But this week the water cooler discussion might also involve the botched play calls of Rick Grimes, the protagonist of AMC's The Walking Dead.
Rick Grimes won't be winning any 'Father of the Year' awards for his performance in this episode.
Let's break down the game film.
Grimes' first slip-up happens after a couple of depraved zombies chase Sophia off into the woods. Rick Grimes gives chase — a noble move — but when he catches up to Sophia at a creek, he inexplicably instructs her to hide out there while he lures the walkers to a remote area of the woods so that he can dispatch them surreptitiously.
Grimes playfully splashes the zombies with water, then bashes their heads in with a rock. He actually heaves the rock at the second one. I only wish another character had been present at the time so that they could have quipped something along the lines of 'Hey, nice throw, Elway. You're a regularFran Tarkenton!'
Anyway, when Grimes returns, Sophia is gone. Why he couldn't have just said 'Hey Sophia, stand behind me while I bash these two zombies' heads in with the butt of this rifle' is beyond me.
Later, in the episode's climactic moment, Grimes and his old cop buddy Shane are escorting little Carl Grimes back to where the rest of the survivors are stuck on the highway.
They hear some scampering in the underbrush, and discover it is only a deer. Shane raises his weapon to bag himself a big buck, but Rick waves him off. Because the gunshot might attract zombies? No, apparently so that Carl Grimes can have a coming-of-age moment by slaying the beast.
In a very odd scene, Carl slowly approaches the stag while Rick and Shane look on with warm, approving smiles. Carl is also smiling as he creeps closer and closer to the animal. Did he even have a gun? What was he going to do, assail it with his pocket knife?
We don't find out, because a bullet rips through the deer and Carl. Fade to black.
Lingering questions: What did Edwin Jenner, theCDC scientist, whisper to Rick Grimes in the season one finale? Also, who shot Carl?
The Circle of Life: At the beginning of the episode we see some dogs eating a human corpse. Shortly after that, we see some zombies eating a dog's corpse. Will we see zombie dogs soon?
Lamest attempt at comic relief: Lori Grimes' story about the family trip to the Grand Canyon.
Rick Grimes: I never knew a baby could throw up so much!
Carl Grimes: Ick!
Lori Grimes: Yes, ick!
Me: Great story, can you tell it again? (sarcasm)