Pocket Savior is the second episode of the CBS All Access adaption of The Stand. It aired on December 24, 2020.
Musician Larry Underwood is on the cusp of his big break when "Captain Trips" strikes New York. Alone and wandering an empty city, he meets an alluring new acquaintance also desperate to escape. Meanwhile, an incarcerated Lloyd Henreid comes face-to-face with Randall Flagg, The Dark Man himself, who makes him an enticing offer.
A musician named Larry Underwood leads a small convoy of cars to Boulder, Colorado, including a teacher named Nadine Cross and orphaned child named Joe, who does not communicate directly with those around him. Larry has been having dreams of Flagg luring him to Las Vegas while Abagail wards off the dark man and insists he join her in Boulder while Nadine lies to Frannie Goldsmith about seeing Abagail in dreams as she is welcomed into the growing community. Before Nick Andros, who is deaf, introduces Larry to Abagail, Larry indicates that he is aware of Frannie and Harold Lauder before arriving in Boulder. Stuart Redman then informs Larry that Abagail intends for him to take up a leadership position in the community.
In flashbacks, Larry is shown in New York when the contagion struck and was forced to play alone on stage before a bare-bones audience. With his mother in attendance, Larry's concert is interrupted by his old roommate and drug dealer, who accuses him of stealing his hit single. The morning after, Larry discovers his one-night stand is infected and learns his mother is terminally ill in an overcrowded hospital. Taking her home to die, Larry's old roommate tracks him down. However, he succumbs to the disease, which leaves Larry to take his gun and stash of cocaine. As the contagion devastates the populace and the city slides into chaos, Larry falls asleep in Central Park.
The next day, Larry encounters a woman named Rita Blakemoor, who lost her husband to the contagion. Enjoying each other's company, the two retreat to her penthouse apartment and hook up before realizing they have to leave the city. The two go into the sewers to escape looters trying to kill Larry for Rita, with the latter unwilling to brave the rat-infested waters as they venture towards the George Washington Bridge to escape the city. As Larry progresses through the waters, Flagg in the form of a crow torments him with visions of his dead mother. While Larry emerges from the sewers and reunites with Rita to cross the George Washington Bridge and leave the city, she is overwhelmed. Soon, she fatally overdoses on pills as Larry sleeps.
Meanwhile, criminal Lloyd Henreid is jailed for a botched robbery at a convenience store that led to the deaths of his trigger-happy boss, an innocent young woman and a police officer. Lloyd ends up as the only person left alive in the prison, and he is driven to eating rats and taking bites out of his cellmate's leg until Flagg arrives. Introducing himself, Flagg magically produces the key to release Lloyd -- provided he pledge his fealty and become the villain's right-hand man. Lloyd eagerly agrees, and the two hit the road after Flagg gives the young man a glowing red rock while promising him a chance to become a leader and get revenge.
In the present day, Larry Underwood is very different from his past self. Larry is now a responsible caretaker for Joe and apparently no longer hooked on cocaine or other drugs. Larry takes the time to thank Harold personally for the notes he left behind for others. However, Joe can sense the inner rage within Harold, leading Larry to cut their meeting short. Nadine, for her part, shows signs of her own connection to Flagg as she acclimates to her new home. So while Larry and several other survivors have completed the cross-country trek to Boulder, Stu and Frannie have also a number of Flagg's agents in their midst.
- James Marsden as Stu Redman
- Amber Heard as Nadine Cross
- Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood
- Odessa Young as Fran Goldsmith
- Owen Teague as Harold Lauder
- Henry Zaga as Nick Andros
- Nat Wolff as Lloyd Henreid
- Irene Bedard as Ray Brentner
- Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg
- Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail Freemantle
- Kristy Dinsmore as Larry's One-Night Stand
- Gabrielle Rose as Judge Harris
- Gordon Kyle Diez Cormier as Joe/Leo Rockway
- Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor
- Reese Alexander as Sniffling Guard
- Primo Allon as Savino
- Peter Anderson as Ghostly Man
- Jag Arneja as Terrified Cashier
- Tim Carlson as Male Patient Stage 5
- Miles Chalmers as Male Patient #2 Stage 5
- Darren Dolynski as Wayne Stuckey
- Fletcher Donovan as Boulder Male Resident
- Eddie Flake as Hospital Doctor
- Camden Filtness as Suited Man
- Shishy Gebru as Hipster
- Leah Hennessey as Female Mormon Type #1
- Jeremy Jones as Andrew "Poke" Freeman
- Richard Meen as Tube Necked Inmate
- Sean Millington as Stalker #1
- Jenny Mitchell as Female Mormon Type #2
- Iris Paluly as Female Patient Stage 5
- Luvia Peterson as Stacie
- Lisa Renee Pitts as Alice Underwood
- Michel Issa Rubio as Stalker #2
- Eric Ruggieri as Boulder Male Resident #2
- Carolyn Tinglin as Hospital Nurse
- Danny Wattley as Trask
|Novel • 2020 Miniseries • 1994 Miniseries|
|Stu Redman • Nadine Cross • Glen Bateman • Fran Goldsmith • Abagail Freemantle • Larry Underwood • Tom Cullen|
|Randall Flagg • Trashcan Man • Julie Lawry • Lloyd Henreid|
|Harold Lauder • Rita Blakemoor • Leo Rockway|
2020 Miniseries Episodes
|"The End" • "Pocket Savior" • "Blank Pages" • "The House of the Dead" • "Suspicious Minds" • "The Vigil" • "The Walk" • "The Stand" • "Coda: Frannie in the Well"|
1994 Miniseries Episodes
|"The Plague" • "The Dreams" • "The Betrayal" • "The Stand"|