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Two Boats and a Helicopter 

Reverend Jamison is struggling with people referring to the departed as heroes. He is faced with death threats and a diminishing attendance at his sermons and then finds out he may lose his church due to foreclosure.


Keith Gordon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Theroux ... Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman ... Laurie Garvey
Christopher Eccleston ... Matt Jamison
Liv Tyler ... Meg Abbott (credit only)
Chris Zylka ... Tom Garvey (credit only)
Margaret Qualley ... Jill Garvey (credit only)
Carrie Coon ... Nora Durst
Emily Meade ... Aimee (credit only)
Amanda Warren ... Lucy Warburton (credit only)
Ann Dowd ... Patti Levin
Michael Gaston ... Dean (credit only)
Max Carver ... Adam Frost (credit only)
Charlie Carver ... Scott Frost (credit only)
Annie Q. ... Christine (credit only)
Wayne Duvall ... Det. Louis Vitello


In the face of dwindling church attendance and threats on his life, Reverend Matt Jamison continues to preach his gospel: that many who disappeared in the Departure were sinners and not saints. Matt's campaign is detoured when he learns he may lose the church to foreclosure, forcing him to launch a desperate, last-minute plan to come up with the cash to keep it. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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13 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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The title is a reference to a joke - The town is flooded and the preacher climbs to the roof of his church so as not to drown. A man in a rowboat tries to rescue him but the preacher refuses to get in, saying "the Lord will save me." A man in a motorboat tries to rescue him but the preacher refuses to get in, saying "the Lord will save me." Man in a helicopter tries to rescue him, but the preacher refuses to get in, saying "the Lord will save me." The preacher eventually drowns and when he meets God in heaven he asks "Oh Lord, why didn't you save me?" And the Lord replied "I sent two boats and a helicopter, what else would you have Me do?" See more »


Matt is the priest at an Episcopal church. In the Episcopal church, the actual church building belongs to the Diocese, not to the congregation. Therefore Matt could not have borrowed money using the building as collateral, could not have been foreclosed on by the bank and the bank could not have sold the building to the GRs. The Diocese would have had to declare the church to be closed and then sold it. See more »


Love Will Keep Us Together
Written by Neil Sedaka (uncredited) and Howard Greenfield (uncredited)
Performed by Captain & Tennille
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One of the finest hours of television ever.
11 July 2016 | by lamoidfl-81570See all my reviews

This episode, "Two boats and a helicopter," is one of the single best hours of television I have ever seen. I am the grandson of two ministers. One was Methodist. The other, Presbyterian. Both of their churches were in the northeast of the USA.

Christopher Eccleston brilliantly, perfectly, captured the painful, ambiguous emotions that surely would fill the mind of an intelligent and sensitive pastor under the situation depicted. The story is masterfully written, directed, and edited. The acting by the rest of the cast is superb. Like the rest of the series, the episode is compellingly enigmatic and intellectually interesting. The result is very believable, at once beautiful and moving.

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