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. 

Breaking Bad News: Bryan Cranston Earns Spot on Time’s Most Influential People List & The Cast Meets to Discuss the Last Episodes with Conan O’Brien

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Bryan Cranston in his Breaking Bad role

This past week, Time Magazine named Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White, as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Cranston’s tribute was written by none other than Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper on AMC’s other wildly successful show Mad Men. Hamm describes his first time meeting Cranston on an AMC photo shoot years ago. At this time, both their shows had not even premiered yet, and AMC had not quite taken on the popularity and fame that it has gained now, in part because of the success of Breaking BadMad Men, and some of its other hits over the past few years.

In the tribute, Hamm describes being intensely impressed by Cranston’s performance in Breaking Bad as well as by the twists and turns in the show himself. You can immediately tell that Hamm is not only a huge fan of Cranston’s, but also of the show.

Hamm writes, “I’ve marveled at Bryan’s ability to turn Breaking Bad’s Walter White from a feckless, terrified father and husband to a ruthless, terrifying father, husband, and crime lord. The transformation is mesmerizing. The performance is fearless. Bryan is that good.”

Click here to read the full tribute: http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/bryan-cranston/

In other Breaking Bad news, Conan O’Brien acted as moderator in a panel with the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, and some of the main stars of the show, including Cranston, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. The conversations that arise in the panel are extremely interesting, but also avoid giving away spoilers for the final episodes which premiere this August. Watch the video below to see the panel discussion.

“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.

Breaking Bad in the Movies, on TV, and in Music

Bryan Cranston at the Academy Awards this past weekend

Cranston at the Academy Awards this past weekend

Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White, has had a very busy weekend.

Many of us might have noticed him at the Oscars this past Sunday for his major role in the movie Argo, which won the coveted best picture award as well as best adapted screenplay. In the film, Cranston played CIA manager Jack O’Donnell. In reading the script for the Argo, Cranston said that “It all starts with the written word and when actors read something that’s this intense and descriptive and visceral, we gravitate to it.”

This isn’t the first time however that Cranston has been involved in a best picture level movie. In 2007, in fact, he played a supporting role in Little Miss Sunshine, which was also a best picture nominee.

In addition to his major role in Argo, Cranston narrated the Discovery Channel’s one –hour special, titled “ARGO: Inside Story,” which aired this past weekend about the real-life events behind the movie. This special is an update to the Discovery Channel’s 2002 original broadcast documenting the event, and it is only fitting that they brought in Cranston to add his narration to it.

heisenbergNot only has Cranston touched the media of movies and television recently, but also the medium of music. According to Rolling Stone, wildly popular Electronic Dance Music (EDM) group Above and Beyond has released a preview of their upcoming and long-awaited new mix, Anjunabeats Vol. 10., with one of the most buzzed about tracks being titled, “Walter White.” At many of their recent promotional concerts for the new release, the British trance group has referenced the Breaking Bad show while playing the track. “This one goes out to Walter White…aka Heisenberg,” announced Tony, one of the members of the trio, to a crowd of thousands of fans a few weeks ago. As we know, Heisenberg is the name Walt uses in his drug dealing business. Many fans have expressed their excitement that Above and Beyond has drawn a connection from the show to their music, even if it is just through the title. It’s another win for Breaking Bad.