This week's Breaking Bad
is all about truth and lies. Walt concocts the mother of all lies in
order to get Hank to back off, but that's the least of his problems now.
Jesse finally starts to put a few pieces together to learn the truth
about Brock's poisoning. A missing baggie of weed is all it takes to
bring down an empire. Todd's Big Mouth
The episode opens with Todd calling up Walt after the shoot-out to take control of the meth operation, just to keep him informed. He then tells his criminal family and friends all about the great train robbery, though he seems to leave out the part about shooting a little boy. This is all we see of Todd this week, but I assume this is going to become a big problem for Walt in the next five weeks.Jesse vs. Hank
Hank walks into the interrogation room with Jesse and says he knows all about Walt being the kingpin. He asks Jesse to rat out Heisenberg and he'll protect him with the DEA. Jesse refuses and is saved by Saul, as always.Walter Jr.
Marie is still on her quest to save the children, so she asks Walter Jr. to come over to help with some computer problem. Walt recognizes this ploy and decides to shut it down by confessing to his son that his cancer is back. Wow, using cancer to guilt your son into staying with you? Walt is pretty good at thinking on his feet.The Mexican Restaurant Standoff
Walt and Skyler invite Hank and Marie to dinner at a Mexican restaurant for a little meeting. Things are awkward as Walt proceeds to deny what he did and Skyler promises that it's all in the past and they should all forget about it.
Marie refuses, suggesting instead that Walt should just kill himself to put an end to all of this and save his family the embarrassment. When did Marie become such a bad-ass? Hank disagrees, thinking death is too easy and Walt needs to pay for his crimes. Clearly this conversation isn't very productive.
Walt and Skyler leave (without trying the delicious table-side guacamole), but first he hands Hank a DVD with his "confession" on it.The Confession
Hank and Marie watch the DVD, and it's absolutely insane. Walt's "confession" is that Hank was the mastermind of the meth business and forced Walt to work for him. The crazy part is how convincing his story is, about how Hank used his DEA connections to sell meth and sold Walt into servitude to Gus Fring, but when they had a falling out Gus tried to kill him and Hank got vengeance by teaming up with Hector Salamanca. If I didn't know any better, I'd probably believe it.
Never underestimate Walter White, because this confession is a genius move of mutually-assured destruction.
Marie wants to call Walt's bluff and hand the tape over to the feds, but Hank is more concerned with one new detail from the confession: the fact that Walt paid for his medical bills. He's angry that Marie never told him and thinks that is the smoking gun that will make people believe the fake story."Let Me Help You"
Saul drives Jesse out to the desert for a meeting with Walt. After Jesse explains what Hank wanted and that he probably hasn't told the rest of the DEA yet, Walter offers to "help" Jesse.
He suggests contacting Saul's I.D. guy to get a new life, move far away and start over. It's a sweet, pie-in-the-sky dream of having a new life. But Jesse has other plans.
He has a pretty awesome breakdown, yelling at Walt to stop working him and just be honest. Jesse is fed up with the lies and manipulations and just wants Walt to admit that he's only doing this to get rid of him so he doesn't have to kill Jesse like he did with Mike. It's here that Walt should realize Jesse is a liability because he's done being a good little soldier.
Instead, Walt just gives him a big, fatherly hug as Jesse cries on his shoulder. Bad move, Walt. When someone asks you to stop working them, you probably shouldn't double-down on the emotional manipulation.Alaska or Bust
Walt's fatherly hug actually seems to work and Jesse takes the offer, with Saul setting him up for a new identity. Jesse thinks Alaska sounds nice. Hey, it's better than Belize.
Huell drops Jesse off for his new life, but while waiting on the side of the road, Jesse checks his pockets for his weed. He can't find it, but he does pull out of a pack of cigarettes and stares at it. Then he starts to put the pieces together and you can see his thought process.
Maybe when he bumped into Huell earlier, Huell lifted the baggie of weed out of his jacket. And maybe if he did that, he also lifted the pack of cigarettes that contained the ricin. And if he did that, then it means Walt was behind taking away the ricin. And if that happened, it probably means Walt WANTED Jesse to think Gus poisoned Brock, when in reality it was Walt.
Aaron Paul is so good that you can see each and every moment of subtext play out in this silent scene.Pouring Gas on the Fire
Instead of going to Alaska, Jesse busts into Saul's office, beats the crap out of him and gets him to confess that Huell stole the ricin cigarette and that Walt was the one who poisoned Brock. It's intense, but Saul's absurd comb-over flapping around keeps a nice element of comedy in the mix.
Jesse runs out, so Saul immediately calls Walt to warn him. Walt races to the car wash to get the ice-covered gun he keeps in the soda machine. I'm no expert, but that doesn't seem like a smart place to keep a gun. But the gun isn't really going to help him.
Because Jesse drives onto Walt's front lawn, takes a can of gasoline out of his trunk, kicks down the front door and proceeds to pour gas all over the living room. That's not going to end well for anyone, and sadly, it's where the episode ends.
Only five more episodes of Breaking Bad
left, and now Walt is fighting against Hank AND Jesse (and I assume Todd will become a problem too). The fact that next week's episode is titled "Rabid Dog" is pretty ominous, since they typically have to be put down. It also reminds me of the season 4 episode "Problem Dog," where Jesse used the titular term to refer to killing Gale.
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