The Walking Dead Recap: Forget — I’m Good

 Posted by on March 9, 2015 at 5:23 am  The Walking Dead
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tmpId0jY3-mdly-photoThere’s so much going on in the suburbs! Between neighborhood watch, recipe discussions, and scaring the hell out of sneaky neighborhood kids, there’s no time to grieve for what you had before — even if it was everyday combat with zombies. Rick Grimes certainly seems to miss the walkers. There he stands, in the last shot of this week’s Walking Dead, Forget: palm pressed to the perimeter wall of Alexandria, hearing the groans of the walkers on the other side. He doesn’t seem fearful: he seems wistful.

Rick isn’t alone in feeling ill at ease. There’s no room for the pain of Sasha’s recent losses in her bucolic new surroundings. She begins the episode outside the gates, literally baiting the local walkers to come get her, and it gets worse from there. She requests watch duty, but gets turned down. Finally, at a boring house party for Sasha and the other new arrivals, a neighbor asks her what her favorite meal is. She loses it.

THAT’S what you WORRY about? – Sasha

The very next day, Deanna rolls the gate aside to let Sasha out. As we say in the pre-apocalypse world, she wasn’t a strong culture fit for Alexandria.

By contrast, Daryl is doing surprisingly well. He runs into Aaron outside Alexandria, and the two try to catch a local wild horse (which Aaron has named Buttons). This project is disastrous for poor Buttons, but it works for Daryl and Aaron. When Daryl passes Aaron and Eric’s house later that night, Aaron invites him in for dinner.

You do know the difference between a good person and a bad person. – Aaron to Daryl

It’s not an idle compliment: Aaron is offering Daryl a job, as Alexandria’s “other recruiter.” The position would involve lots of travel, a sweet ride (some assembly required!), and very few terrible cocktail parties like the one going on next door. It’s perfect!

At the cocktail party, Rick is proving very popular. Deanna’s husband showers him with praise, then offers him what looks like some very nice Scotch. “I’m good,” he demurs, but his host insists.

Rick’s new neighbor Jessie is there as well, with her husband Pete (now off the porch and in a better mood). Jessie holds Baby Asskicker for a while, singing the praises of Alexandria. When she hands the baby back, Rick kisses her. It’s a kiss on the cheek, but it’s also that kind of kiss.

Also at the party, Carol is winding up a long day of nice-lady recon. After hours of smiling and recipe-sharing, poor Carol steals away to grab some guns and chocolate — but guess what? The nosy neighbor kid followed her, hoping that there would be cookies.

Without raising her voice or breaking her composure, Carol lets the boy know exactly what he can expect from her:

You can never tell anyone, especially your mom. Because if you do, one morning you’ll be outside the walls, tied to a tree. The monsters will come, and  they will tear you apart and chew you up while you’re still alive … Or you can promise not to ever tell anyone and then nothing will happen, and you’ll get cookies. Lots of cookies. – Carol

That is a high freaking price to pay for some extra cookies.

Clearly, adjusting to Alexandria is not second nature for the survivors. They’re trying, in different ways — Michonne even puts on a dress for the party — but it’s a struggle for most of them. When fight or flight has been part of daily life for so long, how can these people go back to recipes and walking the beat? And will “normal” life ever feel like life to them again?

Final episode thoughts:

  • “I’m hunting rabbits.” This is literally how Aaron greets Daryl when they run into each other. Insert your BE VEWY VEWY QUIET jokes here, because for some reason Aaron does not.
  • I’m sorry, Buttons. You deserved a more peaceful end.
  • The friendship between Aaron and Daryl makes sense. These two –three, counting Eric! — are no-bullshit guys. I don’t think theirs is an alliance of outsiders; I think it’s a shared aversion to smalltalk. Many friendships grow from much less.
  • Carol was killing it as the neighborhood auntie, until that kid came skulking after her. Her hideous flowered sweater is terrific camouflage, and her clueless act around guns? Perfect.
  • Rick’s storyline just got interesting, and I really did not see that coming. Have you seen how bad this guy used to be at flirting?
  • What do we think of Jessie, friends? My family calls her “Supercuts,” as in: It’s on for Rick and Supercuts!
  • The way Rick reaches for his gun at the end of the episode makes me nervous for Jessie’s husband. Pete might not be the greatest guy, but Rick is a loose cannon — and it’s looking like Pete is his likely target.
  • I’m sorry Sasha left — even though as an introvert, I understand why she chose to. I’m also thinking she’s more valuable to Team Loose Cannon Rick on the outside: if things suddenly go sour inside Alexandria, she can help.
  • Dumb Spencer’s dumb comment about the pasta machine was probably what sent Sasha over the edge. I hope she locates a pasta machine and fires it over the wall, just for spite. Here’s your f**king pasta maker, Mrs. Neudermeyer! 
  • The letter “W” carved into the forehead of a zombie kill outside Alexandria: what does it mean? “Watchers”? Is someone out there in the habit of labeling things (“w” for walker)? What?

  16 Responses to “The Walking Dead Recap: Forget — I’m Good”

  1. All the zombie action seems so forced now and I hated watching Buttons become lunch. Team Rick – please just stay inside the walls for a little bit and enjoy the quiet and the cookies!

    I would be Deanna in a post-apocalyptic world. I would want everyone to share, play nicely and work together to build a new life. And a show about that world would be canceled in three episodes.

    Why are we wasting so much ammo now? Do they really have that much stockpiled?

    Carol is nuts! That poor kid. The beginning of the scene reminded me of Cindy Lou Who catching the Grinch stealing the Christmas tree. The Grinch handled it better.

    Supercuts needs to work her magic on Daryl and Carl. The hair cutting, not the flirting.

    I think the “W” was an “M,” as in Morgan. No matter how far fetched his journey to Virginia may seem, I believe he’s around there somewhere and he got tired of carving on trees. Maybe he rode in on Buttons. 🙂

    • Laura — Was I the only one made uncomfortable by how Carol’s threats to the cookie kid was played for comic relief?

      • I don’t think it was entirely comic relief. We know that each of our crew is having difficulty adapting to an easier life. This is not different from Sasha exploding at the party.

    • I may be the only one to find it interesting that Carol and Tyreese considered splitting up with one taking Judith and the other Lizzie, before deciding naaah they’d just blow out her brains –unity is strength, after all.

  2. Someone caught that the W was also on the foreheads of the zombies that were cut in half.

    Quote of the week: “You live by it, you die by it, you eat potato puffs with it.”

    • Of course people are wondering — does “W” = “Wolves”, whoever they are.

      • The “W” is a death card, just like the deck of cards Col. Kilgore used – “Ace of spades, nine of spades, four of hearts” to let Charlie know who did this. The one problem with this assumption is the difficulty in carving initials on rotting walkers. A more logical assumption may be that they mark freshly killed humans before they turn. This would also explain why many of the zombies were cut in half and quartered. They can’t walk away so they become a permanent warning to all who stumble upon this conquered fortress.

  3. i didn’t feel like Sasha had left, after all, wouldn’t there have been more of a turnout?
    i thought she was going rabbit hunting.

    My better half thinks Aaron is hitting on Darryl, but i think Aaron is a pitcher and is drawn to Darryl out of hero worshiop for the bad boy motorcycle loner badass that he wishes he could be.

    Kevin Smith was on Talking Dead and made some brilliant observations (i won’t talk about possible spoilers, which in a moment of entusiasm he may have referenced).

    He thought that Team Rick was showing classic signs of PTSD, and i right away re-imagined Sasha as an American Sniper begging for more “tower duty”

    Smith also mentioned Rick’s “tractor beam” eyes and how he hadn’t seen them used for romance before, but Jessie was definetly being pulled in. i thought her reaction was so subtly complex: flattered, fearful, repulsed, intrigued, appreciative, turned on, and finally – as she walked away – confused.

    i didn’t think Carol was used as comic relief. her monotone delivery and the fact that she’s the Angel of Death when it comes to kids on the show made her threat of real monsters coming to get you something to be taken seriuously. perhaps, inadvertantly, the “cookies or death” nature of the threat is what gives it a comic tone, but any threat would be funny if you think it won’t be followed up on*, but i for one didn’t think she was joking.

    • You can bet Kevin Smith and his crew have dissected the comics. They probably know that stuff inside and out, up to down, left to right. They’re children, but they’re very sharp, astute children. They’re fun. He’s been one of the very few guests who brought something interesting to Talking Dead. The actors often sound like they’re just recapping their story. They rarely bring any insight or theory to the program. “That’s obvious.” is usually my reaction to that whole show.

      • Talking Dead used to be a great half hour show.
        They didn’t have tve the time to ask guests questions that everyone nows cannot be anwered. the guests were there usually to offer closure to the fans and the actors because they had been killed that episode or to demonstrate how pretty they can look when cleaned up.
        i don’t really know why i watch now.

  4. I, for one, take great offense at the mockery TWD is making of suburban life. I am quite sure that the Alexandrians would: 1. get their news from Fox. 2. deny that there is an apocalypse – Zombie population growth is a naturally occuring phenomenon. 3. not miss a chance to tell the gun control lobby, “I told ya so”. 4. rather trade recipes than survival techniques and 5. Not hide anything from their mothers.

    • On the other hand it *is* Northern Virginia –“NOVA” — considered a bastion of Yankeedom in Richmond, full of federal workers from throughout the U.S., and which gave Obama Virginia’s 14 (?) electoral votes in 2008. Robert E. Lee’s (surprisingly modest) boyhood home and the Confederate soldier memorial statue are possibly not that significant.

  5. Did anyone else think of Walter White’s lovingly caressing that steel tank to the sound of “Baby Blue” during that final scene with Rick? Come to think of it it wound have made a great sequence for a series finale.

    • Carol has become Walter White. All those fist pumps for Carol on the Internet for threatening the kid creeped me out. And Rick wants Jessie to be his Girl by any means necessary.

  6. I haven’t seen mention anywhere of the red A stamped on the hands of party-goers. It seemed a bit prominent on another man’s hand just before the child asked if Rick wanted a stamp to be “one of us.” Random but readily noticeable. What does it mean?

    • They discussed it in the episode, as a stamp for belonging in the party or something. It made no sense in such a small community, although they made plenty of symbolic use of it.

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