The Walking Dead (2010– )
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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.


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

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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 Adam Minarovich ... Ed
Melissa McBride ... Carol


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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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

14 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus. See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in Talking Dead: Always Accountable (2015) See more »


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Rotten writing, indigestible character development, dead boring pace, predictable ending, creative less, weak action and zero horror
15 November 2010 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

Even if Guts was less creative than the pilot its intense and teamwork heavy story could only appeal the audience. So even without Frank Darabont at the direction his writing was enough to strike an other zombie run. This third installment was very different from the first two and in the end I think it miserably failed at delivering an other exciting story. Now that I've checked I think the writers are to blame. Two on the story and three on the teleplay ! Rick and Lori Grimes reunion was awkward in the bad way and I was disappointed by Sarah Wayne Callies performance. Her acting at the end was over the top but I'm sure the poor lines didn't help either. Moreover when the beginning was disturbing, scary and intriguing the whole episode seemed like the first part of a television movie. It was just a non event. In my opinion focusing only on character development was a mistake because the pace was deadly slow when viewers expect a wicked balance between action and horror. Was their intention to make the characters grow on us ? Maybe but I don't think people are watching the show to get bored or endure some sort of crawling Desperate Housewives spin-off. As a fan of Lost and other masterpieces I truly believe in relationships and connections but The Walking Dead should be about survival, dark ambiance and distress. Was it frightening ? Only for a few split seconds and even scenes that had potential were as calm as a pool of water. Was the end puzzling ? It was predictable and shouldn't make you beg for an other round. Of course Lori's revelation about Rick's best friend was surprising but again it sounded like an easy solution to split the forces apart. They're surrounded by walkers and all they care about are their navels. In fact the worst thing is probably that a six episodes only season can't afford to have a rotten one but Tell it to the Frogs was definitely of that kind. They could have told ice screaming stories around a campfire and fight blood thirsty frogs but instead most of the elements we enjoyed in Days Gone Bye and Guts were buried for good. What remained in our plates were only cold leftovers.

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