Season 2, Episode 9: 4 Days Out

This episode proves to be an emotional rollercoaster for both Walt and Jesse. The two’s relationship with each other, as well as their physical and mental limits, are severely tested during the situations that arise in this episode. Here, we really see the characters at their breaking point. 

Walt comes to believe his situation is truly dire when he catches a glimpse of his x ray from his chemo and radiation therapy and sees a huge dark mass in his lung. Though the results of the test and therapy have not been revealed to him yet, Walt fears the absolute worst. To make matters even more troublesome, he is down to $16,000 after dealing with all the legal troubles from Badger’s arrest. As Saul puts it, he’s only left his family enough for “a second-hand Subaru.” Fearing he has such a short time to live and nothing substantial to leave to his family, Walt hastily plans a huge cooking expedition for him and Jesse to undertake. Saul adds in another ill-humored message with “Make hay while the sun is still shining.” 

But with Walt’s new plan to fix his predicament comes some conflicts between not only him and Skyler, but also between Jesse and Jane. Skyler, who’s been urging Walt to remain positive about his test results, suggests that the family go for a weekend outing to spend some time together and get their mind off their troubles at home. Instead of taking this precious time he has left to spend with his family, he lies and says he has to visit him mother. Although Walt is doing this so that he can get away for a few days to cook a huge amount of meth to sell and make substantial money for his family, he is blind to the fact that he is missing some of what could possibly be his last special times with them. 

 Additionally with this plan to have a marathon cooking expedition, Jesse is also forced to choose between spending time with Jane and making tons of money. Jane invites him to go to a museum exhibit with her, to which he agrees. Walt soon convinces him however that they must go out into the desert for a few days to cook non-stop and make back the money they’ve lost. Although Jesse truly wanted to spend time with Jane, he changed his mind at Walt’s constant urging. 

After Walt schemes his way into making Skyler think he is away for a few days, Jesse picks him up and they set out into the desert for their marathon cooking weekend. Soon enough, they’ve made 42 pounds of meth which will make them $672,000 each. Both cheer their fruitful work and congratulate each other…until they soon come to realize that the van’s engine is dead after Jesse left the key slightly turned in the ignition. 

Trying different ways to get the car going again, the two soon turn on each other just as quickly as they had begun congratulating each other before. After tons of fruitless efforts, the two really see their situation as desperate. Jesse moans that he should have just gone to the museum with Jane. Now, he fully regrets choosing the drugs over her. Walt tells himself he deserves this for what he’s put his family through. The two have clearly reached their breaking point, and hate themselves for putting themselves in this type of lifestyle and situation. 

 Absolutely crazed and desperate to save themselves, Jesse begins rattling off things Walt could make. He pleads with him to think of something that could save them. Suddenly Walt has an idea…he creates a makeshift battery…and it works. The two hightail it out of the desert. Jesse drops Walt off at the airport, telling Jesse that he knows he can trust him to take care of his family, to which Jesse reassures him he will. 

Overall, the episode ends on a positive note, even with all the drama that Walt and Jesse went through in the desert. At the doctors, Walt learns that his cancer is in remission. Walt is utterly shocked and his whole family congratulates him. Though this is a happy moment for them, we see Walt’s inner anguish when he is in the bathroom and punches his reflection in the metal towel dispenser. Though he’s made it out alive and with things looking good for his cancer, he has truly come to hate the person he’s become. I think we’ll see however that this will certainly not deter him from continuing his life in the drug business. Soon, I think he will even grow to enjoy the power he continues to gain as a drug lord. 

Overall, the episode ends on a positive note, even with all the drama that Walt and Jesse went through in the desert. At the doctors, Walt learns that his cancer is in remission. Walt is utterly shocked and his whole family congratulates him. Though this is a happy moment for them, we see Walt’s inner anguish when he is in the bathroom and punches his reflection in the metal towel dispenser. Though he’s made it out alive and with things looking good for his cancer, he has truly come to hate the person he’s become. I think we’ll see however that this will certainly not deter him from continuing his life in the drug business. Soon, I think he will even grow to enjoy the power he continues to gain as a drug lord.  

Overall, the episode ends on a positive note, even with all the drama that Walt and Jesse went through in the desert. At the doctors, Walt learns that his cancer is in remission. Walt is utterly shocked and his whole family congratulates him. Though this is a happy moment for them, we see Walt’s inner anguish when he is in the bathroom and punches his reflection in the metal towel dispenser. Though he’s made it out alive and with things looking good for his cancer, he has truly come to hate the person he’s become. I think we’ll see however that this will certainly not deter him from continuing his life in the drug business. Soon, I think he will even grow to enjoy the power he continues to gain as a drug lord. 

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