'The Walking Dead' recap, 'Isolation'

Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride).
Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride). (Gene Page/AMC)

This week's episode of "The Walking Dead" was especially quotey but not especially bitey.

Lots of characters dropped pearls of eloquent wisdom, but not many characters were bitten by zombies. Of course, that's not as big of a deal anymore, because cats are just getting all sickly and turning up as zombies without even getting munched on at this point.


It's like if you were playing "Tag" in the schoolyard and all of the sudden you were just "tagged" without being touched by anyone. You were just like, "Oh well, I'm 'it'."

Except, Hershel thinks he might have a solution in the form of some veterinary meds and that's why Daryl, Michonne, Bob and Tyreese go on a road trip in the Dodge Charger.


Daryl wants to listen to some Velvet Revolver or Three Doors Down or Strawberry Alarm Clock, so he fires up the tunes. To everyone's surprise, there is some chatter coming across the airwaves. Color me intrigued.

I think the radio interference is going to trace back to Abraham Ford, played by Michael Cuditz, who has been confirmed as a new addition to the cast this season.

I didn't want to mention this too high, because I'm trying not to think about it, but you guys, is Glenn going to turn???

And what if just a simple antibiotic is all it takes to keep people from turning into zombies? Like what if they're all just catching the flu and all they need is a flu shot?

Sasha is also definitely sick, and this is creating this whole witch hunt of who is sick and who is not, and I don't like it because it is turning brother against sister and husband against wife.

I just want there to be a party all over the world and not this dystopia.

Can we just go away from these shows like "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones" and "Walking Dead" where bad stuff is happening to people 24/7 and back to fun shows like "Gilligan's Island" where everything is lighthearted and full of wit and whimsy? Or do people like this?

Like before this show I had a pretty simple formula: watch "America's Funniest Videos" to laugh at men falling off of boats onto docks and into water, and watch "Cops" to watch people in their darkest hour and feel a little better about my lot in life.

Then this show came along and made me question my role as a television viewer.

On that note, I would like to thank the late, great, Lou Reed for enriching our lives with his thoughtful lyrics and haunting vocals, and congratulate Philip and Sarah Conrad on their nuptials!

A double murder mystery

Karen and that other guy were burned up in gasoline, and Rick and Tyreese get in a big fight over it. Rick busts up his hand by slamming it over Tyreese's eye and they're both worse for the wear. But they bro it out later and they still respect each other. Carol throws items around when talking about Karen, and later reveals that she killed'em.

Stray observations

Tyreese was shoveling pretty vigorously. He's obviously upset about something.


Did Hershel mention Peachtree Street when he was telling Daryl where to get meds?

Bear Trap Zombie feels no pain ... or happiness. :-(



"Everything we've been trying to keep out, its found its way in."


"No, it's always been there."


"I wouldn't count on too much typing in the next few days."

Tyreese: "What I'm picking up is, murder is OK in this place now."

Daryl: "Sunva bitch is about a quart low"

Beth: "We don't get to be upset. We all got jobs to do…just focus on what you have to do. No matter what happens, we'll deal with it."

Hershel: "You've grown a lot these last few months, there's a responsibility about you."

Hershel: "It's peaceful out here. These last couple of days we might be safer outside those walls than in."

Carl: "It was, can't be like that all the time."

Hershel: "Listen dammit: you step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life, and, nowawdays, you breathe and you risk your life. Every moment now. You don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what what you're risking it for."

Winner: Hershel. Get some, Hershel!!!


When Carol stabbed a zombie in the side of the head like it was a meatball that she wanted to lunch on. Her knife had SO many handles. And her boots had SO many straps!


The one who was half the man he used to be and who was covered up in moss like he was some kind of nature boy super hero. I would like to camp with him and tell ghost stories as long as he didn't bite my back while I was asleep.


Zombies: All of the zombie kills were clustered up at the end of this episode. I counted 36, and the official Walking Dead Story Sync checked in at 37. It's pretty arbitrary, because they're ram-manning these abominations with their Dodge Charger, and the miscreants are hitting the deck, but was the thing merely crippled or was it mortally wounded? These questions don't really have answers in the zombocalypse. Let's say 37 for 137 on the season.

Humans: No one bought it this week, but a lot of people are spitting up blood when they cough, so their shelf life can't be great...we're stuck at 10 on the season.

A look ahead to next week's episode, "Indifference"

Rick and Carol enter a home to raid the medicine cabinet and they don't seem to want any funny business. But then some zombies stir up trouble, and well, that's "The Walking Dead"!!! Most of these zombies just don't seem like they want to listen to reason, they just want to eat.

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