Under the Dome recap: 'The Red Door'

A fatherly kidnapping and a hunt for a red door is just another day in Zenith.
Ep. 09 | Aired Aug 25, 2014

WE HAVE TO GO BACK After getting abducted and tortured, Barbie must decide whether to stay in Zenith or go back under the Dome.

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Well, that was more serious than usual. Who wants to guess that it was due to actor Peter Weller (24, Psych), who directed tonight's episode? He brought a somber visual aesthetic to the show; all of the colors looked rather faded. Weller's direction made "The Red Door" the show more interesting to watch and was a distraction from some of Under the Dome's brand of silliness. Moreover, there wasn't a crisis of the week under the dome, which is always something to be thankful for.

You remember the men in black army gear who captured Barbie at the end of last week's episode? Well, it turns out they are part of Don's private security force, and he has tasked them with interrogating Barbie to find out the location of the egg. We don't find out why he wants it—all we know is that he needs to get it before the government finds out about it, and he's willing to do anything to get it; even having his goons torture his son.

Ever stubborn, Barbie refuses to give up Julia and the egg in the interrogation. In the few scenes with Barbie being questioned, we learn that he actually knows what the Geneva Conventions are and that he's capable of putting two and two together. When his dad comes to visit him, under the guise of a worried father, Barbie is clearly not buying the act and refuses to hand over Julia and the egg. Eventually, Barbie gets the upper hand during the interrogation and manages to break out. We later find out, however, that this was part of Don's security team's plan. The security team was hoping to follow Barbie back to somewhere related to where he came out of the Dome, however, Barbie manages to lose his tail.

Don's security team is really having a bad day. Not only do they lose Barbie, but they also fail to capture Lyle, Sam, and Pauline, who are trying to find the red door, which they hope will take them back to Chester's Mill. They decide to go to the park where Sam and Lyle came through to see if there's a red door there. While Pauline checks out the door—it's too early in the episode for it to be the right one—Lyle and Sam lead two of Don's men on a goose chase.

As she waits for Lyle and Sam at the rendezvous point, Pauline starts to have visions of a spiral that makes her worried about going back to Chester's Mill. Lyle is the first to make it back to the meeting place and attempts to have a tender moment with Pauline, but is shot down almost immediately. When Sam arrives, the three of them decide that they can't return to Pauline's apartment. But that's okay because Pauline knows somewhere they can hide. Anyone have any guesses where she might be heading?

If you guessed "Hunter, the computer guy from last week," then you were right. It makes sense that Pauline knows Hunter since Hunter is the one behind the "Hounds of Diana" page, and it was through the Hounds of Diana email that Pauline sent Junior that video message. The Hounds of Diana and their new guests, however, are joined by one more person who doesn't understand the concept of self-preservation and wants to return to Chester's Mill: Barbie.

NEXT: Melanie tries to find love in a hopeless place. 

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