No raping, no cutting Ricks arm off, really no hate at all.
I will be kind of disappointed, extremely PG version of him.
"Phil" is really named "Neal," but goes by his last name, "Cartulio." (I don't know, some ethnic name I can't spell). Cartulio's kind of a whimp, but figures out Michonne's cryptogram ("Go" spelled with limbs, and a chopped-up zombie back = "Go Back"). Merle's search party doesn't head the warning and is immediately cut in half, down to two members within the opening minutes of the episode.
Rick begs the woman on the phone for help but she hangs up. He checks on Carl and the group and then heads back to the phone to take some more calls. Next up is a man who asks Rick how many people he's killed. Four. He asks Rick how he lost his wife. Rick doesn't want to talk about it and the man hangs up. Any of these voices sounding familiar yet?
Meanwhile at Woodbury, let's get the whole story out of the way right here: Andrea wants to contribute to the community, has a little too much fun jumping over the wall to kill a walker up close and personal and pisses off Crossbow Girl who was training her for wall/look-out duty. The Governor is turned on by Andrea's love for the fight, they flirt for a couple scenes and wind up having sex. Merle eventually interrupts them much later in the episode to give his report on his excursion.
Herschel hobbles all the way over to Rick. He talks about his phantom limb, and Rick talks about his phantom phone calls. Herschel doesn't look like he's buying it, but plays along for now.
Michonne gets covered in guts like the other spoilers say. Cartulio finally mans up and saves Merle during their confrontation with Michonne and a pack of zombies.
Daryl is off securing a wing of the prison with Oscar and Carl. In the distance, it sounds like a zombie is messing with a squeaking door, repeatedly trying to force it open to no avail. Daryl will deal with it later. Daryl and Carl share stories about losing their moms young. Carl confirms he shot his mom in this scene. If only I had been paying attention.
Cartulio is feeling cavalier now, but Merle wants to give up the chase and lie to The Gov. Cartulio says they can't lie to The Gov, so Merle shoots him squarely in the head, saving me from having to attempt to spell the guy's name anymore.
Another phone call for Rick. I think it's Lori on the phone this time, but I'm not going to commit 100% to that.
Michonne watches Maggie and Glenn scavenge for baby formula, toys and food. Merle shows up with his gun drawn, but sets it down to talk. Merle wants to go see his brother, but Glenn says no, you wait here and we'll bring Daryl to you. Merle pulls out a second, hidden gun and takes Maggie hostage, demanding Glenn drive them to Woodbury. Michonne picks up the supplies and makes her way towards the prison.
Daryl finds a zombie with Carol's knife in its neck. He examines the angle of the knife attack. Not looking good.
O.K. It turns out that Rick has been talking to Amy, Jim, and now Lori on the phone. Rick pours out his feelings for Lori. Lori tells him to man up and protect his group. Rick shuts out the voices and hangs up. He returns to the group and holds the baby. Daryl, obsessing over the knife, finally goes to take care of that swinging door... but guess who's inside? Michonne arrives at the prison.
Next episode: been hinting at it for a while, but... things get really bad for Maggie and Glenn. They will not get the same welcome party that Andrea and Michonne got.
Maggie gonna get raped.
Glenn might get killed too
Doubt it. He is still alive based on where I am in the comics and that is way, way past this.
I doubt he and Maggie get killed, but she may be the one raped since Michonne is gone.
Merle interrogates Glenn, tries to make him sound like the bad guy for leaving him on the roof in Atlanta. Maggie can hear Glenn being beaten from the next room over.
The walkers by the prison catch on to Michone's disguise. She fights for her life and passes out. Carl and Rick save her and bring her in. Poor Michone has gone from one prison to the next, locked up and swordless. Carol reunites with the rest of the group. Michone tells Rick's group about Woodbury. One interrogation down!
Merle continues working on Glenn, who's face is looking pretty fricked up by now. Glenn threatens that Rick will come looking for him, along with Shane, Dale, Jim, Andrea... Merle is amused.
Herschel stitches up Michone. Rick and co plan a rescue mission. Carl and Rick have another father-son talk. Carl's the man of the house while Rick's gone. Carl names his sister "Judith."
Over the course of the episode, Andrea helps Milton with a zombie experiment. The subject is an elderly man who's volunteered to have his transformation be observed. Milton uses a record player and other audio/visual cues to study whether any trace of the conscious or subconscious lingers in the dead. The experiment winds up being a complete failure and Andrea has to put the poor guy down for good.
Merle turns up the heat on Glenn. He lets a hungry zombie loose in the room while Glenn is forced to fight while still bound to a chair. Glenn makes an impressive stand against the walker and is able to kill it by smashing his chair into a wall and using a shard of wood. Meanwhile, Merle tells The Governor that Glenn isn't breaking and he's going to work on Maggie next. The Governor replies that's alright, he'll take care of it himself.
Maggie won't talk, so The Governor orders her to stand up and take off her shirt, or else he'll bring Glenn's hand to her. He takes off his belt and bends Maggie over. Cut to commercial before we see the end of the interrogation. Did they or didn't they? A definitive answer is given in a later episode. The Governor does not go all the way off-camera.
The rescue group goes it on foot and is soon surrounded by walkers in the forest. They take refuge in a not-so-abandoned cabin. The owner has been living under a rock and is very confused about the whole zombie apocalypse thing, waves a shotgun around and tries to open the door to the swarming walkers outside. Michone stabs him. Rick tosses the body out the front door as a distraction while the group sneaks out the back.
The Governor pulls a gun on Glenn in front of Maggie and she finally breaks, revealing the location of the prison. Rick's group reaches the gates of Woodbury. The Governor questions Merle's loyalty and plans his next move with his closest advisers. Andrea returns from Milton's lab and gives Gov the bad news. He tells her everything will be alright, much in the same way he said it to Maggie.
Next Week: we're gonna' have two black males on the show. If you're good at math and racism, then you know what that means!