Point Pleasant

Season 1 Episode 7

Unraveling

2
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 10, 2005 on FOX
8.5
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Unraveling
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After Judy kicks her out of the Kramer household, Christina hops a bus out of Point Pleasant to try to escape her demons, only to find a distraught Jesse on the same bus. They quickly learn that they can't run away from their problems as the hand of fate is behind the wheel. Meg's hallucinations grow stronger and she fears that Boyd may be the man of her nightmares; and Amber uncovers an unsettling truth about Ben that causes her to reconsider her attempt to break up the Kramer marriage.moreless

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  • Christina decides to leave Point Pleasant, at the same time Jesse decides to leave town. They run into a storm. Meg’s hallucinations could be a sign from Isabelle. Amber finds something that changes her mind about breaking up the Kramer’s.moreless

    6.9
    After getting kicked out by Judy, Christina decides to leave Point Pleasant for good. Jesse decides to leave Point Pleasant after confronting his family regarding lying to him about his father. Of course Jesse and Christina run into each other on the same bus. Point Pleasant is such a small town. Meg is having dreams or hallucinations that she thinks is a sign from her dead daughter Isabelle. She believes that she is being warned about Lucas Boyd. Meg decides that she wants to start going to church as a family, which they haven’t done since the death of their daughter. Lucas Boyd sets Meg up to speak out loud for her daughter Isabelle. This makes her look crazy so that no one will believe what she is saying about Lucas Boyd.



    I think that Lucas Boyd is setting up Terry Burke for something. Lucas Boyd gives Terry Burke menial task to do for him and I think this will put Terry in a bad position.



    A woman dies when the bus that Jesse and Christina are on crashes. She speaks for Isabelle and tells Christina to head back to town. I thought that Christina was going to cause evil things if she stayed in Point Pleasant. That leads me to think that this was not really Isabelle sending the message through the dead woman.



    Amber decides to do some snooping in Ben’s office and finds the tape he was hiding. Ben burned a similar tape in the last episode, so I wonder if someone else might know about his past. After watching the tape Amber decides to stop messing with Ben and Meg’s relationship. This is very upsetting to Lucas and he says he will no longer protect Amber.



    To end this episode Jesse and Christina come back to town. I gave this episode the "Adventurous" classification because Christina almost got out of town. I think that Christina should look at the big picture and realize that she should get as far away from Point Pleasant as possible and not worry about one family. (The Kramers)Of course if she left there would be no story to tell.



    EdJmoreless
  • Great episode!

    9.0
    "Point Pleasant" proves that it can just keep getting better and better with its seventh installment, "Unraveling". This was probably one of the most exciting episodes yet, and gave us tons of plot development.



    Christina and Jessie both end up on the same bus out of Point Pleasant, eagerly awaiting to somehow begin a new life. Christina gets up to talk with Jessie and the two soon reform their bond, and they make plans together. Both are unaware of a storm on the horizon - in both a literal and metaphorical sense.



    Meanwhile, Meg - to whom this episode title mainly refers to - begins seeing strange things. In a very creepy and somewhat disturbing scene, she is attacked by a man with a backward head while taking a bath. Under the water, she has a vision of Isabelle, being held under as well. She keeps seeing this strange man, and later realizes that it's Boyd, when she meets him in town later.



    Amber also steals a mysterious tape from Ben's office, although we don't see what the contents are, although it's enough to bring Amber to tears and to quit working for Boyd.



    Back on the bus, a huge summer storm obviously causes serious problems for the driver and the bus ends up flipping over. Jessie later tries to save a woman with a collapsed lung, who momentarily dies and is possessed by some entity that tells her they can't leave Point Pleasant. Jessie manages to bring her back. After the ordeal is over, Christina returns home. Jessie plans to keep going, but at the end the bus is back in Point Pleasant due to severe weather. They can't leave after all...



    This episode, like I stated before, was one of the best ones yet. It had excellent writing and directing and the story is seriously heating up. I also like that Amber is becoming more than just the local town slut, but an important character.moreless
  • Judy: "You need to stay on the right side of scary from now on." One of the best episodes of the lot.

    7.3
    I have to begin this review with my deepest apologies. I was involved in a car accident last Thursday, and the surrounding drama consumed me to the point that I completely forgot that the show was resuming with new episodes. In fact, I have been so busy with insurance companies and body shops over the entire week, that I didn't realize that a new episode had aired until I tuned in for "Unraveling" and saw the previouslies. As a result, I will be easy on any kind of continuity issues, as I'm not sure if what might be the fault of the writers and what is merely something I missed.



    My evening began quite pleasantly, as I was able to watch my beloved Arizona Wildcats win their opening round game in the NCAA Tournament long before Point Pleasant was scheduled to begin. That had been a grave worry for me all day long, so I rejoiced when the game wrapped up with a full 45 minutes to spare. As the episode began, however, I was I have to admit that I was impressed by the brief glimpses of the previous episode. I know that those short clips can make something look much more exciting than it actually was, but I was genuinely disappointed that I had missed the episode. As the hour proceeded, I was pleased to see that the show, as a whole, had improved during its month-long hiatus. It is in no way the best on television, and is still highly derivative, but I found myself actually interested in several of the subplots. I was also pleased to learn that another Mutant Enemy alum join the creative team when James Contner's name appeared under the director's credit. The episode seemed to flow much smoother than earlier episodes and had a much better pace, both of which I think can be credited to Contner's direction. There were still parts of the episode about which I just didn't care and others that seemed to drag, but there were far fewer of them this time around.



    On the good side of things, I still find the chemistry between Elisabeth Harnois and Aubrey Dollar very good, and the acting of both women strong over all. The scenes involving Christina torturing Lucas Boyd were not as powerful as they should have been, but the interactions between the two actresses in the rest of the episode was believable. Grant Show didn't impress much during the torture scenes, either. At the end, when he breaks free and threatened the girls, however, he was extremely menacing. His acting and character are still bright spots on this show.



    For the first time, there were subplots that I actually found compelling. My interest has been limited almost exclusively to Christina's story. All of the peripheral stories previously introduced—Amber and Ben, Ben and Meg, Sarah and Logan, Jesse and Paula, etc, etc, etc—have been intensely boring. This time around, however, I found myself being pulled into the story surrounding Meg. Susan Walters is very convincing as the "crazy" or "visionary" woman. She doesn't go overboard, which would be so easy and typical. She has really settled into this role. I also like the fact that she looks normal from the outside. Fortunately, they didn't give her "crazy hair" or "crazy clothes," which is standard operating procedure for most television shows. I really want to know what's going on with her. I also wanted to know what was going on with Jesse at the junkyard. While I found the whole Jesse-as-Jesus resurrection a bit much, I was deeply involved in the story up to that point. That's a rarity for this show. I was also rather intrigued by Father Tomas and his crush on Christina. It may have been predictable, but it was still kind of naughty and interesting. Perhaps the best thing about the episode, however, was the fact that Adam Busch got rid of that horrid beard he was sporting. This may have been first shown last week, but it was my first opportunity to see it; I was very relieved.



    I did have a few problems with the logic of the episode. For instance, I wondered for all I was worth why Judy would even stop and talk to Boyd on the street. He has given her no reason to trust him, but she suddenly stops and decides to hear him out. Why? Along the same lines, how and why did Boyd end up at the house, ripe for Christina to "discover" him talking to Judy? It seemed very contrived and unlikely to me. The death by falling crucifix was a bit over-the-top, as well.



    There was also some offensive stuff from the usual suspects. At one point, it looked like Sam Page had a mouth full of chewing tobacco under his lip when he talked to Christina on the Kramer's porch. I couldn't make myself care about the Paula and Terry relationship either. Furthermore, I couldn't help but wonder why Terry was watching Boyd's house, anyway. What happened to Wes? Isn't he the house boy?



    As per usual, there was a lot of derivative material in the episode, as well. Most of it led directly back to Buffy, especially the story of Dark Willow. There was much talk of how Christina would be "lost" if she went down "that road," i.e., the path of retribution and violence. This was repeated early and often by several characters, in particular, Tomas and Judy.



    As the last scene faded out, I couldn't help but be pleased with the improvements. Yes, the show is still only slightly above mediocre and the dialogue could still use major upgrades, but the creative team has made noticeable steps in the right direction. I'm actually looking forward to the next episode. Nonetheless, with its numbers still trailing those of WWE Smackdown!, I wouldn't count on seeing it too much longer.



    [Note: Again, this review makes sense only in the context of when it was written--within two days of the original episode's airing.]moreless
J.J. Boone

J.J. Boone

Ruth

Guest Star

Claude Shires

Claude Shires

Ticket Clerk

Guest Star

Gilbert B. Combs

Gilbert B. Combs

Utility Bus Driver

Guest Star

Ned Schmidtke

Ned Schmidtke

Father Matthew

Recurring Role

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Logan Parker

Recurring Role

Adam Busch

Adam Busch

Wes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Christina: The thing is, my dad, my real father... I think he's really bad. I mean, seriously dangerous. And he's got people all over working for him.
      Jesse: What, like organized crime?
      Christina: Something like that, only really, really organized.
      Jesse: So, you're what? Hiding from him?
      Christina: Trying to. But I think he wants to keep me in Point Pleasant to... I don't know, to...teach me some twisted life lesson, and he'll hurt people to do it.
      Jesse: Is it okay if I think this sounds a little crazy?
      Christina: (chuckles) Someone should. It is a little crazy. Everything is.

    • Boyd: We have a problem. It's about Meg Kramer.
      Wes: What? The crazy one?
      Boyd: Crazy people often see the truth. That's what makes them crazy. Meg says her dead daughter Isabelle is talking to her. Oh, and she probably is. Dead people have a pesky way of hanging around trying to fix things.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode features a shot of a bus that Christina is on driving past a sign that reads "Now leaving Point Pleasant. Please come again." This is a reference to the final shot of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a show on which Marti Noxon was a writer.

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