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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 20th 2011 10:00PM
['The Walking Dead' - 'Secrets']

Somewhat surprisingly, Hershel makes some decent points about keeping a stable of barn zombies. I mean, if it were your loved ones, would you have it in you to kill someone who meant something to you? Even though he or she is still standing up and walking around? Sure, your loved one would now love to eat your thigh, but, still, maybe there is a cure? OK, as we learned at the C.D.C. last season, there's probably not a cure. But I can say that it would totally be my luck that as soon as I made the gut-wrenching decision to end the life of a former-loved-one-walker, the next day a cure would be announced. So, hey, as long as Hershel has enough chickens to feed them... eh, why not keep them around? OK, there's always the chance that they will escape, which would be bad. And I'm sure that will eventually happen, but not this week.

Yep, this will now be known as 'The Walking Dead''s abortion episode (which probably would have been controversial if this episode had premiered before 'Maude'). Glenn goes out of his way to emphasize the word "choice" more than once. Maggie makes sure to emphasize the word "abortion." Then again, perhaps it's not fair to assume that's what she meant, considering that she was almost eaten by a zombie on the mission to retrieve Lori's morning after pills, which may or may not even work at this point anyway. So that's going to make anyone surly. (Also, would a pharmacy in a small town in Georgia carry this item? I honestly have no idea, but I've read about rural pharmacists having, let's say, issues.) Lori takes the pills, then changes her mind and regurgitates them. Then, later, explains the entire story to Rick who is not at all good at reading facial cues. I don't know, I felt the episode was trying to deliver some sort of equal sides moral conundrum -- almost beating us over the head with it at times -- when, considering the world that these characters live in, it probably wasn't needed. I mean, we already know that there's a lot to consider here. Anyway, moving on!

Oh, also, guns. Andrea has a gun. Carl has a gun. Actually, hold that thought for a second... So, let me get this straight: Since Sophia's been missing, Carl has been shot in the chest, needed a blood transfusion, nearly died, was operated on by a veterinarian ... but now is running around with a pistol like nothing happened. OK? I mean, that is quite the recovery from just a couple of episodes ago.

OK, back to the guns. I did really enjoy Andrea and Shane's little side adventure though some nearby subdivisions. (Though, I'm not actually sure where this "tip" on Sophia's location came from.) Regardless, that was a fun scene. Probably for no other reason than that it wasn't at Hershel's farm. But, yes, we really have no idea what Shane's capable of these days. After what he did to poor Otis, maybe he would have let a zombie eat Andrea as some sort of twisted lesson. I mean, that zombie was really close. But then Andrea started to like the taste of blood, apparently.

Andrea's actions brought up a couple of questions for me. First, how many bullets does the group have, collectively? I know that they try not to use guns very often because of the noise, but poor Daryl is out there using the same arrow over and over (good lord, I hope he's cleaning that thing) while Andrea and Shane are out there plowing through dozens of bullets. I mean, they even have enough for multiple target practice sessions. But if they have unlimited bullets, why not kill as many walkers as possible? There has to be a finite number of them, right? I know that number is really high, but I'm assuming they can't reproduce. Once they are gone, they're gone. Why not kill as many as possible? Especially in a relatively safe situation like the one that Shane and Andrea were in – just picking them off one by one.

One quick word about Dale, because I never talk about Dale. Does anyone do the "I'm scared for my life after someone just cryptically threatened me" face better than Dale? Honestly, if I'm Jeffery DeMunn, when Emmy voting comes around, I would just send a montage of myself doing that face.

Oh, one last thing: we are now through six episodes – as many episodes that were in the first season -- and the group is still searching for a character that no one really cares about. Considering that next week's episode is the last until February, I assume there will be some resolution to Sophia's situation one way or another. At least, I really hope.

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Episode 7: "Pretty Much Dead Already”

Episode opens with Glenn revealing the presence of the walkers to the rest of the group, who promptly proceed to freak out. Maggie becomes angry with Glenn for not keeping the secret and ruins his hat in retribution. Dale gives Glenn his trademark bucket hat as a replacement. Maggie later makes a plea to Hershel for the group to stay. She and Glenn also have an argument about the walkers, after which they eventually admit their feelings, kiss and make up.

Rick and Hershel argue, with Hershel demanding the group leave within a week. Rick uses the my-wife-is-pregnant card, but Hershel’s not persuaded. Shane also wants the group to get the hell out of there because of the walkers in the barn, but Rick uses the same excuse to cool him down. However, Shane then becomes convinced that Lori’s baby is his.

Dale takes off with Shane’s guns to hide them in the swamp. Shane tracks him down and demands he give the guns back. Dale points his rifle at him and threatens to shoot. However, he backs down at the last moment, since he has no wish to become like Shane: he reveals that he knows Shane shot Otis and lied about what really happened. Shane heads back to the farm with the guns.

Hershel has Rick help him and Jimmy try to fish some walkers out of a nearby pit of quicksand and lead them into the barn with snare poles. He says the group can stay on the farm if they agree not to kill the walkers. They arrive at the farm about the same time Shane emerges from the swamp and hands out guns to other members of the group…

Shane sees the snared walkers and goes berserk. He yells at Rick and Hershel as they guide the walkers towards the barn, with the rest of the group and people in the farm looking on. He pulls his sidearm and unloads it in the chest of one of the walkers, demanding to know “Could someone who’s alive just take that? Why is it still coming?” Hershel has no answer.

He finishes off the walker with a headshot, grabs a nearby pickaxe and breaks open the barn door. Walkers pour out, T-Dog, Daryl, Shane, Glenn, and Andrea form a line and open fire. Once the dust clears, one more walker emerges. Sophia. Rick finally steps up next to the others, pulls his six-shooter and kills Sophia with a shot to the head. End episode.

November 21 2011 at 7:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ohmygodjohntravolta's comment

Where'd you come by this John?

November 21 2011 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The tip on possible where abouts of the girl I would have forgotten about if they didn't continue to look for her...Herschel's son, I think. The doll location was like down river and up river was the housing development visit by Bonnie and Clyde - sorry, I mean Andrea and Shane.

I love this series, but I'm tired of the Sophia missing story line. I want to see them move on to a new location and find that dude and his kid from the first season - I can't remember their names...that would be cool!

I'm not looking forward to a birthing scene in the middle of zombie infested territory - where no medical supplies will be needed, someone comes up who helped a relative give birth or something like that. New life in a ****-hole world doesn't inspire me at all. I think other inspiration to fight on can be found in the current cast like when they got their shot showers after arriving at the CDC. I liked their excitement in that. But that's just me.

November 21 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yes - where the hell is Sophia? at least her mother has stopped incessantly crying - yay.

November 21 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ugh, hopefully next week will be a big enough pay off. Lori is still an idiot. And her and Rick should tell the whole group that she is pregnant so they can leave. Lori is slow and stupid now. Just wait until six months when she is slower and a complaining stupid. And then it becomes protect lori and the baby rather than the group as a whole. And then the baby is born and you have a crying zombie magnet. It puts the rest of the group as secondary in importance and if it were me I would be gone.

And you have Herschel who is the dumbest vet on the planet. THey aren't slowing decaying walking brain eaters. They are just sick, you know like the flu. Are you kidding? Where did he get his degree. The bodies are rotting. There is no cure for that You can prevent the disease but that is it. Any hope for a cure to necrosis and decay is foolish. Any hope for that to get to your out of the way farm before they rot and their is nothing left is beyond stupid. He went from savior to crazy zealot in less than 3 episodes. Great.

Shane, burn the barn. Shoot hershel, Take yourself and Andrea and get the hell away from the rest of them. Because their naive adherence to the way things were is going to get people killed.

November 21 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I agree with you on everything you said, Mate. But Herschel's not thinking as a medical man, but as a religious man. As a husband. He's being willfully blind to the truth. He's not so far off Morgan from the series premiere. He just can't bring himself to shoot his wife in the head...and if he thinks she still might be saved, he thinks they all can be saved. It's stupid, but it's there.

Something else you said interests me. Many people consider Shane the villain, but you seem to have him as the only pragmatic one. I love that. That's interesting for the character.

Lots of people get angry when characters adhere to old concepts of morality in Zombieland. I do too...>But we have to remember that they live in a reality where there is no zombie media and Romero-ian zombie knowledge. They don't know the outcomes of 4000 other zombie tales to know that they need to completely change their belief structure. It's not easy to just chuck a lifetime of societal conditioning.

That said, most of these people are dumb as dirt. Lori tops my list. I can see she's one of those worst type of idiots: The one's who've convinced themselves that they're smart. Of course give Carl a gun. Let him know how to shoot it. Teach him how to chop a geek's head off too. It is not a pretty world out there.

November 21 2011 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Graned about Hershel, I know he is thinking about his wife and such. And probably no one there has been attacked by walkers like the group has. Save now for Maggie whom I hope comes around. But you still can't deny the state of decay they are in. Whether or not he wants to off them, he has to realize that and give the gun to someone else. Morgan came to terms with it. Hershel better.

As for Shane. I have no doubt that he is the villain. But right now he is the necessary villain because the other option of being Rick is too dangerous or worse than Rick, being hershel. Right now he is one end of the spectrum, as I am sure it was written as such. You have him on one side of it and Rick on the other. But for me I would rather be Shane than Rick. Because Shane will survive and Rick if he continues the way that he is going he will not. I would rather have them both in be in the middle that would benefit everyone. But it isn't written that way and I would take Shane's side over Ricks simply because you can't adhere to the principles that were before. Which is odd, because in the first couple episodes especially dealing with merle on the roof. Rick looked like he was leaning that way. But with shane, as Lord Acton stated, Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Shane is coming to be aware that in this new world he has power. And it, along with the desire to be with Lori and Carl is corrupting him. That is where you get the part where he considered shooting Rick and now the threat against Dale. (though Dale is kind of annoying as well.)

As for the change of mindset. I am not sure, maybe it was some of the survival classes I have taken. But it is the mantra of adapt or die. It would apply in the zombie apocalypse as well in the wild, save you don't have the threats of dead things trying to eat you. But the learning curve is just as steep. The thing for me is that they have been at least for at the very least 6 months. One would think that with the losses they have accrued they would learn quicker. You wouldn't have Lori worrying about scavenging the cars saying that it was a graveyard. And you wouldn't have the idiocy that is Andrea. That annoys me the most I think.

And you are right, Lori has convinced herself that she is smart. We got that when Rick was telling Shane about their argument in the first episode. However I disagree about teaching Carl to shoot. The whole group needs to know especially the kids, because they are the most vulnerable and can't match the walkers in strength and probably can't outrun them.

I like the show, at the very least it is fun to posit how we ourselves would act if ever given the same circumstances. But ugh some of the characters are morons.

November 21 2011 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Mate... I think your timeline is off. Six months? I think closer to three. Maybe less. He stops getting intravenous liquids right from when Shane pushes that gurney against his hospital door. There weren't a dozen hooked into him like in 28 Days Later. At most, he survived in that bed a couple of weeks, maybe a month. Then, from when he wakes up, he gets a bike, goes home, meets Morgan, gets fed and pulls himself together, gets a squad car, shoots a little girl in the head. Runs out of gas, gets a horse, goes to Atlanta and meets our group....I'll give that three days. Two days for the actions with Merle and the Vatos. One at the CDC, and then a few, I'm guessing, to the traffic jam. Three months.

But that's neither here nor there. Herschel saw everything transpire on tv. He's isolated. He gets one or two walkers and shoves them in the barn. He hasn't seen the hordes. Yes, the others have taken to scavenging already. My absolute most hated line in the entire run of the series thus far was. "I don't like it. These are graves." All I can say about it is that some writer really wanted to amp up the melodrama. I don't believe that all of the writers on this show actually dig the zombie genre. It was utterly nauseating to me at the time when she spit this out. Good that it was Lori, who I find in no way likeable anyway.

Lori is pretty much the downer irritant here that she was in the comic. (check the tense) But Andrea is a big big BIG disappointment on this show. The bitchy whiner that is on the screen is nowhere near the tough, never-say-die, quick thinker of the comic. I agree. Whether it's Laurie Holden, or the showrunners, they done fu$^%ed up Andrea's character.

Finally, so far the "barn story" here is ripped right out of the pages of the comic. it's a big mile marker in the WD story. So let the old coot have his barn zombies for another week. I mean, it is what it is

November 22 2011 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

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November 21 2011 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the show has become a snooze-fest

November 21 2011 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
~ Ðan .

so when Glenn and Maggie return from the pharmacy
one of the items Laurie wanted was
a issue of Soap Opera Digest LOL
guess she wants to read up on One Life to Live
or The Days of our Lives
I guess even in a zombie apocalypse the soap operas are still running LOL

November 21 2011 at 6:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ~ Ðan .'s comment

I am guessing you're poking fun....But if not. I think Maggie was being ironic there, as the show was being pretty soapy at that point. I don't think she actually brought a SOD back to Lori....or if she did, Lori didn't ask for it. She was just equating Lori to a pre zombie housewife sending the kids out to get groceries.

November 21 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I, too, O Nikos, call it "Stuck In the Same Place Looking For A Girl No One Cares About". The character development is pretty broad, if;n ya ask me. I don't see any fascinating character nuances here.
The thing about zombie movies, is that they aren't horror movies, they're Natural Disaster movies. Zombies aren't any more malevolent than twisters or fire. They suck as a villain, because they have no intent. That's why zombie movies always have another antagonist. Shane was kept around for this. He's getting the "Harold Lauder" treatment. He is actually given a love interest, but he'll get all creepy anyhoo. He's no deep villain, he's just a jerk.
I expected this episode to be a talker. They have to wait until next week for the big midseason blowout. There was actually more action than I expected. But, seriously....The "Let's all keep VERY important secrets from each other" thing is tired tired tired.
The missing girl thing is ridiculous. I understand why they're doing it, but it's just poor. I'll change my mind and apologize when they find the girl if they have a decent pay off. If there is a really good reason for this lousy lousy plot thread, I'll eat crow....right now, though, it sucks the proverbial bag.
I thought Laurie Holden sucked in this episode. She shoots a Walker and suddenly becomes a good shot...I buy the premise, but I don't buy how she played it. Terrified to Smug? Nope.
I will say "Thank Odin, the fricking Shane/Lori secret is over." Hell, I'll do a damned jig. Those kinds of plots make me gag.

November 21 2011 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Piecar's comment

"harold lauder treatment" - loved that.

November 22 2011 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
O Nikos

You call it them been stuck in the same place looking for a girl no one cares about, I call it the best character development in a TV show this side of Sons of Anarchy.

November 21 2011 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's so nice of Glenn taking care of Lori and Glenn is in huge of mess now since he told the truth thats it. They need to get out of that place now before it's gets worse. That Vet/Doc is beyond crazy to keep his family in that barn!! Now where is that little girl, Sophia????

November 21 2011 at 12:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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