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Tell It to the Frogs 

Rick is reunited with Lori and Carl but soon decides - along with some of the other survivors - to return to the rooftop and rescue Merle. Meanwhile, tensions run high between the other survivors at the camp.

Writers:

Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal ... Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dale Horvath
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Michael Rooker ... Merle Dixon
Emma Bell ... Amy Harrison
Juan Gabriel Pareja ... Morales (as Juan Pareja)
Andrew Rothenberg ... Jim
Irone Singleton ... T-Dog
Adam Minarovich ... Ed
Melissa McBride ... Carol
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Storyline

Rick and his newfound friends return to their camp where he is reunited with this wife Lori and his son Carl. She's very happy to see her husband alive and well but is more than a bit angry at Shane Walsh, Rick's police partner, who told her he was dead. The returnees also have to tell Merle Dixon's brother Daryl that they had to leave him behind. Rick is feeling some guilt over that and decides he's going to return to Atlanta to rescue him. What they find when they get there is not what they expected. Back at the camp, Shane takes out his frustrations on one of the men who has been physically abusing his wife. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Consulting producer/Special effects artist Greg Nicotero plays the walker eating the deer. See more »

Goofs

When Rick and Lori are laying on a cot together in their tent the background sound effect of insects chirping cuts in and out a few times. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Merle Dixon: [Merle sits alone cuffed to the rooftop as he begins talking to himself deliriously] That's right. You heard me, bitch. You got a problem? Bring it on if you're man enough, Or take it up the chain if you're a pussy. You heard me, you pussy-ass noncom bitch. You ain't deaf. Take it up the damn chain of command or you can kiss my lily-white ass.
Merle Dixon: [Merle laughs] That's right. That's what I said. You heard me. And then this idiot, he takes a swing, You know, and well...
Merle Dixon: [...]
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Connections

References On Golden Pond (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

The Walking Dead Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Bear McCreary
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Showing no signs of croaking

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

"Tell It to the Frogs", a return to the slower pace of "Days Gone Bye" but with even more character building and a full establishment of tone, in no way disappoints, quite the opposite. And a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is as emotional, complex and as tense as the brilliant first/pilot episode "Days Gone Bye", at the same time it has "Guts" adrenaline and guts.

It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

Like all the episodes of the show, "Tell It to the Frogs" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up which helps make the already freaky zombies even freakier. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing is intelligent and thought-provoking, with lots of tension and emotional resonance and already showing signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful scenes are thrilling and terrifying as well as uncompromising.

Particularly found Daryl's anguish very touching. Do think though, and it is my only real minor niggle with "Tell It to the Frogs", that Sarah Wayne Callies didn't show enough personality or sense of ease here.

It's all thrilling and tautly paced without rushing through the more important parts. The world building is already stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted especially by Andrew Lincoln.

Overall, really excellent and a big turning point for 'The Walking Dead' in terms of characterisation and tone. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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