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Rick, Glenn, T-Dog, and Daryl move on after their grisly discovery to retrieve the guns when they encounter a group of scavengers who narrowly beat them to the catch. However, Glenn is kidnapped in the scuffle, which leads to a tense stand-off and a surprising discovery.

Meanwhile, back at camp, the group has to handle a serious situation when Jim begins acting unhinged.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Sunday November 21st, 2010

Director: Johan Renck
Writer: Robert Kirkman

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Nov 26, 2010

Guest Stars
Norman ReedusNorman Reedus
As Daryl Dixon
Emma BellEmma Bell
As Amy
Andrew RothenbergAndrew Rothenberg
As Jim
Juan ParejaJuan Pareja
As Morales
Noel GugliemiNoel Gugliemi
As Felipe (as Noel G.)

Co-Guest Stars
Irone SingletonIrone Singleton
As T-Dog
Adam MinarovichAdam Minarovich
As Ed
Melissa McBrideMelissa McBride
As Carol
Jeryl Prescott SalesJeryl Prescott Sales
As Jacqui
Madison LintzMadison Lintz
As Sophia
Maddie LomaxMaddie Lomax
As Eliza
Neil Brown, Jr.Neil Brown, Jr.
As Guillermo
Gina MorelliGina Morelli
As Abuela

Chris Burns (1)Chris Burns (1)
As Walker
Greg NicoteroGreg Nicotero
As Amy's Walker
Kevin GalbraithKevin Galbraith
As Walker
Noah LomaxNoah Lomax
As Louis Morales (Morales and Miranda's Son)
Orlando VargasOrlando Vargas
As Camp Survivor
Travis CharpentierTravis Charpentier
As Old Walker
Travis LoveTravis Love
As Vatos Gang Member
Viviana Chavez-VegaViviana Chavez-Vega
As Miranda Morales (Morales' Wife)
Roger HerreraRoger Herrera
As Vatos Gang Member
Timothy Paul PerezTimothy Paul Perez
As Vatos Gang Member
Main Cast
Andrew LincolnAndrew Lincoln
As Rick Grimes
Steven YeunSteven Yeun
As Glenn Rhee
Chandler RiggsChandler Riggs
As Carl Grimes
Sarah Wayne CalliesSarah Wayne Callies
As Lori Grimes
Jeffrey DeMunnJeffrey DeMunn
As Dale Horvath
Jon BernthalJon Bernthal
As Shane Walsh


Amy and Andrea are in a fishing boat on the quarry. They attempt to
reminisce about fishing with their dad, but they are 12 years apart and
have completely different memories. They each assume that the other has
a faulty memory, but Amy finally realizes that they were both right -
their dad taught them differently. "He knew we were so different," Amy
says. "He knew you needed to catch the fish and I needed to throw them
back." They tear up before remembering the "no crying in the boat" rule
which was likely more for their dad's sake than any effect it might have
on the fish. Dale keeps a watchful eye on them from the roof of the RV...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 4.75 Million Viewers

Trivia: The walker that bites Amy's arm is played by special effects make-up designer Gregory Nicotero.

Casting: The camp survivor, played by Orlando Vargas, was originally supposed slated to have a more elaborate death scene and be credited in the episode. This scene was deleted from the final cut.

Writing: This is the only episode from season one to be written by Robert Kirkman.

Episode Quotes
Shane: Jim, nobody is gonna hurt you, okay?
Jim: That's a lie. That's the biggest lie there is. I told that to my wife and my two boys. I said it 100 times. It didn't matter. They came out of nowhere. There were dozens of them. Just pulled 'em out of my hands. You know, the only reason I got away was 'cause the dead were too busy eating my family.

Daryl: Hey, kid, what'd you do before all of this?
Glenn: Delivered pizzas. Why?

Guillermo: The people we've encountered since things fell apart? The worst kind. Plunderers. The kind that take by force.
Rick: That's not who we are.
Guillermo: How was I to know? My people got attacked and you show up with Miguel hostage. Appearances.
T-Dog: Guess the world changed.
Guillermo: No. It's the same as it ever was. The weak get taken.

Daryl: You got some balls for a Chinaman.
Glenn: I'm Korean.
Daryl: Whatever.

Glenn: Admit it, you only came back to Atlanta for the hat.
Rick: Don't tell anybody.
Daryl: You've given away half our guns and ammo.
Glenn: Not nearly half.
Daryl: For what? A bunch of old farts who are gonna die off momentarily anyhow? Seriously, how long do you think they got?
Glenn: How long do any of us?

Dale: I like what, uh, a father said to son when he give him a watch that had been handed down through generations. He said "I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire, which will fit your individual needs no better than it did mine or my father's before me, I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you may forget it for a moment now and then and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it."
Amy: You are so weird.
Dale: It's not me, it's Faulkner. William Faulkner. Maybe my bad paraphrasing.

Glenn: He left the building. Why the hell would he do that?
Daryl: Why wouldn't he? He's out there alone as far as he knows, doing what he's gotta do. Surviving.
T-Dog: You call that surviving? Just wandering out in the streets, maybe passing out? What are his odds out there?
Daryl: No worse than being handcuffed and being left to rot by you sorry pricks. You couldn't kill him. Ain't so worried about some dumb dead bastard.
Rick: What about 1,000 dumb dead bastards? Different story?
Daryl: Why don't you take a tally? Do want you want, I'm gonna go get him.

Guillermo: Me and Felipe, we were the only ones who stayed.
Rick: What are you? Doctors?
Guillermo: Felipe's a nurse. Special care provider. Me? I'm the custodian.

Andrea: Wrapping paper, coloured tissue, anything?
Dale: You serious?
Andrea: How can you not have any?
Dale: Had I been informed of the coming apocalypse I'd have stocked up.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error: In several scenes throughout the episode Daryl's crossbow is incorrectly loaded. The nock of the bolt is resting too high above the bow string, and therefore, would not be able to fire properly.


In 1x02 "Guts" Glenn tells the group that there are no manholes in the alley next to the department store that they can use to escape. However, in this episode, Daryl knocks down one of the Vatos in that same alley and he lands right on top of a manhole cover.


When Jim is pinned on the ground, having been tackled by Shane, his hat is knocked off. The next time the shot cuts back to him his hat is suddenly back on his head.

Crew or Equipment Visible:

When the group in engaged in the confrontation with Guillermo, you can see that the shotgun that Rick is holding is a fake. The gun does not have a trigger.


When the old woman walks outside during the stand-off Rick lowers his gun to point it to the ground. In the next shot his gun is suddenly raised again and we see him lowering it a second time from a different angle.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Vatos

'Vatos' is a term that means "a Hispanic youth; guy; dude." The group of men that Rick and his group encounter call themselves "vatos."

The Sound and the Fury: Dale quotes William Faulkner from 'The Sound and the Fury' when talking about his watch and time.

'The Sound and the Fury' is a novel by William Faulkner that was published in 1929.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 3: Merle's hand was found on the roof of the department store at the end of 1x03 "Tell It to the Frogs" after Rick and the group went back to get him.

Season 1, Episode 1: Rick is trying to get back his bag of guns that he dropped in 1x01 "Days Gone Bye" while being swarmed by a horde of walkers next to the tank.

Season 1, Episode 3: Ed, Carol's husband, has a black eye and is in the tent after Shane beat him up in 1x03 "Tell It to the Frogs."

Season 1, Episode 2: Rick tells Daryl that he has to help Glenn because he saved his life. In 1x02 "Guts" when Rick was stuck in the tank Glenn helped him to escape.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperFrank Darabont
Executive ProducerFrank Darabont  |  David Alpert  |  Charles H. Eglee  |  Robert Kirkman  |  Gail Anne Hurd
Co-Executive ProducerJack LoGiudice
ProducerDenise Huth
Consulting ProducerAdam E. Fierro  |  Greg Nicotero
Associate ProducerSkip Schoolnik
Production DesignerAlex Hajdu
EditorSidney Wolinsky
CastingSherry Thomas  |  Sharon Bialy
Unit Production ManagerStephanie Accetta
First Assistant DirectorMarty Jedlicka
Second Assistant DirectorVeronica A. Hampton
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorThomas Golubic
Costume DesignerPeggy Stamper
Key GripEddie Evans
Set DecoratorLisa Jeanne Alkofer
Location ManagerMike Riley
Property MasterMichael Sabo
Production Sound MixerShirley Libby
Script SupervisorRebecca Poulos
Assistant EditorSara Mineo  |  Nathan Gunn
Post Production SupervisorKenneth Requa
Supervising Sound EditorJerry Ross
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographyDavid Boyd
Stunt CoordinatorAndy Martin
Production SupervisorCaleb Womble
Based On The Works OfTony Moore (2)  |  Charlie Adlard  |  Robert Kirkman
Key Makeup ArtistDonna M. Premick
Production AccountantHerb Johnson
Chief Lighting TechnicianRick Crank
"A" Camera OperatorMichael Satrazemis
Casting AssociateRussell Scott (2)
Key HairstylistTaylor Knight
Special Effects CoordinatorDarrell Pritchett
Makeup ArtistToby Sells  |  Andy Schoneberg  |  Kevin Wasner  |  Jake Garber  |  Bill Johnson (2)
AssistantJess Clark
Special Effects Make-upGreg Nicotero  |  Howard Berger
Location CastingCraig Fincannon  |  Lisa Mae Fincannon
Produced ByTom Luse
VFX SupervisorJason Sperling
ClearancesLaura Sevier
Charge ScenicTaylor Bennett
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