I know I've been harping on how little has happened so far in Season 4 of "The Walking Dead," and at times that was because I was dozing off or not paying enough attention, but I was focused from start to finish during Sunday night's new episode, "Indifference," and seriously, very little happened.
First of all, only one (inconsequential) human and nine or ten zombies were butchered.
So there was a lot of dialog and character development, but if that's what I was into I would just DVR old episodes of "Guiding Light".
Most of the conflict in this episode comes from the two groups that go out on missions to find medicine that Hershel can use to treat the growing population of sick and dying in the prison. (I want to call him Harshel for some reason. "Hey Harshel, how's everything going at the prison?" "Not good," would be his reply. "Things aren't going well...")
The first group, Rick and Carol, head out for some vague reason to look for meds in a separate part of town from the second group: Bob, Daryl, Michonne and Tyreese.
Rick, whose paw is a little dinged up, and Carol still have beef from when Carol murdered and burned up Karen and David.
Carol defends herself by saying that they were going to drown on their own blood anyway, so she saved them a lot of trouble. Who is she, Jack Kevorkian?
They also share a lot of their backstory with each other. Like Carol talks about Sofia and why she was with that abusive jerk Ed. And Rick talks about how he killed Shane and how Lori used to make really nasty pancakes on Sunday mornings. Maybe they should have just gone to IHOP and ordered Red Velvet pancakes.
Just an aside: Hey Rick, you're gonna want to put that Kelty backpack over both shoulders and secure the waist belt, otherwise you're just asking for lower back problems, which is one thing you don't need on top of everything else that's going on.
When Rick and Carol meet Ana and Sam, two weird 20-somethings who were just hanging out in the upstairs room of a house that had a zombie in a nightgown in there already (??), they seem to have a bit of a power struggle over how they should handle the sitch.
Did anyone else get a good laugh when that nightgown zombie tumbled down the stairs? Its eyes were glowing an otherwordly green hue, but it was hard to be scared of that thing after it went ass over elbows down the stairs like Will Sasso in a good physical comedy pratfall sketch.
Eventually things boil over to the point where Rick is like "Hey, I can't have you just running around stabbing every Tom, Dick and Harry. You gots to go." And Carol just doesn't seem to care all that much. She tells him that he's a good leader and she's like "Rick, it's me." But it's not Season 1 Carol anymore. This new Carol is all detached and icy, like she doesn't have any feelings anymore, like she's a sociopath and she needs to hurt herself to see if she still feels.
Those were some slim pickings on those tiny tomatoes they were picking.
It was pretty touching and sad (see, I still feel) when Carol gives Rick her old watch since he lost his with Sam, and then just drives off in her Ford Escort station wagon without waving goodbye. I guess that's how it is in zombie-land. You've got to just make a decision, stand by it, and take emotion out of it.
So what will become of Carol? Can she survive on her own? I have a feeling she might catch up with the Governor...
And what is Rick going to do? He seems to be going through a real personal crisis as he drives off down the road in his new green minivan, using the center dividing line as a guide (I guess he doesn't really have to worry about oncoming traffic). He's studying his own eyes in the rear view mirror as a haunting tune plays. Thanks to The Walking Dead Wiki which identified the song as "Serpents" by Sharon Van Etten. It's a good song, but I would have chosen "Valour" by Bolt Thrower instead.
Meanwhile, the other group loots the veterinary college and finds lots of good pills that end in "-cillin" or "-cin" like C-I-N.
This other group has some drama, too, though. First Tyreese just wants to hang out and camp by the creek, and then he is being a little too reckless while fighting some zombies who were stuck in a big wall of overgrown kudzu. Michonne is slicing all of their heads and faces and arms off, but Tyreese is just hugging it out with this one zombie. Is he trying to get bit? Or maybe he just wants someone, anyone, to hold him oh-so-tight.
Michonne calls him out though. She's like "don't act the fool."
And then Tyreese is like "Check yourself baby girl, you're still hung up on trying to ice the Governor." And she's like "True, true..."
Michonne also flirts with Daryl a little bit. It's fun to play gossip girl and try to figure out who Michonne is going to hook up with. At first I thought it would be Rick, but now I'm wondering if it could be Daryl, or Tyreese, or Harshel? Ooh, I love gossip! And leftover Halloween candy.
The veterinary college has some of those bloody eyed zombies that have been showing up at the prison fences. So apparently the new strain of the zombie virus is spreading.
But the real drama with Group 2 comes when Bob is caught with a bottle of hooch. As was hinted at earlier this season, Bob has an alcohol problem (and no, not that funny party joke where you're like "I have an alcohol problem, I'm out of beer." but like a real chemical addiction) which he had in check, but is slipping again.
I was thinking of what other funny things could have been in Bob's backpack that he risked his life trying to save. Like what if it popped open and there were a bunch of Beanie Babies or old issues of Penthouse. What other funny things could be in there? You tell me in the comments, it's your chance to come up with funny jokes!
But the booze situation is so bad that when Daryl tries to chuck the bottle out, Bob reaches for his gun. Then Daryl gets SO up in Bob's face! Like, if you haven't seen it, he's not just up in his face, Daryl is like pressing his nose against Bob's forehead and making the meanest sneers. If I was Tyreese or Michonne I would feel so awkward because Daryl was seriously invading Bob's personal space.
So that's where we're at. See, not that much happened! All right, there are only four more episodes until the midway break. What is actually going to happen in that time? Because I think they need to start making some moves soon. Like maybe all of these sickos in the prison will turn and flush all the normals back out onto the highway? I think the Governor has to show his face again soon. Is Carol really on her own or will she just come back to the prison anyway? Is Glenn really turning, or will the meds cure him? Come on "The Walking Dead," hook us up with some answers and some action.
What was that rock Daryl was studying at the end of the episode? Kryptonite?
SAM AND ANA
So this week's episode continued "The Walking Dead" tradition of introducing new characters as quick-turn-around zombie fodder.
They're cool, and they have fruit: apricots and peaches. They call walkers skineaters. SICK!!!
A little background on our shortlived new friends. Poor Ana was played by Brina Palencia, a 29-year-old actress known primarily for her voiceover work in anime and video games.
Sam is played by Robin Lord Taylor. I don't know much about that cat, except that he started acting in 2005 and he was in an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". He likes to wear a stoner poncho (don't tell Daryl!) and when Carol fixes his dislocated shoulder he had a really funny reaction.
Rick and Carol found Ana's severed leg, and then the rest of her carcass being consumed by animated corpses. Sam is missing in action. Now this is a real mystery. What do you guys think happened? Did Sam cut off Ana's leg cause she got bit, and then run away? What the heck??
LIZZIE AND MIKA
Lizzie doesn't understand the difference between turning into a zombie and aging. And she sees Carol as her mother, which Carol doesn't appreciate. Lizzie is almost like a mini-Carol. Can we all pretty much assume that Lizzie was the one feeding rats to the walkers through the fence?
DESIGN ON A DIME?
I don't know who decorated some of those houses that Rick and Carol were looting, but those were some fugly home furnishings. Now, my house has some pretty tacky crap laying around, especially in the basement, but even I was scratching my head at those places. Lisa Quinn would not approve. From the weird apple stickers on the cabinets to that unusual stacked jungle animals wooden statuette there was some wacked out stuff going on in there.
Remember when Daryl hocks a Luigi on that dusty window and clears a spot, and some zombie hands immediately pop out? That was a good spook. It reminded me of a haunted hayride. Shout out to Legends of the Fog! I went on Saturday and it was awesome!
OMG DID YOU SEE MARILYN MANSON ON TALKING DEAD LAST WEEK?
He was so faded and incoherent, Chris Hardwick kept clowning on him. At one point he referenced Hitler. o_0 It was funny when he was mumbling at producer Gale Ann Hurd across the couch and she was just looking away, like "please make it stop..."
DID YOU NOTICE?
A few worthless observations of things in the background:
- "Welcome to Georgia, Now Go Home" magnet
- On the Big Tony's Express Mart sign, the upside down numbers spelled out "hELL"
- Buy 3 Get 1 Free Tire Sale
- The time on the old school clock radio was 2:20
- Someone wrote "Pardon Our Dust" in the grime on the window of the Ford Escort. They should have wrote "WASH ME, PLEASE!"
- Group 2 escapes through the Learning Resource Center. They find two books — "Enter a New Dawn" and "Pathology of Fear" in Mr. Cranby's classroom.
- There is a bottle of grape juice and what appears to be orange soda on the counter of the house where Rick and Carol find Sam and Ana.
- The address on the mailbox of the house that Carol and Rick part ways in front of is 130.
- The license plate of Carol's awesome station wagon is Georgia UJH 27T3.
STUFF FROM AMC STORY SYNC
In case you haven't checked out AMC's Story Sync feature, it's basically a bunch of factoids and infographics that pop up on your computer while the episode airs. Most of it is pretty useless, like a picture or a poll question, but some of it is sort of interesting, like the weapon descriptions.
- Stealth trench knife
- Material: stainless steel
- Overall length: 9 1/4"
- Blade length: 4 7/8" with Tanto point
- Handle: Aluminum with four knuckle slots
- Good for concealed carry
- Chrome-plated screwdriver
- Heat-treated tip for durability
- Handle: Contoured wood
Lizzie: "I think a lot of people are going to die. That's what always happens. It makes me sad but at least they get to come back."
Lizzie: "I'm not afraid to kill, I'm just afraid."
Carol: "They would have drowned in their own blood. I ended their suffering and made it quick."
Sam: "I thought everyone was an asshole before this all went down, now I love people."
Michonne: "Anger makes you stupid, and stupid gets you killed."
Bob: "They wanted to go out together same as they lived. That makes them douche bags?"
Bob: "Two times, two different groups, I was the last one standing."
Bob: "Used to be I'd drink a bottle of anything just so I can close my eyes at night."
Bob: "It was just for when it gets quiet."
Rick: "When Tyreese finds out, he'll kill you."
Rick: "You're not that woman who was too scared to be alone, not anymore."
Winner: Bob! Thanks for sharing, Bob.
BEST ZOMBIE KILL
Let's see. The one when Bob stabbed Big Tony in the side of the head with the men's room key was pretty mean. Stabbed in the head with the men's room key of your own establishment. That's a rough way to go, even if you were already dead once.
There was this one who was trying to eat Bob Stoops. Its face was really sunken and etched with hard lines like it had been smoking three packs of cigarettes a day for 100 years and sitting out in the sun and never used Banana Boat sunscreen or tea tree oil skin conditioner.
Zombies: I counted ten. A pretty tame week, for 147 on the season.
Humans: One confirmed — Ana, who had her leg chopped off and then was being consumed by a couple of zombies. That makes 11 on the season, but it's going to be hard to keep track of if and when all those sickos start croaking.
A look ahead to next week's episode, "Internment"
Rick drives down the highway in his Hyundai, thinking about where this crazy road called life is going to take him. Meanwhile, back at the big house, Hershel has his hands full tending to all the sickly and ill, who are getting bored just hanging out by themselves in cells and want to come out to get some fresh air and play some basketball.