Sweet Tooth season 3 episode 2 recap: “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”

Gus and the gang experience some major adversity on their journey to Alaska
Sweet Tooth. (L to R) Christian Convery as Gus, Naledi Murray as Wendy in episode 303 of Sweet Tooth. Cr. Matt Klitscher/Netflix © 2024
Sweet Tooth. (L to R) Christian Convery as Gus, Naledi Murray as Wendy in episode 303 of Sweet Tooth. Cr. Matt Klitscher/Netflix © 2024 /

The second episode of Sweet Tooth season 3, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” begins, not with Gus and friends, but with a young boy, Theo, and his rooster. Theo’s mom is pregnant, and she’s going into labor on their family farm. Theo’s dad leaves in search of a doctor. 

With Gus and friends, Dr. Singh confesses that he’s never been truly allied with the Last Men. He was just helping to try to find a cure in the way that he knows how. He wants to help Gus get to the cave where it happened, which he saw in a dream. They’ve both been having dreams about what happened. Gus’s mother led a team into the cave, but they brought back the Sick with them. That’s how this all started, and they need Gus to stop or help whatever is in that cave that’s causing the Sick. 

They’re forced to make a quick decision because the dogs who started tracking them in episode 1 arrive. Becky puts their clothes on a horse and sends them away, leading the dogs away with the horse. I don’t totally understand how it works, but it does.

In Alaska, Nuka and Siana resolve an argument and talk about the Sick getting worse, but a man arrives and claims that something happened to Birdie. They go to her snowmobile, and they follow the hoof prints through the snow. They’re caribou prints, but only two. They realize that Birdie was taken by the Caribou Man. They follow the tracks and find a dead man. It’s the man who tried to kidnap Birdie. 

While on their trek to Nag’s Reef, where they’ll catch a boat to Alaska, they see a plane overhead and follow it to the farm that we saw in the opening scene. Dr. Singh, Becky, and Jepp are allowed to enter because they are not hybrids. There’s some unfortunate prejudice happening. The mom asks if there’s a chance their child won’t be a hybrid, but Dr. Singh shares that there’s virtually no chance of the baby being born totally human. 

At Zhang Farms, Zhang is helping a cow give birth, which she makes her pregnant daughter watch for some reason. Rosie calls from the casino and informs them that they’re tracking Gus, but the dogs got distracted by a horse. It’s clear that they are trying to find Gus before Rosie’s sister gives birth to a hybrid. We also learn that the dogs are from Zhang Farms. It’s a race between Gus and the group to the coast before Rosie finds them. 

Unfortunately, they get tied up trying to secure the plane ride to the coast. While Dr. Singh, Jepp, and Becky help with the labor and delivery, there are several major revelations. Ven, the father, hates hybrids. He also has a wanted poster for Gus near his radio. Most importantly, Wendy and Gus learn that Theo, Ven’s son, is actually a hybrid. He has bat (I think!) wings! They help him out of his shell, and they show him hybrids aren’t that bad. 

After the woman gives birth to a hybrid mouse baby, named Hieronymous, Ven tries to cut off the baby’s ears and tail like a psychopath, which is about as revolting of a scene as we’ve seen in this show so far. 

Despite receiving much-needed help, Ven still calls the Zhangs to let them know that Gus is there. Before he can trap Gus and the group, Theo offers up the family van to Gus and the gang jumps in and heads for the coast. 

Near the end of the episode, Rosie arrives. She knows that Ven is lying about living alone, and she sets her dogs on him as punishment for not keeping Gus at the house. She lets his family live as a reward for letting them know about Gus. 

The episode ends with Birdie waking up inside the old church, the one from the flashback and visions. Then, the Caribou Man enters with the picture of Gus. He asks Birdie, “Who is he?” 

Onto episode 3!