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Grounded
Season 3, Episode 2
#31
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Air date

April 1, 2008

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After a near death experience, Orel becomes obsessed with dying in order to get closer to God.

PlotEdit

Four weeks before the hunting trip...Edit

Orel is grounded for holding a neighborhood kids' bloodletting in the upstairs bathroom. After the incident, Clay grounds Orel from church for a month.

After only a few days, Orel appears to be going crazy, jonesing for church. He manically draws a church on his bedroom wall in an attempt to get closer to church. On the second Sunday, Orel is banned from church, with Clay telling him that going to church gives people insurance from going to Hell. Locked in his room, Orel builds a model church, which Clay takes away from him. On his family's next trip to church, a deranged Orel leaves the house, finds his church by the garbage, and wears it like a Halloween costume.

Running down the street, crazed and calling himself a church, he slams into Doughy. They search for a cross for the top of his steeple. They find a metal cross in the form of a plus sign on the roof of the "Morbidly Plus-Sized" clothing store. Immediately after placing it atop Orel's steeple, Orel is struck by lightning.

Orel finds himself floating in an endless nothingness. He expects to meet God, but he is merely alone...nowhere. He suddenly sees a tiny light that might be God, but he is violently yanked back into the living world where he's being revived in the emergency room.

After coming back, Orel becomes obsessed with dying again to get closer to God, because he still cannot go to church. He engages in suicide twice more—once by electrocuting himself in a light-bulb socket, and once by having Doughy apply electrified defibrillator paddles to him. After his third near-death experience, a bizarre nightmare of familiar and prophetic visions with the song "Airetaina" by the High Priestess playing—including seeing himself say "I am a church" backwards—Orel wakes up and tells the six people around his bed that he saw Heaven and it looked nothing like it was always described to him. Clay attempts to silence Orel, and when they get home he hits him with his belt until the enlightening experience has been beaten out of him.

The episode ends where the episode "Nature (Part One)" begins, with Orel saying that he'll "never do THAT with THOSE in THERE for that LONG ever again!", only this time we know he's talking about "flat-lining" to meet God. After Orel's punishment, Clay asks him if he'd like to go on a father-son outing.

CharactersEdit

Minor AppearancesEdit

NotesEdit

  • This is the only episode besides The Lord's Prayer where Clay gives Orel "the usual belting" on-screen.

Episode tie-insEdit

  • Love - Bartholomew is heard during Orel's second near-death experience
  • Nature Part 1 - This happens at the end of this episode, with some overlapping dialogue.
  • Innocence - This happens before the events of this episode, with some overlapping dialogue.

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