For a complicated show, the writers decided to make The Leftovers Season 1 Episode 3 focus solely on one character.
While it wasn't what I expected, I found myself intrigued by where Reverend Matt's story was going and what the lesson would be.
Here's what I found: Irony.
People may remember Matt as the guy Reverend who hands out flyers about certain members of the Departures who didn't live innocent lives. He clearly did not believe that this was The Rapture as both sinners and saints alike were taken.
Just like everyone else, he struggles to make sense of what happened. Also interestingly enough, his sister is Nora Durst: the woman who lost her husband and her kids on the 14th.
Nora: What do you believe in Matt? Do you know where my family went? Do you know what it was?
Matt: It was a test. Not for what came before but for what comes after. The test is what happens now.
Nora agrees to give Matt the money to save the church if he agrees not to print the flyers anymore. He says that he has to, but there is one flyer he would never print in order to protect her. Her husband was sleeping with the kids' preschool teacher and he has the proof, but never told her.
Needing another way to get the money after breaking his sister's heart, Matt goes and digs out $20K that Kevin Garvey Sr. left for him hiding under the family's grill.
The best part of that whole scene was that he saw Laurie sitting there on the swings in the dark, crying in her family's backyard. She clearly misses them. THIS is the story I really want. What drove Laurie to the Guilty Remnant and Tom to Wayne's cult? I need more on the Garveys!
So Matt takes the money and goes back to a casino that he recently visited about one of the missing people who had quite a horrible background. While he was there a man shouted "Jesus f**king Christ" on a roulette table and Matt took it as a sign.
The rest of us would call that a dude who was heated during a gambling session, but the Rev insisted. He put all $20K on red and prayed. Well it worked and he walked about with $160K only to almost get robbed in the parking lot.
He tackled his attacker and honestly might have killed him, but we can't be sure. If he didn't kill him he came damn close!
After fighting for this money he wasn't letting it go. The next day while driving to the bank he sees a punk kid throw a rock at one of the GR and gets out to help them and call 911. Next thing we see, Matt is hit with a rock too and knocked out.
He wakes up in the hospital and makes it to the bank only to realize that he's been unconscious for 3 full days and missed his deadline. The church has been sold and guess who the new owners are? The GR. Yep, the same people that he was helping when he landed himself into the hospital, missing the deadline to save his church.
Like I said before: irony.
So what did you think of having a character driven installment? What wasDid you like that The Leftovers spent an episode focusing on one person?