Hello again Trash bags! This week, we got a Beth centric episode of the Walking Dead. It was pretty bizarre. It almost didn’t even seem like I was watching the same show. I still thought it was a solid ep, even though Beth is far from my favorite. I am happy they aren’t dragging the storylines out for eternity anymore.
We begin Episode 4 with Beth waking up in a hospital room with a laceration on her face and a cast on her wrist. She gets out of bed and looks out the window. Shitty CGI lets her know that she is in the bombed out city of Atlanta.
She runs to the door and starts pounding on it to be let out. She hears someone coming, so she backs up and pulls the IV needle from her arm, intending to use it as a weapon if necessary. She’s pretty damn spry and clever for someone that regained consciousness 5 seconds ago. A doctor and an armed police officer enter the room and introduce themselves as Dr. Steven Edwards and Officer Dawn Lerner. They tell Beth that she was found on the side of the road, surrounded by “rotters” and they saved her and brought her here, to Grady Memorial Hospital. Beth asks them about Daryl, but they tell her she was alone when they picked her up. Officer Dawn tells Beth that if they wouldn’t have saved her, she would be zombie food by now. She says Beth owes them.
After the credits, Doctor Steve is taking Beth on an expository walking tour of the hospital. He brings her into a patient’s room. He says some of their crew was on a supply run and found this man dehydrated under a bridge and suffering from a heart attack. Doctor Steve unplugs the man’s ventilator, explaining that if patients do not show improvement, they are euthanized. After the man flatlines, Doctor Steve stabs him in the head to keep him from turning. Then Doctor Steve and Beth wheel the corpse to the elevator shaft and shove it inside, where it will fall to the basement and be eaten by zombies.
Later, Beth is in the cafeteria grabbing some lunch for herself and Doctor Steve. She runs into a cop named Gorman, and she immediately picks up the rapey vibe he’s laying down. He says he is the one who rescued her from the zombies. He says “One of ‘em was eyeing your thighs when we showed up.” Beth looks at him like “Cool story, perv.” Gorman says he expects her to show him some appreciation for saving her. By the inflection of his voice you can tell “show some appreciation” is a euphemism for “let me fondle you.” He threatens to write down all the food Beth is taking, further indebting her to these creeps. She awesomely puts the food back and leaves without responding to him.
Beth serves Doctor Steve his lunch in his office. He is listening to a Junior Kimbrough album and reading. Awesome album, by the way. He’s the Son House of the 90s. He invites Beth to sit and share his lunch of roasted guinea pig. Doctor Steve’s Caravaggio painting leads to the oft repeated “Who are we now?” discussion that this show beats us over the head with weekly. Doctor Steve believes people are regressing back to an animal state, and art has no place. Beth tells him that she still sings.
Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of a new patient. Dawn says he fell from a window trying to escape zombies. She is adamant that Doctor Steve try and save the man, although Dr. Steve thinks it’s useless at this point and a waste of resources, due to the extent of the injuries. Officer Dawn insists, so Steve hooks him to an EKG and discovers that he has a collapsed lung. Doctor Steve gives the patient a shot to the heart Vincent Vega style, but his prognosis is not good.
Officer Dawn is PISSED that the man might die, so she straight bitch slaps Beth for no apparent reason. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you but it was hilarious! Unfortunately, it happened so fast I was unable to get a screen capture. I got you the after slap though.