'The Walking Dead' Recap: Eugene Is A Fraud
The Walking Dead, “Self Help” opened with Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) heading to Washington, D.C., on the church bus, while Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the others waited for the return of Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride).
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On the road, Rosita teased Abraham about his long locks and offered to give him a haircut, while Tara attempted – rather unsuccessfully – to engage Eugene in some friendly conversation. Maggie and Glenn try to steer the conversation in a more meaningful direction and attempt to get Eugene to explain to them how this supposed cure will work. He says just about everything is classified, and before the two can press him further, the bus overturns.
Knocked out from the bus wreck, Abraham has a flashback to earlier days in the zombie apocalypse when he was still with his family. His violent methods of keeping them safe, per the vision, indicate they fled him because of his ruthlessness. In any case, when he awakes, he realizes that the crash drew walkers to them. In order to get out of the bus before it blew up, the group had to fight their way through a horde of the undead.
After they all manage to survive the attack, Eugene starts to suggest that they attempt to make their way back to the church. It’s a suspicious suggestion and Abraham isn’t having it. He’s intent on moving forward and Glenn and the rest support his resolve. They all end up seeking refuge in an abandoned library, where Eugene makes a b-line for the self-help section. Tara spots him over there and goes to thank him for helping her out of a sticky situation near the bus. Guilt-ridden, Eugene admits he’d put glass in the bus’s fuel line in order to stall their progress. Why? Fear of failure, or so he says. Tara promises to keep his secret.
When morning arrived, Abraham, determined to get a move on, jump-started a fire engine. Unbeknownst to him, the fire engine had been barricading a group of walkers. Abraham manages to neutralize them with a fire hose and get everyone going again. Their progress is stalled once again, however, when they come across a field rife with hungry walkers. Abraham loses his temper when the others, including Rosita, suggest they stop. In his fit of rage, Abraham started to manhandle Eugene, who finally makes his bigger confession – he’s not a scientist.
Following his confession, Eugene still tried to make a case for himself, suggesting his intelligence should still be worth something to them. Abraham, not wanting to hear another word, knocks him out cold. As it turns out, he’d been taking the journey so personally because when he’d first met Eugene he was on the verge of killing himself while sitting beside the corpses of his wife and kids. Eugene said he had the answer for a cure, which inspired Abraham to live. Now he knows it was all an elaborate ruse.