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Under The Dome Episode 8: Thicker Than Water Preview Teases A Food Fight

"Food fight takes on a whole new meaning," the trailer for next Monday night's episode of Under the Dome states. Depleting resources have been an ongoing issue under the dome, with water being a major issue, and now food, which is technically "thicker than water." That's a nod to the episode title, "Thicker than Water," which may very well refer to the food, and also family matters. Blood is also thicker than water.

Looking at the preview, it seems Ollie Dinsmore's still on a major power trip. At this point, Dinsmore's taking some of the spotlight off Big Jim Rennie in terms of power-crazed characters. Never mind that Jim set a guy on fire, right? Ollie Dinsmore's hogging all the food! Ok, to be fair, it's his food. But he seems to be enjoying the control a bit too much, doesn't he? We'll have to see how that plays out in this week's episode.

During the Under the Dome panel at Comic-Con, Dean Norris commented on Junior Rennie's mental instability, saying he gets his dark side from his mother. It looks like this Monday's episode will be the one that addresses that mystery. Here's the official episode description.

“Thicker Than Water” – Junior stands up to his father and is shattered when he discovers the truth about his mother’s past. Meanwhile, Julia learns firsthand the powers of the “mini dome,” on UNDER THE DOME, Monday, August 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The preview showed Junior expressing the urge to kill someone. I'm assuming it's his father he's referring to, as we later see Big Jim crying and apologizing. Is it an act? Or is he really sorry about something? Maybe something that has to do with Junior's mother? All of this new material that wasn't in the book, so even though of us who have read Stephen King's story are in the dark here.

There's also the matter of the mini-dome. What powers does it have? Well, we know it can communicate with people. It showed Norrie her mother and tipped her off that she needed to get to her to say goodbye before she died. What if the Dome showed Julia Peter? What if it's causing her to question the truth about her husband's whereabouts?

That brings us to these photos. If I remember the pilot correctly, Barbie buried Peter in the woods, so that wouldn't be the hole he's digging here, right? Plus, Julia's there, but there's a drink next to the hole, which I'm guessing she brought to him. If he was unearthing her dead husband, I doubt she'd be bringing him a refreshment...

Barbie digging

Maybe he's digging a grave for Alice? Or has someone else died? Here's a shot of Joe standing by a pile of dirt - possibly the filled in hole…

Joe by the hole

And here are a couple of other stills from the episode...



Under the Dome airs Monday at 10:00 p.m. Et on CBS.