• Mon, Feb 10 - 9:00 am ET

Last Night’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Was A Very Special Episode All About Bad Parenting

thewalkingdeadApologies in advances to all of you throngs of Norman Reddus fans because you got none of him last night, all you got was what I will now refer to as Bad Parenting 101 with Rick Grimes. Here is a GIF of your secret boyfriend Norman, which will serve as your spoiler alert in case you haven’t watched yet because I plan on spoiling the whole episode below because I neeeeed to talk about it.

SPOILERS AFTER NORMAN!

 

So, in Walking Dead land everything is so not Lego Movie awesome, everything is awful. The prison is over, everyone is missing, Judith is missing, Hershel is just a damn gaping mouth head until the very best mother ever ™ Michonne katanas him in his gaping mouth head before she finds some new pets and takes them for a walk.

The whole dream sequence where we see Michonne when she was just carving up cheese before she started carving up walkers was so distressing to me! A lot of us knew that her original pets shown last season were related to her somehow, but in this episode we learn that one of them was her lovah and the father of her beautiful little baby and the other cute guy was possibly her lovah’s brother, I think. It makes sense that Michonne is always hella-angry, and it makes me so sad to think about what became of her baby.

 

Meanwhile, because everyone always has no idea where Carl is,

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he is off wandering around with his dad who is doing everything possible to make Carl think he is a zombie. He is walking like a zombie, groaning like a zombie, and basically stumbling around like a drunken zombie. Carl dumps him in a farmhouse and goes adventuring on his own with only a few bullets in his gun while dad zombie naps on the sofa.

Carl has reached angry puberty-ridden teenager level 87 and gives a very pissy speech to his dad about he ruined everything because all Rick basically carried about was playing REALITY FARMVILLE while the Gov’r'nah planned to kill all of them. Carl is correct, and this is the first time in the entire series I haven’t hated him, but he is basically a punkass and needs to learn how to stay put and not go off trying to prove how grownup he is. I guess it’s worth it that he became part of a zombie sammich pile-on because he found pudding, and then he gets to go home to dad and humble brag about eating all the pudding. But before then, Rick has to do an even better zombie impersonation but reaching his scraggly hand out to his son and making a lot of zombie noises so Carl comes pretty close to shooting him. In the face.

I’m sorry, and I know Rick felt pretty sucky, but don’t you wanna be super careful when you have a trigger happy teenager around to NOT act exactly like a walker?

In my opinion, this episode has a happy ending because the very best mom in the world shows up at the farmhouse where Rick is magically doing OK again and thank God, because at least someone responsible will be around to keep Carl out of trouble. I know it is the zombie apocolypse, I know everyone is doing their best to stay alive, but considering one baby is lost (Judith) and Carl is all Rick has left, shouldn’t he be keeping a better watch over him?

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  • Lauren_Alli

    I think Rick would be keeping a better eye on Carl if he weren’t like….practically dead for half the episode. It’s kind of hard to keep your eye on your kid when you’re in some kind of coma-like state. But, Michonne is definitely the best mom ever. And I’m still having severe anxiety over what has become of Judith.

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      I know it sounds horrible, but maybe Judith is dead. With everyone running out to the woods with little ammo, food and in search of shelter, its going to be hard to keep a baby in that environment. Same with Hershel which is probably why he had to go- he would only hold everyone back if he were to have escaped.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      NOOOOOO

    • Iwill Findu

      In the comic Judith dies. So I’m gonna say dead.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I nEED to read the comics. I suck

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      grrrrrr! spoiler!

    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      I got 20 bucks that says the girls led Tyreese back to the baby and he’s got her.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      he needs to stop acting like a zombie, end of story

  • TwentiSomething Mom

    Michonne has been depicted as a super serious, cold, angry swordstress (real word?) and in this episode we got to see that not only is she an amazing protector, but also gentle and loving- exactly what Carl needs in his life.

    I don’t think any parent knows how to raise their kid in this type of environment. The group, and especially now Rick needs Carl to be an adult and shoot and kill zombies but Carl needs to learn his place and listen to his dad. Regular teenage stuff I suppose. I think we should cut Rick slack- he’s always done what he felt was right for everyone and usually takes the heat when things go wrong.

  • Alicia Kiner

    My husband keeps telling me that baby Judith wasn’t supposed to be alive this long, so stop worrying about her. I say keep saying hush. They aren’t following the comics exactly cuz hey, Rick still has 2 hands. Carl was a little punk assy in this episode, but you have to feel for the kid. Plus, is it me, or is that area ridiculously quiet on the walker front? Love how he wrote “walker inside got my shoe but didn’t get me.” Freaking hilarious!
    I DIDN’T like how Rick told Carl that he was now a man. I get that in their world, you have to grow up fast, but Carl’s what, 14? He’s NOT a man. He’s getting there, but he’s still a kid. Yes, he’s perfectly capable of defending himself and killing walkers, but he’s reckless. He’s not ready to be on his own, he still needs Rick, and Michonne, and maybe even Carol (who I really hope we see again soon).

    • pixie

      I always get confused at how old Carl is because in the comics he starts out being 7, but I know (think) he was around 10 or so in the show’s beginning.

  • pixie

    I never liked Carl, just something about him (I think it had to do with no real character development, in my opinion, and all of a sudden he’s this raging moody preteen that has to prove himself and never listens), so I’m interested in seeing last night’s episode (I’ll watch it eventually, spoilers don’t bother me). At the end of last season when I saw the empty baby carrying thing (carseat?) I yelled at the tv “WHO LEAVES A BABY RIGHT THERE?!?!”
    I’m sad that there’s no Norman Reedus in this episode, though Michonne is awesome. I’ve always liked her.

    • brebay

      I’m sorry, this made me laugh so hard. “All of a sudden he’s this raging moody preteen that has to prove himself and never listens.” Either your kids are under pre-teen age, or you just got so lucky I have to hate you now…;)

    • pixie

      Actually, I don’t have kids ;)
      But I do know preteens ARE like that, all rage-y and moody. My issue was that there was no build-up to that. I never really got a sense of his character before because he didn’t really say much and not a lot of the plot focused on him. For me it was Carl’s a background character to “what the hell are you doing, Carl, stay in the damn house/RV/car/whatever? Lori, keep an eye on your damn kid because he obviously doesn’t listen to you!”

    • brebay

      Yeah, it just gave me a good chuckle. I don’t watch the show, but, my (sometimes) moody pre-teen son LOVES it, so I caught some of it last night. I’ll have to ask him what he thought about that. A lot of shows do tend to do that with children as they grow up on shows, though. It’s like they can’t quite figure out what to do with them.

  • Elisa Probert

    Haven’t watched Walking Dead for a while. I should catch up, because Norman.

    I can’t help but feel it’s in Judith’s best interest for her to be dead. Just so she doesn’t end up undead right when she learns to walk. And Carl kind of has to be a little punk ass. His dad is overbearing half the time, and a whiny bitch the other half. (I still love ya though, Rick!)

  • MommaJen

    i don’t think Judith is dead yet. I think she is with the creepy rat killing tween girls. I was hoping Carl would get botulism or at least a very horrid case of the trots from his 112 ounce can of pudding.
    Side note did you watch Talking Dead with the live shot of Herschel’s head?? :*(