"18 Miles Out" is the tenth episode of the second season of AMC's The Walking Dead. It is the sixteenth episode of the series overall. It premiered on February 26, 2012. It was written by Scott Gimple & Glen Mazzara and directed by Ernest Dickerson.
The episode opens at the abandoned public works station where Rick and Shane flee from attacking walkers. Shane barricades himself in a school bus as walkers bang against the door. Nearby, a bound Randall crawls toward a knife on the ground.
Earlier, Rick and Shane drive down a country road. Rick stops the car short of their destination — 18 miles away from the farm - to confront Shane: Rick knows what happened with Otis, and he knows about Shane's affair with Lori. Rick asks Shane if he believes Rick is unable to keep his family safe. Shane counters he knows Lori’s baby is his and will do anything to ensure they are safe. Rick opens the SUV to check on Randall, who's bound, gagged and blindfolded in the trunk.
Meanwhile, at the farmhouse, Maggie confesses to Lori that Glenn lost confidence after the shootout at the bar. Lori advises that Glenn should man up and be stronger. Maggie attempts to leave to give Beth her lunch, but Lori insists that she do it instead.
Back on the road, Rick makes plans for the coming winter, explaining that they have to conserve ammunition and stockpile food. Shane listens passively, staring out the window at a lone walker ambling through a field. At the farm, Lori brings Beth a tray of food.
Rick drives past the 18-mile mark, looking to leave Randall somewhere he'll have a chance. He pulls up to a public works station surrounded by a fence. A walker in a police uniform approaches. Shane draws his gun but Rick stops him. Rick cuts his finger and wipes blood on the fence. When the walker presses his face against it, Rick stabs it in the head, and tells Shane that while it may be easy to use a gun, it is better to not use them. A second walker in uniform approaches, and Shane stabs it in the head. Later, Rick siphons gas as Shane examines the policemen's bodies, noting they haven't been bitten. Rick points to scratches that likely caused their transformation.
Meanwhile, Lori collects Beth's lunch, which hasn't been touched. Down in the kitchen, as Lori clears Beth's tray, she notices the knife is missing. She confronts Beth, who pulls it from under the covers and hands it over.
Rick and Shane drag Randall to the pavement. Rick drops a knife on the ground as he and Shane walk away Randall begs them not to abandon him, trying to explain he's a normal guy, and he even went to school with Maggie. Rick and Shane freeze and realise that this means Randall will know where the farm is. Shane prepares to execute him, but is tackled by Rick. He argues he needs time to think about what to do. Shane counters that Randall could lead his people to the farm and accuses Rick of putting Lori and Carl in danger by sparing Randall. The two begin brawling. Randall, meanwhile, crawls toward the knife. Shane topples a motorcycle onto Rick, briefly trapping him. He goes to Randall and aims his gun, but Rick gets out of the motorcycle and tackles Shane before he can fire. When Rick gains the upper hand, and enraged Shane grabs a wrench and hurls it at Rick. Rick dodges the wrench but it goes through a building window which causes dozens of walkers to begin pouring out through the broken window. Shane flees the onslaught. A walker approaches Randall, who cuts himself free just in time to kill it. Rick empties his gun as walkers pile on top of him.
At the farm, Maggie scolds Beth for considering suicide. Lori and Andrea listen in from the kitchen. Andrea tells Lori she shouldn't have taken the knife away, and that Beth has the right to choose if she wants to live or not. Lori counters that Andrea got through her own death wish by shirking her chores. Andrea accuses Lori of taking her blessings for granted, as she’s had an affair with Shane, got reunited with Rick and had Carl saved, while others have suffered. Meanwhile, Beth tries to convince Maggie that they should kill themselves. Andrea enters the room, offering to watch Beth while Maggie gets some air.
At the public works station, Shane barricades himself in a school bus against the walkers. Rick finds Randall and drags him to the SUV. From the school bus, Shane watches as his partner abandons him. Rick goes and takes the handguns off the two dead policemen.
Unguarded, Beth locks herself in the bathroom and smashes the mirror. Lori pries open the door, but not before Beth has cut her wrist.
In the bus, Shane is losing ground to the walkers when the SUV bursts through a nearby gate. As Randall drives, Rick leans out the window shooting walkers. Shane runs to the back of the bus and dives into the SUV.
Andrea runs to the farmhouse after Beth's attempted suicide. Lori reports that Beth didn't cut herself deeply. Andrea takes it as Beth wanting to live, but Maggie disagrees in anger and tells Andrea never to set foot near her or the house again.
Back on the road, Rick and Shane restrain Randall and toss him in the trunk. Alone, Rick admits he'll likely kill Randall — but he's still going to think it over. Rick tells Shane that if he wants to stay with them, he has to obey Rick as the leader as he returns Shane's gun to him. As Shane mulls over what he says, he stares out the window at a lone walker shambling through an overgrown field.
- Amber Chaney as Annette Greene (Photograph)
- Travis Charpentier as Shawn Greene (Photograph)
- Jewel Wilson as Josephine Greene (Photograph)
- Dustin Fletcher as Mert County Police Walker 1
- Jake Garber as Walker
- Kevin Galbraith as Walker
- Chris Bozeman as Walker
- Randall's Mother (Confirmed Fate)
- Randall's Brother (Confirmed Fate)
- Last appearance of Annette Greene. (Photograph)
- Last appearance of Shawn Greene. (Photograph)
- This is the first episode of the series that is missing half of the main cast (Dale, Glenn, Daryl, Carl and Carol).
- Despite being a series regular, Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) is not credited for this episode, as she does not appear in it.
- The title of the episode, "18 Miles Out", refers to the fact that Rick and Shane took Randall 18 miles away from Hershel's Farm.
- Mert County is a fictional location.
- During the fight with the walkers, Rick survives initially by covering himself with the body of a dead walker. Daryl Dixon used this same trick in "What Lies Ahead" to protect himself and the injured T-Dog.
- During the Talking Dead of this episode, it is stated that the fight scene between Shane and Rick took four hours to shoot.
- The lone walker that Shane sees in the distance appears in the intro sequence from Season 5 to Season 8.
- Rick mentions plans for the coming winter, a recurring theme in the Comic Series.
- Rick and Shane find that walker bites may not be the only cause of the dead coming back, which is another recurring theme of the Comic Series mythology. It is likely foreshadowing the revelation in "Beside the Dying Fire" that everyone carries whatever causes the walkers and all that has to be done to become one is to die without the brain being destroyed.
- This episode explains that the car that Lori crashed in "Nebraska" was Maggie's.
- The song being played during the closing scene of this episode is called, "Civilian", by indie folk rock group Wye Oak from Baltimore, Maryland.
- Making Wye Oak as one of two artists whose work featured in a trailer, and in an episode. The other artist is, Sharon Van Etten, whose song, "Serpents" was used in both trailer, and an episode, though in Etten's case, the different versions of the song were featured.
- Beth's suicide attempt by slitting her wrists is adapted from Issue 22, where Carol attempted to commit suicide in the same manner.
- Rick and Shane brutally fighting is adapted from Issue 6.
- Travis Woods, The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 10: 18 Miles Out – TV Review, Screen Crave.