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"We All Fall Down" is the second episode of Season 2 of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead and the eighth episode overall. It aired on AMC on April 17, 2016 at 9/8c in the USA and on April 18, 2016 at 9pm in the UK exclusively on BT TV.

Plot Synopsis

An infected crawls out of the ocean and creeps toward a boy and girl playing on shore. A protective chain-link fence stops the infected from reaching them.

Strand monitors the unknown ship on the Abigail's radar.

Madison yells at Nick for endangering himself by jumping in the water after the wreckage of the sailboat. Travis shows up with the log book that Nick retrieved from the sailboat and says that they have a problem.

Travis informs Strand that, according to the log, the military has already burned San Diego to the ground. Strand proposes they hide from the fast-approaching ship by retreating to the coastline. Travis suggests Catrina Island, which has a ranger station that may offer supplies and a short-wave radio.

Travis assures Chris that they are going to a safe location. Chris asks how Travis knows it is safe. Travis has no answer.

As the Abigail approaches Catrina Island, Madison sees a light flash inside a house.

Madison, Travis, Nick, Alicia, and Chris get off the boat. Strand stays on board with Ofelia and Daniel, who wants to monitor Strand.

Madison's group approaches the house that she saw from the boat. A young boy — the one from the beach — runs out to greet them. Travis introduces himself to the boy's father, George Geary, and asks permission to dock for the night.

Inside the house, George tells Travis that based on his communication with other ranger stations, he believes the entire country west of the Continental Divide has fallen and the border to Mexico has been completely sealed off.

In the kitchen, George's wife, Melissa, probes Madison about her job as a guidance counselor and asks if she ever worked with younger children. Melissa introduces Madison to her teenage son, Seth.

Back at the Abigail, Daniel checks in with Ofelia. Ofelia says she is starting to understand the world better, which helps her understand him. "It's cruel," she says.

At the Geary house, Nick and Alicia play with the kids, Harry and Willa.

Harry brings Nick to his room and shows him action figures with red dots on their foreheads, representing gunshot wounds. Harry says that he won't get sick because his family has "power pills." "It's like a vitamin," he explains, "if I take it my family stays together."

In the wheelhouse, Daniel accuses Strand of wanting to offload members of the group to conserve his resources. Strand deflects Daniel's accusations.

George tells Travis that the apocalypse is all part of nature's plan. "The world couldn't sustain itself so it stood back and said enough. This is its course correction," he explains. He says he raised his family on the island and intends for them to stay on the island.

As they head back to the boat, Madison tells Travis that Melissa may have flashed the light on purpose. She speculates that Melissa wants to leave the island but is too scared of George to say so.

On the Abigail, Nick gazes at the stars. He muses to Alicia that being able to see the stars – without light pollution or smog to block them out – is an upside to the apocalypse. Changing topics, Nick tells her that he is concerned about Harry and Willa's future, or lack thereof.

The next day, Chris sees Seth walking toward the beach with a pickaxe. Seth brings Chris to the beach, where infected are pounding on the chain-link fence. Seth slams the pickaxe into an infected's head and invites Chris to take a swing.

Travis looks for Chris.

Chris kills an infected with the pickaxe. Seth praises his technique and explains that George taught him how to kill and survive. Travis finds them and tells Chris to return to the boat. He averts his eyes as Chris kills one more infected.

Travis finds George at the house and recalls the days when Chris was mowing lawns and taking out garbage, rather than killing infected. "This is how we manage now," George says.

George enlists Travis' help mending a fence. He tells Travis about a massive herd of infected on a nearby marina and predicts that it is only a matter of time before the herd finds them. Travis asks why George isn't fleeing. "We all die. It's a question of surrender or survival, acceptance or denial," George says.

Alicia visits the ranger station and draws her former boyfriend Matt's tattoo on a bulletin board.

Nick looks for drugs in the Geary house and finds a baggie of pills hidden in George's office.

Back on the Abigail, the unknown ship finally disappears from the radar. Strand announces that it is time to sail.

Madison tells Melissa that they are setting sail and asks if she had intentionally flashed the light to signal them. Melissa admits that she signaled them in the hopes that they would take Harry and Willa, since George and Seth are planning for the entire family to die together on the island.

Madison relays Melissa's request to Travis and insists they rescue Harry and Willa. "You're not taking them, Travis, you're saving them," she says. Travis reluctantly agrees to speak with George.

Daniel searches the wheelhouse while Strand is gone. He discovers a map of Baja California, Mexico together with a loaded MP5 sub-machine gun, inside a locked compartment.

Strand, alone, talks to someone on his satellite phone. "It's all clear now," he says. "Sundown. I'll be there."

On the boat, Nick tells Madison and Travis that he found poison in George's office and predicts that George is planning on "Jonestown-ing" his family.

Travis, Madison, and Nick return to the Geary house to take Harry and Willa. Melissa is hurriedly explaining some of her children's quirks when George comes in. He angrily demands to know what is happening when the argument is interrupted by Harry. Something is wrong with Willa, he reports. Upstairs, Willa is found dead after ingesting the "power pills" from George's stash. Melissa cradles Willa, who opens her eyes, turns, and bites her. George agrees to let Travis take Harry but refuses to join them.

Travis' group sprints to the boat with Harry. Seth chases them down with his rifle and forces them to give Harry back. Melissa, who is now infected, walks toward them on the dock. Seth shoots Melissa while Harry's back is turned.

Deaths

Trivia

  • First appearance of Harry Geary.
  • First appearance of George Geary.
  • First appearance of Seth Geary.
  • First (and last) appearance of Willa Geary.
  • First (and last) appearance of Melissa Geary.
  • The song Alicia was listening to when she was walking around the survivalists' home is "Coxcomb Red" by Songs: Ohia.
  • The title of this episode comes from the song Willa was singing: "Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down."
    • As Alicia stated in the episode, the song originates from Europe, where people were given posies to make them feel better after a deadly virus had struck the country, referencing the nature of the episode and the show itself.
  • This is the first time since Dr. Edwin Jenner spoke about France in the Season 1 episode "TS-19" of The Walking Dead that countries outside of the United States have been mentioned: George Geary mentioned that Mexico had sealed its border with the U.S. and that Vancouver in Canada had been bombed due to infection.
  • The Leigh Anne log book reveals the journey of its passengers, including their departure from San Francisco after the city spiraled out of control, people killing for boats at the docks of Los Angeles, the military evacuation of San Diego, and an unknown obstacle preventing survivors from reaching Mexico.[2]

Goofs/Errors

  • During the scene where Willa is devouring her mother. Her father, George, goes back to watch as his daughter his devouring his wife. There are no visible bodies on the floor where there should be when the scene changes and the floor is clean with no traces of bloodstains as if the devour scene hasn't happened yet.

References

Episodes of Fear The Walking Dead
Season 1 "Pilot" • "So Close, Yet So Far" • "The Dog" • "Not Fade Away" • "Cobalt" • "The Good Man"
Season 2 "Monster" • "We All Fall Down" • "Ouroboros" • "Blood in the Streets" • "Captive" • "Sicut Cervus" • "Shiva" • "Grotesque" • "Los Muertos" • "Do Not Disturb" • "Pablo & Jessica" • "Pillar of Salt" • "Date of Death" • "Wrath" • "North"
Season 3 TBA.

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