Friendship Matters To Sasha, Rosita, And Even Jesus On The Walking Dead
Everyone's plotting against Negan, but not everybody's on the same page.
We Made A List
List Of All The Boring Shit Happening At The Hilltop In A Lengthy Opening Montage That Makes You Wish You Were Watching The Kingdom Instead
- Maggie comes into blurry focus as she walks to the camera for no reason.
- Molten metal is poured into a mold to make a pitchfork point or some shit. It's riveting.
- Maggie and Enid throw knives at a log accurately and now they are ninjas.
- Sasha sharpens a knife.
- Maggie and Enid smile because of an Ultrasound.
- Sasha draws The Saviors' compound on graph paper or maybe she's a Dungeon Master.
- Maggie makes a supply list while Enid serves her a giant hummus and vegetables tray.
- Sasha teaches people to swing a knife. Don't forget to sharpen first!
- Maggie falls asleep at a table because planning to kill someone is exhausting.
- Jesus draws a way better map. He probably was a Dungeon Master.
- Maggie brings Daryl some food to eat and he's all despondent and won't look at her.
- Sasha stacks some rocks on Abraham's grave.
- A drinky Gregory knows some plotting is going on and he doesn't like it. He spots Rosita waking into town through the gates.
Rosita Returns (Again)
It turns out that whole five-minute intro was a actually a flashback that includes a moment we've already seen: Rosita arrives at Abraham's grave and finds Sasha. "I'm here because I need your help," Rosita tells her.
Here's An Idea
When A Guy Named Jesus Who Knows Parkour Gives You Advice, Maybe You Should Listen
We find out a few more details about Jesus as he chats with Maggie -- mostly that he likes having all these people hanging out in his trailer because he grew up in a group home. "For the first time, I feel like I belong," he says, and it just makes your heart melt. Which makes it way more shitty that Sasha is in his trailer stealing some bullets from a hollowed-out book (not a Bible?). Jesus is like, "Ain't no thang," even when she lies, and says Sasha can have the bullets if she wants. But he has already figured out what Rosita wants and asks Sasha not to try to take out Negan alone. She should wait for an army. But when it's clear they won't wait, he just asks that they tell Maggie what they're doing: "You owe her that much." Think it'll happen? I'm doubtful. People always give lip service to Jesus while doing their own thing.
Simon Says: Tequila!
One of the well-attended details of the show is that Gregory, lush that he is, is always trying to negotiate with The Saviors by way of a good bottle of liquor. When they show up unannounced, causing Maggie, Daryl, Sasha, Rosita, Jesus, and Enid to scramble, Gregory tries to please a visiting Simon by offering some gin. Nuanced character that he is, Simon reveals that he goes through phases of alcohol consumption, and right now's really into tequila. Aejo, reposado, et cetera. "Un mundo de sabor," Simon says, hilariously. Gregory makes a mental note.
Love, Hate & Everything In Between
Abraham Would Be Very Uncomfortable With All Of This, The Jerk
Sasha and Rosita are united in a common cause: shoot the fuck out of Negan with a sniper rifle and avenge Abraham, which they plan to do after sneaking out of The Hilltop through a tunnel that Sasha dug herself. But just because they have agreed to work together doesn't mean they enjoy the time they're spending with one another. For one thing, Rosita's not crazy about Sasha wearing a necklace that Rosita made for Abraham.
That's all kinds of fucked up. Sasha tries to ask how Rosita knows how to disarm bombs, and Rosita ices her out, telling her to focus on the mission. They disagree on whether to go into Negan's compound or to try to take a shot at him from outside; Rosita has no problem with getting caught and dying, while Sasha wants an escape route.
But at least they're in sync about staying alive long enough to get revenge.
I Am Not A Crackpot
Dear Mister President, Maybe The Saviors Have A Point!
In an effort to distract one of the Saviors from discovering Maggie and Daryl, who are hiding out in a basement, Enid approaches one of them with a basket of what she calls "veggies." The unnamed guy tells her, "Stop. They're 'vegetables.' Use the whole word. We have time." I kind of agree with him! Why be lazy with your verbiage when there is no internet or TV to distract you and kill time? Between this and Simon's love of fine tequilas, I'm starting to wonder if I might not be Team Saviors myself! I'm not crazy about how this guy stole Enid's knife, but I do admire his standards for English usage.
When The Saviors showed up to find someone at The Hilltop, it turns out they weren't there to grab Maggie to be Negan's new wife or trying to locate Daryl. They were actually retrieving Dr. Harlan Carson to replace his brother as the doctor back home after said brother's untimely death by being thrown into a furnace. Simon, with an admirable amount of tact, doesn't want to come right out and say what happened, he just hopes the doctor can read his facial expression and grieve accordingly.
It's pretty stellar. Simon also promises cardamom gelato, which the doctor should be thrilled about, frankly.
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Plot Lightning Round
Gregory takes Simon aside to warn him that taking the doctor could cause problems at The Hilltop in the form people rising up. Simon doesn't really take the hint to heart, but instead offers Gregory a piece of paper and tells him to come calling if he has a problem that needs solving. It's weird and probably a trap of some sort.
A very long and unnecessary scene of Daryl and Maggie hiding concludes with the person searching for them just up and leaving, no violence necessary.
But the hiding scene is really there to force Daryl to finally deal with all the guilt he's been holding about getting Glenn killed. Maggie forces it out of him and convinces him in no uncertain terms that she doesn't blame him for Glenn's death, adding that, like Glenn, Daryl is one of the good things in this world. Daryl, who cries as he says "I'm sorry," is grateful as they hug. Maggie says she needs Daryl's help: "Help me win."
Sasha and Rosita cut through a fence and set fire to a car in order to create an undead distraction, and to hotwire a car they'll need to get to Negan's compound. It seems very elaborate when being quiet and sneaky might have worked just as well.
Say Hello To Death Metal, But For Real
Alert Type: Eugene In Charge Alert.
Issue: Rosita and Sasha have gotten close enough to Negan's to spot Eugene directing zombie placement on the perimeter. But they're waiting for Negan.
Complicating Factors: Eugene is still their friend. Right?
Resolution: Sasha and Rosita wait. And talk. A lot.
Spoiler: Eugene's really good at his new job, it seems.
Who called the meeting? Sasha.
What's it about? Sasha wants to learn how to tie knots like Rosita, but instead she gets a new friend, and insights into Rosita's life.
How'd it go? Rosita is reluctant at first to teach Sasha because she doesn't think it'll matter what happens since they'll be dead soon. But she quickly opens up, telling Sasha that she picked up her various skills from different men she dated and then bailed on post-apocalypse when she outgrew them. She learned how to defuse bombs, hotwire cars, and tie knots from a series of guys -- not all of them great -- and that she had sex for fun because why not, it's the end of the world. But with Abraham, she says, things were different: "He saw I could handle my shit." Rosita has realized she doesn't really hate Sasha; she just hated Abraham for figuring things out before she did. They both commiserate about the shitty way that Abraham left this world, not fighting, as he would have liked. And then, suddenly, they are friends for (probably short) life. "I got your back," Rosita says. "And I've got yours," Sasha tells her. Now maybe it can stop being all about Abraham, the dead guy who handled this whole thing poorly.
Wrap It Up
The plan to wait for Negan to appear gets expedited when Sasha sees that Dr. Carson has been brought to The Sanctuary.
Sasha can't get a clear shot of Negan and misses her chance.
On the walkie-talkie, they hear Eugene request more "dead ones" for the fence, which means the buildings are going to be searched, and their hiding spot will be compromised. Rosita decided they need to go inside the compound.
Gregory has had enough of Jesus and his stupid pals, so he says they're not friends, and assigns more tasks to keep everybody busier. Then he drinks some tequila alone because why the fuck not?
Daryl asks Jesus where Rosita and Sasha went.
Rosita and Sasha shoot a guy at the fence on the way to rescue Eugene. But, to their surprise, Eugene refuses to go with them. Instead, he runs inside. Change of plan!
In another change of plan, Sasha gets inside the fence and locks Rosita out, telling her to go. "It's not your time," Sasha tells her. "They need you." Rosita, furious, leaves and starts crying.
All hope seems lost for Rosita. But guess who's been following her? (It's Daryl.)