The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 5: Self Help

Self Help

Michael Cudlitz stars as Abraham Ford in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Okay, so straight up I’m going to let you know this was not my favourite episode of The Walking Dead. I’m not entirely sure why either considering there was plenty of action going on. The only thing I can surmise is the fact that the whole episode revolves around a group of people who I am not yet personally invested in (even if they are among the most fun Walking Dead Twitter users). Sure Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) were there but their screen time was minimal – as it should be because this episode was Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) and Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) story.

Or maybe it’s just because I knew what was coming…

But, anyway, here’s what went down in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead:

So we start with a happy go lucky road trip. Everyone is chatting, Glenn is ribbing Eugene about his mullet and Rosita (Christian Serratos) actually gets to participate in this episode. So, of course, we know the shit is about to hit the fan – which it does via a bus explosion of sorts. No one is injured but the bus and the group successfully work their way through a group of hungry walkers.

Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Eugene is the only one who looks uncomfortable – especially when he has to kill a walker. After that small kerfuffle, Eugene wants to go back to the church. For someone intent on fixing the world, he sure isn’t keen on getting to DC in any great hurry. Gee… wonder what’s up with that?

So the group finds a bookstore to spend the night in until they can find another ride at first light. Having to stay over night in the town though, we get to witness Rosita and Abraham having sex while Eugene looks on. It’s not the first time he’s perved on them either. Ew, dude! Not cool at all! Certainly not doing anything for the fanbase over here either.

So Tara has a bit of a chat to Eugene until Eugene fesses up to sabotaging the bus. Apparently he is having an anxiety attack over being the zombie apocalypse messiah…

Abraham is getting decidedly unhinged in this episode and it helps that we get some flashbacks by way of his backstory. He won’t take no for an answer and they press on towards DC. Luckily they find a fire engine. Unfortunately it works only long enough to release a horde of walkers from the building it was parked up against. But that’s okay because Eugene was on top of the truck and hoses those fuckers down!

Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead 2

The truck seems mostly fucked but Abraham – once again – won’t take no for an answer and they get it running just long enough for it to break down out in the middle of nowhere. While Abraham tries to fix it, Maggie chats to Eugene about religion and life and shit, until a smell distracts them all…

Yeah, turns out all that noise Abraham was making fixing the truck didn’t attract the huge motherfucking horde of walkers just standing around in the middle of the road! There is a couple of paddocks full of them too, not really sure why either other than to cause a catalyst for emotions that have been bubbling to the surface for the entire episode… After all, how many illegal immigrants can you fit into a farm?

So, yeah, Abraham insists on going straight through the horde and everyone else cracks the shits with him.

This is when Eugene FINALLY confesses to not really being a scientist. *yawn* Yeah, didn’t see that coming… <insert sarcasm here>

Josh McDermitt stars as Eugene in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead


Then we get the conclusion of Abraham’s flashbacks. It turns out he had been overly zealous about protecting his family – to the point where they up and left him in the middle of the night rather than hang around with his aggressive form of crazy. Of course, that didn’t bode well for his wife and children and they quickly became walker snacks. In the process of Abraham deciding to blow his brains out, Eugene turns up with a trail of walkers and a mission…

And so Abraham found worth in his life again.

And now Eugene has gone and fucked it all up for him again.

So, what did you think of Episode 5 of The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 6 recap here.

(Photo Credits: AMC)

Related articles

About mrszoomby

When I'm not writing or crocheting, I'm training for the zombie apocalypse.
This entry was posted in AMC, Recap, The Walking Dead, TWD Season 5 Recap, zombies and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 5: Self Help

  1. Pingback: The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 4: Slabtown | Rachel Tsoumbakos

  2. It was strange seeing how this played out, and knowing how it played out in the comic. I, for one, was surprised they crashed only 15 miles from the church. What the hell? Shit, they’ll never get out of Georgia at this rate . . .

    And in the other “medium” Dr. Mullet o’Bullshit only told Rick, and that was after Rick discovered that the satphone Eugene had never worked. Rick must have just gotten laid by Andrea because he didn’t kill Eugene, and they kept up the BS.

    While Eugene watching was really perving, I did like that they had Tara cop a peak too, ’cause Rosita #LesbiansGottaPervToo

    • mrszoomby says:

      Haha! @ your hashtag ;-D

      Yeah, it just really didn’t do it for me this week in regards to the Abraham and Eugene storyline. Although, it will set it up for a REALLY good dynamic within this group in future episodes, so I guess I’m okay with that 🙂

      • The thing that was left out–and this may come up later–was Abraham killed everyone ’cause–well, bad things. But you gotta love the family: “Kids, daddy’s lost his shit and killed everyone, so lets run outside where the walking dead probably won’t bother us–much–maybe–well, you don’t need both arms, do you?” Wise move.

      • mrszoomby says:

        I figure there was plenty of room for added backstory with those flashbacks. And yeah, can’t believe they only made it as far as OUTSIDE THE FRIGGING DOOR! Maybe they should have joined up with the hooker in AHS?

      • “Hey, look: an abandoned school bus with a dead gay hooker. This looks safe!”

      • #MammaHadNoSurvivalSkillz #TakesWorstMomCrownFromLori

  3. mrszoomby says:

    Haha! I’d like to see just one decent mother on TWD!

  4. you said it all PERFECTLY! My sentiments on every bit of this ep

    • mrszoomby says:

      Yeah, it really felt like an ep I should have liked (I’m a big fan of character driven episodes), but, meh, Abraham and Eugene just haven’t got under my skin yet 😦 Which is a shame because I totally love them over on Twitter.

  5. I don’t know, I’m starting to feel some predictability here 😦 and I am a seasoned and committed TWD fan who has watched it from zero three times over. They need to step up a bit to hold my interest…

    • mrszoomby says:

      Linda, I was actually feeling a bit this way when Terminus was introduced. Oh, here we go again, another big bad. Sometimes I just wish they’d have a breather between bad stuff :-/

  6. Pingback: The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 6: Consumed | Rachel Tsoumbakos

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.