Philip is still visiting the PDS brothel and he discovers a neighbor, Mrs. Lamb, has been taking video footage of all the clients including himself. Maxine finds out about the brothel and gets the tapes from Mrs. Lamb, which puts Philip in a very compromising position. It’s tough work being a hypocrite.
Jem and Gary go patrolling the woods. When they split up, Jem begins to lose it and starts seeing visions of Henry, the PDS schoolmate she shot a few nights before. Later at the pub she confesses to Gary that she’s also been having nightmares. Jem’s still having a very hard time not only with what she did to Henry, but with everything she did during the initial rising.
Amy sees the nurse about her increasing tremors and recent onset of nosebleeds. She’s given Neurotriptyline Plus which is supposed to address those kind of side effects. So far we’ve not been given any real indication of what might be causing trouble for The Wackiest Zombie.
Kieren and Simon’s relationship continues to grow in a positive direction. Kieren’s never been comfortable with the whole “zombie rebellion” thing and after a small spat, Simon decides to put on makeup and see the world through Kieren’s eyes. I guess he’s not the hard-core radical we were originally led to believe.
As they’re leaving home, they stop to kiss outside and, unbeknownst to them, are spotted by Amy. The look on her face makes it clear she’s heartbroken. Kieren wanted to tell Amy about the relationship instead of having her find out like this, but things don’t often work out the way we’d like.
Philip, fearing he’ll be outed as one of the people visiting the PDS brothel, visits Mrs. Lamb. He spun a web of lies telling her he was only visiting to try and turn the women away from a life of prostitution, but he also absconds with video tapes. You know, just to be safe and stuff. Too bad Maxine has a tape of her own with Philip on it. Maxine uses this leverage to coerce Philip into lying to Henry’s mother about what really happened to him. At least I’m assuming he lied, but events that unfold later in the episode hint that he may have actually told her the truth.
A couple of Simon’s more extreme followers break in to the medical clinic where two caged rabids are being held. They free them, spray paint graffiti on the walls, then run off. One of the workers responds to the alarm (alone, naturally) and gets her face bitten off. This will not go over well with anyone, living or dead.
Kieren takes Simon to visit his parents and they have one of the most uncomfortable meals ever. The discomfort is compounded when Jem shows up with Gary for lunch. Gary just has to start telling tales of how he and Jem killed so many undead during the rising, but Kieren isn’t taking it silently.
Kieren gives a detailed account of what it was like to suddenly wake up in a coffin deep underground. He tells of digging through the earth, seeing the moon, and hearing the clock tower strike midnight. With that last detail he inadvertently reveals that he’s the first risen, though only Simon catches on to that very important fact.
Gary and his rabble raid the PDS brothel headed up by Maxine, of course. They drag everyone outside, separating the customers from the prostitutes. Before anyone can do anything else, Philip grabs a bullhorn and tries to talk some sense into the angry mob. He asks everyone to simply get along saying nobody is completely good or bad. He then lines up with the customers instead of continuing to lie about what he’s been doing. Philip finally grows a spine and is a better person for it.
Amy catches up with Philip who’s sulking alone at a bus stop and tries to make him feel better. This is when he admits his affection for her and that he only went to the brothel to meet with a woman who reminded him of Amy. Honesty has an up-side for poor Philip and he ends up getting the girl.
As the episode comes to a close, Maxine takes a nighttime stroll through the cemetary. She stops at a grave and says, “Don’t worry. It won’t be long now.” About that same time, Simon makes a call on a pay phone, assumedly to the Undead Prophet, and says he’s found the first risen. Perhaps Simon is more devoted to the cause than he is to Kieren. Either way, both sides are looking for the same thing; the first risen.
Maxine may want the first risen so she can destroy him and stop the rebellious activities. On the other hand, maybe she also believes he’s the key to a second rising and wants to bring back the anonymous person in the grave she visited. I’m voting for the latter.
No matter what motives are driving our characters, this episode had the most development, both plot-wise and character-wise, of any so far. It was emotional and intense. We saw changes in several characters with Philip taking huge strides toward being a truly decent person and Kieren finally shedding his makeup in what is surely a first step in a transformation that will surely surpass even his rising from the dead.