Previously on The Walking Dead, ‘Remember’
Good Morning, Alexandria!
Sasha checks a gun out of the armory so she can engage in a little target practice. Her targets? The framed family photos found in her house. “Come and get me,” she says to no one in particular.
Meanwhile, Team Not Here For This Shit have a meeting at the blender. Carol devises a plan to leave the window to the armory unlocked so they can later sneak in and steal weapons. Rick’s on board and they agree everyone else should be trying to fit in so they’ll keep their plans – and their suspicions – between them: Rick, Carol, and Daryl. A walker approaches and Carl empties her gun into it before shooting it in the head. She’s smart. They were supposed to be out shooting so she can’t come back with a full clip.
Officer Michonne is trying on her nifty new police duds. Rick comes in and they wonder what Deanna’s play is – she has one, they both agree, and she’s smart.
Small Town Security
Daryl is out hunting when he catches Aaron trailing him, though Aaron insists he was just out hunting rabbits. He asks if he can tag along with Daryl, and Daryl says yes, but only if Aaron will keep quiet.
Deanna confides in Maggie, Rick, and Michonne. She sees their community growing and thriving with its own government and commerce. She wants Maggie to be her assistant. She asks if her dreams sound silly and all three say no.
Rick wants to discuss security because have you met Rick? Of course he wants to talk security. They head to the wall where Rick says they’ll need constant patrols. Sasha is back and tells Deanna she wants to be in the clock tower as a guard. Deanna is all, “Uh, we don’t put lookouts in the clock tower.”
How the fuck are these people still alive? Rick says they need to start putting people in there, in addition to patrols for wall jumpers since people are the real threat now. Deanna has a look on her face like she doesn’t understand this concept of people not being worth a damn. Anyway, she agrees to let Sasha be lookout if she – and everyone else – will come to the welcome party she’s throwing at her house that night.
PTA Carol makes plans to sneak into the armory while everyone is at the party. She shoots down Rick’s offer to be the one to do it because she’s invisible again.
Carol checks out some applesauce and the 1/4 square of chocolate she’s allowed so she can bake cookies for the party. While two men sign out guns, Carol manages to unlock the window without anyone noticing. She also pretends to be ignorant of guns, and it’s adorable.
While out, Aaron and Daryl come across a wild horse the children have dubbed Buttons. When walkers approach, Buttons is like, “Fuck all of this” and runs off before Daryl can wrangle him.
As they track Buttons, Aaron talks about how some people were afraid of him and Eric, just as they’re afraid of Daryl. At this point I was like, “Is he low-key trying to out Daryl?” But no, he’s just saying how people are afraid of what they don’t know, and fear shrinks your brain, and basically, Daryl needs to let people get to know him. Daryl says he doesn’t have shit to prove to anyone and he came across plenty of bad people out there and none of them were afraid of a damn thing. Aaron disagrees.
They find Buttons, who’s now a walker buffet. Oh, Buttons. We barely knew ye. Aaron has to put Buttons out of his misery after he and Daryl take care of the walkers.
Abraham and Rosita arrive at Deanna’s, and Rosita looks great! Abraham is even wearing a shirt with a collar! (Note: It’s not popped.) Abraham isn’t sure he can do it until Rosita points out there’s a lot of beer, and then Abraham decides to take one – or several – for the team.
Rick meets Deanna’s husband, Reg. He’s in awe of Rick because he’s seen all the video interviews and everyone has nothing but great things to say about Rick and how he saved their lives. Rick points out that Reg has saved people too by putting up that wall.
Then Rick meets Jessie’s husband, Pete. He doesn’t seem nearly as creepy when he’s not cloaked in complete darkness. He’s a doctor and offers to check out Rick. There’s weird tension between Jessie and her husband.
When he leaves to get more drinks, Jessie does some more of that “It’s okay to be happy here, Rick” pep talking, and then encourages him to take in the view: happy people being happy. Her son, Sam, runs up looking for cookies. He gives Rick an “A” hand stamp so he’s now officially part of the community.
Noah is super uncomfortable. He’s like, “I didn’t attend white people cocktail parties before the ZA. I’m not about to attend them during the ZA.” But then Maggie and Glenn arrive and tell him to stay and loosen up cause he’s with family. They’re gonna adopt him like Brad Pitt and Angelina keeps snatching up brown kids.
Sasha arrives and meets Spencer, Deanna’s son who’s not a complete douchebag. He tries to make small talk and Sasha is all, “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” When a woman asks Sasha what her favorite meal is so she can cook it for her, Sasha has a freak-out and runs off. Instead of jumping up the sistah’s ass, she should have asked where she’s getting all her natural hair products. I mean shit.
Drunk Abraham approaches Michonne on the patio. He’s not all that drunk that he can’t make witty comments about her cocktail sword or the fact that putting on a dress doesn’t count as doing something to try and fit in.
Daryl eyes the party from outside and decides not to go in. He’s walking past Aaron’s house when Aaron comes out and invites him to have dinner with him and Eric. Daryl has the table manners of walkers eating a wild horse. Eric accidentally lets slip he thinks Daryl will be going out beyond the walls a lot. That’s when Aaron takes Daryl to the garage and asks if he will take the job of recruiter with him. He’d be good at it and he knows Daryl can tell good people from the bad. Daryl accepts.
Jessie is holding Judith, and Rick tells her she was right about all the crap she said earlier. Whatever. What’s important here is that when he goes to take his baby back, he kisses her on the cheek! Now, there was a lot of talk about this on Twitter. Here are my responses, which I will go into in depth on the podcast tonight.
- Joking: This bitch.
- Serious: Rick, what the entire fuck? Um. She’s married! You just met her!
Honestly, I think this is part of Rick’s long con. I don’t think he did that for any other reason than it’s part of his plan to ingratiate himself with these people. Either way, it’s fucked up because she smiled and blushed afterwards. She could actually end up having feelings for him.
Carol sneaks into the armory, but before she snatches a few guns, she grabs more chocolate because Carol is petty. Sam, Jesse’s son, busts her. He thought she was going to get more cookies. Who the fuck is watching this kid? He’s worse than Carl. Carol comes up with some bullshit reason for her being there and when Sam says he has to tell his mom, Carol threatens his life.
Carol left all her fucks at the farm.
The next morning, Sasha is going out shooting again. Before Deanna lets her out, she asks Sasha what her issue is and Sasha says everything they have going on inside is fake. Deanna calls bullshit.
In the woods, Team Not Here For This Shit, Okay, Maybe One of Us Is Here For This Shit is divvying up the stolen guns. Daryl has a change of heart. Do we need these? Even if they need to do the other thing (take over) they won’t need those guns, he says. Carol looks at him like, “I just threatened a child’s life. You better take this gun and stop playing.”
Abraham’s words to Michonne must have hit home because she hangs up her sword above the fireplace in the house that she shares with Rick. I’m just tossing that out there cause Richonne.
Back inside the community, Rick waves to Jessie and her husband, but as he watches them walk away, he puts his hand on his hidden gun. Rick, what are you doing? Then, when he hears a walker on the other side of the wall, he presses his ear and hand against the wall, like he misses being out there.
- Why wouldn’t Rick mention the W on the walker head as something he’s seen before? Especially since where he first saw it is now 100 miles away.
- Will the chocolate come back to bite Carol in the ass? The ex-barista in charge of the supplies and armory sure seemed to have a list of the food. They may not miss a few guns from a giant bin – that doesn’t seem to be logged – but even if she checked the chocolate after Carol took the first bar, she will definitely know that some chocolate went missing after that.
- Why do you think Daryl has had a change of heart so quickly? Is it because Aaron was right and Daryl can tell good people from bad, and therefore he instinctively knows he can trust Aaron?
- I’m starting to think these people don’t have anything to hide, and our group is just being raggedy with tons of PTSD baggage.
- Rick did so many weird things this episode.
- Why did he kiss Jessie? Is he really attracted to her or is he playing her?
- What’s with touching his gun as he watched her walk away with her husband?
- What’s up with him caressing the fence?