When there's a feud between survivor communities brewing, is it really such a good time to go on a crazy-sabbatical? Don't get me wrong. Rick's entitled to some grief. He's been through a lot. But the timing for his venture outside the prison to wander after fancy-Lori seemed all wrong. Whether or not we've seen the last of Rick's hallucination remains to be seen. What is clear is that he's in desperate need of a shower, and more ammo.
Watching The Walking Dead, I often find myself acutely aware of how much ammunition is used, especially now that the living are actively fighting the living, instead of just the flesh-eating monster-people all over the place. Bullets were flying left and right, up and down tonight and during the worst of it, I couldn't help but think, what a waste. Earlier in the episode, when Daryl was helping that family of travelers, I wondered if he'd collect all of his arrows. Because I can't imagine he comes upon a fresh supply of arrows all that often. And we did see him grab at least one from the skull of a walker as he left the scene. The crossbow has that advantage, in addition to being a quieter weapon. Of course, there's always a car trunk door if a walker is positioned for such a kill.
Another less important topic I find myself obsessing over is the biter vs. walker usage. Biter vs. Walker is the Pop vs. Soda of TWD. Biter seems more appropriate to describe a zombie, but I find it an irritating alternative to the more familiar "walker." The Governor's people seem to favor "biter" as a term for the walking dead.
Let's move on to more pressing matters. Tonight's episode had Glen hellbent on retaliating against the Governor, though his determination seemed fueled by his anger over what happened to Maggie and less a tactical strategy. He did manage to get Maggie to tell him exactly what happened with the Governor when they were being held captive, but learning that the sexual assault hadn't gone as far as rape did nothing to sooth Glenn's nerves, and Maggie was all the angrier over having to say what happened out loud.
Glenn's plan to attack the Governor seemed like a bad idea. After all, it looked like the Governor was knocked down a peg after the previous assault. We saw him check in with Milton and talked to Andrea about sticking around to help lead Woodbury, which made him appear weak, as though he needed a break. But when he disappeared, Andrea was curious and anxious about his departure, especially when Milton refused to tell her (or admit he knew) where the Governor went.
In Dixon-ville, Merle and Daryl were off on their own, looking for food and trying to figure out their next move. Merle's talk of the Governor's likely retaliation against Rick and his people seemed to bother Daryl, but he didn't comment much about it. Instead, he responded to the cry of a baby. As though the sight of Daryl holding Rick and Lori's baby wasn't enough to make us coo over his soft spot for young ones, he rushes to the aid of a family being attacked from all directions by walkers. Merle reluctantly joined in on the rescue effort, but he expected to be rewarded for his efforts. And by rewarded, I mean he let out his inner racist and started digging through their things looking for food until Daryl pointed his crossbow at him and insisted they let the family go on their way.
Daryl and Merle really are two different kinds of men. Maybe they were originally planning to rob the camp before they were separated, and we'll never know if Daryl would have gone along with that if things had gone differently, but in the present day, Daryl is a guy who saves a family without expecting a reward, and Merle's a guy who (still) uses ethnic slurs and will take advantage of a family's vulnerability for his own needs. In the end, both men are survivors, but one's also an asshole.