This episode of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ opened up with a steamy shower scene starring Shane, played by the handsome Jon Bernthal. With those abs and the ability to shoot a zombie from any distance, it’s no wonder that Sheriff Rick Grimes’ wife Lori has had an extra fun time while her husband was away.
Lori and Rick sit at the bedside of little Carl who is on the verge of death. The emotionally unstable Shane volunteers to go to the local high school with Otis-the-clumsy-hunter to find supplies for Carl’s surgery. This surgery is in the hands of a local animal veterinarian and sounds like the perfect recipe for disaster.
Rick continues to stand by Shane, telling Lori a story from their past about his clever way of stealing a car. Lori keeps telling him to keep his strength up, possibly because she is about to completely throw in the towel.
Meanwhile, Shane and Otis are running around the halls at the high school fulfilling every bored student’s dream of fighting off the zombie apocalypse in their basketball gym. We’ve all sized up our institutions at one point or another. Shane wastes no time in shooting several walkers and making his way out of a second story window. After punching one of them in the face he falls injuring his ankle and ambles away.
Daryl explained to the crew last episode that he is nothing but zen and he proves it by leaving the camper to find Sophia. He probably does this so he can escape Carol’s bawling. Hopefully, Carol and Dale will hook up soon because both of them need lovin’ and it would get them to shut their mouths long enough for the audience to focus on what counts, the killing.
Andrea is still out to prove she is the bravest among them all, but when you consider Maggie’s baseball bat to that walker’s head, on horseback no less, Andrea is not really useful at all. Daryl finds a man who hung himself after getting infected but did not die before the disease took hold. This poor zombie hangs like a rack of meat from a tree, scratching and gnawing as a newly formed walker. Andrea wants a mercy kill. Daryl thinks it’s a waste of an arrow.
Each character seems to weigh their own moral scale with every episode. For Daryl, the quest for Sophia is worth the risk but the zombified noose in the woods doesn’t constitute effort on his part. Rick Grimes is considered the most moral of everyone, but even he makes unwise choices that could jeopardize the group, like giving too much blood to his son Carl.
T-dog and Glenn finally showed up to Maggie’s house. Nobody has worried much about them for a couple of episodes. Hopefully Glenn and Maggie turn out to be a thing because honestly, that would be adorable. Surprisingly, redneck Merle actually served a greater purpose. He contracted venereal disease, used antibiotics and cleared up T-dog’s infection thereby saving his arm. What a sweetie pie!
We now understand how Lori was able to bone Shane with absolutely no remorse. Once she considers someone dead, they are truly dead to her. Carl has one seizure and she is looking for a plug to pull. Yes, she made a decent argument about the world being an utter wasteland full of disgusting zombies, but she still sounded like a major beeyotch!
Shane finally shows up with the supplies for Carl but Otis is not in the truck with him. Rick gave him another ultra friendly thank you hug, but Lori eyed him suspiciously and for good reason. It turns out that Shane grew tired of all that extra weight slowing him down and sacrificed Otis as means of escape from the high school. Otis was played by Pruitt Taylor Vince, who has portrayed some of the creepiest, untrustworthy characters in film and television. It was a shame to see him go so soon.
Shane ends the episode by shaving his head to hide evidence of a struggle between himself and Otis, the tasty meal for a pack of zombies looking for some school lunch. We still speculate as to the meaning of his ’22′ symbol necklace. However, it is clear that although Shane comes off as a complete jerk, his affections for Lori know no bounds. He will literally lie, steal or kill for her.
While you ponder the events of last night’s episode, why not peruse the gallery of shirtless pics of Jon Bernthal from last night’s episode.