Thursday, November 22, 2012

"The Walking Dead: Hounded" EP Recap

This episode opens up with Merle leading three of the Governor’s men are in the woods and are looking for Michonne. They hear a rustle in the woods. They come across severed body parts. The men don’t know what to think of it when one of the men named Neil figures out that it’s a sign that means “go back”; he explains the severed arms make a “G”, the legs make an “O” and the back part of the body is self-explanatory. Merle gets a kick out of it and dubs it a “bitergram”. Neil is becoming emotionally affected by his brutal surroundings but Merle grabs Neil’s shirt and tries to “man it up” and get him to not show emotion. Merle asks him his last name. “Gartuleleau,” Neil responds (I don’t know the correct spelling but I’m hoping I’m close).   Merle lets go of Neil and taunts Michonne: “what’s the deal…one against four?” he taunts. He gets his wish as Michonne sneaks out from the back, decapitates one of the men and stabs the other one in the stomach; Merle shoots towards Michonne, getting her in the hip. Michonne escapes but not without Merle going after her.

"This shit is getting serious, son!"

Back in the prison, Rick is talking to the mysterious woman over the phone. The woman seems thrilled to hear from Rick; “We’ve been calling since it all started!” she exclaims. “Are you someplace safe?” Rick asks. The woman responds with; “I can’t tell you where we are, we’re sorry.” Rick desperately pleads his case to her; “I have a son….a newborn baby, I’m with a good group of people….could you take in others?” The woman says she will talk to the group. Rick begs her not to go and tells them that they are dying in the prison. The woman says she will call him back in 2 hours and despite Rick’s pleads, hands up. Back in C-unit, Rick comes back in as the whole crew is eating a meal. He tells him he’s cleared out the boiler block and took out 1-2 dozen walkers. Glenn suggests that he helps out clear the rest but Rick dismisses the idea, saying he only came back to check on Carl. Rick makes sure everyone has a gun and knife.  Glenn tells Rick that him and Maggie are going to make a run. Rick leaves C-Unit….Hershel tries calling out to him but Rick ignores him. 

Back in the woods, Merle goes back to an emotionally distraught Neil, who is physically nauseated at the gruesome remains of his comrades. Merle kicks Neil and yells him to rise to the occasion, reminding him “some serious shit is going down!” He commands him to get up and also reminds him that they never let their own turn. Merle stabs one of the dead men in the face. Neil stabs the decapitated head. They go back in the home to hunt after Michonne.

Back in Woodsbury, Andrea bumps into the Governor and asks him if she can ask him something but he says no. But the Governor then asks her if she “gets it”. “If it’s an escape, it’s not the right one,” Andrea says in regards to the fighting. “It’s brutality. The world is brutal as it is”. Andrea says she does want to stay in Woodsbury and contribute to the wall so she can shoot a gun and also learn to use a bow.

Back at the phone room, rick is sitting and picking up the phone when it rings. This time, it’s a man’s voice. “You the guy she was talking to?” the mystery man asks. He tells Rick about the safe place they’re in; “It is safe here….no one’s been attacked, bit, died…no one’s turned, no one’s gone crazy.” The man said it could be dangerous for rick and asks how many he has killed. Rick confesses he killed people but only because they were a threat. The man asks Rick how many he’s killed. “Four people: two outsiders, one who threw me to the walkers and one of our own…he lost it….” Rick explains, remembering Shane and his tragic fate. “He lost who he was and threatened me and tried to kill me.” The man asks how he lost his wife. Rick wonders how he knew about Lori. The man says Rick mentioning his kids gave it away. Rick doesn’t want to talk about it. The man hangs up. Rick screams out and kicks the table out of frustration. 

Back at the wall in Woodsbury, a  woman and Andrea are on guard. The woman suggests she can start training tomorrow. The woman said she was taught hunting by her father and that the bow she carries is more expensive than her car. “I killed him for it,” she confesses; “My father wasn’t himself and neither was my brother.” “I had to kill my sister” Amy said. But their conversation is interrupted when a walker approaches . The woman shoots her bow but the arrow bounces back. She tries again but misses. Andrea says she’s got this taken care of. The woman yells at her to not go over the wall but Andrea walks straight towards the walker, elbows him and slashes his head, a look of satisfaction on her face. But the woman isn’t too thrilled. “WHAT the hell was that??” she yells at Andrea.  “That is how it’s done!” Andrea says proudly. “I TOLD you I had it!” the woman says, storming off (this is the point where I actually root for Andrea).

"Hello? I am your mind...."
Back in the “phone room”, Hershel hobbles in to where Rick is to check on him. “May I?” Rick pulls up a chair for him. Hershel chuckles at his leg. “I can still feel it, I’m wiggling my toes!” he laughs. “You saved my life Rick…she was sorry for the things that happened and she told me that. She planned on telling you. Take your time, whatever you need. You carried us and got us here” Rick said it wasn’t safe enough. Hershel said nowhere else is safe and the prison was their best bet. Rick tells him about the phone call with a young woman who was part of the group who said they had a safe place. Hershel picks up the phone and hears the phone has been disconnected and looks at Rick. Rick is telling Hershel how he’s trying to convince the woman to get him and the rest in the group involved but to not tell the group yet. Hershel wants to keep him company but Rick would rather be by himself so Hershel hobbles away. 

Back in the woods, Michonne sneaks on Merle and Neil to fight once again. Merle knocks Michonne down but she kicks Merle where it hurts and all the men get knocked down. To make matters much better, walkers approach them and one gets on top of Merle. Neil stabs the walker in the head. One goes after Michonne. She grabs her katana just in time to slash the walker’s stomachs as it’s intestines and blood cover Michonne.

Back in the prison walls, Oscar and Daryl are investigating the hallways when they hear a door rattle. Daryl said it was a couple walkers but they aren’t leaving so they’ll take care of them on the way back.  He whistles at Carl to stay behind and begins to tell Carl about his mother’s tragic fate; “My mom, she liked to…smoke in bed. Virginia Slims. I was playing out with the kids in the neighborhood….they had bikes, I didn’t. We heard sirens getting louder and they jumped on their bikes and ran after it, hoping to see something worth seeing. I ran after them but I couldn’t keep up. I ran around the corner and saw my friends looking at me. I saw everyone look at me,” he explained; “Fire trucks everywhere, people from the neighborhood…my house is what they were there for. My mom was in bed and burnt down to nothing. That was the hard part. She’s just gone, erased. Nothing left of her. People said it was better that way. I don’t know, just made it seem like it wasn’t real.” Carl tells him that he was the one that shot his mom and ended it. “It was real.” They both exchange condolences on their mothers’ passing.

The trio clearing out the prison of walkers
Back in the office in Woodsbury, the Governor hears a knock. It’s Andrea. She knows what she’s there for. “You were told we don’t go over unless we have to,” he scolds her. Andrea said she wanted practice. He said she wasn’t needed on the wall. “I liked the fights” Andrea confessed. “I didn’t like that I liked them.” The Governor acknowledges it and noticed it; “you could’ve walked out and started but you stayed…like you stayed right now to tell me that.” He said. 

Back in the woods, Merle tells Neil he rose to the occasion and owed him a beer. Merle said they are going to get a car and drive back.  Neil is mad because they killed the others and were going to cover it up. Merle said to Neil that to tell the governor that Michonne was killed as well. Neil mouths back to Merle, “This was some serious shit, that’s what you said. I’m not going to lie about it.” Merle asks Neil his last name again. “Gartuleleau,” he replied. Merle repeats his last name before shooting him in the head and picks up Neil’s gun. Not too far away, Michonne comes across 4 walkers and she prepares to slash them but they walk passed her because of the blood and guts on her.

Back in the “phone room”, phone rings again. This time, it’s the woman and she asks Rick how his wife died. “How do you know my name?” Rick asks. The phone hangs up again and disconnects.

Michonne sneaks around a deserted grocery store to observe. She hides behind a car as she sees a truck drive up. Its Maggie and Glenn going to pick up necessities. 

Back in Woodsbury, Merle and Andrea are having a drink of whiskey in the patio when the Governor confides in her about never feeling proud about what he had done with his life pre-zombie apocalypse. He drinks whiskey to forget the bad times…even the good times before the apocalypse. He confesses that he’d rather be in Woodsbury with whiskey, in a patio…with Andrea. “You don’t have to be ashamed liking the fight, or liking to fight. I love it. It’s not the only thing but nowadays its part of being alive,” he reassures her. “Most people don’t have what it takes to see the whole story…that’s why there’s a lot more them than us” he said. “Us?” Andrea asks. “Yes, us!” The Governor says. “You have it Andrea and you made it…so enjoy it! Eat, drink and be merry!” The Governor and Andrea exchange a glance before they begin passionately kissing.

Drawing guns at an unexpected Merle
Back at the store, Maggie and Glenn are stocking up on what they need outside the truck. Merle comes up from behind the store with a gun drawn, asking them where they are from. Maggie and Glenn draw their guns, commanding Merle to back up. Glenn comes into a state of shock once he sees who it is. Merle asks if Daryl is alive. Glenn says he is. Merle tells them to take him to Daryl and it’ll make up for everything that happened back in Atlanta. “I’ll tell daryl you’re here and he’ll come up to meet you,” Glenn insists. Merle is still trying to convince them but Glenn isn’t having it and tells Merle to wait. Merle draws the gun, shoots the truck window and holds Maggie hostage Merle tells Glenn to open the door and to get in the car and drive…Michonne looks on.

A tired Michonne continues looking on

Back in the prison hallway, Daryl and the others are investigating. Oscar notices a cell with slippers and takes them. A walker approaches them and they all shoot him Daryl notices carol’s knife is sticking in the walker’s neck. He hears a racket in a door nearby. Daryl is terrified that Carol is now a walker. Not too far from the trio, the phone rings again for Rick. Rick is hesitant but picks it up. “How did you know my name?” Rick demands. “Because I know you….” The woman replies.  “and you know them…Amy, Jim, Jackie, all who you were talking to…” “Lori?” rick asks, realizing who it is.  “What happened rick?” Lori asks. Rick breaks down and said “I loved you…..I couldn’t put it back together…..” Rick is in an intense state of grief and finally expresses his thoughts; “I made a deal with myself that I would keep you alive and I’ll find a place and then….i couldn’t open that door, I couldn’t risk it, I was going to keep you, Carl and baby alive” Rick confessed. “I loved you…I LOVE you. I couldn’t put it back together. I should’ve said it….” Lori soothes Rick: “You have a baby, our baby. You have Carl. The group. I love you,” Lori says. “Can you do that…..Rick…..Rick……Rick…….” the phone begins to disconnect and all that’s left is static. Rick hangs up the phone. 

Meanwhile, Andrea and the Governor are in his room doing some sexytime when the door knocks. The Governor grabs his robe and opens the door. It’s Merle and he wants to talk to the Governor. “We lost all 3 guys….” Merle explained.“(Michonne) cut him down and biters gone in the middle of it and got her.” The Governor is disturbed by this news. “We’ll give them a hero’s funeral…do you have them? The sword?” The Governor asks. Merle hesitates and tells him it all happened too fast. “they all got torn and in the middle of them….I got something else. Guys I knew at the Atlanta camp” Merle says. “They know Andrea?” The Governor asks. Merle tells him that they are set up “pretty good” and will find out more.

"The Good Son"
Back in C-Unit, Beth, Carl and Hershel (with baby) come back. Rick slowly approaches Hershel and for the first time, holds his newborn baby in his arms. Meanwhile, outside the door blocked by a dead walker, Daryl is repeatedly stabbing the knife. He kicks in the door and paces, readying himself to finish off Carol. But when he moves over the walker’s body and opens the door, he realizes that Carol, although clearly exhausted and covered in blood, is all. He carries her in his arms to safety (as Jane imagines that she is Carol because she’s turning to…not into a walker but into a shameless Norman Reedus fangirl)

Rick with baby, Hershel, Beth and Carl go outside in the fresh air. “She looks like you” Rick tells Carl. Ricks sees something in the distance….he gives the baby to Carl. Rick goes through the prison yard and sees a herd of walkers once again shaking the gates getting to him…. But in the middle of the herd is Michonne, shaking from her leg injury and holding the basket of necessities and  formula, pleading with her eyes to Rick...

Jane’s Notes: Usually, it takes me 2 days the most to do recaps but I’m a little late for this one. It’s the holidays, does any more need to be said? But let’s get down to business! First of all, I am SOGLAD my predictions on Andrea and Carol were on the dot. I will admit, that whole thing with Rick and the phone had me all kinds of confused until the very end when it was Lori…at least, in Rick’s mind. Once again, Michonne is kicking ass and taking names but I think now she realizes what a threat the people of Woodsbury are, deep down, she wants a safe haven. She’s still one of the baddest of badasses in the history of femme fatales. I’m also glad they show a softer side to Daryl and also it shows that Carl now has someone he can rely on (when his dad isn’t losing it). Last but not least, who was that dumb broad with the bow?

So, with that said, I'm seeing a lot of reoccurring themes this season from the phone ringing, to losing the loved ones to walkers, to setting up a safe haven, to Daryl stepping up to the plate. So with Merle holding Glenn and Maggie hostage, I predict Glenn will outsmart Merle and help Maggie escape. I think that Rick will take in Michonne and Rick will immediately want to go to Woodsbury out of desperation, while Hershel and the rest will step up and plan things out. I think Carol, while she's okay now, I think she's been bitten/scratched but Daryl will be a lot softer to her than he was in season  2 after with what happened to Sophia. 

Hope you all have an awesome thanksgiving! xo

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