‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: Vatos S1E4

Monday, November 22 by

Quickie Synopsis: Episode 4, in which Rick and Co. search Atlanta for “Stumpy” Merle, get their guns, lose Glenn, make new friends, get Glenn back, and then return to a zombie swarm eating its way through the camp.

Best bits:

Jim Loses His Shit.

Poor Jim, just digging away up there on that hill. It’s weird that no one really points out that he’s digging graves.

Glenn Plans (Again).

Glenn proves (again) that he’s pretty awesome and zombie survival strategies. “Hey kid, what’d you do before all this?” “Delivered pizzas. Why?” Awesome.

Glenn Grabs Rick’s Hat.

Rick Grime’s power comes from his hat, lik Thor and his hammer. I love that Glenn doesn’t grab it, starts to leave, then turns around and gets it after all. Atta boy, Glenn!

Vatos Attack.

Oh no. East LA gangbangers in Atlanta?! They give a pretty good aluminum bat beat down to poor Glenn before kidnapping him. Pretty good twist with the old folks’ home though, right? Wasn’t expecting that (wasn’t in the comic).

Ed Gets a Visitor.

Raise your hand if you thought that was Merle creeping outside Ed’s tent? Great bait-and-switch leading to…


Wow. WOW. What an awesome scene. I was just thinking that we were going to have a 1-zombie kill week and then the camp gets deluged with the undead. Poor Amy. It’s pretty sad when Andrea has to look at her and tell her that she doesn’t know what to do. I love when the cavalry arrives and starts cleaning shop though. The shotguns sound especially awesome. And that zed-head Rick blows away with his shotgun at point-blank range? GOOD STUFF.


Ok, technically, this zombie probably didn’t die after this, but it looked awesome. Nice shootin’ Shane!


Zombie of the Week goes the zombie that started the zombie attack on the camp and also helped rid the world of a wife and child beater (and possibly worse). Zombies, while slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose.

Week 4 Zombie Kills: 31 (We can assume that all the zombies that attacked the camp were eventually killed, so I’m calling that an even 30 zombies, though it’s hard to tell. I counted at least 10 killed on-screen.)

Series Zombie Kills: 60 (after a meager 2 last week)

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  1. November 22, 2010 9:39 am


    When type cast gang banger showed up, I told my wife, “He played a gangbanger in Training Day & Fast & The Furious” … Im looking forward to the crew finding a safer place. How they hell did they think they could be soo close to the city & be safe all the time? My favorite zombie was in Atlanta. The first zombie in the building, with I dont know what coming out of her mouth.

  2. November 22, 2010 9:39 am


    Vato = Registered Nurse .. BOOM!

  3. November 22, 2010 9:39 am

    Brian Huntington

    Here’s his IMDb page. Look at all the stuff he’s in. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0346595/

  4. November 22, 2010 9:39 am


    Tiny Dickman was disappointed by some of the ridiculousness in this episode, like people not moving when a fucking zombie is starring them in the eye.

  5. November 22, 2010 9:39 am


    I thought for sure that Merle was going into the tent to kill WifeBeater but the shadow had long lady-like hair. Merle is a bald badass redneck so why not use a similar statured zombie to achieve the full bait-switch effect? Admittedly a small complaint for a stellar episode though…

  6. November 22, 2010 9:39 am


    I think Merle drove those zombies up in the box truck. Seems like a Merle thing to do.

  7. November 22, 2010 9:39 am

    Brian Huntington

    That’s true. When I saw the hair silhouette I thought it might be Nic Cage from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

  8. November 22, 2010 9:39 am

    Brian Huntington

    That would be f’ing dope. I hope that’s the case.

  9. November 22, 2010 9:39 am

    Oran Parker

    Exactly what I said to my wife. I thought it was weird that our heroes took the box truck back into the city. Crummy mission vehicle. But, using it to set up a perfect weapon for Merle’s revenge? Spot on. Makes sense… No way that large a cluster blows through that camp that far up. They’re setting Merle up to be our big baddy. No small coincidence that he had to cut off his own right hand… and Rick is sort of to blame. Echoes of future suffering for Grimes, directly from the books. Holds true to Kirkman’s promise that we’ll still get to the same places, but not the way we expect. Makes it fun to watch, even having read the series.

  10. November 22, 2010 9:39 am


    love the dumb and dumber reference!

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