The Last Of Us Season 1, Episode 4

Episode four is titled, Please Hold on to My Hand. So far the series has been amazing. Screw the a-holes who review bombed Episode 3 because they are so insecure about themselves. Let’s see how the fourth episode holds up.

Spoilers Below

I give detailed, blow by blow details as I review. If you want to skip the spoilers jump down to the Scoring!

If you have watched Please Hold on to My Hand let me know if you agree with my scoring below.

Ellie & Her Gun

Ellie is fascinated by her new toy. Cough, I mean firearm. Bella Ramsay really shines here. You can feel Ellie’s excitement at holding the small pistol.

Outside, Joel is scavenging gas. Ellie tries to cheer him up but Joel resists.

I love the road scenes. The run down highway and the remnants of a society that is dead. Just so well done.

The Open Road

When they pull off to rest for the night Ellie begs for a fire. It’s cold. Joel doesn’t care, there are people about who aren’t friendly. The two eat canned food and settle down in sleeping bags for the night.

There is a cute scene as Ellie tries to make Joel laugh. It is a very sweet father daughter moment.

Just before Ellie falls asleep she asks Joel nervously if they are safe. He promises her they are – but you can see he’s nervous. A short time later we see him standing watch as Ellie sleeps.

The Car Ride – Next Day

Joel makes some coffee before the two of them head back out. Ellie is not a fan of the way coffee smells. As they drive Ellie gets Joel talking. Joel gives Ellie his and Tommy’s story. Ellie asks Joel why he continues, and he says for family. This leads to a brutal reality check for Ellie.


The road becomes clogged with vehicles. Joel weaves his way through before they come to a block in the road. Joel gets out to investigate. The road on the other side of the overpass is clear. They just need to find a way around.


It’s not long before Joel and Ellie are lost in the city. As they search for the highway they are ambushed by survivors. The truck looses its tires to nail strips before it swerves into a laundromat. The scavengers open fire on the truck before Joel picks them apart. At least until the last one gets the drop on Joel and Ellie gets to use her new gun – saving Joel.

The kid is still alive. Ellie shot him in his spine. The kid begs for his life as Ellie hides. There is a brutal thump and the begging stops. Joel and Ellie are on the run.

Scavenger Base

An old man is being held captive. He is being interrogated by a young woman who is not happy with the old man. The old man betrayed her family. She wants information on where Henry is. Who is Henry? We don’t know yet. After she see’s the bodies of the men Joel killed she gives a simple speech. Find and kill who did it.

Joel and Ellie watch from inside an abandoned building, watching as the scavenger search parties search building to building. They share a moment as Joel feels bad for forcing Ellie to have to shoot someone to save him. Ellie admits it wasn’t her first time. Joel clears the small pistol and gives Ellie a brief handgun training session. Afterwards he hands her the weapon and tells her to put it in her pack. Of course Ellie ignores this order and puts the gun in her jacket pocket.

Ellie is now packing heat.

Scavenger Queen

The female lead of the bandits looks over an attic hideaway. Henry was there. More importantly we learn a bit about who Henry is and why the Scavenger Queen is interested in Henry. Henry has Sam with him. Sam is clearly this woman’s son.

They are in the basement when the Queen and her soldier find a broken floor. Whatever it is – its bad. They both exit the room in a panic. Her soldier wants to tell the rest of the scavengers but she forbids it.

Breaking And Entering

Joel lifts Ellie up to squeeze through an air vent. They have entered what looks like an apartment building. Joel wants to get up high so he can see the city around them and figure out how to escape. As they work their way up endless stairs Joel admits that he’s been one of the Ambushers in the past. Ellie asks him if he’s killed innocent people and he ignores her.

They climb as high as they can before Joel calls it. He spreads broken glass out on the floor as an impromptu alarm system. Joel asks her who else she’d shot but Ellie doesn’t want to talk about it. He tries to tell her he feels bad for her growing up in their world but it creates some friction. It’s all okay though. Ellie tells a joke about diarrhea and they are both shortly laughing and giggling.

The episode ends on a cliffhanger. Ellie has a gun pointed at her head as she calls for Joel who starts awake just before the episode ends.

Please Hold on to My Hand Scoring

Please Hold on to My Hand had a lot to live up to. The first three episodes were off the charts amazing. Episode 4 is a great episode. There was some action, but it was all people versus people. It needed a few more Zombies in my opinion. Still, it carried the story forward and the bond between Joel and Ellie is very nicely matured. They share jokes as they learn to care about each other. It was very touching.

It just didn’t have quite the weight of the first three episodes. Or at least on Sunday night this was how I felt. After rewatching it I have to give Pedro and Bella more credit. The interaction is just so on point. I can feel Joel’s walls slowly falling as Ellie continues to be a light his life. I’ve updated my original score from a 80 to a 94/100.

This episode is Worth Your Time no matter how you rank it.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11When You’re Lost in the Darkness100
13Long Long Time95
14Please Hold on to My Hand94
15Endure and Survive100
17Left Behind90
18When We Are In Need100
19Look for the Light100

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The Walking Dead, Season 2, Episode 4

Cherokee Rose opens with Carl waking up. He’s survived the surgery and his fever has gone down. Sadly, his first question when he wakes up is about Sophia. Just after Carl falls back asleep the rest of Team Rick pulls up on Hershel’s front lawn.

Shortly after, Hershel holds a service for Otis, and they ask Shane to say a few words. Otis’s wife twists the knife, begging Shane to tell her what happened, that Otis’s death had meaning.

In the next scene Maggie provides maps, and the team is figuring out how to search for Sophia when Hershel asks Rick and his people not to carry guns. Hershel doesn’t think they are necessary. Come on! Its the Zombie Apocalypse!

When then get to see Rick playing matchmaker when Maggie says she wants to make a supply run. Glen should go with her – to keep her safe. I love how Glen can barely talk to Maggie. He then watches her coming down the road, clearly appreciating what he’s seeing.

Farmer’s Daughter

Glen’s interrupted by Lori, coming over to ask him to get something discreetly, something form the feminine hygiene section.

Just before Maggie and Glenn head into town Dale and T-Dog find a bloated Zombie in the well. They have no choice but to try and get it out so it doesn’t contaminate the water supply.

Blob Zombie In The Well

Glen almost gets bit on their first attempt to get the Zombie out of the well before they are able to use a horse to get it out of the well, or at least halfway out of the well.

Blob Zombie With Split Personality

With the well taken care of, Maggie and Glen head into town.

Maggie And Glen Head To The Pharmacy

This leads to an awesome interaction between Maggie and Glen. Glen is trying to get Lori her secret pregnancy test when Maggie comes over and Glen fumbles to hide it. He’s standing there holding a box of condoms when she asks him what’s going on.

Glen Is About To Get Lucky

I love how Glen is so shook by Maggie. He’s clearly infatuated, and is about to be shocked at how forward Maggie can be. I also loved his reaction when she takes her shirt off and he’s just like “Wow”.

On the way back to town Glen is glowing, at least until Maggie tells him not to spoil it, it was a one time thing. Except we all know that now that she’s enjoyed some time with Glen she’s not going to be able to resist.

When Daryl gets back from searching for Sophia, we hear the story of the Cherokee Rose, and we get to see Daryl’s emotional side as he gives Carol just what she needed.

Cherokee Rose

Back inside the house Rick and Carl bond over both having survived gunshots, which spurs Rick to give Carl his cowboy hat.

Cherokee Rose ends with Lori and Rick having a quiet moment before Lori heads outside to use the pregnancy test that Glen retrieved for her.


I also appreciate how thorough the closed captions are.

Cherokee Rose ends with Lori looking down at the positive pregnancy test with a sob, crouching in the dark.

Cherokee Rose scored a 94/100. It was a powerful episode and is Worth Your Time.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
21What Lies Ahead95
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100

The Walking Dead, Season 1, Episode 4

Vatos opens with Amy and Andrea in a canoe, talking about their father and how he taught them to fish. Amy and Andrea have a twelve year age gap and as they chat they realize that their father taught them each differently. He gave them each what they needed though. This leads them to another of their Dad’s rules, “No crying in the boat.”

Andrea & Amy Fishing

Up at camp Dale is on over watch, keeping an eye on everyone from atop his RV. As Dale sees Jim in the distance digging the camera zooms in for just a moment. Jim is digging what looks like graves. Dale goes over to check on him but Jim isn’t in a talkative mood and just keeps digging.

Jim Digging

Merle’s Rescue

Meanwhile Merle’s rescue team is coming to grips with what happened on the roof. Daryl has a brief moment of murderous rage before he switches back to tracker mode. It is time to follow his brother’s blood trail. The trail leads them to two dead walkers, one with a bloody wrench near it. Daryl comments that his brother is the toughest *sshole he ever met.

Merle’s Wrench Kill

Rick reminds Daryl that anyone can pass out from blood lose, no matter how tough they are. They continue the search until they come to a kitchen area where they find lit sterno candles and burnt skin. Merle cauterized his stump.

Merle’s Cauterization Station

Daryl wants to keep searching, but Atlanta is huge. They agree to look around a few blocks, but only after they get the guns that Rick dropped by the tank.


Back at the camp Amy and Andrea have returned from their fishing trip as victorious heroes. Because of their fishing skills the camp gets to have a real meal. The survivors are celebrating their good fortune when Dale comes back and lets them know they have a problem. Dale points up to the hill where Jim is still digging.

Dale leads the camp group up to talk to Jim, but Jim doesn’t want to hear any feedback. He refuses to stop until Shane takes the shovel from him and handcuffs him. Shane tells him he’s going to be okay but Jim says he doesn’t believe it. It’s the same thing Jim told his family right before they were torn out of his grasp and eaten. The survivors tie Jim to a tree. After some rest he tries to bargain for his freedom. He tries to sound normal, but there is still crazy in his eyes.

Get The Guns

In Atlanta Glenn is laying out his plan to grab the guns. He wants the team to split up on either side of the bag so once he grabs it he’s go someplace to run in either direction. Daryl asks Glenn what he did before the apocalypse. I think Daryl was expecting something more than “Pizza Delivery” as Glenn’s old profession.

While Glenn is grabbing the bag of guns (and Rick’s hat) Daryl finds himself face to face with another survivor. The kid Daryl finds is screaming for someone, which leads to a brief scuffle before two others show up. Daryl is outnumbered and gets a beat down. As Daryl is getting the snot kicked out of him Glenn comes around the corner, which leads the newcomers to focus on Glenn.


Glenn gets beat but Daryl saves the bags of guns with a well placed crossbow shot. They aren’t able to save Glenn though. The newcomers show up in a car and kidnap Glenn before speeding away, leaving one of their own behind in the rush.

Rick, T-Dog and Daryl interrogate their prisoner. Daryl wants to know if they also took Merle like they took Glenn, which leads to Daryl trying to kick the kids face in. I love this Daryl. It is the angry, impulsive, raw metal that the apocalypse hammers into a smart, deadly survivor in coming years. Going back and re-watching these old episodes really makes me appreciate the character development of my favorite survivors.

The Prisoner

The kids not speaking, which forces Daryl to use psychological warfare. He throws Merle’s hand at the kid and tell him it was from the last person who didn’t speak when told to. The kid freaks out and falls off his chair as Daryl bears down on him. Daryl tells him they are going to start with the feet this time. Not surprisingly, the kid breaks, and leads the group back to where his friends took Glenn.

Rick and team approach the Vatos and we are introduced to Guillermo, the leader of the gang. Guillermo drops some truth, calling out Rick for saying they just want to talk. From Guillermo’s perspective his guys were jumped and defended themselves. Guillermo wants the bag of guns in exchange for the damage done to his people. Then he’ll agree to the prisoner exchange.

Things are about to get very ugly. Guillermo tells Rick that if he doesn’t do what he wants Glenn is getting fed to his three man eating dogs. Rick and the Vatos are about to thrown down when the violence is interrupted by an old lady. It’s hard to understand what she’s saying, but someone needs their medicine.

Guillermo’s Charge

The old lady takes Rick by the hand and leads him to “the Asian boy”. On the way Rick realizes that the Vatos aren’t bad people. They’ve been protecting an old folks home. Better still, we get to see Guillermo’s three, man eating dogs.

Guillermo’s Man Eaters


Rick pulls Guillermo aside, angry that they almost came to blows. Rick does the right thing and splits the gun stash with Guillermo. When Team Rick heads back to the van, it has been stolen, presumably by Merle, who is going to want revenge.

Back at the camp Andrea is looking for something to wrap Amy’s birthday present in. Meanwhile Shane checks on Jim before cutting him loose.

As the camp enjoys their fish fry, Rick, Daryl, T-Dog and Glenn are running back. They are afraid that Merle is going to hurt their friends and loved ones.

Running Back To Camp

As the camp is enjoying there fish fry Morales asks Dale why he still winds his watch every day. Dale quotes Faulkner about time.

 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.

― William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

As Amy goes to the restroom Ed hears noises just outside his tent. When he gets up to punish whomever is there comes face to face with a walker. Ed is swarmed in his tent as Amy steps out of the RV to complain about toilette paper. She steps directly into the grasp of a walker. Andrea looks up just in time to see her sister get bitten.

Amy Gets Bit

The camp is swarming with walkers as Shane tries to rally the survivors, yelling for everyone to make for the high ground by the RV. Rick’s small group shows up with their new firepower just in time to save the camp from being completely overwhelmed.

We then get the first of many punches to the balls that is to come as Andrea holds Amy in her arms as her sister dies.

The episode ends with Jim saying he now remembers the dream, and why he dug the graves as the camera scans the bodies on the ground around camp.

Vatos Scoring

Vatos was an excellent episode with good character development, tension and action. It is what every Zombies Series should strive to be! Vatos is Worth Your Time and scored a 94/100.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
21What Lies Ahead95
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100

Z Nation, Season 2, Episode 15

All Good Things Must Come to an End is the season finale, so I guess its aptly named. The episode starts with Citizen Z, almost out of batteries, burning papers for warmth. He desperately tries to warn Addy, and Team Murphy to abort the mission. Whoever was tracking Murphy through Camp Northern Lights knows exactly where he is.

Citizen Z Trying To Call Off The Murphy Drop Off

We then cut back to the diner. The old woman is feeding Warren tea while Vasquez looks around. Something is tickling his suspicion, but not enough to keep him from letting Warren call in the rest of the team.


Team Murphy settles in for some tea just as a group of Bounty Hunters shows up. They have a “Murphy” to hand in for the bounty.

Bounty Hunters

The leader of the Bounty Hunters talks to Warren. One of the others finds cross dressing Murphy attractive. This leads to Team Murphy’s cover being blown.

Zombie Mmic

The lead Bounty Hunter figures out Murphy has some tie to their fake Murphy, which results in a little shootout. Team Murphy takes out the Bounty Hunters but 10K was hit in the process. As Doc and Addy work on 10K, Auntie goes outside with Murphy and Warren. Warren puts a flare up, signaling for Dr. Merch and the Mount Wilson CDC lab. Dr. Merch apparently has a submarine.

Mount Wilson CDC Lab Submarine

While Team Murphy tries to make sense of what is happening Citizen Z puts his pooch on a sled and begins to pull. I think he’s got that reversed, but I’m guessing poochy is hurt.

Dr. Merch

Back at the diner, the military has shown up, and brought Dr. Merch with them. She tries to verify it’s Murphy, but can’t remember until Murphy jobs her memory a bit about their last encounter.

Is That Murphy?

The military only has room to take Murphy and 10K back to the sub, which leads to heartfelt goodbyes. The team has been through a lot together.

Murphy and 10K have just left when La Reina and her Zeros show up. They want revenge on Warren for her betrayal, and to collect Murphy.

Zero Ambush

Things do not look good for the team, they are pinned down and outgunned. How did La Reina find them? She’s got Dr Kurian’s head in a box, and apparently he’s connected enough with Murphy to act as a compass. Good thing for the remnants of Team Murphy that Auntie has her MAC-10 handy. Aunti lays down some cover fire so they can flee into the diner.

Lucky for the team, Auntie has a stash of weapons to help even things up a little.

On the sub the medical staff agree to treat 10K and get him back to the mainland. Meanwhile Murphy learns about Zona, and why the people on the sub are so interested in him. The soldiers are infected, and they look like they are starting to turn.

Infected Submariners

The Vaccine

As Dr. Merch is taking blood from Murphy we find out that all the Zona staff were infected with an early version of the vaccine. Unfortunately its wearing off, and all those people are starting to turn. It doesn’t take Murphy long to figure out he’s not interested in being Zona’s blood supply.

Back at the diner La Reina tries to bargain, telling the team they just want Murphy. La Reina will do anything to get to Murphy. Even sacrifice the front ranks of her soldiers to create walking Z shields.

Auntie gets hit and turns, then gets an axe to the skull from outside while she tries to eat Doc. As the two sides spray lead at each other Addy, and the creepy masked Zero end up going mano a mano, breaking the Z-Whacker in the process!!!

Z-Whacker Breaks

This leads to La Reina and Warren going toe to toe as well. It looks like Warren is about to lose when Escorpion shows up and puts a stake through La Reina. Only he’s not Escorpion any longer, he’s Hector. How did he survive? The last time we saw him Vasquez pushed him into a basement full of Z’s.


Hector tells Vasquez he’s not Escorpion anymore. He also understands if Vasquez wants to kill him. He is sorry, but he’s not the same man anymore. In the end Vesquez couldn’t do it. For Vasquez it’s the end of the road, they finished their mission. Warren, Doc and Addy end up rolling out with Hector, heading for the beach to pick up 10K.

Back on the sub, 10K wakes up to distant alarms before we cut to Warren and team at the ocean’s edge. What they see doesn’t look good, the sub is burning.

Sub On Fire

A moment later they see a boat heading away from the sub, and they can clearly see Murphy, but no 10K. When we get a close up of the boat its clear that Murphy is in control, he’s bitten everyone on his ride.

All Good Things Must Come to an End, ends on a cliffhanger on multiple fronts.

Where is 10K?

Who are the Chinese soldiers that swarm Warren and team? Do they mean Team Warren harm?

Is Citizen Z going to survive his deep freeze?

Frozen 10K

And what is going to happen to Murphy’s daughter Lucy?

All Good Things Must Come to an End Scoring

So many things are going on in the last few minutes of this season ender, but it was really well done and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, which is why All Good Things Must Come to an End scored a 94/100 and is Worth Your Time.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Puppies and Kittens95
12Fracking Zombies80
13Philly Feast80
14Full Metal Zombie81
15Home Sweet Zombie75
16Resurrection Z81
17Welcome to the Fu-Bar83
19Die Zombie Die… Again29
110Going Nuclear79
111Sisters Of Mercy82
112Murphy's Law80
113Doctor of the Dead91
21The Murphy90
22White Light81
23Zombie Road90
24Batch 4760
26Zombie Baby Daddy86
27Down The Mississippi87
28The Collector63
210We Were Nowhere Near the Grand Canyon72
211Corporate Retreat85
212Party with the Zeros64
213Adiós, Muchachos69
214Day 190
215All Good Things Must Come to an End 94
31No Mercy90
32A New Mission77
33Murphy's Miracle80
34Escorpion and the Red Hand70
35Little Red and the Wolfz79
36Doc Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest73
37Welcome to Murphytown 67
38Election Day80
39Heart of Darkness70
310They Grow Up So Quickly85
311Doc’s Angels70
312The Siege of Murphytown70
314Everybody Dies in the End70