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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 7 / August 26, 2012)

Aug. 27, 2012by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 7: Say My Name

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 folks, give me a second to catch my breath here because that episode pulled at every emotion I'm capable of feeling. I'll start by saying that shit hit's the fan tonight so there's going to be some spoilers mixed in here (one really), but I'll keep it to the last paragraph. That said, if you haven't watched the episode yet, please do so before reading this. You've been warned. I loved the opening scene tonight with Walt breezing in to meet Mike's guys and slowly unveiling his identity until they're all unmistakably sure of who they're dealing with. I didn't care for Walt's "say my name" bit, aside from how ridiculous it sounds in this situation, you're not Bane about to break Batman's back here Walt, you've got balls of stainless steel to be sure, but you should've stayed ahead of the game with your coke analogy.


I get that Walt's still in denial about Jesse's decision to leave, but does he really think he can talk him out of it at this point? Jesse rocking five million on some tropical island sounds like the best plan ever, and then to lowball him and threaten to give him nothing? I have to quote Rick James by saying "that's cold blooded". His whole meltdown stunk of desperation which not only sets the stage but also sets the tempo for the rest of this episode. I mean seriously Walt, you get Todd's dumbass to help you cook? Of course the dude didn't take chemistry in school, he'd have probably blown off his damn face and you want to give him the opportunity to blow you both to bits? Not to mention the potential for him double crossing you once he's got the formula and putting two in the back of your skull.

So boys, why in God's name did you choose to use someone other than Saul for your lawyer needs? The heat's on, sure, but this guy wasn't thinking outside the box. Bacon infused cookies and cake pops won't get you out of the shit storm you now find yourself in my friend so I hope you brought goggles. And is it me, or did lighting strike twice when it comes to Walt sneaking that bug out of Hank's office? I still can't believe Hank hasn't started putting it together yet, but then again, I suppose that'll probably happen during the next half of the season now that Mike's off the radar and Walt is clearly looking to take out the names on that list.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's seventh episode still found me rooting for Walt despite all the despicable things he's done and is willing to do, but at the end of the day I can't condone his actions as the episode came to a close. I saw it coming too, hoping and praying I was wrong, once he told Saul and Jesse he'd deliver Mike's bag. Mike's point about all of this being Walt's fault for having too big an ego and not just going along with the sure thing they had going with Gus was spot on. Doing things that way wouldn't have made for killer TV, but it's the hard truth either way. It pained me to see the raw emotion in Mike's eyes when the cops came and he had to leave his granddaughter behind. It pains me to know they'll no doubt confiscate her money, again. But seeing Walt shoot Mike was a game changer for me. I love this show and I still find Walt's journey interesting, but he really crossed the line and now there's no chance of coming back. I just hope Jesse doesn't suffer the same fate.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

You really can't trust lawyers...that aren't Saul Goodman. And cops are smarter than you think, so when it comes to cash, wire that shit to Cayman Islands.

BEST LINE:

I loved Walt's coca cola analogy at the beginning where he says to Mike's guys, "Do you really want to live in a world without coca cola?" And of course when he's telling them little bits about who he is and finally the guy says, "Heisenberg" and Walt responds, "You're God damn right."

BITCH-O-METER:

Even though you're cock blocking me bigtime here Jesse, I'm still rooting for ya.

COOLEST SCENE:

The coolest scene by far is the opening where Walt lays it all down for Mike's contacts at the deal. It was ballsy and cool as hell. I also dug the last conversation with Mike where he puts it all on Walt's head, I just didn't like the way it ended.

FINAL VERDICT:



TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: We're going miss you Mike.
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8:10AM on 08/27/2012
Anyone who says they didn't like the ending is lying. We all liked it, if we didn't, we wouldn't love Breaking Bad so much. I have never loved/hated a character on television more than I do Walter White. Props to Bryan Cranston.
Anyone who says they didn't like the ending is lying. We all liked it, if we didn't, we wouldn't love Breaking Bad so much. I have never loved/hated a character on television more than I do Walter White. Props to Bryan Cranston.
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3:15PM on 08/27/2012
I should of never wrote "poor writing" in my comment because the series BB is amazing regardless without Mike's character. But I will say that Mike's death felt very rushed like they wanted to sweep his ass underneath a rug. This feeling or opinion I have could be directly because Vince Gilligan said this was going to be the last BB season. Since I figured everyone was going to be doomed this season anyways. I just expected a more explosive or meaningful death for Mike's character. Watching
I should of never wrote "poor writing" in my comment because the series BB is amazing regardless without Mike's character. But I will say that Mike's death felt very rushed like they wanted to sweep his ass underneath a rug. This feeling or opinion I have could be directly because Vince Gilligan said this was going to be the last BB season. Since I figured everyone was going to be doomed this season anyways. I just expected a more explosive or meaningful death for Mike's character. Watching Walt stand next to Mike (who is dying by the stream) say; I could of got the names from Lydia anyways. Walt is a thinker and a planner and this just felt way to impulsive, even for Walt's character. I have read other comments saying that Walt shot Mike because he was jealous watching Jesse shake hands with him when the departed. That is pretty weak. No matter, still a great show and I believe it can still have a great finale. Hopefully Walt's evil wife swallows a bullet.
4:07PM on 08/27/2012
I see where you are coming from now. In all honesty though, how do we know this was rushed? Maybe his death really makes the story roll and the end that much more epic. Maybe he had to die for certain things to happen to Walt/Jessie/Hank
I see where you are coming from now. In all honesty though, how do we know this was rushed? Maybe his death really makes the story roll and the end that much more epic. Maybe he had to die for certain things to happen to Walt/Jessie/Hank
4:57PM on 08/27/2012
I agree, his death was to pave the road for the showdown between Jesse/Hank and Walt.
I agree, his death was to pave the road for the showdown between Jesse/Hank and Walt.
1:25AM on 08/27/2012
Mike knew... "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner"

really pulling for jesse now... will be curious how much longer he can be kept in the dark to everything
Mike knew... "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner"

really pulling for jesse now... will be curious how much longer he can be kept in the dark to everything
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10:36PM on 08/27/2012
With Mike out, we can only hope Jesse's on his A game, cause if it's not him it's Hank as I don't think the drug dealer guys will be the demise of Walt at this point. Next episode is gonna be balls to the wall.
With Mike out, we can only hope Jesse's on his A game, cause if it's not him it's Hank as I don't think the drug dealer guys will be the demise of Walt at this point. Next episode is gonna be balls to the wall.
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5:35PM on 08/27/2012

Mike

As my avatar would indictate, I was and am a gigantic Mike fan. Was I sorry to see him go? Yes. Did I shed a couple of tears at his demise? Yes. But did I see it coming? Yes. Walt is no longer the kindhearted man we've grown to love, he is now a soulless, inhuman tactician who kills anyone who fucks with him. I commend Vince Gilligan so much for taking such a beloved character and making him utterly unsympathetic. The real question now is, when and how will Jesse find out? And when he
As my avatar would indictate, I was and am a gigantic Mike fan. Was I sorry to see him go? Yes. Did I shed a couple of tears at his demise? Yes. But did I see it coming? Yes. Walt is no longer the kindhearted man we've grown to love, he is now a soulless, inhuman tactician who kills anyone who fucks with him. I commend Vince Gilligan so much for taking such a beloved character and making him utterly unsympathetic. The real question now is, when and how will Jesse find out? And when he does, what will he do? If it becomes Walt vs. Jesse, i'll side with Jesse. The opening of the season premiere is set a year in the future, with Walt gearing up for war. War with whom? Who did he fuck over? And is Jesse in league with those who want him dead? Will Jesse become a soulless human being consumed by vengeance for what Walt has done? I hope not, but Jesse is my hero now. Walt is my enemy.
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5:41PM on 08/27/2012
And as Mike would say, "No more half measures" Jesse.
And as Mike would say, "No more half measures" Jesse.
9:22AM on 08/27/2012
Mike's scene in the park completely reminded me of De niro in Heat.
Mike's scene in the park completely reminded me of De niro in Heat.
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3:50AM on 08/27/2012

Potential spoilers for next week!!!!!!

What in the hell is going to happen next sunday to set up the last run of this magnificent show. I literally have no idea what is going to happen. Cancer? Skylar suicide? Hank finds out? Jesse dies or rats him out. Walt is obviously going to lie to Jesse about Mike but a great loss is coming to Walt's door. There is no other way about it. Next week is going to be fucking crazy.
What in the hell is going to happen next sunday to set up the last run of this magnificent show. I literally have no idea what is going to happen. Cancer? Skylar suicide? Hank finds out? Jesse dies or rats him out. Walt is obviously going to lie to Jesse about Mike but a great loss is coming to Walt's door. There is no other way about it. Next week is going to be fucking crazy.
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7:56PM on 08/27/2012
I think the scene at the start of the season and the gun Walt gets is to use against Hank. Could be for Jesse or the drug dealers from this episode, who knows. I would like to see some Walt Jr., he is the only one who can bring Walt back now and he is no where to be found. I think in the end Skyler is going to tell Hank about Walt, Walt is going to kill Jesse because he thinks he told the DEA, then Walt finds out Skyler did it and kills her, then Hank kills Walt
I think the scene at the start of the season and the gun Walt gets is to use against Hank. Could be for Jesse or the drug dealers from this episode, who knows. I would like to see some Walt Jr., he is the only one who can bring Walt back now and he is no where to be found. I think in the end Skyler is going to tell Hank about Walt, Walt is going to kill Jesse because he thinks he told the DEA, then Walt finds out Skyler did it and kills her, then Hank kills Walt
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10:37PM on 08/27/2012
Totally agree that Walt Jr. is the one and only character than can get through to Walt at this point, how that plays out remains to be seen.
Totally agree that Walt Jr. is the one and only character than can get through to Walt at this point, how that plays out remains to be seen.
4:55PM on 08/27/2012
Wicked episode until mike dies, that's a real bummer but I guess they probably wanted to clear the path for the next part of the season for Walt and whomever to go head to head.
Wicked episode until mike dies, that's a real bummer but I guess they probably wanted to clear the path for the next part of the season for Walt and whomever to go head to head.
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12:34PM on 08/27/2012
First I want to say I think "Breaking Bad" is the TV best show on. I have not missed an episode since the very first one aired.
My Opinion; For such a big character like Mike, his death was way to forced or shall I say rushed. The rant that Ehrmantraut gives Walt in the park right before he gets shot made no sense whatsoever as Mike is always one step ahead and informed on everyone's plans and actions before they occur. Remember when Mike stops the twins before they hack up Walter in his
First I want to say I think "Breaking Bad" is the TV best show on. I have not missed an episode since the very first one aired.
My Opinion; For such a big character like Mike, his death was way to forced or shall I say rushed. The rant that Ehrmantraut gives Walt in the park right before he gets shot made no sense whatsoever as Mike is always one step ahead and informed on everyone's plans and actions before they occur. Remember when Mike stops the twins before they hack up Walter in his bedroom. When Mike was yelling at Walter saying he should've known his place and just cooked and worked with Fring and not killed him. This is poor writing or at least rushed as I immediately knew Ehrmantraut was well aware that all Fring wanted was Walt's blue recipe to give to Gale (his cook) so he can kill both Walt and Jesse. Obviously if you are Walt and Jesse you are going to retaliate in which they both did.
I definitely knew Mike was going to eventually meet his demise somehow on the show as I was hoping not to see some Hollywood happy ending. Hollywood has no place on this show as it would not work especially at the rate on where the pass two seasons are headed. In the end, I thought Mike death was actually a Hollywood death. Mike's character was a pivotal character throughout the whole series, he should of had such a meaningful or much more explosive exit than last night. I will state that Mike's death does not affect me enough to stop watching. I will be watching BB next week. Just think the skillful writer(s) could of thought of something better.
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1:35PM on 08/27/2012
I disagree, in reading about this episode and talking to other folks who did not like the passing of Mike and I think it is more of an emotional response to losing such a great character that most people liked and rooted for. As much as I hated to see Mike go and only half way the season, i do like how it went down. I like that fact that this character was in such control and that something so simple could start a chain reaction to bring him down. It shows that in the business these
I disagree, in reading about this episode and talking to other folks who did not like the passing of Mike and I think it is more of an emotional response to losing such a great character that most people liked and rooted for. As much as I hated to see Mike go and only half way the season, i do like how it went down. I like that fact that this character was in such control and that something so simple could start a chain reaction to bring him down. It shows that in the business these characters are in, that no matter how good or careful you are there is no happy or maybe glory ending. That your destiny is not always in your hands as we have seen all series long.
2:12PM on 08/27/2012
I am reading this...I am reading this...okay I stopped reading after "This is poor writing..."
I am reading this...I am reading this...okay I stopped reading after "This is poor writing..."
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