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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 3 / July 29, 2012)

07.30.2012

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EPISODE 3: Hazard Pay

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:

Alright, tonight I feel like a lot happened and it was all good. I loved the opening with Mike going out of his way to not only cover their asses but uphold the "honor amongst thieves" criminal code of integrity. I like that. There's nothing cooler than being able to say, "you have my word" and that's that. It's like when Marsellus Wallace told Jules he was sending the Wolf and Jules was like, "That's all you had to say." Gus was honorable, hell even Tuco's crazy ass was honorable to a point and that's what I like to see. People helping people baby. They're not as easy going as the OCEAN'S ELEVEN crew, but whatever works.


I have to say that beyond a doubt four heads are better than three when it comes to Mike, Saul and the boys. Their portable lab idea is ingenious, you just can't ask for a cooler idea. It looks like a royal pain in the ass to execute, but I can't argue the logic. On that note, it's damn good to see Walt and Jesse suit back up and do what they do best. Their talk about trust was moving, and further fuels my thoughts toward and emotional showdown between the two later on. And talk about a powerful scene, Walt coming face to face with Brock. Damn. I can't help but wonder if he was trying to plant seeds in Jesse's mind simply because his guilty conscience couldn't bear to see Brock on a regular basis. Who knows, but it's a bit of a raw deal for Jesse. Dude just can't seem to win with the ladies.

Speaking of ladies, that was quite a meltdown from Skyler. Don't get me wrong, Marie is one of the most annoying chicks on the planet. She got off lucky with a verbal scolding. I'd have done the same thing only with a chair. Walt earns extra points for being a smooth navigator as he definitely guided his plane out of the danger zone with that misdirecting story of adultery. Well played sir, well played. I wouldn't let it go to your head though brother, because Hank won't be so easily fooled.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's third episode gets the ball rolling and sets some ground rules that you know are going to get broken. Mike and Walt are constantly issuing silent challenges to one another, but both know they need each other...for now. The second that changes, you can bet your ass sparks will fly. And what about that SCARFACE scene? For my money, you can't get much better than Al Pacino's Tony Montana. The look on Skyler's face when she walks in to find Walt, Walt Jr. and their little baby all watching the epic finale was intense. That look coupled with Walt saying, "yeah, everybody dies in this movie" really hit home with Skyler and you know she was thinking the same thing we all are: Is that what's in store for them?


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

Beware fumigation companies as they could very well be cooking more than just vermin in your house. Oh, and inflation is still a bitch even if you own the business.

BEST LINE:

I know the trailer I posted last week ruined the surprise but Mike saying to Walt, "Just because you shot Jesse James, don't make you Jesse James." That's pure gold right there.

BITCH-O-METER:

Damn it Jesse, I rack my brain trying to come up with a witty extra for this column and you stop using your catchphrase. Badger said it once tonight, does that count?

COOLEST SCENE:

I don't know peeps you might disagree with me here, but I have to say this one goes to Walt and Brock sitting on the couch in silence. Brock's playing video games and Walt's brooding only to look over at him in awe, guilt and no doubt many other mixed emotions.

FINAL VERDICT:



TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: God I miss Tuco, he was by far the best villain of the series. Or at the very least, the most fun to watch.
Source: JoBlo.com

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11:55PM on 07/30/2012

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You're right, it totally was the Jesse James bit. That shit's priceless.
You're right, it totally was the Jesse James bit. That shit's priceless.
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7:50PM on 07/30/2012
I sure hope they don't get the Scarface ending...
I sure hope they don't get the Scarface ending...
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2:57PM on 07/30/2012
The new lab idea was smart, but I thought they were going to pick the one that was close to the police station just to make it more dramatic. And it really is the four amigos now, I can't see this scenario without Mike anymore, he's the man.
The new lab idea was smart, but I thought they were going to pick the one that was close to the police station just to make it more dramatic. And it really is the four amigos now, I can't see this scenario without Mike anymore, he's the man.
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12:16PM on 07/30/2012

Scarface...

I wonder how planned the Scarface bit was, considering AMC has been heavily promoting it as part of their mob marathon.
I wonder how planned the Scarface bit was, considering AMC has been heavily promoting it as part of their mob marathon.
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12:04PM on 07/30/2012

Tuco

You're right about Tuco, he was hilariously entertaining to watch. "Tight, Tight, Tight". I miss that guy too.
You're right about Tuco, he was hilariously entertaining to watch. "Tight, Tight, Tight". I miss that guy too.
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2:57PM on 07/30/2012
He was the one bad guy I didn't want to see die.
He was the one bad guy I didn't want to see die.
2:58PM on 07/30/2012
He was the one bad guy I didn't want to see die.
He was the one bad guy I didn't want to see die.
7:51PM on 07/30/2012
Tuco was the biggest badass, I agree there.
Tuco was the biggest badass, I agree there.
11:56PM on 07/30/2012
Tuco was the shit.
Tuco was the shit.
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11:39AM on 07/30/2012
Loved the Scarface addition, it was just the right analogy at just the right time.
Loved the Scarface addition, it was just the right analogy at just the right time.
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11:33AM on 07/30/2012
That Walt and Brock scene was killer.
That Walt and Brock scene was killer.
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11:33AM on 07/30/2012
That Walt and Brock scene was killer.
That Walt and Brock scene was killer.
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10:55AM on 07/30/2012
I especially loved how Badger and Skinny Pete were thrown back into the show, Skinny Pete is a killer piano player! Great layer to add to a minor character.

I've been reading online the mixed reaction to Skyler's breakdown. I dunno how some people can think that scene was poorly written and poorly acted. It was perfectly awkward for all the right reasons.
I especially loved how Badger and Skinny Pete were thrown back into the show, Skinny Pete is a killer piano player! Great layer to add to a minor character.

I've been reading online the mixed reaction to Skyler's breakdown. I dunno how some people can think that scene was poorly written and poorly acted. It was perfectly awkward for all the right reasons.
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11:33AM on 07/30/2012
I agree, Skyler's breakdown looked very real. Perfect.
I agree, Skyler's breakdown looked very real. Perfect.
11:56PM on 07/30/2012
Skinny Pete had mad skills on the piano.
Skinny Pete had mad skills on the piano.
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