After several episodes of tension building, we get something of a breather with this episode. A lot more focus is put on the mystery aspects of this show with varying results.
The episode consists of several subplots as the characters each deal with matters that are plaguing them. The most topical element of this episode is probably the "Big Jim rounds up all of the guns" plot. Honestly, this was probably my favorite of the bunch. It is a rare instance where a political hot button issue is addressed, but no one ever gets on a soapbox.
On the one hand, Big Jim's reasoning is fairly sound. On the other, I was surprised to see Barbie go along with it, especially after he saw through Jim's whole "take control of the well" machination. Taking all of the guns would be an obvious way to facilitate taking control of the town so it was refreshing to see Barbie later admit that he doesn't trust Jim, but is going along with it to keep an eye on him. Keep your enemies closer and all that.
The Monarch arc phrase comes up, but at this point, all the characters can do is speculate; though they do address the more common theories involving someone taking power and the involvement of butterflies. Heck, even Angie's tattoo gets alluded to. It's like the writers knew what the viewers were going to focus on before it even aired.
As if one mysterious arc phrase wasn't enough, the "pink stars are falling' thing gets brought up when Angie suddenly has a seizure. It was perfectly timed too, commencing just as she said that nothing was wrong with her. I guess genre savviness is still something that's lost on her because that's one of those phrases that you really shouldn't say, like "you and what army?" or "what could possibly go wrong?".
Considering Angie made Jim swear to keep Junior away from her, she doesn't really seem to have a problem following him around for a significant chunk of the episode. She rightly freaks out when she wakes up in the back of his cop car, but to his credit, he was only trying to take her home. Even so, she really should have been more wary of following him into an abandoned studio. Even with him taking the lead, I was sure that he was going to try and lock her up again.
Instead, he shows her a painting that his mother made that happens to have pink stars falling from the sky, hinting that she knew something was coming and that the two are involved. I'm somewhat interested to see how this plays out, but this plot development seemed a bit overdone. We'll see how it plays out though.
As far as the supernatural mytharc is concerned, I think this episode was at its strongest when dealing with the mysterious egg and minidome. Discovering that it moved is only the start. Actually, I would have preferred if the thing had teleported, but we learn that Joe moved it while sleepwalking. It does make for quite a cliffhanger as Joe, his sister, and Norrie theorize that the dome is a sort of lock and that they are the key, only they need a fourth hand (hence the title). I'm guessing it's Junior, but that seems a bit on the nose. I'm not sure that opening this thing is a very good idea, especially considering that they have repeatedly referred to what is inside as an egg. Only bad things can happen by letting that thing hatch, I'm telling you.
The fact that the town is involved in some sort of drug trade does start to come to the forefront. Unlike the book, where the propane is used for Meth, here it's used for an original drug called "Rapture". I'm not sure what the point of this change was. Really, you could have kept it as Meth and changed nothing, but maybe it will come into play later.
We're also introduced to a new character named Maxine, who has ties to both Big Jim and Barbie. She pulls a Keyser Soze and reveals that both of them have been in her employ and that she's taking over the operation. The actress who portrayed her wasn't great, but her role in things is intriguing enough that I can let it slide. It will be interesting to see if the two put aside their differences to work together or if she is able to continue running roughshod over them the way she did this episode.
This episode is something of a mixed bag. There are some interesting plot points, but the script had some problems as well. One other critic pointed out that this episode tried to cram too many plot points into one episode. I can see that, but I think it worked for the most part here. It wasn't quite as good as the string of episodes that came before, but they can't all be gems.