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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 6 / August 19, 2012)

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EPISODE 6: Buyout

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:

The aftershock of last week's final moments is monstrous, but nothing hammer's in the final coffin nail like taking the kid's dirt bike apart, piece by agonizing piece, and melting the evidence in acid. And then Todd, clearly not the brightest fella in the world, chooses Jesse of all people to shrug it off with by saying "shit happens". Yeah, shit's about to happen to yo face fool. I knew it would hit Jesse like a truck and seeing his eyes when the news broke on TV certainly didn't help. I wasn't sure about the whistling end of things though, when Walt tells him to take off for the rest of the afternoon, but I'm assuming he was disgusted by Walt's carefree attitude.


Poor Mike. Of all of them, he's the one I feel for the most and I'm sure it's because of the granddaughter angle as well as the fact that he's so damn loyal to his crew. Either way, the DEA's on him and they're not going anywhere. As Saul later puts it after their little scam to buy time, Hank's hard on for him only multiplied (that FU message was a nice touch). I like Mike's plan though, it's smart for both he and Jesse to get out with a cool five million now that's the heats back on. Five million dollars is a lot of money, more than they'd ever get at once cooking and far less dangerous to take at this point. You know it won't end up being that easy (obviously), but it was a nice thought.

Now despite all the tension this episode served up and trust me, it's a damn buffet, I have to hand to them when it comes to comic relief because that sit down dinner with Walt, Jesse and Skyler was the most hilariously awkward meal I've ever witnessed. The look on Jesse's face is priceless to begin with once Skyler walks through the door, but his ramblings during the meal up until she mentions the affair is just too much, I couldn't stop laughing or shaking my head.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's sixth episode was tense, highly emotional and fun. It was an odd roller coaster ride off a cliff in the dark because you just never knew what was coming next. I really enjoyed Jesse and Walt's heart to heart about why he's so keen on keeping the business running, it was a hard sell, Jesse's point was right on the money, five million was far more than either of them ever dreamed of making. But aside from ego, blood, sweat, tears and loss, I can see that Walt's still heavily scarred by his past. Those two really burned him and though I don't blame him for feeling bitter, taking five million and calling it a day isn't such a bad cop out. Then again, when you're the impending king of an empire you helped build and now have the chance to mold into whatever you want, I can see that being a difficult thing to turn your back on. It's the principle of it all.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

Acid can solve even the messiest of situations. And the DEA hate it when you tell them to f*ck off. Even if all you did was write it on paper.

BEST LINE:

Mike wins tonight when he responds to Walt after telling him about the DEA tails he's had to ditch. Mike, "No Walter, I didn't drive out to our Meth headquarters with the cops behind me."

BITCH-O-METER:

Nothing. I'm starting to think Jesse doesn't like me very much.

COOLEST SCENE:

The coolest (and most painful looking) scene tonight is when Walt MacGyver's his way out of his imprisonment with a live wire. You can bet that'll leave a mark.

FINAL VERDICT:



TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: The meeting between Mike, Walt, Jesse and Mike's buyers is bound to be interesting.
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3:12PM on 08/21/2012
Walt is a mastermind manipulator but it'll come back to haunt him at some point. Like every great hero/villain, he'll slip up and overlook something that'll take a big bite out of his ass.
Walt is a mastermind manipulator but it'll come back to haunt him at some point. Like every great hero/villain, he'll slip up and overlook something that'll take a big bite out of his ass.
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11:51PM on 08/20/2012
I don't blame Walt one bit, you build an empire like that, taking the hits you took and dealing the killing blows you had to, I wouldn't walk away either. Of course I'm not saying five million wouldn't be tempting...
I don't blame Walt one bit, you build an empire like that, taking the hits you took and dealing the killing blows you had to, I wouldn't walk away either. Of course I'm not saying five million wouldn't be tempting...
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10:10PM on 08/20/2012
Just two episodes left...this sucks but tonight's episode rocked. I thought Jesse was gonna kill Todd for sure. I'm sure that won't be the last punch in the face he gets.
Just two episodes left...this sucks but tonight's episode rocked. I thought Jesse was gonna kill Todd for sure. I'm sure that won't be the last punch in the face he gets.
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6:47PM on 08/20/2012

The Empire Business.

Loved tonight's episode. I couldn't help but find myself comparing Jesse's plea to Walt to the show Deal or no Deal? I mean $5 million is a ton of money, and Walt should definitely take it. But he can't. Not when he's certain he can more than quadruple it. These last two episodes are going to be MONEY.
Loved tonight's episode. I couldn't help but find myself comparing Jesse's plea to Walt to the show Deal or no Deal? I mean $5 million is a ton of money, and Walt should definitely take it. But he can't. Not when he's certain he can more than quadruple it. These last two episodes are going to be MONEY.
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4:58PM on 08/20/2012
That supper scene was the perfect tension breaker and was funny as balls.
That supper scene was the perfect tension breaker and was funny as balls.
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4:56PM on 08/20/2012
That supper scene was the perfect tension breaker and was funny as balls.
That supper scene was the perfect tension breaker and was funny as balls.
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11:52PM on 08/20/2012
I couldn't stop laughing as he ate those awful looking green beans.
I couldn't stop laughing as he ate those awful looking green beans.
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1:15PM on 08/20/2012

I'm always late..

So hey, BrBa has been deemed good enough to review every week!? Whoa! You guys know this is TV right, not a movie.. ;-)

Been battling health issues and just caught this, but looking forward to catching up with the other reviews.. :-)
So hey, BrBa has been deemed good enough to review every week!? Whoa! You guys know this is TV right, not a movie.. ;-)

Been battling health issues and just caught this, but looking forward to catching up with the other reviews.. :-)
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5:34AM on 08/20/2012
Great episode and a nice segue into all the underlying tension going on. There are no real acts of war or big confrontations yet, but it's certainly moving in that direction. I'm starting to get a clearer picture of the whole flash forward scene from the beginning of the season, though I still can't tell what is going to happen. I also like the nods to the past. I imagine towards the end, we'll learn about Walt's past history and why it has such a significant impression on his present and
Great episode and a nice segue into all the underlying tension going on. There are no real acts of war or big confrontations yet, but it's certainly moving in that direction. I'm starting to get a clearer picture of the whole flash forward scene from the beginning of the season, though I still can't tell what is going to happen. I also like the nods to the past. I imagine towards the end, we'll learn about Walt's past history and why it has such a significant impression on his present and future. It's also more and more clear that Walt is little motivated by money and almost entirely interested in being the king. I like that Jesse brings up that Walt was only interested in less than $1 mil. and now he shirks at $5 mil. It's just sad to see that Walt is taking everyone down with him. I really hope the before Walt's ship goes down, everyone else will be able to get away relatively clean.
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4:35AM on 08/20/2012

Walt's story about Gray Matter?

I think that Walt's story about buying out his contract with Gray Matter is just another lie to manipulate Jesse into staying inside the meth game with him. Remember in season 2 when Gretchen said that she didn't know why he just left her at her parents house or something when they were still together. Overall, another damn great episode.
I think that Walt's story about buying out his contract with Gray Matter is just another lie to manipulate Jesse into staying inside the meth game with him. Remember in season 2 when Gretchen said that she didn't know why he just left her at her parents house or something when they were still together. Overall, another damn great episode.
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4:58PM on 08/20/2012
I think it half and half, you're right, he's not that broken up about it that he can't move on, but I also agree that he's been jaded by it as well. It's hard to say what all's bubbling under Walt's surface but I'm sure it wasn't all just a speech to win Jesse over.
I think it half and half, you're right, he's not that broken up about it that he can't move on, but I also agree that he's been jaded by it as well. It's hard to say what all's bubbling under Walt's surface but I'm sure it wasn't all just a speech to win Jesse over.
10:12PM on 08/20/2012
I think Walt was being sincere about the past, but either way he'd never give up the biz, not after all they've been through, it doesn't matter how much money they could cash out with. Like JA said, it's the principle.
I think Walt was being sincere about the past, but either way he'd never give up the biz, not after all they've been through, it doesn't matter how much money they could cash out with. Like JA said, it's the principle.
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