Sorry for the delay people! Here we go: Breaking Bad recap. Hold on to your yellow jumpsuits and your ricin cigarettes.
First of all, I have to say that I really am a different person when Breaking Bad is in season. I feel like I have something to look forward to, something that gets me through the work week. Lately when anything annoys me, all I have to do is think about next week’s Breaking Bad and I feel better. It’s sort of like how Mad Men was for me in the Spring, only Breaking Bad is a better show.
Anyway, let’s start at the beginning. I have to be honest, I was really confused by the New Hampshire scene. Only after consulting Lace it Up’s number one fan, Breaking Bad scholar, and my mom’s best friend, Barbra Wineburg (hey Barbra), did I realize that it was like the “stuffed animal in the pool” scenes from Season 2, and that we probably won’t understand it until later in the season. All I have to say is Walt looked MAD hipsta with his long hair and thick rimmed glasses, he’s shadily using a fake ID (the diner waitress isn’t the bouncer at Liv, chill Walt), and that breakfast looked really gross.
Interestingly, I think that Walt and Jesse are in a very similar place that they were at in the beginning of last season. They just killed someone, and have to pick up the pieces. Only this time it’s not just Nerdy Gail (sorry Gail), it’s King Gus. Much bigger deal. And is it just me, or do you guys really miss Gus? I thought he was such an amazing character, and one of the best villains to ever appear on TV. I felt going into this season of Breaking Bad how I felt going into Season 3 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which was the first without Danielle Staub. I wondered how the show could possibly go on. But Theresa just wound up replacing Danielle, so I’m sure someone else will replace Gus. And who knows, maybe Gus can come back for flashbacks. One can only hope.
I was glad they showed Walt realizing that he still had the Lily of the Valley plant. When last season closed, I was kind of wondering why Walt, someone so meticulous, would just leave that hanging out in his backyard. But after he hid the plant in his trunk, he realized he was forgetting about something else: the surveillance camera on Gus’s laptop that casually shows him and Jesse cooking meth. Oy. Walt and Jesse travel to see Mike and convince him to join in on their plan to destroy the laptop. Alright, I’m going to be honest- I felt like scenes showing them debating destroying the laptop, deciding to destroy the laptop, testing the magnet to destroy the laptop, and ultimately destroying the laptop, were all a little excessive. I would have liked to see this loose end tied up a little more neatly so that the episode could have covered more ground.
A big discovery in this episode was that Ted didn’t die when he slammed against the table- he was just badly injured. Well, this was supposedly a big discovery, but was I the only one who knew right away that he wasn’t dead? Not just because him being alive would add complexity to the “cooking the books” plot line, but simply because I have fallen harder than that and have gotten right up and laughed about it. I was actually surprised he was so injured, as the fall didn’t really look so bad. Either way, he’s alive, so Skyler had to visit him at the hospital to make sure he didn’t and will never tell anyone about the circumstances surrounding his injury. He said he wouldn’t breathe a word of it, and Skyler just replied, “Good.” I don’t blame her for being so curt. Last season I remember thinking that if Skyler had to tell this asshole ONE MORE TIME to send the check to the IRS I was going to freak out. “It. Doesn’t. Work. Like. That. Ted….You. Will. Go. To. Prison”- isn’t that how Skyler always said it? Ugh, I’m picturing it now, so annoying.
The closing scene, with Walt telling Skyler that he forgives her for giving the money to Ted, gave me chills. It demonstrates how evil and almost sociopathic Walt has become. Essentially everything negative that has happened to Skyler, Walt Jr., Hank, and Marie since Walt started cooking meth was ALL because Walt started cooking meth, and he doesn’t seem to have any remorse. I imagine that everyone watching the scene had the same horrified look that Skyler had acting in the scene. The fact that Walt was so calm and serene after just recently commiting murder indicated to Skyler how ruthless he has become. That scene was a turning point.
Sidenote: I just want to remind everyone that in Season 1 Marie was a clepto. That storyline feels so random to me now that I really know and understand who Marie’s character is, and I just want to remind all of you of it in case you forgot.
Sidenote 2: When will Walt lose the “post-nose job” bandage?
Sidenote 3: Who else misses HECTOOOOR?