With Strand back on the ship, it's time to figure out how to get Alicia and Travis back. Fortunately, Reed survived the taking back of The Abigail, giving our not so merry crew of survivors a bargaining chip. It falls to Salazaar to treat Reed's wound and deal with the metal spear jutting out from his abdomen. Chris sits in the room, as Reed repeatedly taunts Salazaar and in the process gives up information on how many men his brother Conner has and where they are located. Reed even goes as far at to threaten Ofelia but it doesn't get the response he desires. Salazaar responds that he has meet scary men in the past and they never need to tell anyone how bad they really are. Chris, who is still caught up with guilt is shocked that Salazaar allowed Reed to say what he did without some kind of penalty, but Salazaar is convinced that Reed is simply acting out because of his fear. A confidant Salazaar decides to leave a tied up Reed alone but that makes Chris nervous and so he volunteers to stay and guard him. Salazaar advises Chris to stay out of the room and not to engage with Reed period. I think this is the first time I found myself actively doubting Salazaar's judgement. Why in the world would he believe it a good idea to leave Chris to guard Reed, given Chris's mental state?
On land, Alicia finds herself alone with Conner, who surprisingly makes her a steak. Conner says that he wants the opportunity to get to know her a little bit better; however, Alicia is only interested in either seeing Travis, or finding out what has happened to her family. Conner remains non committal and leaves to deal with some technical problems. The moment Alicia is left alone, she makes her way outside and learns that she is no longer at sea but in fact at a port. Jack finds Alicia and tells her she needs to go back inside because being outside is against Conner's rules for new people.
Alicia decides to play Jack's game for now. Jack shows Alicia the radar and how they pick out ships to stop. It quickly becomes clear that other than the size of the ship, the choice at the end of the day is random. Alicia notices one ship moving towards them and after checking the ID against the manifest, she realises that it's The Abigail
. This sets Alicia off because if Reed had dropped off her family as had been promised, The Abigail
should be much further away. Alicia is able to attack Jack a few times with a clipboard but Jack quickly gets the upper hand. Seeing Alicia's desperation to get back to her family, Jack not only agrees to help her but to leave Conner and join her. The big plan is to distract Conner by having him check out another boat while they slip away. Alicia assents to this but demands to see Travis first.
On The Abigail
, Salazaar heads to see Madison to let her know what he learned from Reed. Madison immediately directs The Abigail
at a cluster of ships. Luis tries to help Strand who is still shivering from his time spent in the ocean. Luis is adamant that they need to leave now and head to Mexico. When Strand balks, Luis points out that he only has enough money to get safe passage for two people. Strand however is confidant that everything can be negotiated and manages to talk Luis into half a day delay to get Travis and Alicia. This is clearly a point of honour for Strand and he feels responsible for the people he has gathered.
Madison begins to formulate a plan and it certainly doesn't involve taking "the kids", despite Salazaar's advice on this matter. Strand is convinced that Madison is underestimating Nick, claiming that he knew Nick's potential after knowing him for just five minutes, even though Nick was going through withdrawal. Wait, so Nick's withdrawal period is over? Really, Fear the Walking Dead?
I have said repeatedly that Fear the Walking Dead's
treatment of addiction is horrible and this is just the icing on the cake. An enraged Madison warns Strand not to get between her and her son and adds that Nick is not to be sent off on anymore missions.
Travis's accommodations are not nearly as welcoming as Alicia's. Travis wakes and finds himself in a cage and before he can acclimate himself, he gets a flash from the past. When Alex walked in alive and well, I expected fire works. This is a woman who killed others to protect someone she cared about and now that Jake is dead, she should have an ax to grind at the very least. It turns out that when Alex met up with Conner, he asked what she had in exchange for being giveb safe harbour and so she told Conner about The Abigail
but she asked for Travis in return. Yes, Travis is the one that came up with the compromise of the dingy but it was Strand's decision to cut the rope that left her and Jake stranded. We learn that after being cut loose from The Abigail
, Alex and Jake quickly ran out of water and that Alex was forced to strangle Jake to death. Instead of actually attacking Travis, Alex and Travis have a chat wherein Travis admits the guilt he feels for killing his ex wife and wonders whether or not he'll get back the piece of his soul that he lost.
Nick is cleaning a gun and watching him do this clearly makes Madison uncomfortable. Madison is adamant that Nick is to stay on The Abigail
, though he is insistent that he can be of use. To be fair to Madison, she has checked Nick into rehab countless times and dealt with his inability to cope. It's only the unrealistic writing in terms of Nick and addiction that makes it seem as though Madison is just playing momma bear with a legitimate reason. No addict, should ever be as competent as Nick, so soon after kicking the habit, particularly in the situation that he is living through.
Reed is still in full troll mode and given how fragile Chris is, this isn't exactly wise. Chris feels guilt for not shooting Reed the moment he boarded the ship and believes that had he done so, they wouldn't be in this situation now. Nick does step in to stop the situation but that turns out to only be a temporary reprieve because Chris ends up shooting Reed, putting in jeopardy, Madison's arrangement to trade Reed for Alicia and Travis.
A gunshot his heard through the ship and when they race down they find Reed dead. Chris explains that Reed was about to turn because he was so sick and that he had no choice. Clearly, no one believes him but Madison does do her best to comfort the boy.