This past week waiting for Breaking Bad has seemed like an eternity. Re-watching episode nine today before the premiere of this week’s episode made me realize how this show almost gives me anxiety attacks, which is a great thing, because this show is truly a masterpiece. Tonight’s episode only strengthened my belief in that statement, here’s why.
So we immediately open with a thrilling scene that made me feel like I was watching No Country For Old Men. An elderly man is leaving his house and discovers the money Jesse has thrown at the foot of his driveway. He sees more spread down the sidewalk and begins collecting a fat stack, until noticing the money lines the street for as far and he can see. All I was thinking at this point is this situation won’t be good for Jesse. The man follows the path and we see Jesse’s crashed car in a park where he is spinning on the playground from an aerial view that resembles a spinning revolver barrel with Jesse being the only round in the chamber as if he’s playing russian roulette. The opening scene was amazingly well-done.
Taking no breaths in-between, we immediately pick up from where last week’s episode left off; Walt vs. Hank. This was one of those moments where my heart just began to pound nearly out of my chest. The race was clearly on as Walt leaves the garage and speeds out of the driveway in a panic and then stops to make a phone call. Skyler? Saul? Jesse? Skyler. She’s not picking up though, and someone else is just saying she’s already on the phone as Walt is losing it.
Then. The brilliance of Vince fucking Gilligan’s writing.
We see as Walt is still parked. The garage door begins to go back up, and out walks Hank, on the phone.
Which leads to one of the best scenes of the episode that kept me and everyone else on edge wondering, is Skyler about to give Walt up to Hank? She sits down with Hank, who emotes honest love and guilt for his sister-in-law, giving her a hug and saying “I’m sorry”. We watch Hank try so hard to get anything he can out of Skyler, but she is being smartly cautious, treading lightly, and being cool in one of the tensest moments of the series. I thought that this scene really showed us how Skyler has broken bad, or how someone on Reddit put it, Skysenberg . When Skyler realizes that while Hank knows Walt’s secret, he cannot actually prove it, and she needs to get out of there quickly. She creates a scene in the diner, saying “Am I under arrest?” louder and louder as she slowly gets up and leaves crying and yelling as everyone stares at Hank. I thought the exchange throughout this whole scene between Anna Gunn and Dean Norris was fantastic, like everything on this show, but the expressions on Dean Norris’ face were just perfect the entire time and we truly do see Skysenberg and how smart she is.
With a last chance effort to reach out to Skyler, Hank shows up at the White home with Marie, who is clearly in the loop now. Her and Skyler talk alone which leads to Marie’s confrontation of everything that has happened. As Skyler melts down and cannot put into words how sorry she is to her sister, Marie gives Skyler a firm slap across the face that revealed she is truly Hank’s wife. She goes even further and immediately thinks to take baby Holly and get out of there because it’s not safe, and you can’t blame her for thinking like that. When Skyler knocks the front door closed, Marie moves to the window and grabs Hank’s attention, and he breaks up the scene insisting that Marie give Holly back and they leave. Marie states, “We have to get him” and clearly it’s on, with six episodes left, it’s going to be the
Whites Heisenbergs vs. the Schraders.
Thinking Skyler has sided with Hank, we return to a panicky Saul and Walt. Saul, trying to keep it cool but struggling to hold it together while letting out his nervous little laughs before he says something and Walt silent with an aggressive look in his eye as they await the arrival of the storage locker cash that Huell and Kuby (who probably both walked away with a nice tip) are delivering.
Next we see Walt flying through the desert and return to where everything started; the desert where him and Jesse first cooked in the RV. It’s already a familiar drive and with the help of a GPS tracker, Walt buries his money and evidence memorizes the coordinates of the location, smashes the GPS device, and then heads back where we see he has printed the numbers onto a lottery ticket. Smart.
After all the emotion, distress, and physical labor that Walt suffers from in the desert, his battery finally hits 0% and he passes out in front of Skyler right as he is going to get into the shower. When Walt wakes up, he has a true Walter White moment when he pleads Skyler to not give up the money and let “it all be for nothing”. For me this brought back moments from the beginning of the show, just a man trying to provide more for his family and overcome past regrets. Walt thinks it’s over at this point and Skyler will turn him in, but, Skysenberg is there in full form saying how they need to “keep quiet” because Hank doesn’t have enough proof and if he did get Walt, he would get the money as well. Once again, the Heisenbergs vs. the Schraders.
As the episode begins to wrap up, we find Lydia visiting the cartel meth lab and arguing with Declan about bringing Todd back as the cook. This leads to them being taken out by Todd and his uncle who are working with Lydia now and trying to solve their low quality meth problem. Possibly going to extreme measures to bring back Walt because he is the master chef? It seems though this will be the threat that has Walt “coming back to save someone” in the flash forward and having an M60 and Ricin.
Just when it seems over, we realize, wait, where’s Jesse been this entire episode? Well, sadly, we see Jesse sitting in an interrogation room, staring, broken. He has completely lost it at this point and doesn’t care that the cops know he has tossed millions across the city, he doesn’t say anything. Hank is preparing to head into the room and try his best to get Jesse to talk. The scene even places them looking like they are sitting in a church confession booth…
Oh, and if you didn’t know, the next episode is titled “Confessions” so it plays in even more. The promo is another of conversations between characters as we see them doing something else on screen. We hear Jesse and Saul having a conversation and Saul claiming something along the lines of, “I wouldn’t have let him do it if I knew what he was going to do” which would be referring to the death of either Mike or the poisoning of Brock. My guess sticks with it being about Mike because that is the most recent death and Jesse already has his suspicions after he clearly didn’t believe when he came to talk. He probably forces it out of Saul and we might see him turn Walt in? Who knows.
Either way, this was another perfect episode. I just love this show because it’s truly a masterpiece and I never know what’s coming next even with all my guessing and reading before hand. Only six episodes left… see y’all next week.