This week's mysterious episode of "Cult" is called "Being Billy." And like most episodes of the show, it brings up more questions than it answers.
The show-within-a-showBilly sits with a young girl in her car, which is parked on the train tracks. Billy believes that the girl has gone to the police with some crucial information and has tied her wrists to the steering wheel. As a train comes down the tracks, Billy exits the car.
"Being Billy"On the campus of Mulholland College, three young men watch this scene on the show and then kidnap a young blonde girl. The girl gets tied to a car steering wheel just like in the show, while the audio from the TV scene plays in the background. A light approaches, but it's not a train: The three men are friends with the young woman, and the whole thing was an elaborate prank.
The college kids are playing a game called "Being Billy," where they "kidnap" their friends in order to scare them. At a party, the girl who runs the whole "Being Billy" game gets congratulations from everyone for staging such a funny kidnapping, but she says she didn't have anything to do with it.
On her way home from the party, the girl who was kidnapped before is mowed down by a hit-and-run driver. The car isn't the red car of the "Cult" kidnappers, but a black SUV. Still, the girl could have been killed for playing "Being Billy."
On the hunt for NateMeanwhile, Jeff asked E.J. to help him hack into Nate's email. She finds that the entire account has been wiped clean, but Nate did send one chat message earlier that morning: "Billy says it's starting again. Tonight." E.J. suggests that maybe Nate is just playing games, but Jeff doesn't agree.
Back at Nate's apartment, there's an intruder: It's the girl who runs the college game of "Being Billy." Her name is Laura, and it turns out that she was dating Nate! She says that the hit-and-run death may have been linked to the game, and Nate believes her.
Laura in perilWhen the code message "Billy says it's starting. Again." goes out, Jeff knows that another round of "Being Billy" has started. Laura is missing, and Jeff fears that she might be in danger like the last "victim." In Laura's apartment, Jeff and Skye find evidence that Laura is definitely the next victim, plus a timecode that shows which episode of the show will inspire the manner of her death.
Skye and Jeff rush to the college's greenhouse and find Laura being buried alive by a hooded figure. Jeff tackles the figure: It's Carrie, another player in the game. Carrie says that she was the last to see Nate, and he really understood the show better than Laura ever did. Carrie escapes into the night, despite Jeff's best efforts.
On the setWhile all this is happening, the actor who plays BIlly on the show is still sleeping with Kirstie, the crazy fan involved in the kidnapping of the network exec. He takes her on a tour of the set, and she pulls out a knife -- not to kill him with, but for him to use on her clothes as foreplay. Yeah, she's a little twisted.
Final revelationsSkye and Jeff mess around with the audio on a couple of episodes and find that there is a secret message encoded within: "Kill for us." They guess that it was this audio that sent Carrie crazy.
Meanwhile, Carrie waits by a deserted roadside until she is picked up by an unmarked van. The outstretched arm that pulls her into the van has the "Cult" tattoo on it.