Staring down the barrel of a 45

Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) only points his gun at things he wants to kill. (Gene Page/AMC / November 18, 2012)

OK The Walking Dead, I see you, doing your thing.

This Sunday night's episode was by no means earth shattering, but in keeping with the style of season three, there was plenty to satisfy us fans and keep us coming back next week: humans were killed (albeit inconsequential humans), questions were answered (Where is Carol? Who was on the phone?) and the plot was advanced.

We were left with Michonne strolling up to the prison fence, injured and covered with a camouflage of zombie entrails, and carrying a supermarket basket full of powdered baby formula. Pat myself on the handsome back: last week I said that Michonne and Rick would be running into each other soon and they would hook up. The hooking up part hasn't happened yet, but I think it will, and I just hope for her sake she takes a prison shower and uses some Estee Lauder perfume before she starts necking with him. She's got to smell almost as bad as the pads on Hershel's crutches by now.

This episode also advanced the plot (sort of) by revealing who called Rick on the phone last week. Hint: it wasn't some other camp of survivors, it was ghostly voices in his own mind, essentially telling him to stop going insane. Kind of paradoxical there, right?

He eventually "talks to" Lori, and sorts some things out with her. The implication is that now he's moved on and can get back to being a father and leader, and maybe romancing Michonne.

Also, Glenn and Mags went on a baby food run and got accosted by Merle, who had been stalking (and being stalked by) Michonne in the woods. So now Glenn and Maggie are captives/guests of Woodbury...The plot thickens.

I must say, with everything else going on, my favorite scenes were when Merle was tracking Michonne with his trio of dunces. I liked how he called that mysterious Gargiulo "Neil" because he couldn't pronounce his name, and then mentored him, only to ultimately shoot him in the face. Ahh Merle, up to your old tricks, I see.

In local gossip, Andrea and the Governor finally stopped flirting and consummated their relationship. I don't care, I'll say it, I'm kind of sick of the whole Andrea-Governor thing. So it was kind of nice to admire Andrea's milky white thighs for a moment as the Governor mounted her in his silky sheets, but I really didn't need to see the Governor's toned Hollywood buttocks. And I don't watch The Walking Dead for the romance, so can one of them kill the other one, or can one of them turn into a zombie while their boning, or something?

I can't remember, did anything else happen? Oh yeah, Daryl found Carol hiding out in a closet. Now I can finally sleep again, knowing that she is safe.

Did you notice/know? (Thanks Talking Dead!)

  • Andrea's stylish shirt has a No. 5 on the front. I never noticed that before, very stylish...
  • The store that they pilfer baby formula from was called Southern Discount. More like Southern DisGRACE! They also get beans, batteries, cocktail wieners and mustards.
  • Actress Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) actually called Andrew Lincoln (Rick) from Canada to do the scenes where they "talked" on the phone.
  • When Michonne slices that guys head off with her sword, it was the first time in the series that a human character was decapitated.
  • Rick admits to killing four people: the two guys in that saloon last season, Shane, and the prisoner who tried to get him killed.
  • The deceased characters that Lori tells Rick he was talking to were Amy, Jim and Jacqui. Remember them from way back in the day?
  • That paranormal background noise that was playing over the phone was so awesome. It reminded me of the final boss music from EarthBound for SNES.
  • There is a coffee mug on the shelf in the room where Rick is talking on the phone that says "Java Saves" on it.
  • When ghost/hallucination Lori is talking to Rick on the phone she says "You have a baby, our baby, and Carl, and (unintelligible)". What did she say?

Neat, a rebus!

It was fun when Michonne chopped up those zombie parts and turned them into a puzzle for the Woodbury hunting crew to figure out. It was like playing that Natty Boh bottle cap game. You know it's a good bar when the bartender gives you the beer AND the cap so you can play the puzzle!

Norman Reedus's Zombie Apocalypse Playlist

(from the commercial break infographic)

Motorhead "In the Year of the Wolf"

Sonic Youth "Dirty Boots"

Minor Threat "Filler"

Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World"