The Exorcist Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Ritual & Repetition

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How horrific for those poor kids.

On The Exorcist Season 2 Episode 9, demon Andy became the kids' worst nightmare when he held them hostage at the island's haunted witch house.

Although it was beyond terrifying, it was a relief that everyone survived the ordeal. At least for now.

The Demon's Plans - The Exorcist

Shelby knew that something wasn't quite right with dear old dad the minute he saw him, but he decided to go along with the program. It had to be confusing for the kids to reconcile the Andy they knew with the possessed Andy.

Kids want to trust the adults in their life. Even though they knew Andy wasn't himself, there wasn't much they could do to get away from him.

Shelby took a great risk challenging Andy, and kudos to him for trying to protect his younger siblings, but he was way out of his league. I didn't expect to see Shelby again, so it was a relief that he survived.

What was confusing was why Andy let Shelby live. If his ultimate goal was to torture the kids and eventually kill them, wouldn't it have been more useful for the demon to bring a dead Shelby into the house?

I guess I don't get what the demon is trying to accomplish. What is its ultimate goal?

Rose in a Well - The Exorcist Season 2 Episode 9

There was no point to dumping Rose into the well if it wasn't going to kill her. It should have snapped her neck before letting her plunge into the well if its goal was to truly terrorize the kids.

But the demon is stupid. It doesn't seem to know what it wants to do. It could have killed Verity in the house but couldn't decide, and she was able to get away. 

It could have killed Shelby, but instead, let him live. 

There doesn't seem to be a purpose to its actions, or if there is, I don't see it. Help me out here, people, what am I missing?

While Andy was terrorizing the kids, Tomas was involved in his own nightmare.

The demon still had hold of him, and Marcus had to lock him in a closet to keep him safe. Marcus couldn't snap Tomas out of his trance and couldn't wait any longer because he knew the others were in danger.

Tomas knew he was in some sort of dream state while being in the dream state but was having a hard time getting himself out of it. These dream states are starting to get confusing. The layers are getting deeper and deeper which is significant in that it shows how far he's allowed the demons to get in his head.

Casey Rance Returns - The Exorcist Season 2 Episode 9

Casey Rance from The Exorcist Season 1 returning was a pleasant surprise. Does this mean the demon split itself in two, or was Casey a completely separate demon from Andy? The two were connected, but it wasn't clear as to if they were independent of each other or the same demon.

If it was the same demon, it is more powerful than I thought, and Marcus and Tomas are going to have quite the battle on their hands. It's a good thing Mouse has arrived to lend them a helping hand. They're going to need it, but I've said that before.

I can't wait to see Marcus' reaction to Mouse's arrival. Will he be glad to see her? The demon might see this as a perfect opportunity to taunt and terrorize Marcus. It may be Marcus' breaking point.

If he survives this, he just might take that island guy (I forgot his name) up on his offer and retire into the sunset with him. I know that's what I would do. Who wants to keep fighting demons for the rest of their lives? 

There has to be a point when he's going to say enough is enough. He's done his duty to God. Let someone else take over. That is what the plan is with Tomas, right?

Marcus isn't just fighting for his life with the demon; he's also got assassins on his tail, apparently. Those assassins came out of nowhere, and it didn't really tie into the rest of the story.

The only purpose it served was to show what a badass Mouse is, but we already knew that. 

Still, it's a scary thought that the Church is willing to go after one of its own. The demon brigade inside the Church is apparently very threatened by Marcus. He's the only one that can bring it down, but will he be able to do it? 

What did you think of "Ritual and Repetition"? Were you surprised to see Casey? What will Andy demon do next? 

Hit the comments and share your thoughts.

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Ritual & Repetition Review

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The Exorcist Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

Tell me, Tomas. Do you feel special now?


How long before you destroy everything you touch?

Casey [to Tomas]