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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 8 / September 2, 2012)

09.03.2012

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EPISODE 8: Gliding Over All

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 first half of the final season is over and man oh man were there some fireworks. I'll admit to being angry at Walter for taking Mike out, but then again, Mike knew the score better than anyone and what surprised me the most is that he continuously underestimated Walt, despite knowing how swollen his ego was getting and how desperate he was to get ahead. Getting the list from Lydia wasn't nearly as difficult as Walt surmised and I loved the idea she pitched about an oversees operation (whether or not Gus was truly on board remains to be seen), but the ricin was an especially nice touch. She sure is good at keeping herself above ground, I'll give her that.


The train heist upped the bar for this show, but nothing and I mean nothing can top tonight's prison executions. Are you f*cking kidding me? That was on par with any movie I've ever watched and I've seen them all folks. What an electrifying series of deaths (that fire scene was nuts) and a capsizing blow to Hank's investigation (I guess you should've taken that deal instead of playing hard ball Hank). The prison segment was definitely one for the books. And even though nothing really happens at this point, I loved scene when Hank comes home, pours himself and Walt a drink and then sits there in silence for a couple minutes brooding. The sheer irony of it all hits home with a vengeance (especially in light of tonight's ending).

Speaking of hitting with a vengeance, that knock on the door was the last thing Jesse expected or wanted to see. The tension in the air was so thick for both us and Jesse as none of us knew what Walt was going to do. I swear I held my breath for at least a minute. Walt leaving Jesse the money speaks miles for his character and leads me to believe he's trying to take hold of himself and remember why he got into this in the first place. This isn't redemption as Jesse more than earned that money, but it's a nice nod in that direction. The pile of money Skyler shows Walt is beyond impressive and like she said, "how big does it have to be?" I especially loved the pop deliveries with all that cash hidden in the middle. I'd switch from Pepsi to Coke for one of those pallets.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's eighth episode gives us the impression that Walt knows he's gone too far and (maybe) even feels remorse combined with a longing to have his family back. And how can you not root for the guy when these things finally start to align after all he's done. Sure, his hands are covered in the kind of dirt that all the bleach in the world couldn't get white again, but all this brings back the underdog we've been cheering for all along. Of course, it never ends well with these types of things which leads to the dump heard round the world. I'm disappointed in Walt for leaving something like that lying around, but we all knew it was going to happen. The look on Hank's face almost brought tears to my eyes, not for Walt, but because it's going to be a long as hell wait for the next episode.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

Never rat. You won't be safe anywhere, especially if the people you're ratting out have oober amounts of cash. Silly henchmen.

BEST LINE:

The best surprise line was hearing Walt say to Skyler, "I'm out", but the best egotistical line was from Walt dealing with the prison situation, when Todd's uncle says it can't be done the way he wants. Walt responds, "It can be done exactly the way I want it. The question is, are you the man to do it?"

BITCH-O-METER:

Hey Jesse, YOU'RE RICH BITCH!

COOLEST SCENE:

The coolest scene was the prison executions, and not just for tonight, but for the entire season. I loved when Jesse throws away the gun he was concealing for protection from Walt (which was cool as hell in its own right), but getting rid of the nine names on the list was insane.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Join us next summer for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad.
Source: JoBlo.com

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3:08AM on 09/03/2012

Torturous

...is the word I'd use to describe what the wait for the final 8 episodes will feel like. This is even going to be worse than waiting for Lost Season 4 after the stunning Season 3 finale.
...is the word I'd use to describe what the wait for the final 8 episodes will feel like. This is even going to be worse than waiting for Lost Season 4 after the stunning Season 3 finale.
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4:54PM on 09/03/2012
"The dump heard around the world." LOL

I don't think Walt leaving that book out is too much of a stretch (he had it on his nightstand in previous episodes). It's on the goddamn toilet in his bedroom's bathroom, under two magazines. Hank hasn't set foot inside there in forever and the only thing linking Walt to Gale and Gus is a short note written in the title page. It's a small detail that would only be caught if the right person happened to stumble upon it by sheer coincidence. I feel it's
"The dump heard around the world." LOL

I don't think Walt leaving that book out is too much of a stretch (he had it on his nightstand in previous episodes). It's on the goddamn toilet in his bedroom's bathroom, under two magazines. Hank hasn't set foot inside there in forever and the only thing linking Walt to Gale and Gus is a short note written in the title page. It's a small detail that would only be caught if the right person happened to stumble upon it by sheer coincidence. I feel it's more appropriate that Hank connect the dots this way than actually catching him red handed.
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12:09PM on 09/03/2012
Killer ending but the wait's gonna be waaaay too long. Loved the episode though, good review.
Killer ending but the wait's gonna be waaaay too long. Loved the episode though, good review.
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12:12AM on 09/04/2012
I loved this season (or half) even though the ending was fairly obvious in the Hank department. It would've been nice to see a happily ever after dark version of an ending, but this will end badly I just know it. Can't wait for the next eight episodes!
I loved this season (or half) even though the ending was fairly obvious in the Hank department. It would've been nice to see a happily ever after dark version of an ending, but this will end badly I just know it. Can't wait for the next eight episodes!
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1:11PM on 09/05/2012
This half-season was phenomenal. Every episode was filled with some of the most memorable TV in history. I can't wait to see how it all ends! It will be a long wait for sure, but well worth it.
This half-season was phenomenal. Every episode was filled with some of the most memorable TV in history. I can't wait to see how it all ends! It will be a long wait for sure, but well worth it.
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8:54PM on 09/03/2012
I have some really mixed emotions about this weeks 'finale'. It almost feels as if there should be a director's cut adding some more details to the ending. After the prison montage, everything else sort of felt like a regular episode, not a finale. This makes it even more torturous to have to wait until next year to find out how exactly Walt makes it to his 52nd birthday.

And personally with Walt's copy of 'Leaves of Grass', I think he had that on his nightstand as a trophy. When he moved
I have some really mixed emotions about this weeks 'finale'. It almost feels as if there should be a director's cut adding some more details to the ending. After the prison montage, everything else sort of felt like a regular episode, not a finale. This makes it even more torturous to have to wait until next year to find out how exactly Walt makes it to his 52nd birthday.

And personally with Walt's copy of 'Leaves of Grass', I think he had that on his nightstand as a trophy. When he moved his stuff back home, he stumbled upon that book, smirked smugly, and set it on his nightstand. And after Jesse gave him that watch for his birthday, he set it upon the book from Gale. Fits more that he was trying to subtly keep his victories around as a personal reminder. He probably never expected any visitors to drop a deuce in his and Skylar's private bathroom.
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11:08PM on 09/03/2012
Thats because it wasn't a finale, just the last episode before the break. I hate when shows split up a season into two parts.
Thats because it wasn't a finale, just the last episode before the break. I hate when shows split up a season into two parts.
12:14AM on 09/04/2012
You do know there's eight more right...
You do know there's eight more right...
7:58PM on 09/03/2012
10 out of 10. I had goosebumps after the episode. Me and my girlfriend were just silent. I always compared this show to Dexter because both are essentially about the protagonist living a criminal lifestyle behind the backs of people they love the most. Also both have family members involved with investigation of the very crimes they commit. Both shows I have been waiting for them to get caught by those family members and now the shit is about to get intense. I need Dexter to start now to fill
10 out of 10. I had goosebumps after the episode. Me and my girlfriend were just silent. I always compared this show to Dexter because both are essentially about the protagonist living a criminal lifestyle behind the backs of people they love the most. Also both have family members involved with investigation of the very crimes they commit. Both shows I have been waiting for them to get caught by those family members and now the shit is about to get intense. I need Dexter to start now to fill this void.
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2:50PM on 09/03/2012
The whole episode I was thinking how it would end, my money was on walts cancer coming back. But that end scene was perfect, Its going to be one hell of a wait until next summer
The whole episode I was thinking how it would end, my money was on walts cancer coming back. But that end scene was perfect, Its going to be one hell of a wait until next summer
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12:57PM on 09/03/2012

Go Ahead And Thumbs Down Me, I'm Still Right

Okay, let me start this by saying I love "Breaking Bad" more than any other show, except maybe "The Wire". That ending was bullshit, Walt just had 9 men murdered because their knowledge could lead back to him. Yet, he leaves incriminating evidence from Gail lying around? Get the fuck out. No. No. Walt would not do that, he's far too meticulous and careful, knowing that Hank knows about Heisenberg and was never convinced there wasn't a mastermind behind it all? No, lazy fucking writing.
Okay, let me start this by saying I love "Breaking Bad" more than any other show, except maybe "The Wire". That ending was bullshit, Walt just had 9 men murdered because their knowledge could lead back to him. Yet, he leaves incriminating evidence from Gail lying around? Get the fuck out. No. No. Walt would not do that, he's far too meticulous and careful, knowing that Hank knows about Heisenberg and was never convinced there wasn't a mastermind behind it all? No, lazy fucking writing. Everyone and their nephew is trying to tell me otherwise: "Walt is just proud", "Walt has far too much hubris". No. Walt is a brilliant tactician who would never make a mistake like that. Never.
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4:09PM on 09/03/2012
I hear ya brother, I liked the cliffhanger aspect of it but I couldn't help but think it was odd to have a guy so ahead of the curve be so sloppy, but then again, we all knew it had to happen somehow as they weren't gonna let him sail off into the sunset. I guess these are the types of things that happen when you know you're on your final season and have to wrap things up.
I hear ya brother, I liked the cliffhanger aspect of it but I couldn't help but think it was odd to have a guy so ahead of the curve be so sloppy, but then again, we all knew it had to happen somehow as they weren't gonna let him sail off into the sunset. I guess these are the types of things that happen when you know you're on your final season and have to wrap things up.
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