WARNING: If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
This has been a season full of flashbacks and this episode is no different. This week, we're learning a little more about how Mohamad and Sam first met and became friends post-Rising. Of course, we know how that relationship is currently going …
They were both scavenging and Sam was attacked by a vampire. To his credit, Mohamad tried to warn Sam about the attack, potentially putting himself in danger. Of course, Sam couldn't hear him, but he also didn't need the help. He just beat the vampire to death with a bat and then smiled and waved at Mohamad like it was a regular Tuesday, which, considering it was in the Rising, it kinda was?
But back to the episode, where Mohamad, newly Nirvana'd, notices a sad looking Sam in an office window apparently ready to hang himself. Again, to his credit (this is the apocalypse, you don't owe anyone anything), he goes running into the building, risking the wrath of beaurocratic vampire accountants, to save Sam from himself. Sam reveals he is deaf. Mohamad reveals he knows ASL. Instant friendship.
Back in the present, things are a lot less friendly. Sam has kidnapped Mohamad, and the younger man is still in very rough shape. Sam has been waiting for Mohamad to wake up so he can turn him. Mohamad refuses, then tells Sam that Vanessa bit him and if he tries Sam will go back to being human. Sam takes this poorly, but he doesn't bite Mohamad, so mission accomplished.
Sam is apparently keeping prisoners locked up in some kind of storm shelter in this house he's taken Mohamad to. Dude has been busy since the last time we saw him. He tosses a rabbit to the couple of guys down there and uses another to lure out the lone girl whom he promptly manhandles up to the house. Then he locks her in with Mohamad.
Her name is Cara and she has been appointed Mohamad's nursemaid because Sam is leaning hard into gender roles in addition to being a psychotic serial killing vampire. Mohamad's wound is pretty disgusting, Cara compares it to beef jerky, and she gets to work doing some pretty advanced surgery with a can lid.
Sam doesn't like hearing Mohamad's screams, but it's what he sees when he looks at the nearby church that really sends him into a tailspin. The stained glass windows are giving him some kind of flashback to what looks to be a cane coming down hard. Did Sam get beaten while attending a religious school as a child?
Back at the house, Cara has finished her work on Mohamad so at least his guts aren't about to spill all over the floor. She tells him the Rising hasn't changed who he is yet, which she seems to admire, then she goes to inspect the floor boards. He asks for water, but she says they can't spare it. She's going to use it to escape. He says there's another option: they kill Sam.
Elsewhere, Sam is having an impromptu dance party with one of his captives and we're learning all sorts of new things about him. Like the fact that he actually grew up here, in this house. He was apparently a shy kid, and yes, there were canings possibly due to the fact that he murdered animals for fun because, oh yeah, he's a serial killer.
Things just get more interesting because the not-dead-yet guy attached to the seesaw in the playground IS SAM'S FATHER. Sam apparently stabbed him in the face when he was a kid, which resulted in his father (the priest) boxing his ears so hard the kid went deaf. Now it's time for Sam to give the beatings.
When Sam returns to the house, Cara and Mohamad strike, attempting to strangle and stab him. They are predictably unsuccessful and Mohamad begs Sam to spare Cara's life, which he does. Then he throws Mohamad back into the bed because what's a little attempted murder between friends?
The peace lasts about 8.5 seconds because letting Cara go was really more like giving her a head start. Now the hunt is on. As Cara runs for her life, Mohamad Hulks out and rips up the floor boards himself, attempting to rescue her. Sam catches up to Cara with no problem, tying her to the seesaw.
Mohamad arrives just in time for Sam to stab his new friend to begin the bleeding process, but since it's a slow death, he still has a chance to save her. Sam says if he can't bite Mohamad, maybe he'll just bite Cara, but Mohamad says Sam owes him because he saved Sam's life when they first met. Except that's not what really happened. Sam had staged his hanging to trap and kill Mohamad and then changed his mind.
Then, in a shocking turn of events and an effort to keep himself from ever becoming a murderer like Sam, Mohamad turns the scissors on himself. Sam is just as shocked as the rest of us and attempts to bite Mohamad in order to keep him alive, but he is too late.