They sneak down a hatch and into a nearby alley, where there are four zombies staggering around. Glenn calls for backup, and out come some of his friends. They dispatch the walkers with some baseball bats and then all head back inside a department store. It's here that Rick meets T-Dog, Jacqui, Morales and Andrea. These are Glenn's "friends" and none of them are too happy to meet He's the Sheriff and He's an Idiot. Can't say as I blame them. Andrea in particular holds a gun to Rick's head. So therefore, she gains some points in my book.
This ragtag gang is only on a day trip to Atlanta for some supplies, and were hoping to do a quick grab and get out, but He's the Sheriff screwed all that up with his loud shooting and whatnot. The noises brought out pretty much every zombie in a large radius and now the walkers have the store surrounded. So they're all basically screwed, here. Good going, Rick.
They also think Rick is Don Quixote-crazy for chasing after a helicopter that clearly doesn't exist. They also quickly inform him that the refugee center isn't the safe haven that he's looking for, but that they have a group of fellow survivors who are waiting for word on their mission. They hear gunshots and head up to the roof, where we see Merle Dixon (the formidable Michael Rooker) doing some target practice. Why didn't we see him before when Rick and Glenn were up on the neighboring roof? Anyway, he waves his gun around, and T-Dog thinks he's wasting bullets and drawing even more zombies to their location. Dixon, in his own uniquely charming way, says that he's not going to take orders from a black man and then starts beating T-Dog to a pulp. How long have they been together that T-Dog is just finding out how racist Dixon is?
After holding a gun to T-Dog's head, the camera makes this great shot from the ground looking up at Dixon, making him look even more self-important as he decides that he should be in charge of this ragtag ground of looters. He reluctantly gains the support of mostly everyone, but Rick hits him with a shotgun and handcuffs him to a pipe. The self proclaimed Officer Friendly informs Dixon that racism is so last year, and there's no need to judge on skin color when he should really be basing his hatred on living vs. dead. I agree with the usually moronic Rick here for a change. Dixon doesn't really agree, even with a gun to his head. Rick walks away shaking, and Morales follows him to find out where he's from and then welcome him to the big city.