Since he quit wearing his makeup and contact lenses, Kieren’s parents have him locked in his room until they can send him back to the treatment center. All the fuss must’ve gotten to his formerly supportive parents for them to go so far, but with all the ignorance, prejudice, and wild speculation floating around Roarton it’s easy to get caught up in the hysteria.
Gary’s convinced Simon is planning an attack. Maxine tells him Simon’s not a threat, but Gary’s hate wins out. He breaks into Kieren’s house when everyone else is gone, ties up Kieren, and proceeds to ransack his room for information on Simon’s whereabouts.
Gary finds some Blue Oblivion in Kieren’s room. He jumps to the conclusion that Kieren is going to take it in front of innocent people and attack them. So what does he decide to do? He drags Kieren out to the woods near the cemetery, shoves some of the drug down his spinal injection hole, and lets him loose on innocent people. Yeah Gary, that’s real smart.
A couple of Halperin and Weston lackeys arrive in Roarton in search of Amy Dyer. Amy’s beginning to feel again and medical test results on her have the drug company very curious, but the local doctor isn’t giving up her location. He probably doesn’t know where she lives, anyway.
Speaking of Amy, she and Philip have found true love and nothing else seems to matter to them any more. Amy doesn’t seem to care about the undead movement and Philip clearly doesn’t care about climbing the local political ladder any more. Even his mother approves of the relationship and, at least for now, the couple find a bit of happiness.
Maxine cuts the ribbon on the new Roarton perimeter fence, accompanied by a small crowd of fellow zombie haters who proceed to head for the cemetery. They may be mostly dead, but Simon’s followers are fast and get to the cemetery first where they begin to chant for the dead to rise. They hear Maxine’s bunch heading their way and move to stop them, Blue Oblivion pills in hand. Shit’s about to get real, y’all.
Holy Hell, it’s High Noon at the graveyard. The standoff is interrupted when Gary radios Jem about Kieren going rabid in the new section of the cemetery. She pulls her gun, walking through the PDS line, and looks like she’s about to shoot her brother when dear old Dad’s heart suddenly grows three sizes and he steps in between the siblings. Dad says he has faith in his son and Kieren doesn’t disappoint.
The father/son face-to-eat-your-face is cut short, however, when one of the nice ladies in the crowd pulls her gun and fires at Kieren. Simon shows up just in the nick of time to catch the bullet for his true love. Proving that he cares more about Kieren than his ULA movement, Simon walks away with a recovering Kieren telling his followers the second rising isn’t going to happen.
While all this drama is playing out, Maxine has detoured to the mysterious grave we’d seen her at earlier. Now her secret is revealed – her brother, Danny, died at only six years old and she’s hoping he’ll return during the second rising. Nothing happens.
Nearby, Amy takes Philip to her mother’s grave and while they’re standing there she feels her heart begin to beat for the first time since she died. The two are ecstatic because it looks like Amy’s treatment with the new drug is bringin her back to life. Unfortunately, that second life is short-lived. Maxine plunges a pair of shears into Amy’s chest, believing her death will bring little Danny back.
Covered in Amy’s blood and still holding the shears she stabbed her with, Maxine wanders into the parish hall and pretty much has a meltdown. She declares all PDS sufferers need to die so they’ll be sure they’ve killed the first risen. Now everyone knows the real Maxine and her crazy ass gets tasered to the ground.
Sadly, it takes the rebirth and re-death of Amy to bring everyone together. It’s too bad the togetherness is only a facade, though. Back at the pub, the living and the partially living are cordial enough to one another, but each group is quietly badmouthing the other. The hatred was only pushed under the surface, not wiped away.
Poor Philip won’t leave Amy’s grave. He sit there until well after nightfall, then slowly gets up and heads home. He’s barely out of the cemetery when the two drug company representatives show up wearing hazmat suits and holding shovels. One mutters something about there still being enough time then they start digging Amy up.
If In the Flesh doesn’t get another season to continue the story with this new twist I won’t need Blue Oblivion to go rabid. On top of wanting to know what’s going on with the big pharma goons, Kieren was beginning to get the shakes just like Amy did before she began to come back to life. Then there’s Simon, who was labeled a traitor by the Undead Prophet after he chose love over hate. Some people, both living and otherwise, decided to take the path of acceptance and healing while others remain steadfast in their prejudices.
The story continues to get more complex with twists and turns nobody could have possibly seen coming. And like any good story, it leaves the viewer with questions they want, no, need answered. Does Kieren’s development of symptoms like Amy’s mean all PDS sufferers have a path to rebirth? If so, why is Amy’s rehumanized, but dead, body so important to Halperin and Weston if others who are still animated are going through the same transformation? Who the hell is this chickenshit Undead Prophet anyway? Will someone PLEASE kick Gary’s ass?!!