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The Walking Dead Recap S5E4: Slabtown

The Walking Dead S5E4: Slabtown

Original Airdate: November 2, 2014

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

I believe the official hashtag for tonight’s episode is #WhereIsBeth?  And tonight we find out the answer to that question.

Beth opens her eyes.  The clock is ticking.  She’s in a hospital gown, in a hospital room.  The view from the grimy window suggests that she’s in Atlanta.  And Atlanta is absolutely desolate.  She bangs on the door and pulls the IV from her wrist.  The door opens, and a doctor and police officer walk in.  The doctor says everything is okay.  He introduces himself as Dr. Stephen Edwards, and the cop is Dawn Learner, and she’s at Grady Memorial in Atlanta.  Learner found Beth on the side of the road surrounded by Walkers.  Beth knows her name but can’t remember being left on the side of the road.  Her wrist was supposedly broken and her face has a big cut on it.  Beth asks if Daryl is with her.  He’s not.  Learner says that she was alone, and that they saved her.  “So you owe us,” she finishes.

Oh, great.  You get hurt in the apocalypse and the insurance companies still come after you.

Edwards takes Beth into another room with a man who is severely injured.  He had been out on a supply run and was hurt.  He pulls the plug and lets him die, since he’s unresponsive.  The doctor puts a knife through his temple.  Beth helps him wheel the body out into the hallway, and while he talks to the police, she wanders down and sees another girl in a room.  The girl closes her door.  Edwards says that only a few people live in the hospital, just enough to sustain them.  Everyone has a job.  He prepares to dump the body.  Since they don’t venture outside much, they dump them in the elevator shafts, so that the Walkers (they call them Runners) who make their way into the basement smell the fresh meat and stay down there instead of venturing upstairs.

Beth goes into the cafeteria.  There are a few other patients, and two police officers.  One of the officers comes up and smiles at Beth, telling her that she’s looking better.  He explains that he and his partner had been on a run trying to find some weapons they’d heard about, and that’s when they found her.  He says his name is Gorman.  She doesn’t remember being on the road.  He says that when someone does you a favor, you should help them in return.  He says she should show some appreciation or else he’ll write down the food she’s taking.  Everything has a price.  She stares at him and walks away.

Down the hall, a woman tells one of the patients that they’ll find John.  Apparently the patients are working for the officers.  Beth takes the food to Edwards, who is lounging at his desk listening to music.  He complains about being bored, and Beth says he’s lucky to be able to feel bored.  Music is something that is a perk since he’s the only doctor in the place.  He asks where her food is, and she says she didn’t take anything because she’ll end up owing more.  He tells her to sit down, that Dawn doesn’t have to know.  They’re going to enjoy guinea pig together.  She sits and he cuts off a piece and offers it to her.  “It’s good enough for Peru,” he laughs.  He points to a Caravaggio painting that he found in the trash.  There’s no place for it anymore.  He wants to think people can rise above being animals.

They are interrupted when Learner and Gorman wheel in a man they found who fell from a building.  Edwards says that he isn’t worth the resources, and it’s clear that this is a bigger conversation.  Learner and Gorman have a whispered conversation, and then she tells Edwards to save the man in spite of whatever she said before.  He figures that there is blood in the man’s lungs and takes care of that, but he explains that he doesn’t have the tools to deal with the internal bleeding.  She turns and slaps Beth, ripping her stitches.  She tells Edwards to think about Beth next time.  He stares at Learner while Beth holds her injured cheek.  Something bad is happening in this place.

Edwards fixes Beth’s cheek and says that Learner is only like that on her bad days.  He says that Beth should change into a new shirt because Learner likes things neat.  It looks like Learner is in charge.  Beth reaches for the new shirt when he leaves the room.  There’s a lollipop inside.  She smiles.

Gorman and Learner bring a struggling patient into a room while Edwards waits for Beth.  Gorman says he’s needed.  The patient apparently allowed a Walker to bite her arm.  Now they need to amputate it.  The patient doesn’t want to live, but Learner insists that she’s not going to die.  Edwards is prepping the anesthesia but the patient doesn’t want it, and Learner says to amputate without it.  They order Beth to hold her down, and Beth panics, thinking of her father.  But they insist, so Beth does it.  It’s agonizing.

Later, Beth enters the laundry room and sees the patient who had been taking care of Learner’s uniforms.  His name is Noah.  He asks if she’s okay.  He’d given her the lollipop because he figured she would need it.  Noah reveals that he has been there for a year.  He says their system doesn’t allow people to come and go, which is why the lady tried to kill herself while escaping.  When they found him, he was pretty torn up.  He had been with his father and they said they could only save one person.  At first he believed them, but now he knows that his father was bigger and stronger looking, so they didn’t want someone who could resist.  But they’re wrong about him.  And about Beth.  They need to wait until the right time to escape.

Beth is mixing cleaner under police supervision when Learner comes in.  Learner gives her a tray of food and explains to her that she’s giving her food and shelter, and when has that ever been free?  Learner sees her position as being a caretaker.  She’s working to keep everyone alive until help arrives.  If Beth wants to leave, she needs to be strong and work until it’s time.  That means she has to eat.

It’s Beth’s job to clean the blood from the floor of Joan’s room.  Joan’s arm is freshly amputated but she’s awake.  She says it’s nice that she’s cleaning the room.  Beth wants to get Dr. Edwards, but Joan says to wait.  Joan says that Learner can’t control everyone, but she’s a coward and it’s easier to act that way then to be nice.  Beth wants to know what they did to her.  Joan doesn’t want to say, but she does say that it’s easier to make a deal with the devil when you’re the one paying the price.

When Beth is back in her room, she goes to the mattress to find her lollipop.  Gorman walks in with her lollipop in hand.  He opens it and puts it in her mouth, then he wants her to put it in her mouth.  Thankfully Edwards comes in and stops him.  Gorman feels that Beth should have been his, as was Joan.  Edwards says that he’d better not get hurt.  Learner walks past and tells Gorman to stop, but he isn’t quite finished.  He tells the doctor that there will be a time when there is someone else in charge, and another doctor to go along with it.  When they’re gone, Beth asks Edwards why he doesn’t leave.

He takes her down to the ground floor.  There’s no way out.  Not really.  There are scores of walkers in the basement.  This is why he stays.  He comes down and looks at them when he’s thinking about leaving.  He wants to tell her a story, so they go to the roof.  When the outbreak began, Learner worked for a guy named Hanson who ordered the hospital to be cleared out to another hospital.  Bombs were going off.  Before they could leave, they realized that they were on their own.  They stayed there until they ran out of food, and then they started going on runs.  One day he was on a run when they found a boy with napalm burns.  Learner said that they couldn’t spare the resources, so they struck a deal.  He’d save who he could, but they had to work off their end of the bargain in return.  One day Hanson cracked and people died, so Learner took over and kept them safe.  Beth doesn’t understand his version of safe.  This isn’t living.  This is like being a prisoner.  Edwards knows that none of them could survive out there on their own.  He tells Beth to check in on the patient they worked together to save, and then she can call it a day and start fresh the next day.  It’s hard to tell what his intentions are with her, and clearly she doesn’t completely trust him, either.

Beth mixes the drugs for the patient and administers them perfectly.  Noah stops in to say hi, but then the man goes into a seizure and dies.  Learner drives a pair of scissors through his temple and then demands to know what happened.  Noah makes up an excuse and so she drags him out while Edwards watches.  Edwards privately asks Beth what happened, but he says she administered the wrong drug.  She hears Noah being beaten in Learner’s office and tries to go to him, but Edwards stops her.

Learner goes into Beth’s room and says that she knows that Noah made up the story to protect her.  He is her best orderly and she’s upset that she had to beat him, but it’s for the greater good.  Beth is not the greater good and so far she isn’t doing anything to help the cause.  Orderlies should keep the officers happy, and she’s not doing that.  Learner is doing the best she can to protect them all until they are rescued, and then they will be part of the rebuilding efforts.  Beth says it’s all bull shit, and that she is strong, but Learner points to the scar on her wrist and says that some people aren’t cut out for all of this.

Noah says his face isn’t as bad as it looks. He’s on painkillers.  He says that they’re all trapped here, even Learner.  Beth wants to go with him.  He says she keeps a key to the elevators in her office, so he will distract her so Beth can find them.  While Learner is occupied with another patient, Beth goes to the office and finds a wallet with a St. Ignatius ID card in it.  Joan is also dead on the floor of the office, but Beth moves swiftly.  She jimmies open the filing cabinet when Gorman walks in.  The man is so damn creepy.  He says he hopes he isn’t interrupting.  Beth says that she was looking for Dawn’s key.  He says he was just with Dawn and that she didn’t need her key, but maybe she doesn’t need to know.  Beth knows that Joan is going to wake up soon, so she plays along, allowing Gorman to almost get to second base with her.  When Joan’s fingers start moving, Beth smashes a jar of lollipops against his head and steals his gun.  Joan takes over and bites his neck open.

Learner and her guards walk down the hall with Noah.  He says he needs to grab a battery. Beth tells Learner that Joan was looking for her and that she and Gorman were heading toward her office.  While the people in the ward scream, she and Noah head to the elevator shaft and tie a rope made of sheets to a pipe.  Beth goes down first, but as Noah descends he is attacked by a Walker on a lower floor and he falls through to the bottom.  They fall into a pit of bodies but they’re ok.  The basement is dark and full of noises, but they’re all right.  When a group of Walkers attacks, Beth takes them out with precision.  They get outside and Beth fights off a herd of Walkers on her own while Noah escapes and she’s taken down by two guards.  Beth is handcuffed while Noah escapes.

Learned demands to know who Beth thinks she is.  Beth says that no one is coming for them, but Learner thinks differently.  She knocks Beth out.

Later, Edwards checks on Beth’s new injuries and says that she is doing better.  He’s about to leave when Beth asks why he told her to kill their patient.  She knows that it’s because he was a doctor as well, and had he lived he would have been competition.  Edwards makes a reference to the Caravaggio painting and says that Judas would have been killed had he not cooperated.  He knew the man was a doctor and that’s why he ordered him killed.  Edwards leaves, but he left the scissors on the table.  She takes them and heads down the hall to where Edwards is awaiting a new patient.  Beth grips the scissors until she sees the patient.  It’s Carol.  Oh, shit.

Does anyone else get a Sansa Stark vibe coming from this episode?  Beth is in a royally screwed up situation.  It was almost painful to watch the horror in Beth’s face as she realizes where she is and what she’s dealing with.  But what will happen now that Carol is at Grady as well?  And if Carol is at Grady, who is with Daryl?

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“Look at the Flowers” and Other Poignant Moments from The Walking Dead

With season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead off to a thrilling start, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the shocking moments of the series.  This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many such moments and these are just a few.

Lizzie brought us so many gasp! moments. My personal favorites are when she killed her own sister to turn her into a Walker, and when Carol killed Lizzie for killing her sister.  “Look at the flowers,” Carol had said. Goosebumps.  Every time.

I’ll never be able to think of the Fox show Bob’s Burgers now without thinking of the Bob-B-Q with Gareth.  To add insult to Bob’s injury, Gareth even tells Bob that he “tastes better than the expected.”  Of course, Bob gets his revenge by screaming “tainted meat” in the following episode….

Rick’s transformation was complete as soon as he bit into that guy’s neck to save Carl. While he made good on his promise to kill Gareth with the machete, this was not so much a shock so much as confirmation that Rick is back.  It took that moment of complete desperation to trigger the transformation. 

When Lori died it was up to Carl to keep her from turning.  As hard as it was for him, he knew he had to do it.  I believe that this led to the sense of duty he has now.

What are some of your favorite shocking moments from The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead Recap S5E3: Four Walls and a Roof

The Walking Dead S5E3: Four Walls and a Roof

Original Airdate: October 26, 2014

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

“A man’s gotta eat.”  Now infamous words.  Did anyone BBQ over the weekend?

Gareth continues to educate Bob on their ways.  He’s standing in front of a glass wall and beyond the glass there is a tone of Walkers.  He explains that his mom told him you celebrate every day you’re above ground.  They marked their way so they can go back, but now there’s nothing to go back to.  They were going to offer the group a choice between joining them or being their food.  Gareth continues and says that he thinks that women taste better.  His brother Alex almost caught Carol, who killed his mom.  His brother is also dead.  Gareth is looking forward to eating Carol.  Gareth tells Bob that he’s being a human being because he’s talking to him.  Perspective.  As Bob laughs at his predicament, Gareth’s group circles near.  Bob can’t stop laughing.  He pulls back his shirt to reveal that he has been bitten.  The group quickly starts spitting up their food while Gareth tries to convince them that the meat is fine because they cooked it.  “Tainted meat!” Bob screams.  Gareth kicks him so that Bob falls to the ground, unconscious.

Sasha is walking through the woods looking for Bob.  She sees the marks on the trees, and she hears a Walker nearby.  There are two of them, actually, and she takes one down before being overtaken.  Tyreese and Rick come to her aid, and she tells them that she saw someone watching her.  He’s getting away.  Rick tells her Carol and Daryl are gone as well.

Back at the church, Sasha confronts Gabriel.  She says everything is connected, and that he appeared and now three of their people are missing.  He steadfastly maintains that he’s not involved with any of it.  Rick steps in and says that he saw the writing on the walls.  “You’ll burn for this.”  Gabriel breaks down and says he always locked the doors at night.  In the beginning, after Atlanta was bombed, his parish came to the church seeking refuge.  He heard them, but there were so many of them.  Entire families were outside, but he didn’t open the doors and they called his name while they were torn apart by the Walkers.  He says he buried them all.  He thinks the Lord sent Rick’s group to punish him.  “I’m damned,” he sobs.  He falls to the floor and sobs, clearly a broken man.  Suddenly Glen hears a whistle outside the church.  He sees someone lying in the grass.  They run outside and find Bob there, unconscious.  There are Walkers everywhere.  Sasha breaks down at the sight of him.  Glen calls for her to bring him inside while they kill the Walkers.  Rick takes a few shots into the darkness.  He knows they’re in trouble.

Bob wakes up and tells everyone that he was knocked out in the graveyard and when he came to he was in a schoolyard.  Gareth was bragging about eating him alive, “Like they had it all figured out.”  Rick asks about Daryl and Carol but Bob replies that Gareth says they drove away.  He reveals his bitten shoulder.  Gabriel offers up his couch to the dying man.  Sasha smiles at him in gratitude.  Abraham announces that it’s time to go to Washington.  He fixed the truck and says that they need to move because there is a threat out there.  He orders the group to go, now.  Glen tries to reason with him and says they need to wait for Carol, who saved his life.  Abraham says they are leaving.  Eugene doesn’t want to go, but finally agrees under duress.  Glen begs for another day and promises that he and Maggie will go with them if they wait.  They need to work together to make this all work out.  Abraham agrees to 12 hours, then it’s “taillights.”

Bob tells Sasha that the pain from his leg took away the pain from his shoulder.  She asks why he didn’t tell her.  He’s convinced that had he said something, everything would be about the “end” but he liked the beginning with her, and the middle.  He doesn’t want to focus on the end.

Tyreese sits and listens as Rick says that Gareth’s group might be watching, but they know where they are hiding.  They made a big move, and now they need a bigger move.  Rick asks if Tyreese is up for a big move.  Sasha wants to go, too.  She returns to see Bob, and Tyreese goes in and tells her that he wishes he had this time with Karen before she died.  Sasha asks if he remembers how he felt when she died and what he wanted to do.  Tyreese says that his anger made him block the need for forgiveness.  The only thing Bob will want is to see her sitting there.  Sasha hands her knife to Tyreese and says that Bob would want the knife through his temple the moment he stops breathing.

Half of the group leaves while the other half stays locked in the office with Bob.  Meanwhile, the glass at the school is about to break, and that means a herd of Walkers will be unleashed.  Slowly but surely Gareth’s group makes they way to the church.  He signals to the members of his group to move slowly.  They try the door and manage to break it open.  They go inside and it’s pitch black.  Gareth calls out to them, pointing out that they know they’re in there.  They have been watching.  They know who is inside, and he starts naming off the people inside.  Carl stands in the office with the gun pointed at the door.  Gareth names exactly who is inside, down to baby Judith.  He tells them to come out.  They have a choice between two doors.  (Easter Egg: the Bible passages refer to scenes where the dead rise and walk again)  Gareth offers an opportunity for the priest to take Judith and leave.  But Judith starts crying, which alerts Gareth’s group.  Gareth smiles.  He might keep Judith.  She’s helpful.

The gang has their guns pointed at the door.  They’re about to go in when two of Gareth’s men are shot in the head.  Gareth threatens to blow the door, but Rick shoots him in the hand.  Martin (the guy Tyreese beat up) doesn’t want to surrender, but Abraham is beside him with a gun to his head.  Rick tells Gareth they didn’t want to waste the bullets on them.  Gareth tries to reason with him, saying that they used to help people but things went bad.  They were hungry.  He can tell that Rick has never known hunger.  Gareth says Rick doesn’t have to do this.  They can walk away and never see each other again.  Rick knows that they will continue to kill other people.  Besides, he had a promise to uphold.  He took the knife that Gareth almost killed him with and plunges it into Gareth’s head.  The rest of the gang kills the other members of Gareth’s group, but no shots are fired.  They do this job by hand.  When they finish, Rick stands back and reminds everyone that this could have been them.  And Gareth would have killed them.  Michonne retrieves her blade from the body of one of the men.  The four bodies lie on the floor and the altar is covered in blood.  Gabriel walks in and sees it.  In a shaky voice he says that this is the Lord’s house.  “It’s just four walls and a roof,” Maggie replies.

The gang lines up to say goodbye to Bob.  Maggie says he’s always be a part of them.  As they leave, Bob calls for Rick and asks him to keep Judith.  He wants to thank Rick because before the prison he didn’t know if any good people were left, but Rick took him in.  He says that days shouldn’t end who you are.  “And that’s just a dead man’s opinion.”  “We’ll take it.”  He tells Rick to look at Judith and tell him that the world isn’t going to change.

Bob smiles peacefully.  When he wakes up, he’s still smiling.  Sasha is there and he tells her that he’s smiling because she was smiling at him in the dream.  She wants to know what good is coming from the bad.  Before he can reply, he stops breathing.  Sasha starts crying, knowing what she has to do.  She grabs her knife.  Tyreese comes in and asks for the knife.  She hands it over gratefully.  Tyreese turns back to the couch and gently grabs Bob’s head.  He slides the knife into Bob’s temple just as gently.  There is a carving of the Last Supper above.

Abraham gives Rick a copy of their route map.  He says that Eugene will work his magic in DC, and Rick’s group should be there for it.  Abraham starts the bus and away they go, leaving Rick, Carl, Judith, Tyreese, Sasha, Gabriel and Michonne.  Rick looks at the map and there’s a message from Abraham: “Sorry I was an asshole.  Come to Washington DC. The New World’s gonna need Rick Grimes.”

Rick helps Tyreese dig graves for the Terminus folk.  He asks Tyreese about his trip to Terminus.  Tyreese says telling the story will kill him.  “No, it won’t,” Rick assures him.

Michonne is keeping watch outside that night.  Gabriel comes outside and tells her that he can’t sleep.  It’s not because of the night before.  He sees all of it.  She says that will happen, but in time it will fade.  Suddenly there is a noise.  Michonne approaches the woods. Daryl steps out.  Michonne smiles, then asks about Carol.  “Come on out,” he says.

End of the episode.

So.  A lot happened tonight.  Gareth is dead, the gang split up and there are a ton of Walkers in the school nearby.  And Daryl seems to be back.

What did you think?  And it looks like next week we get to see what happened with Beth.

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