‘American Gods’: If I had a hammer

American Gods
“The Secret of Spoons”
May 7, 2013

Short Version

After being saved by an anonymous hero, Shadow Moon gets patched up and demands to know what the actual hell is going on, but Mr. Wednesday remains maddeningly vague. Shadow packs up his wife’s house and he and Wednesday hit the road. On a stop at Target or a Target equivalent, Shadow is propositioned by Lucille Ball to come work for her. He politely declines. He and Mr. Wednesday head to Chicago where they have dinner with Czernobog and the Zorya Sisters, where Mr. Wednesday tries to convince a reluctant Czernobog to come to a meeting. Instead, Czernobog challenges Shadow to a game of checkers: if Shadow wins, he’ll attend the meeting, if Czernobog wins, he gets to bash Shadow’s head in with a hammer. Either way, Shadow does not seem to get very much out of this particular wager. Shadow loses, again, and you’d think he’d have learned his lesson about making bets with supernatural beings by now.

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