While we're treated to images of Otis and Shane running through the halls of a high school (and not in a John Mayer kind of way), Rick tells Lori about the time Shane stole a principal's car (excellent skill for a POLICE OFFICER) to take Lori's mind off their dying son. Lori is also force-feeding Rick so he'll stay strong. He's drinking milk, and while I might be able to buy the whole random-orange-tree-for-juice thing, I'm also expected to buy that these people can keep cows? And that the livestock hasn't attracted a horde of walkers to their neck of the woods?
Back at the camper, Andrea practices loading her weapon, while Daryl tries to sleep but can't because Carol won't stop crying. So he and Andrea go out looking for Sophia in the dead of night, and Daryl shares his own personal survival story. And then they find a poor camper who got bit and tried to hang himself, he's just dangling away, and Andrea makes Daryl kill the dude. Carol eventually stops crying long enough to join Dale on the RV roof to keep a lookout for Andrea and Daryl. When the searchers finally get back to the camper, they don't have Sophia with them, so that sets Carol off again. Dale gives Andrea her gun back, by way of apologizing.
Shane and Otis are having some trouble running around high school with walkers when they decide to split up to confuse the zombies. Shane has to jump out of a second story window, and injures his leg so badly that he starts limping a bit like a walker. But the two somehow escape the hundreds and hundreds of walkers at every turn even though neither of them can run and they are carrying backpacks filled with medical equipment.
Glenn and T-Dog arrive at Little Farmhouse on the Prairie. Maggie wants to know if they closed the gate, which I still don't buy would keep zombies away, particularly if they were persistent. And if one little snowstorm can knock out power to half of the East Coast in October, how do these people still have power running? How long do backup generators last? Did the power company employees somehow survive the zombie infestation? T-Dog gets the necessary stitches, while Glenn tries his hand at praying... until he's rudely interrupted by Maggie.
Since it has taken Shane and Otis so long to get back, Doc says that they have to risk doing the surgery without the respirator and go with the small odds, because otherwise Carl's for sure a goner. Lori starts thinking that maybe that's not a bad idea, the kid is really cramping her style and she can't be expected to be a role model and pick a daddy when she has two men who fawn all over her even though there are better options. Hell, even constantly crying Carol at least knows how to visibly show emotions. But that's not really Lori's speech, she just rambles for a while about how Carl shouldn't be subjected to the zombie horror show that is their life and she wonders if Jackie had the right idea getting vaporized in the CDC explosion. Am I just wrong for wishing for a Lori/Andrea double murder-suicide pact?
It's no matter -- Carl suddenly wakes up and starts talking about the damned deer, until he has a massive seizure. Rick and Lori decide to let Dr. Greene do the surgery without the respirator, because there is no time. Just then, Shane returns -- miraculously mostly unscathed by the hundreds and hundreds of zombies -- but Otis didn't fare so well. It's too bad; aside from the kid-shooting he seemed like a decent enough guy. Maggie cries for her friend Otis, and then Glenn asks her to tell him about the other people in the photos on the fridge who have fallen victim to the walkers. After the surgery, Carl's stabilized, but Patricia turns into a wreck when she finds out that Otis was eaten at the high school. Why wouldn't Patricia have run out on to the lawn the second she heard his truck? She seemed concerned about him leaving.
Maggie gives Shane some clothes that used to belong to the recently deceased and Lori asks him to stay. So he goes upstairs, showers and shaves his head over a sink... and he clearly has no intention of cleaning it up. But that's not really the point, the point is that we see (in flashback) that Shane is missing a clump of hair... because that's where Otis ripped it out of his skull. See Shane, who has suddenly become interesting (an asshole, but an interesting one at least), decided to shoot Otis in the leg, leaving him for the zombies to eviscerate quite nicely, while he grabbed the supplies and returned back to the house a hero.
We open on a scene of Shane shaving his head at what looks to be the Greene family farm. He's making quite the mess and leaves the water running. I know that this farmhouse seems to have endless resources, but you'd think maybe a little conservation might be in order here. Shane looks exhausted, and we presume that he's just wiped out by his exhausting trip to the high school.
But before that happens, we see Shane all in military mode, running through hallways with hordes of angry zombies (again, kudos to the makeup department here -- these ones look particularly gnarly). While he's running, Rick is telling Lori about how Shane was a juvenile delinquent in high school, he stole the principals car and defaced it. Charming. Lori doesn't seem all that interested in the story (and neither am I), but I can forgive her a bit since she's sitting staring at her dying son. Rick reassures her that Shane will find his way back since he's a stubborn SOB, and Lori just makes Rick eat the milk and sandwich that have been provided... so he can be a human blood bank.
In the camper on the highway, Carol is lying in the bedroom just audibly sobbing, while Andrea tries to assemble and reassemble Daryl's gun. Neither of them seems particularly courteous about the fact that Daryl is trying to sleep. So a restless Daryl decides to go out into the woods, and Andrea insists upon tagging along. Dale thinks this is an ill-advised plan. Why Dale? Walking in the middle of the night with flashlights to draw attention to you where walkers can sneak up on you even more easily? That seems like a solid plan. Then again, if I had to pick between Carol's crying and the zombie infested woods, I'd be taking a moonlight hike as well.
In the high school, Shane and Otis are cornered on the top of the bleachers (because apparently these zombies can't climb?) Shane suggests that they squeeze out the tiny auditorium windows (which look small even for him) and Otis basically laughs in his face. Otis instead offers to jump down into the middle of the zombies and distract them and then run into the locker room, squeeze out some bigger windows and meet around the other side. But when Otis jumps down, he lands on his knee wrong and falls hard. Walkers pounce on him, but Shane does some target practice and keeps the flesh-eaters away until Otis makes it close to the locker room, in his still-limping state. Shane then heads off for the teeny tiny window opening, taking out a couple walkers along the way, and momentarily pauses at the two story fall he's about to take. But a walker comes along and grabs him, so Shane shoots the walker in the face with a handgun. This movement causes Shane to fall, landing on his knee wrong. Hope that Doc has some decent ace bandages back at the house for all these zombie-sustained injuries.