“The Walking Dead” Season 1 Episode 3 “Tell it to the Frogs” starts with the unfortunate but perhaps deserving Merle still handcuffed to that pipe on the Atlanta roof with the undead zombies trying to get at him.
Merle tries to distract himself in a number of ways. First he reminisces about the good old days in the service, where he apparently spent a lot of time beating his fellow soldiers up and then getting thrown in the stockade. Then he blubbers and prays to Jesus to deliver him from becoming the next zombie happy meal. Then he yells defiance against the same Son of God and starts trying to get at the hacksaw.
Meanwhile, the scavenging party arrives back at the camp to several tearful reunions. Lori is especially confused but glad to see Rick, as is their son. Shane, discretely, says nothing and sort of hangs back. That night, Rick explains how he woke up to the hell the world has become. Later still, he and Lori have a proper reunion.
Shane and Rick are likely the only two people in the camp who do not have a problem, as Lori and Shane neglect to mention that Shane has been comforting the presumed widow. Lori, however, is not very happy with Shane convincing Lori that Rick was dead so that he could have at her in a way of comforting.
Daryl, Merle’s brother, is very put out that Merle was left in Atlanta to be zombie food. Rick mollifies him by promising to go back to find him. The expedition will consist of Rick, Daryl, Glenn (who is sad that the sports car he stole has been stripped for parts) and T-Bone. They will also attempt to recover Rick’s satchel of fire arms and a walkie talkie.
Shane and Carl, Rick’s son, try to catch frogs, since frog legs will taste good when the canned goods run out.
A fellow named Ed seems to be another source of conflict. He is a little dim, not recognizing that fires higher than glowing embers might attract the zombies. He also abuses his wife, Carol, something that Shane notices and gently admonishes him about with his fists. One would think that with the zombie apocalypse upon them, the group would pull together better.
In any event, the expedition arrives in Atlanta and finds something disturbing. Merle is gone from the rooftop, except for his severed hand, showing the lengths to which he would go to avoiding being a zombie happy meal. Very likely, he is not very happy at all.
Source: The Walking Dead, Tell it to the Frogs, AMCTV