Crane is getting a lot of shit for his actions in this episode. And he deserves every bit of it. But for me, this episode really highlighted how much both Witnesses need each other. I’ll let other people talk about Crane in-depth, but in short, you saw what he did: he was emotional, which makes him reckless with both his life and Abbie’s. That’s not okay. If he listened to Abbie more, and did things like not raise nightmare monsters, everyone would probably be better off.
In short, his mistake was focusing on people to the detriment of the mission. Abbie, on the other hand, made the opposite mistake. By focusing so much on the mission, she failed to see that they can only achieve victory with help from their allies.
She made two critical mistakes in this episode, both of which she made without consulting Crane:
1. She encouraged Frank to play crazy (by telling the truth, ironically) and get sent to Tarrytown Psych. Okay, so it’s convenient, but she had a sister on the inside. She knew what happened in Tarrytown as much as Reyes did. Electroshock, meds, all that. She knew the risk. And as a direct result of her actions, Irving became vulnerable to War.
2. She left Jenny in jail. And why? Did she not have bail money? Had Jenny even been before a judge? Had Abbie called a lawyer? Or did she just decide it wasn’t even worth it to take normal legal steps in an attempt to stay on Reyes’ good side?
The show is really encouraging us to see Crane’s flaws right now, and they are legion and they should be addressed. But Abbie, whether out of lingering PTSD or her own Get Shit Done mentality, is making mistakes too. And those mistakes are going to have HUGE ramifications next week. As much as I love my babies, I can’t wait.
Crane needs Abbie to tell him to get out of his own head and think practically. Abbie needs Crane to remind her that even the Witnesses cannot do this alone. It’s partnership at its best: They’re strongest when they’re together.