Breaking Bad: ‘Confessions’

I’m sorry to say that I watched Walt’s video fauxfession and Hank’s and Marie’s reactions with amusement instead of disgust or disapproval. What does this say about me? As is appropriate for his character, I’ve lost all compassion for Walt’s situation. Dude is a murderer of the very worst degree as we are reminded and Jesse is sadly clued in on by the end of the ep. And, the fact that he found the way to neutralize Hank while pushing his buttons so effectively made me wonder if Hank was headed for a heart attack by the end of the episode. Yet, I found myself enjoying the maneuvering even including the way he essentially played Walt, Jr. by the timing of his reveal of his cancer’s return.

Of course, the most tense and emotional scenes of this episode involved Jesse. First there was his meeting with Walt where he begs Walt to stop pretending that he ever really cared about him in the first place. Listen, I’m an awkward hugger, but I’ve never delivered a hug as awkward as the one Walt forces on Jesse. Of course I’ve never been in the situation where I’ve given someone the choice between a rock and a dead place either. Maybe that’s the difference. The scene with Saul (And Saul! Look at Jesse! Where is your compassion, man?!?) was so sad where he’s packing poor Jesse away so as to protect the dying monster they’re all afraid of. Saul, give Jesse his final tokes for the love of all that is sane and good. You’re killing him and you know it. Allow him that small measure of peace. And as Jesse at the last second before it’s too late, put the final puzzle pieces into place and figured out the really horrifying truth about Brock, it was electrifying to watch him come roaring back. My love for Jesse and Aaron Paul knows no bounds, so the final minutes of ‘Confessions’ were my favorite. And the final shot in particular. Go, Jesse, go! I should mention that since we know that the home isn’t burned from that flash forward, I do have some concerns as to what might stop Jesse’s momentum on the fireball he’s clearly working on at the close of this ep…