The Walking Dead Episode 1.3
"Tell it to the Frogs"
Written By: Charles H. Eglee & Jack LoGiudice
Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Original Airdate: 14 November 2010
In This Episode...
We open on the roof. Merle is still cuffed there, delirious, and a handful of zombies have made it to the door. They can open it enough to get their green faces through the crack.
The group from Atlanta makes it back to the camp. Rick, Lori, and Carl have a wonderful reunion, full of shock and joy. Similarly joyous reunions come by way of sisters Amy and Andrea, and Morales with his wife and kids. Less joyous is Daryl Dixon, who returns from a hunt to discover that brother Merle is not among the returnees. Rick, despite a wonderful reunion, feels guilty about leaving Merle behind. Against Lori's wishes, he organizes a party to go with him and Daryl. Glen is strong-armed into it because he knows the safest paths, and T-Dog volunteers because he feels guilty about dropping the handcuff key. I think he also thinks it will do something for race relations.
Lori feels guilty about her relationship with Shane. She almost tells Rick, but can't bring herself to do so. She does tell Shane (after Rick has left for Atlanta) that she doesn't want him near her or her family anymore. She is furious, because Shane told her that Rick was dead. Since he was the only one left in the hospital, it was a fair assumption.
While the foursome is playing recon, the womenfolk are stuck doing laundry while the menfolk are playing around. Ed, the abusive chauvinist, yells at his wife Carol for giggling with the other women while doing laundry. The other women defend her and tell her she doesn't have to be at his beck and call. Ed becomes violent and decks his wife, which causes Shane to go ballistic. He attacks Ed, battering his face until Ed is nearly unconscious. He promises to kill Ed if he ever lays a finger on anyone again.
In Atlanta, the guys have made it to the roof. The cut open the chained door with bolt cutters, but Merle is not there. All that is there is his hand and a hacksaw, bloody from where he cut himself at the wrist to free himself from the cuffs. There are no signs of zombies, nor are there any signs of Merle. He just disappeared.
Dig It or Bury It?
Despite the fact that this episode was light on zombies, I thought it was the best so far. Zombies only made up maybe a total of five minutes of the episode. Maybe even less. But the characters are really starting to gel. I am getting a feel for them, not as stereotypes but as actual characters. It is fascinating to watch the character interactions. Random people, thrown together, forced to be a family in a post-apocalyptic nightmare.
I do have to say that I was quite disturbed to see Rick and Lori have the-world-ended-but-I-found-you sex in the tent, while Carl sleeps not three feet away. Creepy.
Zombie of the Week
This goes to Deer Eating Zombie, who is played by FX maestro Greg Nicotero. He is so entranced by his deer that he hardly notices the band of men surrounding him - until they start beating him until his head falls off. Even then, the head twitches, but Daryl - disappointed that the zombie at the deer he was hunting - comes by and nails the zombie in the eye with his crossbow. The wet shovel-on-flesh sound effects were almost cartoonishly over-the-top.
Wisdom of the Walking Dead
"I think the news would sound better coming from a white guy." - Glen, in response to T-Dog wanting to be the one to break the news to Daryl about Merle.
New World Order
Apparently zombies blasted the world back a hundred years, because the women are stuck doing all the chores while the men take it easy. What is even more surprising is that the women grumble about it amongst themselves, but don't try to change things. I guess they are happy enough to do laundry so that when the kids find a stray zombie, they can send the men in to beat it senseless.
The Atlanta expedition is at odds over looking for Merle. They do find another survivor, who does not seem eager to join them