We left off last week on a very tense note — Mike had taken Jesse from his home and was driving him God knows where, someplace to murder him probably because he was too much of a liability. In the car at the very end of the episode, Mike asked Jesse if he wanted to know where they were going and Jesse said “nope,” and it was absolutely the best. Remember? That was great. This week starts off equally as tense and intense, with Walt — after realizing, last episode, that Jesse had been taken –driving recklessly toward Los Pollos Hermanos to confront Gus. Very recklessly. The audio is ONLY screeching tires. Screeching tires + Walt screaming to Saul on his cell phone, telling him to make sure Skyler gets all of his money, which is also very scary because eek! He also calls Skyler and tells her that he loves her and the kids. Aww. All of this is scary. But you know what the actual scariest thing was in this scene? 

NO SEATBELT!

What the heck, Walt? You knew you were going to be driving very recklessly and talking on your cell phone. The absolute least you could’ve done is put on your seatbelt! Where’s your head at, dummy? Anyway, he makes it to Los Pollos alive, THANK GOD, and demands to see Gus. The lady behind the counter says he’s not there. Walt says he is. She says he’s not. Walt says he is. She says he’s not. Walt says he is. She says he is. Walt says he’s not. D’OH! Walt has to go home.

Just kidding. JK. Walt demands to see him and then says he’ll take a seat and wait for him. While he’s sitting he focuses on every person in the restaurant and they are all portrayed as potential threats, the way they do in comedies to build up tension before breaking it with something very silly. Except this time they didn’t break it with something very silly because this is a drama. They broke it with a phone call from Mike. “Walter, what exactly are you doing?” he asks. Uh, his partner is maybe going to get murdered and he is upset? Duh, Mike. Mike assures him that he has Jesse and that Jesse is fine and puts Walt on the phone with him. “Yo,” says Jesse. “Yeah, sup.” Ugh. Guys, I am more than a little tired with the times when they make Jesse say things like “yo” and “sup.” I don’t like that! I don’t think this Jesse would continue to say “yo” and “sup.” Someone please write a letter to AMC about it. That has got to stop. As Walt talks to Jesse on the phone, Jesse acts like a teenager who is very upset with his parents for being worried about him getting in with the wrong crowd, but who is only acting that upset because he is also actually a little bit worried. It is annoying. He tells him that he doesn’t know where he’s going (other than “north”) and that Mike doesn’t have a gun on him, before Walt just asks to speak with Mike again. “Put your mother on the phone,” basically. Mike explains that Jesse is with him for the day and Walt would have to go to the lab and get on with the cook by himself.

Walt ends the call and storms back to Gus’s office, followed by the lady from the counter telling him that he can’t go back there and, no, please, stop, don’t in the most half-hearted way. God, Gus. Hire a better counter lady, this one sucks. BUT, Gus isn’t there anyway.

Then we’re back in the car with Jesse and Mike. Jesse continues to act like a teenager. This is the conversation:

Jesse: Are you going to leave me in some ditch?
Mike: What do you care?
Jesse: I DON’T.

Hahah, ugh, Jesse. I love you. You are very full of post-murder angst. So, the car stops and Mike gets out silently and silently gets a shovel out of the back of the car and silently walks a few feet away and digs something up. It is very silent and full of tension. AMC Knows Tension™. The something, which was actually not buried very well at all, it wasn’t really buried even, just kind of covered in a thin layer of dirt, was a bag with money in it. He puts it and the shovel in the back of the car and tells Jesse to get back in. Oh yeah, Jesse had gotten out of the car at that point. ”We have to do this six more times today with a lot of miles in between, I’d like to finish before dark,” says Mike. “HUH?” says us. Jesse gets to live, at least for six more money stops.

Then we check in with Hank, who is talking to his police friend about the Gale case. Hank says the only people he knows connected with meth are Badger and Jesse. The police friend asks if he thinks Jesse could have been the one to kill Gale — EEK! — and Hank says, “That would surprise me.” Yes! It surprised us too! I have a feeling that Hank would love Breaking Bad. He thanks the police friend for involving him with this case, but now that Heisenberg is dead (he thinks), he feels closure with it. Is Hank really bowing out of the case? Do we breathe a sigh of relief? Will this end happily for everyone??? I’m almost positive that it will!

Jesse and Mike are picking up money in lots of weird places. They’re pretty much geocaching together. “Boy, I love geocaching,” says Mike. “Ugh, I am SO BORED.” says Jesse. JK again, but Jesse will honestly not stop talking about how bored he is. Then he asks Mike for a gun, which is very cute and funny. “If I’m out here guarding the money in a guard-type capacity, that means I need like a gun, right?” Very good try! I think even Mike thinks it’s cute and funny.

But no, Mike tells him that he does not need a gun because it is also clear that Jesse is not there to be a guard. Then there is a funny montage of Jesse being bored:





Maybe this show IS a comedy. Jesse tells Mike that he finally gets what the plan is here, that Mike is trying to bore him to death. LOL. But Jesse actually really would now like to know why he is there with Mike. Mike admits that he would ALSO really like to know why Jesse was there with him, and that he was “just doing what [he's] told.” Weird. Very weird!

Then we’re back with Walt and Skyler, signing papers to finalize their carwash deal. “Are you having second thoughts?” the lawyer or whatever guy asks Skyler. “Every hour of every day,” she responds. Aww. Skyler! That makes sense! Your life is so messed up! So they sign the papers, the guy leaves, and Skyler admits to Walt that she is feeling nervous and scared about buying the carwash. Because it’s a boring thing to buy and who cares about carwashes? It is unclear. Walt assures her that they’ll be fine and they decide to celebrate with a drink. “Something cheap,” ha-ha. Get it? From the other episode when Skyler got mad because he bought an expensive bottle of champagne? As they prepare their drinks, Skyler notices there’s a message on the machine. Uh oh. It is a tense moment again. As an audience, we have to assume that it is the message Walt left that morning on his way to see Gus. Is she going to think something’s fishy with it? Will she be upset? Will she notice that his voice was totally weird and that this was a very weird thing for him to do, so something must be weird about why he left it?

NOPE!

They do it! Yes! We knew they’d get back together and be in love forever with no problems anymore! It’s very sweet and nice, and they talk about sheets and haircuts and going to Marie’s for dinner tomorrow, until Walt Jr. gets home. Yikes! He realizes what is going on and is GROSSED OUT.

Skyler tells Walt that she thinks he should move back in, for lots of rational reasons — so what they’re doing buying the carwash together, etc. looks less suspicious, but also because they are in love. <3 She doesn't say that, though. The love part. I'm just saying that because awwww, they're in loooovee! But Walt doesn't respond. He just sits on the bed for a moment and then tells Skyler he has to get back to work. Ugh. MEN.

At work, Walt is clearly not handling the cook by himself very well. He messes up and then freaks out at the security camera, saying that it's a two man job and that nothing else will happen until he gets his partner back. Then, shortly afterwards, the new Gus guy whose name I should DEFINITELY know by now but that I do not comes in.

Walt rants at him about how it’s a two man job, Jesse works the forklift, etc., and in the way that is just SO Breaking Bad, the new guy doesn’t say anything in response and just starts doing things. I wish someone would make a parody about this particular Breaking Bad thing. Walt ranting and looking like a maniac while the person he’s ranting at says nothing and just continues to do whatever it is they’re doing. It would be terrible because parodies are generally terrible, but also it would feel very satisfying. “I get it,” is what I’d think. Anyway, new guy picks up a drum with the forklift. “Where do you want it?” Haha, oops. Sorry Walt, OTHER people can work forklifts too.

Then, we’re back with Jesse and Mike on their last pickup. Jesse is waiting in the car, being bored, no duh, when he notices a guy walking up towards him with a shotgun. Mike left the keys in the ignition (ugh), so Jesse backs up into the guy’s car and speeds away while Mike is left there alone. Then we see Mike calling for a car outside of a restaurant. “Cancel that,” he says, as Jesse drives up next to him. He gets out of the driver’s seat for Mike while telling him, in an exasperated voice that is just only cute, I’m sorry, I can’t describe it any other way, what happened while he was picking up the money. “I saw,” says Mike. And then Mike lets him smoke a cigarette in his car.

This scene. I mean, I do like it. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have SUCH a problem with it. But I don’t understand why Jesse who, at the beginning of this day, was totally sure that he was being driven to his death, wouldn’t think even for a moment that maybe that guy with the shotgun was sent there from Mike and Gus to kill him. That makes no sense to me. That, when he picked Mike up, he wouldn’t say anything about, “Hey was that guy maybe sent by you to kill me?” Mike hadn’t really said anything to him that day. It’s not like they BONDED in the car and now Jesse trusted him. And it’s not even like, had they bonded, Mike killing him would be totally out of the question. Mike and Gus are always killing everybody. And it’s also not like Jesse would feel too intimidated to say something like that to Mike. He was saying stuff like that to Mike all day. SO WHAT’S THE DEAL?

Then Jesse is back at the lab. Walt comes in and asks where he was and WTF was going on. “I was out with Mike helping with pickups. Mike did the pickups and I guarded.” Ugh. Why is Jesse a Mean Girl all of the sudden? I know he’s always been pretty much a teenager who thought of himself as someone far beyond the fragile person he actually is, and that murdering Gale has not helped, but is he honestly not suspicious at all of his new friends and their intent? Does he honestly think he was there to GUARD MIKE? He tells Walt to get in gear because he has to leave soon to meet Mike, becuase “he has two jobs now.” As if Walt was one of his friends in grade school and then they got to high school and Jesse has fallen in with the cool, bad kid crowd and he doesn’t need Walt anymore but Walt still really cares about him and doesn’t want him to get hurt even though Jesse is acting like a total jerk. Ugh, Jesse.

Then we’re back at Los Pollos. Gus is taking out the trash. LOL. “Taking out the trash.” He gets into a car with Mike and tells him that he’ll reimburse him for the damage done to his vehicles. WHOOOAA, VEHICLES?! Mike tells him that he doesn’t really get what he’s doing but that he knows better to ask, and, “Anyway, just like you wanted, the kid’s a hero.” What! What is he scheming!? Is he working with CHUCK AND BLAIR on this one or something? I honestly have no idea what this could be about and I don’t want to, I don’t even want to think about it that hard because I want it to be a surprise. But I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for a Gossip Girl/Breaking Bad mashup.

Then, at dinner at Marie and Hank’s house, Walt Jr. brings up the Gale case. (After Walt drinks, like, ALL the wine. What a lush!) Hank goes on and on about how Gale was a genius, and how if he just put that big brain of his to something good, well, WHO KNOWS. Walt becomes increasingly frustrated with this. He’s not the genius! Walt’s the genius! So he tells Hank that, after looking at his lab notes, he can tell that Gale was not a genius. “There was no reasoning, no deductions … Rote copying of somebody else’s work.” “This genius of yours, maybe he’s still out there.” UH, WHAT? WALT? Walt! Speaking of people who AREN’T geniuses, hellloooooooooooooo. But honestly, what is going on here? He wants Hank to stay on the case? Because he wants to get caught? Because he doesn’t want to have to move in with his ex-wife again? And because he’s sick of all the drama? Is that what it is? Because if that’s NOT what it is, then I am very upset. I refuse to believe that he’s just so proud that he doesn’t want Gale to get the credit for being a genius when HE is the actual genius. I mean, I guess lots of things are crazy and unbelievable in this show and all shows. But that seems like a stretch. Who cares about who is the genius. Let’s just try not to get our families all thrown in jail together.

In the final scene of the episode, Hank is back to working on the Gale case. He seems to be in much better spirits than he has been. Marie asks if he wants coffee and he says YES! Great. As he looks at photos from the crime scene, he notices something. He explains to Marie that everything Gale bought and ate was organic, fair trade, vegan. And then Marie makes the best and funniest face:

Hahah. I know, right? Anyway, he notices that Gale had a Los Pollos napkin with a number written on it. “Since when do vegans eat fried chicken?” he asks. Very good question! Very “aahh eeeeek!” question! Very smart evidence to include! Very good television show!

And then it was the end. The End.

Comments (50)
  1. Remember those first 45 minutes where for once everything seemed super comfortable and like it was going to be the most chill episode ever? And then BAM.

    Vince Gilligan is the ultimate troll. We ALL mad.

  2. I haven’t watched this episode yet! DID EVERYTHING TURN OUT TO BE OKAY IN THE END FOR EVERYONE? No wait, nevermind, don’t tell me! I want to find out that everything turned out okay in the end for everyone on my own.

  3. Pretty sure that’s “rote copying,” not “rogue copying.”

    “Gale’s gone rogue! He’s copying everything! IN PEN! Get the SWAT team down here!”

  4. I think that Walter and Jesse have the same problem — they both seem to feel they lack purpose. Thus, Jesse weirdly embraces the Mike job and Walter chafes at being an unrecognized ‘genius.’ Not to say the plotting was a bit stretchy, but BB gets some slack from me.

  5. Jesse can say “yo” and “sup” forever and ever amen. He can whisper both words sweetly into my ear before taking me upstairs for “video games.”

    • And, as I’ve said before, a matter of 7-plus months is all that’s elapsed on the show. We can’t expect him to evolve all that much.

  6. Also: Does anyone think that the woman behind the counter at Pollos Hermanos is maybe in on Gus’ real business? She always gives me that feeling.

  7. I bet that there’s a winemaker out there somewhere who regrets taking too much meth one night before going on about some other winemaker is not a genius.

  8. Walter! Goading Hank into realizing there was someone behind Gale? Oh man.

    It’s now clear what Walter’s biggest problem is.

    • walts biggest problem was he was on that malcolm in the middle show and I HATED that show, that ugly boy always making that sideways puckered lips on the side of his face look in all the ads and stuff

      • Bryan Cranston was the best part of MitM. I just felt bad for him because he was always getting yelled at by his wife who was on Wilfred two weeks ago.

        • while my main reason for hating that show was that ugly sideways mouth boy, that harsh woman who played the harsh mom was reason number two for why I couldnt watch that show, she was harsher than a joan rivers themed tampon made out of sandpaper and gingham

          • Malcom in the Middle reminds me visiting that one neighbor’s house as a kid with the family of young rowdy boys and the place was always dirty and stinky and loud and the mom would serve Chef Boryardee raviolis while everyone sat in front of the TV and you felt a little queasy and uncomfortable when you were there but you would always come back because it was the only place to go when you were bored and needed some kids to play with.

          • Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t part of the whole point of Malcolm in the Middle that Malcolm was a whiny little bitch, and his eccentric family and acquaintances provided the real laffs?

    • yeah, but if/when Hank discovers Walt is Heisenberg, Walt can be all “how do you think i got the money to pay your medical bills?” and Hank will be like, “shit. shit. shit….”

    • EXACTLY. It’s becoming clear that Walt’s hubris is going to be his downfall. He can’t let anyone top him or take credit for his creation. I wonder if it’s that Porsche-driving past — back before he settled in the ‘burbs as a schoolteacher with a pregnant wife — that’s calling to him again. If only he’d used his genius way back then…….

      Also telling: Hank compared him to Nick the Greek, another “genius” whose hubris left him broke. Layers, man. BB’s got layers.

  9. Kelly, while I understand your gripes about the Jesse car scene (it was very unbelievable and went perfectly according to plan), I think you missed an important takeaway. Jesse may have been acting all “I don’t care if I die!” at first, but it is evident early on that he DOES care (Teenagers!). When him and Mike got to the first pickup spot and he took his keys and tried to make some sort of danger key fist weapon to use against Mike in case he attacked him. Granted, that is a terrible MacGuyver-y way to defend yourself from a cold-blooded professional killer, I think the audience was supposed to see that Jesse was in fact afraid of dying and that was his motivation behind going all stunt driver on the Mexican Omar.

    Or maybe I’m completely wrong and he was just clutching the keys to calm his nerves. Either way, I love this show! Making me THINK.

    • No, I definitely agree with that. That’s why I thought it was so crazy that when he was originally so afraid of dying at the hands of Mike, he didn’t think to accuse him of being in on his attempted murder later that day. But his refusal to admit that he was afraid of dying was definitely teenager-y. “I DON’T.”

      • I agree that his ACTUAL motivation (fear of death) seems to get muddled with the INTENDED motivation (feeling like a hero) by the end of the episode. I’m going to chalk it up to Jesse being too high on an adrenaline rush to accuse Mike when he picks him up and then too naive to distrust Mike and accuse him the next day. I feel like the whole “you can smoke now” nod Mike gave Jesse was all Jesse needed to feel validated. Poor Jesse, so desperate for attention and love. He is totally ignoring all the love and attention you and I would give him.

    • I feel like the not-thinking-that-Mike-maybe-wanted-to-kill-him thing after the shotgun trick maybe had more to do with Jesse being eager to prove to Mike that he knew his shit when it came to drug-related stunts of daring and survival. He’s essentially like: look, super-awesome drug soldier man, I can do that shit too!

      My evidence for this is when earlier he’s telling Mike how he knows what they’re doing, splitting up the pick up, keeping distance between buyer and supplier. He’s trying to prove to Mike he knows his drug business.

      So at the end, he’s focused, since he’s been chosen almost as if he thinks he might be “moving up,” on showing Mike how good of a job he did at surviving and drawing the dudes away from Mike & the money.

      He’s like, “give me a gold star!”
      And Gus later is gonna be like “that was a fake gold star, to make you think we’re on your side! or to test your abilities/loyalties! or something even better!”

      I think.

  10. Hank clearly loves Gale so much. Hank & Gale 4ever sitting in a tree M-E-T-H-I-N-G.

  11. Remember last night on Breaking Bad when Walter White Jr. says “buku bucks”?

  12. Serious question time. So it seems obvious (or maybe not obvious, this IS Breaking Bad) that Hank will eventually tie Walt to the blue meth. Under this assumption, how do you think Hank will react once this Eureka! moment happens? I think that he may keep his mouth shut because he will realize that this is how Walt is paying for Hank’s therapy and he would rather be able to walk again than destroy his family and get the bad guy. Does anyone agree? I know Hank seems very old-school cop, but I think this will be the point in which he “breaks bad” and goes against his morals.

    • Don’t you think Hank would even be more angry with the knowledge that his bills are being paid with by meth money, the thing he’s been fighting all his life? Like it would be a complete mindfuck. Hell, if Hank figures out everything he would then know that he can’t walk BECAUSE of Walter’s actions.

  13. Comcast lists Breaking Bad as a “Comedy-Drama.” I’ve always found the show pretty funny. I think I laugh nearly every episode, then I feel bad because it’s a show about making meth and killing people and whatnot. But it’s probably the funniest show on television about making meth and killing people and whatnot.

  14. Remember this guy?

  15. I absolutely believe Walt’s ego is THAT big and that Jesse would still speak in his teen-thug dialect; his experiences wouldn’t have altered his basic personality.

  16. Does anyone else get the sense that Mike will eventually be moved to protect Jesse from Gus, and that will finally sever his allegiance? He’s irritated by the kid now, but Jesse has a way of getting under people’s skin and making them want to take him under their wing like the fragile little bird he is. Look at Walt.

    Either that or Jesse will go completely to the dark side, pleasing both Mike and Gus and infuriating Walt.

    • Gus will want Jesse to pull out his lightsaber and “strike me down with it” but Jesse won’t give in to hate so Gus will zap him with hand lasers. Then Mike will turn to the light side and hurl Gus down the elevator shaft to the meth lab to his death. Mike will say as he dies, “Tell your sisterrrr you were right about me, you were right…” etc.

    • Yeah I definitely think they are setting up Gus to do something drastic this season. He seems fed up with the shenanigans of both sides and is visibly ticked off with being used and seen as a pawn for Walter and Gus. I’m not sure what it will be exactly, but I don’t think it will be completely favorable to any one person.

  17. Walt has been nothing but a holier-than-thou asshole to anyone he feels safe bossing around. That is, his wife and Jesse. Every episode this season, it’s been million questions Walt assuming he should know every detail of someone else’s life and pursues it in a really aggressive way. When he’s got no questions for you, he’s got judgments. He tried to pull it with Mike and Gus and failed miserably. He’s basically only king when it comes to the weak. Which gets boring. So he crossed into a new territory and sparked (I hope) his downfall with the Hank scene. Unfortunately, he’s going to bring down the people below him unless his they finally break away from him. Jesse may join forces with Gus completely and Mrs. Bullock may get back to not trusting him, there’s no reason to at this point.

  18. I don’t care what anybody says This is the most awesome show with all its stupidity and horrors.
    believe it or not there are real people like this and that what makes it so funny

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