A Very Special Christmas Episode

July 21, 2014 4:32 AM

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Following last week’s narrowed focus on Christopher Eccleston’s tortured reverend, HBO’s The Leftovers returned to the tangled web of the Garvey family circus. Frustrations are running at an all-time high, thanks to a pronounced lack of communication between everyone involved, but Kevin once again steps up as the only person in Mapleton outwardly ready to give a shit. Let’s be clear though; even for an episode revolving around the “kidnapping” of a Baby Jesus baby doll, “B.J. and the A.C.” is almost a sitcom as compared to the dourness radiating off of the previous three episodes. There is levity to be found here.

My favorite moment in the series thus far came at the beginning of “B.J. and the A.C.,” when Kevin offers Guilty Remnant leader Patti a choice of “water, coffee or Drano” to drink. It earns a smirk from Patti, which almost made me think these two might find something to agree on. Kevin requests the ...

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