Well, that sure was an episode of The Walking Dead, even if it wasn't precisely a great episode. As the title implied, "Secrets" was mostly about the spread of knowledge throughout the camp: who has it, who doesn't, and the inevitable flow from the former to the latter. It wasn't an episode in which anything especially new happened, although a few characters learned about events that happened in previous episodes. Complications ensue. A short recap:
- Lori attempted to abort her baby via an overdose of morning-after pills (helpfully labelled as MORNING AFTER PILLS on the box), only to throw them up after changing her mind.
- Glenn somehow managed to not tell anyone about a barn full of walkers other than Dale.
- Shane and Andrea had sex after some zombie killin'.
- Rick found out or confirmed his suspicions about Lori and Shane, as well as learning about Lori's pregnancy.
- Herschel was revealed to be slightly more crazy than everyone thought he was by implying that he believed that the zombies in the barn might have some kind of disease that can be cured.
- That kid's still missing.
The Walking Dead is a show that allows its viewers to know essentially everything at all times, so the spread of secrets is generally only interesting in how it affects the thought processes or actions of the characters: we already knew about the zombies in the barn, and Lori's pregnancy, and Lori and Shane's relationship, and such those revelations aren't particularly new ground for us. The decision to make Rick's discovery of the latter two events take place at the very end of the episode didn't help kick it into high gear, and although it seems certain that everyone will learn of the barn next episode, the knowledge of its inhabitants is only of interest to a viewer after it reaches someone with the ability to move the plot forward, which at this point is either Rick or Shane. Until they find out, the barn is just a thing where something exciting might eventually happen.
So, not a tremendously eventful episode, and one that seems to be fully in line with the slow burn that the show has been on for the past five shows. There was at least a bit of zombie killin', although both skirmishes utilized the somewhat trite "silent zombie" archetype that relies on zombies appearing, soundlessly, where no zombie was just seconds previously; that was especially egregious in the Shane/Andrea shootout, where dozens of walkers just kind of showed up, despite the pair being relatively quiet. It was a convenient way to get a few headshots in, but felt a little contrived nonetheless. And jesus, they better find that kid or give her up for dead at some point soon. I could't care less about the outcome of that plot at this point--hell, even her mom seems pretty much ready to move on.
All I know about the last episode of the half-season is that something exciting better happen, and we better see some kind of change of location. If we're still playing farmville when the show comes back in February, I honestly don't know if I'll continue to watch it.