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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 2 / July 22, 2012)

07.23.2012

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EPISODE 2: Madrigal

THE HOOK:

There's a gaping hole in the Meth distribution market. Walter White has crowned himself king, but this kingdom comes with a cost and those close to Walt are starting to realize a dark change is coming.

THE LOWDOWN:

I love the way this show's become synonymous with quirky opening scenes that look and feel so far out in left field you actually find yourself saying, "what the f*ck is this?" This episode opens with such a scene. This dude eating nuggets made me hungry, I mean damn, you can't tell I'm the only one wondering just how tasty "Franch" really is. This scene sets the tone for tonight's episode. I enjoy a good shakedown and that's exactly what the cops are doing, going through each and every person Gus not only worked with, but knew or even said "hello" to. Can't say I blame them, they don't really have shit else to go on but they're trying.


Hank's on a mission, but did he really think he could squeeze Mike? The exchange between them in the interrogation room is priceless, and even if it does end with neither party necessarily on top, there was some badass "sizing each other up" going on. I know I said this last week but Mike is becoming a tremendously layered character who moves mountains in every scene. The breakfast, the interrogation, the sit down with the boys and the list goes on and on. He's the proverbial glue holding this mess together. It's a shame about the two million though, but then again, we needed something to get him back on board. Good thing too, I don't know how the boys would pull this off without him. Not that they couldn't per say, but trust is a tough commodity at this stage of the game.

Walter White. You know what, I don't care if he's going evil, I can't turn on the guy. Watching closely, it's the small things that get me. Tonight for example, he's sitting with Saul and Jesse, but those two are on the couch and he's in a chair by himself, like he's on a throne commanding his subjects. It's subtle, but it's there. Yet, he still gives me chills on a personal level when you see what he's willing to do to keep his ricin lie afloat. Jesse's a mess, it's eating away at him and yes, I know Walt's plan was a means to an end, but I really feel for Jesse...mainly because his love and trust for Walt is genuine. I guess that's the appeal they're trying to focus on this season, as I'm sure, the truth will come into play somehow down the road and I wouldn't be at all surprised if the end climax becomes a Jesse vs. Walt showdown to the death (the same way I think DEXTER will end with a showdown between him and Deb). I sincerely hope not, but I could see it.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's second episode drops a dump truck of tension on our faces with no sign of letting up anytime soon (or at all for that matter). Personally I love it, being constantly on the edge of my seat, unblinking eyes transfixed on the screen, fully engrossed in the story and all the characters involved...now THAT is a powerful show ladies and gentlemen. I hope Skyler lightens the hell up though, I don't get her bellyaching. Her character has gone up and down, surviving a cancer ordeal, money laundering, and fraud. She clearly had no problem cheating on her husband when the chips were down, or shifting from innocent to super bitch whenever she feels necessary. So now that the smoke's settled why the hell can't she cheer up? She's long past the point of no return, so spare me the guilty consciences/fear song and dance. Oh no, Walt killed someone to protect the family, man up woman and sync back in with your family, they need you.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

If you have a list of potential squealers that may or may not turn you over the to police, don't show this list to one of them, ask him to kill the rest and when he refuses, go the next one on the list and do the same thing. Paranoia and stupidity don't mix well. They don't end well either.

BEST LINE:

Mike's reaction to Lydia, the list and killing his crew, "I don't know what kind of movies you've been watching but here in the real world it doesn't work that way."

BITCH-O-METER:

It truly pains me to say this...but Jesse didn't say bitch once tonight. I'll forgive though, cause he's got a lot on his mind right now.

COOLEST SCENE:

This whole episode felt like one big cool scene tonight, but I've narrowed it down to a tie: The opening scene with Mike and Lydia at the restaurant. Mike owned this scene as he tries to put her mind at ease (she should've listened). Then there's the scene from the trailer I posted last week, I know we've already seen it, but it's damn powerful. Does Hank realize after this chat with his boss that Walter's a potential suspect? Not sure yet, but I can't wait to see those two alone in a room.

FINAL VERDICT:



TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: It would be nice to see Jesse, Mike, Skyler and the kids come out of this unscathed...but I doubt that'll happen.
Source: JoBlo.com

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12:47PM on 07/25/2012

The eight episode split

Soooo, is there only eight episodes in this 'first half', and when does the second eight come back?
Soooo, is there only eight episodes in this 'first half', and when does the second eight come back?
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1:01AM on 07/25/2012
I loved that final scene in the house with the chick, though I'm still kinda unsure if Mike decided to let her go for the hookup, or if he got what he needed and then smoked her. I hope he smoked her, she deserved it.
I loved that final scene in the house with the chick, though I'm still kinda unsure if Mike decided to let her go for the hookup, or if he got what he needed and then smoked her. I hope he smoked her, she deserved it.
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10:55PM on 07/24/2012
I agree about Jesse and Walt, but I'm thinking Hank will figure it all out long before Jesse does so the real question is what happens then. Now that will be a cool scene!
I agree about Jesse and Walt, but I'm thinking Hank will figure it all out long before Jesse does so the real question is what happens then. Now that will be a cool scene!
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10:54PM on 07/24/2012
I agree about Jesse and Walt, but I'm thinking Hank will figure it all out long before Jesse does so the real question is what happens then. Now that will be a cool scene!
I agree about Jesse and Walt, but I'm thinking Hank will figure it all out long before Jesse does so the real question is what happens then. Now that will be a cool scene!
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10:23AM on 07/24/2012

Right on spot!

I agree with everything in the review...My only question is where can I find last weeks review. I wish I had known you guys were doing this so I could have read it last week too.
I agree with everything in the review...My only question is where can I find last weeks review. I wish I had known you guys were doing this so I could have read it last week too.
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10:52PM on 07/24/2012
You can check it out here brother. Glad you enjoyed it :)

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You can check it out here brother. Glad you enjoyed it :)

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2:18AM on 07/24/2012
Well with this being the last season, its only a matter of time before Hank figures out whats up. Im guessing thats what the beginning of the 1st episode was about, Walt on the run in New Hampshire.
Well with this being the last season, its only a matter of time before Hank figures out whats up. Im guessing thats what the beginning of the 1st episode was about, Walt on the run in New Hampshire.
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10:55PM on 07/24/2012
I hope that gun's not for taking on the Hank and the police...
I hope that gun's not for taking on the Hank and the police...
1:02AM on 07/25/2012
From the looks of the trailer, Hank and his wife are onto Walt now. Then again, it's probably misleading cause she's kinda dumb.
From the looks of the trailer, Hank and his wife are onto Walt now. Then again, it's probably misleading cause she's kinda dumb.
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12:29AM on 07/24/2012
Mike's between a rock and a hard place, but I pity anyone who gets in his way.
Mike's between a rock and a hard place, but I pity anyone who gets in his way.
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10:32PM on 07/23/2012
Loved this episode and you're right, it doesn't get much more intense but it's the building gap between Jesse and Walt that has me thinking too. It's sad to know that one of them will have to go.
Loved this episode and you're right, it doesn't get much more intense but it's the building gap between Jesse and Walt that has me thinking too. It's sad to know that one of them will have to go.
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10:31PM on 07/23/2012
Loved this episode and you're right, it doesn't get much more intense but it's the building gap between Jesse and Walt that has me thinking too. It's sad to know that one of them will have to go.
Loved this episode and you're right, it doesn't get much more intense but it's the building gap between Jesse and Walt that has me thinking too. It's sad to know that one of them will have to go.
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5:40PM on 07/23/2012

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Another great episode, but I disagree about Skyler. She's scared out of her mind, I imagine. Walt has completely turned his leaf and become something much worse than I think she could imagine him being. She knows that he blew up Gus. And now he's making subtle threats to her, like last weeks final line about forgiving her. He's basically a suburban godfather, and now he's lording his power over people, including her. I do kind of fear for him though. Walt is getting very arrogant and you know
Another great episode, but I disagree about Skyler. She's scared out of her mind, I imagine. Walt has completely turned his leaf and become something much worse than I think she could imagine him being. She knows that he blew up Gus. And now he's making subtle threats to her, like last weeks final line about forgiving her. He's basically a suburban godfather, and now he's lording his power over people, including her. I do kind of fear for him though. Walt is getting very arrogant and you know he's going to make a huge mistake somewhere along the line.

I love Mike though. He seems to be sick and tired of nearly everyone around him. He showed nothing but contempt for nearly everyone he talked to in the episode. And I also agree about Walt and Jesse. I think it's going to come down to the two of them. It seems like the biggest justifiable end to their relationship, with Jesse coming out on top. Walt has continuously betrayed his trust, and Jesse keeps running back to him. You could see Walt's regret when Jesse apologized to him, so I think there is a possibility for Walt to get some redemption, but at this point, he's in so far that the only justifiable thing is for Walt to come face to face one last time with one of these people he's betrayed.
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10:32PM on 07/23/2012
I think Mike would rather just shoot everyone and call it a day and that's probably what he'd have ended up doing until the cops took the money.
I think Mike would rather just shoot everyone and call it a day and that's probably what he'd have ended up doing until the cops took the money.
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3:59PM on 07/23/2012

Skyler

SPOILERS

I think Skyler has every right to feel afraid of Walt. Not only have both final scenes of these couple episodes been creepy as hell, that alone would make anyone scared of their significant other. But I think she can tell that now this isn't about making a shit ton of money, this is about Walt's ego and hunger for power. Saul said it, he's won the lottery; he's lucky to be alive at this point. I wouldn't be surprised if Skyler shares the sentiment. Hell Mike didn't want anything to
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I think Skyler has every right to feel afraid of Walt. Not only have both final scenes of these couple episodes been creepy as hell, that alone would make anyone scared of their significant other. But I think she can tell that now this isn't about making a shit ton of money, this is about Walt's ego and hunger for power. Saul said it, he's won the lottery; he's lucky to be alive at this point. I wouldn't be surprised if Skyler shares the sentiment. Hell Mike didn't want anything to do with Walt (time bomb line). We all know this is true, we've known it for a long time. Walt in no longer a kingpin's cook, he want to be the kingpin, she knows it and is scared of what that will bring. This is how the sentiment manifests in her character.
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12:49PM on 07/25/2012
I'm still on the fence with Skyler so far, she's scared sure, but I would think her ability to cope should've made her stronger. I'm waiting for her character to "jump back into it".
I'm still on the fence with Skyler so far, she's scared sure, but I would think her ability to cope should've made her stronger. I'm waiting for her character to "jump back into it".
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3:57PM on 07/23/2012

Skyler

I don't get her either, like you said she's survived more than enough up till now so why drama queen pity party now. Then again, everyone can't he happy go lucky. Damn morals.
I don't get her either, like you said she's survived more than enough up till now so why drama queen pity party now. Then again, everyone can't he happy go lucky. Damn morals.
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2:03PM on 07/23/2012
I somehow missed last weeks when it was posted but I'm happy to see you're reviewing this. I love Breaking Bad and it's off to a wicked start. This season's gonna go by way too fast.
I somehow missed last weeks when it was posted but I'm happy to see you're reviewing this. I love Breaking Bad and it's off to a wicked start. This season's gonna go by way too fast.
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