Rick And Michonne Get Hot, Heavy, And A Little Overconfident On The Walking Dead
The race to find more guns gets sexy, then deadly, then kind of sexy again.
It's A Date
Not In Short Supply: Doing It
A multi-day supply run doesn't have to be strictly business. In fact, working up a sweat trying to track down canned goods, killing walkers, and hunting for more guns can make someone a little amorous.
Who's on a date? Rick and Michonne, who are turning a multi-day supply run into Mommy and Daddy time away from Carl and Judith.
Where has he taken her? Various warehouses, houses, and any place that could have stuff worth taking back home.
Are things headed in a horizontal direction? Multiple times! Michonne even asks if they're going to win today. "Oh yeah," Rick says. Even if they don't exactly win, there'll definitely be lots of scoring.
Here's An Idea
Don't Push Your Luck When You're Already Ahead!
Rick and Michonne do a pretty good job scavenging a few guns, some food, and of course more notches on the imaginary couples' headboard. They even take supplies from some guys who are out golfing; it's unclear if they killed them, but it's very likely. It's about two days' journey back home, and Michonne is getting antsy to return. But Rick says he wants to go a little further out and look just a little more. We know that when Rick gets overconfident like this and pushes his luck, very, very bad things happen. And it may turn out that he's right -- that his pushing the limits will lead to a bonanza and is very necessary at this point in time. But it's gotta be hard being Michonne after seeing all the times such a strategy has backfired right up in Rick's scraggly face. She agrees to forge ahead. But this sure seems like a bad choice, right?
Scar Tissue That I Wish You Saw
The Scene: Tara shows up to help Rosita stitch up a scar on her face, but Rosita has already taken care of it herself. Then she makes noises about going to find more guns herself because she's tired of just sitting and waiting.
The Symbol: Rosita's face wound.
The Meaning: Clearly, she's wounded by the death of Abraham, and the scar is the physical manifestation of that hurt. And she won't allow Tara or anyone else to help her get past that pain.
Mutual of PTV's Animal Kingdom
A Deer For My Dear
As she makes the morning coffee, Michonne spots a deer in the woods. She wakes up Rick, who was sleeping during her watch. Rick is determined to bag it for her since, he says, he owes her a deer given the one she had to give up to Negan. The deer leads them to something way more exciting: a carnival area crawling with ex-military undead and serious weapons.
The Great Gun Fake-Out
Rosita's anger-management journey continues as she spots what she believes to be a gun in the doorway of an abandoned house. Only it's not so abandoned, and she ends up fighting a tall walker who won't die when sliced across the neck.
Once Rosita kills it, she finds that the gun was just a toy, complete with red plastic at the tip. Sorry, Rosita!
J. Walter Weatherman Lesson
We've already seen what happens when rain and roofs in the apocalypse combine: it's not good and a roof will collapse. Rick and Michonne forget this very basic rule when they suddenly crash into a building while trying to scope out a large group of undead bearing guns.
While most regular people would break their necks or impale themselves on a random metal pipe in such a fall, Rick and Michonne land perfectly on some giant air pad, which Michonne instantly takes as a sign that they should maybe do it some more. And she giggles, which may be the first time we've ever heard that. Nevertheless, no matter how this turned out, they both could have been dead from this, and walking on rooftops that are falling apart fast is not a good idea anymore.
Love, Hate & Everything In Between
I Must Confess: You Suck
Rosita's Blame America Tour makes a stop at Father Gabriel's church, where she blames him for her recent troubles, most notably for keeping her from going after Negan when she had the chance. "You don't know shit about shit," she tells him. Father Gabriel stands his ground, refusing to feel bad about saving her life and reminding her that anything is possible while we still draw breath. Rosita goes off to try to make someone else feel as miserable as herself because fuck that noise.
On The Menu
What's On The Dead Depot Menu?
The rooftop follies (and fall-ies) turn into a dinner bonanza as Michonne and Rick discover vast amounts of canned goods and military RTEs (Ready-To-Eats). Why, there's...
Beef brisket with gravy: Don't want gravy? Sorry, can't help you there.
Mac and cheese and chili: All in the same bag! It's like the chef was reading your mind!
Canned turkey breast: It's Thanksgiving up in here!
Discussions of future leadership: What helps digestion better than a discussion of where do we go from here? Michonne thinks Rick should lead things once Negan is defeated and the villages are united. Rick has a better idea: how about they both lead, together. But first, let's eat!
Maybe Let Judith Decide For You
Who called the meeting? Tara.
What's it about? While apparently babysitting, Tara decides to unload her dilemma on poor, silent baby Judith: should Tara reveal the location of Oceanside to Rick and the gang?
How'd it go? It's a cute scene that goes on a little too long, but basically Tara is soul-searching with the only person she can talk to about whether telling Rick about Oceanside will just cause another war, or if the women of that village might take up arms and join Rick since they have The Saviors as a common enemy. "What makes our lives worth more than theirs?" Tara asks. Judith doesn't have any answers, unfortunately.
This Pane-ful Life
Situation: Rick has a brilliant plan that'll help take out a whole field of walkers, many of whom are carrying guns he and Michonne want: he'll move an idle car to block one of the pathways. It doesn't work out so well.
What makes it awkward? There's a zombie stuck in the windshield, and while Michonne is taking out walkers with her sword, Rick must get that still-wiggling thing out of there.
How is order restored? Rick rips the zombie out in chunks, first the leg, then the lower half, then the upper body, since everything is falling apart.
Plot Lightning Round
Rick's car plan goes even more badly wrong when he overshoots the fence target, and the car is suddenly surrounded by zombies, with Rick inside the car and Michonne in the trunk, having jumped in when a zombie's machine gun started going off (funny how that happens).
But it's no big deal, they just hop out through the sun roof and walk over to a nearby kiddie fence with no problem.
They decided to split off to pick off the walkers; Rick goes to a nearby Ferris wheel and starts taking out zombies with a big pointy stick.
While they're getting toward the end of killing off all these walkers, Rick notices the same deer nearby; instead of finishing the job, he gets distracted and goes after it.
Rick climbs up to get a good shot at it, but notices that the zombies are closing in on it first. Then, he slips and falls off, which is just bad timing.
He grabs his gun and begins firing, but soon runs out of bullets as Michonne runs over to try to help.
Michonne believes she came too late to save Rick, and finds what she believes is walkers feasting on his corpse. (They are in fact eating deer.)
We have to watch the life drain right out of her and all of her hope die before she realizes Rick's still alive. It's heartbreaking.
But then we also watch Rick throw the sword to her and that's just silly.
Wrap It Up
The romantic getaway has turned really heavy, with Michonne now scared of losing Rick and Rick suggesting that they could continue on their supply run a while longer (dick!). The truth, he tells her after pulling the van over, is that he's not sleeping, and is weighed down by the death of Glenn, the person who saved him at the beginning and whom he couldn't save. Rick credits Michonne for showing him how to live, and tries to make her understand that even if one of them doesn't make it, they still have to work to provide a future for Carl, Judith, and everyone else.
Rick brings sixty-three guns to the Junkyard Gang, but Jadis says it's not enough: they need twice that many. Rick negotiates getting some guns back in order to make that happen, and Jadis reluctantly agrees. "More soon we'll fight," she says. Cool, thanks, Yoda.
Rick runs into Tara, who was already looking for him. Rick mentions that Rosita didn't show up for guard duty and is apparently missing. Tara appears to decide to tell Rick about Oceanside.
Rosita goes to Abraham's grave at Hilltop, but not to mourn: she's brought Sasha a sniper rifle, and wants her to help her use it on Negan. The both know that this is a suicide mission, and what that means, but Rosita makes it plain: "It's a one-way ticket for both of us."