Happy Wednesday TV fans! After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 9 last night, the voice over reminded us that “This is it. Today’s the day. Take the horror built up inside of you and spill it in the streets. Will you spend this holiday locked in a cage afraid of your true potential?” Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet. In last night’s episode, “I Will Participate,” Joe puts everyone on trial, revealing that he is more dangerous than anyone might have realized. Meanwhile, Miguel and Pete the Cop work together to track Joe down before it is too late. My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 9 are:
“You are all here because you’ve wronged me.”
Ready to connect the dots? Joe finally reveals his intentions when he explains that each one of his prisoners have wronged him in some way. Pretty much everyone seems to recognize Joe when he takes off his mask and he explains that each one of them will be placed on trial. Joe says, “I will exercise mercy if your confession is compelling. But if not, I will purge and I will be reborn.” Well at least it seems like Joe may be willing to listen to reason, but somehow I doubt it. As the connections continue to reveal themselves, we learn that Jane went on a blind date with Joe, Rick remembers Joe installing their security system, and we later find out that Penelope made the fatal mistake of not saying “thank you” when Joe held a door open for her. I mean that is definitely a pet peeve of mine, but I’m not sure it warrants Penelope’s death. Either way, it’s becoming clear that Joe has quite a few screws loose and is not really one to let anything go. We also learn that Joe has been using some kind of tracking spray that is used in the military to find his victims, which sort of explains how he knew where they would all be and his expertise on Rick and Jenna’s security system explains how he was able to deactivate it. Well at least we are finally getting some answers.
“Don’t you feel better?”
Joe has a few other victims along with our main characters and we learn that he has been holding on to his rage for a very long time. He has a man stand trial who bullied him back in high school. Joe even brings up documentation such as pictures from his yearbook to make his case, which reveals that Joe has been planning this for a very long time. I mean there are so many other things he could be doing with his time, but I guess everyone has a hobby. The former bully actually makes a compelling case and seems sincere. He tells Joe that he is homeless and perhaps that he is already undergoing his punishment in that way. Joe seems to believe him and gives the man a hug, right before he sharply stabs him, killing him. Joe says, “Like I said…mercy.” Everyone else starts to realize that Joe’s idea of mercy does not involve letting them go. They are not getting out of here easily.
“We are going to figure something out.”
Jane takes this time to introduce herself to Penelope and tells her and the others that they are going to figure something out, desperately trying to find a positive solution here. Our main characters all have a common goal now…surviving. Jane explains that “if we work together, we can take him.” Jane’s leadership skills definitely come into play here, as she tries to come up with a plan and keep everyone motivated. Another prisoner named Eileen is not ready to stick around; however, and rushes to the exit when she gets a chance. Only Joe has the entire abandoned school rigged and she is shot as soon as she opens the doors. Jane continues to try and keep the hope alive, but she needs to come up with something fast because she’s next.
“Let’s tackle this together like two professionals.”
I absolutely love the dynamic duo of Miguel and Pete the Cop. After Penelope is taken, Pete the Cop agrees to finally emerge out into the streets during Purge Night to help Miguel. Before they take off, Pete puts his cop skills to the test and pulls up information on Joe. We find out that his full name is Joe Owens and they are even able to track down his address. On the way, Miguel and Pete the Cop run into some trouble, as a group of Purgers demand some kind of trade in order for them to pass through. Pete gets a free pass; however, as we learn that he is off limits during Purge Night. Seriously don’t mess with Pete the Cop. After running into Joe’s father at his home and taking a look at Joe’s extensive plan on the wall, they realize that they need to get to the school to find Penelope. Only nothing comes easy for Miguel, as they are stopped on the way when Rex and his men open fire on their car, looking for revenge. If anyone can get out of this OK, it’s Miguel and Pete the Cop. As much as I adore Pete right now, I am wondering if we can truly trust him. It initially seemed like Joe was a good guy as well so I wouldn’t be surprised if another twist is thrown our way, but I am hoping that Pete continues to try and help because I love this partnership.
“What a thing to live with…”
When Jane is brought up on trial, she stays composed and strong. Jane tells Joe that she remembers him and we get a flashback that reveals her on a very awkward date with Joe. Jane remains polite, as Joe continues to drop racist jokes along the way, but she can’t take it anymore after he implies that she got into college because of her race. Jane has worked extremely hard for her opportunities and she is not going to let anyone take this away from her. Jane says she has to go to the bathroom, but ends up skipping out on her date, but does pay for it. Joe even has the receipt from the dinner as evidence. Jane says what we are all thinking when she asks, “You tracked me down over a date?” Jane is not about to back down now, but Joe tries to turn the tables on her by bringing up her own intention to purge David. Jane explains that Purging will not make anyone feel better. Jane says, “I tried to live my life with integrity. I compromised who I am for a sexual predator. What a thing to live with.” Joe does not want to hear this, as he has made up his mind that it is his right to purge. Jane fights back and everyone is rooting for her, but Joe ends up choking the life out of her. Even though her life is over, Jane stayed true to who she was and finally stood up for herself after enduring so much and saying nothing over the years. I am extremely proud of Jane, but I wish that she could have stopped Joe as well. It looks like it is up to one of our other main characters, but who will be the one to take Joe down? As Joe drags Jane’s body away, Penelope continues to keep the hope alive, revealing that Jane did not die for nothing. She tried to motivate everyone and she succeeded, as they realize that they will all need to work together to stop Joe. Stay tuned for the season finale next week!
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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