‘The Walking Dead’ 4.15 Recap: “Nothing Sadder Than an Outdoor Cat Thinks He’s an Indoor Cat”

This week is the next-to-the-last episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ this season, which means that it’s more about set-up than execution. However, a few plot points progressed in this entry, and the good news is that most (if not all) of the main cast are part of the story.

As the episode gets underway, Glenn, Tara, Abraham, Eugene and Rosita continue their search for Maggie, Bob and Sasha. We aren’t 60 seconds into the episode before we’re hoping Eugene gets attacked by a Walker. He attempts to hit on Tara with all kinds of lame (and monotone) conversation. I don’t know what this guy’s deal is yet, but I’m pretty sure he’s not a scientist. That makes me wonder why Abraham and Rosita believe a word that comes out of his mouth. When Glenn comes across a Terminus sign with a message from Maggie, he starts running faster down the railroad tracks.

After being absent for a number of episodes, Rick, Carl and Michonne are back this week, but their screen time is limited to just one scene. Carl and Michonne have a contest as to who can stay balanced on the railroad track the longest. Carl wins, and his reward is Michonne’s “Big Cat” candy bar – which Carl then splits with her. The gang then continues their journey towards Terminus. Move along… nothing to see here.

Daryl is still stuck in Kris Kristofferson’s – err, I mean, Joe’s gang, and having some issues with one member named Len. When Daryl is out tracking a rabbit one morning, Len shows up and puts an arrow in it the same time and “claims” it. Joe shows up to explain that he’s established rules for their group, one of which is that any person who claims something has rights to it. That way, they avoid any major arguments or problems. However, since Daryl is new to the group, Joe cuts the rabbit in half and gives him part of it (the hind-end). “Ass-end is still an end,” Joe says. I can’t wait for Daryl to kill this guy.

Later, the gang finds an abandoned warehouse in which to spend the night. It’s full of deserted cars, which quickly get claimed by the others, leaving Daryl to spend his night sleeping on the floor. The next morning, Len claims that Daryl stole his half of the rabbit. Joe comes over and empties Daryl’s bag, and – sure enough – Len’s half of the rabbit is there. However, it’s Len who gets the punishment, as Joe saw him plant the rabbit in Daryl’s belongings. The rest of the gang beats on Len, and later that morning when the gang is leaving, Daryl see’s Len’s dead body on the ground with an arrow through his head. Daryl thinks about covering it up with a sheet, but then thinks better of it and joins his companions. Before the episode ends, we’ll find out that Joe and his boys are also heading towards Terminus. They’re not looking for sanctuary, though. They hope to find the guy who turned one of their own into a Walker back at a house they spent a night in. Daryl, of course, has no idea yet that they’re talking about Rick.

Glenn’s group follows the railroad tracks to a tunnel, inside which they can hear the sounds of Walkers. Abraham believes that this is as good a time as any to part ways, and after finding out that Tara only likes girls, Eugene seems to agree. So, Glenn and Tara make their way into the dark tunnel, while Abraham, Rosita and Eugene go off to find a vehicle they hope will get them to Washington, D.C. As a parting gift, Abraham gives Glenn a flashlight.

Inside the tunnel, Glenn and Tara find a cave-in with a handful of Walkers trapped in the rubble. Killing Walkers and making his way to the top of the rock pile, Glenn discovers a significant number of zombies waiting for him on the other side. Tara gets her leg trapped underneath a big rock as the zombies head toward them. Rather than run and leave her, Glenn decides to protect Tara and stand his ground.

Meanwhile, Abraham’s group finds an abandoned minivan. After disposing of a Walker inside, Abraham takes a nap in the back seat while Rosita drives and Eugene navigates. Rosita gets suspicious when Eugene directs her to take three left turns. It turns out that he’s led them to the other side of the railroad tunnel (which makes you wonder why Glenn and Tara just didn’t find their way around it in the first place, doesn’t it?). They argue for a bit about wasting time, and are then surprised by something off-camera.

Back in the tunnel, it looks like Glenn and Tara might be done for. Suddenly, bright lights and a burst of gunfire come from further down the tunnel to clear out all the Walkers. It’s not only Abraham, Rosita and Eugene, but also Bob, Tara and – of course – Maggie, who runs and gives Glenn a big hug and a kiss. Later that night, Maggie gets Glenn to burn the photograph he took of her sleeping early in Season 4. She says he’ll never need a photo to remember her again.

The next day, the group of eight finally arrives at Terminus. It appears to be a gated, medium-sized building complex. As they make their way inside, there are no people to be seen anywhere, although they see signs of work being done and plants being grown. Finally, they come across a woman who welcomes them… It’s Tasha Yar! Well, it’s Denise Crosby who played her… and also played the wife brought back from the dead in ‘Pet Sematary‘, so we know this can’t end well.

Upon first glance, Terminus appears more like a cult-run commune than a legitimate place of safety, but it’s hard to say at this point. I’m sure we’ll find out more in next week’s episode. Do you really think our heroes will find a legitimate sanctuary in the season finale? I kind of doubt it.

6 comments

  1. Charles

    I really like Eugene, Abraham and Rosita. They’re fun characters with a lot of humor. We haven’t had that since the first season, really. I’d love to see a whole show centered around them.

  2. Before the episode ends, we’ll find out that Joe and his boys are also heading towards Terminus. They’re not looking for sanctuary, though. They hope to find the guy who turned one of their own into a Walker back at a house they spent a night in. Daryl, of course, has no idea yet that they’re talking about Rick.

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    How yo going to identify Rick if he never saw him, neither their companions saw him, llet me guess that Joe have the Walker head iin a backpack to identify him on sight LoL.

    • oh_riginal

      In the episode where Rick was forced to hide under the bed from the “Claim” guys, two of them fought over that bed, and the loser fell to the floor and saw Rick, before going unconscious. I’m assuming that when he woke up, he remembered Rick’s face. THAT is how they will recognize him when/if they catch up to him.

      • In the episode where Rick was forced to hide under the bed from the “Claim” guys, two of them fought over that bed, and the loser fell to the floor and saw Rick, before going unconscious. 

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        Yeah i saw that, but i thought for a moment that this guy got kill in that fight, no unconscious, any way been under the bed isn’t prove that you kill someone, just prove that you were inside that house at this point, you can’t prove nothing, remember that this guy Rick was a Cop, is not going to be easy to put the blame on him.

          • Yeah it looks like humanity have been reduce to the stone age, and we are surrounded by bandit, criminal and Warlord every where, next season looks interesting.

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