"Handle With Care" is the tenth episode of the sixth season of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. It is the seventy-ninth episode of the series overall. It premiered on April 25, 2021. It was written by Ashley Cardiff & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and directed by Heather Cappiello.
A threat worse than Virginia is on the horizon. Morgan calls for unity and invites all survivors to his settlement, tasking Daniel to keep the peace. However, Daniel will need to face his own challenge in hopes of protecting his friends.
Daniel sits in a jail cell and performs a cognitive test. He answers someone's questions and says he felt hopeful on the day it began.
From his cell, Daniel tells his interrogator that the community would not have come together if he and Morgan had initially told everyone what they were building.
Grace summons Morgan to the pavilion.
Daniel tells his interrogator that he was glad to see everyone together.
Charlie stands guard outside Valley Town and tells Daniel that the visitors have arrived.
Sherry and Rollie pull up in the SWAT truck. Sarah, Strand, and Samuels arrive on horseback and the latter reveals empty spray paint canisters that they found in the area. Strand worries that the people who destroyed Tank Town are still on the loose. Morgan proposes they work together to track down the enemy.
Daniel tells his interrogator that everything changed after that moment.
Daniel feels the baby kicking in Grace's belly. She says it feels like a contraction.
Daniel tells his interrogator that he wanted Valley Town to be a community where Grace's baby could grow up. He says this is the reason they played it safe and required everyone to check their weapons at the gate.
Strand and Sherry's groups hand their weapons to Daniel at the weapons depot. In a voiceover, Daniel explains that each weapon was logged and locked away, and that only he and Morgan had keys. Strand brings Skidmark to Daniel and says they found him in Lawton.
Charlie races over to tell Morgan that Grace needs help.
Morgan and Daniel sit by Grace's side as she experiences contractions. Sarah estimates it will take at least one day for June to arrive and says they need a fetal monitor. Morgan says he knows where to find one and promises to return within a few hours.
Morgan instructs Daniel to oversee Valley Town until he returns. He takes the SWAT truck to get the fetal monitor.
Daniel calls a group meeting so that everyone can share what they know about the enemy. Dakota recalls Virginia saying that the enemy was laying low. People argue as suspicions mount against each other.
Daniel tells his interrogator that anyone could have been a traitor.
An explosion goes off in Valley Town. Daniel and the others race over and discover that someone set off some dynamite. Sherry calls it an inside job.
Walkers begin showing up outside Valley Town's walls, drawn by the sound of the explosion. Sherry and Strand demand their guns back, but Daniel insists they wait until Morgan returns with the SWAT truck and other guns.
Daniel tells his interrogator that he had to prepare for the worst.
Daniel unlocks the weapons depot and discovers that someone took all the weapons during the explosion.
A herd of walkers approaches the dam.
Daniel tells Grace that Valley Town isn't safe. He instructs her to hide out at a nearby fishing shack.
Daniel tells his interrogator that he needed to find the weapons.
Charlie helps Daniel look for the weapons inside everyone's tents. Rollie catches her snooping around. Daniel invents an excuse for her.
Daniel tells his interrogator that he sent Charlie to accompany Grace while he tracked down the weapons.
Walkers claw at the gate to Valley Town and reach the tunnel entrance.
Walkers infiltrate Valley Town. Strand guns them down. Daniel admits he let some walkers inside to force the weapons thief to use one of the guns. He accuses Strand of stealing all the weapons.
Daniel locks Strand in a cell and demands to know where the other weapons are. Strand admits he secretly kept a gun but insists he didn't take the other weapons. Daniel doesn't believe him. He threatens Strand.
Walkers reach the inner gate. Everyone argues over a course of action and begins to turn on each other. Daniel guesses Strand had an accomplice.
Daniel threatens to torture Strand if he doesn't reveal where the weapons are. Strand insists he doesn't know. They hear gunfire outside.
Daniel exits Valley Town and finds that Morgan has returned and gunned down the walkers.
From his cell, Strand asks Daniel why he is so intent on protecting Valley Town.
Morgan radios Daniel and says that Grace isn't at the fish shack.
Daniel joins Morgan, Sarah, and Rabbi Jacob as they look for Grace in the woods. They finally find her.
The group checks Grace with the fetal monitor. Daniel asks why she didn't go to the fish shack. Grace and Charlie tell Daniel that he told them to go to the caverns, not the shack. They show him a map where he had clearly marked the caverns. Lucy radios Morgan and says they found the weapons.
Lucy shows Morgan the weapons in Daniel's shed. Daniel insists someone moved them there, then admits he is confused. Morgan suggests he talk to someone.
In the present, Daniel sits in the cell. It's revealed that his interrogator is June, and she is asking questions as part of a psychological evaluation.
Daniel completes some psychological tests for June. She concludes that his problem is psychological, not neurological, and says it's treatable. She promises to read more about his condition and return.
Strand's group and Sherry's group start to leave Valley Town. Dakota runs up and says she recalls Virginia saying that the enemy went underground. She describes the last location that Virginia sent scouts to look for the enemy which Dwight realizes is Dallas where he and Al first encountered Nora's group and where he was reunited with Sherry. Lucy volunteers to scout the area with Wes, Alicia, and Al.
Daniel decides to leave Valley Town, worried about the harm he will bring to others. Strand invites Daniel to join him in Lawton. Daniel hugs Charlie good-bye and rides off with Strand.
- Raja Afghani as Skidmark
- Wyatt as Rufus
- Flynn O'Connor as Caravan Survivor
- Ken Edwards as Office Survivor
- Carmella Harper as Valley Town Resident
- Melissa Benson as Valley Town Resident
- Maxie Ginn as Valley Town Resident
- Kayla Anderson as Valley Town Resident
- Ron Bonge as Valley Town Resident
- Morgan Brown as Valley Town Resident
- Mallory Thompson as Valley Town Resident
- Brian Towns as Valley Town Resident
- Dewey J. Owens as Valley Town Resident
- Ted Parker as Valley Town Resident
- Unknown as Frankie
- Last appearance of Samuels. (Unknown)
- Last appearance of Frankie. (Unknown)
- The title of the episode, "Handle With Care", is the same as the Traveling Wilburys song.
- This episode was made available for streaming to subscribers of AMC Premiere on April 22, 2021.
- As of this episode, Garret Dillahunt (John Dorie) has been removed from the opening credits.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Skidmark since "End of the Line". Victor Strand found him at the Super Lanes where Virginia had sent the cat to take care of the rat infestation and returns him to Daniel's possession.
- Strand telling Daniel that Skidmark was just sitting around "licking his... unmentionables" is likely a reference to "The Hurt That Will Happen" where Daniel dismissed Skidmark liking Strand because the cat licks his own ass. Daniel remarks that Skidmark hasn't changed at all after hearing Strand's comment.
- The events of "Shiva" and "Sleigh Ride" are mentioned several times by Daniel in this episode.
- It's revealed that the city seen in "Alaska" was in fact Dallas, Texas.