#TheWalkingDead Recap: “Spend” [Episode 14]

Posted on Mar 16 2015 - 1:46am by Norrth Cafe

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Fr. Gabriel has a new job and since it’s the same as his old job, you’d think it would be easy for him to transition back into the role. No. The welcome letter, plate of strawberries, new collar and the pulpit must be harsh reminders that he failed his old flock. He begins ripping pages out of the bible. He may as well join Daryl and Aaron, who are gearing up for their first trip to find new members for the community. I think he is useless as the town’s spiritual leader. Noah is meeting with Reg, and wants to know if they could meet every day so Reg can teach him about architecture. He wants to learn how to build things. The awwww moment: Noah wants to make sure the walls are still standing when he’s Reg’s age. I love the hope and optimism, even if hope is the death knell for anyone in this family. Reg takes notes, and tells Noah to do the same. There is a lot to remember for the future.

Later, a less optimistic Eugene is trying to beg out of a scavenger hunt. The power is failing and the crew is going to find equipment to make the grid fully functional again. It will please you to know that Aidan, fresh off of his #TWDFamily beating is a much nicer person this time around – prompting Deanna to thank Glenn, again. Noah (who is banking on growing old), Glenn, and Tara join him and Nicholas. Humor! Aidan plays Knife Party’s “You blocked me on Facebook, and now you’re going to DIE.”

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Rick notices someone has vandalized Jessie’s owl sculpture. They joke around and avoid the eye-banging that has defined their friendship to this point. He quotes “Broken Windows’ theory (shame shame, and I TRULY mean shame on the writers). He decides he’ll look into it, since he needs something to do. The scavenging team has plenty to do. Noah, with dead aim, takes out the first walker. Looking around for more walkers, Tara takes one down with a knife, telling Eugene, as he stands idly by, that he has to pull his weight. He responds that he has already done that by getting them to D.C. He was the one who enlightened them to the city’s potential for “home and hearth.” She reminds him that it was the group who got HIM to D.C., not the other way around.

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The scavengers reunite knowing they have real danger to worry about since Glenn and Noah found a yard full of the walkers mulling around the front of the warehouse. As the group searches the dark warehouse, I keep hoping Noah will live long enough to keep those walls up. They can hear walkers rattling a cage, somewhere – and soon find them trapped inside. They continue looking for the micro-inverters they need. Just as they find them, a walker approaches Aidan. He is unable to pierce the helmet with a bullet, and shoots its legs.  Glenn sees what Aidan doesn’t, just as another shot is fired. The walker’s “armor” (as Aidan calls it) includes grenades. The explosion frees the cage walkers. Glenn gives Eugene, a chance to shoot one. Instead, Eugene becomes a deer in headlights and is knocked to the ground by a second walker.  Noah and Glenn rescue him.

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Just then we cut to Carol creeping up on a strange noise under her stairs. It’s Sam, looking for more cookies. Sam is telling Carol about the power being out in his home and his statue being broken. She tells them those aren’t problems, sending him packing. He asks her if she will teach him how to make cookies. She will, if he steals chocolate and brings an extra bar for her. WTF, CAROL???? The writers are really distinguishing between the survivor family that doesn’t give a damn, and the heroic members of the family. Tara is badly hurt and is being held in an office the scavengers found. Aidan, thought dead, wakes up pierced by a piece of metal protruding from the wall. Nicholas wants to put him down. Eugene wants him rescued and promises to keep Tara safe while Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas go rescue him, it’s what Tara would do.

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At a second scavenging site, Abe is pulling construction materials. There are plans to expand the walls of Alexandria. Watching birds fly overhead, he appears to be getting a bad feeling and it’s warranted. A herd is fast approaching. The foreman accidentally shoots the excavator holding the lookout, Francine, dumping her from the raised shovel onto the ground. They plan to leave her (a running theme with the weak Alexandrians) when Abe risks his life to get her into the cab of the machine. He prepares to be eaten by the approaching herd. Just then, he crawls underneath and shoots the walkers who follow.

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Francine tries to help him up in the cab once he reaches the other side. He tosses his gun and has her shoot the walkers in the field as he uses a heavy wrench to bash the ones who keep coming. He is ah-mazing! The Alexandrians begin to realize that they can help. One is shocked that “He is still alive”, as another joins him to make sure he stays alive. A much clearer picture of cowardice is taking shape as Dr. Peter brings drinks to thank Rick for helping his wife, but notes that it was just an owl. He brings up Rick losing Lori. Not cool. Rick does not respond. Dr. Peter tells him that they haven’t lost things in the same way as the #TWDFamily but they are struggling to hold on to what they have (oooh… subtext).

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Heavily intoxicated, Pete asks Rick to bring his children over for a check-up. Right. He gives Rick the “friends who stick together” talk, which roughly translates into, “don’t let your eye banging become the “big bang.” He’s a romantic, that Pete.

Back at the warehouse, Eugene gives a speech of his own – to an unconscious Tara, whose bleeding head has been wrapped. It’s not his fault, he told them what he was, they should have listened.  He realizes that Tara is slipping, and so is his cowardice. He grabs Tara and heads for the van, where the first aid kit is, shooting walkers as he goes. Nick wants to run instead of free Aidan, whispering, “You left them, we both did” to which Aidan confesses that he and Nick panicked and left their people behind. It’s no use. The walkers are too close and Aidan is left behind as well. The writers are big on symmetry. Back in the construction field, Abe knocks around the foreman who ran. Francine punches the daylights out of him after he whines about their “system.” Abe and Francine lead the group into going back to work. Back at the warehouse, trying to complete their escape, Glenn, Noah, and Nick end up trapped in the revolving doors, hoping to keep the walkers on both sides from swinging them into a death trap.

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At home, the construction foreman is giving Deanna and Reg an update and thinks the crew should be turned over to Abe, who is doing a much better job. Deanna agrees to make Abe the foreman. He thanks her and says she won’t regret the decision. Deanna sees a pattern of the #TWDFamily taking over and Maggie vouching for them. If only they could see Carol teaching Sam how to make cookies with the chocolate he has stolen. We learn that Sam breaks things when he gets mad, including the statue. Carol asks why. He wants to know why she stole the guns, and whether he can have one, but won’t tell her why he needs it.  It’s clear to us why, and that kid wasn’t searching for cookies.  He runs off.

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The same, prophetic, song plays again as Eugene pulls up to draws the outside walker away. Glenn devises a plan to save them all, but Nicholas frees himself pushing the door and exposing Noah, who is killed while being pulled apart. I think of Beth and Tyrese’s sacrifices, as I watch him die. It’s tragic. Glenn is overcome with grief. Nicholas catches Eugene and tries to force him to leave. They fight and Glenn catches up just in time to knock Nicholas out. He still takes him back with them.

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Carol goes to check on Sam but Pete, still drinking, won’t let her see him or Jessie. Meanwhile, in the van we see the first line of Noah’s journal. Gabriel stops to see Deanna to tell her that satan disguises himself and tells her that letting in the others was a mistake. He tells her that Rick’s group is not good, they’ve done unspeakable things. Maggie listens while standing on the stairs. Deanna reminds him that they had to do things to survive,Rick told them as much. Fr. Gabriel says they are dangerous and can’t be trusted. He tells her that the day will come when they will put their lives before hers and everyone else’s.

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Abe is in the field working. Carol is telling Rick about Pete, as Fr. Gabriel is telling Deanna that Rick’s group doesn’t deserve the paradise of the community. Another statement that bares translation: “I’ve cracked up, so throw them out before they tell you what I’ve done.” He is not alone in cracking up. Carol advocates having Rick kill Pete.

I am fearful of what’s to come next week.

 

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  • Father Gabriel is a low-down, dirty, evil SNAKE! I knew he wasn’t mentally stable and the ONLY reason he told Deanna that lie is protect his own secrets. He doesn’t want Deanna and the rest of the Alexandrians to know he locked out his flock and hid like a bish while they were killed by walkers. I’m happy Maggie overheard him and goes back and tells Rick and Carol.

    • Norrth

      I’d favorite this comment a dozen times if I could! He is all about self-preservation, but not about the care of others.

    • Shelly Jones

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. She is scum.

  • colleen

    Morning! The sign of a great TV show is the ability to draw viewers in. I don’t know about you all, but I was yelling forTara to get up, for Nicholas to get eaten, for Abe not to go crazy, and for the Walkers to take a pass on Noha. Mostly, I wanted to beat the •^#$^π out of Rev Gabriel.
    Thanks for the detailed recap, Nortth. Eye Banging…lol

    • twifan2

      I rather Eugene or even Abe to have been the one killed, than Noah.
      This show isn’t going to have many of the ‘original’ characters left by the end of this season. 🙁
      I’d hold Rev down for you, colleen! 🙂

      • CNN

        Noah is not one of the originals.

      • Norrth

        My sister and I talked about that this morning… so few originals left from the first season, even. ;( It is starting to feel like a different show, for me. I see Noah as one of the new originals (so to speak) given his connection with Beth – and even she wasn’t around from the first season. The writers are kicking fans in the pants.

      • Fritz the. At

        Not Abe! I love him.

    • Norrth

      So true, so true! The writers made me jumpy, last night. I couldn’t tell if Noah, Tara, or Abe was the intended victim. I wanted them to all live.

      • MorningYawn

        Literally,half of those you were worried about were in distress – Noah, and Tara as TBD. Abe was smiling as he was going hand to hand with those walkers. Love Michaeld Cudlitz… just please God get rid of the red hair – I was hoping in the first scent that he was going to shave that god awful goatee.

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    WTF is up with Carol??
    …and WHY couldn’t it be the Priest….WHY Noah!!!!! RIP Noah…

    • Norrth

      Oh wow, I said the same thing. Now I wish they’d left Fr. Gabriel behind.

      • MorningYawn

        I’ve been waiting and waiting to see the redeeming qualities in him… what is good about him to deserve being protected by Rick and company? Haven’t seen a thing in him but weakness and betrayal… to the very people that kept him alive.

    • CsqD

      I think Carol is preventing herself from getting too close to Sam for fear of loving him and losing him someday. I think deep down she wants to hug him and make him all the cookies he wants. Being a mean ole hag to him is her defense mechanism. It’s too late though because her momma bear protective side has taken over.

      Father Gabriel is a friggin sociopath for turning on #TWDFamily! He’s the one who has done unimaginable things. If Deanna knew what a cold-hearted coward he was she would start questioning her “I’m a good reader of people” skills. When he talks about Satan disguising himself as an Angel of light, he’s refering to himself!

      Noah!

      • MorningYawn

        GREAT post – love your theory that Carol is afraid to get too close to Sam in case she loses him. I prefer that to the thought that she has gone off the deep end. Really love Carol!

        And I love your solution for Glenn to get his anger out – give that SOB a pop and see what he thinks of that!!

      • Love your theory and I agree totally!

      • Shelly Jones

        I’m starting to believe that father Gabriel is not even the real father. He’s such a d!ck.

      • Rochelle Barozzi

        Perfectly said. I agree.

  • twifan2

    NO!!!!! :'(
    I just can’t!

    I need to cry some more into my sprinkle cookies…gasp, sigh.

    • Norrth

      I just can’t believe after everything Beth and Tyrese did to save poor Noah, he’s gone, and in such a gruesome way.

  • Dave

    Father Gabriel blows and I don’t mean an angelic trumpet of righteousness.

    • Norrth

      Love that!

    • Rochelle Barozzi

      Perfect! He has certainly gone bonkers.

  • CNN

    It would’ve looked worse if Glen came back with neither of the Alexandria members. Now he can tell Deanna how Nick is the reason her son and Noah are dead.

    • Norrth

      I just hope she believes him. She should realize he would never sacrifice Noah and hurt Tara.

  • Fritz the. At

    I am ok with Noah going. I blame him for Tyreese. I think carol is going to destroy everything because she cannot assimilate and still looks for feral solutions instead of civilized actions. Gabriel is awful and needs to go because now Diana is skeptical about the group and when glen returns without her son, it looks like the whole thing is going to blow up.

    Question to writer, what is the problem with Rick explaining broken window theory?

    • MorningYawn

      I didn’t think he really explained broken window theory… just the overarching theory… i’d never heard of it and was left with “huh?” but, I didn’t seen a problem with its inclusion. Maybe Norrth knows something don’t.

      Any other week I’d have been ok with Noah going… but he had a mission to help with the walls… I was excited to see where that would go – at the same time thinking – all this attention, he’s probably a goner. And when Tara jumped on his back getting into the van, I thought it must be one of them.

    • Thank you. Two deaths (Tyrese and Beth) were linked to Noah. I think the sacrifice was a good call. I like Abe also.

  • MorningYawn

    Soooo bummed about Noah… he was actually turning into a character of substance… if you didn’t know it was over for him when he was talking with Reg about the future.. and then when he waswalking without a limp. It was the first episode that I actually felt he had any depth to him at all. Poooooor Glenn, having to watch that! I kept thinking – why don’t you just go… run! I felt like he was punishing himself for failing in the mission and getting two – may three – people killed.

    ** thanks for translation on Aiden – I thought that’s what he was saying, but sometimes, THW ought to go lighter on the hissing walkers so that we can really hear the actual dialogue.

  • Shelly Jones

    The show was amazing last night. I hated that Noah died that way…very gruesome. Those Alexandria guys are some p*$$ies and father Gabriel is a C U Next Tuesday. I was literally soo pissed at those folks last night. BTW “Everyone ate Chris” was trending world wide on twitter…so was “RIP Noah”. This show always raises my blood pressure….but I cant look away.

  • twifan2

    In what ‘direction’ is the show going to??? o.0
    Alexandria is going to be a bust soon. Are Rick & his group going out there again?

    • Brattus Rattus

      I kinda hope they do. I liked them living hand to mouth. Hello….we all how what this life is like. Creepy neighbors. A “society” . Jobs. Meh. I say get rid of the woman beater (if he is….it might be the mom…or the creep kid) and leave Father McBitch behind and move on.

  • Rochelle Barozzi

    All I will say is I am SO PISSED Noah was killed! Ahhhhhh! Yes, I said some nasty things to my TV.

  • Brattus Rattus

    I think Gabriel realizes that the brothers don’t live long on this series so he’s throwing caution to the wind and saying a big F-it! If, I’m going out, I’m taking these people with me! LOL All kidding aside, I don’t know what I would have done if I was Glenn but he’s a really good man. I can say that much because to see my friend thrown to the Walkers because you’re a little bitch, that is worth at LEAST a walk home on your own moment. Carol… still awesome.
    That place still creeps me out.