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‘The Walking Dead’ recap, season 3, episode 2 (’Sick’): whither Hershel?

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Five prisoners survived the zombie apocalypse – until Rick Grimes & Co. came along.

By the end of the hour, only two remained alive.

We quickly get a feel who the leader is, a Latino man in a wife beater I shall call Lead Bad Guy. At first, they think these are rescuers but their hearts certainly sink when they realize the Grimes crew are really out for themselves and rescuers are not forthcoming.

Not that we’re sympathizing with the interlopers, who are criminals. They were just lucky to even be around in non-zombie form.

A guard when the virus starting overtaking the prison locked them in the cafeteria with all the food, which enabled them to survive 10 months. But once Lead Bad Guy is out, he tries to show his feathers: “My house, my rules, I get to go where I damn well please.”

But Rick exerts his leadership and explains the bleak situation and why there are so many dead zombies strewn about. Lead Bad Guy bestows Rick’s crew a small space by the water. But nope, Rick says his team earned the right to stay at the prison because they killed so many walkers to get there – and they freed the prisoners to boot. “We took it, we spilled blood, it’s ours,” Rick says.

He isn’t unreasonable. He says if they are willing to give up half their food, the Grimes gang can help them clear out a prison cell block for themselves. But they have to stay separate. If he even sees them near his team, he will kill them.

In fact, Rick could have just killed them off immediately but tries to maintain some thread of humanity by making this rather tenuous deal.

The food pantry still looks pretty full, a bonanza for the Grimes syndicate. (Rick also gets a whiff at the bathroom. Stinkier than the zombies, obviously…)

Rick & Co. try to teach the five how to kill the walkers, noting that guns attract more walkers and gets them “riled up,” as Daryl said. “They ain’t men, they’re something else,” Rick informs them. They are pretty clumsy at first as the Grimes trio hang back, but the newbies start getting the hang of it.

Moments after Rick says, “Stay in tight formation,” the prisoner nicknamed “Big Tiny” wanders a bit too far away from the group and a walker scratches him. He is likely infected. So Lead Bad Guy hacks him in the head with a maniacal vengeance – his own guy. This definitely gives Rick pause but they keep pushing forward.

A little while later, Lead Bad Guy deliberately pushes a walker on top of Rick, who falls to the floor with a walker on top of him. Smart move if it works – except this walker isn’t all that vibrant and seconds later, Daryl hacks the walker’s head off.

“It was coming at me, bro,” Lead Bad Guy says, disingenuously.

“I get it,” Rick responds, staring at him intently.

Rick, knowing full well Lead Bad Guy is in not to be trusted, kills him in the brain. Another prisoner, after trying to hit Rick with a baseball bat and failing, runs off and gets trapped in a courtyard full of walkers. Wrong move, dude. Rick leaves him behind to be eaten but actually feels kind of bad about it.

The other two survive, the white dude Mac by begging that he’s not violent and neither is the black dude Oscar, who remains steely and ready to die. “Do what you got to do,” Oscar says. Rick shows compassion and keeps both of them alive. Per the original deal, they are left in their own cell block without their leader. But they have each other. And lots of dead walkers to burn.

Meanwhile, one-legged Hershel is unconscious but not turning into a zombie. Rick’s quick leg hacking worked. But will he survive the blood loss and shock? Carol, with only minimal medical training from Hershel, does stop the bleeding on Hershel’s knee. They place handcuffs on him just in case he dies and comes back as a zombie.

At one point, his heart stops and Lori revives him through what seems like a very tepid CPR effort. This is clearly at attempt to make Lori more sympathetic. Near the end of the episode (SPOILER ALERT), Herschel wakes up. He survives! Joy in the Grimes world.

Rick even kind of thanks Lori for saving Hershel later but clearly, a touch of the shoulder and a “we’re grateful for what you did” is not the reconciliation Lori is hoping for. “Maybe there’s nothing to talk about anymore,” she says sadly.

Most amusing moment: when Carl goes to the infirmary (out of camera range), kills two walkers and gets some bandages and meds. Lori castigates him yet again for going on his own. He gives her lip, supporting Daddy Rick. She has no real response.

Carol is later working on a dead walker to learn some medical technique. The camera implies that someone from the outside is spying on her.

Two episodes in and no Woodbury yet. I presume we’ll see the Governor, Michonne and Andrea next week.

My take: another excellent episode, balancing zombie kills, human enemies from within and a likeable character’s revival. The good, the bad and the gory.

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October 22nd, 2012
8:22 am

Awesome! Can’t wait for next week

Melissa Anderson

October 22nd, 2012
8:47 am

It was fantastic episode. Rick got his Shane on. He gave Tomas several opportunities to live, but ol boy couldn’t let go of his criminal ways. Way to go Daryl for being quick and having Rick’s back. Tdog has been less annoying this season than last. Poor Lori, the nagging caught up with her.

BeRight

October 22nd, 2012
8:53 am

Yeah! Looking forward to this season. Best show on television. Period!

D. Ann

October 22nd, 2012
9:31 am

“Rick leaves him behind….but feels kind of bad about it.”…..Really, how did you get that impression? I observed only a pause from Rick to listen to the prisoner get eaten alive by the walkers, but no emotions cross his features. Seems clearly that he is loosing his humanity and is showing a lack of conscience.
And Hershel’s name is spelled without the c.

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LT

October 22nd, 2012
9:46 am

“kills him in the brain”?

VC

October 22nd, 2012
10:36 am

Awesome episode!!!!!!

nypeach

October 22nd, 2012
11:15 am

I think Rick should have just let the two prisoners join his group. They weren’t violent, didn’t want any trouble and could be helpful in keeping everyone safe. I would have let them join the cellblock and increased my number of able-bodied men.

G

October 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

When Rick left the black guy in the courtyard to the walkers, I think he paused to make sure they got to him and that he was dead.

“Something or someone” is going to run the Grimes Gang out of the prison. Maybe the helicopter finds them and brings them back to Woodbury.

I’m thinking that Lori is NOT going to make it through this season. I’m willing to bet both her and the newborn don’t make it.

G

October 22nd, 2012
11:27 am

@nypeach……Nope. I would have done exactly what Rick did or offed them both. Gotta remember, they are in “prison” (not county jail) for a reason. There are other serious crimes besides murder.

lawyerdaggett

October 22nd, 2012
11:28 am

I’m surprised you didn’t mention Dish bringing back AMC. I know it’s not part of the story line, but it’s still a pretty big deal.

Rabbit

October 22nd, 2012
11:58 am

Fantastic episode!!! Rick Rules!!!!!

BigA

October 22nd, 2012
12:39 pm

Rick didn’t have to kill lil’ bit. He only swung the bat cause he was scared. C’mon Rick!

Peppermint

October 22nd, 2012
12:41 pm

They were filming at the Methodist church in Turin all weekend….and this morning…all the lights were breathtaking…

PJ

October 22nd, 2012
12:50 pm

Those lights in Turin were for the new Schwarzenegger film, not The Walking Dead.

Justin Engel

October 22nd, 2012
12:55 pm

Great thoughts on The Walking Dead’s “Sick.” Here’s the perspective of our blog at MLive: http://www.mlive.com/tv/index.ssf/2012/10/the_walking_dead_blog_ricks_de.html

Honey Boo Boo

October 22nd, 2012
1:00 pm

@ G

If you’ve ever read the comic, you would already know that Lori and her unborn child are not going to be around much longer. I mean, if the series follows the comic, that is.

Whisky Breath

October 22nd, 2012
1:02 pm

I keep hoping that Carl will be eaten every episode.

Lead Zombie

October 22nd, 2012
1:03 pm

I’d like to eat Lori and Maggie, myself.

mambo

October 22nd, 2012
1:08 pm

You mean that people actually watch this crap?

Lara

October 22nd, 2012
1:41 pm

It wasn’t the bathroom they caught a whiff of, it was the refrigerator in the pantry…

Amanda

October 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

Hey AJC, clicking on the link about Adele and twitter trolls on the front page takes you to this post.

G

October 22nd, 2012
2:23 pm

@Honey Boo Boo. I’m familiar with the comic, but I haven’t read it. Good guess, huh? Can’t picture them being on the run….with a baby. Lori’s in a tailspin: She lost her lover, losing her son, and now her husband……again. She’s really a loser. Lori the loser!

Honey Boo Boo

October 22nd, 2012
2:33 pm

According to the comic, Lori and her child are going to be killed in a battle with the Governor’s forces when they try to take over the prison.

Make Mine Maggie!

October 22nd, 2012
2:36 pm

***SPOILER ALERT***

(You were warned.)

I am so glad Herschel did not die as a result of the 0bamaCare treatment on his leg injury.

I am curious as to which of the 3 prisoners we did not see die, including the one Rick chased into the yard and locked out of the building, will be the one who opens the gate currently holding all the not-yet-dead walkers who wind up killing Carol within the next two episodes.

Do you think Merle Dixon as the person in the woods watching Carol practice C-sections on the chick walker?

Mercedes S.

October 22nd, 2012
2:40 pm

Honey Boo Boo, please pack up your spoilers and take them with you to your own show.

Melissa Anderson

October 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

Really Make Mine Maggie,

You can’t suspend your partisan ways for a zombie apocalypse? You have my condolences.

Make Mine Maggie!

October 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

According to an article on “The Walking Dead” on MSN.com, an upcoming episode will feature a famous deceased person from the real world appearing as a walker version of themselves on the show.

http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=766862

Any bets on it being Whitney Houston? Since it will be in Georgia, there is no television of a Hollywood, New York or D.C. walker and Rick’s group of survivors is currently in Middle/South Georgia, could it be Alan Jackson or Chris Tucker?

Thanks to throwing the Braves season over Dan Uggla’s head and into left field, that Chipper Jones has a great deal of free time to play dead now….

Honey Boo Boo

October 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

Mercedes…….Sorry I spoiled what is apparently the high water mark of your weekend life. I think you need to find a sigificant other to occupy your time on the weekend, and you wouldn’t be so emotionally involved in what amounts to a Sunday night soap opera. Be real. A lot of these characters are about to die by the end of the season, if the comic and the series stay true to each other. They may die in different ways than the comic, but die, they will……and in a loud, grotesque, Hollywood fashion

Make Mine Maggie!

October 22nd, 2012
2:48 pm

into right field, not left.

(That bogus “Infield Fly” was in left field.)

Honey Boo Boo

October 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Make Mine Maggie…..

It’s going to be me…..That’s right! Your very favorite Middle Georgia trailer trash kid, Honey Boo Boo!!

You better redneckognize!

Maybe the whole family will get ate up!

I would expect that June has the large gut to accomodate the whole clan! She’ll be eating, and walking, and farting.

Honey Boo Boo

October 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Sorry for the spoiler, Mercedes.

Make Mine Maggie!

October 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Since they are in a prison, over 3/4 of which has not yet been explored, maybe the “famous person” appearing as a walker will be the rapper T.I. or possibly even Rodney King.

They wouldn’t even need extra makeup.

Maybe The Governor of Woodbury will keep a famous Georgia politician in his trophy room.

Honey Boo Boo

October 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Maggie……Rodney King is already dead.

Make Mine Maggie!

October 22nd, 2012
2:57 pm

***SPOILER ALERT*** (& Appetite Killer)

(You were warned.)

Why did the writers of the show have to use last night’s episode to show us how the living prisoners defecate, causing Rick to almost vomit in the process, but they STILL have not addressed how the walkers dispose of their waste for the audience?

(not that we should really care THAT much about either group)

With all that flesh these walkers consume, and assuming their human digestive tracts are no longer functioning, one would think the phrase “goes right through me” takes on a whole new meaning…

Make Mine Maggie!

October 22nd, 2012
2:59 pm

Honey Boo Boo,

ALL of the walkers on that show are “already dead.”

Thanks for playing, though.

:-)

Rodney Ho

October 22nd, 2012
2:59 pm

@Make Mine Maggie! I’ve thought about the whole digestion issue, too. Also, the actors never seem to react to what I can imagine must be some awful STENCH emanating from these rotting walkers. I mean, wouldn’t that be perpetually gag worthy?

Honey Boo Boo

October 22nd, 2012
3:01 pm

Interesting thought, Maggie. Another one……How do the female survivors handle having their time of the month? Seeing as how the zombies literally can smell the ‘blood in the water’, so to speak, how do the female survivors cope with and conceal this condition?

Honey Boo Boo

October 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

Maggie…..I know that. So how does Rodney King get on the show to play a walker if he’s dead?

Lead Zombie

October 22nd, 2012
3:05 pm

I want to eat Maggie.

Make Mine Maggie!

October 22nd, 2012
3:07 pm

CORRECTION:

RE: ” ‘Big Tiny’ wanders a bit too far away from the group and a walker scratches him.”

Nope. Big Tiny didn’t “wander” anywhere.

Much like the bulk of the AffirmativeAction hires in our office who disappear once some serious work needs to be done & leave it the rest of the team, Big Tiny was a coward who was actively fleeing the fight, and abandoning his companions to leave them all in danger and do the dirty work, to preserve his own obese backside.

Big Tiny got what cowards like him deserve for abandoning his colleagues.

Rob Zombie

October 22nd, 2012
3:19 pm

Big Tiny was a puss.

Make Mine Maggie!

October 22nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Someone alluded to the fact that not all of these prisoners were necessarily of the so-called “violent” variety.

Creepy from the start,that prisoner with the long, floppy hair & moustache seems like the “Sandusky” type of seedy prisoner who would be in prison for obvious reasons.

It is probably best if Rick isolates him from the group under lock and key, especially the minors.

nypeach

October 22nd, 2012
3:42 pm

Maggie, get your head out of your arse. You are truly an idiot. What in the world does race and affirmative action have to do with a really good television show? and by the by, as a woman you, too, are a beneficiary of affirmative action. But I’m sure your brain is too small to process that information.

Kettlesa

October 22nd, 2012
7:51 pm

I loved the part where Beth Greene sings for her father in Episode 1! Excited to see more of the Greene ladies in Episode 2. Found out she sings in real life and is doing super cheap concert online for her Walking Dead fans. Its hosted at StageIt: http://www.stageit.com/emily_kinney_music/emily_kinney_live_from_or_s_apartment/14888
There are still a few tickets left and they are as low as 10 cents!

Jst Askn

October 23rd, 2012
10:45 am

@ Whisky Breath: I’m waiting on Carl’s demise, too. Still not over Dale’s death!

CASTING QUESTION

October 23rd, 2012
12:54 pm

Does anyone know the name of the actor who played the Latino man who was the “Lead Bad Guy” prisoner?

Truthpaste

October 24th, 2012
12:06 am

@casting question: Nick Gomez. They interviewed him right afterward on Talking Dead. Poor guy auditioned for the role, got it, and didn’t know he was going to die until he got to makeup. LOL

Truthpaste

October 24th, 2012
12:07 am

Hey Rodney, thanks for the blog. I’m tired of reality shows and look forward to your updates on TWD.

Whisky Breath

October 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

I loved the way Rick just split that inmate’s tater without hesitation, because he knew it had to be done. The guy would have always been a threat. Sign of a strong leader, there. Rick gave him the Obama Care solution for a lobotomy.