After weeks of fans complaining that storylines didn’t really follow through episode to episode, it seems that the writers heard this call, or more realistically they had planned this out from the beginning anyway. Either way, “Exorcism Part 2” gave a nice follow up to previous plot threads, as well as demonstrated some of the real world consequences of this type of supernatural investigation.
Spoilers Ahead: You’ve Been Warned!
Following the events of “October 31” it seems that Caroline Hopkins was unhappy with how her recovery has been since her exorcism on Halloween night (which both David and Kristen assisted with). So, in typical American fashion, she files suit. What follows is an interesting look at exorcism and paranormal investigating through the lens of a legal deposition.
In doing so, we the audience begin to see just how little of “spectral evidence” truly holds up to legal scrutiny, and it makes it much harder for David to defend himself. We too, feel conflicted between rationalizing those superstitious beliefs we may have, with what is generally considered a legal standard of proof. It’s a subject that’s really only ever been explored in The Exorcism of Emily Rose (which if you haven’t seen, it’s a must watch).
Meanwhile Kristen is trying to adjust to life now that her husband has returned. At the same time, a strange stray cat has broken in and made itself at home. Given the nature of its shrieking hiss, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to discover later on that there’s something demonic behind it. But let’s be honest, most cats are demons anyway (I write this as a genuine lover of cats who grew up with 5 of them).
Once again however, the most disturbing subplot involves that of Leland and the young impressionable Sebastian that he’s clearly trying to turn into a mass shooter. Whether or not you believe in ghosts and demons is one thing, but radicalized mass shooters are a very real threat we unfortunately see in the news more often than we should. However, Sebastian proves to be pretty useless and even accidentally shoots himself, prompting Leland to flip out and move on to another “apprentice”.
The awkwardness between Kristen and her husband was certainly to be expected, but to be honest, there was a lot going on in the rest of the episode, so we didn’t really get to focus on it very much. That said, it was really cool to see Kristen spin the entire deposition into their favor by focusing more on the medical side, and even using that to demonstrate that it was Caroline’s doctor who failed her, not the exorcism itself.