But, seriously, what a good opportunity for future father-son bonding. Better than anything a front porch, a sunset and even the most banana-handed fistful of Werther's Originals could ever facilitate. Now Carl and dad Rick are both gunshot victims. And Lori is basically responsible for both.
A flashback (thank God these are used sparingly) 'splains that while Rick was out upholding the law and getting his guts pumped fulla lead, Lori was sitting around jawing with a girlfriend about what an annoying husband he is because he doesn't fight with her good enough (women, right?).
Argue with then badmouth your cop husband, and something terrible's bound to happen. Samesies for confidently letting your son out of your sight during a zombie apocalypse.
So, at the ass-end of the gun that shot Carl and that poor deer, is Otis, who attended the Dick Cheney School of gun safety (that joke = proof I haven't had an original thought since roughly 2006) and who's part of a scrappy, self-sufficient pack of people living in a nearby farmhouse. And there's a doctor in the house! Sort of! His name's Herchel (and he was great in "Junebug").
While Herchel tends to Carl, Shane — ever the doting lover — tends to Rick, who's a mess because Lori doesn't know what happened to their son yet. Someone has to find and tell her, but he can't go because he has to stay at the house to give blood, and Shane can't go because ... wait, why can't Shane go? I know, there's post-coital awkwardness there, but he could have at least offered to do it since he's serving no discernable purpose at the house.
FINALLY, Shane finds a purpose. There's a FEMA trailer at the high school that contains medical supplies Herchel needs to root around for bullets in Carl's belly without just killing him, so Otis and Shane decide to go, even though it's overrun with zombies and Otis is fat and slow.
Meanwhile Lori and the others are wandering around the woods looking for Sophia (remember her?) and bald mom is being REALLY insensitive about the whole thing. She says to Andrea, "I’m just hoping and praying she doesn’t end up like Amy. Oh, God. That’s the worst thing I ever said," aaaaaaand, now we know why her husband hated her (JK; Happy Domestic Violence Awareness Month!).
Also meanwhile, T-Dog has an ugly case of blood poisoning from the should-have-been-fatal injury he suffered last episode, and has had plenty of time to think while he and Dale look for drugs and cigarettes instead of looking for Sophias with the rest of the gang. "What are we doing?" he asks Dale. What he's saying is, why are they the two who weren't invited to join the Sophia search party (likely answer: Because Dale's old and T-Bone is on the verge of death). He points out that he's the only black person in the group and would, therefore, be the "first to get lynched."
Dale thinks it's the fever talking. I say it's the fact that T-Dog lives in the South where lots of people are, in truth, horrifyingly racist.
There's something missing from this episode. I can't figure out what it is. Zombies. Zombies are what are missing.
Andrea finally gets attacked by a Walker in the woods, and how lucky it is for the lady on horseback who was sent to find Lori about Carl! She rides up and bashes the zombie in the head, which probably made the burden of being the bearer of bad news a little lighter.
Now, I don't want to downplay the impact of the AIDS epidemic, but I can't help but think Herchel's comparison of that disease to whatever is turning everyone in the whole entire world into zombies is a little misguided. But what would he know, he's just a vet. "A combat vet?" asks Lori. No, IDIOT, a veterinarian. But don't worry because little boys are very dog-like, so Carl's in good hands.
He'll be in better hands if Shane and Otis can get the medical supplies Herchel needs without getting zombie bitten. And they have a plan! They throw flares to distract the zombies and they scurry into the FEMA trailer. End of plan. After that they'll just make a run for it. That usually works out well.
As they barricade themselves inside the high school, trailed by lots and lots of zombies, Ollie looks at Stan and says, "Here's another fine mess you've gotten us into." Roll credits!
What did you people think of this week's episode? A little dull until the very end, right?
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