'The Walking Dead' Recap: And This Little Piggy...
Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in 'The Walking Dead' Season 4 episode, 'Infected.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Infected" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
It's probably the last little bit of calm that viewers, and certainly the survivors, are going to enjoy from "The Walking Dead" this season: Tyreese and his girlfriend, Karen, are enjoying a little couple time. As she snuggles in his lap, he tells her he can't stop thinking about Zach, the young man who died in the attack at the Big Spot store last week.
Tyreese, who's finally gotten a chance to stop and think about all the things he's had to do to survive and all the loss that has entailed, tells Karen, "Used to be, we all had acquaintances, people move in and out of your life… no big; see 'em down the road sometime. Now the handful of people you know, that's it. Might as well be the only people left in the world." And with that, he breaks out into song, crooning a bit of "I've Got You Under My Skin" for the one who clearly has gotten under his.
[Related: Take a Bite Out of Our 'Walking Dead' Recaps]
Sadly, the song could work on another level here, because something has gotten under, inside of, on top of, and all around the skin of the survivors, and whatever it is is making them deathly sick, then just dead, then walker-ized. When we saw sweet young newbie Patrick last, he'd just gotten through the sickness, then the death, then the turning. In "Infected," he began the official zombie portion of his story, and again, it ended what was probably the last bit of calm anyone at the prison is going to experience for quite a while.
A Zombie Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day
As Rick wakes up his children and prepares to begin another day of farming, Zombie Patrick picks himself up off the bathroom floor and makes his way to another block. He almost goes into Karen's cell, but then turns into another, where he starts chomping down. When he leaves his victim, the man rolls off the bed, as his innards fall out of his open tummy.
In the guard tower, Glenn is watching Maggie sleep, and uses the camera he got at the Big Spot to snap a pic of her. He's heading down to do a perimeter check, and tells her he'll return with breakfast.
Elsewhere on this happy morning, Michonne is about to take off again on her horse, and asks Carl if there's anything special he wants her to bring back. Maybe some stale M&Ms? "You're the one who likes stale M&Ms," he jokes, and off she goes.
Michonne (Danai Gurira) in 'The Walking Dead' Season 4 episode, 'Infected.'
And then Rick and Carl start working on their cucumber patch, where Carl asks if he can help the others clear the fences. "We have other plans," Rick answers, and then Carl asks when he can have his gun back. Before Rick can answer, gunfire breaks out, Michonne races back to the prison, Rick tells Carl to go to the tower, and he runs into the prison.