“The Walking Dead’s” latest episode ’18 Miles Out’ is oddly circular and makes you feel like you spent all day on a roadtrip only to end up back where you started. Are we there yet?
Rick and Shane have driven Randall (the boy with the fence-skewed leg from last week) to drop him off with the hopes Randall won’t find his pals and tattle on the whereabouts of the farm. Rick and Shane are about to leave the boy when Randall tells them he was classmates with Maggie. Shane wants Randall killed just to be on the safe side while Rick is uncertain and wants a day to mull it over.
A big fight erupts between Rick and Shane. During the fighting, Shane hurls a heavy wrench at Rick and misses, breaking the window behind Rick. Tons of zombies start pouring out from the broken window and trap Shane in a schoolbus. Rick is tempted to take Randall and make a run for it, but in the last minute decides to return and rescue Shane. Rick and Shane end up shoving Randall back into the trunk gagged and tied up to return him to the farm so Rick has an extra day to think about killing Randall. We’re back where we started at the beginning, right down to the zombie wandering aimlessly in a field outside the farmhouse’ lands.
Back at the farm, the ladies are too busy bickering to be scouting for zombies. Is that such a good idea? Beth, who apparently isn’t infected with a zombie bite, is recovering but she isn’t too happy about her regaining health. Beth thinks there’s no point in living in such a horrible world and wants to commit suicide. Lori has launched into hardcore suicide watch and alerts Maggie of Beth’s intentions. Maggie screams at Beth for her little sister’s “selfishness.” Apparently Maggie never attended Counseling 101.
Andrea believes the decision lies with Beth to choose life or death; she believes the choice should be Beth’s alone. Beth breaks the bathroom mirror and cuts her wrists but the gash is shallow. Andrea tells an outraged Maggie, Beth has made her decision to live. Maggie orders Andrea out of the house never to come back.
The scenes in the farmhouse with the women seem oddly chauvenistic. Lori is intent on playing house, doing laundry and cooking while Rick and Shane are out in zombie country. It’s become a reoccuring pattern that the menfolk go out with the guns and put themselves in danger while the little ladies stay back home talking about their men (do these women have lives and dreams of their own?). I’m hoping Andrea, who seems more intent on defending the farmhouse with a shotgun, will take more of active role and step away from the life Lori seems to be forcing on the women but not the men at the farmhouse.
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