So writing a recap post is a stark reminder that I don’t blog nearly as much as I’d like to. It’s down to once a week these days. I’ll make a disclaimer that this last week was one of my busiest ever and I’m currently trying to suck the marrow out of our summer before someone starts Kindergarten! Eek! Let’s only talk about one depressing thing right now shall we? This week’s Breaking Bad was crazy town!
Disclaimer: If you are not caught up on Breaking Bad, cease and desist from reading
this post or you will be spoiled!
Tonight’s episode “Confessions” starts with what we were expecting, Jesse can’t make a confession to Hank and roll over on Walt, Walt makes a sort of confession to Walter Jr. that his cancer has returned (gross to see him manipulating his own son here, but what else is new) and then we see Walt setting up his confession tape.
And by golly! What a confession tape it was. Aaron Paul (the actor that plays Jesse) had tweeted that tonight we were going to “poop our pants” in “a good way” and there were a couple of those moments. Discovering that the tape (or I guess it was a CD, whatever) was actually another manipulation to try to frame Hank was CRAZINESS! I can’t stay off Twitter during a show like this, and the stream of “this is TV history” “this is a new level for Walt!” “just when you think he can’t go any lower” tweets were flying! Really, Hank should be able to turn to the DEA with this, but he’s so flummoxed by Walt that he just can’t figure out what to do.
Hank’s redemption is going to be that much sweeter once it comes, because he is really being physically and mentally ruined by both Walt & Skyler. SKYLER. Ugh, I hate her more than ever. What is she hoping to accomplish by staying with Walt? Is it just the money? I don’t understand the shift in her character lately. Ok, so Walt’s not actively cooking, what’s changed? On a side note, the actress that plays Skyler wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times about how much people hate Skyler because she’s a “strong female character” and I think that’s total malarkey. She might be strong in some ways, but what’s so unlikeable about Skyler is just how spineless she’s been over the course of the show.
But tonight wasn’t all about Skyler, it was all about Jesse. Oh Jesse. The scene out in the desert where Walt is manipulating him yet again was both disgusting and refreshing. Refreshing that Jesse called Walt on his “caring father b.s.” and disgusting that Jesse has such a weakness for him. That awkward Heisenhug in the desert was just another of Walt’s manipulations of Jesse, but it made me wonder, when did Walt stop actually caring for Jesse? There was definitely a strange love between them, and when did it end for Walt?
The cigarette – Ricin realization was confusing at first, until we were brought into the light after the commercial break; Jesse realized that Ruell, despite being enormous, is actually a master pick-pocketer and this wasn’t the first time he frisked Jesse. Was it just me or did Saul give up WW pretty fast when Jesse was pistol-whipping him? So now Jesse is sure of Walt’s involvement in Brock’s poisoning, I can only hope that one day he’ll find out about Jane as well.
I would be totally remiss in a recap of tonight’s episode if I didn’t point out the stellar scene at the Mexican restaurant. It was such classic Breaking Bad to contrast the cheesy happiness of “table side guacamole” with such a tense moment.
So what did YOU think of “Confessions”? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, or any Breaking Bad chatter in the comments!