Monday, March 3, 2014

'The Walking Dead' Recap: 'Still'

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BY DENISE PURVIS

I cannot imagine the stench in the trunk of the car that Daryl and Beth are sharing. They seek refuge from the walkers in an abandoned car trunk. Not a shabby solution, if I do say so myself. Zombies aren’t terribly cunning. These jokers have gotten terribly resourceful since the termination of their stint at the farm and prison. Beth is starting fires with old side mirrors from a car, and Daryl is killing and cooking up rattlesnakes. Beth suddenly decides that she wants an alcoholic drink and almost gets herself into trouble when she seeks it out. She actually saves herself by distracting the walkers, but Daryl materializes attempting to save her. No need. This girl wants to get drunk.

They make their way to an abandoned country club and make their way inside. Of course, there are all sorts of writhing undead country clubbers. They get through without much issue and make it to the pro shop where Beth finally gets some clean clothes. They don’t stay clean too long as they have to fight off a few walkers after a grandfather clock chimes.

Beth and Daryl finally make it to the country club bar for her to get a drink, but all that is left is peach schnapps. Daryl seems very nonplussed in this evening’s episode, but finally snaps when Beth cries while staring at the half empty bottle. He finally grabs the bottle and smashes it to the floor. "Ain't gonna have your first drink be no damn peach schnapps," he says to her and leads her out of the bar.
He takes her to a cabin/moonshine still that he and Michonne had previously discovered. I’m not going to lie, I’d much rather drink peach schnapps than moonshine, but different strokes for different folks. Beth’s first drink is out of a dirty mason jar in the middle of the woods. Daryl tells Beth that his dad was one of the types of people that would have a tacky cabin in the woods like the one that they found.

Beth finally coerces Daryl into drinking moonshine with her. They end up playing a game of never have I ever where one person makes a comment of something they have never done, and if the other person has done it then they have to drink. She starts out by saying she’s never shot a crossbow. He admits that he’s never been out of Georgia. Beth later tries to find out if he’s been to prison or worked as a prison guard.

I am surprised that they don’t act more drunk. I know I would have been passed out and possibly comatose if I drank even a teaspoon of moonshine. He does end up getting irate and forcing Beth to go outside and kill a walker with his crossbow. She finally breaks Daryl down when she says that he doesn’t give a shit about anything. Best line of the episode is when he tells her that she lost two boyfriends and her whole family and all she wants to do is get drunk “like some dumb college bitch.” Ha! I mean you can’t blame the girl. It’s been a rough year or so.

Daryl tells Beth that he’s a dick when he’s drunk, but that she’s a happy drunk. Shocker there. Daryl ends up telling a heart-warming tale about a drunken fight between him, Merle, and a tweaker. I guess the point of the story is, well, I don’t know the point. I guess that he misses his brother? Beth admits that she misses her family. She also talks about the unrealistic picturesque thought of Maggie and Glenn having a baby, and Hershel getting to live the rest of his life out in peace as a grandfather.
Beth tells Daryl that she wishes she could change and adapt to the situation like Daryl has. Daryl tells her that he’s always been this way. She predicts that Daryl will be the last man standing, and that he will miss Beth when she’s gone. “You gotta stay who you are. Not who you were. Places like this, you have to put it away,” she says to Daryl. Deep, man, deep.

I am not entirely sure why, but they end up burning down the cabin and flicking it off. Isn’t that a better place to hole up than an open camp? I don’t understand their reasoning, and WHY ARE THEY STILL STANDING IF THEY’VE BEEN SIPPING MOONSHINE? Beth has never drank before, but she’s chugging moonshine like it’s her J-O-B.

Smaller Bites:
-From the previews, it looks like Sasha, Maggie, and Bob are still together, but I don’t know for how long. Sasha screams out to Bob at the end of the episode, so I don’t know if he’s about to bite the dust.
-What’s going on with Rick, Michonne, and Carl?
-Better yet, what about Glenn and Tara?
-WHAT IS GOING ON?

The next episode of "The Walking Dead," “Alone,” will air on March 9 at 9:00 P.M. EST. Check out a preview below.

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