Season 2, Episode 8: Better Call Saul

ep-8-1Even though the events in the opening scene to this episode put Walt and Jesse in a terrible situation, I can’t help but laugh at what takes place. One second you think Badger actually has some street smarts and knows an undercover cop when he’s talking to one. He points out where the police vans are waiting disguised as trucks from flower shops. He tells the guy to get lost because he knows he’s wearing a wire. He literally points out everything about this potential stake-out that is surrounding him. And then you start to wonder yourself… is it a stake out? Or is this tall, lanky guy just actually trying to buy some meth? It all becomes clear when Badger decides to sell to him, deciding he can’t be a cop (repeat: after he points out an entire stake out that could be happening around him) then once the meth is transacted, Qualls pulls a gun on Badger and police swarm the scene from the flower shop trucks that Badger had just identified, and they arrest him.

Not only are Walt and Jesse forced to get nervously close to the DEA, and Hank, again, but they are also forced to enter into business with a seriously shady lawyer named Saul Goodman. His motto “Better Call Saul” was conveniently strewn on an advertisement on the bench that Badger was sitting on when he got arrested. It seems that every time that

Walt and Jesse get somewhere good with their business, some outside character or party brings it down, and they are left to pick up the pieces and climb back to their starting point. Although this certainly strains the relationship between Walt and Jesse, you can also see their trust in each other subtly growing. Both know that they both have the same objective, and it seems that it’s just the outliers that are bringing their business down.

Jesse’s relationship with Jane has finally picked up, and we see the two laying on his apartment floor together…since he doesn’t have a mattress (but thankfully by the end of the episode he invests in one). The two really seem to like each other. Things only get awkward when Jesse mentions doing drugs, to which Jane reveals that she’s been recovering from drug addiction for the last 18 months. This should have some interesting affects and consequences on their relationship…a drug dealer and a recovering drug addict do not quite seem like a match made in heaven, although when drugs are out of the picture in their interactions the two do seem like a cute couple.

Dealing with Saul is proving to be some very sketchy business. Although Saul saves Badger from talking to the DEA at first, he tells Walt (who speaks to Saul pretending to be Badger’s uncle) that he is going to have him “singing like a canary” to reveal to the DEA who the famed blue meth supplier is. Walt offers Saul ten thousand dollars not to do this.

episode-7-saul-goodmanLater, however, Walt and Jesse decide to set up a fake kidnapping scheme to try to scare Saul into listening to their instructions. This plan backfires when Saul recognizes Walt from his horrendous coughing fits. When the scheme completely falls apart, Walt and Jesse are forced to negotiate with Saul. He plans for an ex-con to act as Heisenberg in a set up sting by the police, so that the ex-con can go to prison and Badger can be set free.

During the sting, Badger sits on the same bench he was first arrested and sits waiting for a bald man to arrive that will act as Heisenberg, while the police wait to arrest him when he appears. Then, a bald man sits on the same bench as Badger….but it’s not the ex-con… just an unknowing bystander who may be seconds away from getting put in prison. The ex-con sits on the next bench over, and the entire scheme between Walt, Jesse, and Saul is about to go south…until Walt makes a very gutsy move.

As Walt watches in horror as their plan is about to blow up in their faces, he sees Hank is one of the police staking the scene out and drives directly in front of his car, blocking his view of the benches. Normally, Walt would NEVER show his face at such a clashing scene between his two lives. On one side he has Hank ready to arrest the guy that’s supposed to be him, and on the other he has Jesse and Badger waiting nearby. But, to spark some turn of events that might save their entire plan, Walt really makes an awesome spur of the moment decision. With his car blocking the benches, everyone gets in their right places and the scheme goes ahead as planned. Whew. Watching this whole scene go down was even stressful for me, as Walt and Jesse seem like they are in a constant cycle of frantically clawing their way out of crazy situations.

We are also still far away from hearing the end of Saul, as he confronts Walt at his school. Saying he wants to be “the Tom Hagen to Walt’s Vito Corleone,” Saul proposes that Walt let him enter into business with him and Jesse to protect their money and act as their legal contact. It’s been clear from the beginning that Saul was a shady lawyer, but now we see that he’s actually a real criminal.

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Season 2, Episode 7: Negro y Azul

In this episode, we see the aftermath of Jesse’s run-in with the junkies. Since everyone thinks that Jesse killed one of the junkies, rather than his own girlfriend, people have been paying up right away and not giving Jesse or his crew of drug dealers any problems whatsoever. Even Jesse’s friends think that Jesse killed someone. The only person who knows the truth is Walt, but he has no intention of clearing up the rumors when it seems to be working so greatly to their advantage. With this, we see a hard, unfeeling business side to Walt. He will do anything he can to make both him and Jesse look like the most ruthless, violent, and powerful guys in the drug game, just so that no one will mess with them and, more importantly, so that they can control the market and raise the price of their product. While building up his rep as a bad guy, Walt fails to see what is going on with Skyler, as usual.

Skyler has just gotten a job at Beneke Fabricators, a company where she used to work. Ted Beneke, the owner and someone who clearly has an eye for Skyler, gives her the position she used to have almost on the spot. We can see that their is obviously a connection between the two. Ted seems like the kind of man that Sklyer should be with. He seems like the total package compared to her husband who is constantly acting shady and lying to her. It’s no wonder why Skyler was so happy to talk to Ted who, as we find out from Marie, had a previous flirtatious incident with Skyler when she used to work there. We will definitely be seeing some interesting interactions between these two, and possibly even an affair. Even so, after all that Walt has put Skyler through, if I had to guess I would think that she won’t go through with cheating on Walt…but it will definitely cross her mind.

Hank goes through some more traumatic incidents in this episode…exactly what he doesn’t need at this point. As he tries to play his typical rough, macho man self in his new position, he finds that no one takes him seriously because of it. These agents are a bit more advanced than he is and use their patience and smarts to get the answers they want, which is something Hank has never relied on during  his career. Hank’s job gets severely chaotic when a bomb explodes from the severed head of one of the DEA informants. Many of Hank’s fellow agents are maimed, with Hank only being able to survive because he had ran off to vomit from the sight of the head while his colleagues stood and laughed at it. Hank has been slowly but silently crumbling from all the trauma he has experienced, and I wonder what will happen now that he has been through yet another devastating experience.

Like Skyler, Jesse also comes across his own romantic encounter with none other than Jane. I’ve been waiting for these two to get together since the moment they met. You could just see right from the beginning that there was a connection between them. They both hang out on the back porch as Jesse smokes and Jane draws a tattoo. When Jesse asks why she doesn’t have any tattoos herself she replies that “it’s too much of a commitment.” Though that may be a clue in the fact that Jane doesn’t want to get serious with Jesse, she softens up  to Jesse later in the episode when he invites her to his apartment. As he squirms impatiently trying to get his satellite TV to work for them, Jane reaches out and holds his hand. Though they are both sitting on lawn chairs in Jesse’s ramshackle apartment, the scene is very cute and romantic. I can see Jane bringing out a very softer side to Jesse…something that may conflict with his drug business. It will be very interesting to see what unfolds between these two.

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.

 

 

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.

Season 2, Episode 4: Down

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Jesse at the end of his rope

The title of the episode really captures where the characters are at right now in their lives; “down.” I think this episode has been one of the darkest that I have seen so far, in that the characters are dealing with the intense repercussions from their actions. Even though no drug dealing occurs in this episode, the events and issues that the characters struggle with are probably the most dangerous, because they deal with the individual demons of each character, and the volatile relationships between each of them.A recurring theme in this season, as we see in this particular episode, is the tattered pink teddy bear. Just like the season premiere, the episode opens with a black-and-white scene where we see the pink teddy bear as the only colored object floating in a swimming pool. This time, however, we get to see a bit more of the scene as a person in a hazmat suit scoops the bear out of the pool and places it next to a number of items in plastic evidence-like bags laid out in a line. The last item in the line is a pair of glasses that eerily look like those that belong to Walt. This extra clue into this scene only prompts more guesses into what this foreshadowing might mean for the rest of the season.

In my previous post about the season premiere, I had guessed that the teddy bear would end up being a present to Walt’s unborn baby, and that he would use the bear to smuggle drugs and further conflict his two different lives. Now, however, as we see the man in the hazmat suit, it seems that the teddy bear might be a part of something even more sinister and unpredictable. Maybe the bear still does come as a present to Walt’s child, but lands in the pool as a result of a meth lab explosion. Could members of Walt’s family be hurt or even killed if a scenario like this happens in the season? I can’t wait to find out.

As I mentioned in my first post about the season 2 premiere, this teddy bear shares similar connections with the legendary “girl in red” from Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Both the teddy bear and little girl are the only objects shown in color in the black-and-white scenes they are shown in. Both seem to be ominous symbols, as the teddy bear is tattered, missing an eye, and being handled by a man in a hazmat suit, while the girl in red is seen at the end of the movie lying in a pile of corpses.

Just in this episode alone we see how dark the situations have gotten for the main characters. Jesse is kicked out of his aunt’s house by his parents, who basically disown him. As he desperately tries to call his friends for a place to stay, he comes to realize that no one is truly there for him. Jesse sees that the one friend who does offer to let him stay has completely moved on from the life that Jesse leads. He has a nice house, a beautiful wife and son, and is a committed father. When his friend is forced by his wife to retract his offer of letting Jesse crash for a few days, Jesse peacefully leaves, jokingly saying how his friend’s life must suck. Truly, this is a life that Jesse could have possibly had if he had not gotten involved in drugs. Jesse finds that he is completely alone. His motorcycle bike is stolen as a hobo looks on saying that “that sucks.” Jesse is looking into the face of someone he might soon become. After falling through a port-a-potty and breaking into his old trailer. Jesse hysterically cries himself to sleep wearing one of his gas masks to cover the smell of himself. He has hit one of his lowest points in the series so far.

Walt is also at one of his lowest points. Although he tries to make up for what he has done to his family by cooking big breakfasts and offering to take Skyler out, his family, and particularly Skyler, have turned their backs on him. Skyler barely speaks to him, often leaving the house and just saying she is going “out” with no hint to where she is going. Walt has tried to explain why Skyler thought he had a second cellphone, to which Skyler simply walks out of the house and drives away. Walt Jr has taken on the nickname “Flynn” instead of going by his father’s name, which is something that Walt takes offense to immediately.

skylerThe tension really comes to a head when Walt asks Skyler to talk to him. They sit on opposite ends of the couch as Walt tries to deliver a “sincere” apology for his actions over the course of his cancer diagnosis. To this, Skyler acknowledges Walt’s apology but has no reply and asks if that is all. It’s clear that this apology has done nothing to change Skyler’s disgust for her husband. To this, Walt blows up, begging Skyler to ask him the questions she is holding back. He swears that he is not having an affair, but Skyler is clearly past this point, to Walt’s dismay. She is on to Walt. She knows there is something going on. She looks Walt straight in the eye and asks him to tell her what has been going on. Walt stares straight-faced back at her and denies that there is anything going on. This is a huge breaking point for the two of them. For a second, I thought Walt might just confess to her…it was that clear that not doing so might finally end their relationship. It seems as if Walt has finally picked the money and drugs over his family.

As Skyler begins to leave the house after this confrontation, Walt runs outside and sees Jesse’s trailer, which he stole from the tow lot, outside his house. He lets Skyler drive away, and he furiously confronts Jesse for coming to his house. It gets so intense between them that they begin physically fighting, with Jesse nearly choking Walt to death. Jesse stops and the two lay on the floor of the trailer panting.

Walt then invites Jesse into his house, where he gives him half of his money and even offers Jesse breakfast. It seems that the most stable relationship that Walt and Jesse have in their lives is with each other. The drug dealing has made it so that everyone in Walt and Jesse’s life have turned away from them, so that now all they truly have is each other. It is a very interesting and complicated dynamic between them. One of the things I am really looking forward to on the show is how their relationship develops for the future. Will they remain partners and even friends? Even after Jesse nearly kills Walt, the two seem to continue where they left off, and even seem more affectionate to one another. Maybe they have both realized how alone they really are now in the world, and look to each other for some type of companionship, even if it is just through drug dealing.

In the last scene of the episode, we see Skyler hesitantly lighting a cigarette. Skyler, who has seemed to be one of the most responsible and rational characters on the show, has also reached her lowest point. Always putting the needs of her unborn baby first, we see her succumb to her stress and depression over the situations with her family. As she takes her first drag from the cigarette, we instantly see the pain vanish from her face, and she thoroughly enjoys her break from the world. The last person we thought that would hit near rock bottom officially has.

Season 2, Episode 3: Bit By A Dead Bee

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Having just barely escaped from not only Tuco’s wrath but also Hank’s detection, Walt and Jesse bury their gun and set out into the desert. As Walt hitches a ride for himself, Jesse asks him if he thinks his next, and apparently elaborate, plan to return to his family will work. Walt responds that it will, although we do not know any details of this plan yet. In the next scene, however, things become almost a little bit too clear. Walt ventures into a supermarket, takes all of his clothes off, and walks around naked making it look like he is in a stupor.

bb-episode-203-photos-590-284x184Next thing we see is Walt in the hospital, looking at a painting on the wall of a woman standing on the shore with her children, waving goodbye to her husband rowing away on a boat. Then, Skyler and Walt Jr. walk in and have an emotional reuniting with Walt.  This painting will serve as an important constant and theme in the episode, and will be focused on again two other times.

Meanwhile, Jesse stakes out his house with a friend while the cops search the perimeter of his home. Since Jesse’s car was at Tuco’s house at the time of the shootout, the DEA suspects that he is tied to Tuco’s drug ring in some way.  Once the police leave, Jesse and his friend go into his house and clear out all the meth lab equipment and store it in another location until the heat is off him. All though this process, we see Jesse slowly starting to unravel. His stress level is obviously through the roof, and he can barely keep calm for more than a minute. Now with the evidence of the meth lab out of his house, Jesse instructs his friend to call the DEA from a payphone and tell them of his location at a motel. Now, Jesse wants to get caught by the police so that they will bring him in for questioning and clear his name from the incident, as well as any trails that could end up leading to Walt.

At the motel, Jesse hangs out in a room with a prostitute named Wendy. While Wendy snorts drugs, Jesse waits nervously and feverishly as he knows that the DEA are about to bust in through the door at any second. When they do, Hank snidely greets him and takes him in for questioning.

In the next scene, we are shown the painting from the hospital for the second time. While Walt briefly looks at the picture, we see that he is being evaluated by a psychiatrist. Walt tries to assure him that he is fine, but the psychiatrist firmly states that they have to determine what it is that caused the “episode of amnesia” so that it will not occur again. After failing to dissuade the psychiatrist from pursuing the matter, Walt decides to confess about the faked episode because this information is protected under patient confidentiality. He tells the psychiatrist that he had simply just needed to get away from everyone, and that is why he faked having amnesia. When the psychiatrist asked why he ran, Walt lists all of the reasons why his life is so depressing: his illness and impending death, his son’s cerebral palsy, his family’s financial troubles, their unexpected baby on the way, his teaching job that he is extremely overqualified for, and all of his colleagues surpassing him in every way. After this, Walt replies, “And you ask why I ran?”

Back at DEA headquarters, Hank has brought in Tuco’s wheelchair bound uncle to help identify Jesse as being involved in Tuco’s drug ring. With only the use of a bell to communicate, the old man glares hatefully at Jesse for trying to kill his nephew. Jesse fears he is done for. To his surprise, however, the old man does not identify Jesse as knowing Tuco, and Jesse is subsequently released. Jesse calls his dad, telling him he is zeroing in on a job doing data entry and asking for a ride. His dad says he is too busy, so Jesse instead goes to the waffle house with Wendy the prostitute.

Back at the hospital, Walt gets a call from Jesse, who updates him on everything that happened. He also tells him that the DEA confiscated the over 60 grand of Jesse’s drug money that he had left in his car at Tuco’s house. When Walt says they need to get back to cooking, Jesse is surprised and asks, “You seriously still want to cook?” Walt replies, “What has changed Jesse?” and hangs up. Even after everything he has been through with his life and family being in danger as well as being severely close to being exposed, Walt’s focus is still on cooking more meth in order to keep making more and more money. At this point, it is absolutely clear that Walt’s values have completely become centered on money, rather than his worried family.

ep-3-4That night, Walt remembers that he left all his drug money in a box of diapers in the baby’s room at his house. Worried that Skyler might uncover this, he breaks out of the hospital and sneaks into his house. After hiding the money behind an air vent, a light goes on in the hallway and Skyler sleepily walks by into the kitchen. As she pours herself a bowl of cereal, Walt Jr. also walks into the kitchen and asks if she is alright. She is clearly very upset and stressed, and they comfort each other as Walt watches from behind the door of the baby’s room. This sad scene serves as a foreshadowing for Walt of what his family is going to be like without him, even though now, as Walt has not been very present within the family as it is. Upset by this, Walt sneaks back out of the house and goes to a bus stop, where he sees one of his “Missing” posters that Skyler had put up. He gets on an empty bus and stares sadly out the window, seeming to reflect on what he has done to his family because of his actions.

Walt sneaks back into his hospital room, roughly jabbing the IV needle into his skin like a small punishment to himself. Then, he looks back at the painting for the third and final time in the episode. As the wife and children in the painting wave goodbye to the husband as he rows away in his boat, Walt to will soon have to say goodbye to his family. As Walt becomes more and more distant from them, it seems that he has already begun this process of his departure from their lives.

The next day, as Walt is being released from the hospital, Hank stops by to see how he is. He shows Walt and Walt Jr. the gift that his fellow agents gave him for taking down Tuco: a glass casing of Tuco’s silver grill. While Walt shudders at this, Walt Jr. is fascinated by the whole DEA operation. Standing side-by-side, Hank and Walt Jr. look more like father and son than Walt and Walt Jr. do.

Finally arriving home, Walt announces how glad he is to be back. Later that night, Walt makes a joke about his naked episode of amnesia. In bed, Walt turns to Skyler and says, “I’m still here. I’m still me.” At this, Skyler confronts him about the second cellphone, which Walt denies. She turns over, shuts off the light, and goes to sleep. Walt, who had leaned in to kiss her, does the same.

Season 2, Episode 2: Grilled

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ep2As we could have expected, Walt and Jesse’s escape from Tuco was simply wild. The episode starts off with Jesse’s red car bouncing up and down, an image that is also shown again at the end of the episode. The plot starts off with Hank debriefing his DEA team about their raid on Tuco’s drug hideout, where they were able to nab nearly all of Tuco’s drug partners, but no Tuco himself. Hank pumps up his team getting them to cheer “Hell Yeah!” that they are going to catch Tuco, while Hank admits to his partner when he walks out of the room that they are never going to find him. Meanwhile, Hank is also committed to finding Walt, who has officially “gone missing” as far as his family members know.

Hank goes to meet with Skyler and Walt Jr. at their house to talk to a private investigator who will try to locate Walt. As Skyler explains her last encounters with Walt before he disappeared, she mentions that the last thing he did before he abruptly left during their conversation in the bathroom was get a phone call which he did not answer. Hank and the private investigator walk outside and discuss that it’s possible that Walt may have a second cellphone. They agree to investigate this detail further, as having another cellphone that your family doesn’t know about is not usually a good sign when that person suddenly goes missing.

We then see Walt and Jesse panting and sweating as they are trapped inside the trunk of Jesse’s red car that was shown in the opening scene of the episode. In a daze, Walt imagines that Skyler has opened the trunk as she looks down at him smiling saying “I understand.” Yeah…let’s hope that’s how she reacts when she finds out what’s been going on, Walt. Coming to his senses, Walt realizes that it is Tuco that has opened the trunk and he pulls him out and throws him on the ground, while Jesse yells and threatens Tuco.

ep-2-5Eventually the three of them end up at Tuco’s house, where his crippled elderly uncle resides and communicates only with a bell that is attached to his wheelchair. Tuco tells Walt and Jesse to empty their pockets, which is when Walt calmly and cautiously pulls out what might possibly be their only way out of their dangerous situation—the risin. Tuco grabs Walt and asks if he can trust him. He then mentions how all his friends have been caught by the DEA raid, except for Gonzo, who he has also not been able to reach by phone. Though we know this is because Gonzo is dead after he got pinned between two cars while trying to dispose of their crew member that Tuco had beaten to death, Tuco is convinced that this is because Gonzo ratted him and his crew out to the DEA. He then goes on a rampage about how betrayed he feels by Gonzo, stabbing his knife repeatedly into a cutting board as he describes how he is going to cut out Gonzo’s heart. This terrifies Walt and Jesse as they too await what their fate might be at the hands of Tuco. After calming down, Tuco explains his plan to bring Walt to Mexico with him and set him up in a large facility where he will be able to cook tons of meth for them to sell. He makes it clear that Jesse is an expendable member of this operation, and he might kill him at any minute since he is not needed for the cooking. In an effort to save him, Walt makes it clear that he needs Jesse as a business partner in the operation.

When Tuco says that he needs to get high, Jesse pushes him to snort the risin, which he markets to him as their new product with a special ingredient. Right as Tuco is about to snort the risin, he asks what the special ingredient is. As Jesse smiles excitedly and says that it is chili powder, Tuco’s face drops and he says that he hates chili powder, throwing the risin (and Walt and Jesse’s hopes) on the ground.

Meanwhile, Skyler, Hank and Marie are conversing about Walt’s disappearance. Marie blabs to Skyler about Walt’s second cellphone and the group continues to try to unravel the mystery surrounding Walt’s actions. Marie suggests that maybe Walt is “addicted” to marijuana after using it for therapy and possibly owes a lot of money to his drug dealer. Hank decides to visit Jesse’s mom and ask about his whereabouts. She says that she has spoken to him in months and has no information for Hank. In what will turn out to be a life-saving move for Walt and Jesse, Hank asks if Jesse still owns his red car, which his mother confirms. Hank runs calls an agent to find the location of the car.

Back at Tuco’s place, there have now been two failed attempts to poison Tuco, one by trying to get him to snort the risin and the other by putting it in his food which Tuco’s seemingly unresponsive uncle manages to foil. Tuco, after finding this out, begins beating Jesse and is about to kill him when Jesse hits him with a rock and manages to grab his gun and shoot him in the stomach. As Tuco lies bleeding but still alive, the Walt and Jesse see a car coming, thinking it is his cousins. They hide in the yard, as none other than Hank pulls his SUV into Tuco’s driveway. As Tuco gets up and faces Hank. The two have a shoot-out and Hank kills Tuco. Walt sees Hank emerge from the shoot-out and instantly gets up and runs away, with Jesse following behind him. The episode ends with the eerie dinging of the bell from the uncle’s wheelchair. Once again, Walt has managed to not only survive, but continue to keep his drug life a secret.