If you tuned in to last weeks edition of Adapted the group and I discussed how last week was kind of a sleeper in terms of storyline but did a great job in terms of major character development. This weeks Episode "Spend" was anything but slow. What we had missed last week in terms of zombie killing action and storyline was 1000% made up for this week. This week's episode see's the some of the goriest deaths that we have yet to see. In "Spend" we see the killing off of two characters, one major character and one recently introduced main character.
This week's episode was all about one centralized theme, cowards. This week we see the cowardice of the entire town of Alexandria as well as that of Eugene.
It starts out with Glenn leading a group consisting of Tara, Noah, Eugen, Aiden, and Nicholas on a supply run in order to try to find some transistors in order to restore the towns flailing power infrastructure. Aiden is blasting his dubstep with the lyrics; "Now your gonna Die!" When the group gets to the mall it appears Aiden is going to let Glenn take the reigns and the group agrees to look for alternate escape routes. While looking for the escape routes Eugene is paired with Tara and continues to talk about him being a coward and how they are there because he got them there. At this point I am 100% praying for Eugene to die. Once inside the mall they find the parts they need to restore the power in Alexandria. A walker sneaks up on Aiden, he proceeds to open fire on a walker who appears to have been ex-military. Aiden hits an explosive which blows up, after the dust settles Aiden is impaled and Nicolas has left him for dead and Tara is seemingly still alive but unconscious. The group heads for the confines of a nearby office where they discover that Aiden is in fact still alive. Glenn mounts a rescue attempt for Aiden, they find out he is stuck really good, they are being overrun by zombies and Nicholas whispers into Aiden's ear that he is leaving him and the group has to retreat. Aiden tells Glenn that the people of Alexandria are the weak ones and he is then eaten alive by the zombie horde.
Nicholas high tails it out of there towards the front door and Glenn and Noah follow. Eugene sees an open door and decides to make a break for it. Of course I think that being the cowardly son of a bitch that he is, he's going to leave Tara behind. Much to my chagrin we see Tara lumped over his shoulder and Eugene making a break for the van. Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas are now trapped in a revolving door completely surrounded by zombies, the only way out is for them to work together because Nicholas has the ammo and Glenn and Noah have the guns. Eugene makes it to the van and has the radio bumping in order to distract the walkers long enough for the trapped trio to make the exchange. While trying to open the doors a little so that Nicholas can pass the ammo over to Glenn that ball-less bastard Nicholas powers his way out the door which opens the door on Glenn and Noah's side. This leads to Noah's leg getting grabbed and the walkers pulling on him and Glenn trying to to pull him back. In a look of panic, Noah tells Glenn "Don't let go, please!" The walkers overpower Glenn and Noah is toast, Glenn looks on horrified while Noah meets his gruesome death. This visibly rocks Glenn down to the core. Nicholas makes it to the van with Eugene, he tells Eugene to get back in the van or stay with his friends. Eugene goes for his gun and is overpowered by Nicholas, as Nicholas throws Eugene to the ground and is about to get to the van Glenn comes running up and knocks that cowardly bastard the fuck out!
Rick is cruising around the town as the Sheriff when he comes across Jessie and discovers that someone has destroyed their metal owl. Rick tells Jessie that he is on it, basically because he has nothing else to do. Later Pete shows up at Rick's door (looking blasted) with some beers and tells "Let's be friends, we kind of have no choice in the matter." Carol is reunited with the cookie monster Sam. Carol is extremely cruel to Sam when all he wants is some of her delicious cookies. She tells Sam that he can only have cookies if he steals a chocolate bar for the cookies and one for her. Ding Dong, Sam shows up with the goods, much to the surprise of Carol. After baking the cookies he admits to Carol two things: one that he will break things when he gets upset and secondly that he wants a gun for someone's protection. Carol later goes to Sam's house and Pete answers the door, he won't let Carol see Sam or Jessie. This leads Carol to believe that Pete is abusing Jessie and Sam which prompts her to tell Rick about her suspicions.
Meanwhile, Abraham is at a construction site gathering metal for the expansion of Alexandria the group is overrun by walkers. In the melee one of Francine from Alexandria is down, all of her compadres are perfectly fine leaving her to her own demise. This is not ok with Abraham and he rushes in there to save her. He helps her up to the safety of a front end loader and it looks like he has resounded to the fact that this could be his last dance, his had the best one liner I've heard in a long time, "mother dick!" Abraham saves the day and gains the respect of the crew and is subsequently rewarded by being made the leader of the construction crew.
At the end of the episode Preacher Gabriel finally joins the cast again, in the beginning of the episode we see him tearing pages out of his bible and clearly distraught. At the end of the episode Preacher Gabriel meets with Deanna and tells her that Rick and his crew are not good people and that they can not be trusted. The whole time Maggie can hear what Preacher Gabriel is telling Deanna. Deanna at first looks to take it with a grain of salt, toward the end of Preacher Gabriel's speech she has a look in her eye. One of which reminded me of The Governor, like she realized she was slowly losing control.
"This episode had everything we want, great character development, gnarly zombie deaths, and a solid story"
AIR DATE: March 15, 2015 | SEASON NUMBER: 5 | EPISODE NUMBER: 14 | RUNNING TIME: 44:00