To me this poem speaks to something central to The Walking Dead.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were;  any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

-John Donne, "Meditation 17", Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions

Who invited this guy?

Carol is the Black Widow

Carol flirted with Axel and he died. Carol flirted with Merle and he died. Watch your back Daryl!!!

Again with the ghost wife?

It's like Rick wasn't getting enough attention in this episode so he had to start imagining his dead wife Lori again to make a scene. I thought we had resolved all of this? I'd rather see Ghost Dad.

I liked how he said "You're not there! ... She's not there." Like first he's trying to reason with her, and then he's trying to reason with the world around him. Plus he's wrapping this blue wire around his arm all OCD. What are you doing with that wire, Rick, setting up a LAN party so you and your friends can have an epic Counter Strike marathon? Burn.

As if to one-up him, Merle finds the phone! Was Merle having hot chats with some imaginary person on that phone?

Rough night?

When Michonne is tied up at the motel this one zombie comes stumbling out of one of the rooms, but the funny thing is that it didn't look very decomposed or anything, it just looked all gray and wore out. It looked like maybe it was just some down-and-outer in that room drinking Wild irish Rose for three days and three nights and it came out like "Hey keep it down! Sahhhh, it's too bright!!!"

Home and Gardens Tour

I liked when Michonne and Merle were walking through that suburban neighborhood past all those old houses. Every time I go past strange houses in an old neighborhood I wonder what would be inside each one. And since it's the zombie apocalypse they actually could have checked without getting put on the police blotter! I bet there were some really cool old vidya games, posters, maybe some refurbished pinball machines, and old baseball cards. B-)

Did you know?

  • This episode was filmed right around Halloween.
  • Rick called himself "Officer Friendly" in season one when they were on the rooftop with Merle handcuffed.
  • The bar that Merle sat in his car and drank in front of was called 'Big Jake's'. Is it a real bar? I don't know. I googled it with no results. You tell me!
  • One really cool thing that Greg Nicotero does is put famous or iconic zombies into the episodes that he directs! The one that I noticed immediately in this episode was the main red flannel shirt zombie from the movie poster for 1978 Dawn of the Dead! He comes out of Big Jake's while Merle is herding walkers toward the end of the episode. (Nicotero was a protege of the legendary Tom Savini, who was the main special effects man on that film.)
  • The song that Merle listens to while attacking the grain storage stronghold is Turn it Up, by Ted "The Nuge" Nugent.

Merle's assault rifle
(From AMC Story Sync)

  • Colt M16 with scope
  • Military version of the AR-15
  • Action: Semi, three-round burst, full auto
  • Barrel Length: 20 in
  • Weight: 7.18 lbs
  • Muzzle Velocity: 3100 fps
  • Most-produced firearm of its caliber
  • First produced: 1959