the law in movies.

Stu and Frannie look like they’re getting friendly. Harold the spurned nerd won’t like that. What was the title of this episode?

They make it to Colorado, though.

Nadine has got a ride with none other than Stephen King himself.

Laura San Giacomo and Stephen King

They arrive in Colorado too, so now there’s another dangerous person there.

The Colorado team get the power station running again. This is quick work, as it took the Survivors in the UK four series to get to that point.

They even manage to elect a council for their Free Zone unanimously, and to thunderous applause. Harold the nerd is being creepilysupportive, so I’m guessing he’ll turn at some point.

Mother Abigail goes missing at this time. Nadine tries to get back with Larry, who has married another woman, but that’s presumably part of Flagg’s plan to destabilise the settlement. Then he orders Nadine to go to nerd Harold.

The council plan to send some spies to see what Flagg is doing in Las Vegas. They hypnotise Tom so he’ll know what to do. This seems risky to me.

Harold is such a manosphere dweller that I hate him, but I have to admit he’s totally believable. He concocts a plan to blow up a council meeting with dynamite, and he’s using a plan from a national school science competition – I wonder if it’s his.

Third Prize

He sets off the explosive, Nick’s killed, but others get out in time because Mother Abigail returned to warn them. Frannie’s injured in the blast and has another vision. I’ve no idea what’s going on with her costume here.

Frannie's Freaky Costume

Mother Abigail tells them that four of them have to go to Las Vegas immediately for the confrontation with Flagg, so they dutifully do so after some teary goodbyes, and the episode ends, setting up the climax.

Which is on another tape.

After this, the start of an episode of Law & Order before the tape ends.

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