Breaking Bad: ‘Ozymandias’ – Jesse’s under new management. This new work environment makes Gus Fring’s look pretty cushy.

Walt told Jesse about Jane. I thought we were going to have the full redemption arc with Jesse included, and then he goes and tells Jesse that he could have saved Jane but instead watched her die. He did it solely to crush Jesse and let that knowledge eat at him while he is interrogated by Todd and co. and eventually killed by them. No mercy whatsoever. The depth of Jesse’s betrayal stung him that much. It’s awfully hard to watch as a viewer because we know that Jesse betrayed Walt because he thought Walt betrayed him first. So, when Walt told Jesse about Jane, I actually gasped out loud. I couldn’t believe he shared that last ghastly detail. Brock was enough. But no, Walt had to throw that last punch. It speaks to how much he really did care about Jesse. I underestimated that. And watching Jesse plead with Walt to spare him while Todd’s uncle (I can’t be bothered with remembering his name because I loathe that damn character.) was preparing to execute him was heartbreaking. That scene was a nice parallel to the scene with Hank, Walt and Todd’s uncle where Walt was pleading with Todd’s uncle to spare Hank. Hank looks at Walt and tells him to be the smartest man he has ever known, he’s an idiot because Todd’s uncle made up his mind 10 minutes ago. Walt’s mind was made up about Jesse similarly. There was never a chance for mercy when Jesse stepped out of the car with Hank and Gomez. That betrayal was too much for Walt to ever forgive. And my hopes for a renewal of Jesse and Walt’s affection were shattered. (Ed. Note: I worded this incorrectly. I wanted a renewal of Walt’s affection for Jesse. I want Jesse to continue to seek revenge on Walt. I’m afraid Jesse might need that edge if he’s to prevail.) This sets up for the finale I’ve been hoping for in which Jesse and Walt have the ultimate showdown and Jesse kills him hopefully easing some of his emotional pain in the process. After all, I’d argue they’ve both been the protagonists in this madness, and it all began with the two of them in that RV out in the desert. That’s the scene they led with. It began with the two of them, and it has to end with the two of them. A showdown between Jesse and Walt certainly feels ultimately right. Dark vs. Light. Good vs. Evil. Strong vs. Weak. They are opposites. I’m sure I’m completely missing the boat, here, but I really hope this is where we are heading.

NOTES:

  • The scene with Walt rolling his barrel of money across the deserted land looking for some means of getting it back with that music in the background was pure genius.
  • I really kind of hated Marie when she was present during Skyler’s tell-all with Walt Jr./Flynn. I felt that was something that should have been private, and I realize that she didn’t think Skyler would tell him otherwise, but still, butt out, lady! And if you’re going to be in the room? Shut up and let them talk!! Of course the whole time I knew she was about to find out that Hank was dead, so I felt terrible for hating her.
  • Hank’s dying was painful. Glad they had him go out bad ass style. I think the flicker of respect he was able to finally feel for Walt was oddly helpful for him. I know that’s an incredibly odd thing to say. But Hank has an ego a mile wide. It would be even worse for him to die knowing that these events were brought about by an idiot instead of someone he ultimately came to consider an able adversary. It helped of course that Walt wanted to save him at all costs. Hank knew what it meant for Walt to offer up the cash. The ultimate gesture.
  • That phone call between Walt and Skyler started out just subtly enough that I thought “Hmmm, he sounds kind of deliberate.” Then, I finally caught on. I don’t know if Skyler will play along, but I think she will for the kids. And of course it won’t matter because Walt’s trying to blow town in Jesse’s rejected escape hatch probably means that she and the kids could be used as targets that someone can use to lure Walt back. Oh man, tell me Jesse wouldn’t do that… Of course, he’s got the picture of his own “family” pinned on the wall of his new workplace as motivation, so he just might do something that awful. And then I’ll have to change my definition of who is participating in the showdown. Then, it’s Dark vs. Completely Broken/Dark. That’s not quite the showdown I want to see, but it certainly sounds a lot like Breaking Bad. And I’ll still be firmly on Team Jesse.
  • Again, I have to say that the acting on this show is just incredible. I watch the show for the storyline, but I always want to watch it again to enjoy these incredible actors reminding me that I’m entranced with the storyline because they are so good at their craft.

Breaking Bad: ‘To’Hajiilee’ – Why settle for blue meth when you can have bluish-if-it-catches-the-light-just-right instead? Todd’s cook has a more subtle style, yo.

It looks like Todd might be crushing on Lydia, and since he can’t yet cook her that sweet blue meth she’s been trying to successfully deliver to the Czech market since Walt ditched the biz, he tries to make it up to her by making her a cup of her tea to her specifications. Something tells me that nothing is ever quite up to Lydia’s specifications, but tea isn’t what she wants Todd to focus on. The whole bit where they discussed adding dye to the meth to achieve the correct hue like they do with salmon was hilarious. Todd’s music tastes are a little antiquated, but “She blinded me with Science” as his ringtone was inspired in my opinion, though I know others will argue it’s too on the nose because of his focus on Lydia.

The car wash is such a great location for tense scenes to develop. It’s such a banal backdrop. And the juxtaposition of the mundane rituals of a local business with the disintegration of Walt’s carefully constructed underworld just makes the tension escalate before the action even starts. The beginning of the con on Walt to get him to give away the location of the money – the one thing that can actually bring about his demise – occurs while Skyler and Walt, Jr. are shuttling customers through the car wash with their tired “Have an A1 day” motto to “reinforce their brand.” Saul shows up and the tension ratchets up. We know something is getting ready to go down. About that, when Walt notices the bullet proof vest, it’s obvious that he doesn’t even consider that Saul is wearing it to assure that Walt won’t harm him either. It’s clear that Walt is more Walt in this scene than Heisenberg. Heisenberg would have been clear-headed, and emotion wouldn’t have clouded his judgement allowing him to conclude that Jesse might not have been able to discover his burial ground. I think he wouldn’t have fallen for the con. But Walt has those feelings for Jesse that set the con in motion. And Jesse lit the fuse because he knows what buttons to push.

Those last few seconds of heart-pounding gunfire are when you find out what you are made of. My gut reaction was interesting because it was instinctive, and I was seriously concerned to find that I only cared about Jesse. Hank had just shared that touching phone call with Marie. I’ve always loved Gomie. Even Walt’s character finally achieved redemption when he called off the hit realizing that Hank was there, too. I think ultimately he wouldn’t have been able to see them take out Jesse either, but we’ll never know on that one. But as the gunfire went on and on and on, all I could think was, “Is Jesse ok? Please let Jesse make it out of this unscathed!” I think I know why Jesse remains my weakness. Sure, he’s got his flaws, and he’s by no means an innocent. But, Jesse has been pulled along on this nightmare at Walt’s insistence. Nothing done has been of his choosing. And as you listen to Walt plead with and berate him during that call as he is racing to his hiding place, you hear Walt say exactly that. Hank and Gomez know the dangers they face in their job. But Jesse hooked up with Mr. White, his impossibly nerdy and nonthreatening chem teach, to cook up some meth for a lark. How could he possibly have foreseen that things would go this godawful bad?

Breaking Bad: ‘Rabid Dog’ – Yo, Mr. White, I gave you a head start on a large-scale reno project for your house. Just strike a match.

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Fascinating. Skyler says they’ll need to put Jesse down to ensure that their family will be safe. And after seeing her game face in handling the Ted Beneke situation, I wasn’t surprised to see her jump to that conclusion so quickly. Walt’s reaction to this and to Saul’s identical suggestion is curious. He’s vehemently opposed, but I don’t think it’s so much because he cares about Jesse and is trying to protect him. I think that version of Walt is suppressed. This version of Walt is against putting Jesse down because he thinks he can fix it. He thinks he can talk Jesse out of turning him in and control his actions because Walt thinks he is omnipotent. And, of course, if Walt is unable to prevail, he certainly will go the route that Skyler and Saul are proposing though it will pain him to do so.

Could Hank be Jesse’s new father figure? Nah, he’s just using him to take down Walt. Hank’s a bit worse than Walt in my book, and I’m shocked to say it. But to hear him say that if Jesse gets plugged it will be ok because they can get it on tape and still nail Walt was very sad indeed. Poor Jesse. He can’t get any love. Someone please give Jesse some love! It was funny how Jesse punched Hank and Gomez in the gut with the statement that Walt was smarter than they are. You could see in Hank’s reaction how much that hurt. He still can’t believe that he’s being bested by his nerdy BIL. And when Jesse blows their plan by calling Walt and changing up the game on them, I was reminded that Jesse is the best idea man of the three when it comes to Walt. He’s lived in Walt’s world and knows the buttons to push. And though Hank clearly sees Jesse as nothing more than a druggie loser with nothing to offer, he has been the idea man a couple of times during his association with Walt. Remember, the magnet idea was his brainchild.

I’m going to be really pissed if Jesse isn’t left standing when this is all over, and if it’s Todd’s stupid uncle who does the deed, I’m going to be even angrier.

Hey, who writes HEISENBERG on the wall of Walt and Skyler’s house? So much to look forward to! I’m so excited, and yet so sad that it’s coming to an end soon.