The Walking Dead Recap: Together Forever

The Walking Dead Season 4This week’s episode of The Walking Dead starts off with a flashback to before Bob was picked up by Team Jailhouse (may it rest in peace) — back when he was a pathetic Nyquil-swilling solo act. And frankly, it’s kind of annoying. (There are at least six characters with whom I — and, I bet, you — would rather be spending this kind of quality montage time.) But a funny thing happens on the way to the end of “Alone.” I start to really like the guy. Mind you, that won’t be what has you talking. Read on. We’ll get to that…

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IT TAKES TWO, POSSIBLY THREE | After we learn from Bob’s flashback that he had been in two ill-fated groups before Team Jailhouse, it’s easy to understand why — regardless of a near-miss attack by a pack of walkers on a foggy morning — he refuses to consider giving up Maggie or her search for Glenn. He does not want to be (see episode title) again. Sasha, on the other hand, is more than ready to abandon what she thinks of as their gal pal’s wild-goose chase and play house in the first suitable structure they happen upon. No way does she wanna haul ass to this Terminus in which Maggie’s sure Glenn would look for her! Unfortunately — oops! — Maggie overhears her traveling companions’ conversation and hits the road without them, leaving behind a note written in the mud: “Don’t risk your lives for me. Good luck.”

TWO FOR THE ROAD | Elsewhere, Daryl is teaching Beth how to track and wield a crossbow, and it’s pretty much the antithesis of his violent lesson last week! (Guess getting drunk and burning a house down with someone really bonds you!) The tough guy even gives Beth a piggyback ride, for heaven’s sake, after her ankle is injured! (“You’re heavier than you look,” he cracks.) Coming across a cemetery, Hershel’s daughter pauses at the grave of a “beloved father,” Daryl leaves a small bouquet of dandelions, and — hmm — they hold hands. (Somewhere, Carol’s Spidey senses must be tingling!) Inside the funeral home, the odd couple find some (dead-dead) walkers dressed for burial, and Beth suggests that the care someone showed them proves her theory that there remain good people in the world. Riiight

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SEPARATE WAYS | Chasing after Maggie, Bob explains to Sasha why he’s always smiling — he’s broken the streak. He’s stayed with his group. He didn’t let fear get the best of him. And, he says, she needs to conquer her fears as well and quit assuming the worst (that Glenn, Tyreese, everyone is dead). She won’t do it, though. Even when he plants a fairly smoldering kiss on her, she lets him walk off so that she can move into what she considers the perfect place. (And really, it IS a nice loft — exposed brick and everything!) But — what are the odds? — she’s checking out her penthouse view for the very first time when who does she see outside surrounded by walkers but Maggie! After some walker “demobilizing” — and the clever use of a No Parking sign as a lethal weapon — the women make peace and set off after Bob. When they find him, it’s pretty much his worst nightmare — he’s (see episode title) again on the path. So it’s an especially happy reunion — and one that marks the end of my ambivalence toward him… and perhaps yours, too? (Or was it just me who was ambivalent?)

DOGGONIT | Back at the funeral home, a poor, one-eyed dog shows up at the door but runs off before Daryl and Beth can offer it any hospitality. And if ever a place was gonna be hospitable, that would be the one — it’s spotless and well-stocked with pig’s feet and soda. Maybe Beth doesn’t have to leave its absent residents a thank-you note after all, Daryl says. Maybe they’ll stick around. Maybe whoever’s staying there is okay. “What changed your mind about good people” still existing? Beth asks. And, after Daryl hems and haws for a bit, his gaze makes it clear that the answer is her. (Gulp! Carol’s Spidey senses by now must be exploding!) Of course, the intensity of the moment is shattered almost as quickly as it is felt. When Daryl reopens the door for what he thinks will be the dog again, it’s a whole mess of walkers. (Yes, I jumped from the shock. Yes, even though I probably shouldn’t have been shocked.) He orders Beth to beat a hasty retreat, then narrowly escapes himself… too late to stop her from driving away! Then, although he runs what appears to be a marathon and a half in hopes of catching her, as the hour draws to a close, he’s (see episode title), exhausted and disconsolate. Briefly. Then, he’s stumbled upon by a buncha hooligans led by a real devil named Joe. How do we know he’s a real devil? Besides the number of weapons his crew points at Daryl, his motto is, “Why hurt yourself when you can hurt other people?” Charmed, I’m sure.

Okay, your turn. What did you think of the episode? Now that we know from our brief peek at Glenn that he’s headed for Terminus, are you looking forward to his reunion with Maggie? Hit the comments!