Previously on The Walking Dead, ‘Slabtown’
The Wheels on the Bus
The church bus is headed for D.C. Rosita is playing in Abraham’s hair, noting it might be time for a haircut. Tara takes the opportunity to ask Eugene if he might want to calm down the party going on at the back of his head. He’s not interested. Maggie makes herself feel better by suggesting Rick and company could be right behind them.
Maggie tries asking Eugene about what he’s going to do in D.C. and he starts with more of the “it’s classified” mixed with the plot of some video game talk. After they pass a small group of walkers, one of the tires on the bus blows out and Abraham loses control, flipping the bus.
Damn. They JUST got that damn bus.
Via flashback, Abraham beats four men to death in a supermarket. When he awakens in the bus, he’s calling a woman’s name that isn’t Rosita. He comes to and calls for Eugene. The bus has overturned and walkers are surrounding it. They jump out to fight and Tara kills a Santa Claus walker in order to save Eugene and get him out of the bus safely.
As the group kills walkers around him, Eugene holds a knife and starts making life decisions. He snaps out of it long enough to give an assist on a walker kill.
Abraham orders Rosita to check Eugene for bites or scratches. Eugene is fine, but Abraham’s hand is bleeding. Too bad the bus blows up with their supplies and first aid kit. Someone makes the mistake of suggesting they go back to the church, which is only 15 miles away. Abraham ain’t bout it and freaks the fuck out until Glenn has to calm him down, and assure him they’re still heading north. Everyone is super optimistic despite the burning bus. Before they take off, Eugene hocks a loogie on the walker he kinda sorta killed.
Self Help Section
Via another flashback, after killing those men, Abraham goes to the front of the store to find his wife.
The group settles into a bookstore for the night: Tara boils toilet water, Rosita uses book binding to stitch up Abraham’s wound, and Glenn talks to Abraham about how the world has to change for the better. Abraham reasons that they’re approaching a point where everyone left should be strong. Then he excuses himself to go get some ass and Glenn is like, “I didn’t need to know all that.”
Tara busts Eugene watching Rosita and Abraham have sex, and thanks him for saving her life. Eugene admits that he sabotaged the bus. Tara is pissed, but agrees to keep his secret after he says he was just worried that if he got to D.C. and couldn’t save the world, they’d refuse to help and protect him. He promises to never do it again. Considering this is the second time (you KNOW he purposely shot the tank now) he’s done this, I’m on Team Fuck You, Eugene.
Maggie feels guilty about leaving the group and wanting to start something new. Glenn is like, “Girl, please.” They kiss and fall asleep while walkers roam outside.
It Rubs the Lotion on Its Skin or Else It Gets the Hose Again
Flashback: Abraham’s wife and two kids are totally freaked out with his appearance and what he’s done.
The next morning in the bookstore, Rosita tries to wrap Abraham’s wound again and suggests staying in the bookstore another day to rest. He refuses. When the rest of the group tries suggesting the same thing, she’s the one who says they need to keep moving. Tara notes they’d have to take a detour to a lake she found on the map, but Abraham points to a fire truck across the street, which should have 500 gallons of water.
The truck is covered in blood and gore, but it starts. Abraham pulls off, opening a door the back of the truck was keeping closed. He only gets a foot or so before the truck stops. The intake that feeds the engine is clogged. Before Abraham can climb atop the truck to clear it, a group of walkers come out of the firehouse. They might have lost the battle except Eugene turns on the hose while standing on top of the truck and pulverizes the walkers with the water. It’s pretty fucking gross and awesome.
Glenn wants to head over to the Goodwill to get some supplies and dry clothes, but Abraham is like, “Get your asses in the truck and the wind from how fast I’m about to ride the fuck up outta here will dry you off.” When Abraham reaches the top of the truck he sees a sign painted on the ground that warned not to move the truck due to the dead inside.
Nice place for a note, asshole.
The Truth Shall Set You Free to Catch a Beatdown
Another flashback: Abraham awakens in the supermarket and finds that his wife and kids are gone, and she left a note asking him not to look for them.
The fire truck dies on the road. While Abraham tries to fix it, Maggie and Eugene have a conversation. I have no idea what it’s about and I’ve watched the episode twice.
They’re hoofing it again until they come across a farm filled with walkers. So many walkers that they smelled the farm well before they saw it. Everyone is down to turn back and look for a detour, but Abraham insists they figure out a way through. When the group stands firm, Abraham freaks out and grabs Eugene’s arm. He starts to march on. The group tries to stop him and things get messy. Only when Eugene shouts that he’s not a scientist does everyone stop what they’re doing.
“I’m not a scientist!”
“Really? I totally thought you were a scientist,” said not one damn person watching this show.
“But I saw you do things,” said Rosita.
Girl, like what? Was he walking around with Bunsen burners and beakers. I can do things. I’m no scientist.
Eugene believes D.C. is the safest place for them, but he knew no one would go along (or protect him) without the lie. He apologizes and starts to say that he’s smarter than Abe (I’m not sure where he was going with that), when Abraham jumps him, punching him in the face several times. The group pulls Abraham off and Eugene hits the ground face first.
Abraham walks up the road a bit before falling on his knees in tears. Our final flashback shows Abraham finding his families devoured bodies. Just before he’s about to shoot himself in the head, Eugene comes running up (If you want to call it running), being chased by walkers. Abraham kills them and is about to get back to the business of killing himself when Eugene stops him by saying he has a mission.