RECAP: The Walking Dead – S01E03 – Tell It To The Frogs


 

Tonight's adventure: "Tell it to the Frogs"

OR

"How Bambi's Mother Really Bought It"

 

On the roof of an Atlanta department store, the racist Merle Dixon sits shackled to a pipe. He sing-songs to himself in a daze, lolled into lunacy by time, fear, and Southernness. As a throng of ravenous zombies renew their efforts at the chained door at the stairs, Merle too returns to the task at hand. Using his belt as a lasso, he lashes out at a saw blade just out of reach. Somewhere, Cary Elwes inches up in his seat.
 


 

Meanwhile, in a van speeding away from the city, Morales turns to Rick and assures him that no one will miss Merle Dixon. Except, possibly, his brother Darryl (and his other brother Darryl). Rick gulps audibly.

As Lori cuts Carl's hair, warrior silverback Shane talks of a grang frog-hunt. Carl is not excited about eating frogs and neither is Lori, but the boy is chomping at the bit to bond with Shane. Because Shane's just the greatest. This reminds me of a western with Alan Ladd, but I can't quite remember the name…

Then comes the panicked bleating of Glenn's stolen sports car. The Camp goes into high alert, and when Glenn emerges from the vehicle, they holler at him for drawing such attention. Jim the Mechanic deactivates the alarm as Amy interrogates Glenn about her sister's wellbeing. Glenn gestures toward the approaching van, and as the returned Atlanteans pile out, friends and loved ones run to embrace them. In the wake of such happiness, Lori ushers Carl a little distance back, sheltering him from another disappointment. Only then does Rick stride out of the cab, appraising the survivor camp. There's a moment of recognition as he spies Shane, who's eyes widen and he stifles an "Oh, shiiiiiiiiit." But before Rick goes to shake his friend's hand, his instinct is to scan the rest of the crowd. He locks eyes with Carl in the distance. The boy bolts for him and in her shock, Lori attempts to stop him. But then they're all scrambling for each other, tumbling down on the dirt in a tangle of limbs. Together again. Family. Sacred. Lori exchanges a quick glance of apprehension with Shane before fully embracing her husband. 
 


Huddled around a fire that night, Carl tells his father that he thought he was dead, that his mother had told him so. There is a painful pause, but Rick promises him that there was no deceit, that Lori had every reason to believe that was true. He's grateful that Shane protected them in his absence.

Shane plays Smokey the Bear with a family stoking their own fire at the edge of the Camp. Ed is an angry and private man, stern and controlling of his wife Carol and daughter Sophia. Shane warns, but not for the first time, that such a large fire is dangerous and could draw the attention of Walkers. It is a tense moment, but Ed concedes and takes his aggression out passively on Carol.

Dale, Rick, and T-Dog debate the best method of breaking the news about Merle to his brother Darryl (and his other brother Darryl). Rick wants to handle it, take the fall, but T-Dog is insistent that it was his fault.

Rick and Lori snuggle in their tent, Lori returning Rick's wedding ring, which she's kept on a chain around her neck (except during those times when she was engaged in doggy-style sexual intercourse with Rick's friend and partner Shane in the woods). She apologizes for all of the arguments they'd had before the whole zombie thing. As does he. They get cozy. 
 


Shane sits polishing his gun in the darkness. He's glad Rick isn't dead. But he's really fucking miffed that Rick survived. It would've been so easy for him to just have died. There are like a lot of zombies out there.

Carol does Rick's ironing. As if forced into watching a snuff film, Glenn looks on in despair as Jim and Dale cannibalize his car for parts. Rick pats his shoulder, offering that there might be future opportunities for Glenn theft auto. Rick then breaks the news to Lori that he needs to return to Atlanta to save Merle Dixon and Lori is not terrible pleased. But then, a scream. 
 


Then men find Carl unharmed, but there at the edge of the woods they find a walker crouched over a fallen deer. It scoops viscera from an open wound, but a series of arrows jutting out from the animal's hide suggest it wasn't killed by a walker, but by a really inept hunter. The walker reels around and Rick, Shane, Jim, and Glenn go about beating the thing like a necrotized pinata until Dale arrives to decapitate it with an axe. The presence of a walker is more than a little unsettling, especially since they've never gotten so close to the camp. It's suggested that they're running out of food in the city and trending out into the countryside.

Darryl (but not Darryl) emerges from the woods with several dead squirrels and a crossbow. He fires an arrow into the walker's head, infuriated that it had its way with his venison. They break the news about Merle, and Darryl doesn't take it very well, pulling a knife on Rick. T-Dog is also eager to take the blame. Rick puts Darryl into a sleeper hold, and promises the man he intends to return to the city to rescue Merle. The door to the roof is locked, so there's a chance he's still breathing. Lori doesn't like it, not one bit.

Rick suits up and volunteers Glenn to join him on the rescue mission. T-Dog, who might not be so willing to put his ass on the line if he knew he wasn't a series regular, says he wants in too. Shane argues with Rick over the merits of this escapade, claiming that this kind of rescue puts all of them, the entire camp, in danger. Rick tries to sweeten the situation by mentioning his dropped bag of guns and ammo. He also tells of his arrangement with Morgan involving the walkie talkies. Shane eventually offers Rick four rounds, the last of his own ammo. Rick, Glenn, T-Dog, and Darryl will venture into Atlanta, each with a single round. Dale and Jim also make a deal with Rick, ensuring Jim will get some car parts and Dale the choice of a new gun.

Carl tells his mother not to worry about Rick. He's made it this far. His father is invincible.

Shane takes Carl to the quarry, where they hunt for frogs. Shane is an idiot. Several women are gathered at the quarry as well, doing laundry in the shallows. They talk about things they miss from normal life. A vibrator, for one. Ed hears the women laughing and approaches to see if theres anything he ought to be mad about.

Lori arrives to pull Carl away from Shane. She no longer wants the man insinuated in their family. They argue, Shane wanting to have a conversation about all this. He wonders if Lori really believes he's disappointed that Rick is alive. Lori gets angrier, revealing that Shane had actually told her that Rick was dead. That he'd either lied or convinced her of something he hadn't been certain of himself. 
 


Ed accosts the women at the quarry and Andrea confronts him directly, tired of the way he's treated his wife Carol. He advances on her, ready to physically assault her if she doesn't back down. When he slaps Carol, Shane tackles Ed to the quarry shore. Ed never manages to get a swing in, as Shane pounds the man's face into ground chuck. The women look on in horror until Shane realizes he's take it too far and walks off.
 


 

In Atlanta, Rick, Glenn, T-Dog, and Darryl find their way to the department store roof. In a cliffhanger telegraphed since last week, all they find of Merle is a discarded hand and an empty pair of handcuffs. 
 

Comments

  1. man this episode was awesome. love the casting addition of Norman Reedus

  2. Good one this week. Whereas some of the story elements required more suspension of disbelief than usual (Rick would go back? Really?), I thought the pacing and dread was great, especially the revelation that camp is no longer safe ground.

  3. I FINALLY caught up with this series last night, since they reshowed the first two episodes before this one. Loving the pace of this show, it’s slow and methodic, which makes a nice creepy and tense atmosphere.

     

    I think the three episodes that have been shown so far have been terrific in different ways. The first episode perfectly played on Rick being isolated, and the quietness of everythingperfectly set up this zombie-ridden world. The second episode, which I think is the best so far, was pure George Romero fun. It dealt with personal relationships while under zombie-chomping fire, and featured GUTS SMEARING!

     

    This episode really got the ball moving on all the new relationships and tensions between the main characters, which will certainly be fun to see blossom in the remaining episodes. It’s wonderful tense drama, but in a subdued non-soap opera way. This, along with the other 2 episodes, gets an A.

     

    And Carl, just like most kids, is probably an expert in blocking out thoughts of his parents having sex. I sincerely believe that he should get a merit badge for it after that ordeal.

  4. The reuniting scene was very emotional and was really well done by everyone involved, especially Lori with her of shit face. And her apologies in the tent, you could really tell that she was also apologizing for her indescretions with Shane.  I really thought they were going to go the other way though, instead of her getting angry at Shane she would remain conflicted, but that’s not the case. But someone on my twitter feed said that she shouldn’t be so mad at shane as she made the choice to, as Paul puts its, engage in doggy-style sexual intercourse.

    This episode was good, though it wasn’t as great as the first two, as there seems to be an emphasis on a lot of characters, new ones being introduced every episode, and we are already half way through this season. the previews for the next episode seem to introduce some more. I am hoping though it all leads up to a hell of a finale.   

  5. so is this what we should expect from the series going forward? A focus on interpersonal relationship drama and less zombie action? The first two episodes were pretty action based, this one was a lot more talky-talky. That seems to jive more with some of the comments i’ve read in the past few weeks that state "Walking Dead is about people not zombies"

    It was an ok episode…my least favorite of the series so far. I bought the fact that they wanted to go back for the guns with Merle being an afterthought. The previews for next week seem to really pick back up again. 

  6. I must confess that this episode was terribly. The characters were clunky and non-sensical. A few times they contradict themselves, such as when Lori volunteers Rick to show where Merle is stashed and a scene later complains that he is leaving and begs him to stay. Also, Merle was handcuffed to that pipe for maybe a day and he’s blistered and delirious? I call bullshit. You can literally see the Atlanta skyline 5 miles off from their camp site but they wait a whole day to help Merle? Assholes. And, finally, apparently only white trash get to survive the zombie apocalypse since every white person in the show, save Rick, is a wife beating, vulgarity spewing redneck with a hard on to be the alpha dog. Cliche much?

  7. @Zombox: Yes he would be blistered and delirious. Go out on a hot day for a just three hours, stay in one spot, in the sun, no shade and see how well you do. 

    If you find the characters unlikeable or the show terrible, then why keep watching? 

  8. The thing about this show is, I wanted it to be the MAD MEN of zombie fiction, but that’s a really, REALLY high bar to set.  MAD MEN doesn’t have bland ciphers like T-Dog, and it somehow manages an economy of dialogue that the TWD writers can’t do because they have too much plot to work around.

    That said, I’d still take this over any show on, say, CBS. 

  9. @jurassicalien Since I really liked the first two episodes. This episode was horrible. If there too many like this I will stop watching.

  10. @WeaklyRoll I think the anger at shane was because he was the one who told lori rick was dead

  11. Looks like anytime a show delves into the characters, and away from the "action" people start complaining that it’s too "talky-talky." Again, I know it’s been said over, and over again, but the show, like Lost, and many others before it, is about the people, not about the zombies. It’s not about the "why" are zombies here, it’s about the "how" do these people survive amdist the zombie madness.

     With that said, I thought the episode was spectacular. I didn’t think TWD would take it to this level, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at what anything AMC does really.

     

  12. I absolutely loved this episode.  It was exactly what I was looking for after the last ,relatively weak (in my opinion), episode. 

    Shane may well be the most interesting character on the show. 

  13. Only three more left. It’s gone by fast.

  14. Definitely a huge improvement over the last episode. Even though I am still not a fan of the overall premise (saving a racist character for no reason, hell 99% of the camp doesn’t even care outside of Rick and T-Dogg/Bone) but the improved writing and acting definitely made it more enjoyable to watch. The small deviations from the comic, like Andrea/Ed confronting each other or having more interactions with Dale early on make it really fun to watch. It’s going to be interesting to see how Darabont and the others can bring these main characters closer together in the next three episodes.

    But it wasn’t perfect mind you, I had 2 (tiny) nitpicks for this episode. (Outside the stupid premise of saving Merle):

    1) The cricket and other animal noises you could hear in the background were looped badly. They kept stopping and starting the same sounds over and over again. Maybe I was paying attention too closely but when in the scene with Rick/Lori in the tent you can really notice it.

    2) Just how the hell did Merle get out of there? I’m sure it’ll be explained next week but with any factor of him escaping…..Where did the zombies go at the doorway? Did they just give up after awhile? I mean if I was a zombie and I saw fresh meat a mere few feet away I wouldn’t give up just because of a padded lock. All I’m saying is that the zombies disappearing puzzled me a bit.

    B+ 

  15. @TNC  I just assumed that some noise has gotten their attention after Dixon cut his hand off

     

  16. @TNC – This is referred to as a ‘mystery.’ 

  17. @TNC–maybe he pulled out his cell phone, played an MP3 of some crappy country song about freedom and threw it off the side to distract them. Get creative here bud. =)

  18. @TNC I was kind of hoping he went completely nuts and Coyote Ugly’d his way out of it

  19. I wonder how Lori was so sure that Carl would be able to sleep through that?

    @Zombox  When Lori "volunteers" Rick she is being really sarcastic and it is more to show Rick that she knows he’s going to ignore her wishes and go anyway.

  20. I just had a scary thought. What am I going to do on Sunday night/talk about Monday morning once the next three episodes air?

  21. @TNC Maybe I’m wrong, but I didn’t get the impression that Merle "escaped" per se. I thought the implication was that he sawed his hand off and killed himself by jumping off the roof.

  22. Or maybe the aliens are showing up earlier in the series and he was beamed out.

  23. @everyone (sorry to many people replied to count): I’m going to assume….and if this is a spoiler then shame on me. BUT the previews for next week show them encountering another group of survivors. Maybe they took Merle with them?

    Although that doesn’t seem to make sense since the door is still locked from the inside. Even if he did jump (@ibagree is the most plausible explanation) then they would’ve seen the body in the street. But if he tried to escape and not commit suicide. How did he get away? The establishing shots clearly show he is way to high up even with the closest building to jump too.

    ….Again I guess we’ll wait till next week to find out. 

  24. The opening with Rooker just losing it was outstanding. That man can act.

  25. LMAO, I cant beleive that people are complaining about content, I mean if shit isnt getting blown up or zombies stomped on for 48 mins then the show sucks, thats just ignorance. This show is about how humanity survives, not how the zombies destroy it. This story tells the complex tale of how people can maintain through crisis and not become the monsters themselves. Some of you are complaining about them going back for Merel, But think about it do you think that Rick, if he wasnt in the truck would have left Merel Behind on the roof, no way, after the speech he makes about the living protecting the living he would have been a real ass if he had. Rick is a boy scout he wants to be the GOOD guy cause thats what he believes in. He also promised that he would meet up with the Jones and Rick strikes me as the type to keep his promises.The other thing is that it makes more sense for them to go back for more then just the guns, from a story stand point. This episode plays well with all the tension that is going on and continues to show how strong the writing truly is , you have the tension between the people and the zombies, the people and merels brother, Rick and lori, Lori and Shane, and lastly the surviors and themselves. Its refreshing to have aTV show with substance and not just another night time soap opera

  26. Just FYI, you can often see the Atlanta Skyline from 15 miles or more outside the city depending on where you are standing, driving, etc.

    I suspect the delay in going after Merle had more to do with him being a racist, redneck, piece of trash more than how far it was to the city.

  27. It’s been awhile since I read the first few issues, can someone remind me if this actually happened in the book?

     And I enjoyed this episode much more than last week’s. I feel like you’re going to get a few different styles of episodes each season, and the formula is working

  28. @Myncy: Everything with Merle and his brother never happened in the comics.

    But Rick embracing Lori/Carl was almost shot for shot; Shane/Lori’s reaction afterwards happened in the comic, and the zombie eating the deer was in the comic. Although that last part with the zombie was used much differently in the comic. 

  29. I was quite bored with this episode. The writing was stale and cliched. While there were some wonderful scenes between characters (Lori’s face during the reuniting; Shane/Carl’s pond scene) most of the rest of it was just awful. There were some odd directorial choices, too. The Carl/Lori/Rick hug went on a few seconds too long, quickly going form heartwarming to cheesy play for emotions. (Especially with the easy listening guitar scoring!). As well, having a larger body of survivors in the camps ends up washing out any of the main ensemble the audience should be focusing on. Glenn virtually disappears until the plot needs him. Andrea, a strong presence in episode two, just sort of drifts into her scene with her sister and then shows up later for that horrendous sexual division of labor scene. While, I was more engaged than last week, I found it too easy to poke holes in the series logic with this unnecessary detour than to sit back and enjoy the episode.  In the end this felt a lot like stretching the material to fill a 6 episode order, instead of it seeming natural. (If we cared so much about Merle why did we not save him in the first place, but instead lave him, then decide "Oh, what the hey, sure let’s go!" People’s complaints are mostly not about craving action. I was surprised this episode was as zombie-light as it was. Instead they seem to be focused on a lot of problems with the script and direction instead. Couching it in an "intellectual/action movie" argument misses the mark of where most of the criticism is coming from.

  30. I actually like Daryl (the useful redneck).  The "choke holds are illegal" statement was hilarious.  

  31. This episode was FANTASTIC.

    I was so happy about the level of quality this week after last week was a bit of a let down (especially after the pilot, although when I rewatched the second episode I liked it more, I think anything not directed by Darabont would have been a let down).

    This week was a perfect mix of action and character that this show is going to need to stay interesting to most people for a long time. I was especially happy that there were a lot of interesting inter-personal isssues introduced into the group, including gender issues. The entire clothes washing scene was my favorite this week.

    I literally have no complaints about this week’s show. Fantastic stuff.

    Also, I feel like Dale is Paul in 30 years and after a zombie apocalypse. 

  32. @stuclach: Actually you made me remember something with your point. (Loved that line too)

    Daryl is a much more believable character then Merle in that of his usefulness. If it was the other way around with Daryl trapped in the city (and not necessarily chained up) then going back to the city would be more worth it. 

  33. @TNC  I think you’re missing the point. They’re not going back because Merle has any value, they’re going back because he’s a man, and no matter what he said or how he acted, he doesn’t deserve to die alone on a roof of sunstroke handcuffed to a pipe. They’re being humanitarians so they can sleep at night.

  34. They’re also going bck to get the guns, ammo, and Rick’s walkie-talkie.

  35. Rick also needs to recover his hat to give to Carl.

  36. @TNC – Merle may well be useful, too, but we didn’t see him in a situation conducive to him exhibiting his ability.  I think there are probably many, many people on this website (and in the world) that would argue that a human life is worth the rescue effort regardless of the individual’s abilities, but I completely understand the argument that Merle isn’t worth it.

  37. i think its ok to complain about a slow episode if thats not what you were looking for. Not everyone thinks that relationship based drama makes for good TV and thats OK. To compare it back to LOST…as someone who watched every episode of every season religously, there were certain episodes that while important to the story, bored me to death. Thats just how these shows and large stories like this have to work. This wasn’t my favorite episode, but it was still pretty good. I’m sure that when viewed in context of the entire season, i will work better. 

    I cared more about the Father and Son from the first episode than Rick reuniting with his wife and kid. There is just something about that relationship that seems so cold that i’m not responding to. Maybe i just see Rick as the adventure guy, zombie killer, and not as a "normal guy" with family drama.  

  38. @conor – I was SHOCKED when I saw all the negative comments on twitter after watching this episode.  My wife and I both loved it.

  39. @stuclach Merle does have the jumping front kick he used on T-Dog in his toolbeit.

  40. Also this is a fascinating discussion of who thought it was slow vs who thought it was an amazing episode. I wonder if there is any correlation in these reactions to who is a "writer first" comic reader or an "art first" reader. The distinct opposite reactions are very interesting indeed. 

  41. @stuclach: It was extremely satisfying.

  42. @PraxJarvin – You never know when a jumping front kick will come in handy. (Unless, of course, you’re a teacher.  Then you know EXACTLY when a jumping front kick will come in handy.)

  43. @conor – That’s a very good way to describe it.  The episode was exactly what I wanted it to be. 

    @wallythegreenmonster – I’m a "writer first" kind of reader, typically.

  44. maybe i am thinking to much into this but he got his hands on the hacksaw correct?  instead of cutting the long, not so thick, rusted bolt he was connected to he opted to cut his hand off?  or maybe the handcuff chain?

  45. So people thought THIS episode was slow? I thought last episode was slow. But then, I find crackling human drama EXCITING.

  46. @viperseatlotus–good point! A handcuff chain is thinner and easier to cut through than your own hand. Plus, if he didn’t cauterize the wound or stop the bleeding (where was the gallons of blood he would have lost?) he’d bleed to death pretty fast after a crude civil war style amputation like that… his body would most probably go into severe shock after that. Any escape would be almost impossible….so maybe he is dead?

    i am an art first comic reader.  

  47. @conor–last episode was slow?  There was running and jumping and shooting and fast cars and zombie guts!!!111one LOL Oh well we all want different things don’t we? different strokes…….

  48. @walythegreenmonster: Yeah, I find running and jumping and shooting from and at zombies to be, in most cases, kinda boring, which is why I like THE WALKING DEAD because that ISN’T what the book is about.

    The tension when Shane, Rick, and Lori are together is MUCH more exciting to me.

  49. Thought the first two issues were better, but the series as a whole has been great.  

    The opening with Merle wigging out was just classic, if this series is meant to explore the human condition in the face of a zombie armageddon, then that scene really succeeded in that, showing the depths of despair and anguish a person trapped in isolation can be capable of.  Michael Rooker was great in that, great choice of a veteran actor for that part.

    Sweet one of the Boondock Saints is in this too. 

  50. This was a much better episode than the last(which wasn’t awful but was jarring in it’s dip of quality and pacing). I thought it was amazing! This is exactly what I wanted out of the show. Lots of important moments in this episode and you start seeing the threads unravel like crazy. Can’t wait for next Sunday!

  51. @Connor, i thought this episode was fast, i didn’t think it was over then the title card comes up with the obligitory "stay tuned." I looked at the clock and was shocked. the episode moved well. had some great scenes, and some okay scenes, but i think they varied enough that it kept things going.

  52. @WeaklyRoll: I agree – I was like, "Whoa! It’s over already?"

  53. agree with @stuclach and @roivampire about rescuing Merel. Again, it’s not about the value of Merle as a member of the group,but the fact that they are human, and leaving a man to die on the roof chained to a pipe isn’t something you want on your conscience.

  54. This one was really solid. The tone we get here will (hopefully) be the tone throughout the series, and I couldn’t be happier about that. So far, they’re getting it right while still taking advantage of the differences between mediums to make an entertaining weekly hour of TV.

    Some of the acting work on this show is really fantastic. Lincoln’s Rick is growing on me (his work during the reunion seen was pitch perfect). Lennie James (Morgan) rocked my socks off in the premiere. I can’t wait til we see him again. Jeffrey DeMunn’s Dale is spot on, and I have no doubt he will become a fan favorite down the line. Michael Rooker (Merle) bring some serious talent to the show, and Norman Reedus delivers as usual. I wouldn’t mind one bit if they make Darryl a series regular. Laurie Holden’s Andrea is oozing with potential. Can’t wait to see her shine later on. Sarah Callies doesn’t thrill me as Lori, and I thinnk Bernthal’s Shane is kinda weak as well. But he does convey the required douchiness. Bottom line: there are some real heavyweights on this show, and I hope it draws more chracter actor’s as zombie fodder.

    Most of us seemed to enjoy this one. The negativity this week isn’t as damn high as last episode. The nitpicks I’m seeing here are so inconsequential they barely warrant discussion. But I will say this: Anyone who’s lived in a city can tell you there’s usually more than one way off a roof. Merle could’ve used a fire escape. He could’ve made it to a nearby roof. Wherever he is, I doubt he jumped off. Though he’s not getting very far without medical attention because he just sawed off his hand.

    Bring on episode 4! If the finale ends up being the plot point I think they’re working towards, America’s in for one hell of a shock. No one has seen stuff like this on television before. And that’s damn exciting.

  55. Here s some of my thoughts on this series… first you cant have the same people week in and week out running from zombies or it will get redundant and boring. 2 you have to introduce new characters for no other reason then the fact that they become lunchables for impending zombie attacks. Third you need to have character building episodes so that the audience can relate to the characters and sympathise with their plight. Other wise everyone becomes a RED SHIRT, by the way the book is written in such away that you never know who is going to become a zombie snack The Author is known for killing off Main cast members. 4th again the story is more about the survial not of just their lives but also their humanity and you see this more in the future episdoes to come. This is a story about how people handle a disaster, Instead of a hurricane, its a zombie apocalypse , and how they pull together to survive as a people

  56. For me this episode was a welcome improvement from a very disappointing 2nd ep, but still nowhere close the bar the 1st episode set, or the expectations I have for the show as a whole. Right now I would say I went from elated to downright bummed back to mildly curious about what’s to come next.

     

  57. I wonder if season 1 will end the same way as volume 1?

  58. Have I missed them or has Allen and his family not been shown in the series so far?

  59. I thought the pacing was pretty solid.

    Not too fast and it gave us a good look at some of the characters at the camp. Then again it had to get from ‘Not wanting to get Merle’ to ‘Finding Merle’s hand on the roof’ in a short hour…..So the pacing was good for me. 

  60. The scene where Rick is finally together with Lori & Carl just broke my heart to shambles, very well acted. I also really like that Shane told Lori that Rick was dead instead of her knowing they left him alive. Makes Lori all the more empathetic & Shane all the more of a jerk. So excited for the future episodes!!!

  61. @TNC – "The cricket and other animal noises you could hear in the background were looped badly. They kept stopping and starting the same sounds over and over again."

    I noticed this too… as a video editor I can pick this stuff out.  Must not have good SFX CDs at AMC.

  62. Fun recap Paul as always. 

    As for this episode I enjoyed it. But I liked last weeks too. It’s a fun show. A group of us have started gathering on Sunday nights to watch it. Such a blast to watch this show with a group…in the dark…holding each others hands…

    and thanks for the twitter shoutout Paul! 😀

  63. @Odds I only noticed because I too am going in the field of film production.

  64. LOL@TNC’s “If I was a Zombie…”. Hysterical dude!

  65. I enjoy these recaps

  66. I think I’m the only on who thinks that the show across the board is miscast. Everyone except the wife. And Yes. I’ve read the comic! It feels like everyone’s putting on a theater performance. Alot of exaggerating and overacting. No?

  67. @Homeboy2000: First time I’ve heard either complaint. I think the casting is fantastic and so are the performances. Very heartfelt and nuanced.

  68. I like the acting, though Andrew Lincoln can dial it back a bit. He acts a bit too much like a touch guy, like when he thanked that lady for washing his clothes, he just did it in a wierd way.

  69. @homeboy—i understand what you mean by theatre acting EXCEPT i don’t see any of that in this series. No one is "on voice" projecting in grandiose fashion. Kenneth Branaugh and Helen Miren aren’t in this series so….. I don’t see where you are getting that from. I can’t speak about the casting in relationship to the book, BUT i like the performances by the actors that are playing the characters on the show. 

  70. Finally got a chance to catch this episode, and I’m with Conor on this one — loved the episode. Yes, there are still some generic characters, but the ones we’re REALLY following? Man, we really got some wonderfully complicated situations here. I think you actually feel for Shane a bit more here than you did in the comic (he seems to have a genuine affection for Carl, and him taking his frustration out on the abusive redneck only kinda helps him), and I think that Lori’s feelings are bit more complicated as well. While she seeme to blame it all on Shane, I get the sense that that’s not the end of that story. Also, I think Merle’s story worked well to reveal Rick’s code of honor (while nicely tying in the father-son from the first episode), which sets him apart from Shane. I think it’s nice that he didn’t come in and immediately become the alpha dog (as he did in the city), but is sort of quietly… checking things out. I think people will naturally start to follow him because of who he is (as demonstrated with his desire to get Merle to appease his conscience).

    Just a long-winded way of me saying that I thought this episode gave me what I wanted: the complicated character relationships and what the end of the world brings out in various people.

  71. I’m glad that’s it’s not so closely following the comic word for word, so that it gives the readers something additional to watch.

    "He sing-songs to himself in a daze, lolled into lunacy by time, fear, and Southernness."

    Yeah, and a snoot full of coke or some type of chemicals, which Rick threw off the building.

    I also thought those scenes played a homage to Saw, but common sense-wise, wouldn’t it have been just about as easy to saw thru the small steel metal rod that he was handcuffed too?  Of course, revenge is the angle here…