Spangler wrote:The thing that bothered me the most in that episode was Maggie needlessly burned the only picture of herself. Who does that?! It was so stupid!
I'd would be like torching your family photo album. Nobody would do that. The sole purpose of that scene was to deliver some cheesy line. Remember when Glen almost died from an illness? You don't know what's going to happen in the future.
I think it just speaks to her vanity -- that even though it's the zombie apocalypse, she is still a woman who values her looks. They've brought up the photo several times in the series, and every time she mentions how she hates it. On one hand, yeah, it is dumb to burn it. On the other, it's not that far fetched, and actually makes a lot of sense.
As for Herschel, in response to schmenguin, I wouldn't come close to calling him elderly. He's a mid- to late-60s man with a teenager and a 20-something. His grey hair and his old school perspectives make him seem older, but I certainly wouldn't put him in the elderly (and therefore feeble or physically unable category). Maggie shouldn't have been suprised by anyone getting bitten, but again, if you look at it differently, it was probably more of a sad disbelief that her father -- someone she, like most daughters, views as infallible or indestructible -- was bitten, rather than a disbelief that he actually got bit. Kind of like when you wreck after hitting a patch of ice and say "this can't be happening." It was completely logical that it happened, but you just didn't see it coming, despite the obvious factors in play.
Really, anything/everything on any/every show or movie can be interpreted in several ways. If you want a show to be stupid or to not make sense, it's easy to spin it that way -- just like it's easy for me to spin it the other way.