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'The Walking Dead': 'Cherokee Rose' recap

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Season 2, episode 4

The rest of the survivors finally make their way to Hershel's farm as this week's Walking Dead begins. By the time they arrive, Carl is in the final stages of recovery and his first thoughts are of pal Sophia, but Rick lies to his son and insists that she is fine.

Rick tells the other survivors that they have Hershel and his people to thank for Carl's survival. He also credits Shane for the part he played. "We'd have lost Carl if not for him," insists Rick. But Shane is still plagued with guilt, following his shocking actions in the last episode...

The group performs a rudimentary funeral service for Otis, and his widow Patricia asks Shane to say a few words. "If not for Otis, I'd've never made it out alive, and that goes for Carl too," says Shane. "He saved us both. If any death ever had meaning… it was his."

Hershel, Maggie and the survivors decide to launch another search for Sophia, but with Shane still injured and Rick weak from blood loss, they decide to delay their mission by a day. However, Daryl becomes frustrated and sets off alone...

Maggie wants to venture to a nearby pharmacy for basic medical supplies, so Rick suggests that she take Glenn along with her "just to be cautious". Meanwhile, Shane approaches Lori - he wants to know if she's really happy for him to remain with the group. "I meant it," she insists.

Rick makes an offer to Hershel - the survivors can set up in the barn, to give Hershel's family more room in the house. But Rick is shocked by his new ally's response. "I can't have your people thinking this is permanent," says the old man. "Once you find this girl and your boy's fit for travel, I expect you'll move on."

The Walking Dead S02E04: 'Cherokee Rose'

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The Walking Dead S02E04: 'Cherokee Rose'

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Glenn is busy staring at his crush Maggie through a pair of binoculars, but his leeching is interrupted by Lori, who asks him to retrieve a "discreet" item for her on his trip, from the "feminine hygiene section" of the pharmacy.

Dale and T-Dog are busy at the farm's well, and the latter is now deeply embarrassed by his outburst on the road. In the grip of his fever, he'd suggested leaving the other survivors behind, but Dale makes it clear that he won't share the moment of weakness with the group.

T-Dog prepares to drink water from the well, but Dale knocks the ladle from his hand. There's a zombie in the well - rank and bloated. The group are reluctant to shoot the creature, for fear that its innards will contaminate the water supply. It has to come out alive…

After an unsuccessful attempt to lure the zombie out, the group realise that they will need live bait for the trick to work, and Glenn is the unwilling volunteer. He's lowered into the well on a rope, but suddenly the rope slips and Glenn plummets downwards...

The group is able to hold onto the rope, yanking a screaming Glenn up as a team. Despite the close shave, Glenn was successful - he managed to loop the rope around the creature in the well.

The group struggle to pull the zombie up from the well, and eventually pull two hard - the creature is ripped in two and its innards spill into the well. The top half remains alive, until T-Dog destroys the head. "Good thing we didn't do anything stupid like shoot it," he remarks.

The Walking Dead S02E04: 'Cherokee Rose'

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The Walking Dead S02E04: 'Cherokee Rose'

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Meanwhile, an armed Shane leads Andrea and Carol back to the camp, after Sophia fails to return to the road once more. Andrea is desperate to have a gun of her own, but Shane warns her that shooting live targets is quite different to practice.

Shane's clearly recalling the death of Otis as he tells Andrea that shooting a man requires you to "turn off the switch" of your emotions, "There ain't nuthin' easy about taking a man's life," he explains. "No matter how little value it may have."

Glenn is enjoying himself far more, riding into town on horseback with Maggie and doing his best to talk himself up. They arrive at the pharmacy and split up to search. Glenn finds the product that Lori asked for from feminine hygiene, but when Maggie interrupts, he awkwardly grabs the nearest thing to hand...

... which happens to be a pack of condoms. Maggie takes the gesture as a rather forthright proposition, and Glenn is shocked when she agrees to have sex with him. "You're not the only one who's lonely," she explains, as they begin to undress.

Back at the farm, Rick tells Hershel that he needs to reconsider his stance on allowing his group to stay. "If you saw how it is out there, you wouldn't ask," Rick tells him, pleading for them to be allowed to stay for Carl's sake.

Rick admits that he constantly feels like a failure as a father - he even lied to Carl about Sophia - but Hershel tells Rick that his own father was an abusive drunk. "Some men do not earn the love of their sons," says Hershel. "I don't see you having that problem." He gives Rick his word that he will consider his proposal.

The Walking Dead S02E04: 'Cherokee Rose'

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The Walking Dead S02E04: 'Cherokee Rose'

© AMC



Maggie and Glenn return from their jaunt, and he's grinning ear-to-ear until she assures him that their dalliance was a one-time deal. Lori approaches and Glenn hands over the item he retrieved, with the pair sharing a meaningful look.

Daryl also returns to camp, following another unsuccessful hunt for Sophia. He finds Carol in the RV and presents her with a flower in a bottle - a Cherokee rose. Daryl recounts the legend surrounding the rose - when American soldiers were moving Indians from their land on the Trail of Tears, some Cherokee mothers would lose their children along the way...

Some died of exposure, disease and starvation, but many just disappeared. The Cherokee elders said a prayer to give the mothers strength and hope, and the following day, a Cherokee rose grew where the mothers' tears had fallen. "I believe this one bloomed for your little girl," explains Daryl, renewing Carol's feeling of hope.

Rick is watching over his son, and when he wakes, Rick prepares to confess about Sophia, but Lori has already told their son the truth. Carl forgives his father for lying and the pair joke about being in an exclusive club - they've both been shot.

Rick hands over his Sheriff's deputy's hat to Carol, and later Lori watches as he removes his badge and uniform. He hides them away in a drawer - it seems like Rick is letting go of his past life...

As Rick goes to bed, Lori sneaks outside and unwraps what Glenn gave her - it's a pregnancy test! She performs the test and is stunned when the result comes back positive...

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Watching Dead...
• After the tense and action-packed episode three, 'Cherokee Rose' provides the viewer with a chance to catch their breath, but there's still plenty of moments of high drama!
• Including that ending! So Lori's pregnant, but who's the daddy - Rick or Shane? Those who've read the Walking Dead comic might think they know the answer, but this show has deviated from the source material before...
• Is the well zombie being ripped in two this show's biggest gross-out moment so far? We can't think of another moment quite as stomach-turning.
• Daryl's character rehabilitation continues this week. Once a violent, hot-tempered redneck, he's now becoming increasingly sensitive and provides the emotional high-point of the episode with his Cherokee rose tale.

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