The Walking Dead Recap: Our Town?

The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap

If I were Rick, I’d have been hanging a “Home, Sweet Home” sign in the Alexandria Safe-Zone before the gates had even shut behind me. But in this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, he (and a few key members of his ragtag band) instead looked upon the pristine community with as much skepticism as optimism. Were they right to be suspicious? Or had their time outside made them paranoid? Read on and decide for yourself.

CHECK-IN TIME | Picking up where “The Distance” left off, with our heroes about to pass through the gates, “Remember” began with Daryl getting spooked by a sound and putting an arrow through a possum. “We brought dinner,” he deadpanned to gatekeeper Nicholas. Next, Rick spotted an approaching walker — sorry, are they roamers now? — and had Sasha put a bullet in its brain. “It’s a good thing we’re here,” he said. And their welcome wagon, former Ohio Congressperson Deanna Monroe, agreed. Videotaping their conversation for transparency’s sake, she explained to Rick that he and his group were in a planned community (whose pre-apocalypse motto had been “the start of sustainability”) and revealed that they were the first people that she’d considered allowing in in ages. In response, he advised her to keep the gates closed — people on the outside are always looking for an angle that they can exploit. Is that what you’re doing? she asked. “Or are you already looking after this place?” Certainly, she hoped for the latter, because, as she put it, “I want you to help us survive.”

HAUNTED HOUSES | Once the gang had handed over their guns — a prerequisite for sticking around even for the day — Aaron showed them to their new homes. Plural. Yes, they got not one but two McMansions. And, as neurotic as Rick might be, even he couldn’t resist taking a shower, his first in heaven knows how long. (Hallelujah! He also finally hacked off his Yukon Cornelius beard!) No sooner had he finished — he hadn’t even put his shirt back on — than pretty, friendly Jessie came knocking on his door with sundries and an offer to give him a haircut. (It had been such an eternity since Rick had felt human that he actually shed a tear as she snipped away.) Later, it became clear that he wasn’t the only skeptic among them — Carol and Daryl had their doubts, too. So that night, all 15 of them would sleep in the same living room rather than be split up in two houses, Rick decided. Though Michonne was loving Alexandria — she spent 20 minutes brushing her teeth — she supported his inclination to play it safe. Still, “I have a good feeling about this place,” she insisted. When Deanna dropped by at bedtime, she was charmed to find the “family” camped out together. (And how many of us didn’t share her reaction to seeing Rick clean-shaven? “Wow.”) Before leaving, she mentioned that she had jobs for Rick and Michonne, she just hadn’t told them yet what they were. Hmm…

UNEASY DOES IT | The next morning, no sooner had our regulars set out to explore the place than Rick had misplaced Carl and Judith. (D’oh!) But his freak-out was mercifully brief: Jessie not only correctly guessed that neighborhood old-timers Bob and Natalie had called the kids over to pinch the baby’s cheeks, she also set up a play date for Carl and her older son, Ron, who introduced him to his pals, Mikey and detached instacrush Enid (who’d also come from “outside”) — and reintroduced him to videogames. “I like the people” here, Carl later told his dad, “but they’re weak.” And he didn’t want to lose his edge. That night, for the second time, Rick couldn’t sleep. Neither could Michonne, prompting her pal to ask why, if she wanted a job from Deanna and wanted so badly to buy into the hype, she was still awake? Following their chat, Rick tried to walk off some nerves with a moonlight stroll and had a run-in with Jessie’s husband. (Given how creepy he seemed, it’s no wonder she hadn’t mentioned him. And was it a coincidence that, in the very next scene, Carol lied in her interview with Deanna about how much she missed her abusive husband, Ed?)

THE NEW NORMAL | Turned out, Carl didn’t have to worry about losing his edge. The following day, when he followed Enid into the woods (and promptly lost track of her), and Rick went after that gun he’d stashed in a blender (gone!), the father/son duo took out half a dozen walkers without the use of any firearms. Nearby, Glenn, Tara and Noah were on a scouting mission with Deanna’s son, Aidan (who looked too much like the preppie villain in every teen movie in the ’80s not to hate him), and Nicholas. It did not go well. Besides the fact that ex-ROTC cadet Aidan was obnoxiously alpha male, his vendetta against a walker damn near got Tara killed. (To his credit, he did say — in so many words — that he was aware he was a d-bag.) By the time they all made it back to the gates, it was obvious that Glenn and Aidan were not and never would be buddies. “Why’d you let these people in?” Aidan yelled at his mommy. “Because,” Glenn replied, “we actually know what we’re doing out there.” And boom! Fists were flying, Daryl was jumping in, and Rick was breaking it up. When the dust settled, Deanna made an impromptu announcement to all within earshot: Rick and his crew were a part of the community, equals with everyone else. So there. She also revealed that the job she had in mind for Rick — and Michonne — was constable. “That’s what you were,” Deanna reminded him. “That’s what you are.” That night, Rick put on his sheriff’s uniform and told Daryl and Carol that everyone could sleep in their own home. No longer did he have any concerns about them getting weak. They were gonna make it work there just fine. As for their neighbors… “If they can’t make it,” he said, sounding scarily like the Governor, “then we’ll just take this place.”

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70 Comments
  1. Kristine says:

    Awesome episode.

    • roner teser says:

      You have to be kidding me Kristine. Your favorite ice cream flavor is probably vanilla

    • Bird says:

      Brilliant episode! I was totally on Deanna’s side until she revealed to be a Congress person. By the time Carol told that sweet story of Ed, she was fooled, I almost thought she was going to accidentally shot that weapon on purpose: she was the picture or a frail housewife between Rick & Daryl. And she knows exactly what she’s doing! People who don’t know? The guys in charge of the “dry run”, if a Terminus size herd is coming – or worst, a Joe size gang – the community is doomed.

      • I’m still enamored with Deanna(she wasn’t part of this current Congress, so I’ll give her a pass) although I’m sure we see a dark side sooner or later. The actress is PERFECT for the role.

        • AnnieM says:

          Tovah Feldshuh has been around a long time – she’s a great character actress, and I’m so happy to see her on TWD!

    • I agree. There were some terrific moments of levity(“I should have brought another cart [for all of the guns] and my favorite, “We brought dinner.” I needed a break from all of the extreme doom and gloom of this season.

      I don’t blame them for being skeptical and reserved. In that post apocalyptic world, if God herself visited me, I’d scrutinize that jerk up and down.

  2. Bwhit says:

    Really good episode and kudos to whoever decided it was time for the beard to go. I am with Carol, take a shower Daryl!!!!

    • Bird says:

      After watching how Rick look like, I’m amazed there’s not a line of women trying to shower Daryl, Abraham, Glenn or Eugene themselves.

  3. roner teser says:

    Still the one?

    They said it couldn’t be done. They said it shouldn’t be done. Somehow The Walking Dead managed to outdo themselves. Tonight they presented us with an episode worse than Still. This may have been their worst episode ever.

    • YouTube says:

      I don’t believe it was a horrible episode.remember they do go by the comics. There managing to make 12 seasons if they do go by the comics which is great. Kirkman has no plans in quiting. So yea most Watched show and maybe possibly soon. most long runned. Show. Yea.

    • A fan of TV says:

      Holy dramatic. This week was good, last week I was a bit bored, but this was a great one seeing the gang interact with civilized people again, catch a break, and all their possibilities. In my opinion this was FAR from the worst episode.

      • Runner says:

        I really liked this week. New characters and new bad stuff that will probably happen. And Rick showered – I forgot how good lookin’ he was. Fun stuff.

  4. YouTube says:

    Good episode. really intense I do like how this is going with the comics.

  5. Sparta says:

    Really good episode. I hope things there are on the up and up but kinda hearing comic spoilers, you know they are not….whether it be from a source inside the compound or outside the compound trying to break in.
    These people are weak or faking it really well. How the hell they made it this far, w/o being overrun by the outside or by a zombie hoard makes no sense.

    How Rick and gang continuously continue to get stalked w/o having a single clue baffles me. First the 4-5 surviving Terminites watched them from the woods and almost ended up getting the drop on them. Now, these 2 yahoos who “appear” to be afraid of their own shadow had been watching them for days (weeks?), spying and dropping supplies for them. Just doesn’t make sense.
    Not only that – but if Rick and gang didn’t trust the Alexandrians and knew they were evesdropping on them, why the hell do they talk openly around their house. Much easier to eavesdrop on them from 4 houses down when inside the compound don’t you think?

    Like in Talking Dead when they do a in memoriam segment on dead zombies, I do a ninja zombie segment in my own head. I think there were 3 this episode. One early on that was nothing, then the one that grabbed Rick’s leg after all the killing and commotion had died down and he popped out of nowhere (heck, he stayed all ninja like the first time Rick was there hiding the pistol, pretty sneaky to stay quiet and hidden until there was a better opportunity) and then the one that was strung up and escaped until the dude started whistling. Five people around then, including 3 very capable zombie killers and not one see or hear it until its upon the one kid.
    I hate ninja zombies with a passion, even more so after Tyreese got killed by one. The man who singlehandledly destroyed a horde of zombies outside a trapped car on the road and then again, outside the cabin where him and Judith were. He gets felled by a 8 year old ninja.

    Anyways, end on a good note….Carol was hilarious tonight. As well as Daryl staying true to himself.

    • Betsy says:

      You look ridiculous!!! Lol

    • brigitte says:

      I looked at the group not hearing Aaron and his partner links more to the fact that they are exhausted, and starving and had lost their focus.
      I loved Carol. It’s a brilliant tactic. Act like a timid mouse and see what she can find out, or take control of a situation if needed.
      That last line gave me chills.

    • A fan of TV says:

      I don’t think they were concerned as much about being eavesdropped on as they were that separating into two smaller groups in separate houses made them more vulnerable in case the Alexandria folks tried to attack them…

    • They were pretty much at their lowest, most vulnerable when they were being stalked by Andrew and his bf, so I don’t think it is out of character or unsurprising that they didn’t catch on immediately. I also don’t think that they were ever going to be taken by surprise(by the remainders from Terminus). They knew they left them alive and were obviously prepared. Probably the plan all along.

  6. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    I’m not surprised that Rick wants to pull a Governor on them……sh*t I WANT them to take that place if things go south!!! Daryl is the new Michonne he clearly doesn’t like the place or trust the people there. Still Idk about this safe zone I don’t trust that lady AT ALL looks like a shady bitch…just saying.

  7. DAG says:

    I was just waiting for Deanna to offer them “a plate”. She reminds me of Gareth’s mother!.

  8. sully says:

    Where is father gabe? Did he die and nobody noticed? Have something better to do? Maybe he changed to white and gold and I just can’t see him

    • Bwhit says:

      They showed a still from the episode on the Talking Dead and he was waaaayyyy in the back of the group.

      • sully says:

        Then they must’ve photoshopped him into a still and made it a point to put that on td. Because he wasn’t there last week or this week. One of my friends noticed last week he wasn’t in the barn or with the recon group. And he wasn’t in the house this week

    • Kelley says:

      I went back through the episode looking for Gabriel, too. He is there in the outside shots at the beginning of the episode, but you’re right – he’s nowhere in the house.
      Your white and gold comment made me LOL! Thanks for that :)

    • T-Almighty says:

      This comment made me laugh out loud! I was looking for Father Gabe too…;)

  9. wendy says:

    Did anyone else notice the books on the shelf at the end of Ricks interview? The ones on the left near Deanna were all disorderly…the ones on the right near rick were all in order and neat. Important?

  10. sully says:

    Now that rick and michonne are cops, we need a cop buddies spin off series. Slow motion slides across the hood, rick telling michone he’s too old for this s**t, busting up drug dealing zombies… Make it happen amc

  11. relaxxx says:

    I don’t trust Deanna! I think that maybe the Alexandrians have a problem with another group and that’s why they r looking for muscle. I’m side eyeing how she had no problem with Glenn punching Aidan. He’s a douchbag but he’s still her son. Jessie’s husband looks suspicious also. I want Team Family to pull A Governor and take over the place. I loved Glenn and Michonne this episode. When Glenn punched Aidan n he got up and Michonne stepped to him n said you wanna get dropped on your asse again? He has no clue who he’s messing with. Michonne beat the Governors asse n took his eye. I’m sure she would make mince meat out of Mr. ROTC.

  12. Nice breather episode. We’ve got a taste of the closest thing to paradise, but as the gang settles in, will some of their allies turn out to be dicks, or is a greater threat on the horizon…?

    • Jack says:

      Like any community…Some people are a-holes, some people are good. This place is no different.

      And yes, there is a greater threat on the horizon.

  13. hud says:

    What was the easter egg mentioned in Talking Dead?

    • hud says:

      Maybe the book Michonne was holding?

    • Kelley says:

      It must have been the patch on Rick’s uniform…because we all have microscopic zoom vision and fluently speak Latin. ;)
      After that segment, Chris Hardwick never mentioned the ‘Easter Egg’, again.

      • Diane says:

        correct. Chris said that the Latin phrase said something like “to rise again” and that was the Easter Egg.

    • Cassie says:

      The walker-trophy in the woods that had his skin ripped off like a jacket was the same actor that killed Dale, I believe, in season 2.

  14. Amy says:

    You could tell Glen was feeling pissed and unappreciated. He’s come a long way from the kid who did supply runs. He was a leader of the group when they needed one, he’s smart, he’s a fighter, etc. I’m sure he felt like it was insulting to be put on supply runs under some guy who hasn’t done or seen 2% of what Glen has. He also looked annoyed when Deanna wanted Michone to be Rick’s partner as constable.
    I also kind of thought that Deanna was sending who she felt had a chance to survive, but we’re expendable on the supply run. She probably thought Carol and Eugene were too weak to go out, Tara and Noah they could afford to lose, and Glen because he had experience, but also because he was “only” a pizza delivery guy before the fall.

  15. AnnieM says:

    I’m wondering if the girl (Enid?) who climbed the wall is the daughter of one of the ‘banished’ folks.

    • A fan of TV says:

      But if she’s the daughter of one of the banished men, wouldn’t she have been in the community with them in the first place? I agree, its totally suspicious that she’s in that community alone… Did she actually survive out there on her own? Or are her parents hidden in woods?

  16. I either nodded off for a second or just totally missed this but was Rick’s meeting with Jessie’s husband a dream? It seemed like right after he said “welcome to Alexandria” there was a shot with Rick in the house asleep and then his eyes opened. I didn’t see any mention of it here and will rewatch tomorrow just wanted to see if anyone saw that or thought that as well.

    • ML529 says:

      Yeah, I saw that too. I don’t know if there is a husband, or if Rick was dreaming

      • relaxxx says:

        She has a husband that she fails to mention to Rick while asking him if he has someone. She spoke about her kids but not her husband. His name is Pete n I believe he’s the surgeon Aaron spoke of to Noah. How Rick meets Pete is just like the comics. It wasn’t a dream. Pete is not thrilled about Jessie cutting Ricks hair. I don’t know too many men that would. I guess that’s why he’s on the porch getting drunk. Lol

  17. Great recap, Micheal! I tried to get my head around what exactly what about Aidan I did not like, and ‘preppie villain in every teen movie in the ’80s’ was just a perfect description

  18. A fan of TV says:

    I loved this ep! Felt a bit like watching a new show, with the haircut, new location and new characters. Breathed new life when I didn’t even realize it needed it, and I’m only looking forward to whatever happens from here!

  19. JimsShip says:

    The wall supports for the town are backwards, they are propped up from the outside to keep insiders from pushing out, shouldn’t they be on the inside to keep walkers from pushing in? (Or for that matter, to keep unwanted humans from climbing the supports and getting in?)

  20. Linda says:

    I don’t trust the people in Alexandria.
    They are to nice

  21. No one commenting on the magazine that had “the wolf pack” on the back of it?…any thoughts?