One thing's clear: Zenith, a town that isn't under a dome, is far more interesting than Chester's Mill, a town that is stuck under the Dome. Maybe we were spoiled by last week's Peter Weller-directed episode. Maybe watching Under the Dome isn't as fun to watch on a vacation day instead of a work day. Maybe a show about a town under a dome shouldn't be stretched beyond 10 episodes. Whatever the cause, "The Fall" just wasn't as interesting as last week's episode. In the "outside world" of Zenith, it feels as if there are things for the characters to do whereas back in Chester's Mill, it's as though everyone is always doing the same thing—or some variation of the same thing.
The episode picks up right where it left off with Big Jim walking in on Pauline looking around Junior's room. He initially think it's the Dome tormenting him the way it did with Linda and Dodee, but Pauline quickly shoots this down by explaining that she faked her death. Obviously, Big Jim is not happy to hear this, mainly because he always thought he was the reason for her death.
While Big Jim is having this dramatic reunion, Rebecca and Julia are checking one of the town's oaks. Rebecca observes that the leaves have started changing and that temperature inside the Dome has dropped. From this, she deduces that the Dome is accelerating the seasons in Chester's Mill; it was just summer before the Dome came down. If you were worried that this would lead to another crisis of the week episode with a ridiculous solution, you weren't the only one. Thankfully, the episode avoids this path (for now—the promo for next week's episode indicates that the town will start to deal with the implications of the temperature change). Rebecca's ramblings on what she loves about fall are interrupted by Julia and Barbie's reunion.
Meanwhile, the other Dome-created couple, Joe and Norrie are having a far-from-cute cuddling session. (Leave it to Joe to try and take advantage of the temperature dropping to get some action.) But they are interrupted when Norrie notices that Melanie has been gone for more than a day and that the egg is missing. Time to solve the mystery of the missing egg and almost die trying!
Melanie is where we left her last week: in the bunker with Junior and the egg. If there were ever a moment that necessitated someone saying "too soon," it was when Melanie made a joke about Junior locking her up in the bunker. After Melanie leaves Junior, Angie appears to Junior and warns him not to follow his heart again. She appears to him right after he and Melanie share a kiss. Honestly, there was just too much young love in the beginning of the episode. For some reason it's more awkward than cute whenever Joe or Junior kiss anyone on this show. Well, the reason for the latter is clear: Junior's kind of crazy.
NEXT: It's family reunion time.