We're still catching our breath from last week's gasp-inducing events on "The Walking Dead" ("Just look at the flowers, Lizzie!"), so we're in no mood for any sad or horrific jolts in this, the penultimate episode of the season.
Luckily, the show instead delivers us a great big joyful moment: Yes, Maggie and Glenn have finally reunited -- in the tunnel of love, no less. And by the end of the hour, they have reached the enchanted land of Terminus, where a woman named Mary greets them with a smile and a promise to fix them a plate.
Also landing in Terminus with them are Abraham, Rosita and Eugene, along with Bob and Sasha and Tara. Now, just get Rick and the others here and we've got ourselves a hoedown.
But, of course, this is "The Walking Dead," so it can't all be sunflowers and gardens of corn. There have to be notes of ominous gloom. These are provided by Joe's motley crew, namely a scum ball named Len who becomes a big thorn in Daryl's side.
When Len delivers an arrow into a rabbit that Daryl was tracking, the two men argue over who the prey belongs to. That's when we learn about Joe's bizarre rules of the road and all about being the first to "claim" something and how, if someone steps out of line, everyone in the group gives him a mighty beat-down.
Daryl and Len can't agree on who gets the rabbit carcass, so Joe plays King Solomon and slices poor Thumper in half.
"The ass end is still an end," he happily proclaims to Daryl.
But the rift between Daryl and Len doesn't end there. After the group bunks down in an auto repair shop. Len wakes up claiming that Daryl has stolen his half of the bunny. Daryl says he's lying. But when Joe rifles through Daryl's bag, sure enough, the head end of the rabbit is there. Oh no, it looks like Daryl is going to get a major whupping, but -- surprise -- Joe happened to see Len plant the rabbit head in Daryl's stuff.
Joe doesn't like liars. Not one bit. So Len not only gets a major beat-down from the gang, is left for dead with an arrow through his brain. We have now seen just how sick and twisted this Joe dude can be.
Still, he seems to be cozying up to Daryl, so he can't be all that bad, can he? Oh, yes he can. As the gang resumes its trek, Joe reveals to Daryl that they're on their way to Terminus, not to settle down there, but to hunt for the guy who choked out one of their own a while back at a house.
Of course, we know that he's talking about Rick, so poor Mr. Grimes could be in for a world of hurt. Again.
Just a few random notes and observances before we move on to next week's season finale:
-- Eugene is proving to be a very weird nerd, who spews a lot of kooky nerd-speak and has a not-so-secret crush on Tara. But damn if he didn't play the role of hero tonight. Had he not taken over navigation of the mini van and directed Rosita back to the tunnel, Glenn and an injured Tara could have easily become zombie bait.
-- The reunion between Glenn and Maggie was as dramatic and sweet and lovely as we could have hoped for. First, she arrives with the calvary to save her guy (and Tara). Then comes the big wet smooches and the tears. What we didn't expect was for Maggie to burn Glenn's only photo of her.
"You don't need a picture of me," she says. "You never will again." Awwwww.
-- We had our first Rick sighting in weeks -- and only a very brief one at that. He's seen getting a little impatient with Carl and Michonne as they compete to see who can best tiptoe their way along the train rails. (Winner gets a candy bar). But even he has to smile at the really sweet friendship that continues to blossom between his son and Michonne.
-- Interesting, though, that the show chose not to give us any scenes between Carol and Tyreese, after such a dramatic and pivotal moment last week. That's where "The Walking Dead" gets frustrating at times. Also, we still don't know what's going on with Beth.
-- Best exchange between former rivals: Glenn to Abraham: "Sorry I hit you in the face." Abe: "I'm not. I like to fight."
-- Best bit of philosophy from bossy Joe: "Ain't nothing sadder than an outdoor cat thinks he's an indoor cat."
-- Best line from Eugene: "After I save the world, I still have to live with myself."
-- Um, if Terminus is so great, where is everybody?
So what did you think of the episode? Were you freaked out by the fact that Terminus, supposedly a little slice of heaven on earth, seemed to be deserted? What do you predict will happen in the Season 4 finale?