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The Walking Dead 204 "Cherokee Rose"

Lori asks Glenn to fetch a pregnancy test. Is Shane's love child on the horizon? (please no.)

Season 2, Episode 4: "Cherokee Rose"

Original Air Date—6 November 2011

Written By:
Evan Reilly
Directed By:
Billy Gierhart

Perhaps the most boring episode of The Walking Dead to date. After last week's amazing reveal we get this meandering snoozefest.

The zombie in the well was a waste of time and not even that cool of a scene. Glen getting some (good for him) really was telegraphed a mile away. As is the upcoming storyline of Maggie, the proper farm girl causing friction due to her interaction with "the outsiders". I always said Herschel had a "cult vibe" going. We see more of his religous overtones come up in this episode as well as the "you have to live by my rules" and "we don't take outsiders" points.

Lori pregnant with Shane's love child. Many have called that and now her asking for Glen to get her a pregnancy test really takes us down that dreaded soap opera path. Really all of these obvious directions could have been distilled better. We knew she wanted a pregnancy test the minute she gave Glen the discrete list. There is so much filler this season, compared to the pace of season 1, where we managed a quick, exciting pace and substance and character development at that pace.

Heck, the previews for the next episode were more exciting than the entire episode. Seriously.

The return of Merle Dixon. Probably just a vision Daryl has.

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Shane: "We were about done. Almost out of ammo. We were down to pistol by then. I was limpin', bad. Ankle all swollen up. 'Gotta save the boy!' See, that's what he said. He gave me his backpack; he shoved me ahead. 'Run', he said. Said, 'I'll take the rear, I'll cover you.' And when I looked back...If not for Otis, I would have never made it out alive. And that goes for Carl too. It was Otis: he saved us both."


Shane: "There is nothing easy about taking a man's life no matter how little value it may have. But when you get it done, you have to forget it. I guess I haven't quite got that last part down."


Hershel: "That's something, isn't it? It's good to pause for an occasional reminder."

Rick: "Of what?"

Hershel: "Whatever comes to mind. For me it's often God. No thoughts on that?"

Rick: "Last time I asked God for a favor and stopped to admire a view, my son got shot. I try not to mix it up with the Almighty anymore. Best we stay out of each others way."

Hershel: " Lori told me your story -- how you were shot, the coma. Yet you came out of it somehow. You did not feel God's hand in yours?"

Rick: "At that moment? No, I did not."

Hershel: "In all the chaos you found your wife and boy. Then he was shot and he survived. That tells you nothing?"

Rick: "It tells me God's got a strange sense of humor.


Daryl: "The story is that when American soldiers where moving Indians off their land, on the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee mothers were grieving and crying so much 'cause they were losing their little ones along the way. Exposure and disease and starvation; a lot of them just disappeared. So the elders, they sent a prayer, asked for a sign to uplift the mother's spirits. Give 'em strength, hope. The next day, this rose started to grow right where the mother's tears fell. I'm not fool enough to think there's any flowers bloomin' for my brother. But, I believe, this one is bloomin' for your little girl."



The Cherokee Rose primary time to bloom is in the early spring with bright green leaves. However, the flower is capable of blossoming in the fall under good conditions. Given the condition of the plant Daryl finds, the timeframe of the show is set in the fall.

Records of attempts at pregnancy testing have been found as far back as the ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian cultures. The ancient Egyptians watered bags of wheat and barley with the urine of a possibly pregnant woman. Germination indicated pregnancy. The type of grain that sprouted was taken as an indicator of the fetus's sex. Hippocrates suggested that a woman who had missed her period should drink a solution of honey in water at bedtime: resulting abdominal distention and cramps would indicate the presence of a pregnancy. Avicenna and many physicians after him in the Middle Ages performed uroscopy, a nonscientific method to evaluate urine.



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