Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 8: “I Can’t Do This Anymore”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 8 last night, we didn’t get our words of wisdom from the voice over, but Mr. Stanton did remind us that “true joy comes from courage” and that “some things you can only learn from experience.”  While he may have an actual point here, I’m not sure that he is setting his daughter, Lila, out on the right path.  This is the episode we have been waiting for.  Hang on because a lot has happened.  Are you all caught up?  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Giving Time Is Here,” Miguel and Penelope make it to Pete’s bar, but the threat is nowhere near over for these two.  Meanwhile, Jenna continues to struggle with her decision and Lila doesn’t handle any kind of rejection too well, causing her and Rick to clash even further.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 8 are:


“Don’t start shit in my bar.”

During the episode, Miguel and Penelope make it safely to Pete’s bar and breathe a temporary sigh of relief.  Penelope’s cult robe begins to “attract the wrong kind of attention” and Pete gives her some clothes to change into.  Pete later reveals to Penelope that he is not a fan of her cult and fills her in on quite a lot.  Penelope learns that her cult leader, Tavis, is actually funded by the NFFA and is playing a part, finding victims that the NFFA has determined to be disposable.  She goes to rehab centers and prisons, looking for people who have given up hope.  Penelope initially cannot believe what she is hearing, but decides that she needs to do the right thing and warn her friends on the bus before it’s too late.  But perhaps she should take Miguel with her for some much needed backup.  I mean does she really think it’s a smart idea to rush off by herself on Purge Night after all Miguel has gone through to find her?


“To a lifetime of glorious participation.”

During the episode, we finally get a flashback into Lila’s past.  Lila looks absolutely stunning in a gorgeous white gown and it initially seems like she is getting ready for her wedding day.  Only we quickly realize that she is preparing for her first ceremonial purge, which takes place on the eve of her 18th birthday.  Catalina has been by Lila’s side this whole time and it’s clear that Lila is having mixed thoughts about going through with this.  She is told to “choose her path,” or her weapon of choice in this case, and goes with a gun.  Lila nervously faces the sacrifice, an old man, but realizes that she cannot disappoint her parents and everyone watching.  Lila goes through with the purge and as soon as she does, she actually smiles, suggesting that she likes the thrill of the kill.  Watch out Rick!


“I saw the night for what it really is.”

Penelope reaches the bus and calls out Tavis in front of everyone.  Tavis tries to tell Penelope that she got lost on her way to the invisible, but Penelope is done hearing her lies.  Penelope is no longer a scared and impressionable victim.  She has finally found her inner strength and is ready to risk her life to protect her friends on the bus.  Penelope even punches Tavis, proving that she means business.  I guess Miguel taught her a thing or two, but she is still completely outnumbered here.  Either way, this is a very important moment for Penelope, but let’s hope she gets the chance to get that pancake breakfast she keeps talking about.


“So what’ll it take to make you go away?”

Drama continues to take place at Rick and Jenna’s home, but Jenna cannot “live in chaos” anymore.  She is clear with Lila and tells her that she can’t do this anymore.  She reveals that Lila did spark something within her, but that she is tired of the games and she cannot go on like this.  Lila tries to convince Jenna that Rick is manipulating her, but Jenna stands firm and says, “We’re done.”  Lila clearly doesn’t handle rejection well, as she approaches Rick and tries to buy him off.  I mean Lila I’ll take that 20 million dollars you are ready to hand over.  Rick claims, “I’m not for sale” and reminds Lila that he built his life from nothing and can do it again.  Rick gets violent with Lila for a moment when she continues to push his buttons, but he walks away from her.  Later on, Lila attacks Rick and points a gun at him.  She begs Jenna to tell her that she’s not crazy because she doesn’t know what is real anymore and says, “I know you love me.”  Jenna admits to loving her, but stabs Lila with her own ritual knife before she can kill Rick.  Team Rick is victorious after all.  I’m so sorry Jelinna fans, but it looks like Jenna has finally made her choice.  The immediate threat is over and Lila appears to be dead, but will Jenna be able to cope with her actions in the morning?


“It’s a little personal tonight.  I’m doing my own thing.”

While Miguel and Penelope are at Pete’s bar, in walks vigilante Joe.  After saving Jane last week, Joe is now crossing paths with two more characters.  Joe has a conversation with Miguel and thanks him for his service.  He later follows Penelope to the bus and saves her, but doesn’t allow Penelope to go back to the bar, which seems off.  Penelope is placed in the back of Joe’s truck, as poor Miguel is just a little bit too late to arrive.  Seriously this guy cannot catch a break and I really wish his sister would just listen to him for once.  Penelope is placed in the back with Jane and a few others, tied up and gagged.  Before I can even process what this means, Joe shows up at Rick and Jenna’s home and somehow disarms their advanced security system and drags them out of the house as well.  It looks like vigilante Joe is not the clear cut good guy after all, but what does this mean for our main characters?  After watching the preview for next week, it looks like Joe wants to put them on some kind of twisted trial for their actions on Purge Night.  It looks like he has only taken those who have something to make up for, which explains why he didn’t take Miguel.  But what made him target these characters specifically and how did he know where to find them?  We’ll have to wait until next week for more answers, but I am anxiously waiting to find out what happens next.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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