Things appear to be going well for the convoy on Fear the Walking Dead. In “Ner Tamid,” the group is feeling homesick for a home they haven’t found yet. With Logan (Matt Frewer) closing in on the convoy, life on the road is getting dangerous.
Meet Rabbi Jacob Kesner (Peter Jacobson). Jacob lives in a synagogue by himself and still practices his daily prayers and sermons. One night, he hears banging on the door. He knows it’s the dead and tries to ignore it, but can’t.
The synagogue is surrounded by a fence and the gate is swinging open. Jacob secures it, but a few of the dead got in. He takes care of them all but one. That one knocked Jacob to the ground next to a car. It takes all of Jacob’s strength to push the walker off. He lifted the walker high enough for someone in the car to open the door a knock the walker off. That’s when Jacob met Charlie (Alexa Nisenson).
Charlie says she saw a light in his building. Jacob explains that the light is Ner Tamid, the flame of truth. It represents the presence of God. He says God led Charlie to him. And now they have to go inside because it’s dark, Charlie is hungry and she needs to clean herself up.
Meanwhile, Sarah (Mo Collins) leads the convoy to an open field for the night. The next morning, John (Garret Dillahunt), June (Jenna Elfman), and Sarah assess their people and resources. They are low on fuel and low on energy. John suggests they rest, but they have to keep moving to avoid Logan’s men. And June doesn’t want to leave Morgan (Lennie James), Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Strand (Colman Domingo), and Al (Maggie Grace) behind. They decide to make a fuel run after everyone has been fed. Dwight (Austin Amelio) informs them that they can’t leave yet. Someone is missing.
Charlie finds Jacob clearing the dead along the fence. He asks about what she was doing out in the dark. She says she was looking for something and got separated from her group. He wants to take her back to them. They go inside because it’s time for prayer.
Jacob has been alone since the end of the world ended. His congregation died out like everyone else, but he still holds prayer because it’s a tradition. He says tradition is more important than ever. The Ner Tamid starts to flicker. It’s being powered by a car battery. Jacob gets anxious because the light can never go out. He starts to leave to find another battery, but Charlie knows where they can find one.
Charlie calls June to let them know she’s okay. June apologizes for leaving her behind, but Charlie says she ran away. She wants to find a place where they can settle and get off of the road. She thinks she found that place at the synagogue. Charlie asks June to look at it and bring a car battery.
When she gets off the radio, they hear a walker banging on the door. Jacob thinks there’s another gap in the fence. He sends Charlie back inside, saying he can handle the fence alone. He doesn’t go to the fence though. Instead, he goes to another building on the campus where a walker is stuck in a hole in the building. Jacob kills it and boards up the hole. More walkers start pushing on the door to the building so he reinforced the chains on the door so they won’t get out. It looks like his congregation never left either.
John and June arrive with the battery. Jacob is very grateful and John is grateful that Jacob kept Charlie safe. June decides that it’s time to go, but Charlie makes up an excuse about the fence so they can stay. They go look at the fence, leaving John and Jacob to sit awkwardly together.
Charlie is pretty set on staying at the synagogue, but June says it won’t work. The place is too small for all of their people and there’s not a water source around for miles. This is more about Charlie feeling like she’s going back to the person she used to be. When she was with the Vultures. She thinks if they find a home, she won’t have to be like that anymore. June says they are different. Yeah, they were in a caravan then too, but this won’t end badly. They need to get back to the convoy to protect the people and the tanker.
Sarah and Dwight test the latest batch of beer and keep a lookout for the SWAT van. They talk about their life on the road. Dwight was alone for a long time on the road. The only thing that kept him going was Sherri and the walkers. He would watch them wander around. He spots Logan’s people coming for them.
Charlie tells Jacob that she wants to live at the synagogue, but he thinks that’s a bad idea. She seriously believes it’s divine intervention. June comes in saying it’s time to go, but Charlie refuses. Jacob tells her she needs to her people. Their discussion is cut short by Sarah’s report that Logan’s people found them. She sent the convoy to the rendezvous point, but they need the SWAT van to protect the tanker.
June says they are on their way, but then they hear a lot of walkers outside. They assume the fence broke. Jacob admits that the walkers are coming from inside the fence. It’s his congregation.
Jacob explains that he and his congregation decided to stay at the synagogue when everything started happening. They put up the fence, loaded up on supplies and survived for a while. When supplies started getting low, he left to find what he could. When he returned, they were all dead and turned. Charlie suggests that they go inside and stay quiet until the herd goes away, but that could take days. They don’t have time to wait.
John comes up with an idea. He and June climb down the fire escape and onto a ladder that is propped up against the building. They climb on top of a car and use the ladder to climb to the next car until they get to the SWAT van. Charlie and Jacob watch from the roof of the temple.
Sarah radios the convoy to continue to the rendezvous and Dwight’s friend from two episodes ago, Rollie (Cory Hart) answers back. Rollie says Dwight should have killed him when he had the chance. Dwight was just trying to do the right thing.
John and June get close to making it to the SWAT van when they reach a car that is too far for the ladder to reach. They are trapped on top of a car and shooting walkers that approach. Charlie thinks she can help. She asks Jacob if he has more bullets, but Jacob won’t use bullets on his congregation. June radios Charlie, saying the only way to fix this is to flood the temple with walkers.
Charlie refuses to give up the synagogue, but Jacob agrees with June. She reminds him that he said God led her to him. Jacob says he doesn’t believe in God anymore. When he left his congregation it wasn’t to get more supplies. He had lost faith in people, the world and in God. He left to find a sign that God was still there but found nothing. When he returned, everyone was dead. They had locked themselves inside a building. Jacob believes he was saved because he no longer believes in God. That was his sign.
Jacob continued to say the prayers and keep the light going because it kept him going. He says he was holding on to his old life. He gives Charlie the advice to not hold onto something that isn’t there anymore, like the synagogue. She wants it to be her home, but it’s already too late.
Temple of Doom
June and John are talking while shooting walkers. She feels bad that she kept pushing the convoy. She’s scared to find someplace to settle because nothing ever works out the way she wants them to. John says it’s just the world they live in whether they are on the move or not.
Charlie and Jacob open the temple and use a horn to distract the walkers from John and June. Once the walkers are inside, John and June close and barricade the doors. Jacob and Charlie watch from the balcony as the walkers reach the light and it goes out. He apologizes that Charlie can’t make the place her home, but she’s okay though. They leave to join John and June.
The Last Stand
Three trucks follow the semi instead of the convoy. Sarah runs out of gas as she and Dwight prepare to fight for the gas in the tanker. Rollie pulls up and stares at them, but then the three trucks drive away. The SWAT van shows up, just in time to save the tanker.
The group assesses their options going forward. Charlie feels responsible for everything that happened, but June won’t let her blame herself. They need to find a permanent home. Jacob asks why June thinks there’s a place for them. She says it’s just a feeling. He says that feeling is faith and it makes him want to continue to find what he’s looking for too. June agrees. They need to keep going and keep helping people. They will eventually find a home.
Sarah meets Jacob and reveals that she is Jewish as well. They leave together to pray. John catches up with Dwight, commenting that they got lucky. They avoided a confrontation with Logan’s group. Dwight isn’t so sure. He points out that they burned a lot of gas just to drive away. From what he knows of Logan’s people, they don’t do anything by accident.
Rollie stops to call Logan on the radio. He says Dwight and his people are far from Logan’s location, as planned. Logan is driving a truck with a car following close behind. He comes upon a tunnel to the Lonesome Quarry. His travel companion reminds him that they are looking for oil, not rocks. He says something about life being funny sometimes. The tunnel has a barricade in front of it, but Logan isn’t worried. He just drives on through.
That was a nice little throwback for Charlie and June. As much as they try to change, something always comes back to remind them of who they were. We are still in this character development mode. Everyone has almost gotten their redemption story. And they have found new people who need redeeming as well. Great…let’s move the story forward, please! It’s like, the writers are reintroducing the characters all over again. We know who they are and it’s frustrating to watch them make rookie mistakes at this point in the story.
Fear the Walking Dead has been slowing creeping towards a huge confrontation between Logan’s group and Morgan’s group. Whatever secret Logan is hiding, is probably going to get someone killed. As we have already learned, you can’t completely leave your past behind. It will catch up to you in new ways that could save your life. But will the cost of this pending war with Logan, but Morgan’s clarity? Let’s keep in mind, Morgan doesn’t die. He doesn’t like to lose people. When he loses people, he loses himself.
Let’s hope this is the last of the slow-moving episodes. There are only four left until the end of the season. So something tells me, things are about to pick up.