Rick eventually gets better after falling unconscious from his antibiotics overdose. Carl has been reading and waiting for when Rick will heal successfully and wake up. Rick finds Carl with some antibiotics. He recommends finding some food and leaving.
Outside, Rick suddenly hears a phone ringing. Rick hurriedly runs back into the house and answers the phone. Rick begins to talk to the voice and converse about their ordeals. Rick is excited about it, and tells Carl that there are more people out there and that they're okay. He then says that they're going to hunt, if Carl doesn't want to eat green beans any longer.
In the forest, the hunting isn't going very well. Suddenly, they hear a cry for help. Rick and Carl run to help and they discover an unnamed survivor who is surrounded by zombies. He gets eaten alive. Carl wanted to save him, but Rick tells him he's already infected, not to mention of the number of zombies that he could bring back to the house. They find the survivor's car, all stocked up with guns, ammo, and food. Carl realizes that he was going out on his own to die, like Carol did. They leave the car.
At the house with the phone, Rick and the woman have a long conversation. Rick asks for the woman's name and she answers "Rick, it's me...it's Lori." Rick then forcefully unplugs the phone, but can still hear "Lori" speaking on the line. This causes him to realize that the phone calls were all in his head, and that he is trying to forgive himself for Lori's death. "Lori" tells him that he did all that he could. Eventually, he hangs up, although he takes the phone with him in his backpack as they leave the house for good.
- Carl is seen reading the book, Elsewhere by Will Shetterly.
- The cover shows the last moments of the Unnamed Survivor, through his own eyes.
- The Walking Dead #51 Review Kirkman explores the dangers of hope, IGN, Dan Phillips (August 13, 2008).