I’m not sure if you guys follow Aaron Paul on Twitter, but if you do you might be aware that every single week he says something like, “This week’s episode of Breaking Bad is gonna be a bloodbath!” Or like, “THE SHIT’S ABOUT TO HIT THE FAN ON BREAKING BAD!” Every single week! It’s partly upsetting (upsetting in the way that a tweet from someone on a TV show advertising their TV show can be, which is to say not anywhere close to upsetting in the least) because you could honestly say that about every episode of Breaking Bad and it would certainly be true enough, and then partly upsetting because the fact that he says it every week takes away ANY amount of excitement and anticipation I might gain from those tweets. What the hell, Aaron? Cry wolf me once shame on you, cry wolf me every week shame on both of us. The only way to apologize to each other will be 100 hugs!!!!! But anyway this is all to say that if Aaron Paul were to have tweeted something about how shit was going to hit the fan or whatever on only last night’s episode, HE WOULD’VE TOTALLY BEEN RIGHT! HOLY MOLY, LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE!

The episode begins with our boys driving into the desert, as they love to do, to meet with their rival meth boy gang. Last week’s episode ended by teasing the idea that Walt had a plan for the methylamine that could fulfill everyone’s needs, and now, finally, after a week of suspense, we learn what it is. After some “I’m the biggest and the baddest,” “No I’M the biggest and the baddest” dude talk between Walt and the other younger and more handsome meth gang leader, Walt convinces him to come under his wing and act as his distributor. (“Mike is retiring form our crew so his share of the partnership is available,” he says.) (That’s a quote from the show.) He does this by explaining that a purer form of the drug will give them a higher yield and more money, kind of, but he MOSTLY does this by forcing the rival meth leader to imagine a world without Coca-Cola.

“Imagine if you made Pepsi in a world without Coca-Cola, how horrible that life would be — as someone who could manufacture Pepsi and make just as much money as they would selling Coca-Cola, because now Coca-Cola doesn’t exist anymore and people definitely need some sort of cola beverage and can’t tell that much of a difference anyway so you can probably charge Coca-Cola prices for Pepsi because what are people going to do? Not buy cola? NO WAIT–”

He ends his Coca-Cola speech by telling the guy to say his name. “Who the hell are ya?” Asks the guy. “You know. You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.” Ugh. It is so upstting. “I’m the cook. I’m the man who killed Gus Fring.” OH PUH-LEEZE GET ON WITH IT ALREADY. “You’re Hesienberg.” “Your god damn right.” “BOOOM Reeeaarr reeer, reeeer reerr. Tin tin tintintin.” Breaking Bad.

During his Coke speech, he insinuated that Jesse would also be cooking. NAH-UH, WALT. He’s out! Don’t you remember?! THAT SWEET FACE IS OUT! Jesse brings this up with him while they’re leaving the desert and Walt responds, “I’ll need a little help getting things up and running in this transition, you can at least do that for me, huh?” Terrible. No he cannot do “at least” that for you, you awful jerk. He’s out! I hate you so much. I am so mad at you.

Mike is still out, though. When they get back to their headquarters Mike reminds Walt that he’ll be taking care of his guys from here on out, and to remember to remove the bugs from Hank’s office. (Immediately I assume that Walt is going to screw that up but somehow, we’ll see later on, he manages not to.) Jesse says “I’ll see you around,” to which Mike responds that he will not be seeing him around because, “When I’m out, I’m out.” GULP! Oh no! DON’T SAY THAT MIKE, REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE IN BREAKING BAD AND SHOULD NEVER SAY ANYTHING THAT COULD ALSO MEAN SOMETHING ELSE IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT!

Ahhhh, Mike!

So Walt and Jesse, who continues to help Walt even though he should be GingTFO, move all of their equipment into Skyler’s car wash. Walt is a huge dick about it, OF COURSE, responding to Skyler’s questions about WTF it is and whether he’s hiding it from the police or from someone who would kill for it (eep!) with, “Don’t worry about it.” Ugh, you jerk. Every ex-boyfriend anyone has from now until forever can say, when looking back on how big of a jerk they were, that they were AT LEAST not as bad as Walt White from Breaking Bad. At least.

Jesse has a cute/sad moment with Skyler, though, where he says “vamanos” and Skyler says, “I wish.” Aw. You poor guys. I hope you fall in love and run away together and take all of Walt’s money.

In the next scene we see how Mike is getting the money to all of his guys — through the lawyer representing them placing the money in safety deposit boxes for the families. A few things upset me about this scene. One is that when he brought the banana bacon cupcakes (which sound GROSS) or whatever to the lady he said, “They’re banana bacon cupcakes,” and she said, “IS THERE BACON IN THESE?” Uh, yeah lady. He literally just said one second ago that there was bacon in them. Stop wasting our time. Another thing that upset me was that the camera work made me seasick.

“We need to make this scene exciting by making the camera move in a way that makes the viewer need to vomit.” I’M ALREADY EXCITED! STOP MOVING THE CAMERA LIKE THAT! So anyway he puts a bunch of money into a bunch of boxes, and then SO MUCH MORE money into a box that is for Mike’s granddaughter on her 18th birthday. Aww. Mike! You big old sweetie! In a car outside, the lawyer guy assures Mike that the families will keep receiving the deliveries. Later, Mike throws his laptop and guns into a well.

JUST IN TIME, TOO! Because after he gets home a bunch of DEA guys search his home while he watches some movie that is I’m sure related to the plot somehow, and they find nothing. HAHA, JERKS! DEA jerks! Whom I’m against even though they’re just doing their job, trying to protect people!

The next scene was a real doozy — when Jesse comes to tell Walt that they’re really broken up for good. Very upsetting. Very abusive and manipulative. Jesse walks in to Walt setting up the new lab, and Walt immediately starts talking to him about how he should have a lab of his own — he “deserves it” — and blah, blah, blah, before Jesse reminds him again that he is out. Then Walt gets severely teethfaced and severely mean:

Walt turns into every abusive partner on the verge of losing the one they’ve had a hold of, shouting, “You want to squander that potential? Your potential? Why? To do what? To do what, Jesse?” while Jesse stays strong (THANK GOODNESS) (for now) against him. Probably the most heartbreaking moment is when Walt says, “What have you got in your life? Video games and go karts?” to which Jesse only responds a whispered, “Mr. White.” Man oh man. Love that moment. One of my favorite Breaking Bad moments, for sure. If you can, go back and watch that moment. It was so great! AND VERY, VERY SAD! Anyway, I won’t go through all of it, but during this conversation Walter throws everything he can at Jesse to get him to cave and come back to the operation — finally threatening to not give him any of his cut of the money — to no avail. Jesse leaves, still out, as Walt shouts, “If you leave, YOU GET NOTHING! YOU UNDERSTAND ME! NOTHING! JESSE!” It’s like Willy Wonka only with meth and the opposite. It was great. I’m sorry if you came here looking for me to say anything other than “it was great” but we’re in the final two episodes of Breaking Bad before a year of no Breaking Bad so obviously it is all ONLY GOING TO BE GREAT!

Back at the DEA office, or whatever, Mike is getting hounded for spending too much time and money on the Fring case. He’s ordered to stop doing that, and also specifically to stop spending money monitoring Mike. Instead of doing that, though, he tells his DEA partner to tail the lawyer representing all of Mike’s guys in jail. EEEP! NO!

We, again, follow the lawyer to the safety deposit box lady, and today he has given her the treat of cake pops.

“Is there cake in these?” – The lady, I bet, had she not been so preoccupied with the idea that the DEA was there to bust this guy’s shit right open, NOOOOOOO!

Uh-oh. See ya later, guys!

Elsewhere, Walt is back at it. He’s in his meth gear and talking to somebody and for a moment we think, “Oh no, he better not be talking to Jesse.” And then we think, “He can’t be.” And then we think, “But then…” And then we see:

TODD! Walt attempts to show him the ways of making blue meth, saying that he “doesn’t need him to be Antoine Lavoisier,” he just needs him to listen and not be the biggest dummy in the whole world. Todd does seem dedicated, though, going over his notes while Walt watches a Schticky commercial (Todd’s FAVORITE commercial, probably), and refusing to take a cut of the money until he is able to get it right. Good for you, I guess? In this economy.

Walt tries to tell Skyler about his new partner over dinner and she immediately gets up and walks away, which is perfect.

While Walt successfully removes the bugs from Hank’s office, as I mentioned he did earlier, he overhears Hank’s DEA friend (I absolutely should know his name but the sad fact is that I do not and probably never will, but you know who I mean) telling him that they caught the lawyer and that he’s willing to flip, leading them right to Mike. NOOOOOOO! The whole thing’s coming down!

Ooooh, boy. Ok, so the lawyer gives Mike a call while he’s watching his daughter play at the playground. The lawyer tells him that he needs to see him right away, claiming it’s about the money, and Mike tells him that he’s at the playground. Then Walt calls him to tell him uh DON’T TALK TO THE LAWYER, LAWYER’S BAD NEWS, MIKE, THE LAWYER! Immediately cop cars surround the playground, and Mike hides behind a tree.

Man, if anyone knows how to look sad and world-weary, it’s Mike. That guy. So somehow (because he is Batman, that’s how) Mike escapes the cops and gets away, but calls Saul because he needs him to pick up the getaway bag he left in a car at the airport. (Oh, he did that when he threw his guns and laptop down the well.) (Forgot to mention that before.) (You DID see the episode, though, so.) Saul and the boys are together to take the call.

Mike stresses that he wants Saul to get the bag, but Saul refuses. Jesse offers to do it, but Mike refuses. Then Walt offers to do it, sneering, “Besides you’re out, remember?” Ugh. Jerk. Massive jerk.

Well, here we are. Walt picks up the bag, and the camera rests for a moment on a shot of Mike’s gun. Walt brings Mike his bag and demands the names of Mike’s nine guys. He says it affects him and Jesse, too, and that they deserve to know. Mike tells him to leave town, and when that doesn’t appease him he tells him that they’re all in this mess because of him — his pride and his ego. “If you’d done your job, stayed in your place, we’d all be fine right now.” Oh, jesus. Mike goes back to his car as Walt speed walks towards him, and once Mike opens his bag he notices his missing gun. And then Walt shoots him through the car window.

Man oh man. Mike escapes the car and makes it as far as a river below, where he sits before Walt finds him and remembers that the girl, whatever her name is, has all of the names and he could’ve gotten them from her. “I’m sorry, Mike. This whole thing could’ve been avoided,” he says. Ugh. Awful. So much more awful than if you just hadn’t brought that up at all. “Shut the fuck up and let me die in peace,” Mike responds.

So. That was sad! I am going to miss Mike! And I am worried for Jesse, now that he doesn’t have Mike to steer him in the right direction! And I wonder when he will find out about this! And I can’t believe there is only one more episode until next year! Ahhhh! AHHHHHHHH! GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comments (132)
  1. Hank’s partner’s name is Gomez aka Gomie.

    Also, who else thought Walt bringing up Gayle was an especially low blow?

    • Oh god, that was like the height of meanness and desperation. With Walt now having to disappear Mike that’s what like four heinous things Jesse doesn’t know about? He better at least learn about one of them next week or the tension is going to be too much, man.

      • “We’ve all done terrible things. Remember Gale? Remember when I poisoned that kid? Remember –oh… shit.”

        • I TOTALLY though Walt was going to accidentally slip in that speech and bring up Jane or Brock. But he must have shunned those memories. It was the same feeling as during “The Fly” when Walt was so close to telling Jesse about Jane.

          And how will Jesse ever find out about Mike? He said his final goodbye to him. Walt will just tell him all went well and that’s it. Jesse!!!!! Stay away!

          • Exactly.

            JESSE: “Did you get Mike his bag, Mr. White?”
            WALT: “Absolutely. He said take care, and that he thinks you need to cook meth with me and be cool about it.”

    • It was as low a blow as Walt bringing up Jesse’s addiction. “Because I’m not locking myself in a room and getting high.” UGH, Walt. He’s so disgusting. I wonder if AMC will give me money to replace the TV I broke by punching Walt in his smug teethface.

      But yeah. “Gale and all the others,” was what he said, Gale being the one person Jesse killed (on Walt’s orders, no less!) and “all the others” being all the people Walt has killed.

      • To be fair, if Jesse could have, he would have killed those drug dealers who used Tomas.

        • Jesse was definitely going to try to avenge Tomas who was used to kill Combo, but he knew he was walking into his own death by doing so. Walt saved Jesse in that instance, but yeah, Jesse was going to try and kill them for sure. If anything, Walt’s interference indebted Jesse to Walt, thereby making Jesse feel responsible to do his part to save Walt’s life by assassinating Gale.

    • I liked it that he said, “We’re both basically damned to Hell for all Eternity anyway, so you should get right back on this Meth Cooking Train!”


    • Also, apparently I mispelled Gale.

      Go me.

  2. Major foreshadowing in the cake pops scene on how characters are going to die. I broke it down for you:

    • To sum up the takeaway of this episode: Always tie BOTH hands to the radiator, kids, both hands.

      • Sorry for the non-sequitur comment to your comment, frank. I started to mention that you missed the biggest clue in the screenshot, which is that the guy’s tie is pointing down at Walt Jr. (dun dun DUUUUUN) but I changed my mind and tried to post the above comment to the bottom of the thread, but it still posted under yours by mistake.

    • Isn’t the one you labeled as 1 Heisenberg in that stupid hat?

  3. Good to see that Walt’s entered stage 6 of the seven stages of being a Crazy Drug Kingpin, namely killing someone solely because they insulted you. That only leaves “murdering a family member” before the cycle is complete!

    • I think Walt knew he was going to kill Mike as soon as he volunteered to pick up the bag. And then he REALLY knew when he saw the gun in the bag. And then it was game over after the “shut your mouth and know your role” (WHAT UP THE ROCK?) moment.

      • What made me extra mad was his Walt Rationalization™ that “I didn’t have to kill you. I just realized Lydia has the names.” So what? How would killing Mike have gotten you the names in the first place even if he was the only one? Dead men tell no tales, as they (pirates) say. Man, I hate you, Walt.

        • If Mike had died in the car and not escaped, I don’t think Walt would have had any sliver of regret for what he did. But you could see on his face that as soon as Mike sped off, Walt was in panic mode, and sort of back to his old “holy shit I’m in over my head” Mr. White. Just for a moment there. Which is why I think he brought up the Lydia thing.

          OR I’m totally wrong and he just did it to get back at Mike for ripping him a new one. Probably more likely the latter.

          • and by “did it” I mean bring up Lydia. I have no doubt in my mind that Walt would have killed Mike at some point anyway. He made that decision a long time ago.

          • I think Walt’s rationale to keep Mike’s gun was just in case Mike was going to try and kill him, and only after Mike hit Walt’s ultimate inferiority complex nerve did Walt become murderous.

            Reminding Walt of his place under Fring’s thumb reminded Walt of how many times he almost met his maker at the end of Mike’s barrel.

          • Yeah, I think he made the decision to take out those prison guys and was considering the Mike question the minute he had his little one on one with Lydia. Maybe when his timetable got bumped up he chose to let Mike disappear and take the heat with him but then someone has to have the audacity to insult his pitiful intelligence…..

          • This season’s greatest tragedy is that Mike didn’t kill Walt when he had the chance.

            And he had so many chances.
            That whole “we’re going to be there when he slips up” thing from last week was the most unfortunate foreshadowing. Poor guy’s been slipping up all season. He was just an old man who wanted to be done with the outlaw life.

          • Half measures were absolutely Mike’s undoing. If there was any key lesson we can apply from that speech to this season, it’s that Mike is a good person who very frequently just had to do his job and not think too much about other people while undertaking it. He probably was so serious about it because of his respect for Gus, but he clearly had none for Walt, so the fastidiousness that was previously his trademark went down and more or less got him killed.

          • Fastidious! Great word in regards to Mike! And a really good point.

  4. So, it seems that “Everybody wins,” doesn’t mean quite the same thing to Walter White that it means to… everybody.

    “Jesse, you get cheated out of your methlamine money. Mike, you get shot to death. Everybody wins!”

  5. Also, Kelly, bacon banana cookies sound delicious. Have you ever had an Elvis? It’s a peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich and it’s amazing.

  6. Good episode, but I think all of the machinations the writers employed to get Walt and Mike alone were completely unbelievable. Mike’s not an idiot. Why would he let Walt bring him the bag? He not only hates Walt; it’s also well established he doesn’t trust Walt. He knows what Walt’s capable of.

    I guess those are the perils of having an established endpoint. Sometimes things get too plotty.

    • I agree, it was out of character. Even throughout their business venture he has made a point of saying he doesn’t trust Walt. The only reasoning would be that if the DEA is on him he doesn’t want Jesse getting in trouble, but still. He gave in too easily. They could have at least thrown in Mike telling Walt not to fuck around or something.

      • As Walt said to Lydia. “Are you familiar with leverage? You have NONE.”

        Saul didn’t want to take the money to Mike. What’s Mike going to do?
        Mike doesn’t want Jesse to do it in case the DEA find Mike. Now, Mike has no leverage to make Jesse not do it, other than letting his genuine, fatherly affection for Jesse shine through, which it does.

        Walt says he’ll do it. Walt needs to leave town anyway. Mike can’t stop him. Mike needs his bag. Mike has no leverage.

        Mike was armed. Mike would’ve drawn down on Walt if he could’ve anticipated Walt’s motivations. But he didn’t because Walt didn’t come there to kill Mike. Only after Mike turned his back and left Walt to ruminate about ‘knowing his place’ did Walt let his self-esteem issues and inferiority complex froth him into a murderous rage. Walt has never killed out of passion before.

        I think it’s strange when these criticisms get volleyed at Mike in this last season. This last season has been extremely rough for Mike. He started it feeding chickens, with a freshly healed ear and a gaping bandaged gunshot wound on his stomach. He’s repeatedly tried to get out, but the DEA, the hazard pay, Lydia putting out hits, etc, chipped away until there was nothing yet. The solution to all of Mike’s problems– his full measures– aren’t all at the end of his pistol’s barrel.

        The whole situation became compromised with Gus’s death. Fring’s whole empire fell squarely on Mike’s shoulders. Mike is 100% a fallible person. He’s not the audience, getting to see all sides of everything. He’s in the show. Allow him his follies. Shut the fuck up and let him die in peace.

        • I’m not criticizing Mike; I’m criticizing the show’s sometimes-lazy writing.

          • When I said, “criticisms get volleyed at Mike in this last season,” I meant the show’s writers.

            Mike is so cool that no one wants to criticize him, so they criticize that Mike’s actions aren’t his own fault, it’s the lazy writers. But the writers aren’t lazy, evidenced by what a great show Breaking Bad is and the lengths the show goes to to thrill us and get our brains working overtime with concern and emotions for fictional people, so… yeah. Mike fucked up.

          • Thanks for clarifying, KajusX. I don’t think the writers are lazy. I thought this one plot point in this one episode could have been handled better. I never thought it was a big deal though, and I know I’ve said that I’m being nitpicky because I think the writers are so good.

            And man, I wish I hadn’t used that word, because now I’m having to defend what was to me a pretty lukewarm criticism in the first place.

          • Yeah, I hear you, but saying a plot point could’ve been handled better versus saying that all of the writing to get to that point was completely unbelievable will result in two completely different conversations of varying hyperbole.

          • Haha. Point taken. “Completely unbelievable” was hyperbolic for sure, and I didn’t mean that.

        • Yeah, he’s a fallible person, but the writers need to justify the failings better sometimes if they want to leave so much to coincidence don’t they? It was believable that Mike took a half measure with Lydia because we have the set up of his relationship with his granddaughter. All I’m saying is that I can believe Mike would relent and let Walt take the bag to keep Jesse out of trouble: we know he sees something of himself in Jesse and wants him to succeed. I just wish there had been a few lines of kvetching/telling Walt not to screw around on him like Mike is usually wont to do. He was just like, “K whatevs Walt,” without so much as a peep about Walt’s propensity to try and be smart and screw everything up, which Mike is always talking about, and which is exactly what happened at the creek.

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          • Well I’m not looking to be “spoonfed” I’m looking for consistency of character. Mike never let’s Walt handle anything without a little gruff grousing because he knows Walt is a fuck up. I think everyone got that Walt was the lesser of two evils because Mike wanted Jesse to be out of the loop, based on a lot of Mike/Jesse back story that no one needed to mention: however Mike has a history of mistrusting Walt (and others) and being vocal about it, even when he needs to or his livelihood depends on it so cutting one last Mike jab at Walt before their showdown in favor of Todd getting his own meth montage no one cares about or whatever seems inconsistent with the previous writing on the show.

            But thank you for backhandedly calling me an idiot just now, that was nice and fun for all of us.

          • Well, my point in that (somewhat flippant) comment was that I’m not saying Mike the Character is making stupid and inexplicable decisions in the context of the show–which I felt KajusX & Chainsaws was suggesting with “I think it’s strange when these criticisms get volleyed at Mike”–but rather that Mike did have options other than Walt that the writers did not explore, likely because of time constraints and the need to get characters in place for the final episodes of the show. It was specifically a reply to that line; I did read and understand the rest of the comment, thanks, because I am an adult with a good grasp of reading comprehension, but I didn’t have the time or the energy to comment on the rest of it, because I am at work, which shouldn’t even matter, because I shouldn’t have to justify the length (or depth) of my comments to a stranger on the Internet who insults my intelligence.

            Breaking Bad has had four fairly (and very pleasantly!) meandering seasons so far with ample room for characters and plots to develop organically, which has spoiled its viewers. This season, in contrast, obviously has an endgame in mind, and sometimes certain plot developments–such as getting Mike and Walt in the same isolated place, where Walt can kill Mike without anyone else knowing–feel rushed and too coincidental to me. Hence, lazy.

            So to summarize:

            1) miss lonelyhearts and Messica each had differences of opinion about a show they love with strangers on the Internet who also love the show, in a space where discussion of said show is almost always civil, even friendly and enthusiastic.

            2) capt clown decide to insult miss lonelyhearts AND Messica personally for politely voicing their disagreement.

          • @miss lonelyhearts I did clarify above in response to your comment but I’ll just repost my correction here: When I said, “criticisms get volleyed at Mike in this last season,” I actually meant when the criticism abut Mike is volleyed at the show’s writers.

          • #mansplaining.

          • grr. My mansplaining comment was directed at capt. clown.

    • I’ve seen various criticisms about the believability of Mike letting Walt get the bag, but I think it made sense for a lot of different reasons, which I can list if you care to argue.

      I think you also has to remember that the plot of this show thrives on coincidence/chance moments, but I think overall the writers put enough clues in the episodes to make it believable. I mean, everyone was pissed about Gus’s “spidey” sense in last season’s penultimate episode, but to me it wasn’t unbelievable (Jesse unintentionally tipped him off). That is just one example of many.

      • Not sure I want to argue, but I am curious about your reasoning. Do tell!

        And I get your point about coincidences and the clues the writers throw us. I didn’t have any complaints about Gus’s “spidey sense” last season, but right now I have some complaints about Mike’s character this season. I should mention though that I’m aware of how nitpicky I’m being, and it’s just because Breaking Bad has been so consistently solid and well written. Mike’s acting out of character to advance the plot this season doesn’t make me question whether Breaking Bad is the best series on TV. I still think it is, by far.

        • I don’t think it was out of character for Mike, but I can agree that it was a bit rushed. Maybe one more episode of buildup or some small writing choices would have helped quiet some of the criticisms, but overall I think it made sense.

          Why not have someone else do it? For me, this was laid out pretty clearly. Mike makes a point to say they were closing in on all sides, which could either mean he suspected they had actual tails on all people connected to him OR that they are at the very least looking into everyone he’s associated with. So these are his options:
          a. Saul: too much of a risk because the DEA knows Saul is on Mike’s payroll, so they are probably already looking into him (one point you could argue here is if they had a tail at Saul’s office, then they should have known about Walt/Jesse too, but since Walt got to Mike without any problems, you can just assume they did not have anyone watching yet). Also, you know Saul is deathly afraid of Mike and probably just didn’t want to do it anyway.
          b. Next option is Jesse. Mike knows that there is some risk that the DEA could find him before he gets the bag, and Mike would rather not put Jesse in that danger. I think the relationship they’ve established between Mike and Jesse explains this. I also think Mike truly just wants to stay out of it as much as possible.
          c. Another one of Mike’s “guys”: First off, the ones we all know about are all in jail. Second off, the only other “guys” we know about are the pest company employees, and in that case Todd is the only one who knows enough to act quickly and not ask a bunch of questions. But Mike threatened Todd last episode. And if you really think about it, would you trust a bunch of thieves with a bag of money? One more argument you could make here is Saul could have had Bill Burr do it, and for that I do not have an explanation because it wasn’t even presented as an option.
          d. That leaves Walt. Mike clearly doesn’t WANT Walt to do it, but I guess if there is some risk attached to this (which it seems there very much is), then he’d rather throw Walt under the bus than Jesse (which, duh). Mike was also armed when Walt came, meaning that he might have already been taking some precautions about the possibility of violence ensuring when Walt arrived. The one problem I truly thought was out of character was that Mike didn’t look in the bag right when he took it from Walt. However, you could even argue that would have been too risky in case his worst fears were realized and he wouldn’t have enough time to react while holding the bag. But I think the fact that Mike was already armed shows that he at least thought about the possibilty.

          • Sorry this is really long and really only part of my explanation, but I’ll leave it at that for now.

          • Okay. I think acknowledging that Mike had at least one solid option (Bill Burr) that the show didn’t even mention suggests a small failure on the part of the writing. It’s believable, when you lay it all out, that Mike would have let Walt bring him the bag–desperate times, desperate measures; Mike had nothing left to lose; etc.–but I think the viewer has to do a little too much rationalization to arrive at that conclusion. I’ll concede it was more rushed than out of character.

          • Also, another big point is that Walt is the one that warned Mike about the DEA, so Mike might have actually trusted that Walt had his back in escaping (if in nothing else, ever). Ultimately, Walt is looking out for himself but in that moment, Mike realized he was losing everything and agreed to basically a last resort type option.

          • I don’t think Kuby was on option. It had to come down to the people in that room on the phone with Mike. Saul’s crew (namely Kuby and Huell) are placeholders at best. They can intimidate Ted, stand in front of a train, be puppeted by Skyler, etc., but they’re not Cartel-calibre.

            Even if Kuby was a consideration, who knows how long it’d be before Saul could contact him, tell him a bunch of need-to-know info, give him directions to Mike’s car at the airport, etc etc.

            No. It had to be right then and there, and it had to be one of the ‘Three Musketeers.’

          • One huge thing no one ever seems to talk about is that EVERYTHING Mike was up to in seasons 3 and 4— all those scenes where we were like, “Wow! Mike’s an established bad-ass who thinks of everything!”— were him following the orders of Gustavo Fring, Master Strategist, in the cartel drug business for over 20 years. Mike is as good as the master that wields him.

            Mike’s pretty good on his own, but when he’s the only one he can entrust with trying to think of all the angles, like Hank said, it was only a matter of time before he slipped up.

            Also, Mike was so sad. DId you see him looking at his granddaughter scene after scene as the noose was tightening, he just looked more and more sad. He knew he was probably never going to see her grow up. I think Mike was severely depressed, and it depresses me just thinking about Mike thinking about how much he loves his granddaughter and how he’s probably royally screwed.

            Mike was so sad, you guys.

    • I think it’s because there was honestly no good reason to kill Mike in this situation and lots of good reasons to not kill him.

      1. Walt had to figure he could take Mike in a gunfight. As we saw, Mike was not unarmed. Walt was lucky, here. As usual, he had the Devil’s own luck.

      2. If you are trying to find out who Mike’s guys are, killing him accomplishes nothing.

      3. Even on the run, a known quantity like Mike, stoic, old-school professional might eventually be useful again. I’m pretty sure all of the three Musketeers knew that Mike wouldn’t flip.

      4. When Mike went into business with Walt, he decided to trust him as a professional criminal even though he disliked him as a person. (Compare to Lydia, who he kept thinking he should kill because he didn’t consider her someone who wouldn’t put a hit out on him again or turn him into the law).

  7. Jesse and Skylar :( I just want them both to be alive and happy and full of revenge spirit and covered in the blood of Walt’s corpse in the last frame. It seems like Jesse feels genuine empathy for Skylar, and I would adore a scene where he shows up at the car wash and apologizes for agreeing to help Walt sell meth, making Skylar aware that it wasn’t Jesse’s recruiting like she might think.

    And Mike made an emotional half-measure in trying to keep Jesse out of the heat and now he’s dead for it :(

    Something I actually loved includes Saul’s drawer of phones (Saul is the best. What will go down with Saul? I hope it’s good).

    And, I would like to snootily point out, that Hank made two separate sarcastic “shoot myself in the face” mentions this episode, which is what a big time DEA agent might do when he discovers his brother in law is the big name in meth and his career is over. Ahem.

    • Ew, emoticons don’t seem slightly aloof and sarcastic when they turn into actual smiles, sorry guys.

    • Good point about Hank. I have never been in the camp that believes he knows about Walt. His resilience in the Fring case should be evidence enough of how passionate he is about his job / how blind he is to the real identity of Heisenberg. I was thinking last night, “what will Hank do when he figures it out?” and drawing a lot of blanks, but I agree suicide may be his choice. :( Poor Hank. He is just trying to get the bad guys!

      • I know! I sort of thought for a minute he had seen something on the laptop, but now I don’t. But the pictures he was flipping through had Mike at that diner where he met Lydia, but the waitress’s back was to the camera so you couldn’t see if she was there or who he might be talking to. We know from the next week that Walt and Lydia meet somewhere, what if she suggests the diner thinking it’s a safe place and Hank or Gomi is watching it off-hours?

        • Messica, in response to my above post and your response (there are no more “replys” left to respond there)… I didn’t mean to insult you regarding the “spoonfed” comment, and I’m officially sorry that it came off that way. I just meant that you prefer more details to be fleshed out, and that’s not a bad thing. in retrospect the word “spoonfed” carries negative connotations that I didn’t mean.

          Mostly I was annoyed with miss lonelyhearts’ flippant and unhelpful response to KajusX’s thoughtful post, which is the only reason I commented at all, and now that everyone has clarified their positions since I posted it, my original post is even more useless than it it originally was.

          Anyway, no offense intended, sorry – Clown’s honor.

        • Whoa. Did someone already mention this, or am I the first one to note the movie that Mike is watching while Hank and the boys are searching his house (sorry don’t have time to try and find out the movie’s title) shows a scene where a cop has committed suicide?

          I think we’re on to something.

      • I concur on hank’s knowledge. At this point it’s been too long since episodes 1&2 for Hank to know and not have done anything, or at least the writers hipping the audience to it directly.

        I’ve taken Hank at his word now. He took a peek, but it was encrypted.

        • If anyone is keeping a secret on Breaking Bad, we always seem to know about it. We knew almost instantly that Gus knew about who Walt was, we knew about the twins being after Hank long before anyone else did, etc. If ep 3 had opened with Hank looking at video of Walt in the lab or something I would have kept up the theory, but by now it’s lingered too long.

          • Messica, I couldn’t reply under the appropriate post above because the max replies were used up there, but I just wanted to say there was no “backhanded attempt at calling you an idiot”… My word “spoonfed” has some negative connotations (in retrospect) that I didn’t mean, I just meant that Breaking Bad likes to leave more plot holes where you’re forced to guess how the holes were filled in based on character motivation, rather than covering all the details.

            Anyway – I wasn’t trying to get in a dig at you, really, Clown’s honor.

            I was mostly annoyed by miss lonelyhearts’ dismissive response to the clarification that KajusX made, but since I posted it everybody has clarified their positions to each other which makes my response seem even more useless than it didn’t in the first place.

      • There’s this piece in the New Yorker recently talking about how Hank catching Walt would be a triumph. Knowing Hank, I disagree with that completely. It would absolutely destroy him knowing that the criminal entity that has been plaguing him for an entire year has been right under his nose the whole time, and someone he thought he could trust.

        I think Hank’s (hopefully diminishing) lack of suspicion is one of the absolute most interesting things about the show. Hank loves his brother-in-law, and maybe the thought that he was Heisenberg has crossed his mind, but he’d immediately shake it off being like, “No, that’s crazy, I know him better than that.” He’s a good person who’s put too much faith in someone close to him.

  8. Does anyone think there might be a photo of Walt in that folder Hank was looking through in his meeting, and that’s how he’ll crack the case? With Mike off his game as he has been this season, it’s not farfetched to think he might have led a DEA tail to a meeting with Walt and Jesse.

    • Yeah I wanted to know what was up with that.

      • I rewound it a couple times and didn’t see anything in the picture. I think it was more just to emphasize how preoccupied Hank is with this case.

        • I didn’t think there was anything in the pictures that we saw Hank look at, but weren’t there many more photos that he presumably hadn’t gotten to before his boss told him to pay attention? The music was so portentous! And I think that would be a great reveal and such a great reaction shot for Hank, staring irrefutable evidence of his meek nerd brother-in-law’s involvement in the biggest drug ring in Albuquerque in the face. In the teethface, even.

    • Won’t be surprised if the mid-season finale involves Hank discovering Walt. I doubt Hank would report Walk to the DEA, as that would destroy his reputation. Hank would probably hunt down Walt on his own.

  9. I think Walt just wants that dude to say his name since everyone else in his life has been acting kinda shady, refusing to call him baby.

  10. I wanted Mike to flee to Mexico or Miami and his granddaughter having all that money when she’s 18. Like Ocean’s 12, meth version.

    I’m still trying to get over how callous and selfish Walt is over shooting Mike. Walt shot him and like 10 seconds later was like “Hey, I really didn’t need to kill someone who’s saved my ass on numerous occasions. I could just ask the Madrigal lady for her grocery/hit list.”

    And I suppose Walt is going to tilt the story of the fall of the beloved Mike Ermantraut to Jesse so that Walt comes out the hero. “You see, Jesse, I HAD to kill him” (or something twisted like that).

    This episode really makes me hope someone (if not Jesse) puts some ricin in Walt’s decrusted PB&J.

    “Shut the fuck up and let me die in peace” = Best last words ever

    • That’s the worst of all though! Walt didn’t really mean any remorse; he has to talk himself out of believing that he is ego-driven as opposed to some kind of cool, collected criminal. He wasn’t even trying to really apologize to Mike, he just wanted Mike to reinforce that the incident was about the names not his emotions or being told about himself. Ugh.

    • I don’t think Walt will even tell Jesse! Why would he? Jesse already thinks he’s never going to see Mike again. I think Jesse might find out about it on his own and THAT will be the final nail in the already-nail-covered coffin of Jesse’s loyalty to Walt.

      • Yeah I think Walt and his new biffle Todd will be on acid barrel duty on this one. The Jesse situation is already pretty precarious.

  11. Breaking Bad characters as Radiohead albums:
    Mike : Kid A
    Gus: OK Computer
    Walt: Amnesiac
    Todd: Hail to the Thief
    Hank: Pablo Honey
    Saul: King of Limbs
    Jesse: In Rainbows
    Skyler: The King of Limbs

  12. one thing i know: if you cry in front of your brother-in-law, FREE COFFEE!!!!

  13. “SAY MY NAME, KELLY.” – Gomez and Lydia

  14. They sure did make the Rio Grande look like less of a cesspool than it actually is, so good for them.

  15. I want to have more to say about this episode, I really do, but maybe last night’s episode was the first where my hatred of walt overwhelmed my appreciation for the show. Don’t get me wrong, this show is so well executed that it blows me away, but I had such a strong almost visceral reaction to hating Walt that it kinda made me dislike the show. I love rooting for bad guys and pretty often I love “loving to hate” somebody, but this episode really put Walt over the edge for me. I mean, I still like the show, still appreciate it, and I know that I’m supposed to hate Walt, but maybe it was just too much.

    • I am surprised how much I want Walt to fail and how angry/sad I am when he doesn’t. The only reason I do want him to succeed is just for Jesse’s sake because you know once Walt goes down, he’s bringing Jesse down even harder.

  16. Even though this episode was very sad and anxiety ridden, there were still a few standout funny moments.

    1. The looks Mike were giving the Declan’s Mikes were SO great and very, very Mike. All like, “can you believe this guy?” and “tTank God I am getting out of this shit”

    2. The “I wish” Skylar said after “vamanos” was so perfect and so was Jesse’s reaction because he clearly didn’t get it and Jesse looks so cute when he’s confused.

    3. The whole opening scene was unintentionally hilarious because Walt’s speech was as cheesy as some fucking brie on a hot summer day. But someone made a point that Walt is a cheeseball in general and that his ego is making him extra gooey.

    And now I’m hungry for some cheese dammit

  17. Okay, wait, I am talking to much here right now, but place your bets for next year guys. Who is on the other end of the machine gun showdown of the future: Declan and the Biker Meths, the DEA, Jesse and Skylar (if only), Bill Burr (ha!) or another interloper? Who do you think is going to bag Walt in the end.*

    *Or, I guess, cancer is an option but COME ON.

  18. Man…MAN! Walt is just a straight-up murderer now. I mean that was some Tony Soprano level unnecessary rage killing. Oh, Mike. You should’ve known he wasn’t going to let you walk away after you said that!

    I was late to last week’s commenting party, but wanted to mention – remember when Todd said “Shit happens” and Jesse clocked him? And how the episode before, Skyler described Walt as a man who dismissed murder as “Shit happens”? And now Walt and Todd are cooking meth together, and they’re both just cold-blooded murderers, and we kind of know that Walt would be okay with killing children or, you know, NINE DUDES in order to keep his ego happy. EEEEK and also he’s totally fine with cheating Jesse because letting his girlfriend die, making him murder Gale, and poisoning his girlfriend’s son weren’t ENOUGH ALREADY. Ugh, Walt. I hate him so much.

  19. Does Walt know about Mike and Saul giving the DEA the restraining order last week? I’m asking because it seemed pretty careless of Walt to go rushing to Saul’s office as soon as he learns the DEA are trailing a different lawer associated with Mike. Even for ego-monster Walt, that seems a bit careless. Unless, of course, he doesnt know that the DEA know Saul and Mike are linked.

    Granted, being at the office of a criminal lawyer that just so happens to be associated with a criminal is not, in and of itself, all that damning. But if the DEA had been watching Saul, it would have at least gotten Walt photographed at his office, which would probably end up being seen by Hank (“Hey Hank, isn’t this your brother-in-law, the chem teacher? What’s he doing at Saul Goodman’s office?”)

  20. I really dug the episode, but the only thing that kind of bugged at me, was the lawyer getting busted, while filling the safety deposit boxes. I assume they’d need to issue a warrant to the actual bank for that, right? Would it be that easy? Call up a bank and say, “Hey we’ve got a hunch!”?

    • We were debating that last night and my friend said, well at least they never got to his granddaughter’s money and I said, well they must have because I’m sure they checked all the boxes on the lawyer’s list and he said, well it would probably be thrown out in court because it would be inadmissible without a search warrant, and they probably couldn’t do what they did, the way they did it and especially out of nowhere. I have no idea what kind of warrant you’d need if any for this, but I assume that his granddaughter’s money is gone because they now know he’s a crook no matter what and have proof, so how would that money be left there?

    • I think….don’t quote me but because the bank owns the vault space the police can ask the owners of they can be let into it. The bank can say no, you need a warrant or agree, which is I guess what they did. To look in the boxes themselves they’d need a warrant or probably cause, but if the bank is willing to let them be there and open the door to the vault then they have permission to observe whatever goes on in there. Like how on Law and Order they can ask the landlord to open the apartment of someone who has skipped town sometimes or whatever. Which might just be TV law not real law.

  21. I was prepared for Mike to go down at the park, when the police suddenly had him surrounded. Good thing Walt had given him that call and saved him. But then Walt goes ahead and kills him, anyway. Damn.

    • I thought he was going to go down in the park in front of his grand daughter, and I was like, “surely the writers can’t be so cruel!!”

      But then he got killed pointlessly by Walt and died with his murderer whimpering and apologising beside him… much better. :S

  22. was good bad breaking. am enjoy. complete experience, now Kelly recap has bad breaking. funny lady! mike dead! vigorous debate! nice show! good comment! happy blog!

    • Oh, whaaat? I’ll negative-one you upside the head, whoever did that. I explicitly stated it was a GOOD comment, see? So that automatically cancels out any downvoting. Wait, are there actual overly sensitive Russians here? Oy. I apologize to Mother Russia for my insolence of posting an upbeat silly comment on an upbeat silly blog. I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. God save the…whatever, Chernobyl? Sorry. Fuck you.

      • I wouldn’t sweat over a stray downvote or two in the long haul. Sometimes downvote trolls will do a sweep. A Troll is what a troll does. Life is like a box of trolls, etc.

        • I don’t know, I kind of was asking for it, especially when I challenged the invisible downvoter, and now that downvote is gone so I look like an especially crazy person. All the same, an upvote for you, my very special best friend in the whole wide world forever now whose side I will always be at no matter what you’re doing. HI. WHAT ARE YOU DOING.

          • Oh, you know, trying to chainsaw my way to the top of the seedy underbelly of the Videogum Monster’s Ball. You should do me a favor and take out garyspur if you see him. His traffic-cone hat antics are bound to garner some sweet, sweet upvotes.

            Don’t worry. I won’t poison any trampolines or kill any summer jams you hold dear. We’re buddies. we’re in this TOGETHER. That upvote you got? Guess what? I AM THE ONE WHO UPVOTES.

  23. Mike didn’t exactly help Jesse when Jesse didn’t get his money. It was all look after no. 1 then. Kinda had it coming.

    • Oh! At the meeting. Yah. I here you. At the same time, Mike really needed to take care of that hazard pay and get out of the business. Jesse wouldn’t have accepted Mike’s help at the juncture.

      Then after shaking hands and Mike leaving, the next communication Mike had was Walt’s DEA warning call. And that’s when Mike needed all the help, not Jesse.

      Poor Mike.
      Poor Jesse.
      Poor Skyler.
      Psycho Crucifictori-Todd.
      Despicable Walt.

    • I actually thought that was kind of fatherly. Like, I need to let this kid learn to ride without training wheels. I thought the same thing a few episodes ago when Mike was watching Jessie agree to pay the entire amount of the legacy payments. He was just kind of watching him and willing Jesse to do the right thing. I saw that same look in Sunday’s episode. You can just tell he is thinking “come on kid!” but he doesn’t want to interfere, he wants Jesse to speak up for himself.

  24. I love how everyone hates Walt now. I still don’t, even though he just killed Mike, which I thought would easily tip me over into hating him if that happened, and then it did happen, and I was all, oh shit that’s messed up but I still mostly don’t hate him. All the same, I really do enjoy how you all hate him.

    (There, now that’s a normal, boring-nice-person comment. If you thumbs-down me, well, then you’re just a mean negative jerk person who likes to make my feelings sad by downvoting my comments, which is something I shouldn’t sweat according to my new boyfriend and obviously soon to be husband and BDSM partner, KajusX & Chainsaws, who is equally committed to me, I’m sure)

  25. Prediction for next season: Gomez will get a day in the spotlight, perhaps highlighting how he doesn’t always take Hank’s quasi-racist ribbing of him in the best possible light.

    Todd will scalp him a couple of episodes later.

  26. But back to serious Breaking Bad questions, and this one is VERY serious: Is it really going to be a full year before we get the second half of the season? Because if it is, why not call this 8-episode-part Totally Season 5 and the next 8 episodes Totally Season 6? Because Totally Season 1 was only seven episodes, so it wouldn’t exactly be like a sacrilege to the season-numbering gods, you know. Sopranos pulled the same shit, and we all know how THAT turne–[smash cut to black]

    • Technically, it’ll be a 10 month wait (8 episodes/1 per week = 8 weeks = 2 months + 10 months = 1 year).

      As for the name game, it’s because AMC’s marketing department is a bunch of smug jerks who know what’ll work and get the show attention. “LAST SEASON! LAST SEASON, YOU GUYS!” is a much better marketing strategy to get more eyeballs catching up on Netflix or buying dvds and tuning in, rather than “SECOND TO LAST SHORT SEASON, EVERYBODY!”

      I too think this should be called Season 5 and next year’s should be Season 6, but at this point it’s pretty much pointless to even bother with it. The only time it will even come up is next year when we’re watching the final 8 and you’ll have to clarify whether you’re talking about the first half of season 5 or the second half. SNORE

  27. I’m starting to think Todd is the Steve Holt of Breaking Bad.

  28. Hi, everyone! This is my first time commenting (although I’ve been reading the site and the comments for a couple of years now), but I feel compelled to add something. We all love Breaking Bad (no duh, it’s THE BEST), and I love coming to the recaps in order to, up to right now, vicariously enjoy the thoughtful, enthusiastic discussion by people who love the show as much as I do. But today, that discussion seemed to take on an angry, defensive tone. There’s no need to get so upset about someone else’s well-thought out, constructive criticism of the show. (Unless one of these commenters is Vince Gilligan? Then I could understand taking it personally). Not everyone is going to agree on every specific detail about each episode, but that’s what makes this a great discussion! So I just wanted to say, let’s all be kind and respectful of our fellow commenters–there’s no need to make someone feel like they don’t deserve to be heard here. @miss lonelyhearts and @Messica, I loved the discussion you started before it became sidetracked. Keep up the good work!

  29. Robbie Teardrop  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2012 +4

    Mike is pretty old you guys. Old people do weird, out of character things.

    At 1st I thought he left his grand-daughter alone in the park but yeah he got away in his car.

    Have we ever met his Daughter/Son? Maybe she/he will be in the next season.

    Todd is so going to try and sell that formula.

  30. I hate watching this show at night. I am to mad to fall asleep!

  31. the movie mike was watching while the DEA searched his house (i believe) had dialogue that discussed a cop committing suicide. that paired with hank joking about blowing his brains out seemed like some foreshadowing. but that would be upsetting because hank is fantastic. i also think when skylar and walt are dead marie is gonna kidnap that baby and run.

  32. So we all agree that every single character is going to die on this show, right?

  33. I cannot stand how Messica writes Skyler’s name incorrectly on purpose. And how Kelly doesn’t know names of characters. That is all.

  34. Jessie and Skylar are going to have an affair to get back at Walt. I know, disgusting, but it seems to be heading that way.

    • I forget, does anyone besides Walt know that the ricin cigarette is behind the power outlet? I wish Jesse knew. He could give it to Skyler who would lure Walt into eating the poisoned burrito/PB&J/omelette. The fatal flaw of this plan is that it hinges on Walt Jr. skipping breakfast.

  35. After reading a lot of comments, I had a thought. Perhaps Mike wanted Walt to kill him. He knew Walt had access to a gun, he knew he could easily insult Walt and piss him off, and he knew he would never see his granddaughter again (presumably the only thing in his life worth living for). He had a gun so he could have been prepared, just taken the bag without the “know your place” comments, and left. He made no attempt to shoot Walt when he was down by the river. Hmmmm, something to consider.

    • I don’t really think Mike wanted to die. He would want to live another day and maybe leave his granddaughter a bunch of money that wouldn’t be taken by the cops.

      For whatever it’s worth, Jonathan Banks certainly was upset about his character’s exit, evidenced by how emotional he got in that ‘making of’ about this week’s episode. He didn’t want to go, you guys! He’d been in the acting business as long as Mike had been in the ‘security’ business! This was the best thing he thinks he’s ever been in. I’d be emotional too!

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