The foursome of Michonne, Daryl, Bob and Tyreese are making their way on foot, still trying to reach the vet school for medicine. Tyreese is acting strangely, though, and doesn’t appear to be completely with the group. They have to push him along and he’s barely responding to their calls to him. Back at the prison, Carol is talking to Lizzie about how to handle death and the zombies. Lizzie is certain that the walkers are just the same people, only in a different form. Carol tells her that isn’t true and then Lizzie calls her “Mom”, which Carol doesn’t want to hear. She just wants to make certain that the girl isn’t afraid to kill when and if it becomes necessary. She says that Lizzie can’t be afraid, she has to take of herself and her sister – you fight the feelings and then, one day, it’ll change. Rick is having visions of Carol carrying out the murders of Karen and David, including dragged their bodies out and burning them.
Carol and Rick go out to find supplies and stop in what once was a neighborhood of houses. They plan to go through each house, looking for whatever is usable – food, drugs, first aid equipment, and bring it back to the prison. They see a car parked at the curb with “Pardon My Dust” drawn on the window and suspect that someone may be nearby. They enter one house and are met by a walker. After dispatching him, they hear noises and a young couple appear from the door of the upstairs bedroom. They offer Rick and Carol peaches from a nearby orchard and tell them they’ve been moving from place to place after being separated from their group. The man has a dislocated shoulder and Carol snaps it back into place – something she learned to do when she was being abused and didn’t want to explain to another ER nurse that she’d fallen down a flight of stairs again. After a few moments, Rick starts to ask them the three questions, beginning with how many “skin-eaters” have you killed. Carol, against Rick’s better judgment, accepts their offer to search the houses and they go their separate ways, planning to meet up in two hours. Rick gives them each a gun and hands the man a watch.
The foursome of Michonne, Daryl Bob and Tyreeses have come across a garage and found a car. Before they can get to it, some walkers attack them, but Tyreese hesitates and while one of them holds him, Michonne is forced to save him. Daryl tries to hotwire the car but the battery’s dead. They enter the garage and find what looks like vomit. The couple who ran the garage decided to ends their lives on their own terms by swallowing antifreeze. Daryl thinks they’re douche bags for doing it but Bob says that they were just going out together, the way they lived. Tyreese and Michonne are outside and she wants to know what he’s trying to do. She tells him that he’s angry, which makes you stupid and being stupid gets you killed. He asks her why she’s still angry with the Governor but she says she isn’t angry and doesn’t know why she’s still looking for him. Carol wants to know about Bob’s old group and Bob tells him that he almost didn’t get into the car when Daryl found him along the road. He was tired of being a witness to their deaths. He couldn’t take being the last man standing, time and time again, as if he was cursed. He tells Daryl that his drinking problem is what got Zach killed. He was the one who slammed the liquor bottle back down on the shelf that caused the zombies to attack them. Daryl just says that that’s bullshit and, after getting the car started with the new battery, tells Bob that he’s not alone any more.
While going through one house, Rick asks Carol if asking the young couple to help them was the right thing to do. She says it was the humane thing to do but Rick still wants to know if it was right. Carol then looks at Rick and says, “I killed two people and you haven’t said anything about it. You can be a farmer, but you can’t be just a farmer. You were a good leader. ” Rick says that he killed two of their own but Carol tells him that he had to do it. She then says that he doesn’t have to like what she did, but he does have to accept it. Rick says that she never says “her” name. Carol says it’s because she’s dead – Sophia. He lets her know that he sometimes hears Lori’s voice calling him and Carl for breakfast. Lori made awful pancakes every Sunday and did it, even though she knew they were awful, because she wanted to the kind of family that had pancakes on Sunday mornings. As they walk towards a gate, they see the tattooed, severed leg of the young girl. Across the street, walkers are noshing on her remains.
The other foursome has made its way to the vet school and are quickly filling the list Hershel gave them. They’re exit isn’t going as easily, though. They come across zombies, behind doors and locked cages. What did Bob mean when he made a distinction between infected walkers and regular zombies? I think, but I’m not sure, that you can tell the difference by looking at their eyes. The group hits a dead-end and can only get out a window that Tyreese has smashed with a garbage can. Bob is the first to jump and , when the others make their exits, they find Bob hanging over the edge of the roof, holding onto his bag which is in the clutches of a throng of walkers. Freeing him, and the bag, Daryl sees a bottle and realizes that the alcohol was what Bob was afraid to let go of. He tells him that he should have kept walking the day Daryl found him but Tyreese says let it go, the man’s made his decision. Bob, thoroughly humiliated, tells Daryl that it’s just for the times when it gets quiet. Daryl warns Bob that if he takes one sip, he’ll beat his ass into the ground.
Rick and Carol are packing up what they’ve retrieved and are getting ready to leave, without the young man. Rick says that Carol had no way of knowing whether Karen and David might have lived. It wasn’t her decision to make and when Tyreese finds out, he’ll kill her. He also says that the others won’t want her there and he doesn’t want her around his children – or any children. She’s surprised by his comments and tells him that she thought he was through making decisions for everyone. She feels that she had to do something but Rick thinks she didn’t. Carol wants to go back to get Lizzie and Mika, knowing that Rick is sending her off on her own, but Rick says that they’ll take care of the two girls. Before they part, he tells her that she’s not the woman who was afraid to be alone, and that she’ll find others and will survive. She says, “Maybe.” They fill another car with gas cans and supplies for her, and the two of them part ways. Rick is driving back to the prison alone and the foursome are also are their way with the antibiotics.
Aside from the virus infected zombies versus non-infected zombies thing, I have a few more questions. Is the group back at the prison going to accept Rick’s decision to banish Carol? He’s not even a member of the council. Isn’t Tyreese going to be angry that Carol was allowed to just leave – with precious supplies, to boot? He was the one who raised the issue of whether murder had become okay. Have we seen the last of Carol? (I hope not. It just seemed rather dismissive of a central character) Will she come back to try to get Lizzie and Mika? She did promise their Dad that she’d take care of them. Did Rick have her go with him on the trip just so that he could send her away? How did Daryl and the others get to the vet school without coming across the thousands of zombies they encountered on their first attempt? If Carol gets banished for killing David and Karen, why does Carl get a pass for killing the young man in the woods who was surrendering his gun – or, even more, what about Rick killing Shane? Lastly, how is Daryl going to react to the missing Carol or has he already moved on to Michonne?