The scene opens with a police car pulling up to an abandoned gas station where there are vehicles turned over and rust on them. The Sherriff, Rick Grimes, walks up to find that there are a lot of cars with dead people rotting inside. As Rick turns to leave, he hears a scuffle. A little girl is walking and he tells that he is a policeman. However, when the little girl turns around and she is not alive, but a zombie. Rick shoots her in the head. The scene flashbacks to before the incident happened and Officer Rick Grimes and Officer Shane Walsh are eating lunch and Shane talks about how he has women issues and he asks about Lori, Rick’s wife. Rick tells that they didn’t have a good night. He tells that she is always upset with him and said that he doesn’t care about the family. They get the call of a high speed chase and they lay down tire spikes in the road to catch the runaway vehicle. ..Read the full recap
Ratings: 5.35 Million Viewers
Trivia: Actor Sam Witwer was cast as the dead soldier Rick finds in the tank, as Frank Darabont had intended to revisit the character in flashback for the Season 2 premiere. This never materialized due to the departure of Darabont.
Awards and Nominations: 'Days Gone Bye' received three Creative Arts Emmy Award nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. It won the award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or Special.
Series star Laurie Holden does not appear in this episode.
Rick: What's the difference between men and women?
Shane: Is this a joke?
Rick: No, serious.
Shane: I've never met a woman who knew how to turn off a light. They're born thinking the switch only goes one way. On. I mean, they're, they're struck blind the second they leave a room. I mean every woman, I ever let have a key, I swear to God. It's like, I come home, house all lit up. And my job, apparently because my chromosomes happen to be different, is that I gotta walk through that house and turn off every single light this chick left on.
Morgan: Hey mister, you even know what's going on?
Rick: I woke up today... in the hospital, came home and that's all I know.
Morgan: But you know about the dead people, right?
Rick: Yeah, I saw a lot of that - out on the loading dock, piled in trucks.
Morgan: No, not the ones they put down. The ones they didn't - the walkers, like the one I shot today. Cause he'd have ripped into you, tried to eat you, taken some flesh at least. Well, I guess if this is the first you're hearing it, I know how it must sound... But listen, one thing I do know - don't you get bit. I saw your bandage and that's what we were afraid of. Bites kill you. The fever burns you out. But then after a while...you come back.
Duane: Seen it happen.
Duane: Daddy, can I learn to shoot? I'm old enough.
Morgan: Hell yes, you're gonna learn. But we gotta do it carefully, teach you to respect the weapon.
Rick: That's right. It's not a toy. You pull the trigger, you have to mean it. Always remember that, Duane.
Duane: Yes, sir.
Rick: They're alive: my wife and son. At least they were when they left.
Morgan: How can you know? By the look of this place, they...
Rick: I found empty drawers in the bedroom. They packed some clothes. Not a lot. But enough to travel.
Morgan: You know anybody could've broken in here and stolen clothes, right?
Rick: You see the framed photos on the walls? Neither do I. Some random thief took those too, you think? Our photo albums, family pictures, all gone.
Morgan: Photo albums. My wife: same thing. There I am, packing survival gear, she's grabbing photo albums.
Glenn: Hey you. Dumbass. Yeah, you in the tank. Cozy in there?
In the gunfight at the start of the episode Rick is shot just below his left shoulder. When he wakes up in the hospital he has a bandage over his lower left abdomen, but no wounds in his shoulders or back.
Crew or Equipment Visible:
During the shoot-out when the first gunman falls you can see that he is wearing elbow pads under his shirt because one comes loose and can be seen on his wrist.
When Rick wakes up alone in the hospital his IV bag is shown to be empty. In real life, blood will back up into the IV bag if it is empty because the bag forms a vacuum. There is no blood in the lines or the bag of Rick's IV.
When Rick is riding towards Atlanta, on the I-85 going south, we see a skyline of Atlanta that is shot from the Freedom Parkway which is actually facing west.
When the car being chased by the police goes over the stop sticks, it flips in the air and crashes. Stop sticks slowly deflate the air from tires, causing it to slow down, not flip or roll.
While riding through Atlanta Rick passes a bus on the road that is not used by the MARTA in Atlanta in real life.
The tank that Rick climbs into to escape the horde of zombies has an escape hatch on the floor. The tank is shown to be a M1A1 Abrams tank, which in real life, has no escape hatch on the floor.
Rick's sidearm is a Colt Python revolver, which is not currently used by any police force in the United States.
Days Gone Bye
'Days Gone Bye' is the title of the first volume of 'The Walking Dead' comics the series is based on, by Robert Kirkman
Night of the Living Dead:
The character of Duane Jones is a reference to the actor, Duane Jones
, who starred as Ben in the original 'Night of the Living Dead.'
'Night of the Living Dead' is a cult classic horror film from 1968 about zombies.
The Seventh Cavalry: When Rick is walking out of the hospital he passed an air cavalry helicopter with crossed swords and the number '7' on the side.
This is an homage to the 7th Air Cavalry unit, which was George A. Custer's unit. The unit was retired from service after being massacred at the Little Big Horn.
Shane tells Rick that when he gets his girlfriends mad they start using their "Exorcist" voice.
'The Exorcist' is a horror film from 1973 starring Ellen Burstyn
, Max Von Sydow
and Linda Blair