The Walking Dead
18 Miles Out
Original Air Date: Feb 26, 2012
Rachel – Sr. Managing Editor
Zombies! Everywhere! Rick is getting chased, Shane is trapped in a school bus, and poor little Randall is tied up on the ground. This is going to be a good episode.
Expecting to see a “6 hours earlier” caption, the episode jumps back to Rick and Shane driving down the road in their hybrid. It has been a week or so since the incident in the saloon and they are taking Randall (tied up and blindfolded, with with ear buds duct taped to his head) 18 miles out to drop him off. The plan was to fix his leg and send him on his way with a shot at life and no knowledge of the whereabouts of the farm.
Rick stops at a crossroads (how appropriate) to have a little talk with Shane. The gist of it is this: he knows about Otis, he knows about Lori, he would do anything to save his wife, his son, and his unborn child. He tells Shane to accept those facts right there and move on. Shane has no claim to Rick’s family, and Rick wants him to know that is set in stone. Shane never agrees to accept those terms, he just tries to justify his actions. I guess Rick takes Shane’s disjointed apology as an agreement to the arrangement and they move on to the drop off point.
At the farm, Lori and Maggie try to get Beth to eat. She’s pretty Eyore about it all, saying that nothing makes a difference and they they have no hope. After a while, Lori checks back in on Beth, takes her uneaten dinner down to the kitchen, and notices a knife missing. She runs back upstairs, take the knife away, and gets Maggie who is livid that Beth would even think about suicide.
Downstairs, Lori and Andrea listen to the huge fight between Maggie and Beth. Andrea says that Lori shouldn’t have taken the knife away, that it was just like Dale taking her choice away at the CDC. I see her point: that Beth needs to choose for herself whether or not to live. Lori doesn’t feel the same. They have a huge fight about things that have been boiling just beneath the surface for a long time, like Andrea not ‘contributing’ to the work of the women on the farm (quite archaic, if you ask me), or Lori being all high-and-mighty, with a boyfriend no less. The look on Lori’s face when Andrea mentioned her relationship with Shane was priceless, by the way.
Back on the road, Rick and Shane pull into a Public Works yard (ah, the location of that first walker-tastic scene!) and do a little recon looking for food, fuel, the usual. Rick suggests they start using knives more to both save ammo and keep quiet. They find a couple of stray walkers and try the knife to the skull thing, like butter. Two mythology things come to light. First, Rick hypothesizes that the cold of winter will slow the walkers. Second, upon examination of the two walkers they put down, Shane notices no bite marks. Scratches? Can it be transferred through scratches?
They decide this is as good a place as any to leave Randall, still tied up with a knife just a few feet away. He begs and pleads with them, telling them that he isn’t like that gang he was running with, he’s a good kid that went to school with Maggie, for heaven’s sake! Clunk. He knows Maggie. He knows where she lives. He knows. Their whole plan falling apart, Rick and Shane start to argue about killing Randall. That argument turns into a full-fledged brawl involving kidney punches and wrench tossing. This isn’t about Randall. It isn’t about Lori, either. It’s about who is the Alpha Male. And if only they hadn’t made so much noise. The walkers come pouring out of the building and we’re right back to the beginning, with Rick & Shane trying to get away and Randall trying to get to the knife on the ground.
Back at the farm, Beth tries to talk Maggie into checking out with her. They could go together on their own terms. Too much. Andrea convinces Maggie (who doesn’t know Andrea’s history) into letting her watch Beth for a while. With the words of wisdom “The pain doesn’t go away… you just make room for it,” Andrea leaves Beth alone to make her decision. She goes into the bathroom, locks the door, breaks the mirror, and tries to slit her wrist. Maggie comes running back and, weeping, Beth apologizes. She has made her decision. She wants to live. Again, I agree with Andrea. Beth had to find out for herself and now she’ll be stronger for it (just like Andrea was). Maggie sees things differently and bans Andrea from the house.
At walker-palooza, Randall gets free and is quite excessive with his killing of a female walker. He makes his way to Rick, who is literally three walkers deep, and they escape while all walker eyes are on Shane in the bus. Is Rick pulling and Otis on Shane? As they get to the car, Rick notices the two dead cops lying next to each other. Aww. Just like Rick and Shane. He duct-tapes Randall to the driver seat and they bust through the fence rescuing Shane. Down the road, I think Randall tries to escape. There are swerve marks and Rick has to walk a ways away to pick up Randall and put him back in the trunk. I’m not sure, but something weird went down. Rick tells Shane that will probably have to kill Randall, but that he still wants to sleep on it. He also tells him that the next time he wants to kill Rick, he’ll have to do better than a wrench. He invites Shane to ‘come back’ to the fold.
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