'The Walking Dead' recap: Tonight they're gonna party like it's … not a zombie apocalypse
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SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Say the Word" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Has the zombie apocalypse hit Wisteria Lane? Nah, there's a celebration goin' on in Woodbury -- the Governor's even busted out the colored plastic party cups -- with promises of a big evening event to cap the day's festivities.
But the bright sundresses of the Stepford-like Woodbury women, who sip frosty beverages on the nicely manicured lawn of the Governor's house, don't fool us, or Michonne, for a second. Some weird stuff is about to go down in this burg.
Like, say, the Governor combing the hair of a little girl, who suddenly turns around and tries to eat him when he accidentally combs away a chunk of her scalp. Because she's a zombie. And she's his daughter, Penny. Whom he still loves (and keeps locked away in his manse).
Meanwhile, back at the prison, as Lori's baby -- still covered in afterbirth blood and goo -- cries and the gang forms a plan to track down some formula ASAP, a grief-stricken Rick is nearly catatonic until he spots an ax and goes into the prison cells to start swinging vengefully at walkers.
(The action in "Say the Word" flips so frequently between Woodbury and the prison that we fear a case of whiplash, so apologies on the play-by-play vibe of this week's walk down "Walking Dead" recap lane.)
And back in Party Town U.S.A.…
The Governor gathers the townsfolk and tells them they should celebrate the fact that they've managed to form this little community in the midst of all the chaos, and Andrea buys his act so completely that you can almost see the thought bubble above her head that reads, "I've got to get me some of that."
Michonne … not so much. She's taking the opportunity to snoop around the Gov's house, and though she barely escapes getting caught, she continues nosing around until she finds a cage full of walkers she sets free and practices her katana skills on.
The Governor is displeased, Michonne's displeased that he's displeased (which she shows by holding her katana to his neck), he tells Andrea he's displeased, and Andrea tells Michonne that she's displeased that the Governor is displeased.
Yeah, but the dude is psycho, is essentially Michonne's response. Still, Andrea tries to talk her into staying, realizing that fleeing Woodbury now means she'll never get her shot at becoming the first lady of Woodbury.
And back to the prison…
Convicts Oscar and Axel try to bond with Glenn, and they end up digging two of the three graves needed to bury Lori, T-Dog, and Carol (yes, they assume she's dead, though there is no proof yet, and we still hold out hope she'll pop up again).
Glenn goes into the prison to try to get Rick to come back out and let his friends comfort him, but Rick pushes him away, and the blood dripping off his ax says it all: He's going through the prison on a mission.
And back to Woodbury…
Merle and scientist Milton have driven up to a pit full of live biters, which they pull up to the ground in a net. Merle sets one loose on Milton, who's wearing a strange jacket with silver-colored sleeves. But it's one magic jacket, because when the biter chomps down on Miltie's arm, nothing happens … has Milton developed an anti-walker garment?