‘Walker’ Recap: Season 2, Episode 3 “Barn Burner”

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Episode 3 of Season 2 of Walker starts after the aftermath of the last episode, run-ins with the Davidsons, and more.

Read on to find out what happened!

The Chili Cookoff

At the ranch, Abeline, August, Cordell, and Liam all help make Abeline’s chili for the cookoff. Augie accidentally leaves a towel on the stove next to an open flame, and Cordell sees it on fire and yells at Augie. Bonham goes to talk to Cordell and knows about the nightmares, in which Cordell says he can hear “him” (Gale Davidsons’ husband) screaming, crying for help, etc. Cordell tells Bonham he thinks they should invite them to the cookoff, and that’s just what he does.

Cordell talks to Gale and Dan, and Gale says she wants to enter the cookoff. Abeline is angry about it and says she will not allow Gale to go after her boy again.

At the cookoff, Geri hosts it at The Side Step, with live music and multiple booths of Chili. Two women come up to Geri and ask if Walker is available, and Geri says he’s not married anymore.

Augie hits Bonham down in a dunk tank, and the cookoff seems to be a success, but Dan runs into Liam, spilling an entire pan of chili on him, and the two get into another argument. Gale and Abeline agree to up the competition, with the winner getting $5,000 more. The booths keep getting eliminated until it’s down to Abeline’s and Gale’s.

Cordell has to do the blind tasting to determine the winner, and he chose the Davidsons. Gale takes the microphone, thanks the Walkers, and mentions the loss of her husband, Marvin. Gale also says they’re using the winnings to build a horse rescue and that Colton has been “single-handily” caring for a horse (see more below.) She also gives a thinly-veiled threat, which is only going to escalate the situation between the families more.

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The Cameras

The beginning of the episode shows the return of the cameras watching the Walkers, but now, it’s revealed who is behind it. We also see a few things: Geri sleeping on the couch at Cordell’s, Stella and Colton taking care of the horse they found, Liam on the phone talking about Serano, and Dan snooping around the Walker ranch.

At no surprise, we find out two men are watching the cameras, and it does have to do with Northside Nation. However, now with Serano locked up, the men behind the cameras are looking for a new buyer. They find a buyer who “hates the Walkers” and had a high price. One of the men shoots the other one after handing over the buyer’s information.

The man goes to meet with the buyer, and surprise, surprise, we find out it’s Dan. Dan watches the Walker family and sees a conversation between Abeline and Cordell. (See Walkers’ nightmares below.) After the conversation, Cordell goes to straighten a photo, and he sees the camera in the corner of the frame. He turns around as to not let on that he saw it, but you see him realizing he’s being watched.

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Micki and Trey

At the station, Micki answers a phone call from Trey. She says she’s finishing up paperwork from the case, and Trey tries to talk to her but Micki seems very shut down. Trey asks when she’s coming home, and Micki says she doesn’t know, that she’ll pop in when he least expects it (referencing to Trey coming to see Micki undercover in the first episode).

Trey asks Cordell about Micki and why she hasn’t come home yet. Cordell tries to reassure Trey, saying it’s only been a day, and she needs to debrief. Cordell goes to the station to talk to Micki. Cordell invites her to the Chili Cookoff, and Micki calls him out on meddling. Cordell sees the church painting at the station, and Micki leaves and takes it with her.

Micki arrives at the cookoff and finds Trey. Trey tells her he loves her, and Micki doesn’t respond, and she instead starts drinking but says she’s going to kick Trey’s ass in darts. Trey is shooting darts and then stops and says that he’s there for Micki when she’s ready to talk. Micki says she didn’t like that he came down to see her and put everyone’s life in danger. She says she knows that his heart was in the right place, and it what’s matters to her most. Trey says he knows it was reckless and he’s sorry. Micki goes to leave after hearing the band play, and Abeline follows her. Cordell goes over to Trey, and Trey gets upset because Cordell can’t tell him anything, and that he has a talent for calling out a problem but not coming up with a solution.

Outside with Micki and Abeline, Abeline talks about love and calls out Micki saying “what’s his name,” and Abeline can see right through Micki. Micki tells Abeline about Garrison and how it’s making her question her future. Abeline tells Micki to be completely honest with herself and to do what’s right for her.

Micki later arrives home to Trey, and she hangs the church picture in her art room. Trey asks about it as Micki hangs it, and she doesn’t want to talk about it with him.

Stella, Colton, and The Horse

Stella teaches Colton how to take care of the horse they found. Stella asks about where the horse is going to stay; Colton says his family said they can’t keep them, same with Stella.

Walker’s Nightmares

In the start of the episode, we see Cordell have nightmares about the barn on fire and the Davidsons. After the cookoff, Abeline talks to Cordell about the Davidsons winning, as Cordell talks about all that the Davidsons have lost. Cordell is very emotional about how everyone took the Walkers’ side over everything, how they lost Marv, their home, their land, etc. He also talks about how they had to leave town and that maybe the Walkers’ are actually the bad guys. Cordell tells Abeline about the nightmares, and that they’re memories. Teary-eyed, Cordell tells Abeline about taking a lantern and leaving it in the barn, saying the fire and the barn, it’s his fault. Abeline hugs Cordell as he cries, reassuring him it’s an accident.

Reflecting on the end of the episode, we’ve learned quite a few things. We’ve learned who was behind the cameras and the surprise that now Dan bought them out, we learned that Cordell thinks he burned the barn down, and also that now he’s aware they’re being watched. There’s also a lot of turmoil with Micki and Trey, and after Micki’s talk with Abeline about questioning her future, and we can’t help but wonder if maybe this is how Micki’s character will leave the show.

Stay tuned for more Walker coverage! Walker airs on Thursday nights on The CW.

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