Season 5 Episode 14 “Spend”
Fear can make people do some crappy things. Everyone in this episode is afraid of something. Mostly death from zombies but there’s some other stuff too just to keep it balanced. What do we do when we are afraid? That’s the question we’re asking this week.
There’s a lot of people vying for Coward of the Week. Father Gabriel stabs all of our friends in the back by telling Deanna she shouldn’t have let them in and they’ll destroy everything she’s built. Nicholas abandons Glenn and Noah which gets Noah killed. Tobin abandons Francine on the job site when walkers attack. But I’m proud to say for once Eugene is not even close to being Coward #1. I am so proud of him for stepping up. When Tara is knocked unconscious by an exploding grenade, he’s the one to get her back to the van to safety. Of course he’s a reluctant hero but that’s the best part of watching him. He looks so out of his element and so terrified that it really makes it sink in he’s trying to do the right thing. Only Tara could bring this out of him in this moment. She’s been his confidante for a while now and her words definitely bear weight with him. I don’t think if it was anyone else he would have stepped up. Also really proud of Eugene not just saving Tara but also using the van to distract walkers away from the revolving doors that Glenn, Noah and Nicholas are trapped in and making it easier for them to get out. He really has impressed me this episode.
On the other hand, Father Gabriel is a major letdown. How dare he secretly go to Deanna and say terrible things about our group. They saved his life numerous times. He owes them a little loyalty and this is a complete betrayal. I wonder how he thinks this is going to go. Deanna is very diplomatic in her response as she takes the info in, but what if she hadn’t been. She could have either believed every word of it and then what? She confronts them all and kicks them out? That doesn’t seem like it will go well. Or, she doesn’t believe Gabriel at all and then what happens? Would she make him leave or would he leave on his own? He’s too much of a wimp to leave on his own. Would he try to do something else or just slink off and hide in his church? I hate it when people don’t think things through.
I don’t even want to get going on Nicholas but I guess I must. First, he tries to abandon his last remaining friend Aiden who has been run through and stuck to a wall after the grenade went off. Second he freaks out in the revolving doors and sends Noah to his death when he abandons them. And third, he runs away to find the van and threatens to leave Eugene behind. We also learn that it was Nicholas and Aiden who got their last crew killed by abandoning them. And I hate to say it but Nicholas is just getting warmed up. We are about to watch Glenn and Nicholas entangle themselves together in some sort of hero tries to save coward drama which culminates in one of the most devastating of moments on the show. I cannot stand Nicholas and his stupid facial hair and pointy nose. I just want to kick him in the face.
In other acts of cowardice, we have Pete day drinking and being menacing towards Rick and Carol. Outside of college, showing up drunk with a beer for someone isn’t exactly how you make friends. I think Rick saw it for what it was. Pete was trying to intimidate him. He said he wanted to be friends but really he wanted to show Rick he’s not afraid of him. Then he blows off Carol and says she can’t see Jessie because it’s “a bad time”. I think Carol is all too familiar with what that means.
Unfortunately though, all these cowards live to see another day, but Noah doesn’t. Noah wasn’t the strongest person physically. Or the biggest. But he was smart and he was a team player. He had heart. At the beginning of the episode, Noah asks Reg to mentor him and teach him about architecture. Noah was thinking positive and thinking of a future. That moment when we see the notebook in the van and Noah hadn’t even got a chance to write anything in it yet really pains me. Rest in peace Noah.
Deanna’s really going to be thinking about Father Gabriel’s words next episode since she’s about to find out her son is dead. It’s scary to think that maybe F.G. is right. Right now Carol and Rick are talking about murdering Pete. And Rick’s already expressed interest in taking over if the Alexandrians don’t live up to their expectations. The fear is alive in all of them. We’ll continue to see where it takes them.
Best of the Episode
Revolving doors from hell. This is a really original moment for the show. Another demonstration of how everyday things can become nightmares. We’ve got Glenn and Noah trapped in one section and stupid Nicholas trapped in another. They are forced into a balancing act to keep the doors steady from letting walkers in. Sometimes the doors would move a little and you’d see walkers trying to grab them and it’s super intense. It gets even worse when Nicholas totally freaks out and pushes the doors enough for him to get out which now makes it possible for walkers on the inside to grab Noah. Glenn is forced to watch the walkers as they rip young Noah’s face off. How horrible is that!
Cooking with Carol. Carol is now entangled with Sam who won’t leave her alone about freaking cookies. Carol’s motherly instincts are gone at this point. She tells Sam to steal chocolate to make them and if he gets caught and snitches she’ll do something terrible to him. I love this new mean to children Carol we’ve got going on. She doesn’t even want to talk to him when they make the cookies. But it turns out to be very revealing as Sam reveals some details about his home life to her. Enough so that Carol basically sees that he’s living with an abusive father. Now this is when it gets real good. Because Carol doesn’t just tell Rick about it. She tells Rick what to do about it. She tells Rick that the only option is going to be to kill Pete. Wait what?!?!?! Carol my dear, I think we have a few other options before we jump to premeditated murder.
Abraham at work. Our big red-headed friend gets to show off his skills out on the construction site. When everyone else wimps out, he saves Francine and stands alone against a herd of walkers surrounding him. His heroism spreads to others though and pretty soon everyone steps up to help. The current construction site leader, Tobin, is so impressed that he relinquishes his job to Abraham. That’s our Abe!