Worry the Strolling Useless Recap: Oh Rats! – plus, [Spoiler] and [Spoiler] reunion
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday Fear walking death. If you haven’t watched yet, you may want to look away.
As for bait and switches, the one Fear the Walking Dead pulled in Alaska on Sunday was a good day. Throughout the episode, we were led to believe that we were headed for a reunion between Al and Isabelle. Instead, we have a reunion between Dwight and Sherry. How did this happen? Continue reading…
“I feel like I’ve been someone since it all ended.” | As the lesson began, Morgan stunned Rachel with an abundance of supplies – including … was that jam? Syrup? Either way, she seemed to know it was a badly reputed plant and acted accordingly, leading Morgan to reassure her that his man inside didn’t know where they were and wouldn’t, until it was time to get all of his friends out. If only he could be sure, as he carved a new stick and attached Emile’s ax blade to it, he thought so that his nearest and dearest would recognize the person he would become when he reached her. Poor Morgan: another day, another existential crisis.
Elsewhere, Al and Dwight ransacked a funeral home at Ginny’s behest. Apparently, this was her new regular gig: check out places, see how many dead were around, and find out why they were dead. It wasn’t glamorous, but they had to be alone and even had fun with a variation on the license plate game kids play on road trips. Their only goal was to get the drivers’ licenses of hikers from all 50 states. After getting in the way of some undead, including a zombie that appeared to be embalmed, as expected, they paused to sample some nasty twisted brewski that Dwight had found. “Are you thinking of Beer Lady?” he asked. Al didn’t want to talk about Isabelle. Hell, she wouldn’t even mention the name of Dwight Beer Lady. He tried to get her to open up by mentioning Honey and like, “Sherry always said bad beer goes better with pretzels.” But no. Al’s lips were sealed – that is, until Dwight Beer overheard Lady on their walkie talk as she talked about her impending arrival at a drop off point. We have to go there, insisted Dwight. If Al and Isabelle wanted to run away together, he would put on a recently upturned walker to make Ginny believe his buddy had bought the farm. When Al said he sounded crazy, he reminded her that “You are talking to a man who was walking halfway across the country because his wife wrote him a note.” Aw, Dwight, you old sissy!
“The last time I felt alive was with her.” | When Dwight and Al got to the building Isabelle was about to land on, they discovered a hiker in the lobby who was being nibbled by a rat – a hiker from Alaska! “Tell me that’s not a good omen,” said Dwight. In the stairwell they found … strange. Cages full of rats and “The end is the beginning” sprayed on the wall. (Oo, relapse in episode 1) Little by little, our heroes ran into a couple of strangers, Lee and Nora, who warned them not to go to the helipad. Nora’s friend Mark had done just that – and the people in the helicopter had shot him. Wait, did Beer Lady shoot Alaska? Dwight asked, only now realizing that Beer Lady had a lot more to offer than he had expected. After Al and Dwight explained to Lee and Nora that they videotaped everything to prevent what happened to people who hadn’t happened before – do they have all of this? – The newcomers took them to an office full of people with bubonic plague. Oh rats!
Although Dwight wanted to please the sick, Al insisted that she had seen the plague in the field – it was too late and there was no way Ginny was going to help these people. So Al locked her up and made his way to the roof. She was so determined to feel like she’d done Isabelle all over again, “even if that means taking the risk that it’s only for a moment.” Since hikers were a major obstacle to the friends’ ascent, Al eventually decided to follow the rats – by ripping through a plaster wall and climbing up some pipes. As she and Dwight crawled through a vermin-filled passage, she noticed that her companion had a tell-tale mark on his neck. Shucks, it wasn’t her fault, he insisted. He could have been infected by the rat he found in his sleeping bag days ago. (Now you know you have a good friend when he says, “Come on, it’s not your fault that I have a bubonic plague!”)
“You’re a lot braver than me … or maybe just stupid.” | Little by little, the couple was trapped in a bathroom by hikers. Not only did Nora come to their rescue, she showed them the way to the roof access point – she had worked in the building and been there since the world was turned upside down. It took Nora a minute after clearing an office full of hikers infected with the plague. She recognized one of them – as best she could – in his deteriorating condition and asked Al to stop recording. “Nobody should remember her like that,” she said, tearing it open. In response, Al gave her Mark’s license. When Nora and Dwight left Al to go up on the roof, he told her that he had left her a note on her tape. When she saw it, she found that he had asked her to “please break one for me [with Beer Lady] – and don’t forget the pretzels. “
As the helicopter approached, Al fired a torch and walkie-talkie so Isabelle could reverse course. Who is this? asked Isabelle. “Just someone who wants to help you,” Al replied, making sure to be discreet. “This place is full of dead. You are infected with the plague. “What about Al? “Maybe,” she admitted. When Isabelle changed course, she told Al that there was some beer in the supply crates. “I hope it’s not your last,” she added. Al couldn’t just let Isabelle go without opening her heart and said to her, “I just want to say … it’s good to hear your voice because there aren’t many people left.” OK, these two are the best couple since John and June. To her delight, Al found tons of Cipro with the beer – she managed to save Dwight and all of Nora’s friends too. When Dwight asked why the helicopter had turned away, Al replied, “I lost a brother once. Ribbons were all I had left. I guess I didn’t want that to happen again. “Before they took off, Al advised Nora not to go where she and Dwight were from – they would find their crew in a better place.
“Honey is that you?” | As the episode ended, Al concluded that the rats, the plague … none of it was an accident. Who did it Whoever had sprayed her message in the lobby, she reckoned. When they went to call the Rangers, they instead heard a concerned voice on the walkie-talkie so that no one would be suspicious of where they were. Somebody saw the torch and offered to help and … and it was sherry. Next, we knew she and Dwight reunited with tears in one of the most touching moments in the series’ history. Wouldn’t you agree? Let your thoughts fall on Al and Isabelle’s near miss and Dwight’s reunion with his sweetheart in the comments below.