With her family being held hostage on another boat, Madison is forced to fight to the death for her family on this weeks episode of ‘Fear The Walking Dead.’ Plus, we find out whose side Jack is really on.
On the May 8 episode of Fear The Walking Dead, Madison (Kim Dickens) and her apocalypse survival skills are truly put to the test. While working with Daniel (Ruben Blades) to get her family back, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey
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As this episode opens, we immediately get to see where Alicia has been taken. She’s sitting quietly in a kitchen on another boat as a man, Connor, fries her up a steak, which he later reveals he had hidden in the freezer long before the apocalypse hit. Where she is doesn’t seem so bad, especially when Connor tells Alicia he makes sure everyone has a hot meal every night. Alicia asks where Jack is, and he tells her he wanted to “get to know” her. Alicia keeps asking questions. Where’s Jack? What happened to her family? But the man doesn’t answer, he just tells her that he thinks she could be happy with them.
When it appears the electricity has gone out, Connor tells Alicia to stay put before heading out of the room. Alicia finally starts to eat her steak, but the pregnant woman who was part of the Abigail hijacking comes over and takes it away before following who we can only assume is their leader outside. Alicia tries to follow them but finds the doors have been locked, which leaves her with no other choice but to go through the inside of the boat. The only door she finds that is unlocked takes her out onto the front deck of the boat, and that’s when we learn that she’s on a massive fishing boat that has been docked on land. Awkward.
Jack is the one who finds her on the deck and he’s immediately pissed at her, telling her that if Connor had seen her she would be in big trouble. He brings Alicia back inside and she turns her questions onto him, once again concerned about her family. She has no idea what happened on the Abigail when they left, so she doesn’t know if any of them are even alive right now. Jack tells her to trust him, she says she does, and then he promises to find out for her. A moment later he leaves, likely trying to avoid a run-in with Connor now that the power has been turned back on.
Daniel Has A New Hostage To Play With
We finally return to the Abigail where — SURPRISE! — Reed (aka Jesse McCartney) is ALIVE. How? Well, Daniel is tending to his abdomen which has a metal rod shoved through it thanks to Madison. He’s also tied down to the chair, much like Andrew in season one, which tells us Daniel is probably going to use him for information. This could get ugly. Er, uglier… considering he already has an impaled abdomen.
Reed’s still got a heck of a mouth on him for someone who’s likely going to die with or without medical help. He tells Daniel (and Chris who is randomly in the room) that his father used to beat him, and that his older brother killed him by cutting his achilles the last time. That’s when we find out that Connor is his older brother, and Reed promises that he’ll come looking for them and be “bent” over what happened to him. He also reveals that Connor has “a dozen men” and “five boats,” but he stops talking when Daniel starts tending to his nasty wound again.
Reed makes Daniel another promise: that Connor is “the nice one” and that the second he gets cut loose he’s going to “tear” Ophelia apart. Daniel smiles at him, because lets be honest, this kid is weak in comparison. They leave Reed behind in the room, and Daniel assigns Chris to stand outside the door and not “engage.”
Daniel brings the information he has to Madison, who is now the temporary captain of the Abigail while Victor rests. When Daniel spots a location on the map he believes five fishing boats could be hiding, they head that way, causing Victor’s friend that Nick picked up in the previous episode to come charging into the cabin. He’s furious because they are going to miss the “window of opportunity” to cross the border into Mexico, but Madison isn’t going anywhere without her family and even Victor knows that. She tells him the plan is to arrive, “use force” getting on their boat to find Alicia and Travis, and whoever doesn’t want to help can stay behind “with the kids.” Daniel tells her no one can stay behind, including Chris and Nick, because they need all the help they can get, but obviously Madison is not down for that at all.
Back on Connor’s boat we learn that Jack really, truly trusts Alicia more than he probably he should. He gives her the job of tracking other ships based on their size and speed, then tells her when Connor gives the green light she has to make contact. She doesn’t want to do it, likely because she would be left with the guilt of convincing innocent people that they were friends and not deadly foes, but Jack tells her she has to do what Connor wants her to in order for him to trust her. While he’s distracted she steals the knife out of his back pocket, obviously still trying to get to Travis, wherever he is.
Speaking of Travis, we finally get to see where he’s being kept when he wakes up in what can only be described as a prison cell. It looks like a room deep under the boat, possibly used as a storage room back when the boat was actually used for fishing. He tries everything he can to get out, but then he hears footsteps and when a door opens down the hall it’s Alex: the girl from Flight 462 that Victor cut loose.
Alicia & Jack Make An Escape Plan
In maybe a way-too-dramatic way, she describes how the boy she was trying so hard to save slowly died in her arms until he begged her to kill him. She tells Travis she then had to push him out of the raft, and he tells her she did what she had to do. Alex reveals she was, in fact, the one behind telling Connor about the Abigail, and it was her “offer” to him for saving her. Then she drops another bomb: she asked specifically for Travis to be brought back — because he’s the one that put them in the raft in the first place.
Things go from dramatic to emotional between Alex and Travis, because his explanation for putting them on the raft is that he knows his son, Chris, is always watching him. He’s trying to hard to make the right decisions knowing full well the apocalypse is changing him and everyone else, but he doesn’t seem to know what the right decisions are anymore. Then he tells Alex about Liza, and how they have both lost a part of themselves because of what the’ve had to do. Therefore, they have something in common. It’s unclear if it’s intentional or not, but bonding with this girl just might save Travis’ life.
Back on the Abigail Victor finally manages to get up and take over the wheel from Madison. This is when they discuss not using Nick behind her back that can be seen in the clip above. When Madison leaves Victor in the cabin, she goes down to tell Nick the same thing: that he’s not go off running errands behind her back anymore. He agrees, but it seems like he’s just appeasing her.
While watching the radar Alicia finally picks a boat, and per Jack’s instructions names it on the computer. But something about what they’ve called “NY44” throws Jack off, and that’s when Alicia finds out it’s the Abigail. She flips out because the boat is back way too quickly, and Jack is forced to tackle her to stop her from hitting him. Once she calms down he tells that it’s not Connor, it’s Reed who is the problem, and that he doesn’t know if her family is okay or not. She immediately starts planning a rescue, talking about stealing a boat and going to find them, and although he hesitates Jack finally agrees to go against Connor and everything else he’s been taught to go with her. Maybe Jack isn’t all that bad.
They find a boat on the radar that they think might be having trouble because it’s slowed down drastically, and Jack thinks Connor would be eager to get to it quickly. Alicia tells him that will be their window, and they decide to go forward with the plan. Before they do anything, Jack brings Alicia to see Travis. She tells him what’s going on and that they are going to come back for him, but he tells her that if she has a way out not to bother with him.
Chris Has A Hidden Agenda
As the Abigail closes in on Connor’s fishing boat, we find that Chris is still standing guard outside of where Reed is being held. For some reason the door is cracked open now, and Reed uses it as an opportunity to taunt Chris. Reed mentions that Chris doesn’t look like his dad’s “lady friend,” and that he doesn’t look like his “sister” Alicia. He asks where his mom is, and when Chris doesn’t respond Reed tells him they have a lot in common. Then he tells him that when the time comes, the people he calls his “family” will pick their blood over him. Thankfully, Nick arrives and shuts the door in Reed’s face without a word, then asks Chris if he’s okay. He’s obviously not.
Then, Chris flips out. He tells Nick he froze, he let them on the boat, and that everything going on right now is his fault. Nick tells him that’s not true, that he wasn’t wrong for not shooting a pregnant woman, and that he needs to not let all of this get inside his head. Chris makes it clear he’s out to make it right though, which makes him dangerous not just to himself, but everyone else, too. (Something we’ve definitely learned on The Walking Dead, right?)
Unfortunately for Alicia, it doesn’t look like her plan is going to pan out. Connor finally makes contact with the Abigail thinking that it’s Reed, but Madison is the one to reply. She demands they make a trade, Reed for her family, but Connor says he wants one person to bring his “unharmed” brother over. Nick volunteers, but Madison says she’ll do it… which should be interesting, since Reed is obviously very, very harmed.
Suddenly a gunshot is heard below deck, and everyone goes running. It’s Ofelia that finds Chris standing in the open doorway with a gun in his hand. He tells Ofelia that Reed was going to turn, but when they go in to see his body it looks like part of his face has been shot off. Considering the speech Chris just gave Nick, it’s hard to believe that he shot an already dead guy, isn’t it? Even worse, the deal with Connor is now ruined.
Chris tells Madison the same thing, that he was dead and was going to turn, but he more or less gives himself up when he asks her, “Did I just screw everything up?” Yes, you did. Sadly, Madison doesn’t tell him that.
In the other room Nick and Ofelia are cleaning up the mess around Reed when he turns. He’s already been untied so he gets up pretty quickly, and Nick is just as quick to try and put him down. Daniel interferes though, using the rod that’s impaled through Reed to secure him against a wall. It’s clear that Daniel has a plan, and likely wants to try trading walker Reed for the others. Eek.
Madison Leads The Trade Like A Boss
When it’s time for the trade to go down, Connor has Jack tie up Travis, then go look for Alicia who successfully hides from him. Because she does that, it’s unclear if he actually would have given her up for the trade or not. Madison drives the small boat towards the dock with walker Reed inside, who has been tied up and has a pillowcase over his head. It somehow leaves Connor fooled until Reed is forced into his arms, and when he rips the pillowcase off his brother takes a chunk right out of his arm. Then he goes for the next guy, while the third makes a beeline for Travis. In a surprisingly tactful move, Travis head-butts the guy down to the floor, giving Madison a moment to cut his ties just in time for the guy to get back up and tackle Travis.
Alicia goes down for Travis before trying to get off the boat without Jack, only to find the room empty. Then the pregnant girl shows up and tries to lock her in there for hurting Jack’s feelings, but Alicia manages to physically shove her down to the ground and lock the cage doors behind her. Who knew this family had so much fight in them?
Still trying to make a run for it, Alicia finds herself on the deck of the boat with no way to get down to the dock. She sees her mom and Travis fighting, the Abigail in the distance, and that’s when Jack finds her. He tells her they can go now, but she tells him her family came back for her. That’s when he realizes she was going to leave without him and tries to convince her to stay with. “I’m sorry,” is the last thing Alicia says before stepping off the deck of the boat, sliding down the side and right into the water.
When Travis pulls her up into the small boat, the first thing she does is turn back to look at Jack. The two stare at each other longingly as Madison drives the boat back to the Abigail, and it’s unclear whether or not this is the last we’ll ever see of Jack.
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