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Christine is busy manipulating everyone in town while Jim and Julia try to take her down.

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Under the Dome

Season 3, Ep. 5 | Aired Jul 16

Christine has made a mockery of the Chester’s Mill townspeople — not that that was a difficult task when so many of them acted like fools to begin with. But she’s taken full advantage of her brainwashing oxytocin goo, bending the crowd to her will, whether that be making them kill, be killed, or just really want to have sex.

Yes, the doomsday scenario of the dome seems to have the people of Chester’s Mill riled up and looking for love, even though their own survival should be at the top of the priority list. But their minds have been dulled by Christine, risking the lives of the entire town while a few brave, valiant souls attempt to save it.

Chief among that small resistance force is Julia, Jim, and Jim’s new best friend, the dog he once spent an entire episode yelling at. What I wouldn’t give for an entire episode focused around Big Jim and his new canine pal, scampering around their own private island on a series of misadventures. Big Jim could spout platitudes the entire time, laugh maniacally every few minutes, only for the episode to cut to the dog’s blank expression.

Unfortunately, “Alaska” robs us of such a special episode as they go in search of Eva and Christine’s camera. Jim, once again strangely the voice of common sense, wants to reveal Christine’s true nature to the town, hopping that will loosen her grip on it.

The camera has disappeared, however, so the two decide to see if the Aktaion outfit in town may have it. They invade the house where Jim was previously held, only for a series of guns to be pointed between Jim, Marston, and Marston’s brigade of red shirts. Marston has the footage on his computer, but more importantly he wants the egg.

The episode’s namesake comes from a file on his computer, as a team of researchers discovered a fractured egg in Alaska. It was full of a clean energy source that could change the world. Sadly, the egg also infected them as it has the townspeople, and eventually led them to their own suicides. Worrying the same could happen to the town, Julia wants to find Christine, which Marston agrees to, letting her take a goon squad with her to find Christine. Jim stays behind to negotiate information about the egg (which he conveniently avoids saying he destroyed for as long as possible).

So what’s Christine been up to while Julia plots her assumed demise? Other than having uncomfortable cave sex with Junior, she spends most of “Alaska” escaping her problems with manipulation, even if it kills a few people along the way.

Nuisances begin to arise all around Chester’s Mill, starting with the town hall. After Junior took out a column that the town’s resident Bob the Builder, Pete, told him not to, the ceiling actually collapses, pinning a number of workers underneath the rubble.

Barbie comes to the rescue, just as he’s about to confront Christine to expose who she really is. A meeting with Eva confirmed Julia’s suspicions that they aren’t who they say they are, but that whole “townsfolk in mortal peril” thing distracts Barbie.

He sticks around to help Pete fix the building, the latter frustrated to no end thanks to Christine’s bossy attitude. Luckily for him, Barbie seems to be on the same page as the two bond over their military service while patching up the hall. Pete and Barbie both decide Christine won’t be making any decisions while the builder bros are working together.

But like a snake slithering through the grass, if that snake had a bell around its neck to let you know it was sneaking up behind you, Christine works in broad daylight to undermine their fast friendship. Christine quashes Eva’s desire to reveal their identities by inviting her down into the cave. After a little dose of oxytocin, she promises to do whatever she can to stay with Barbie. (Christine also says that Eva and Barbie’s would-be child will be her successor, but that’s a complicated family affair for another episode.)

Christine continues to lay the groundwork for her bid to reclaim favor by pitting Barbie and Pete against each other. When Barbie notices oddly cut beams in the hall, he brings his suspicions to Christine, who agrees Pete sabotaged the project. She leaves him with only one option — to take care of it. Which, as we all know, is the wimpy way of saying murder.

NEXT: Christine becomes the absolute worst couples counselor.