I didn’t put up a recap post of last week’s episode, because I felt that, for an episode of Breaking Bad, it was less than stellar. It was just moving the plot forward, pretty much. (That & I’m more than slightly overwhelmed with my home life right now, but that’s for another post).
But this week…! O…M…G. If last week was moving things in place, this episode was blowing them out of place at machine gun speed. Heh.
Naturally I want to jump right to the end of the episode, but for continuity purposes I’ll start from the beginning. We see Todd and his creepy family cooking up their sub-par meth and giving Lydia the heeby jeebies. They can’t make the “blue stuff” and it’s clear that Walt is needed to bring that operation up to snuff.
Then we jump to Jesse’s grand plan, which is to trick Huell into spilling the beans on where “Mr. White” has hidden his massive cash stash. Huell is such a likeable character and I love the way he delivers his lines: “You ain’t listening to the people in the know“.
Meanwhile, Walt meets up with Todd’s Uncle (Jack is his name, apparently) and he delivers the choice line “there’s too many savages out there” to assure Walt that he’ll put Jesse down humanely. When Walt agrees to help flush Jesse out, he pulls the most desperate plan he knows how, to contact Andrea and Brock & try to lure Jesse to them. I don’t know…but this just felt wrong to me. Like Saul mentions soon enough, even Jesse is smart enough to not fall for such a thinly veiled plan. It seems like the beginning of the end for Walt’s Heisenberg mental acuity, as he is thrown off his game.
The episode really ramped up once Walt was the one getting flushed out, chasing down his money in the desert, on the phone with Jesse. Again, Heisenberg wouldn’t have fallen for this barrel ploy, but Walt is unraveling and as we see in the desert a few minutes later, he is indeed a man dying of cancer. But while he’s on the phone he’s giving this Ah-mazing confession of how and why he did everything for Jesse’s well-being. All I was hoping was that the DEA was tapped into this perfect confession, because, well, what happens next…
Walt gives the skinheads his coordinates, which is again, a very dumb move, because even if everything went somewhat according to his plan, then these morally bankrupt men could find out this is the exact location of Walt’s dough. But he tries to call it off, and I want to know WHY? When Walt sees Jesse, Hank and Gomie he caves, tries to call the skinheads off, and is ready to admit defeat? I really want to know what was going through Walt’s head at that moment.
It was almost cathartic to watch Hank bark his orders at Walt, have him cuff him, read him his rights, heck even Jesse got a good spit on Walt’s face before….before the OMG showed up. Hank had taken a bit too long on the phone with Marie, in what was, at this point, clearly going to be his last phone call with her, and…where was the rest of the freaking DEA? You have THE Heisenberg in custody and it’s just limping Hank and one Gomie? Ugh, television
So the massive shoot-out commences, all while Walt is cuffed in the backseat, vehemently begging Todd & Co. to turn around and call it off, but Walt is officially out of control now. He’s not calling any shots anymore, the skinheads have taken over the chain of command. What could Walt expect after he pulled such a similar scenario on Gus Fring? So, as of this week we are safe to assume that Hank and Gomez are goners. Jesse’s fate is TBD, and Walt looks like he is about to be slave to the skinheads for at least one cook, before he goes AWOL with his new identity (remember the Denny’s? and going home for the ricin?)
The one thing I thought was a positive out of this is that (other than Walt) Jesse is the only person left who knows about the barrels and barrels of cash hidden at To’Hajiilee. I’d love to see him come back for it in the end.
And I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Please chat with me in the comments