The Walking Dead

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 05, 2010 on AMC
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Episode Summary

An odd scientist lets the refugees into the Center for Disease Control. While they stay at the facility, everything seems peaceful, despite the events going on throughout the outside world. However, peace cannot last forever.

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  • Check Out

    Probably the best episode so far. Got to know a couple characters better (I know the name Dale now!) and a little better idea of the (I'm going to go with) parasite. Not phenomenal as a season finale, just felt most like another episode. This one did have a more human feel and focus to it, though, I think, which is why I enjoyed it more than the previous ones. Hopefully there's more of this to come in season two.moreless
  • 1x6 - TS-19

    This was actually a very interesting episode. I liked the change of pace and how everyone blissed out over having a safe and clean place to sleep. That said I didn't get the rational as to why the lab needed to be exploded after a certain time when by... really? That seems like a crazy thing to do. The idea made me roll my eyes.
  • Good but not Great

    Nothing was like the pilot episode after that it's been in a bit of a decline, and still don't know whats really going on or a base of it. The answers to our dead problem was I Don't Know, everybody's dead to know. Wasn't really to thrilled on that, think they could have worked on that part a little bit. Next season needs to be more about focus and great storytelling that flows at the right time each episode. Not all over the place, not saying that this show was doing it but I sensed it was going to.moreless
  • After this the writers really need to get back on track.

    Although still highly entertaining and well-made, TWD isn't quite living up to the potential shown in the pilot and now falls into the trap of a big, dumb Hollywood moment.

    The build-up is all good stuff, the doctor is obviously a bit off-kilter and suspiscious, but not enough to be over the top and it's good to see the group safe and relaxing for a while, during which time we get some good character moments. Revelations about the zombies and how the process occurs are interesting and while the CDC seems like an improbable cross between a lab from CSI and the Umbrella Corporation, disbelief is not completely broken.

    Then we find out what's up with the Doctor and what he's planning and it's just a little too cliched and silly for a show which has been mostly intelligent, thoughful and grounded in reality (despite the zombies). It's not all bad as the bomb situation gives us moments such as Dale staying behind with Andrea and the writers finally using that grenade we saw so long ago, but it just feels like a big build up for a boom that the show didn't need.

    The comic book is about the small things, an average Joe trying to make it in the zombie apocalypse, the whole CDC excursion smacks of the ridiculous excesses of the Resident Evil movies and I hope this is the last time they do this. We need to see Rick's group on the road, trying to find supplies and maybe a home. Surviving.moreless
  • You know what the best part of this episode was? The beginning, which didn't welcome its stay long enough.

    We finally get more insight on what was going on with Rick's body while the outbreak had occurred, which is really interesting not because we finally uncover a mystery that has loomed in the back of our heads for quite some time now, but we also see how everyone reacted and dealt with the outbreak when it first broke out. We see that patients and nurses, all whom who had no signs of being infected, get slaughtered mercilessly. A very strong and well executed scene that opens up the episode perfectly. Unfortunately once the intro theme starts playing, we've already hit the episode's peak. The rest of the episode was pretty up and down, and when it was down, it was really down, and when it was up, it wasn't that high up. To break it down the crew are let into the CBC and are introduced to Doctor Jenner who immediately gives them one thing they haven't had in a long time; hope and security. This is displayed with lots of wine drinking and long shower scenes. An all right sequence. It gets better when Jenner reveals exactly how the zombification develops into fruition, nice and informative. Then it goes downhill. Remember all that security and hope? Taken away in a millisecond when Jenner is the bearer of bad news going through the extensive history of the CBC and revealing what is going to happen to them. It concluded on a pretty somewhat climatic ending, but after all the adrenaline dies down, you can't help but feel super disappointed at how this episode handled itself.

    Firstly what was the point of making the characters feel comfortable like they were at home, and then have it taken away from them the next scene? It's like getting a bite out of your dinner and having it disappear on you. Secondly, please scrap this Lori and Shane drama crap. Thirdly, what now? The ending gave us like no hope and almost nothing to look forward to in the second season. Only thing they left us with is Rick's half assed words "there is hope!" Not very compelling, this just makes it harder for the second season to impress because now they have to pull something out of their ass to make something happen.

    Thoough while bearing all those in mind, there's at least one thing that TS-19 does better than some of the previous episodes of The Walking Dead. The acting stepped up in the clutch. Jenner for one does a convincing job playing his role, but it's not just him; everyone did. Glenn, Jacqui--who was pretty limited throughout her time in the show but was effective when the camera shined on her--Daryl, heck even Lori who I've found quite mediocre so far to have been rather effective in this season finale. Collectively though the incremental improvements in the acting just can't push it past being average, and that's pretty bad for a season finale.moreless
Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus

Daryl Dixon

Guest Star

Noah Emmerich

Noah Emmerich

Dr. Edwin Jenner

Guest Star

Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride


Recurring Role

Jeryl Prescott

Jeryl Prescott


Recurring Role

IronE Singleton

IronE Singleton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The word "zombie" was never used in the entire season. Names such as "walkers" and "geeks", and in the case of the CDC, "test subject" was used, instead.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Dr. Jenner: Why are you here? What do you want?
      Rick: A chance.
      Dr. Jenner: That's asking an awful lot these days.

    • Dr. Jenner: It was the French.
      Andrea: What?
      Dr. Jenner: They were the last ones to hold out as far as I know. While our people were bolting out the doors and committing suicide in the hallways they stayed in the labs till the end. They thought they were close to a solution.
      Jacqui: What happened?
      Dr. Jenner: Same thing that's happening here. No power grid... ran out of juice. The world runs on fossil fuel, I mean how stupid is that?

    • Daryl: Man, I'm gonna get ****-faced drunk again.

    • Dr. Jenner: Do you know what this place is?! We protected the public from very nasty stuff! Weaponized smallpox! Ebola strains that could wipe out half the country! Stuff you don't want getting out! Ever! In the event of a catastropic power failure, in a terrorist attack, for example, H.I.T.s are deployed to prevent any organisms from getting out.
      Rick: H.I.T.s?
      Dr. Jenner: Vi, define.
      Vi: H.I.T.s -- high-impulse thermobaric fuel-air explosive consists of a two-stage aerosol ignition which produces a blast wave of significantly greater power and duration than any other known explosive except nuclear. The vacuum-pressure effect ignites the oxygen between 5,000 and 6,000 degrees and is used when the greatest loss of life and damage to structures is desired.
      Dr. Jenner: It sets the air on fire. No pain. An end to sorrow, grief, regret. Everything.

    • Dr. Jenner: You do want this. Last night you said you knew it was just a matter of time before everybody you loved was dead.
      Shane: What? You really said that? After all your big talk?
      Rick: I had to keep hope alive, didn't I?
      Dr. Jenner: There is no hope. There never was.
      Rick: There's always hope. Maybe it won't you, maybe not be here. But somebody somewhere...
      Andrea: What part of "everything is gone" do you not understand?
      Dr. Jenner: Listen to your friend. She gets it. This is what takes us down. This is our extinction event.
      Carol: This isn't right. You can't just keep us here.
      Dr. Jenner: One tiny moment -- a millisecond. No pain.
      Carol: My daughter doesn't deserve to die.
      Dr. Jenner: Wouldn't it be kinder, to be more compassionate to just hold your loved ones and wait for the clock to run down?

    • Carol: Rick, I have something that might help.
      Shane: Carol, I don't think a nail file's gonna do it.
      Carol: (brings out grenade) Your first morning at camp, when I washed your uniform, I found this in your pocket.

    • Andrea: Don't pull this, Dale.
      Dale: I'm not pulling anything. If you're staying, I stay too. He's right, we know what's waiting for us out there. I don't want to face it alone.
      Andrea: Dale, get the hell out. I don't want you here.
      Dale: Too bad. See, you don't get to do that, to come into somebody's life, make them care and just check out. I'm staying. The matter is settled.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Location: The "CDC" building is actually the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in NW Atlanta.

    • Viewership: 5.97 million (most watched cable show for Sunday December 5th, 2010)

    • Music: Peter Gabriel - "Running To The Rain" (Dr. Edwin Jenner tells the group what will happen at the end of the countdown)

      Bob Dylan - "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" (final scene)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: December 6, 2010 on FOX
      Italy: December 6, 2010 on Fox/Fox HD
      Portugal: December 7, 2010 on Fox/Fox HD
      United Kingdom: December 10, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Turkey: February 27, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Sweden: March 27, 2011 on TV11
      Slovakia: June 20, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Czech Republic: September 17, 2012 on Prima COOL


    • The name of character Dr. Edwin Jenner is most probably a reference to the English scientist Dr Edward Jenner. Who in 1796 was the first to do a vaccination by inoculating material from a cowpox blister (latin vacca means cow in english) to a healthy individual, who later was protected against smallpox.

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