Season 2, Episode 6: Peekaboo

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Walt and Jesse both face some tough situations in this episode, with Walt’s concerning his personal life and past relationships while Jesse’s involving his reputation as a drug dealer. We see Jesse totally transform from start to finish in this episode. In the opening scene, Skinny Pete gives Jesse information on 2 junkies that robbed him so that Jesse can do what ever it takes to get their money and drugs back, or as Skinny Pete says, “Those two need to get got.” To save his reputation as a major player in the meth business, Jesse has to teach these two a lesson..and a violent one.. so that no one dares to mess with him or his friends again.

Outside of the junkie’s house, Jesse smokes some meth to get himself ready for what he might be about to do. For some reason, it was weird to see Jesse smoking the meth himself…in recent episodes we haven’t seen him actively doing the drug, just selling it. To see him doing it again must mean he is REALLY nervous, as he probably should be. It’s clear he has no idea what he is walking into when he enters the house, or what he is going to do. He does know that this encounter might result in him taking a person’s life if things go the wrong way…but I don’t think Jesse has got that in him.

Jesse finds that the junkies aren’t home, so he sits on the couch to wait for them. Suddenly, a little boy, who has clearly been neglected by his drug-addicted parents, sits on the couch next to Jesse and turns on the home-shopping channel, which is the only station the TV gets. He turns to Jesse and says “I’m hungry.” You can see the shock on Jesse’s face that this little boy even lives in this dirty, ramshackle house, neglected by his parents and left alone all day to take care of himself at the age of five.

Meanwhile, Walt faces a sticky situation of his own after Gretchen learns that Walt has been telling Skyler that her and her husband are paying for Walt’s medical bills. After Skyler calls to thank Gretchen for being such an angel to them, Gretchen proposes they meet that afternoon as she cannot find the words to even ask what is going on.

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After Walt sees Gretchen’s car in his driveway, to his relief she did not reveal anything to Skyler about the lie but leaves the house the second she sees Walt. Later, Walt and Gretchen meet at a restaurant where Walt ends an angry and emotionally charged conversation with a “F*** you” to Gretchen. He is enraged that Gretchen wants an explanation after her and her husband made millions of dollars off of his research.

This hardened attitude of his that he uses as a drug dealer has really crossed over into his personal life. If we had flashed back to before Walt started dealing meth, I don’t think anyone could have imagined him cursing like that at a woman. We also see this happen when he lets Walt, Jr. get a glimpse into his other persona after someone from the high school draws over one of Walt’s old “Missing” flyers and puts it on his windshield. As they drive home, Walt proposes that Walt, Jr. and him violently teach whoever put the flyer there a lesson and describes in detail what they would do. Though Walt, Jr. just laughs, never expecting his dad to ever do something like that, it makes you think how serious Walt might have been considering he just ordered to junkies to be possibly murdered by Jesse.

At the end of the episode is where we see Jesse’s character go from seemingly violent to kind and caring. After confronting the junkies who promise they have his money in an ATM and are working to open it, Jesse yells at them for not taking care of their son and letting him live in a such a horrible situation. He shouts, “Give him a bath! Put some baby powder on him!” After the woman ends up killing her boyfriend after purposely tipping the ATM on his head, completely crushing him and passes out on the couch, Jesse miraculously opens the ATM and grabs a wad of money. He calls 911 and picks up the little boy and brings him outside. He tells him not to go back inside and to have “a good rest of your life, kid.” He leaves only when he hears sirens approaching, knowing that the boy should be able to get some help now.

Though it wasn’t the most organized or nurturing way of helping the little boy, it did take some guts for Jesse to call the cops to the scene while he was still there…knowing all of the trouble he has been in lately. I think Jesse saw some of himself in the little boy. Even though Jesse’s parents seem to be relatively successful people, they never seemed to be around for him from what we have seen of them. I think Jesse has always felt abandoned by his parents just like the little boy has always been totally neglected by his own. This has shown a much softer side of Jesse that I think will continue to develop with his character, and will also probably come into a lot of conflict as Walt and him continue to gain more power in the drug business.

 

 

“This is the end, my friends…” – Breaking Bad’s Upcoming Final Season

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InsideBB_S5B_PrePrem_GreetingFromSet-560-thumb-autox165-49278VIDEO: Live from the Set of the Final 8 Episodes 

AMC posted the video above yesterday of stars Bryan Cranston (Walt), Aaron Paul (Jesse), and Dean Norris (Hank) commenting from the set of the last season of filming for Breaking Bad. The show’s final eight episodes are set to air in summer of this year. Breaking Bad’s return is highly anticipated by fans who have watched the show on AMC and also those, like me, who have watched the show online. I can’t wait for the new and final season, and it will be very interesting to see how its ratings stack up to its previous seasons.

Season 2, Episode 5: Breakage – Live Blog (Part 4 of 4)

ep-5-10Now we see Jesse’s business plan in action. It seems like everyone is buying from Jesse’s posse of friends. Jesse has showed himself as a skilled strategizer and businessman, not just the small-time drug dealer with no smarts that he’s been characterized as for most of the show. His plan for selling might even be better than Walt’s plan, because now they have more power and also less Tuco-type people to worry about.

That is until Skinny Pete gets held up by two junkies who take his meth and the money he had made…and Walt wants something done about it. But what he wants done he doesn’t know.

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And now for the anticipated confrontation with Skyler about the cigarettes. Walt accusingly asks her if she knows anything about it to which she replies, “And then again, perhaps I don’t Walt. Perhaps I smoked them in a fugue state.” Round one goes to Skyler. When she admits to smoking three-and-a-half cigarettes, Walt says that this is so unlike her to which Skyler also comes up with a stinging response. “How would you know?” she replies. And Skyler wins. No matter what mistakes she has made, known could ever amount to the ones Walt has made. They both know this, and she uses it to her full advantage.

Is someone shooting a gun outside Hank’s house?? He wakes up and immediately grabs his gun and flashlight, confronting the situation exactly as he would a drug bust. He opens the door to the basement, nearly shooting Marie who surprises him. The caps on his home-brewed beer bottles are popping off, making a sound that exactly resembles that of a gun shot. Hank’s paranoia has clearly skyrocketed ever since his run in with Tuco. How he’s gonna handle his new promotion to an even more intense job? We will have to wait and watch.

And now someone is knocking at Jesse’s door. Jesse opens it and Walt walks in. There’s something very weird about seeing Walt in Jesse’s space, just as it was seeing Jesse in Walt’s house in the previous episode. Walt has always been very careful to keep Jesse at arms length and vice versa…their lives have become increasingly intertwined. Walt places a gun on the counter. “You asked me what I want you to do,” Walt says, “I want you to handle it.” Walt wants Jesse to confront the junkies that stole from them. Send them a message. Just like Tuco would have done. It’s the only way to keep the power and respect that they have now, which can be too easily lost if you’re not tough on those that cross you.

The episode comes full circle when Hank stands at the edge of the muddy river that we saw at the beginning and hurls Tuco’s encased grill into the water. We definitely have a lot more to see from Hank, and I’m glad his character is developing more and more. He plays a very interesting part in this show, not only as the DEA agent brother-in-law of Walt, but also as the crumbling macho man. Can’t wait to see what kind of trouble he runs into with his new promotion. Maybe with all the stress he’ll end up confinding in Walt as a “trusted” family member, which will make for some very interesting scenarios.

Season 2, Episode 5: Breakage – Live Blog (Part 3 of 4)

Now Walt and Jesse are cooking meth out in the desert, and are fighting about what their next move should be. Walt wants Jesse to keep selling, but Jesse says he can’t be out on the street selling because of his run in with the DEA. Jesse tells Walt, “We gotta be Tuco.” They have to start controlling the whole market so they can actually make and save some serious money instead of losing it all by dealing with crazy middle men like Tuco. Walt doesn’t like Jesse’s idea, to which Jesse fiercely takes a stand. This is one of the first time I’ve really seen Jesse stand up for himself. He says he’ll walk out on their partnership unless he gets to start making the decisions, and uses Walt’s old line of “You need me more than I need you.” Walt and Jesse really do have the most complicated, roller coaster of a relationship.

So Walt finally gives Jesse some credit. He agrees to do it Jesse’s way. We then see Jesse enlisting the help of his spacy friends Skinny Pete, Badger, and Combo. Jesse really takes charge in the situation and lays out a serious business plan and strategy for his friends to follow. Jesse has really become confident as a leader and strategizer in the drug game now, and it’ll be interesting to see if his plan really works out well for him and Walt.

At a family gathering at Hank and Marie’s house, we really see Skyler’s relationship with her sister come to a crossroads. Either Marie, who is the most annoying character on the show in my opinion, apologizes to Skyler for all the shoplifting and lies to her and her family, or Skyler’s out. It’s sad to think how that not only her sister, but also her husband, warrant this kind of ultimatum from her. After Marie finally apologizes, though it’s hard to tell how sincere it really is, it seems they have gotten their relationship back on track for now at least. I can, however, certainly see Marie shoplifting again, just now trying to keep it a better secret from her sister.

Season 2, Episode 5: Breakage – Live Blog (Part 2 of 4)

Hank is talking to his boss at the office and mentions that now that Tuco is gone, people have been mentioning this name “Heisenberg” on the street as the new person to go to for good meth. Of course, we know this is Walt. Then, Hank’s boss announces his promotion to a new border task force, which means he’ll be splitting his time between Albuquerque and El Paso. Hank walks out of the office, as usual, as confident as ever. Once he got on the elevator, however, his face dropped. He starts feeling dizzy and it almost seems like he is having a panic attack. This is a vulnerable side of Hank we have never seen before. Could he be suffering post-traumatic stress from his shoot-out with Tuco? Maybe the thought of a promotion to a bigger and possibly more dangerous location actually terrifies him rather than excites him.

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Now we see Jesse at the repair yard, where he has just made a deal with Clovis for him to store his trailer for him there. He then buys a car from Clovis though we can’t see what it looks like. Wonder what it is… An old, broken-down, tiny red station wagon. Not much like his previous bouncing car aside from the color. It seems that all the wealth that Walt and Jesse thought they would be able to acquire and keep from their drug dealing seems to have gone down the drain. Jesse has a beaten down car, and Walt can just barely afford to pay for his current treatment. The drug life has not been very good to them at all.

Here Jesse is being shown around an apartment for rent by a striking girl named Jane, played by Krysten Ritter who also starred in ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” which is funny because her character in Breaking Bad runs an apartment complex and definitely has a sassy attitude. It’s hard not to notice the chemistry between Jesse and Jane. They’re not openly flirting, but there is definitely a spark between them, especially since Jane goes out on a limb to allow Jesse to rent the apartment. So now these two are going to be living directly next door to each other. We can certainly take a wild guess to where this is going…

Season 2, Episode 5: Breakage – Live Blog (Part 1 of 4)

This episode has started off with a scene that might foreshadow what’s to come for Hank’s character. Two men carrying small bundles cross a muddy river and stumble upon the glass cube that encases Tuco’s grill. If you remember, this was the trophy Hank was given by his DEA squad for finding and defeating the drug dealer Tuco who they had been after for months. Now the prize has ended up here, on the side of a muddy river…but how? My first guess is that Hank and his team will end up in some kind of confrontation or battle with what may be left of Tuco’s drug ring, and perhaps they will take Tuco’s grill back in the scuffle. On the other hand maybe Hank put it there for a reason…too soon to know.

We see Walt finally getting some good news about his cancer treatment in that he may be “cautiously optimistic.” But this small ounce of happiness is instantly crushed when he receives the bill for his treatment.

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At home Walt is throwing up into the toilet, but it won’t flush. After he tries to unclog it, a pack of cigarettes floats to the top. The look on his face gives it away. He knows they’re Skyler’s. I’m sure Walt will angrily confront Skyler about this later, and will probably use this as ammo to get the attention away from his own drastic mistakes and onto hers. I’m sure a Walt-Skyler blow-up is just a few minutes away.