Under ordinary circumstances, if you spotted a beach littered with luggage from a plane crash, you’d probably call it a tragedy. But if you happen to be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, you might instead call it a yard sale.
At least that was what Nick — as much a wit as he is a survivor — did in this week’s Fear the Walking Dead. Of course, there was more waiting for the Abigail’s passengers on shore than just travel-size cream rinse and dog-eared copies of SkyMall.
Who? What? Read on, and we’ll unpack “Ouroboros” together.
‘I AM NOT THE HELP!’ | As the episode began, we joined Alex, Jake and a few other Flight 462 survivors aboard a lifeboat. It appeared unlikely that the youngster would pull through, he was so badly burned. Yet Alex protected him with a ferocity that would have done his mother proud.
Later, when the Abigail came to a sudden and unexpected stop, Travis dove into the ocean to investigate — and discovered that what was blocking the water intake was the reanimated corpse of one of Alex and Jake’s lifeboatmates. The following day, though Travis warned Strand that fixing yachts wasn’t his forte — and though el capitan treated him like the Skipper did Gilligan — the handyman still went to town in the engine room like he was Edgar Hansen from Deadliest Catch.
Meanwhile, in spite of the fact that Ofelia was out of antibiotics, Daniel wouldn’t allow her to ask Madison for more. They had to handle their predicament themselves, he insisted. “What do you suggest we do, go to Walgreens?” she replied. “I’m pretty sure they’re closed.”
‘STOP PUTTING US AT THE KIDS TABLE!’ | While Travis tried to remove the guts from the water intake and get the Abigail going again, Daniel escorted Nick, Alicia and Chris to the beach to search through the aforementioned luggage for supplies. Before they left, however, the snoop disclosed to Madison that he’d learned Strand was — and, therefore, all of them were — headed for Mexico.
Off that revelation, Madison got their host to admit — unless he was lying? — that there was a house in Baja with water, food, reinforced concrete walls and room for the lot of ’em. (Or, as Travis would derisively dub it, “a magic house.”) Still, if Strand so much as looked at Maddie’s family funny, she’d toss him overboard, she threatened. No, she wouldn’t, he replied. “You’re not a killer.” (Anyone else have the feeling that “yet” could easily have been added to the end of that sentence?)
On shore, Chris wandered away from the group and discovered a survivor among the walkers buckled into what was left of Flight 462. The poor guy was a goner and knew it, but neither of those things made it any easier for Chris to bash his head in to put him out of his misery and save him from turning. (Really fine performance from Lorenzo James Henrie there, didn’t you think? Crushing.)
While Nick scored some amoxicillin for Daniel to give Ofelia — and a rosary to give her himself — the senior member of their party thought that he saw Chris hightailing it back to them over a sand dune. Wait, no, that wasn’t Chris… it was Alex! “They’re coming,” she told Daniel. “Run!” And we all knew who — or, rather, what — “they” would be!
‘THEY’RE A LIABILITY’ | A ways away, Nick became so distracted by the spectacle of a walker eating the crabs that were eating it — ouroboros! — that he fell into the sinkhole in which the zombie was trapped. Worse, he’d no sooner dispatched that walker than another one had tumbled in!
From the deck of the Abigail, Madison watched aghast as zombies cornered Daniel, Alicia, Chris and a total stranger (Alex) on a cliff. At one point, it looked like Alicia was a goner. Then, out of nowhere, there was Nick to save her. He even figured out that when you’re covered in zombie guts, zombies mistake you for one of them.
Before we go on, three quick notes about this scene: 1. How cool did it look when Nick showed up covered in blood and still rocking the pilot’s shirt that he’d found? The shot couldn’t have had a more iconic feel if it had been lifted from one of Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels (which it wasn’t). 2. How hilarious was it when, upon realizing that he was safe among the zombies, Nick stood face to face with a walker and played the freakin’ mirror game? And 3. are we all in agreement that Nick is, hands down, the series’ standout character thus far (with Strand a close second)?
Thank you for your indulgence. We now return you to your regularly scheduled recap.
When the scavengers eventually made it back to the Abigail with Alex — and Jake, whom they picked up along the way — Strand, as he always does, restated his policy on additional passengers. Only this time, Maddie, citing their destination’s limited resources as the reason that the newcomers had to go, backed him up. And, as if to put to bed their festering relationship issues, Travis backed her up.
Alicia couldn’t believe what she was hearing; Alex, even less so. “Are you people really debating this?” she asked. Rather than totally abandon her and Jake, Travis suggested that the Abigail could tow their lifeboat behind it. Which wasn’t ideal, but hey, it beat paddling back to Zombie Beach. Unfortunately, Strand later snuck out and, to Maddie’s horror, cut the rope that attached Alex and Jake’s lifeboat to the Abigail. (And right after Alex had promised the boy, “This is the worst it’s gonna be,” too!) Henceforth, I recommend we refer to being screwed by Victor as — wait for it — getting Stranded.
So, what do you think? Will Maddie mutiny? Does Strand have a “magic house” in Baja? Hit the comments.