Fear the Walking Dead season five continues as the group sets out to help everyone they can reach. Morgan (Lennie James) and the gang narrowly escaped a nuclear explosion with some new friends in tow. Logan (Matt Frewer) had the audacity to return asking for Morgan’s help.  He says Polar Bear found oil and wanted their help finding the oil fields. He tried to appeal to Morgan’s helpful nature, saying the gas is going bad. They will need the oil to get to the people they want to help.

In “Channel 4,” more people contact the group for help.  Althea (Maggie Grace) takes this opportunity to document their efforts and what they are doing to help others.  They set up a camp. The trucks are used as bunkers and as barriers. She wants to send out the video so the people who didn’t see the plane will know what they are doing.  So people know they are really helping others. 

To prepare for this documentary, Al was able to find some more cameras and videotapes.  She says this story is very important. The group also found more truck and devised a plan of action to find those who were further away from their camps.  Their convoy consists of the semis, the SWAT van, and other smaller trucks. 

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Doing Something Good

The documentary has personal interviews with Morgan, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), John (Garret Dillahunt), June (Jenna Elfman), Luciana (Danay Garcia), Daniel (Rubén Blades), Strand (Colman Domingo), Charlie (Alexa Nisenson), Sarah (Mo Collins), Dwight (Austin Amelio) and Grace (Karen David).  They have their reasons for wanting to help people. Morgan says he was running from people until someone helped him. Alicia stopped killing walkers to find a different way to help.  Grace wants to find something good to do with the time she has left. And many other reasons.  

When they flew the plane back to their camp, people saw them.  They’ve gotten more requests since then. Luciana feels like the things they’ve been through has trained them to help others.  Al asks Morgan if the group has started living their own lives, but they haven’t. Morgan says it’s easier to recognize what others need.

Everyone Has A Role To Play

Alexa Nisenson as Charlie, Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

As for the oil fields, they found them.  But before doing so, they took Logan out to the middle of nowhere and left him there with a supply box.  Polar Bear’s people are accommodating to Morgan’s group, supplying them with fresh gas to carry out their mission.  Sarah, Dwight, and Daniel oversee the transportation of gasoline. 

Dwight feels he has fallen in with the right people and is on his way to doing the right thing by helping others.  He says it won’t make up for the bad things he’s done, but he’s doing the opposite. And being on the road just might help him find Sherri.  However, Daniel and Sarah both feel he needs a haircut.  

Alicia, Strand and Luciana are checking roads, making sure they are clear for the convoys.  Morgan is behind them in a semi with supply boxes. When they stop, he uses that time to practice aikido with Alicia. She’s has some trouble controlling the stick, but she’s getting it.  When they run into walkers, Strand takes care of them. He says he wasn’t there for Alicia when she needed him the most, so now he’s doing the things she can’t. 

June and Grace are overseeing the camp on the road.  They left the river mill because the people who needed help were so far apart. It didn’t make sense for them to operate from one place. They set up outposts along the road for the people they find.  They collect food, set up beds and do the best the can to keep the people safe.  

Life on the Other Side

June still wears the candy wrapper ring that John gave to her.  Al asks about the wedding, but June says they have more important things to do.  As far as she’s concerned, they are already married and John agrees.  

Al catches Grace checking her lymph nodes and asks about it.  Grace was exposed to high levels of radiation. She wakes up wondering if that is the day she will start to get sick.  Until then, she is trying to do as much as she can, while she can.  

Morgan says he never thought they would get as far as they have. He feels good about what they are doing and how it affects others.  Al asks what it’s done for him. He says he wouldn’t have an answer for her if it wasn’t for Tess.

Regarding Tess
John looks out for walkers on Fear the Walking Dead, "Channel 4"

Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

One day, Luciana called Morgan to help them in a situation. They heard a woman on the radio looking for her husband. Her name is Tess.  Her husband left on a trip to get an inhaler for his son and hasn’t returned. She is in her house, with her son and refuses to come out.  Mainly because her yard is a landmine. Her husband buried explosives around the yard to take care of any walkers that approached the house. Unfortunately for Morgan and the gang, a walker shows up and set off an explosion that leaves a hole in the fence around the house.  

Luciana and Al film the encounter.  John is loading his gun and they plan to kill any walkers that approach the fence so they don’t set off any other bombs. Morgan asks Tess to come out again, at least to see what they look like. She sees the cameras and gets scared.  She hasn’t left the house since the world ended. Tess says they have everything they need. They don’t need to put themselves out because her husband will be back soon, but Morgan wants to stay to make sure the boy gets what he needs.

John calls Alicia and June for help finding Tess’s husband.  A walker approaches the fence so John shoots it The gunshot is loud, so John thinks there will be more coming.  June raids a drugstore and takes whatever is left. She looks for an inhaler but can’t find any. Tess’ husband has already been there.  Strand joins them and believes the man had to walk to and from the drug store to get the inhaler. June thinks Tess stayed in one place too long and that’s why she couldn’t leave.  

The Tree

They decide to split up to cover more ground in their search.  Alicia finds a tree with drawings and writing on it. It says “If you’re reading this, you’re still here,” just like the one that John saw before they left the radioactive area.  Alicia set the camera down to look at the tree and doesn’t see a walker approach her. Alicia hasn’t killed a walker since they got back. It’s a good thing Strand was behind her to kill it.  That walker is Tess’s husband.  

John continues to kill the approaching walkers as Morgan runs to the other side of the fence to stop the walkers from getting in. There are two many walkers at the other side of the fence and it falls, directly on a bomb.  That’s when things get intense. The walkers stood up, and continued toward the house, setting off bomb after bomb. John tried his best to shoot them, but runs out of ammo.

They don’t know how close the mines are to the house. The people inside could get hurt. Morgan starts running toward the house to kill the walkers.  After he kills the last one, Al tells him to stay still. His foot is on a mine. 

John and Luciana run to help.  Morgan tries to tell them to stay clear, but they don’t listen.  They call for help from Alicia, Strand and June. Tess calls on the radio to find out what’s going on.  Morgan tells her that they found the inhaler. He tries to get her to come out and get it, but Tess is okay with waiting for her husband.  Morgan has to break the news to her over the radio and Tess refuses to believe that her husband is dead.  


Danay Garcia as Luciana – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Al thinks she knows what kind of mine he’s standing on and instructs him on how to stop it from exploding.  He digs around the mine so she can get a better look. She tells him to open a compartment on the mine to diffuse the bomb, but she’s about 50% sure about that.  

Morgan tells the group that he had plans for that evening, and they are still going to do it.  He reaches down to open the compartment and Tess stops him. She knows her husband isn’t coming back, but she wants to help.  Tess watched her husband diffuse the mines and gives Morgan a pin to stop the trigger. He tells everyone to back up. When the pin is in, Morgan removes his foot.  Nothing happens so he and Luciana run toward the fence. Al asks Morgan how he feels and the mine goes off.  

The group was happy no one got hurt and what they accomplished. Tess hadn’t been out of the house in two years. She came out to help Morgan because he came to help her.   After the mine exploded, Tess and her son come out of the house and Morgan goes to talk to her. Tess decides to join their group.  

John knows the situation is triggering for Morgan.  A woman and her son, held up in their house, and scared to leave.  He went through the same thing with his son. John says Morgan doesn’t really talk about it, but he knows Morgan well enough to know what makes him tick.  

Morgan tells Al that it was triggering from the moment he started talking to Tess..because of what happened to him.  He is overcome with emotion when remembering that moment. 

Tank Town

Sarah is having fun in her rig singing her trucker music.  Charlie, Daniel and Dwight are pretty much annoyed with the music, but they keep riding.  Sarah says it’s how she communicates with Wendell (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) while she’s on the road. Wendell is watching the kids at Tank Town.  Which is where Sarah is going. They don’t film Tank Town to keep the location safe. 

Morgan and Grace planned a big meal for everyone. They got most of the ingredients they needed for Pad Thai.  And they improvised for what they didn’t have.  

Al interviews Tess who says her husband didn’t believe that people were bad. He just thought they should stay where they are until help came.  And help did come.  

Morgan asks Alicia if she wants to practice the next day. She says she’s working on something on her own.  In her interview, she tells Al she wants to know who’s painting the trees so she’s going to find them.

Sarah, Daniel, Charlie and Dwight show up for dinner.  The group sits around a fire, talking and laughing.  

Finding Purpose
Morgan reflects on their journey on Fear the Walking Dead "Channel 4"

Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Morgan says knew he needed help with something, but he didn’t know what it was.  It’s been a long time since he lost his family and he hasn’t said goodbye. And he doesn’t know how to do that.  

Alicia knows she needs help too.  She needs help in finding her own way to make things better. John wants to make the world like the one they used to have.  June wants to find a place for everyone, that won’t be like the other places she’s been. Grace has a lot more she wants to do. Strand wants to make the most of his second chance. Daniel wants to become the man that his daughter would have been proud to call her dad.  Dwight wants to end each day knowing he tried to make someone else’s life better. Charlie wants to do right by the people who took a chance on her. Sarah wants to keep her rig chugging.

Al wants to make sure the stories aren’t just interviews on tape. She started filming their stories so they would have it. It became about so much more.  The group tells their audience that they out there helping, but it’s bigger than any of them.  They can’t do it on their own. That’s why they made this tape. They want everyone’s help to help others.  When people start helping others, they are also helping themselves. 

Channel 4

A young man in a small store watches the tape.  He eats the food from the supply box and takes a walkie labeled Channel 4.  The man starts looking around for other things he needs and finds a can of gas. He starts to fill up a motorcycle when two cars approach the store.  It’s Logan and his group.  

Logan’s people take the man’s backpack and the gas in the motorcycle.   He had to walk 200 miles to get back to the mill. He spent a lot of time clearing the roads with Clayton, but now he can’t even use them because the man took his gas.  Logan thinks the young man is one of Morgan’s people and asks for the location of the oil fields, but the man doesn’t know anything about the fields. He’s not with the people on the tape.  

Logan tells his people to shoot up the motorcycle so he can’t follow them.  Walkers are approaching, so Logan throws the walkie at him and tells the man to call Morgan’s group for help.  When they come to pick him up, tell them they are making more enemies than friends. And he has more bullets than he knows what to do with.  Logan and his group leave the man alone and he turns on the walkie. 



I really liked this episode.  We got to hear what everyone was thinking as to why they needed to help others. And how they plan to accomplish their goals. They’ve realized their strengths and weaknesses.  And they really stuck it to Logan.  This was empowering for the group and they have a new outlook on what their goals are. 

This is a good start to the second half of Fear the Walking Dead season five.  They have a clear purpose and a clear enemy.  They have to know that Logan is coming for them.  And they know he has a lot of ammo.  it will take a lot of courage and manpower to defeat Logan. I just hope they can do it without losing anyone.  I’m still scared for John and June.  People can be happy in the apocalypse, but tragedy strikes even the luckiest people. 



Noetta Harjo
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