Season 2, Episode 1: Seven Thirty-Seven

This episode, entitled “Seven Thirty-Seven” after the $737,000 Walt still needs to fully support his family, opens with a grim black-and-white scene of an eyeball floating in what appears to be the White’s family pool. The eyeball slowly makes it way into the pool filter, and we see that (thankfully) it is not a human eyeball but one belonging to a pink teddy bear also floating in the pool. The teddy bear is the only object shown with color in the scene, similar to the movie Schindler’s List in which the red coat of a young girl is only colored object shown in the mainly black-and-white movie. From what I’ve read about the future episodes of the show, this pink teddy bear will serve as a recurring theme through the coming seasons. I am definitely looking forward to finding out what this tattered pink teddy bear has to do with Walt’s drug deals or his family. My first guess was that it would come as a present to Walt’s future baby, but that he would have to end up using it to smuggle drugs, further conflicting his two very distinct lives as a family man and drug dealer. That might be too obvious, however, and I have learned that you can never really predict anything with Breaking Bad, so we will see where this goes.

Next, during a drug deal with Tuco, Walt and Jesse watch him mercilessly beat one of the members of his crew for speaking out of turn. This ultimately leads to the man’s death, of which Walt and Jesse are witnesses. When Walt returns home, he is noticeably shaken by the event and cannot hide his feelings from Skyler. He is so out of it that he begins to force himself on her and only snaps out of it when she screams and hits her head on the refrigerator, smearing her avocado mask on the door. After Walt stops and goes outside, Skyler confronts him, relatively calmly, saying he cannot take out his pain and frustration from his illness on her. This is the point where I think to myself, “Skyler…wake up.” Although Walt has been pretty good at hiding exactly what it is that he is involved in, he has not been able to hide the sheer fact that he is constantly out of the house at places unknown to her all the time. That fact that she has not angrily or hysterically confronted Walt yet, followed him, or simply sat him down and asked “No, seriously, where the hell have you been?!” is confusing and annoying to me. I’m waiting for her to have more of a reaction to what is going on.

In one of the next scenes, this reaction finally occurs…but not with Walt. When Hank comes over unannounced asking Skyler to call her sister back and that Marie really needs support for her stealing problem, she snaps. She yells sarcastically that, yes, Marie is the one who really needs the support, not herself for dealing with her late pregnancy, Walt’s illness, as well as his recent mysterious and distant behavior. She goes on about this while Hank just stares back at her speechless…Finally. Nice job, Skyler. Now, why don’t you go figure out why your husband is acting so weird and creepy! I think it’s about time.

Back to Walt and Jesse- After seeing Tuco murders his crew member, Jesse decides to buy a gun. He tells Walt that they have to kill Tuco before he kills them for being witnesses to the murder. Walt asks Jesse how exactly he plans to kill Tuco. Jesse lays out an ill-conceived plan, realizing that he can’t even open the gun to see how many bullets it holds. Later, Walt comes back with another plan of poisoning Tuco with ricin, and they decide to go with this idea.

tuco

While Hank is at a crime scene, he sends Walt a picture where it looks as if Tuco murdered his other crew member who was present at the drug deal. Walt and Jesse think that this means they are definitely next on Tuco’s list, so they split up and both plan to leave town. Jesse grabs his stash of money and drives off, while Walt goes home. He finds Skyler and is about to confess to her about the danger they are in, when he sees headlights outside. He abruptly leaves Skyler mid-conversation and walks outside, seeing Jesse in the front seat of his car. Walt asks him what he is doing there, then sees Tuco in the backseat with a gun. Tuco orders Walt to get in the car, and they drive off. The episode ends and we are left wondering how Walt and Jesse are going to survive this one. When Walt thought Tuco was coming for them, he took Jesse’s gun to protect his family, but then hid it in a box of diapers in his house…meaning that, as far as we know, neither Jesse or Walt have a gun on them. I didn’t catch if Walt had the risin with him, so perhaps if he does they can use this to kill Tuco. Either way, I’m sure Walt and Jesse’s showdown with Tuco will be just as crazy and unpredictable as everything else that happens in this show. Breaking Bad has so far delivered.

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