Devil in Ohio episode 4 recap – “Rely-upon”

By Daniel Hart
Published: September 2, 2022 (Last updated: November 8, 2023)
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While some plot points are predictable, episode 4 proves that the story can remain entertaining.

This recap of the Netflix limited series Devil in Ohio episode 4, “Rely-upon,” contains spoilers.

Read the recap of the previous episode.

There are plenty more answers to come, but the story is heating up in Devil in Ohio with Suzanne and Detective Lopez digging deeper. They may regret doing so. Let’s recap episode 4.

Devil in Ohio episode 4 recap

Episode 4 begins with Suzanne walking through the crop field, looking for Mae. Someone grabs her, but then Suzanne wakes up — it was a nightmare. She was reading a book about a cult before going to sleep. The audience is shown the scars on her wrist again.

Detective Lopez continues to investigate in Amontown, taking photos from afar at the same farm that Suzanne visited — he follows a van to the other farms. Meanwhile, Suzanne takes a call from a Dr. Hawkins (the author of the book she was reading) to talk about the symbol. But once Dr. Hawkins learns about where Mae came from, she no longer wants to talk on the phone.

Mae hangs with Jules, and together they do photos for the newspaper. While Jules takes photos of Mae, someone is watching Mae nearby.

Suzanne talks to Dr. Hawkins face-to-face. She tells Suzanne that no one leaves Amontown, and she needs to find a way to help Mae from regressing as she will have been thoroughly programmed into the cult. Suzanne thinks she needs to find someone else who managed to escape.

As Suzanne drives home, she is increasingly paranoid about getting followed. When she gets home, her husband tells her that the property he was selling fell through, so he needs to do an open house again. Suzanne then speaks to Mae and asks if she knows anyone else who left Amontown.

Mae tells her of a young boy called Enoch who tried to leave, but Lucifer punished him for “breaking the chain.” After this conversation, Mae tells Jules that anyone who “leaves, breaks the chain, and everyone else suffers” before changing the subject. The two girls have a sisterhood at this point and decide to sleep in the same bed.

At school, the next day, a picture of Mae, showing the scar on her back, has ended up in the school newspaper. Students can see the scar and ask Mae about it. They think the column submitted by Jules and Mae is fantastic.

Suzanne rings Detective Lopez about Enoch and believes he may still be alive. Later on, Suzanne learns that a photo of Mae has circulated online of her scarred back after appearing in the school newspaper. Suzanne is concerned, but Mae says she submitted this photo. Suzanne wants the picture taken down for her safety.

The ending

After seeing the scar, Jules’ sister confronts her about Mae, believing she’s terrible for her. But Jules gets emotional, frustrated that her sister has avoided her at school.

Detective Lopez learns that the five farms he has scoped out in Amontown are set up by shell companies, all linking to the same contact — William Untermyer, Esquire. The entire town was formed in 1922 and has been under jurisdiction since 1954. Lopez then states that Mae is not just an escapee of a cult; she’s the daughter of their leader, Malachi Dodd.

As the episode ends, Mae heads outside in the rain, holding a white rose, repeating the same sentence “the chain shall not be broken.” Jules finds her outside, and Mae says, “she doesn’t want to go back,” sobbing. Jules tells her she doesn’t need to go back. She drops the rose and heads back inside. There’s a man in a van watching nearby.

While some plot points are predictable, episode 4 proves that the story can remain entertaining.

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