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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 5 / August 12, 2012)

Aug. 13, 2012by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 5: Dead Freight

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:

There have been many a red herring and character side story introduced this season, but I've been waiting for the one catalyst to really heat things up. Tonight I got it. This series gets you with the episode intros which as I've said before, are quite frankly all over the place, but end up making sense and packing some serious punch. A kid on a dirt bike combing the desert. There are a million things you'd think he would uncover, but a tarantula isn't one of them. Suffice to say, the beginning is intricately tied to the ending of the episode and things don't end well.


The Hank and Walt situation is also bubbling with tension. If you're like me, you're waiting for that one moment when Hank puts it together and then looks over and sees that Walt just realized he put it together (I picture the opening of RED DRAGON with Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins). This doesn't take place tonight, but Walt sure is laying it on thick by planting a bug and wire in his office. Hank will find those two bits of evidence and there's no one else to connect them to other than Walt. It's a dangerous game, but when the stakes are this high you have to take risks...like robbing a train.

I've got to hand it to Jesse, he's sharper than a Hattori Hanzo sword this season. Gone is the moping side kick along for the ride, gone is junkie expendable loser whose nothing but dead weight (truth be told this transformation started last season, but now it's truly blossomed) and now Jesse (James) is the man with the plan. I'll be the first to admit that the boys made jacking a train looks much easier than it is, but they did the math and the bullshit meter on my suspension of disbelief didn't hit the red, not even close. I dug the heist, it was smart and clean in theory. They made a good point about 9/11 though when it comes to security, crime is nowhere near as easy as it used to be.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's fifth episode had a gangster/heist movie vibe going on and I dug every second of it (the fact that Hank says he bought HEAT on Blu-ray was enough to set the mood). Does that Lydia have nine damn lives or what? I swear she's gliding by the skin of her teeth. I'll also give Skyler her due tonight, she's regained focus and presents an argument with Walt that made even me nod my head in agreement. That's all we asked for Skyler, knock off the crazy and get in the game, which she accomplished beautifully. All that said, the ramifications of tonight's episode may very well mark the beginning of the end for our merry band of thieves.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

Trains can still be robbed (yes, companies still use trains to transport merchandise) and apparently the people driving them are easily fooled. And when in doubt, just add water.

BEST LINE:

Walt and Skyler win again as Skyler takes a condescending shot at Walt when she sees dirt on his hands. Skyler, "Out burying bodes?" Walt, "Robbing a train." Priceless.

BITCH-O-METER:

Finally he says it...once. Yeah bitch!

COOLEST SCENE:

I'll give credit where it's due when it comes to the train robbery. It was presented intelligently and executed with the perfect amount of tension build up. It's not HEAT, but I dug the effort.

FINAL VERDICT:



TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

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12:05AM on 08/15/2012
Somewhat, off topic-but related question. Anyone else have the same theory as me that Gustavo Fring was a relative or son of a former NAZI who escaped to Chile after World War II? If you look at the facts, it's not so far fetched.
-Gustavo Fring, is hypothesized as an alias by Hank due to Frings records beginning with arrival in Mexico in 1986
- Don Eladio, the cartel's leader, mentions that he spares Gus' life only because he knows who Gus is, and warns him that he "isn't in Chile
Somewhat, off topic-but related question. Anyone else have the same theory as me that Gustavo Fring was a relative or son of a former NAZI who escaped to Chile after World War II? If you look at the facts, it's not so far fetched.
-Gustavo Fring, is hypothesized as an alias by Hank due to Frings records beginning with arrival in Mexico in 1986
- Don Eladio, the cartel's leader, mentions that he spares Gus' life only because he knows who Gus is, and warns him that he "isn't in Chile anymore"
- Gus has substantial friends in Germany
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2:18PM on 08/14/2012
This is the perfect definition of character transformation we're seeing with Walt, it kinda sucks that it's from good to evil but he's still the man.
This is the perfect definition of character transformation we're seeing with Walt, it kinda sucks that it's from good to evil but he's still the man.
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11:09PM on 08/13/2012

No fingernails left

I'll tell ya, J.A., every season has had its "how are they gonna pull off this one?" moments, but tonight and the earlier magnet heist have had me squeezing my buttcheeks. This "A-list" show is like watching a perpetual Hitchcock movie and the acting and writing could not be more superb. Also, my boy Jesse has come to the fore as a heist mastermind extraordinaire. When he let loose tonight's "bitch" I clapped in your honor, BTW. Can't wait to see what kind of cliffhanger they will torture
I'll tell ya, J.A., every season has had its "how are they gonna pull off this one?" moments, but tonight and the earlier magnet heist have had me squeezing my buttcheeks. This "A-list" show is like watching a perpetual Hitchcock movie and the acting and writing could not be more superb. Also, my boy Jesse has come to the fore as a heist mastermind extraordinaire. When he let loose tonight's "bitch" I clapped in your honor, BTW. Can't wait to see what kind of cliffhanger they will torture us with in three!
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4:33PM on 08/13/2012

Next Week

Jesse is going to go bat-shit crazy on Todd.
Jesse is going to go bat-shit crazy on Todd.
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3:28PM on 08/13/2012
Fantastic Episode, I was on the edge of my seat for the last 15 mins of the ep before that gut punch at the end. Sunday cant come sooner. My only problem is knowing every week we come closer to the mid season break and if it becomes any more tense I may break down and cry
Fantastic Episode, I was on the edge of my seat for the last 15 mins of the ep before that gut punch at the end. Sunday cant come sooner. My only problem is knowing every week we come closer to the mid season break and if it becomes any more tense I may break down and cry
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3:11PM on 08/13/2012

Best line

You're right, that conversation between Walt and Skyler was well timed and pure gold.
You're right, that conversation between Walt and Skyler was well timed and pure gold.
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2:54PM on 08/13/2012

Train

The train scene was about as great an episode climax as I've seen in this show thus far.
The train scene was about as great an episode climax as I've seen in this show thus far.
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2:54PM on 08/13/2012

Train

The train scene was about as great an episode climax as I've seen in this show thus far.
The train scene was about as great an episode climax as I've seen in this show thus far.
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12:47PM on 08/13/2012

The Heat reference is not gonna be a coincidence.

I'm guessing Todd will turn out to be the Waingro of Walt's operation. This was another doozie of an episode. I don't know how this show keeps getting better, but it does. Can't wait to see "the shit hit the fan" next week as Aaron Paul stated on the amctv.com recap.
I'm guessing Todd will turn out to be the Waingro of Walt's operation. This was another doozie of an episode. I don't know how this show keeps getting better, but it does. Can't wait to see "the shit hit the fan" next week as Aaron Paul stated on the amctv.com recap.
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2:54PM on 08/13/2012
I can see totally see that. Good call.
I can see totally see that. Good call.
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11:59AM on 08/13/2012
Great episode and spot on review as always.
Great episode and spot on review as always.
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5:45AM on 08/13/2012
The entire episode was great, but the last 15 minutes were so intense I was gritting my teeth and covering my mouth almost the whole time. That was a hell of a train robbery, some of the most intense tv I have seen in years. But those final moments with the kid....wow. It's a new low for the tv show, and I can't fathom where we go from here. But this was some excellent tv and I will be thinking about this until next week's episode.
The entire episode was great, but the last 15 minutes were so intense I was gritting my teeth and covering my mouth almost the whole time. That was a hell of a train robbery, some of the most intense tv I have seen in years. But those final moments with the kid....wow. It's a new low for the tv show, and I can't fathom where we go from here. But this was some excellent tv and I will be thinking about this until next week's episode.
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3:13PM on 08/13/2012
I was on the edge of my seat yelling at the TV.
I was on the edge of my seat yelling at the TV.
2:32AM on 08/13/2012

GOD DAMMIT, TODD!

Seriously, the episodes this season just keep getting better and better! That Todd is an awesome add to the main story!
Seriously, the episodes this season just keep getting better and better! That Todd is an awesome add to the main story!
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2:32AM on 08/13/2012

GOD DAMMIT, JOBLO!

Double post.
Double post.
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