Carnivàle: Pick a Number (2003)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Psychological Drama, Prime-Time Drama [TV], Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In the aftermath of Dora Mae's (Amanda Aday) murder, the show is packing up and leaving Babylon, but first, Samson (Michael J. Anderson) insists, someone must pay for the crime. Jonesy (Tim DeKay), convinced that Management doesn't exist, has a falling out with Samson, who implores him to trust him. "I trusted you, even when no one else would," Samson tells him. Ben (Nick Stahl) is still stuck in the abandoned mine dream world, which is soon transformed into a WWI bunker, where he comes upon a dead soldier being eaten by an unseen beast. As Ben cautiously approaches the beast, a German soldier creeps up on Ben. The beast is revealed to be a huge bear, wearing a fez. Ben manages to get away and runs into a younger, sighted incarnation of Lodz (Patrick Bauchau), who is looking for his bear. Shortly thereafter, Ben wakes up to find Lodz standing over him, demanding to hear about his dream. An armed group of men from the troupe go into town, where they find Babylon deserted. But eventually, they run into Stangler (John Hannah). As he's the only townsperson available, they take him prisoner and mete out their strange traditional punishment on him. Samson learns that the town of Babylon was cursed when they tried to lynch Scudder over the death of a miner. He also learns the horrible reason why Dora Mae was murdered. Meanwhile, Justin (Clancy Brown), still mourning over the church fire that killed several children, removes his collar and hits the road. He finds a campfire, where he reluctantly tells his tale of woe to an inquisitive Tommy Dolan (Robert Knepper). As it turns out, Dolan is not a hobo, but a radio personality, and he tells of Justin's plight on his show.

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