Let's catch up with all the various splinter groups, shall we? After escaping the prison, Beth and Daryl are on the run through the woods. The moment they catch their breath, Beth wants to start tracking other survivors, especially the kids. Daryl has the skills but not the optimism, so Beth's hopeful nature -- which is underscored by her VOing some pretty bleakly ironic diary entries written before the prison fell -- has to serve for both of them. And so it's just crushed that much harder when she and Daryl find a bunch of zombies that have apparently just finished a nasty meal that seemed to have included someone pretty small.
Speaking of the little ones, Lizzie and Mika are still with Tyreese. As is Judith, who survived after all. Yay! As it turns out, Tyreese and a baby, a panicky preteen, and a tween idiot-sociopath do not prove to be an optimal survival unit. Tyreese leaves all three girls to help with a zombie battle, and fails to save anyone, while zombies close in on the sisters and Lizzie threatens to suffocate Judith to keep her quiet. Fortunately they're all found by Carol, of all people. Lucky for her Rick and Daryl never had time to tell Tyreese what happened to Karen. And lucky for all of them that a dying member of the party Tyreese failed to save tells them about a safe place up the railroad tracks. And then he presumably dies or leaves the scene so Beth and Daryl can find it later.
As for Maggie, she's determined to find Glenn, with Sasha and an oddly cheerful Bob in tow. Eventually they come across the bus that we last saw Glenn on when it was leaving the prison. But something clearly went wrong, and it's not only stopped on the middle of the road but full of walkers. Maggie's so bent on closure she insists on opening up the bus and cleaning it out, finally killing a walker that looks an awful lot like Glenn.
Except we see that Glenn was still in the prison after the attack, apparently having jumped off the bus at the last minute to help Maggie look for Beth. As the one member of the cast able to actually pack before leaving, he does so and soon meets up with Tara, repentant sister of Lily and former apocalypse-roommate of a guy she called Brian. Glenn partners up with her despite her former association with the Governor, and declares that she's going to help him find Maggie. But then Glenn, still recovering from the prison flu, collapses as they're fighting off a fresh group of walkers. Tara finishes the job, and thus gets to be the first to meet some important new characters. I won't spoil who they are if you've read the comics, so let's just say that between the three of them they've got a big mustache, a handheld radio, and a tiny pair of shorts.
Tonight's episode begins with a soundtrack filled with hope and optimism. It's the voice of Beth, telling her diary how great it is that after months of being on the run from the farm, they've found a prison where they can settle down, build a life, start a farm, help Lori raise her baby, sleep in beds, and just generally be safe. "We can live here," Beth wrote. The irony, of course, is that Beth's voice-over takes place while we're watching a scene of her and Daryl in panicked flight from the prison, desperately fighting their way through zombies in the woods. Eventually they get enough distance to crash down in the bush for a minute to catch their breath, out of sight, looking up at the sky, where vultures are circling. "We can live here for the rest of our lives," she wrote. So it's all clearly Beth's fault for jinxing it, then.
That night -- or more specifically, early the next morning -- the two of them huddle around a tiny campfire. Beth argues that they can't be the only survivors and that they should "do somethin'." She wants him to start tracking them, but Daryl is shut down, silent and motionless, not bothering to move until Beth takes her gun and her knife and stomps into the dark woods. He kicks out the fire and follows, if only to make sure she reloaded her pistol since dry-firing it at that zombie in the opening scene.
Once the sun is up, Daryl uncovers some dead leaves from some small footprints. Beth thinks they might be Luke's or Molly's, and insists they're still alive. Daryl's not so sure. I'm not so sure who Luke and Molly even are. Following the trail, Daryl finds some squashed grapes on the ground and interprets them as a sign that the survivors fled in a hurry. Beth is still telling him to have faith, but Daryl doesn't think much of faith right now. "Didn't do nothin' for your father," he says. Beth gives him a nasty look and he gives her an apologetic one, and when Beth starts picking more grapes for when they find the kids, Daryl gives her his bandanna to carry them in. Teamwork!
Further along the path, Daryl finds two dead walkers on the ground and a spot of human blood on a leaf. And lots of other tracks that indicate this is something of a walker thoroughfare. Suddenly another walker comes out of the trees and grabs Beth in a way that prevents Daryl from getting a clear shot with his crossbow. So Daryl closes with it and forces it to the ground, then rolls under it so Beth can stab its forehead with her recovered knife. And, back to the search.