"A Plague On Your Houses" is the thirty-sixth episode of Say Goodbye to America: Scatter and the fourth episode of season 4
A Plague On Your Houses Edit
Camilla stands on guard, the moon over her shoulder, atop one of the slanted roofs on the Waterfront. She takes a puff from her cigarette, one which she has been saving, and exhales into the sky. She watches as the smoke eventually dissipates into the night. She shakes when she hears a voice
“I thought I’d find you here”
Camilla: What was the giveaway, Tor?
Tori: The smoke emanated from down the hall
The brunette bespectacled girl carefully walks up next to Camilla and sits down next to her. She rests her head on Camilla’s shoulder
Camilla: You know we really should be keeping watch
Tori: There’s no way they would come at night
Camilla: You say that and here they come in three… two… one…
She looks out into the night, which remains silent
Tori: See, what I tell you?
She leans in and kisses Camilla
Tori: There’s nothing to be afraid of
Camilla: Shh… I hear a car
She pulls out her binoculars and looks out into the road. One white truck drives up at high speed. She drops her binoculars and pulls out her rifle, scoping in on the truck. She watches as a man steps out. He scratches his chin as he walks towards the building slowly. Camilla takes a shot at the man near his feet. The sound rings out into the night. The man looks up at the roof
Camilla: One more step and the next one goes into your head
“I don’t think you’re gonna do that, honey”
Camilla: Why not?
“You didn’t rechamber. By now I could have walked in”
Camilla: Who are you and what do you want?
Kotter: My name is Larry Kotter. I’m here to see Shoshana. She’s my daughter
Kotter sits in the cafeteria and sips a cup of coffee and exhales hard, his eyes closed and face twitching
Kotter: It ain’t like the cups at Martha’s Diner, I’ll tell you that
Stan: My mother was better at it. Better at everything
Kotter: I’m guessing she isn’t here anymore. I’m sorry
He takes another sip
Camilla: So how do you know Shoshana again?
Kotter: She’s my daughter
Tori: I thought her father was Indian
Kotter: No but I know about Rajesh. Her mother was my high school teacher and I got her pregnant at sixteen. I finally got to meet her about twenty years ago and saw her sporadically ever since. I’ve been looking for her since this whole shit started. I left from Maine
Stan: How’d you know she’d be here?
Kotter: I knew she was in the state, so as soon as I got here I asked everyone I could for help. Never stayed anywhere for more than a week. Until a month ago I came across a man with a strange Roman name. Cassius, I think. He told me about the Waterfront and where it was. Where is she?
Camilla: This might be hard to hear but, Shoshana has been dead for about six months
Kotter hangs his mouth open and looks down
Kotter: Shit. How?
Tori: She was k---
Stan: She got bit. She was saving a guy named Ryan and got bit
Kotter: Well… at least she went out helping someone. Where is Ryan?
Stan: He didn’t make it either. He was killed
Kotter: Well… I uh… I guess I should leave, then
Camilla: No, don’t go. You need to meet Chester
Stand: I’ll get him
Meanwhile, in Apex, the guards are on full alert, but barely anyone sleeps. Inside Jenny’s house, a group meets over coffee
Jack: How is it the one armed man makes the best coffee?
Matt: It’s all in the love, my friend. That and pre-apocalypse work in a coffee shop
Oliver: Which one?
Oliver, Jack, Niklas, Nils and Jason laugh
Matt: What? They’re all over the place. Needed work during school
Tess: Yeah, what did you study anyway?
Matt: Business. I was gonna open a shop of my own
Matt: No, I just chose the easiest major that my parents would somewhat be okay with. Right Liv?
Olivia: Mom and dad were pissed at your grades
Matt: Didn’t try. And look now. I don’t need good grades to survive the end of the world. Hell, I barely need two arms
Nils: But it would be nice to have two, right?
Matt: It’s a good conversation starter
Matt: No, everyone knows it’s because of a bite. But it’s endearing. ‘Look how much fun this guy’s having with only one arm’. Can we get off the topic? I’m getting embarrassed
Olivia: Aww. Sorry brother
Vazquez: It is good coffee, though. Gonna need another cup before my guard shift tonight
Jeff: Amen to that, friend. I've got half an hour to go
Cobalt: Any to-go mugs I can bring Hawkins and Lysander?
Taylor: Check the top of the cabinet on the farthest left one
Dimitri: I know this is a shitty thing to say but if they do come, I hope the come sooner. I'm tired of being worried every second
Sean: And we can swiftly kick their asses back where they belong
Jason: No. We would have to end it
Olivia: What do you mean?
Jason: Ned cannot live. Noah cannot live. Those bastards in charge and all the guards need to die, and Packer as well. The shit they do to people is evil. Can't let them continue that shit
Ocean: I agree with you
Vazquez: They killed my best friend. They are going to die
Dimitri: And they will
The conversation dies down as everyone remains in an awkward silence for a solid ten seconds
Matt: Anybody have any jokes?
Julian: I do
Julian: Yes really
Lewis: Can’t wait to hear this
Aaron: You don’t seem like the most comical guy
Julian: Oh yeah? A priest, a rabbit and a minister walk into a bar. The rabbit says ‘I think I might be a typo’.
Nobody reacts at first. Julian gestures his arms forward and raises his eyebrows
Julian: Huh? Anyone? Josephine? Ocean?
Josephine: You're on your own on that one
Matt: You’re gonna have to explain it, man
Julian: The usual joke is a priest, minister and rabbi. But here it’s a rabbit and he thinks he’s a typo ‘cause there’s an extra letter
Lewis: Oh, I get it. Clever. Not funny but clever
Julian: Screw you guys
Oliver: All right, I got one. So, when my father was in the army…
Meanwhile, at the O’Connor Compound, Ned collects his soldiers to send them on their way
Ned: You all have your assignments. Those of you at Waterfront, Copper is in charge and Will is leading the way. Those of you heading to Apex, I’m in charge and Julia is leading the way. When you get there, those escapees and Montrose are mine. Anyone else is expendable. And try to take a few if you can. Hogan, you’re my ride
He hops down from the platform as Copper takes his group out back. Noah hands Asher, bound and gagged, to Ned as they walk toward the garage
Noah: Are you sure you don’t want me to come?
Ned: I need someone in charge here and Dave is too soft. Anything goes wrong, you are in charge
Noah: Anything goes wrong?
Ned: I’m the one they want. They will shoot at me. They might even get me
Hogan: Which car is yours, Ned?
Ned: White one. If, for some reason, I cannot lead… you are in charge
Hogan beeps the car to unlock it as Ned puts Asher in the back seat and walks back towards Noah
Ned: I’m trusting you to keep this place together. And if my brother tries to take it…
Hogan opens the driver side door wide, and is instantly killed as the car explodes, knocking Ned forward and Noah backwards
Kotter: So this place is safe?
Chester: I’m going to be honest with you. Currently, no. We are, I guess, at war with another group of people. They’re gonna try and kill us. And if you do not want to stick around for that, I don’t blame you
Kotter: I’ve got nowhere else to go. Might as well stay here and help you out. I’m a pretty good shot. I’ve got land up in Maine where I hunted for many many years.
Chester: Then welcome. Would you like a tour?
About a mile outside of the Waterfront, Copper smacks the roof of the truck he is riding in. Will slows down and stops. Copper hops off the bed
Copper: You ready for this?
Will: It’s what Ned chose me for. I can lead the charge
Copper: Good. We’ll be right behind you
Copper hops in to Rangel’s truck behind him
Copper: Follow the leader
A mile outside of Apex, Julia continues to push her pedal to the floor as Eliana holds the passenger handle
Eliana: Do you really have to go so fast?
Julia: No cops. Free range to do whatever I want
Eliana: But you could ease off a little bit. Don’t want Ned to be too far behind
Julia: He’ll be fine. What’s he going to do to me anyway?
Back at Waterfront, Chester brings Kotter to the front gate
Chester: This is where you came in. Probably best to start here. That’s Nate, one of my right hand men
Nate: Pleased to meet you
Kotter: Kotter. Shoshana’s father
Nate: Oh. I’m so sorry for your loss
Kotter: From what I heard, she went out a hero
Nate: Aye. She was
Luka: Nate, really think we should be planting right now?
Nate: I thought you loves the gardens
Luka: Yeah but we’re a group for guard duty.
Sharissa: I agree, why are we planting instead of sleeping before our shift?
Milo: Be thankful you’re doing anything other than sitting in that cell
Robert: I’m just glad to be here
Milo: See? Robert’s happy and he’s been locked up longer than you
Nate: Easy, Milo. Keep calm
Kotter: Uh… quick question, Chester
Kotter: Is that one of your guys flying towards us?
Nate and Chester turn to see Will’s truck flying towards the gate. As the guns are raised towards him, he pulls out the detonator and arms it. He crashes into the gate and drives towards the group of people. As he barrels towards them, he sets off the explosives
Noah, dazed, gets up on his knees and shakes his head, knocking dirt and concrete loose from his hair
Noah: Shit! Ned!
Noah holds his hand to Ned’s neck and is relieved to hear a faint pulse. He gets on the walkie
Noah: Amelia! I need a doctor here now! Emergency in the garage
Amelia: I’m on my way
Noah hears footsteps and turn his head, pulling his gun out
Darren: Woah, woah, Noah. It’s me. What happened? I heard the explosion
Noah: You’ve pretty much got the gist of it, then
Darren: Is he… dear God, is he dead?
Noah: No. No, Amelia’s coming
Darren: What do you need me to do?
Naoh: When he is all set, I need your help with something
At the same moment, Julia leads the group heading towards Apex directly to the gates. Eddie, with eyes on alongside Pinkley, alerts the rest of the survivors to prepare for an attack. Eddie peers out and sees a flash which makes his eyes widen
Eddie: Get down!
Dinah fires a grenade launcher into the gate of Apex, blasting it open and allowing the attackers to enter. Julia drives through and skids around before coming to a full stop. Upon stopping, they are instantly met with gunfire, making their exit from the vehicle difficult. From inside Jenny’s house, Matt kicks the door open to let the group rush out towards their attackers. Corporal James Cobalt and Sergeant Donald Hawkins, from atop a perch alongside Lysander, take shots at their attackers, but initially only make leg shots, bringing the specific attacker down but not out. Finally able to move from her truck, Julia steps out
Julia: Push into the houses! Find them! Eliana, Dinah, on me
Julia leads her group towards the back of Apex, towards the schoolhouse. She kicks in the door and is met by gunfire, backing away before aiming back and firing. She leads the other two in to see Devin Nelson holding a gun and Piper Conrad and Allison standing in the corner
Dinah: Julia… they’re kids
Julia: This one has a gun
Devin: You better leave my home, bitch
Julia: And he’s got a mouth
They turn to hear the sound of a shotgun and see Kendall Standish, visibly pregnant, facing them. Julia keeps hr gun trained on her and grabs Piper
Julia: You wouldn’t kill a kid, would you, hon?
Piper: Kendall, help!
Eliana: Jules, she’s pregnant
Julia: And she definitely won’t kill a kid. Let’s go, sweet pea
Julia begins backing away from the schoolhouse until she exits, with Kendall lowering the gun. Outside, Basil, Train, Vazquez and Kevin chase after a few more of their attackers, with Train managing to kill one before he is shot in the shoulder and knocked to the ground
Vazquez: Get him inside, I’ll cover
Basil and Kevin help Train up and rush to the infirmary, where Elizabeth waits with a gun aimed
Basil: Liz, it’s us. We need help
Train: Gonna need to keep the light on, Liz. It’s gonna be hell in a few hours
Elizabeth: Kevin, can you check the generators?
Kevin: On it
Basil: Got your back
Elizabeth: No, I’m gonna need you here in case of emergencies
Back at Waterfront, Chester is slow to stand up as vehicles from the O’Connor Compound. He buckles over and coughs, spitting out small particles of dirt. He looks to his left and sees arms and guts strewn about by the gate, the truck still on fire. He looks over to Nate and Kotter, who are dragging an injured Jed, missing a leg. He is shaken from his stupor by Ethan
Ethan: Chester, we gotta get help out here
They hear a familiar crack of a rifle and Ethan is instantly shot in the leg, dropping to the ground. Chester looks out to see more vehicles headed towards them, so he picks up Ethan and runs inside, Traci and Mark locking the doors behind them. He sits Ethan on the ground
Chester: Get him to to help
Traci: On it
Chester turn to the other survivors, who have turned up to the gate at the sound of the explosion with more filling in from elsewhere
Ciara: What are we gonna do?
Chester: We’re taking the fight back outside and we’re sending them home
Dave and Darren stand behind Noah, who lands another punch in Zeke’s face. Zeke spits out a tooth knocked loose
Noah: Stop denying it. You’re the only one who had access to the C4. You planted it
Dave: Just wanna know why, Zeke
He spits on the ground
Zeke: He’s dragging us into a war we don’t want. Can’t things just go back to the way they were? We were safe, we didn’t have to worry about being killed in our sleep by pyromaniac cooks or gunned down at our guard posts. It needed to be stopped
Noah: You really think if he died the war would end? He would be a martyr and we would continue to fight. Maybe even dirtier. But if that was your reason… Dave, your call
Dave pulls out a glock and points it at Zeke
Zeke: Wait, wait… wait. I just put it together. George told me to do it. He wanted me to leave some for Ned to kill him
Darren: Well you should have used more, then. Amelia says he’s gonna live
Zeke: And what does that mean for me? A few weeks in the hole?
Dave: You’re too picky of an eater to save for the hole
Dave shoots Zeke in the head, which causes him to slump over in the chair
Dave: I’m gonna go see George
Meanwhile, back at the Waterfront, the fighting continues as Dr. Harris, with assistance from Seth and Reina, try to help Jed, who is slowly dying from his injuries
Jed: Richard… it’s not worth it. Go help the ones who can be saved
Richard: I’m almost set taking out the pieces
Jed: I’m not gonna be much help on one leg, doc. I need you to help everyone else
Seth: Jed, you’re doing great. You’re gonna pull through
Jed: I don’t know if I am
Outside, Chester hunkers down off on the left with Phillip, Kotter, Leo and Nate
Leo: Hell of a first day, Kotter. How you like the place?
Kotter: Ask me again when they stop shooting at us
Phillip: This place is worth it. It was your daughter's legacy
Kotter: Then I'm gonna fight for it
He fires at one of their attackers, hitting a younger, fatter man in the head and killing him. From over on their right, Dex, Jenny, Dustin, Jasper and Lilli fire on their attackers
Dustin: They just keep coming. It’s like they’re printing more every minute
The sniper strikes the rock in front of them
Lilli: Someone’s gotta take out that sniper
Jasper: I’ll go. Just watch my back
Jenny: I’m behind you. Horatio, Garrett, cover us
Jasper and Jenny run out on their left and hide down by one of the closer vehicles from the compound, looking across the way for the shooter
Jasper: You see where it’s coming from?
Jenny: Gotta be from one of the back vehicles
From along the Western entrance, Copper motions to Creighton and Tommard to move forward. Creighton pulls a car door off one of their vehicles and hands it to Tommard as they rush towards Evan, Hazel and Roscoe. Tommard runs up and smacks Roscoe to the ground with the door, then begins kicking him as Creighton smacks Evan to the ground before grabbing Hazel and walking off with her. Evan begins to stand
Tommard: Not too quickly, friend. Walk with us
Tommard keeps his gun trained on Evan as they march back towards the vehicles. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of Apex, several vehicles head towards the community. In the middle vehicle, Quinn drives Jarrod, Elle, Becky and Eli.
Jarrod: So how big is Apex?
Quinn: Big enough. And welcoming. Not like the last place I was
Becky: What was that place like?
Eli: They ate people
Quinn: Thankfully we had help escaping. Folks here welcomed me and the others with open arms
In the lead car, Scott drives Brooks, Francis and Boone in the front vehicle when he begins to slow
Francis: This is Apex?
Scott: Something’s wrong. Get your guns out, we’re going in
They drive up behind the other vehicles and pull out their guns. The others follow suit as they head towards the destroyed gate of Apex. Sylvester’s eyes widen as he rushes into the town. Scott follows and shoots one of the attackers in the leg and brings him to the ground. The man’s left arm is covered in tattoos while his right is shaved clean
Scott: Who are you and what are you doing here?
Mick: Name’s Mick. And the rest you might wanna ask me later
Scott picks Mick up and hands him to Eli and Quinn
Scott: Get him inside to Liz. You guys wanna help?
Gutierrez: Let’s get going
Scott: Brooks, Jarrod, on me. Fish and Sebastián, you’ve got the gate. No one comes in or out
Fish: You got it
Brooks: Stay tight as a group. Our folks won’t shoot you if you stay with us.
Ryo: I’ll watch rear
Andrew: I’ve got your back
They run in as a pack towards the center of town. In a corner near the back, Ozzy knocks Matt out and hands him off to Tara while Derek marches Olivia and Alice out to the gate. Inside the church, Sean, Ray, Victor, Vernon and AJ fire from inside while Gavin sits next to Sean
Gavin: What’s happening out there? My sight’s not fully back
Sean: Gotta be those folks from the compound. Any reason they’re here?
Victor: Someone must have said something. Or they found the place on their own
AJ: Get down!
AJ gets the others down as another grenade is launched into the church, the blast knocking Sean out cold through the window. Vernon stands and helps Victor, Ray and AJ out the back
Vernon: Get out! Go, go!
Dinah and Packer walk into the church and see Gavin swing his arms around wildly. Back at the Waterfront, the fighting continues. Hacky Sack, Nick, Posey and Haynes provide backup and together are able to bring down another one of their attackers
Haynes: Keep pushing forward.
Hacky Sack: I think they’re starting to run
Nick: Keep after them, then
The sniper fires again, knocking Posey to the ground with a wound in his shoulder
Hacky Sack: Posey! You good?
Posey: Damn it. I’m fine.
Haynes: Get him inside
Several more attackers rush in towards their position in a final stand. One of them holds a rifle and aims at Dex, Dustin and Lilli. He fires once and hits Dustin, knocking his jaw off and bringing him to the ground. Dex fires back and kills the attacker before moving towards his ally
Dex: Dustin… Dustin
Dex shakes Dustin but the latter does not stir. Dex aims at Dustin’s head and puts his friend down. Jasper and Jenny, finally finding the sniper, move to take him out. Jasper motions for Jenny to stay a few paces back as he moves in closer. Suddenly, from behind the car upon which the sniper stands, Clove jumps out and stabs Jasper in the chest, pulling the knife out and stabbing him again. She yells in anger as she stabs him one more time and drops him to the ground before looking at Jenny, who has her gun aimed at her. Clove drops her knife and puts her hands up
Clove: Okay… you got me. Just---
Jenny shoots Clove in the head before shooting at the sniper and taking him down. She rushes over to the man and kicks the rifle away from him
Jenny: Don’t move
“I ain’t going anywhere, hon. You’ve got the gun on me”
He looks back towards Waterfront as two vehicles move towards the pair. Jenny turns to look as the man jumps up and takes the gun from her before backing up as the vehicle pulls up to him
Rangel: You ready to go, Delirium?
Delirium: All set. This was fun. Sorry about the mess
He hops in the car as the group drives away from Waterfront. Jenny looks back towards the community
George: Dave. A surprise to be sure, but welcome anyway. Need a drink?
Dave: Sure. What do you have?
George pours Dave a glass of scotch and brings it over to him
George: What can I do for you?
Dave: It’s about my brother
George: I heard. I’m sorry
Dave: Amelia says he’s gonna be fine
George: Well that’s good. So what did you come here for?
Dave: We knew it was Zeke. It had to be him. He was the only one with access to the C4. We went to Zeke and he denied it
Dave: All signs point to him, though. So if Ned doesn’t pull through, he’s going to have to die. I thought you should know because you and him are very close friends. It’s how it’s gotta be. But that’s only if Ned doesn’t make it
He knocks three times on the table loudly
Dave: Knock on wood, he’ll be fine
Noah kicks in George’s door, and Darren and Amelia follow behind him with their guns up
George: Dave… what the hell?
Dave: Zeke told us everything
George: Let me talk to that son of a bitch, he lied!
Dave: He’s dead, now. Throw him in the hole
Noah and Darren grab George and drag him away
Amelia: What now?
Dave: Now we wait for my brother to pull through. Until then, Noah is in charge
Seth wipes the blood off his knife as Richard sighs as he turns to help Roscoe with a head injury
Seth: He said he wouldn’t make it. We were being too optimistic
Reina: It was an honest try, though
Jackson walks in with Will, Nick, Ilene and Annabelle
Jackson: They left. It’s over for now
Reina: How many did we lose?
Annabelle: Too early to tell
Will: Best guess is maybe fifteen. I think we took out more than we lost
Roscoe: It’s a bigger dent in us, though
Ilene: Hazel not make it?
Roscoe: Two guys ran at us and hit me with a car door. Next thing I know, I’m inside this room
Ciara walks in and motions for everyone not working or inured out. She brings them outside where Chester stands and directs every survivor
Chester: So they came at us. They hit us hard
Emil: What are we gonna do next?
Chester: Next, we’re going to bury our dead. And once that is all settled we are going to figure out what we are going to do to strike back against them. I can tell this wasn’t full force, so we need to make sure we take out as many of them as we can
Jenny runs up to the crowd
Jenny: We need to go back to Apex. They got hit there, too. They need help
Main Cast Edit
Also Starring Edit
Guest Starring Edit
- Asher Praedo
- Jed Armitage
- Dustin Hammond
- Several O'Connor Compound survivors
- Several Waterfront Survivors
- Several Apex survivors
- First Appearance of Kotter
- First Appearance of Rangel
- First Appearance of Eliana
- First Appearance of Amelia
- First Appearance of Tori
- First Appearance of Delirium Del Rio
- First Appearance of Mick Karn
- Last Appearance of Milo
- Last Appearance of Luka
- Last Appearance of Dustin Hammond
- Last Appearance of Jed Armitage
- Last Appearance of Clove
- Last Appearance of Jasper Bernard
- Last Appearance of Asher Praedo
- Last Appearance of Zeke
- Last Appearance of Sharissa
- Last Appearance of Hogan
- Last Appearance of Robert
- Last Appearance of Will
- The Title of the Episode comes from the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet