Party at Woodbury and they even have cigarettes!
The Gov is combing the hair of his child, now a biter, as I had suspected from last episode. He bags her head like a suspected terrorist when she gets feisty on his ass. The still openly surly Michonne is looking up at the window from the street and they make eye contact. Did she see what we saw?
Governor gives a speech at the front of his place to his flock. It’s a celebration of how far they’ve come and they toast themselves. Andrea’s all about, but Michonne is missing out. She is on a mission to get her Katana back. She finds a ledger book with names and hash marks in it on a table in the Gov’s quarters. She sees the name Penney, his daughter. Something else catches her attention and she’s about to break into the special room, also noticing police gear in the corner. Interrupted by Gov, Merle and Dr. Stevens, she hides when they enter the room.
Dr. Stevens wants to postpone the evening experiment plans for 10 days, but Gov isn’t having any of that. There’s a show to happen and it must happen tonight.
Michonne has escaped and finds herself outside of the ‘lab’. There she finds a cell of biters, frees them and puts them out of living status. For the first time, I almost see a smile come to her face as she exhales in triumph. Then someone exits with a bucket of blood and guts. Busted.
She’s taken to the Governor for a chat. She pulls the ‘Penney’ card. He tells her he loved her and Michonne has quips! “Bet you say that to all the girls.” He claims that he was about to giver her her Katana back because she was one of them. He holds it in his hand. Now he has a problem. She’s broken the rules and if he doesn’t deal with her, he invites anarchy. He offers her a spot on the research team, but in one swoop, she has the point of the Katana under his chin. Slowly, Michonne backs out of the room and leaves. Merle was outside and asks Gov how it went. “She’s all personality, that one.” He assures Merle that they do not have a problem and asks him to fetch Andrea.
Andrea arrives and Gov appeals for her with the Michonne problem. He tells her what happened and Andrea wants to know why he was keeping captive biters. Andrea defends Michonne’s actions. Gov eludes to the fact that she better shape up or they’ll be kicked out.
Andrea confronts ‘Mich’ saying she trusts things there and Mich tells her things are not what they seem and people do not leave alive.
Merle and company drive one of the military trucks out to a huge biter trap. They were successful with a handful caught in the netting. Dr. Stevens is wearing biter gear on his arms, so the bites don’t go through. We know this because a female biter attempts to do just that. They kill some and pull teeth from some. Such a violation of humane biter treatment!
At Woodburystock, Merle see ‘the girls’ walking with their belongings through the partying crowd. He stops them and says it’s getting dark and they’d need an escort to leave. He goes to one of the guards and Andrea reminds him that they are free to go when they like. Now that 747 is approaching her head of denial. Merle advises them to find shelter before nightfall and opens the gates.
Now the two women argue. Andrea wants to stay. She’s tired and doesn’t want to live the life they had on the road for the past 8 months. Mich said this was all for show. Final question from Michonne. “Are you coming or not?” No answer is Andrea’s answer. Merle closes the gate behind her as Andrea watches Mich walk off through a crack. I think if Andrea wasn’t there, Mich would have taken two in the back.
Andrea is approached by the Gov as she sits on the bench. He’s conciliatory about the loss of her friend. He offers her a drink and his arm. She takes it. They arrive at the night festivities and I wonder where the brunette is that was in Gov’s bed. Is there any emotions at Woodbury besides happy as hell, glad to be here?
Never mind that, the main event has started! Chained biters in the center of the crowd and, of course, Merle, talking bout kicking the ass of his still human opponent. The crowd cheers and so do their children. The two guys mixed martial art it up for awhile, a whistle blows, and more slack is given on the biters chains. They get closer to Merle and his opponent and grab on to the other guy.
Andrea’s had enough and wants to leave. Gov stops her by saying it’s staged. That the biters don’t have the teeth to hurt the fighters. This is to teach people not to be afraid of the biters. Merle renders his opponent unconscious and Andrea looks like she wants to hurl. Good times.
At the prison, Rick is in a state of shocking grief. Herschel asks to see the baby girl. They all agree that she needs to eat so kick ass Daryl offers to make run for some formula. Maggie goes along. Rick, still rendered mute, grabs an ax and runs into the prison, slaying walkers.
Glenn digs graves in the field. Axel and Oscar, the New T-Dog! approach him and he asks them to dig 2 more.
Glenn enters the prison and finds Rick, still in shock. He pleads for him to come outside and Rick slams him against the wall and tosses him forward. I see Shane, y’all, I see Shane.
Daryl and Maggie find a house with toys out front and break in for baby supplies. They go about clearing the house. Seeing signs of a children’s home daycare is heart tugging.
Eureka! Cans of powdered formula in the cupboard! Daryl also found dinner in a critter.
They return and Daryl goes right into daddy mode. Who knew? He gives the baby her first bottle, coos at her and asks if they named her. Stupid Hat Carl brings up the name Sophia and all the names of the women they’ve lost. Daryl affectionately calls her Little Ass Kicker. A much needed laughter moment for the group.
Rick finds where Lori gave birth, but there is no Lori. Is there a bottomless walker creeping around now? He sees a fat and happy walker in a food coma on the floor, not too far from where Lori gave birth. Rick makes him eat a bullet.
Put on your splatter shields! Rick is going to find his woman to bury. He repeatedly stabs the crap out of foodie walker. He is seriously channeling Shane this episode.
The next morning, Rick is still in his haze in the prison and the black old school rotary phone rings. He answers.
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