During Sasha’s target practice, the score had a “heartbeat” feel, and I imagined David Gilmour starting to sing “ticking away the moments that make up a dull day…” Rather, it was just the drone of Sasha’s mental illness, reprising a disturbing tendency for Rick’s group to exhibit death-wish fantasies. In Sasha’s case, wasting ammo on snapshots and hoping zombies show up – also, paranoid outbursts. Yelling “that’s what you’re worried about?!” at the woman at the party was funny. Sasha’s double-take afterwards was even more hilarious. If you can rewatch the double-take after this outburst, please do. Sonequa Martin-Green is awesome in this episode. The role of Sasha has been rather bland (no fault of Ms. Green’s) and seemed to serve only as a foil for Tyreese and Bob. Finally, the writers are letting her drummer have some (to paraphrase James Brown), even if it’s only purpose might be to demonstrate that EVERYONE, even secondary characters, have PTSD.
Folks are starting to settle in. Carol, Rick and Daryl make a backup plan, but by the end it seems that Carol and Rick are the only ones who haven’t hung up their swords. Rick hesitates taking another gun, but his fondness for revolvers compels him. Regarding this revolver, we leave the episode with another warm fuzzy from Rick, fondling his new friend while watching his other new friend, Jessie (who he’d like to fondle), walk away with her family. This is closely followed by the dreamlike ending where Rick holds up his recently stamped “A” hand and communes with a walker on the other side of the fence. Is it signficant? After trying to keep up with “Lost” in the day, these stoner sequences tend to leave me apathetic. It does convey that he’s still losing it even after he got liquored up at the party. As Homer Simpson says:
What else? I think Carol erred with threatening Sam, but if you’re going to do it, go big, and she went big. It was enjoyable to watch, and I’m sure this isn’t the end of the story of Carol and Sam.
Eric, Aaron and Daryl make a cute threesome (ahem). The spaghetti scene was especially endearing. Again, it’s leaning towards me eating my words about Aaron being a bad actor. Still, though, the “audition” hasn’t been referenced recently and somehow I think Aaron might have a role to play in that, unless it’s a red herring and ol’ Doug’s cynicism is getting the best of him.
A quick note about the song at the end: didn’t work for me.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s episode. 3 more to go!
Body count: George “W” Zombie, Buttons (sad), a bunch of zombies with a taste for horse flesh, Sam’s ability to sleep at night