Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 10 / August 18, 2013)
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EPISODE 10: Buried
The beginning of the end. Walt leaves his empire behind to live life, while Jesse’s alive, but dying on the inside. And then there’s Hank, whose gunning for the King. One wrong move could mean life or death, and at this point, it’s still anyone’s game.
(The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). As much as I enjoy the idea of walking out to my car and discovering a trail of money, I’m sincerely hoping Jesse gets his shit together by the end of the next episode. He’s a great character who’s grown so much over the course of this series, so it chaps my ass to see him bellyaching like a (pun intended) bitch. That said, our final moments find him in the absolute wrong place. No good can come from him being in an interrogation room, but worse still, an interrogation room with Hank. You can rest assured Hank will be turning off that camera when he walks in there next week.
Speaking of Hank, he wastes no time running the Skyler, but it amazes me that he actually thought she was a victim in all this. Sure, at one point she may have been, but I think the whole affair/accidental murder bit mixed her up as much (if not more so) than Walt’s transformation. I don’t care for Skyler, but I have to admit I’m loving her ability to stand by her man. Last week she looked ready to go toe to toe with Lydia, and tonight she stood her ground with both Hank and her sister. She’s coming around. Of course, I was under the assumption that your significant other can’t testify against you—which I believe they covered somewhere in this series, but I’m sure there’s probably a way around it. I’m not sure what Hank was thinking when he told Marie, she’s far too volatile to handle this kind of information. She messed up trying to take the baby though, that was all Skyler needed to draw the line.
I loved Walt’s revisit to the desert, where it all began. There are so many nuances and little Easter eggs planted throughout these episodes to keep a slight grin on my face the entire hour. There was a good bit of humor tonight too with Saul and his crew. Their reaction to Walt’s money pile was priceless, as was Saul’s joke about sending Hank on a trip to Belize. It’s also funny to hear Saul respond to Hank knowledge as mostly heresay. Only in today’s world could something like that be true. Walt and Skyler share one of the better moments I’ve seen in a while after he wakes up from his shower collapse. His speech about family and the money was a rare look at the old Walter. It’s great to see he’s still in there. And yes, at the end of the day, win or lose, it’d be a bitch to have this all be for nothing. It makes me think of the two times the police took Mike’s granddaughter’s money. That still upsets me.
BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's tenth episode stirs the fire between Hank and Walt, but as I said, lines are drawn in the sand rather quickly. And then there’s Lydia and the Todd takeover. Lydia’s become quite the resourceful snake in the grass of late, but these fools she’s dealing with should have known better than to let their guard down. Clearly the prison was practice for Todd’s uncle and his crew, as they’re now looking to get into the empire business. I do feel for Hank, as he’s now started to see the hard truth about his position in this mess. Just like his boss and Gus, they’ll hang him out to dry with Walt just like he said, seconds after he’s shared the story, arrest or no arrest. It sucks, but that’s the nature of the beast, so I’m not surprised at all to see Hank want to go down fighting. After all, he doesn’t want it to be all for nothing either. I’m just as scared as I am excited to see what happens between Hank and Jesse next week.
DRUG RELATED PROTIP:
Giving away millions of dollars attracts unwanted attention...especially when you drive through a park and crash your car into a merry-go-round.
Saul offers up some free advice about what to do with Hank, by way of a “one way trip to Belize”. Walt to Saul, “I’ll send you to Belize.”
Jesse’s becoming a real bitch.
Marie vs. Skyler. Nuff said.
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|Extra Tidbit:||Beware of Todd.|