harsens_rob (harsens_rob) wrote,

Walking Dead Reviewed: "Cherokee Rose"


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The Walking Dead
Season 2, Episode 4

Cherokee Rose

Written By: Evan Reilly
DIR: Billy Gierhart

Blurb (imdb): With Carl recovering, the group, once again, puts their focus on finding Sophia.

My blurb: Just a little warning that one screen cap includes walker-gore.

Scene 01: We open on a shot of some farm equipment sitting without use. Then we get a peaceful shot of the farm in the early morning light. Soon our focus is on a group made up of Beth, Jimmy, Glen, Shane and T-Dog. They’re loading stones into a wheelbarrow.

Scene 02: They’re soon distracted by the sounds of engines coming up the dirt road. This is the rest of our group arriving from the highway.

Scene 03: In the farmhouse, Herschel Greene is checking on Carl’s condition. He tells Rick and Lori that the fever has gone down as Carl struggles to come around.

His first question is about Sophia and whether she’s okay. Rick lies. Lori tells him to go back to sleep. Theodore comes in to tell them that the rest have arrived.

Scene 04: Everyone stands unsure for several moments before Rick lets them know that Carl is going to pull through thanks to Herschel and his people… and Shane.


Scene 05: Everyone gathers a bit later in the yard under the trees to place memorial stones in an empty cairn on behalf of the lost Otis. As Herschel reads the eulogy of Otis living, and dying, in grace to save a child - Shane is left looking shell-shocked with horror at what he did.


He starts having a flashback of his and Otis stumbling away from the hoard, just before he shot the other man in order to make the escape that Carl needed. But Herschel’s voice cuts in as he asks him to say a few words. Shane tries to beg off as not being an eloquent man, but Patricia begs him to say a few words since he was there for his final moments.

Patricia tells him that she needs to hear about the end to know that his death had a meaning to it. Shane chokes up as he starts relaying how badly the situation was going, before he begins to spin his line of shit. He tells the gathered that Otis shoved his backpack into his arms and shoved him ahead while he tried to keep the walkers too distracted to follow.

Flashbacks replay how things actually happened.

Shane limps over to the wheelbarrow and grabs a stone. He places this on the cairn and tells Patricia if not for Otis, neither of them would’ve made it back to save Carl.

Commentary: Am I like, the worst, for almost forgiving Shane? Wait, wait… before you lynch me: Shane did tell Otis to run ahead and get the equipment to the farm. It wasn’t until Otis insisted they could both make it that Shane drew his gun and popped him in the leg. And he did it for Carl, who is like a son to him when he didn’t know Otis as anyone except the person that put Carl next to death’s door in the first place.

So, yeah… I’m nearly there in forgiving him… but I just can’t quite be there because I don’t feel like he can be trusted. It’s a step too far, I think, on his slippery slope and after the CDC incident with Lori and the lining up a shot on Rick before that… he’s just becoming too dangerous and who knows what he’ll pull next and how he’ll justify it.

[Future-Harsens: Or Present-harsens is just pathetically unable to deal with the fact that Rick/Shane's bromance isn't going to continue and he's looking for a reason to not hate Shane.]

I’m finding myself so frustrated with him because I really want him to be a good guy with Rick, rather than turning out to be our villain.

I also want to give a kudo here to Jane McNeill for some nice acting during her dialog to Jon.

Credits be crediting.

Scene 06: After Otis' memorial, everyone gathers together to turn attention to finding the missing Sophia. It’s the beginning of day 3 that she’s been missing and hope is waning.

Maggie walks up with a county survey map to help them grid out an organized search.

The next topic is guns for the search teams. Herschel still objects to guns being out on his property as he doesn’t want his idyllic farm to turn into an armed camp. Shane doesn’t like the thought of a herd of “those things” coming along and them only having bladed weaponry, but Herschel’s face says how unhappy he is with all of this to begin with. Rick assures him that this is his property and they’ll all respect his hospitality by following his rules.

The next thing Shane brings up is the worst case scenario… what do they do if they find her, but she’s already been bit? The intention is clear. Maggie reacts with shock and asks what they’ll tell Carol in that case. Andrea says they’ll tell her the truth. She looks over at her father, but Herschel just gives her a hard stare back and shakes his head that she’s not to argue with them. Shane finally requests that one person be allowed a rifle during look out from the RV roof and Rick tells Herschel that his people would feel safer and less inclined to carry individual guns around.

Herschel reluctantly nods assent. As everyone starts breaking up, with Daryl ready to go out and Shane getting the car to drive back to the highway in case Sophia made her way back, Maggie says they need more antibiotics and pain meds.

She tells them she needs to head down the road about a mile to a pharmacy that they’ve raided for needed supplies before. Rick offers that Glen is their expert when it comes to getting into places safely and finding a way out again.

Commentary: I didn’t like that glance between Herschel and Maggie. I don’t think that our group and the Greene group are going to be able to get along when they’ve such a difference of opinion about the guns. You just know that somebody on our team -- either Shane or Andrea probably, are going to get caught carrying in violation of the rules they were supposed to respect. Not to mention the Shane/Otis issue hanging like a dark cloud over everything. I don’t want to see our group thrown back to the undead right when Carl can finally walk, but I don’t trust our hotheads not to eff this whole situation up.

Scene 07: Over at the RV, Shane is getting stuff to help set up the visitor’s camp. Unfortunately, he runs into Lori [because their off again/well…/no it’s off… well… triangle with Rick is infuriating].

They exchange pleasantries. Lori is about to enter the RV when Shane stops her to ask if she meant what she said about her wanting him to stay. She agrees that she meant it, so it appears that he’s not going to follow his first instincts to leave [alas for us and the group].

Commentary: Seriously - the way that Lori and Shane’s relationship is written just makes both of them look horrible, but at least one of them has an excuse in that he’s turning into the sort of man who can thrive in an apocalypse where there isn’t a law to follow. Lori’s behavior, her playing Rick and Shane against one another… it all comes across to me as poor writing by a staff that doesn’t know exactly how they want her character to be.

I want to like her, I really do -- and I think that Sarah did some great work when Lori’s not being crappily written but her character just remains muddied as to what exactly she wants or what her viewpoint is about her husband and her former lover. It’s quite frustrating to me because I can see the conflict within her that they wanted to express but it just doesn’t come across well.

Scene 08: Over with Glen, he’s raking some ground to set up their tents, campfire, etc.

Maggie wanders over to invite him to a pharmacy run. Glen is tongue tied ‘cause “girl pretty, language hard”. Dale saves him from looking like a goon by interrupting to find out about fresh water for the temporary [presumably] settlers. Maggie helps with that and tells Dale he should feel free to take what they need from one of the wells. She then tells Glen that she’ll saddle up his horse, leaving him a bit befuddled about horses being involved.

Scene 09: Andrea barrels over to where Shane is making sure everyone’s guns have been collected. She’s outraged by once again being expected to wander around without being properly armed, but Shane tells her that Rick’s made the decision that they’re going to act like the guests they are. She asks him if he’s really okay with that, being shocked. He tells her that she still needs to learn how to take care of her weapon anyway and side tracks her by telling her to sit down so he can go through proper cleaning of the sidearm with her.


Andrea doesn’t even get through step one of unloading her weapon without Shane interrupting to remind her she never unloads while pointing the barrel in the direction of another person. But he leads her through pulling the gun apart so its internal components can be properly maintained. Andrea embraces the chance to learn.

Scene 10: Over with Rick, he’s sitting on the front steps trying to decompress now that Carl is out the other side of his brush with death. He spots Daryl heading out and calls over to him.

Daryl is tense and crabby throughout as Rick tries to tell him that they have a base of operations now to plan out a thorough search. He tells him that Daryl doesn’t owe them anything - apparently because he’s acting so resentful of the rest of them but Daryl gripes that his other plans fell through and he marches off to search on his own again, which he claims he does better doing.

Commentary: It’s really amazing that Daryl and Andrea become so redeemed as characters because this second season is full of problematic writing. This may either be the reason for, or the consequences of the behind-the-scenes power struggles going on but the long and short of it is that these characters are all written with attitude problems that aren’t really explained or shown the reasons as to why clearly. In a way, I can accept this as the group is trying to gather themselves from the disappointments of their camp being overrun and then the promised-land of the CDC being a death trap. It’s natural that everyone would be on edge and since they don’t know one another well -- especially their de facto leader who I’m sure nobody knows how he ended up calling the shots -- they’re generally hostile toward anything that might hint of a stealth insult or being told what to do. But this could’ve worked so much better if we’d a) gotten better writing to show why our characters seem to be on the precipice of turning on one another and b) if we received a clearer picture of factions or friendships among the survivors that would blunt some of the … pissy-ness… we’re being bombarded by.

It also continues to bother me at this point that nothing is found of Sophia that just doesn’t seem possible. I’m still wondering if there is somebody out in those woods who took her, because that’s the only explanation for how she could’ve disappeared so completely.

[Future Harsens-rob: I know what happened to her, but we’ll talk about that later because I still don’t think it logically works. Undoubtedly Present Harsens-rob will complain some more about the writing when we get there, too.]

Scene 11: With Daryl leaving Rick unsure how he’s going to be able to repair the relationship between he and the younger Dixon - apparently still carrying a grudge over Merle, as you’d expect, Herschel joins him.


Rick can sense that Herschel remains unconvinced about the group squatting on his farm and tries to smooth the tense relationship by offering to move his group further away and give him more space. He suggests they could move down the hill by the barn, but Herschel offers that won’t be necessary.

He does tell him though that it’s important that Rick’s group doesn’t start thinking of staying there as a permanent thing. He states plainly that once the girl is found and the boy is fit to travel, he expects them to move on. It leaves Rick disappointed.

Scene 12: Meanwhile, Glen is watching Maggie through binoculars as she brings their horses up to the house. He “helloooo farmer’s daughter” out loud. Lori steps in the path.

She has a list of items for him, and also on a separate piece of paper a very personal item. She asks for discreetness.

Scene 13: Dale meanwhile has grabbed T-Dog so they can fill up jugs with well water. Theodore, from out of left field, tells Dale he’s not weak or a coward. Dale offers that he never said he was, but T is bothered by the stuff he rambled out on the highway. He asks Dale to just keep the things Theodore said to himself. Dale responds that he has no idea what T-Dog is talking about, as he couldn’t get a word out of him all day.

Theodore brings up the chances of them finding Sophia after three days, but Dale is willing to bet on their chances in this case. T agrees they’ll do whatever they have to.

In the meantime, Dale hears something and wanders several feet away to another well. The boards covering it up are broken through. Theodore is going on with how they can make it through all of this if everyone does their part to help each other. He doesn’t notice Dale’s look of revulsion and worry. From the well, the sounds of a walker can be heard echoing up the well.

Theodore goes to take himself a drink, but Dale slaps the ladle out of his hand.

Scene 14: The rest of the group is brought over to check out their well problem, including Maggie and Glen who haven’t left yet for some reason.

Down in the well is a bloated walker.

Scene 15: A suggestion is made that they take care of it by first shooting it in the head and then using a rope to pull it out. Maggie objects. Glen says it’s a good plan, but Andrea agrees with Maggie. She tells them it’s a stupid plan since if the water hasn’t been contaminated yet, blowing the things brains all over will definitely do the job.

They’re left to figure out how to haul it out without it bleeding into the ground water table.

Scene 16: Over with Rick, he’s joined Herschel again to discuss the local area and try to determine where a lost and frightened little girl may have gone to hide. Rick offers that they’ve missed another branch of the creek completely, possibly leading Sophia to have run off miles from where they looked for her.

Herschel takes a moment to show Rick the expansive beauty laid out in the valley below the farm’s property line. He tells Rick it’s good to pause now and again and enjoy the beauty of god.

[I get the feeling that Herschel may be sizing up Rick’s moral fiber by bringing up his own deep held faith… like maybe if he felt that Rick was a god-fearing man, he’d be more likely to invite them to stay after all. But if so, Rick fails this secret test.]

Rick tells Herschel that the last time he asked God for a favor, Carl got shot. He angrily says he tries not to mix up what is happening around them with the Almighty anymore. Herschel tries to get Rick to see God’s hand in leading him through the travails thus far which Lori shared with him. He says that for every bad thing that happened, Rick was then brought to a point of safety. Rick offers that all that says is that God has a strange sense of humor [I’ve found the Lord is big on irony… and he thinks he’s more funny than he actually is].

Scene 17: Over with the walker, he’s baited with some canned ham and a fishing line. They have a noose to try to slip around him when he’s distracted. He’s not interested. Theodore points out that canned meat doesn’t kick and scream when it’s being eaten and Lori offers that there is probably a reason that the walkers didn’t raid their cupboards when they came back.

The only answer is live bait: And Andrea’s look suggests Glen for the task. His look suggests he’s thinking it too, but not liking it.


Scene 18: Shortly later, Glen has been roped around the waist. He jokes with Shane that he really likes his new haircut and thinks he has a nicely shaped head. Shane tells him not to worry, that he’ll be brought back up in one piece. Glen specifies that it’s important that he be brought up in one LIVING piece.

Maggie is not liking this plan at all. But the longer the walker stays in the well, the more chance of contamination of not only there, but any water sources nearby, or so they fear.

Glen goes down into the well to get the walker’s attention. He has the wide noose to slip around the walker’s middle so they can haul it up. While Glen is being lowered, the well pump that the rope was looped around comes loose from the rotted boards and Glen takes a precipitous fall down the well, being stopped mere inches from the walker’s gluttonous biting. Theodore just stops him short of falling into the water with the walker as everyone struggles to get Glen’s dead weight back up.

Commentary: This walker effect is just disgusting, so all credit needs to go to the effect team. It’s absolutely wonderful that it isn’t CGI’d. The scene also involves some interesting camera work starting above the well and then “falling” into it above Glen’s head as he yells to be pulled out.

This entire scene was not only welcomed because the rest of the episode has been so sedate, but they really did a great job of putting Glen in danger. I didn’t think it’d be a “lose a character” moment, so I wasn’t pulled in that way, but I did appreciate the way that the risk was presented.

Scene 19: With as much yelling as possible, the others are finally successful in dragging Glen up the well to safety. Glen collapses on the ground, hauling in huge lungful of dusty air gratefully. Dale tells them they’ll have to go back to the drawing board, but Glen smiles that he managed to rope the walker before being brought up.

Scene 20: Meanwhile Daryl is out searching the edge of the woods. He comes across an abandoned farm house on another property. He searches the abandoned house room by room, looking for anything that could indicate a squatter. He locates an open tin of anchovies.

When a pantry door squeaks, he raises his crossbow and checks it out. He finds a blanket and some cans of food, but no Sophia or anyone else alive or walker.

On exiting, Daryl calls for Sophia, but nothing moves. He spots two flowers -- the Cherokee Rose of the title. He kneels before them and ponders.

Scene 21: Back at the well, our gang hauls up the waterlogged walker under the arms where Glen got the rope around.

It’s a struggle and takes the help of a horse to dead-lift the zombie’s weight. As the thing finally makes it to the edge of the well, it gets stuck against the rocks. Our crew pulls harder to get it up and over the lip of the well.

It doesn’t quite work out:


T-Dog offers that he’s glad they didn’t do something stupid, like shooting it. He pick-axes it in the head, leaving Maggie upset and nauseated by the brutal violence.

Commentary: UGH. This scene really does leave me feeling a bit sick to my stomach. The effect is supremely bloody, egregiously gutty and entirely squishy-sounding throughout. So ACE EFFECT Gang! But… BLAHHH, GROSS!

I do like the humor shown by T-Dog in the scene and I like Maggie’s reaction to these people who are much more physically violent than her family has apparently been. It tells us a lot about the Greene farm, if we didn’t already guess: These folks haven’t had to deal with the walker plague… not really…. They may be aware of how badly things have gone in the outside world, but they’ve been relatively untouched except for accidents and Otis, while our gang have obviously gotten comfortable with putting down the undead with extreme prejudice.

It should be interesting to watch some of our characters -- probably starting with Maggie -- begin to grasp just what the undead represent to the world now.

Scene 22: Later out on the highway, a message has been painted on one of the car windshields with cans of food left for Sophia to find. They tell her to stay put and they’ll be back to collect her. Carol is there, accompanied by Shane and Andrea.

Andrea tries to offer Carol words of hope, but Carol tells her to save them. She can’t listen to anymore of them while her girl remains missing. Shane tries next, but she waves off his words as well.

Scene 23: On their way back, Shane speaks to Andrea about setting up a shooting range on the hill, where the ground behind a wooden pole fence can act as a backstop for their bullets. Andrea is all about when she can carry again, but Shane tries to impress on her that shooting stationary targets is different than trying to shoot a moving assailant who is trying to kill her.

He goes on to tell her that it’s been said that when you’re firing at a real attacker things slow down, but he counters that actually they speed up and adrenaline can leave you nearly paralyzed if you let it. You can’t think, you need to rely on your developed instincts and make sure that you’re the one to make the decision about which of you is going to be the survivor.

[Shane is very obviously talking from experience and at first I was thinking it was about the shoot out that claimed Rick as a casualty in the pilot episode. But then I realized that Shane’s mind is still struggling with the decision to shoot Otis and leave him as a distraction. He isn’t lost yet… he’s feeling immense regret for what he did, even if he’s not yet ready to confess it and be condemned.]

Andrea wants to know how to shut off her mind in a fight/flight situation. Shane tells her she has to learn in that moment of decision not to feel or to think, just act without wondering if it’s the right call.

Scene 24: With Maggie and Glen, they’re taking their horses into town on that supply run finally. To fill the silence, except for the horse hooves, Glen brags that supply runs solo is kind of his thing… like he’s the great lone hunter.

Maggie remains silent and bothered. He brings up the look he saw on her face when the walker was killed. He offers that he supposes they’ve become a bit numb to the horror of it because of the things they’ve already been through.

They get to the shop where a sign tells everybody who comes by to grab what they can use freely. In the shop, Maggie and Glen separate so that he can find Lori’s special request. He apparently didn’t recognize that it was a pregnancy test… Lori is pregnant?!

[Oh, shit. You just know it’s going to be another Rick vs. Shane thing and this isn’t going to help Shane come back from the dark side… damn!]

Maggie interrupts Glen discovering what Lori needed and in a panic he grabs a box at random and tells her he was just picking up random stuff that might be useful. Alas, the box he picked up was condoms!

Maggie looks flabbergasted that this is what he was wasting time looking through. Glen tries to get out of looking pretty foolish, but everything he says just makes it look worse and presumptuous about getting laid later. Maggie calls him on it and when he denies that he was assuming there would be sex between them, she asks if there is something wrong with her. He stammers over that one until he admits that he’s unsure what to say now.

Maggie finally just tells him that she’ll have sex with him. This leaves Glen floored. She tells him it isn’t like they have a lot of options for companionship. To his shock, she kisses him and they go ahead and do it.

Commentary: And all I could think is - one: Where the Hell Did This Come From?! And also, Isn’t This Just Setting Up One More Reason For Herschel to Order Our Group Off His Land?

It just left me with a bad feeling about the impacts of this tryst, despite my not wanting anyone to be alone in our merry band.

Scene 25: Back at the farm, Rick is still shadowing Herschel. They look over at Rick’s people getting things settled. Rick tells Herschel with desperation that he needs to reconsider asking them to leave. Herschel isn’t happy about being put on the spot, but Rick tells him it’s deliberate. He tells him that if he knew how bad things really were outside of this bubble, he wouldn’t make them go out there again.


Rick collapses on the steps and tells Herschel that he’s asking on behalf of Carl. He tells him about lying to him that morning [about Sophia being fine] and he feels like he’s failing him. Herschel tells Rick that his own father never bothered with comforting lies, he just used his fists to express his feelings. He uses this to express that he believes Rick is a good father, unlike his own.

Rick asks if Herschel will at least consider letting them stay and he tells him that there are aspects to things around the farm that he won’t discuss, but if he can show that his people will respect Herschel’s rules and remember that they’re guests, then yes - he’ll consider it seriously.

Commentary: I like this quiet scene between Andrew and Scott but there is something missing in it. I wish that Herschel had been scripted to make it a bit more clear as to why he’s so reluctant to allow anyone else to join his community permanently: He could’ve expressed the resources are already stretched thin, or he could’ve expressed how he fears the violence that Rick’s group is so ready to resort to that puts his own people at risk and then mentioned specifically how he doesn’t feel safe with Andrea and Shane especially always wanting to defy the ban on the guns around the place.

There is the reason that Herschel alluded to that we’ll find out later but right here I really wanted something more, even if it was a red-herring reason for not letting the group get settled. It would’ve allowed us to be more sympathetic toward Herschel’s concerns for his own family if we’d gotten some sort of clear reasoning behind his reluctance.

Scene 26: In the house, Lori is sitting on the bed where she’s nodded off cradling Carl around the shoulders. She wakes as Rick tries to tip toe in. He offers to take over watch and allow Lori to get some fresh air.

Scene 27: Back with Glen and Maggie, he goes to say something and she warns him not to spoil it. He offers with a grin that it was good then, but she counters that it was a one time thing and it’s obvious she doesn’t want to talk about it.

Scene 28: They return to the farm where Herschel asks if everything went alright [probably because they were gone longer than he’d think it should’ve taken].

Lori comes out and gets the secret box from Glen but she’s confused by his overly quiet attitude at her.

Scene 29: Also returned is Daryl. He finds Carol having cleaned up the RV and is now darning. Daryl brings her a Cherokee Rose. He shares the story of the rose.

He tells Carol that be believes he found the rose for Sophia as a sign that she wasn’t lost to them for good.

Commentary: I loved Norman’s telling of this myth and the interaction between Daryl and Carol in this scene. It was another nice character moment to allow Norman’s character to have shading and again shows us that he’s taken Sophia’s disappearance far harder than he generally lets known [though we did see this earlier after the first search for her and again when he was willing to go out when he should’ve been resting to find her]. It’s a very gentle and sweet scene and both Norman and Melissa carry it well.

Scene 30: Much later, Carl awakes and Rick tries to admit that he lied about Sophia but Lori had already broke the real news to him. Carl forgives his dad for lying to keep him from getting upset but wonders if he really thinks that they’ll find her. Rick tells him he thinks that they will.

Carl is in good spirits despite how things have gone lately. He's excited that he can say that they’ve shared the experience of being shot now. Rick offers that he’s pretty sure Lori would be more happy if they shared the same eyes, so he should probably just keep his pleasure to himself. They share grins.

Rick offers Carl his iconic hat as being a “member of the club” now.

Scene 31: Rick returns to the room he and Lori are using as they wait for Carl to be mobile. He starts to undress as Lori comes in.

She sees him putting his badge into the drawer and asks if he’s putting them away for good, as he stares at it significantly. He doesn’t answer. She kisses his shoulder and tells him she wants to spend a bit more time with Carl and then she’ll be in.

Scene 32: Instead Lori leaves the house [and not even quietly… nice way to let the door slam shut, Lori]. She walks through the quiet camp out into the darkness.

Once across the road in the tall grass, she undoes her package with her pee stick to run the pregnancy test with a look of trepidation. She’s not at all comforted to find a positive result.


Lori weeps for herself over what this will mean for their survival.

The Good: I liked the memorial scene for Otis with Shane struggling with the truth and Jane's acting out Patricia's grief and need to understand what happened.

The special effects work for the Well Walker was disgustingly well done. I also liked that somebody pointed out how stupid it would be to have the walker's blood in the water via the planned gunshot to the head.

I really liked the idea of a concerted effort to teach everybody how to aim and fire a gun. It's amazing that this hasn't been a thing since their first camp!

The acting of Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride in the RV in regards to the Cherokee Rose was beautiful and probably the best scene between characters in the episode.

The Bad: Nothing bothered me enough to put here.

Other Thoughts: The big issue with this episode is that the pacing is really pretty slow. Other than the one well-walker, there isn't any tense moments to speak of. They attempt to create some frission with Rick and Herschel, but since Herschel's exact reasoning for being so reluctant to form bonds with the visitors isn't voiced, it's hard for us to feel tension in their interactions. In addition, suggesting that Lori may be pregnant isn't really intense on its own - but only if the group is looking at being evicted from the farm while she's carrying the baby... but by this time, we don't believe that will happen because Rick and Herschel seem to be reaching an accord. Being a quiet episode isn't bad in and of itself: I liked the Shane and Andrea scenes and the flashbacks of Otis' real fate and I really liked Daryl's scenes, especially with Carol. But I do feel like we needed just a bit more threat in the episode, even if it was just a surprise walker in the pharmacy.

I have some problems with Glen and Maggie's hook up, just because it seemed to have come from nowhere but I like Maggie acting cool in the aftermath, while Glen is acting geeky over it.

The whole issue with the missing Sophia is dragging a bit for me. It's been three whole days by the end of the episode and it bugs me that everyone is still expressing no doubts that Sophia will be found. It's even more annoying that there has been no hint of just how she disappeared so completely and suddenly. It was an okay mystery but it's impossible to keep this going because there just isn't any way that she'd have the survival skills necessary to still be alive without somebody else's intervention, and in that case the audience should really get a scene that tells us where she is, so we know that our gang isn't wasting their time [and ours].

The Score: The only complaint I had was that I wanted something more to happen that would've added a bit of menace to the middle portion of the episode. The sedate scenes of everyone settling in and Herschel telling Rick to stop it just made the episode a weak one.

3.0 out of 5 stars

Next review: The X-Files' "Space"

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