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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 4 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 6th 2011 10:05PM
The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 4 Recap['The Walking Dead' - 'Cherokee Rose']

Near the end of the fifth season of 'Three's Company,' there's an episode that centers on Ralph Furley receiving a visit from his niece, Veronica. Now, Veronica, as it turns out, is a very attractive woman who looks nothing at all like Don Knotts. Of course, this means that Jack Tripper is immediately attracted to Veronica, as Jack is wont to being attracted to almost every female to cross his path.

The problem: Ralph Furley, the landlord of Jack's apartment complex, is under the impression that Jack is gay – this is a ruse that Jack maintains (as he did, also, with the prior landlord, Stanley Roper) so that he can cohabitate with his two female roommates, Janet and, at the time of this episode, Cindy. What does Jack do? Jack creates himself a southern twang speaking, cowboy hat wearing twin brother named Austin and uses this new identity to court Veronica – which also somehow completely fools Furley, even though Furley seems to know Jack quite well by this point and Jack has never once mentioned what would be a quite interesting fact that he has a twin brother. Why do I bring up an episode of 'Three's Company' in a recap for 'The Walking Dead'? Because as asinine as that above scenario is, it still makes 100 percent more sense than sending Glenn down a well as live bait for a zombie.

Honestly, I've never seen anything quite like that during a show that I'm supposed to take at least halfway seriously. I'll never forget the looks on the faces of your AOL TV regulars Chris Harnick and Crystal Bell when I screamed, "this is the stupidest show of all time!," as they just happened to be passing by my desk on Friday when I was watching this scene. I'm sorry, guys! (And it's safe to walk that way again! I promise, not everyone at Moviefone is nuts.) Also, I have calmed down. This is not the stupidest show of all time. (And, yes, I actually do like this show very much, but I get frustrated.)

But, I'm sorry, that scene is stupid for way too many reasons. The most being the fact that these people think it's wise to risk Glenn's life, one of their most useful members, over what amounts to nonsense. Why not frame it in a way where Glenn volunteers just to impress Maggie while the others try to talk him out of such a foolish act? The least being: who the fuck is going to drink that water anyway now that a bloated walker has been swimming around in it for who knows how long? I wouldn't drink that water if a non-zombie Christy Turlington had been swimming around in there for a few days. And before you comment and say that I'm overreacting, honestly, take a second and ask yourself -- even before the entrails were dumped in, would you, under any circumstances drink that water? (On the bright side, at least Glenn got laid.)

So... Lori is pregnant. Awesome. That's what this show needs, more kids. Because spending four episodes searching for one kid lost in the woods is not quite enough. Thankfully, in just a few short months, it appears that we may get another child to lose or accidentally shoot. But, seriously, not even taking into account the whole aspect of "whose child is it?," what a terrifying setting in which to be pregnant.

Am I the only one who is growing tired of Hershel's "wise man" shtick? It's about time that Rick called Hershel out on his, "I am wise, God has a plan – and, oh, by the way, you people need to get the fuck out of here," sensibilities. Actually, Rick showed a lot of constraint while listening to Hershel's flawed "God has a plan" reasoning. It always seems disingenuous when someone makes the, "something good happened to me, ergo there is a God," argument. But usually this is made in regard to something a little more trivial, like, "I got a raise today. Thanks, God." Not, "There is a God because you are still alive." Wait, what? Are we just forgetting about the billions of people who weren't so lucky? Thankfully, Rick knows that he has to stay on Hershel's good side in order to stay on the farm and drops his arguments fairly quickly. Also, Rick was probably just relieved that this time the topic wasn't AIDS.

And then there's Shane. Oh boy. Doesn't is feel like Shane's transformation from "dickish yet sane human" to "disturbed, head shaven nut job" happen a bit too soon? (Perhaps this new version of Shane is actually his twin brother, Austin.) I mean, he started out this episode wearing an ensemble I haven't really seen since Dexy's Midnight Runner's 'Come on Eileen' video.

I get it, he killed Otis, which is terrible. But this complete transformation so soon is... startling. He even now talks with a "I'm disturbed" whisper. Regardless, the end result of all of this is... we're four episodes into this season and we're still searching for Sophia. With all of the shenanigans that have happened, that's really what four full episodes have been about: a character we barely care about is lost in the woods. Maybe Hershel is right. Maybe it's time to move on. (Or, maybe it's just time to give Daryl more to do, who is easily the most interesting character on the show, yet, week after week, finds himself with very little to do.)

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Yes, it was maybe a bit too risky to send Glen down the well but I think they were more worried about contamination seeping into the water table and poisoning the other wells than they were about that one (which is already unusable). No one seems sure how contagious zombie fluids are. Getting it in your eyes or swallowing it will probably kill you and that's about all the people in the show know for certain. As for putting an animal down the well - what, maybe a chicken trained to tie a rope around the walker before it dies horribly?
I don't think Merle is a hallucination. Sophia veered off course for no obvious reason, then her trail disappears, then Daryl sees a place where a child seems to be camping out. In a closet. Think about this. Merle appears and tells Sophia to come with him. She may not like him terribly but he's an adult and "one of them" so she goes along. At some point she starts getting creeped out and says she's going to back to the highway now. Merle grabs her and carries her the rest of the way, hence no more trail. And who else could disguise his own trail well enough to throw off Daryl?
I think Herschel and his crew are involved in developing a cure. Maybe he's doing it on his own or there's some kind of government lab under that barn. You know, the one with the generator that always has fuel and keeps their house lit up like a Christmas tree. First there was that comment about riding things out until there's a cure. Then they were talking about Sophia being bitten and what they'd do, Maggie looks over at Herschel like she wants to say something and he shakes his head no. Then that little speech to Rick about there being aspects to the situation he can't and won't discuss. I never read the comics so if Herschel does the same thing there I swear I'm not cheating. This is my own personal theory. I guess we'll see how good my sixth sense is.

November 13 2011 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa Miller

I also think that Merle will only be a hallucination, and that Daryl's going to start going crazy. but Please, can someone explain to me how the last episode was boring? It was great story-wise. why must we ALWAYS have some nonsensical zombie bashing or "bad-ass" action? i personally loved the episode. Daryl's interaction with Carol was a great highlight, and i view it as kind of a Last moment of Heart before he starts going off the deep end. I watch episode 5 on http://movieleak.org/

November 10 2011 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree, Sophia has been missing long enough and if she isn’t a zombie yet, she must be dead. Never the less, the story needs to move on, other than that I still find this show intriguing and I am in excited for next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch it on TV at home, if not there is always DISH Online; DISH Network’s new video streaming site. Although I am a DISH customer/employee I still manage to miss a few episodes of the show that I follow and that is why I am thankful for DISH Online. I can watch the latest episodes for free at DISH Online, so I don’t have to worry about paying high prices for access to Netflix.

November 08 2011 at 2:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Geek Dad

maybe Dish should pay you more so you can afford the $8 for netflix.

November 10 2011 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show is starting to get on my nerves a little bit. First the thing in the well was ridiculous, beyond ridiculous. There is no way in the world anyone with half of a brain would drink that water after they extricated the walker. And who in their remedial physics class would think that they could have pulled an obese bloated walker with adipose tissue that has been A. softened by who knows how long in the water and B is weakened due to decomposition. And the whole no shooting it thing was stupid. Run and get one of the smart people and a flashlight and look down the well and see that it is already leaking body fluid into the water. The smart people would have said to cap the well and use something else. How difficult would that have been? No, lets risk one of our few competent members of the group to enact a feeble minded plan that was a failure waiting to happen.

Second, find Sophia or leave her there already. For crying out loud the girl in at least 10 and should have easily been able to find the big freaking highway again.

Lori is cementing her role as one of the dumbest characters on any show ever. I know that it is the apocalypse and all but find a freaking way to practice safe sex. You think it is difficult to roam around the country in an apocalypse with four competent guys, two kids and a handful of useful idiots is tough now. Wait till you throw a pregnant women and then a baby into the mix.

As for Glen and Maggie, congrats Glen, it is about time you get something for the effort that you are putting into the group. However sadly the Doc is going to use this to kick them off of the farm. Because I doubt he is into Glen making nice with his daughter? Though I really want to see how the last obstinate anti gun nut is going to kick anybody off on anything. That will have to be a major conflict between Shane's new found pragmatism mixed with a little survival instinct and Rick's aww shucks we should still be nice and mannered to everyone.

However, more Maggie, please. If they leave the farm, writers, allow her to come along with them. Not just because the more Lauren Cohan the better in my opinion. Or that Glen deserves some nookie. But more pointedly she is the only competent woman on the show. Lori is a blithering idiot, that constantly reaffirms that in damn near every episode. I almost fell out of my chair laughing last night when she flicked open the knife. Carol is a basket case, Andrea has potential but is still a walking moron. It would be nice to have a strong woman along with them that can take care of herself and can be a role model for Sophia if they ever freaking find her.

Please, I beg of your writers. Find Sophia and start the conflict between Shane and Rick over the Doc and the farm.

November 07 2011 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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You're not wrong about the Lori character. She consistently gets the most stupid things to say and do. She's simultaneously haughty and needy. It's nauseating. I don't find much to like about the character. She's shown no positive personality trait that I've noticed. If you plan to rebut with "She loves her son" Well, that's a mother trait, and I don't consider it a Lori trait. I don't mind that a character doesn't have a function in a team....This happens in life...but her biggest characteristic is that she gives mixed signals. I'm sure the actress is lobbying for something more tangibly likeable for the character.
Why they chose to make Andrea ALSO a moaning downer is beyond me. They destroyed the capable forthright character from the comics. Carol does nothing but wring her hands....In fact, if you took all of the morose moany women out of the show, you'd have a pretty decently functioning group. That ain't against women, it's against what the makers are doing with the women right now.

November 07 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Megan Anne

Lori's pregnancy is actually part of the books so I think those that knew the source material were expecting that to happen eventually. Lori's character, in the books, is the one that takes care of the people emotionally and Rick handles their physical well being. I'm still waiting for that aspect of her character to come to light in the television series.

November 08 2011 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Come on people, seriously. I really like this show, but the whole "zombie in the well" thing was just asinine, from beginning to end. I'd rather read a reasonable review of a show (such as this review) then wade through baseless fanboy gushing.

November 07 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Ryan

I get it. If you're a fan of the graphic novel, there's a sense of protection that kicks in when something you like is attacked. I do it, too! But, as a plot point on a television show, like you said, the zombie in the well was just really silly.

And just because one episode of a television show is bad, that does not mean the source material is also bad -- and that's not what I'm reviewing or saying. (But I still get it.)

November 07 2011 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Becky Schiffman

Mike Ryan, I'm sure you're a great person and I have no issues with your writing - cuss words or no. But I agree with whoever said last week that this show really should be reviews by someone else. Someone who appreciates it.

November 07 2011 at 3:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Ryan

Someone who appreciates a show that fired its entire writing staff at the end of last season? Someone who appreciates a show that had to fire its showrunner this season?

(And it's funny that I actually really liked the first episode of this season, and I got taken to task for that, too.)

As I said, I actually do like this show. A lot. But I'm not off base pointing out that it has a lot of problems. It's not like the show has just been trucking along as a happy machine. I mean, it's nuts that so many changes have been made so early into the show's run. But then episodes like this really point out the flaws.

(Also, I appreciate you reading. But there are MANY of other websites out there that will provide the kind of review that you're looking for.)

November 07 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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O Nikos

(By the way, yet another instance of us not been able to -1 the author's comments). Do you Ryans ever proofread anything?

Maybe we're getting somewhere though. Do you not like the show because they fired the writing staff and showrunner?

You guys would love the thinking reader leaves the website. Yet another website that AOL is trying to kill. Shame because it used to be a good one, can't blame us for trying to bring it back to that. Well maybe you can.

November 07 2011 at 7:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

Mr. Ryan, you DO get snarky when you get called out, don't you?

It is my opinion that, for reviewers, it doesn't matter what happened behind the scenes. Doesn't matter who go hired or fired. Doesn't matter what the actress said or the actor did. All that matters is what is on the screen. The first two sentences in your post above should hold no weight in either direction as to how you review a show. We have no idea what transpired in either instance...and even if you went down and spoke to someone directly involved, you still don't know what transpired. There's what happened, and what we tell the press happened....and seldom the twain shall meet.
As a reviewer who, on occasion, reviews things unfavourably, but expects acceptance, I find it ironic that you can't be more gracious to your own unfavourable reviews. And tell me you haven't read a review of something you KNEW you weren't going to agree with solely for the enjoyment of disagreeing with it. Don't tell your readers to take off, ya hoser. Take the hit and keep reviewing.

November 07 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

I love this show and I love the character developement of Daryl but please find this girl and move on! I also thought the well thing was stupid. Would you really drink that water even if the walker didn't bleed into it? Of course once they started pulling him up you could see the walker already had blood on him sooooo... Is anyone else tired of the blond chick being mad at the old guy for wanting her to live. Nobody put a gun to your head lady if you really wanted it over you would have stayed anyway, let it go.

I understand about developing characters and creating a plot outside of zombies but ummm..... zombies is why we all loved the show to begin with so can we get back to it. Really these folks are living like nothing is going on in the world on that farm. Lights on at night, sitting on the porch sipping tea, riding horses into town. LOL One lone walker found the farm and fell in the well. His name must be timmy and he is waiting for lassie to run and tell the other zombies that timmy's in the well.

November 07 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Chandra Jordan

I think people are too impatient myself. And to say that Daryl's had nothing to do is missing the point of him altogether. My god, you guys didn't notice the complete turnabout in his character when he brought Carol that flower, the Cherokee Rose? Anyone expect that from him when he first was introduced last season? I didn't. I loved it, love the character and the writer is correct...he's easily the most interesting character on the show.

People say that the Sophia storyline has played out but think about it, if they didn't, then there'd be no setup for Daryl's episode next week (yes, it is centric on him) and the episode after that as well. This is Daryl's way, or rather the writer's way to give his character more depth. To give all the characters more depth. It's not going to be all blood and guts either and if that's what people are expecting they're going to be disappointed b/c the guy that created this novel series has said himself that's not the point of the story.

November 07 2011 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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You don't need a dead ending "lost girl" plot line as an excuse for character development for Daryl. And if it was, indeed a set up for this Daryl centric episode, why draw it out for at least five episodes? No, sorry. The plot line is a fail.

I really have, I guess, missed the point of Daryl. He is, by far, my fave character, but I don't see any turnaround in his personality. He was angry because someone left his brother to die when we first saw him.
He's a hot head and not good around people. He is essentially a good guy who wants to help, and not hurt. He's practical. That's the same guy we met coming out of the woods with a bunch of squirrels for everyone to eat last season. We saw him cringe at Carol beating her husband's head in last season. A sensitive moment. No, I didn't expect him to show up with a flower. Why would I?

As for Hershel's farm...The comic took quite a while to finish it's story at the farm as well. The season must play out here, and nearby. Because the next big comic thing is the prison...And the prison is big enough for two seasons, let alone half of one.

November 07 2011 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why can't people give a review anymore without having to use cuss words. It just shows what ignorance this writer has. Who brings up an episode of Three's Company writing a review for "The Walking Dead". Stick to your day job buddy.

November 07 2011 at 9:12 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Gibson Family

I really like this show but I am so over the looking for Sophia scene. This episode was so boring and if this continues the show will lose alot of viewers. We need some action and excitement. If the show get s back to the real reason for the show, the zombies, it will be great again and maybe then this reviewer will have something to write about and not bore us to tears.

November 07 2011 at 6:42 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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