Hi, TWD team! Here’s you quick rehashing of episode #206, “Secrets”.
This week’s episode is all about, well, secrets. Surprise! There are about 89 different secrets on this show, but two of the biggest are: Dr. Greene keeps zombies in his barn for some weird reason; and, Lori is pregnant. Unfortunately, Glenn is the only one who knows both of these secrets, and he’s the last person in the world you’d want to keep your secret safe. So both of them are comin’ out.
And pretty quickly, too. Instead of sitting on the pregnancy secret, Glenn takes Lori aside and implores her to tell Rick about it so Glenn himself can be relieved of the burden. He even offers to make another run into town to get supplies for her, but she won’t budge. So, that failed, Glenn turns to Dale for advice…and immediately blurts out not just the pregnancy secret but the zombie secret, too.
The buck’s been passed. Dale seeks out Dr. Greene at the stables and makes it clear he knows about the zombies in the barn and wants to know what the hell’s going on. Dr. Greene lays it out for him: unlike everyone on Team Rick, who see zombies as dangerous, inhuman things that need to be killed, Dr. Greene believes zombies are still the same people they used to be, just a little sick. But really, all those zombies in the barn are people from Dr. Greene’s life, including his wife and stepson, and he isn’t ready to let go. No matter how much Dale explains that zombies can’t go back to being people, Dr. Greene won’t budge. And he even turns things around on Dale…maybe Dale should be more concerned with the people in his own group than with Dr. Greene. More on this later.
For now, there’s actually a third, lesser secret to be addressed this episode…the one where Dr. Greene wants Rick’s people to leave as soon as possible, and only Rick knows it. Well, Lori finds Dr. Greene doing some yard work and stops to make small talk, and he immediately cuts her off and lets her know what’s what. Lori immediately confronts Rick for not telling her and asks him how he plans to rectify the situation, and he tells her he’s working on it. Not cool, Rick. Even if Lori’s keeping several much bigger secrets from you at the moment.
Dale next seeks out Lori. He indicates he knows her secret as well and really just wants to know why she isn’t telling Rick about it. Dale speculates that it’s because of Shane, and even though Lori’s mortified to know others in the group know about her and Shane, that’s not the reason. She’s not telling Rick about the pregnancy because she’s conflicted about even having the baby at all. She raised Carl in a civilized world, but that world is gone now. She’s not sure she wants to bring a new life into it. And try as he might, Dale can’t persuade her the world is anything but horrible these days.
Talking things over with Dale must have eased Lori’s mind, because after their discussion she asks Glenn to make that trip to town he offered to pick up medical supplies. He agrees, and soon he and Maggie are on horses again for another run to the pharmacy. Maggie is pissed at him. She told him to keep her father’s zombie collection a secret. But Glenn takes the high road. To him, the real problem is that Dr. Greene is dead wrong about what zombies are, and he asks Maggie if she really shares her father’s beliefs. She does…the zombies in the barn are people she used to know too, after all.
But once they get to the pharmacy, they discover it’s not deserted like last time. A zombie pops out of the shadows, and Glenn barely manages to hatchet the thing in the head before it sinks its to her. Maggie is spooked. When they get back to the farm she tosses the supplies in Lori’s face as a “thank you” for putting them in danger. But really, Maggie’s upset because the horrible encounter is forcing Maggie to accept that zombies actually aren’t people any more. She knows that soon Glenn will be leaving the farm. That means he’ll be out among the zombies again. She can’t bear the idea of him turning into one. For starters, she tells him, he needs to be more assertive and not always accept the really dangerous assignments.
Let’s see what everyone else is up to this week…Shane and Rick are busy planning everyone’s activities for the next few days. There’s a housing development nearby that Sophia might be hiding out in, so Shane’s going to scope it out. But first, he and Rick are going to give everyone a shooting lesson. That even includes Carl.
Everyone travels to a field where Rick and Shane set up a shooting range, and soon they’re all making mincemeat out of the bottles and pots they’ve set up as targets. Andrea is an especially good shot, so Shane singles her out for the “advanced course”—hitting a target from twenty yards is great, but it’s not much like head-shotting zombie that’s bearing down on you. Shane ties a log to a rope and sets it swinging from a tree to act as a moving target, and while Andrea tries to focus, he starts verbally abusing her for missing it. He’s trying to toughen her up, but when he brings up her dead sister Amy he’s gone too far. To make it up to her, he offers to take her along on his trip to the housing development.
Like everywhere else after the zombiepocalypse, the housing development is a disaster area, and the recent carnage is on display. They try a house, and inside find a pile of corpses in one room, and a pile of charred skeletons in another. Most likely the corpses were a small band of survivors and the skeletons were the zombies trying to get at them. The housing development is a dead end. Andrea is worrying about having to tell Carol, but doesn’t get much time to think about it before a horde of live zombies comes running after them.
It’s time for Andrea to put those shooting skills to good use, but her nerves are bothering her and she can only hit a nearby zombie in its limbs a couple times. No good. Another zombie lurches toward her. Shane could easily shoot it down but he holds his fire. She’d better get over her trepidation or else. And just as the zombie reaches her, her reflexes kick in and she puts a bullet in its head. Andrea changes right in front of us, and now she’s a zombie-killin’ machine. Together they clear a path to their car and escape the housing development, and on the ride back to the farm Andrea is on such a high that she reaches over and grabs little Shane. Her nerves, and the sexual tension, are overcome.
Back at camp, Dale seems to notice something has gone on between the two of them and he pulls Shane aside. Earlier this season Shane was considering leaving the group, and Dale is now telling him to go ahead with the idea. It’s about more than just Andrea, though. Dale has long held doubts about what happened when Shane and Otis went to the high school to retrieve the surgical supplies, and that combined with what Dr. Greene said to him earlier is enough for a confrontation. When Shane doesn’t deny it, he basically admits to killing Otis to get the job done. Then things turn dark. If Shane’s capable of offing Otis for the sake of saving Carl, imagine what he could do to someone he actively dislikes. Like Dale.
All those confrontations are the undercard for the main event, which is between Lori and Rick. One of the items Lori asked Glenn to get from the pharmacy was a morning after pill. (Ignore the fact that it’s well after the actual morning after she got pregnant). Glenn took what Maggie said about assertiveness to heart, and he offers Lori his take… she’s got a choice to make, but she better not make it alone. For emphasis, he brings out an item from the pharmacy that wasn’t on the list: prenatal vitamins.
She’s got to tell Rick. But she’s still spun completely around, and in a moment of haste she cracks open a packet of morning after pills and downs a couple, before immediately regretting it and running off to a field to puke them back up.
But Rick finds the pill packets. He knows. He finds her sitting in the field, and they hash things out. At first he’s furious that a) she didn’t tell him, b) she earlier cussed him out for lying, and c) that she decided to abort it without consulting him. (At least she backed down on that one, though). But he really just wants to know why she hid it from him. She tells him what she told Dale earlier, that she hates the thought of bringing another kid to a horrible world.
He doesn’t really have an answer to that. How they’re going to raise another kid is something they’ll decide later. For now, Rick just wants an end to all the secrecy. He asks her, point-blank, if she has any more secrets, and finally, after twelve episodes, she comes clean about Shane.
And you know what? Rick pretty much had that figured out already. He’s not even mad. Wah-wahhhh.
Full recap Tuesday! Until then, check out last week’s recap here. One more episode until the “Midseason Finale”.