Season 1, Episode 6—TS-19

Walking-Dead-CDCThe Walking Dead Season One ended up with a bang (literally), as the survivors find temporary refuge in none other than the CDC. I was bummed that they didn’t make a two part episode out of this one, as the plot lined seemed a bit rushed, and it would have been cool to spend more time with the Dr. Jenner and pick his brain for more info.

But alas, the CDC runs out of gas, and of course a facility like that is fitted with a self-destruct protocol to keep diseases from getting out. I was watching the episode thinking, “hey- why didn’t they load up made a few more gallons of diesel fuel instead of, you know… booze?

This episode exhibits great evidence for an old Latin phrase: “in vino veritas”- which translated means:

In wine, there is truth.

There is much truth that comes out when the characters pretty much guzzle down the alcoholic selections that the Dr. ordered, and some of it was pretty disturbing. For example, because of the flashback at the beginning, we see that Shane maybe isn’t such a home wrecker after all…that is until he attempts to assault Lori in a drunken state.

And perhaps even more telling is the scene with Rick where the truth about his worldview comes out:

(At the 13:00 mark)

Rick:  You don’t know what it’s like. You don’t know what it’s like out there. You may think you do, but you don’t. We’d have died out there. It was only a matter of time. There’s too many of those things. My—My boy…My—My wife, I never—I never told ‘em what I really thought. I never even hinted, just—just kept it in. kept it in and kept us moving, you know. Just kept it in. Kept us…

SEASON 1, EPISODE 5 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Do you think the effects of drinking were accurately portrayed in this episode? Why or why not?
2. Do you agree with the old phrase that says “in wine there is truth”? How did that theme come out in this episode?
3. Do you think that deep down Rick really feels hopeless? Why or why not?
4. How does alcohol tend to amplify negative emotions and encourage people to destructive behavior?
5. Why did it take the effects of drinking to bring out Rick’s true feelings?

Read the following passage from Scripture:

Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?
Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining?
Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns,
trying out new drinks.
 Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,
how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
 For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake;
it stings like a viper. (Proverbs 23:29-32)

6. How did alcohol contribute to anguish, sorrow, and unnecessary wounds in this episode?
7. Is the Bible contradictory when it condemns “spending long hours in taverns” but also reveals that Jesus drank wine? Why or why not?
8. How might things gone differently in this episode if there weren’t any booze at the CDC?
9. Does alcohol use always end up ‘biting us’ like a poisonous snake? Why or why not?

Wrap up
In this episode, several people used alcohol to the point that some of their worst behavior surfaced- even to the point of hurting others. The Bible is very explicit in terms of the dangers of alcohol, which is why we all need to define our convictions about this area before we are in a tempting situation.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Season 1, Episode 6—TS-19

  1. christine says:

    Alcohol acts on the brain in various ways (impairs judgment, decreases motor skills, etc). I will comment on how alcohol tends to lower people’s inhibitions, and “loosen their tongues.” For Shane, his drunken state had lowered the social restraints that kept him from acting on his feelings for Lori. Shane had built inner restraints in order to keep a distance from Lori who had rejected him for Rick. With these inhibitions removed by the alcohol, Shane gave in to his feelings and almost raped her. For Rick, the inhibitions he built centered around the fear he had that he didn’t want anyone to know about. He built a wall around those beliefs to keep others from knowing what he believed deep down. The alcohol loosened his inhibitions and he suddenly felt compelled to spill the truth about his belief. That is why people tend to do or say things that they would normally never do or say when they are completely sober. Because when sober, people have their inhibitions (social restraints) in place. Alcohol can lower or remove them (depending how much one drinks) and can make one feel deceivingly ‘free’ to act or speak in ways they may regret later.

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