Under the Dome (2013–2015)
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Let the Games Begin 

Maxine continues to manipulate Barbie and Big Jim. Linda and Julia investigate Duke's involvement with previous criminal activity in Chester's Mill. Meanwhile, Angie realizes Junior is the "fourth hand".


Brian K. Vaughan (developed by), Stephen King (based on the book by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Vogel ... Dale 'Barbie' Barbara
Rachelle Lefevre ... Julia Shumway
Natalie Martinez ... Linda Esquivel
Britt Robertson ... Angie McAlister
Alexander Koch ... James 'Junior' Rennie
Colin Ford ... Joe McAlister
Jolene Purdy ... Dodee Weaver
Dean Norris ... James 'Big Jim' Rennie
Natalie Zea ... Maxine Seagrave
Mackenzie Lintz ... Norrie Calvert-Hill
Mare Winningham ... Agatha Seagrave
Berry Newkirk ... Hoodie Guy
Derek Roberts ... Duncan
Crystal Martinez Crystal Martinez ... Nurse Adams
Rey Hernandez ... Otto


Maxine extends her reach in Chester's Mills by opening a bar where people can gamble on bare-knuckled fights. Big Jim pays a visit to a lake island home hoping to find the information Maxine has on him and Barbie. After Linda finds a safe-deposit box key in Duke's hat, she and Julia head off to the bank. Duke left some incriminating information. Julia checks her husband's box leading her to understand better what happened to her husband. Dodee finds the mini dome but is injured when she touches it. After speaking to a nurse at the hospital, Angie is certain she know the identity of the fourth hand. Written by garykmcd

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26 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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When Julia is at the bank looking at her late husband's insurance policy, there's a written error in the policy document. Instead of "The premium shall be paid until..", there is written "The premium shall be paid uintil..". See more »


Maxine Seagrave: Say somebody needs eggs for his family and he's got some spare batteries. He comes in here, tries his luck. If he wins, he trades up. If he loses... I win.
Dale 'Barbie' Barbara: Uh, people are already bartering around town.
Maxine Seagrave: Yeah, that's for needs. In here, it's about vices. Come on. Everybody's got 'em. Even you.
Dale 'Barbie' Barbara: [Stares at her in disbelief] You realize *survival*'s at stake.
Maxine Seagrave: Yeah, mine. If I'm gonna be trapped in this hellhole, I am gonna live as well as I can.
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One of the Best Episodes
19 January 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Maxine blackmails Barbie to fight against his rival Victor in her club where people gamble food and drinks. She wants to control Chester's Mill and is using her underground bar to slowly take over the town. Meanwhile Big Jim takes his boat and goes to the island where he expects to find Maxine's secret and he meets the house's caretaker Agatha. Soon she threatens him with a gun and tells that she is Maxine's mother and they seek revenge against Chester's Mills since she was humiliated when she was young. She also discloses Barbie's secret. However Big Jim takes her gun and ties up her hand. He takes Agatha to his boat but she slips and falls into the water and Big Jim Lets her die drowned in the water. Julia discovers an insurance policy and that her husband forced Barbie to kill him to benefit her. The snoopy Dodee finds the mini-dome in the barn and touches it, but she has a shock and faints. Joe, Norrie and Angie discover take her to the hospital, and Angie discovers the owner of the fourth hand.

"Let the Games Begin" is one of the best episodes of this series. Big Jim is revealing how evil he is and now he knows Barbie's secret. Julia also finds the truth about Barbie. The unstable Junior is now one important character despite his lack of personality. Maxine is now powerful and she will probably revenge the death of her mother. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Vamos Começar os Jogos" ("Let the Games Begin") (on 11 Jan 2015)

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