The “Blood in the Streets” title may hint at the show once again making a pitstop on land, but Nick, sneaking away from his family under Strand’s direction, is the only one to touch solid ground. And what timing he has, as Nick escapes hours before the Abigail is overrun by the ghosts of Alicia’s recent past.
Yes, Alicia’s brief radio flirtmance with a guy named Jack that ended in an ominous promise of an appearance to come made good on that claim by appearing with his group of not-so-merry pirates. Jack appears with another man and a woman, but it’s not Alicia there to greet them, it’s Chris and Ofelia, out on the deck discussing relationships. (I can only hope this scene is not setting up Chris having a thing for Ofelia only to find himself at odds later in the season with Nick.)
Jack and the others in his group come on board on the guise that the pregnant woman with them is in horrible pain. Alicia is the last to wake up and notice the commotion, and so the whole crew (save for Strand, who watches from above before making a run for it) goes out to handle the situation. The two men promise they’re good people who have just been drifting for days, but just as Alicia recognizes Jack’s voice, they prove there’s little good in their reason for being there. The woman smashes Madison against the bathroom mirror inside while the two men tie the others up at gunpoint upstairs.
Reed, the de facto leader of this splinter group, has little time for anyone second guessing his commands, though he has plenty of time to mock the Abigail crew. (Chris yelled to his father asking if he should shoot as these strangers came to the boat. Reed’s advice? If you’re asking that question, someone should already be shot, certainly proving Reed would not belong in the camp of The Walking Dead’s Morgan anytime soon.)
They’re biding their time until this new group’s leader, Connor, comes to find them in the daytime, but they still manage to do what they can. Reed shoots at Strand, who is trying to escape in an emergency raft. He punctures the raft and worries little for whether he actually hit Strand — they expect the hypothermia will kill him if a gunshot wound didn’t.
Shooting Strand, presents a problem for them however — they want to get the boat moving, and they may have just killed the man with the keys. Reed doesn’t accept that answer, and under the threat of Chris’ life, Travis agrees to hotwire the Abigail for their use.
At the very least they hope to radio in with Connor and alert him to their progress, but Strand also took the main radio. Naturally, Jack knows how to fix that problem, going with Alicia to find her portable one. Alicia knows this may be her only chance to help fix the situation, and so she plays into Jack’s feelings for her. He wants to take Alicia with him, but she only promises to go if her whole family is safe. She questions everything he told her, but he tries to explain his case as the one member of this group who may listen to his conscience now and then. He reveals he told her only shades of the truth, but that his story of his girlfriend was true.
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Jack has chosen this way of life because Connor saved his life after Jack’s brother died. He believes he owes him, and so he can’t leave this way of life. He doesn’t enjoy this, he tells Alicia, who sees an opening by implying they found each other for a reason. She’ll come back with him, be together with him, so long as her family is safe. Jack buys into the potential of their future by undoing her restraints completely. She hugs him, but all she has on her mind is freeing her family.
And Alicia’s family is doing their part to break free of the current hostage situation. Travis is working on the boat, forcing Reed to go up and down the levels of the ship as he works rather slowly on figuring the system out. While doing so, he sneaks a weapon up his sleeve for later use. Madison keeps the pregnant woman watching the main cabin’s prisoners distracted while Salazar works at breaking his restraints. Of course, Madison figures out how to rile her up after a number of questions about the baby. She suggests the baby may have turned undead right inside her if she’s lost the child. She eventually hits Madison for the comment, but Reed wants the group in as stable condition as possible in case Connor has use for them later on. While Reed is distracted by the commotion, however, Travis sneaks the weapon beneath the couch cushion near Salazar and Ofelia.
NEXT: Where Strand’s come from and where he’s going