Hey Michonne you catch more bees with honey than vinegar
First Michonne shoulder checks some dude walking through town, and then she jabs the Governor in the neck with her Shinobi sword. I know she's suspicious of Woodbury and all, but at what point do you just have to accept the fact that she's being a jerk and the Governor is a good guy?
The Governor is a beer snob
The Governor has boxes of Terrapin Golden Ale and Hop-lanta in his quarters. I would never want to play beer pong with the Governor. He'd be like "Busch Light? Colt 45? Ugh! You're going to have to drink all of our cups!"
Diary of a Madman
Michonne finds the Governor's book and the first couple pages are like "Schedule annual Woodbury bluegrass festival", and "Meet with Milton re: personalized zombie-bite-proof jacket". But then she keeps turning pages and it turns out to be the Diary of a Madman. I wish it had played that creepy high-pitched violin music from The Shining when Wendy discovers Jack's typewriter. What do you think all those hashmarks mean anyway? How many people he's killed, or zombies, or both? Maybe how many golf balls he's hit or how many bottles of bourbon he's polished off?
A few things you actually could read in the notebook were:
- "Respond back to Anthony Smith's email as soon as possible" (obviously he started this diary before the apocalypse)
- "TO DO: find more eggs"
- "We gave you the ... whiskey glasses"
- "Make notes on what to tell the town, they need to stay calm — power sources, water supply"
- "Today made me wonder if being the governor or being the man in charge makes the people feel like they actually have someone to look up to / feel like they're being taken care of. Sometimes I doubt that. I believe I'm a good leader. Sometimes I just need to relax. I love talking about my town and supporting it... Sometimes I just need to find a way to relax, like a bottle of scotch and some classic Sinatra."
- "Sanitation: Garbage trucks for city. Check into hospitals, get information on superintendents of sanitation. Judiciary: finalize the budget for the second half of the year, i.e. st. repair - road signs, new pavement, etc. Laws cancelled due to primary legislation. Guards: crime has increased 20% I want my town to be completely crime free. -update police enforcement. -new cars? -enforce more public security. Food rationing: prices on various types of food -increased 40% -Hopes of decreasing at least 20% of that inflamation w/in the next year. Activities: Town meeting to be held every Thursday evening. GOALS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED -tighter community -ideas for future events. get ideas from townspeople. Hearings: trial about sanitation laws."
- Then there were all the names (which I won't list) and hash marks.
- There was some other writing that gave me a headache when I tried to read it.
Tom Savini would not be pleased...
The director of this episode, Greg Nicotero, is famous for being a protege of "The Godfather of Gore," Tom Savini, who always used practical special effects. I know sometimes computer effects are necessary, but I thought that on a few of the zombie kills they were a little too obvious and cartoony looking, like when the one got its head sliced in half by Michonne. I wish they had just made a fake zombie head out of paper mache and filled it with spaghetti and meatballs and let Danai Gurira slash that thing up with her Samurai Pizza Cats sword.
What a sissy
Daryl brought some baby doll back from the daycare center to give to the new baby, and also put a flower (a Cherokee Rose?) on one of the graves (Lori's?). I don't like how they try to make Daryl look all tough with his motorcycle and crossbow, and then they try to make him look all sensitive and thoughtful. And then he tries to make some dumb joke like, "Hey let's name the baby Little Asskicker!" and everyone chuckles, and I'm just like, "Shut up Daryl, why don't you go pick some posies and write a poem about rainbows."
In this week's commercial break infographic, they listed Norman Reedus's favorite lines of dialogue, and here they are:
- "Choke hold's illegal!"
- "You take that stupid hat and go back to On Golden Pond!"
- "Merle! Get your ugly ass out here, got us some squirrel. Let's stew 'em up."
- "Rick Grimes? You got something you wanna tell me?"
- "Am I the only one zen around here? Good Lord."
- "Glenn, you comin'?"
- "Listen to me, Olive Oyl...."
- "How about a hug for your old pal Merle?"
- "Someone's playing' games."
- "Little ass-kicker? Right? That's a good name, right?"
What the heck happened to Carol?
I know everyone's scrambling around to get stuff for the baby, but is anyone even concerned about finding Carol? Did I miss something? She went missing last week and no one seems remotely interested in finding out where she is, if she's alive or dead, or what. It's like they want to just stand around making dumb jokes about the baby and smiling at each other. I don't get it.
Odds and ends
- When the Governor and Andrea sit down at the wrasslin' match, Andrea is like "It's a little loud!" and I wish the Governor had been like "Sorry grandma, why don't you turn down the sensitivity on your hearing aid!" Zing!
- They really missed an opportunity for something cool when they went to the daycare. They should have had toddler zombies. They would have looked like the kids from The Brood.
- Merle was making me awfully nervous when he was handling those zombies in the big cargo net like they got tangled up at the end of Ninja Warrior. I was like "Merle, don't get bit buddy! We need you and your crude attitude!"
- When they asked Carl what he thought the baby's name should be, he acted like a sweet young man and said all the names of the deceased women he knew. I wish that he had acted like a normal ten-year-old and said that the baby should be called "Nintendo" or "Pizza" or "Rad Dude".
- When Michonne michonned on out of Woodbury, it definitely should have played this song...
- When Glenn goes to find Rick, he should have been doing something much more disturbing and demented than just smearing blood on the wall. He should have been sitting at some table with some muzzled zombies dressed up in Lori and Carl's clothes, forcing them to have an imaginary supper with him. Then he would be like "Oh, hi Glenn. This is my new family. Won't you come join us?"
- What did the title of this episode mean? Say the word and they can leave Woodbury?