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Episode 507: Crossed – Recap and Discussion

It is time for Season 5, Episode 7 of The Walking Dead, “CROSSED.” This episode goes back and forth between 4 and 5 different groups, so we’re going to break this recap down into sections to make it a little more readable. Let’s get to it!

OPENING

We are back at the church, and the group is ripping it apart to build up its defenses. Daryl is back, along with Noah. Rick tells Michonne that he can’t let Carl go to Atlanta, but Carl needs to stay behind. When Michonne tells him he could stay he says that he owed Carol, more than most. Michonne ends up staying behind with Carl, Judith, and Gabriel (who was doing some thinking about what he’s done). Gabriel looks at the blood stains on the floor and tries to scratch them off. Then spits on this sleeve and rubs obsessively.

RICK’S GROUP
ATLANTA

Sasha and Tyreese sit in the back of the box truck and Tyreese tries to connect with Sasha. She doesn’t want to hear it though. The wounds are too fresh.

Once in Atlanta, Rick lays out his plan. Fire a shot in the air, draw a couple of them out. Kill them. Break in the building. Kill the guards. Keep it quiet. Fan out and kill everyone. He’s very cavalier about the murdering. Tyreese worries about what happens if things go wrong and offers an alternate plan: capture two cops and trade them. When Rick says that Tyreese’s plan is okay, but insists that his own plan will work for sure, Daryl sides with Tyreese. He wants everyone to live through it.

The next time we see the group it’s time to put the plan in action. Noah fires a shot and lures a patrol around a corner. When they get out of the car and zip-tie Noah, Rick and the gang surround them, disarm them, have them kneel, and cuff them. The male cop (Lampson) recognizes that Rick talks like a cop and says he was a cop before the apocalypse as well. Just as Noah is telling Rick that Lampson is one of the good ones, back up arrives. He lays down cover fire while Lampson and his partner get in his car. As they try to get away Sasha smoothly shoots out their back tire.

The group chases them around a corner where the car is now deserted. There are a bunch of burnt, melty walkers on the ground. Rick sees Lampson and his partner (still zip-tied) running behind a building and they take off after them, leaving Daryl behind, who heard someone else.

Daryl gets jumped by the officer on back up and a fight ensues, ending up on the ground by the melted walkers. On his back, Daryl grabs the head of one of the walkers, sticks his fingers in its eye sockets, rips its head clean off, and beats the officer with it. Pretty awesome, pretty gross. Rick shows up and ends it. He looks like he’s about to kill the officer but Daryl talks him out of it: three hostages are better than two.

As they take Officer Backup (I’m just going to make up names so get used to it) into custody, Officer Lady Partner tells them that they can help them if they tell them what they want to do. Officer Lady Partner proceeds to tell them that Dawn won’t trade for them since she doesn’t like them, so they should just let them go and they’ll take care of Dawn for her.

Lampson speaks up. No, he says. He says they can make the exchange work and asks them to please let him help.

Sasha and Tyreese pillage Officer Backup’s car when Sasha rips Bob’s shirt that she wears. This causes a minor breakdown. Tyreese big brothers her and tells her to let him help her grieve. Then they hug and I get emotional.

As the group gets ready to leave, Lampson is coaching Rick on what Dawn will say. Rick asks if there’s anything he needs before they go. Professional respect? Is Lampson playing Rick?

With the group gone, Sasha talks to Lampson. He confesses to Sasha that he knew one of the walkers out in the parking lot, that it was an officer that died when he went on a call that Lampson should have gone on. Sasha offers to mercy kill him if Lampson can show her where he is.

They go to the window, and Lampson describes his buddy. When Sasha is about to take, he body checks her against the window, knocking her out and bolts for the door.

Meanwhile…

GLENN’S GROUP
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Eugene is still out cold in the road. Tara labels the water bottles and then refers to the group as a band of brothers (hey-o! Michael Cudlitz was awesome in Band of Brothers). Rosita goes to snap Abraham out of his funk (he’s still kneeling on the concrete). He smacks the water bottle out of her hands and then jumps to his feet and gets in her face when she starts yelling. Maggie pulls her gun on him with complete conviction. He recognizes it and sits back down.

Out of water, they decide to head to a stream, leaving Maggie with Abraham and Eugene. Maggie uses a ladder and a blanket to build a lean-to for Eugene, giving him some shade. Then she goes and tells Abraham to get over himself.

At the stream, Glenn fills a water bottle and despairs at how muddy it is. Rosita MacGyvers a water filter to get the dirt out and says that Eugene taught her how to do it. She then relates how she came to be with Abraham and Eugene. As she finishes her story, they see ripples in the water. There be fish under the surface!

They go back to a couple of walkers they saw trapped under a utility pole and scavenge them. They rip their jackets apart for nets and Tara frees a muddy backpack. Rosita and Glenn manage to catch a fish. Rosita says she can clean the fish and Glenn tells her that they can use that skill, wherever they end up. Glenn: “You in?” Rosita: “I’m in!” As if this weren’t happy enough, Tara finds a yo-yo.

At the truck, Maggie goes to give water to Abraham. “Did you want me to shoot you?” she asks. “I thought I did. But I didn’t.” Maggie leaves the water by Abraham as Eugene wakes up. As she tends to Eugene, we see Abraham pick up the water bottle.

Meanwhile…

BETH & CAROL
GRADY MEMORIAL

At the hospital, Dawn is dealing with her officer’s inability to find Noah. Beth listens in. When the conversation turns to Carol, and the officer wants to let Carol die, Beth interrupts on Carol’s behalf. Her outburst forces Dawn to tell the officer to pull the plug on Carol. When the officer leaves, Dawn gives Beth a key to the drug locker and tells her to save Carol.

Beth goes to Dr. Edwards and asks him what medicine would save Carol. He tells her. He also warns that if she gave Beth the key it’s for selfish reasons.

Beth enacts her plan to get the drugs to save Carol. She trades strawberries to an older man who in turn feigns breathing problems to draw all the guards. Beth gets into the drug locker, takes what she needs and walks back by the older man and the guards, and the older man immediately feels better and somehow no one is suspicious or notices Beth walk within inches of them.

Beth administers the epinephrine and waits for Carol to wake up, holding her hand. “I just wanted you to know I was here,” she tells an unconscious Carol.

Meanwhile…

CARL, MICHONNE, GABRIEL
CHURCH

As they finish their defense-building duties, Carl wants Gabriel to learn how to use a weapon. You can’t stay in one place anymore, Carl says. Gabriel picks up a machete but looks like he’s about to hurl when Carl starts instructing him in the finer points of head stabbing. He goes to lie down.

Michonne checks on Gabriel, who says he was resting but he doesn’t open the door very wide. Michonne reassures him that the things they do are worth it. When he closes the door we see that he’s been using his machete to pry up floor boards (how did they not hear this?).

Gabriel hops down into the crawl space and squeezes out of the church. He immediately steps on a nail because he somehow manages to have the worst luck in the world. He pulls it out, wonders when his last tetanus shot was (I assume), and hobbles off.

Gabriel gets jumped by a walker (or as close you can get to being jumped by a walking corpse). He picks her up and slams her to the ground. Before he can bash her head in with a giant rock, he sees the cross around her neck and can’t go through with it. He leaves her there and heads off through the woods.


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What’s Lampson’s game? Was it just him playing Rick or are all three of them trying to screw over Rick’s group?

Is Abraham going to come around and man up? Where are they going to go now? Will Tara learn the deadly art of yo-yo fighting?

What game is Dawn playing with Beth? Can Beth trust Dr. Edwards?

Where is Gabriel off to?

NEXT WEEK IS THE MID-SEASON FINALE!!!

We want to hear from you!!! Post a thought down below!!! Let us know what you thought of the episode!!!

  1. skidroe November 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Show was great, need to watch Gabriel. Rick keep up the good work, your doing good, Daryl that was cool ith walker putting fingers threw the eyeballs to get free from that dumbass cop. Overall the show was great. Rick,Daryl keep kicking ass and taking names. Watch out for the bad cops, can’t trust none of them. Hope ya get Beth an Carol out OK. Keep killing the walkers.

  2. jaz.zie November 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply
  3. MaximumParty November 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Yea old gabes really been keeping me guessing, hes so docile in the comics its weird that he peaced like that, fingers crossed for beth and carol, and hopefully the stupid butthole grady bunch doesnt die too fast, sasha owes bob2 a face smash

  4. Kryss November 23, 2014 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    It was an ok episode, I was prolly just expecting too much from the pen-ultimate msf. Tara is actually growing on me. Gabriel is just… idk I can’t stand him in the comics or the show, they seem to be doing something different with him… which is prolly causing the group a buncha trouble while getting himself killed (which I am cool with). I just want them to get past this filler arc and start heading to washington.

    • Mako_Shark November 27, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

      It is sentiments like this that make me understand the word Spoiler.

      Too many people “know” that TV only stories are not from the comic – so they do not pay attention, spoiling their own enjoyment, by expecting nothing, they find nothing.

      By that logic there is no reason to do the companion “filler” series.

      Or Filler characters like the Dixon brothers or Beth.

  5. Jaxhollis November 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Loved how last weeks episode involved fire and this episode dealt with water a lot. Filtering the water, fishing, the fire truck running out of water, splashing water on Eugene trying to revive him and Abraham accepting the water only after Eugene came to. Kind of interesting

  6. Izmatopia November 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    – Everybody in that hospital, except for the “captive” ones, is not trustworthy. All of them should be burned to dead. They could give the doctor an opportunity but just because he is an asset but they should keep him under tight surveillance.

    – Abraham is definitely going to man up, next episode. Everybody is entitle to a little freak out now and then.

    – Down is a bitch. To hell with her. Burn her and the hospital to the ground!

    – Gabriel is so scared he ran from the church. I don’t trust him and he’s not worth the effort. He should die on the next episode.

  7. daniel615 November 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    did anybody else notice on bobs jacket that sasha is wearing on the right side there is an AA patch i never noticed that before i guess bob was in alcoholics anonymous.

  8. samM November 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Holy cross-wearin’ walkers, Batman! I saw Bob the Cop coming from a mile of yo-yo string away! Sasha hasn’t been watching much “The Walking Dead” lately. She obviously hasn’t heard that this show is the biggest thing since impromptu water bottle filters.

  9. MikeJLacey November 24, 2014 at 2:05 am - Reply

    This episode was neither an all action or a character piece. It hung around, frustratingly, in the mid ground, setting the scene for the mid season finale. No real story, no real action, no real character development.

    Oh, and Sasha? Don’t look back, especially when there’s guy you shouldn’t trust right there…

  10. GovernorPhillip November 24, 2014 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Tonight’s episode was great! I liked the subtle imagery used in this episode, especially the seatbelt sign. I’m definitely going to buckle in for next week’s episode! I can’t wait!!!

  11. mrjwhit November 24, 2014 at 2:35 am - Reply

    I’m honestly shocked that I care about Tara. Her light hearter approach to the events is good. I wouldn’t have left Michonne, Carl and Judith at the church with Gabs. He wasn’t worth two of their better team members.

  12. .BASTET November 24, 2014 at 5:45 am - Reply

    “Police… I’m the fucking sheriff… Rick Grimes, byotch!!”

  13. BillyHo November 24, 2014 at 6:18 am - Reply

    What is this mid season finale everyone is talking of?
    .
    This was an informative episode that tied a lot of things into a nice little package… but it actually had me grabbing the controller a few times out of habit and I had to catch myself from changing away.

  14. carlyyougoonie November 24, 2014 at 7:33 am - Reply

    – Did Eugene really just get to nap through a whole episode? Awesome.
    – Never trust a cop. Come on people, that rule didn’t change when the world ended.
    – Tara, I love you and Team GRETAM!
    – Daryl ripped the head and spine out of that walker all I could think was MORRRTAL COMBAAAT!

  15. Drewnasty November 24, 2014 at 7:43 am - Reply

    I much prefer the jumping from group to group than the stand alone episodes that take place all at the same time. That being said, something meaningful needs to happen in those moments that you check in with others. Going fishing, doesn’t count as something meaningful. Also just when you think that characters are done making dumb decisions Sasha goes full Tyrese and turns around with a fully mobile prisoner behind them. This season has literally pissed me off to no end. After the literally best episode in the entire series in the premiere it setup expectations that TWD honestly hasn’t lived up to. It’s frustrating because I care. The writers have stretched the simplest things out to 3-4 episodes when it could have been told in 1. I honestly think that Daryl is going to die at some point this season as he has now become the moral compass of the show and it’s what the writers are going to do to save his season.

  16. ocassie November 24, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Loved this episode!! As usual. Here’s the thing: maybe everyone who needs non-stop action should switch to some other show because this ain’t that show. It’s always going to have multiple episodes that tell a story, develop characters, and **gasp** require us to use our brains to get the deeper message. Daryl, for the first time EVER, sided against Rick’s recommended course of action. Then he talked Rick down from killing the guy who almost strangled him. That, my friends, is major character development of Daryl. He has ALWAYS taken Rick’s side. Beth’s influence on him in the second 1/2 of season 4 is clearly coming to the surface. And vice versa. In fact we saw character development in just about every single character except maybe Eugene because he took a nap the whole episode. I LOVE to see the way these characters evolve. In my opinion, the entire episode doesn’t have to have explosions, fighting, or killing to be a good episode. Bring on more development of these characters that I am so insanely invested in!

  17. GovernorPhillip November 24, 2014 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I bet Eugene and Abraham have one hell of a tan now.

  18. Dead Wish November 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I’m getting somewhat pissed of with TWD, there seems to be a lack of direction and a lot of treading water ( literally, see last nights episode ). There needs to be a cull, and a serious one. Too many groups with too many hangers on.

    Here’s who should die before the end of the season:

    Eugene – now the cats out the bag, he’s just a passenger.
    Abraham – serving no purpose now, needs to go out in a blaze of glory.
    Sasha – should join Bob in the afterlife, especially after last night – didn’t see that coming….yawn.
    Tara – jeez, annoying or what. Give me a break, kill her now…………….please.

    Here’s who we should meet again:

    Morgan Jones (Lennie James) We need to know he’s OK….please.
    Glenn – I know he’s in, but we need to see angry Glenn not mild mannered Glenn, kicking ass.

    Other than that, winter is coming………

  19. Vegaiti November 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Slow, really slow, the show is becoming like Ferrari in formula 1 slow and a little bit predictable. Come on Rick and company you kill the hunters…well done, and you can’t kill the bloody guys in fancy dress called “cops”… Rick you are loosing it, trusting this guys…and Rick group look like fools… after all that happened in the prision… look like they did not learn the lesson. I hope they kill everyone soon, I hope they lose some in the way, I don’t know for example carol and tyrise and I also hope that everybody regroup together and in the way a zombie kill Tara. And the left for season finale the death of one of the main one like for example shasa…but please do not kill Beth, she is a so…good singer?!

  20. Roochy November 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I think that Dr Edwards is based off of Dr Stevens from the comics.
    If you haven’t read the comics, Dr Stevens is a doctor from Woodbury who works for the Governor and has a hatred for him.
    It kinda sounds like Dr Edwards to me: Dr Edwards is a doctor from Grady Memorial Hospital who works for Dawn and has a hatred for her.
    So I think the show will be like the comics (SPOILER ALERT):

    Dr Edwards (Dr Stevens) will die after he decides to join Rick’s group.
    idk that’s just what I think.

    • BillyHo November 24, 2014 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      “Dr Stevens is a doctor from Woodbury who works for the Governor and has a hatred for him.” – uhmmm wasn’t that character already played out on the show? And he is dead already.

    • carlyyougoonie November 25, 2014 at 8:36 am - Reply

      It’s a good theory because I think (could be wrong) that Dr. Edwards’ first name is Steven.
      I wish he had more of Dr Stevens personality though. I don’t think Woodbury’s Doc Stevens would have killed another doctor to save his own skin. He seemed way more ethical and sarcastic and funny. Dr Edwards I just want to bitch slap.

  21. seanmathews1 November 25, 2014 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Rick has a darkness growing in him…. and I love it.

    Also, Sasha get’s the dummy of the week award. She should know by now not to trust strangers.

  22. Chestplates420 November 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Never ever fucking side against Rick again…Any time they do this shit ends up fucked up…People die and Rick ends up having to save everyones skin. Rick knows what hes doing now more than anybody else in this world. He gets it. He also has a son and daughter that he Will protect at all costs, i feel like Rick has much more to lose than everybody else and thats why he makes the decisions to kill like he does. He realizes trusting people you don’t know has mostly only ever gotten people hurt in this world at least as far as he’s seen. After seeing the Governor, The Claimers, And the Hunters all kill or attempt to kill his loved ones, He just isn’t having it any more. Ricks plan would have worked guaranteed. Where as Tyreese’s plan only has a “shot” of working. I do like however that Sasha took the fall for the group here because this will certainly teach Tyreese, and Daryl a lesson about trusting people you don’t know and not killing people. So all in all i liked that they did that. You had to think that the decision to capture them and try a trade was going to have some adverse affects on the group especially with Sasha being knocked out cold by Bob2.(somewhat Poetic that the man who does this would be named Bob and he was also African American another similarity between the 2.) So yeah I will never question a decision made by Rick again because you cannot argue that lately he knows how to get shit done! Rick for Prez, Tyreese and Daryl are both moral compasses for the show atm so really either one could get killed during mid-season finale. I think its more likely although that Carol or Beth will get the boot. Cant wait for Mid-season finale but i am going to be seriously depressed when it ends for 2 months. Hoping that when they come back it will be Full Throttle once again. Also I cant fucking wait for Morgan…Please make his return come sooon! Peace out everyone! see u on Sunday!


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