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'The Walking Dead' episode 202, 'Bloodletting,' recap

Fans of medical dramas such as 'ER', 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman' certainly had plenty to enjoy in Sunday night's episode of 'The Walking Dead,' aptly titled 'Bloodletting'. In this episode, little Carl Grimes finds relief for his gunshot wound in the caring hands of surgeon/veterinarian Hershel Greene, one of several new additions to the cast of characters.

Carl Grimes is in a bad way though, as the bullet fired from Otis' rifle has shattered into half a dozen jagged little pieces that need to be painstakingly removed in a process requiring medical equipment that Hershel does not have in his Civil War-era farm house.

Meanwhile, Shane and Otis — looking to make up for his Dick Cheney-esque gaffe — truck off to the local high school to raid the FEMA trucks for the aforementioned medical gear. Back at the highway, Gilligan-hat wearing Dale continues to salvage the gridlock like an amateur mechanic at Crazy Rays, and Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas burns heaters and gets all loopy from blood poisoning.

In what I hope doesn't become a trend, the first walker doesn't appear in the episode until 35 minutes in. It must be a bit of a relief for the show's make-up department, but I'd like to see at least one walker every ten minutes or so. It's a pretty cool scene when the first walker does arrive though, as it comes striding out from behind a tree to attack Andrea, who is on Sophia-search duty with Carol, Daryl and Glenn.

The flashback at the beginning of the episode, revealing some background on Rick and Lori's relationship prior to the zombie outbreak, will be a familiar technique to fans of 'Lost,' and might be the start of a trend on 'TWD".

Most adulterous glance

Is it just me, or did the way Shane and Lori Grimes look at each other during the flashback hint that they had some sort of history before their zombie apocalypse refugee camp hook-up? Oh great, here I go getting all caught up in the romantic sub-plot, just like they want me to.

Worst combat medic technique

Rick Grimes, hauling Carl to the farmhouse like a wet load of laundry. Hey Rick, it's time to learn the fireman's carry.

Most sage new character

Hershel Greene. A few nuggets of his wisdom:

"These people here, all we got left is each other."

"Mankind's been fighting plagues from the start. We get our behinds kicked for a while then we bounce back. It's nature correcting itself, restoring some balance."

Lori: "Veterinarian? You're completely in over your head aren't you?" Hershel: "Ma'am, aren't we all?"

Yes, Lori. Now who's being naive?

Lamest attempt at comic relief

Rick, agreeing with Shane to stay by Carl's side: "You're right."

Shane: "When was I ever wrong? (smirk)"

Best hug

Shane and Rick, hands cupped around each other's necks, foreheads pressed together. Seems like Shane's talk about going all lone wolf and leaving the group has died down a bit.

Most satisfying looking drink

A tie between that trendy bottle of pink water that T-Dog chugs, and that tall glass of pineapple juice that Rick quaffs after donating half of his blood to Carl.

Worst TMI/Overshare

Daryl Dixon, while digging through his brother Merle's stash of meds, reveals that Merle, aka Prince Charming, occasionally gets "the clap."

Friday Night Frights!

I wish when they went to the high school, there was a football game going on between two zombie teams from rival schools. They'd still be wearing their uniforms and keeping score and selling concessions and everything, and there would be zombie referees and fans, because they're just doing what they loved to do in life. It would be kind of like how the zombies still tried to shop at the mall in 'Dawn of the Dead.'

Most gullible zombies

The ones who fell for the old "Road Flare Distraction" trick. Idiots.

Biggest badass

Daryl Dixon. First he brags about being too cool for religion ("I tell you what it's worth, not a damn thing, it's a waste of time all this hopin' and prayin'!") and then he tells that square Dale to keep all of his oily rags off his motorcycle.

Best (and only) zombie kill

When Maggie Greene rode up alongside the forest zombie on a hoss and walloped it upside the head with a Louisville Slugger. (Step aside, Paul 'The Ignitor' Molitor!) Daryl Dixon finished off the thrill-kill with a crossbow arrow through the melon.

Zombie death count

1 for a total of 9 on the season. Humans: Still 0, though T-Dog and Carl Grimes aren't doing so hot, and Sophia is still MIA.

Lingering questions

What did Jenner whisper to Rick?

What has become of Merle Dixon, Sophia and the father-son team of Morgan and Duane Jones?

A look ahead to next week's episode

Shane and Otis are being chased through the high school and into the gym by the pack of zombies. I hope wolf-mode Scott Howard comes out and starts dunking on all of them.

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