Not much happens here this episode. It's almost cheerful. Almost.
Rick and Michonne are out on a scavenging run, camping out of a van, scrounging dented cans and random pistols, knocking boots at night. Rick, who hasn't been sleeping well because of, you know, EVERYTHING (like Negan/Alexandria/etc.), is really enjoying this interlude - getting away and just narrowing their focus, being together, killing all sorts of zombies, just doing what they do. Michonne keeps saying that they really need to get back; he keeps asking for just a little more. They both actually seem relaxed for a change.
Back at Alexandria, (a) Rosita is still pissed off and angry at everyone and antsy to get after Negan and (b) Tara is racked with guilt about keeping Oceanside's secret (you remember: those women and how they've got all those guns). Repeat several times throughout the episode.
After a while, Rick and Michonne find an odd military base/rural carnival combination. The compound is encircled with several fences, with a decent number of walkers lurching around inside. Some of those walkers used to be soldiers and are still wearing guns and ammo belts. Rick and Michonne climb up on the roof of a warehouse-y building to get a better look. The number of available guns is encouraging and they are not put off by the number of zombies. "I think this is it!" Rick exclaims excitedly. And then they fall through the roof.
They are okay, however, and thrilled at what they've landed on: pallets of bottled water and canned goods, plus boxes and boxes of MREs ("meals ready to eat"). They giggle and laugh and gorge themselves, still relaxed. Michonne brings up what the future will bring, after Negan has been defeated. The various communities need to work together to succeed and someone is going to have to take the lead to facilitate that. She thinks it should be Rick. He doesn't want to do it alone and thinks it should be the two of them together. She likes that idea.
In the morning, the plan is to clear the nine nearest walkers and then use a derelict car to block the gap in the fence, keeping the rest of the walkers out in the field. Rick's all, I'll get that one and move the car. Michonne: "You're leaving me eight?" Rick: "You can handle eight." And she does, with neat efficiency. It is Rick who can't pull his weight: he kills his one but when he goes to move the car, there's a former soldier zombie (wearing a helmet so Rick can't just stab its brain) stuck in the windshield who keeps falling apart disgustingly as Rick tries to pull him out. He finally gets the walker out and starts pushing the car towards the gap in the fence. Michonne helps push but when Rick gets in the car to steer, he discovers that the brakes don't work and the car just rolls through the fence into the field. Inside the car, Rick rolls up the windows; Michonne hops into the trunk, pulling the lid closed. "I think we overshot [the gap]," says Rick, "But it was a good plan."
They climb out of the car through the sunroof, taking refuge behind some flimsy fencing to try to pick off the zombies. But the fences won't hold so they split up, picking their ground in the carnival to spread the zombies out enough to be manageable. Despite the zombie numbers, they're staying calm, unfazed, secure in their zombie-killing history. Michonne goes to a fenced-off slide and decimates her herd of zombies. Rick retreats to the Ferris wheel and starts working through his too, until he gets cocky and climbs the Ferris wheel, thinking to take a shot at an oblivious (and obviously CGI) deer for some fresh venison. He falls off the Ferris wheel like a complete dumbass as the walkers converge on him and the deer. Michonne sees him fall and rushes over. There's a big fake-out: Rick is nowhere to be found and the zombies converge on something, eating and slobbering intestines all over the place. Michonne, not knowing there was a deer in the vicinity, completely loses her shit, dropping her katana and basically going catatonic. Until Rick (not dead, of course not) climbs out of a hiding place, tosses her the sword and snaps her out of it. They quickly carve up the remaining zombies and Michonne flings herself into his arms. [I'm not a huge fan of this Rick-Michonne romance and I especially don't like the way she seems to be losing her self-sufficiency/bad-assery now that she's in love. Ugh.] They spend the rest of the day picking up all the guns - and Rick catches a glimpse of Michonne, on her knees and crying as the fear and relief wash over her.
We get a little more wimpy Michonne on the drive back as Rick is all, we're going to fight and we're going to lose people, maybe even each other but we have to carry on because we're fighting for the future. Michonne: "I can't lose you!" Bleh.
They collect Rosita, Tara and Gabriel and deliver the new guns to Jadis and her cult. There are 63 guns. Jadis is all, not enough, need more. She and Rick negotiate a bit and it is agreed that Rick et als. will get more guns (because Jadis and her cult members don't actually DO anything, just take things from other people) and then they'll all fight together.
Back at Alexandria, Tara runs into Rick. It appears that she can't take the guilt anymore and says she has something to tell him. Looks like Oceanside may be getting raided soon.
Meanwhile, Rosita has HAD ENOUGH. She takes one of the big new guns - a high-powered rifle with a scope - and goes to Hilltop. She finds Sasha and the two women circle each other warily. Then Rosita says she needs Sasha's help. She shows her the gun and they make a plan to infiltrate the Saviors' compound and take Negan out. They're not going to wait any longer. And they realize that they can't get caught alive - this is probably a one-way trip for both of them. But that doesn't seem to be a problem for these two.
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