To add a little context, Carol — the de facto medical point person since Doc Hershel is laid up with his severed leg — wants to do some cruel and unusual medical experiment to learn how to perform a C-section in preparation for Lori's child birth. So, instead of doing something ridiculous like finding a medical text in the prison library, she poleaxes a charming young lady zombie through the eye with a steel rod, lays it down and hikes up its dress, and then disembowels it in the middle of the prison yard.
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Although that scene was the most lasting image of Sunday night's episode, appropriately titled "Sick", there were also some plot developments.
We got to meet the prisoners that were revealed at the end of last week's season premiere, and they were an interesting bunch.
I think my favorite is the little guy with the Yosemite Sam moustache who keeps saying funny things. Apparently his name is Axel. A few of his pearls of wisdom (this doesn't count as the quote board):
- "What do you mean infected, like AIDS or something?"
- "I can't wait for my own pot to piss in."
- "We don't have no affiliation to what just happened. Tell him Oscar!"
- "It was them that was bad, it wasn't us!"
- "I like my pharmaceuticals, but I'm no killer."
Justice was served, though, as his killer — they might have named him in the episode but I didn't catch it, we'll call him Esse — has his hair parted by machete courtesy of Rick. (Update: his name was Tomas. R.I.P. Tomas)
Then there is the Lil' Slugger (Andrew), who is fed to the zombies in the courtyard. I actually felt pretty sorry for him, maybe because we have the same name. :-(
"You better run," Rick tells him.
Other than that, there was a lot of posturing, sword rattling, Mexican standoffs and discussions. Oh, Hershel came to and everyone stood around him smiling and sharing good vibes.
I was kind of surprised that we didn't meet The Governor this week, or see Woodberry, or see the helicopter, or catch up with Andrea and Michonne, or see Merle, or anything outside of the prison. I'm not complaining, I mean, I knew they weren't going to keep up the all-out bloodbath that was last week's episode, but the pace has definitely slowed.
I think what we need is a good dose of antagonism and crude humor. I sure hope that was Merle Dixon hiding in the bushes at the end, spying on Carol playing doctor with that zombie co-ed.
He wouldn't! Or would he...?
I almost thought Rick was going to kill Lori there for a second! Did anyone else get that feeling? It was when they were standing out on the walkway, and he put his hand on her shoulder. For a second I thought he was going to just stab the heck out of her to get her out of the way. He has been acting strange lately, but it still would have been a huge shocker.
Rick is still just a big softy
When Hershel holds hands with Rick, the hardened leader gets all sentimental again, like when Carl saw a deer. I did think it would have been pretty funny though if he sat there for a second, and then he was like "Hey, someone wanna tell this old man to let go of my hand, before he loses another limb?"
A leg up