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“Dave from Philly”
Where were we? Oh, right–Rick killed Zombie Sophia.
Everyone’s a bit down in the aftermath of not only Rick killing Zombie Sophia, but the general massacre of the barn dwelling zombies. A random blonde girl (“Who is that blonde girl?” was heard in my apartment) goes to hug one of the zombie corpses only to have it reach for her delicious blonde girl flesh because it’s not yet dead! A farming tool to the head clears that predicament right up.
Shane is a bit pissed off about the whole Sophia Was a Zombie in the Barn thing since they just spent all of the first half of the season looking for her over and over and over again in the woods. Hershel is more pissed off than Shane and kicks Rick and the gang off his land. Shane wants to go to the mattresses with Hershel because Shane won’t be happy until he unleashes all of his pain on everyone else in the world.
As Andrea covers Sophia’s corpse with a blanket, Darryl goes to console her mother Carol (and laying the groundwork for their probable soon to be awkward romance), and Glenn goes to the house to question Maggie on whether or not she knew Sophia was in the barn. Apparently, Hershel’s kicking Rick and the gang off his land thing hasn’t kicked in yet. Meanwhile, Carl is all sad about Sophia being dead (maybe he feels a vague sense of loss from his comic book counterpart) but not sad enough to admit that he would have shot her in the head, too.
It’s time to figure out what to do with all of these zombie corpses! They decide they might as well bury the bodies of the zombies they knew and loved. The rest? Eh, burn ‘em. Burn ‘em like a fallen viking. Or a Jedi.
Rick is having a bit of a crisis. His first real test as leader of the group was to protect Sophia when she ran into the woods. Obviously, that didn’t turn out so well since he had to shoot her in the head just seven episodes later.
Shane is itching for a fight and right now, Dale is the closest person so it’s time to get in the old man’s face. Doesn’t Dale understand that Shane is a tough alpha male who protects the group by any means necessary? Dale is nothing but an old man who fixes busted car radiators. And don’t you forget it, old man!
Shallow graves are dug for the bodies but Carol won’t have anything to do with the burial of her daughter, Sophia. The fantasies she had in her head about Sophia surviving in the jungle like Bear Grylls were all for naught.
Back in the house, Hershel rummages through drawers looking for something. Pocket watch? No. Cufflinks? No. Flask full of booze? YES.
After a quick and quiet burial, Rick, Andrea, Dale, Lori, and T-Dogg load zombie corpses into the truck and debate Shane’s actions. Right or wrong, who the hell knows? They’ve got a lot of zombie bodies to pack up in the back of this truck. After the debate, T-Dogg and Andrea hop in the truck and Andrea seems much more comfortable around zombies now because she rides in the back of the pick up with the bodies. Which is, you know, gross.
In the house, as Glenn tries, in vain, to express his feelings to Maggie, that random blonde girl from the beginning of the episode collapses (“Who IS that girl?”). She’s hustled into bed but no one can find Doc Hershel. What they do find is an empty flask in Hershel’s room. Apparently, Hershel was a bit of a booze hound in his younger days but had been clean and sober ever since Maggie was born. I suppose a zombie apocalypse is as good a time as any to start drinking again.
Everyone decides that Hershel must have beat a hasty retreat to the local bar and Rick and Glen decide to go get him, despite the fact that Lori would rather Rick stay so she can yell at him some more about the general state of their lives. If I was Rick, I’d head for the bar with my friend, too.
While Shane’s trying to make water come out of a backyard pump, Carol comes stumbling out of the woods where previously she had been ripping up flowers and crushing them. Shane apologizes to Carol for opening the barn and letting loose Zombie Sophia. Everyone is confused as Shane acts generally warm and tender to a fellow human being.
Back at the house Dale confesses to Lori his suspicions that Shane murdered Otis. Lori doesn’t believe him. But we do. Mostly because we saw it.
After the commercial break, Glenn tells Rick that Maggie is totally all into him and stuff but she’s probably just confused and emotional because chicks, right? Rick tells Glenn to stop sputtering and that it’s clear to everyone that Maggie loves him. Rick tells Glenn to man up because beggers can’t be choosers in a zombie apocalypse and plus, she’s pretty hot.
Back at the house, the blonde girl is getting worse. They need Dr. Herschel, Medicine Man, badly! Mostly because he’s the only one who knows who she is. Lori finds Daryl and tells him that Beth (oh, HER) is getting worse and that Daryl needs to go get Rick who went to get Hershel. This seems either silly or a scene out of a horror movie. Or both. Anyway, Daryl tells Lori to get lost because not only is he in the middle of whittling a totally sweet spear but he just spent seven episodes looking for someone and it turned out really badly.
Rick and Glenn find Hershel at the bar. He’s drunk. And self-pitying. Hey, it’s good to know that old drunks never change, even in a zombie apocalypse.
At the house, Lori loads up a handgun and heads out in a car. I guess she’s going to go bring Hershel back at gunpoint? Anyway, we’ll probably never know just how bad of an idea that is because while she’s driving and trying to read a map at the same time (tsk tsk!), a zombie appears on the road and in the course of trying to swerve out of the way, Lori hits the zombie, drives off the road, and flips the car.
Back at the bar, Hershel tells Rick and Glenn to get lost, he’s got drinking to do. Rick tells him that he promised Maggie that he’d bring Hershel back home. “Like you promised that little girl?” Hershel says. Ouch, Hershel. Ouch. Hershel twists the knife and tells Rick that he’s not going anywhere because he used to have hope but Rick and the gang have shown him that there’s no hope for anybody. There’s not a lot of time to discuss the lack of a hope in a committee because just as Rick starts to give Hershel one of his speeches, two shadowy figures enter the bar.
After the commercial, we learn that the shadowy figures are Dave and Tony from Philly. This… this isn’t going to go well. Dave from Philly not only has a gun he took off a dead cop, but he’s full of nothing but bad news about Fort Benning being overrun by zombies. Dave from Philly wants to know where they’re holed up and if they have supplies and whatnot. Rick isn’t inclined to give them many information but Hershel lets slip that they’re camped in a farm outside of town. I’ll be perfectly honest, the scene got so tense that I stopped taking notes. Anyway, the scene finally gets too tense for words, so Rick shoots Dave from Philly and his buddy Tony. Whew. I can breathe again.
Back at the farm, Shane torches the pile of zombie bodies.