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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 11 / August 25, 2013)

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EPISODE 11: Confessions

THE HOOK:

The beginning of the end. Walt leaves his empire behind to live life, while Jesse’s alive, but dying on the inside. And then there’s Hank, whose gunning for the King. One wrong move could mean life or death, and at this point, it’s still anyone’s game.

THE LOWDOWN:

(The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). I loved everything about the Todd opening at the diner, mostly because it had such a Tarantino vibe to it, a cross between the diner scene in RESEVOIR DOGS and the opening of PULP FICTION. At first I thought maybe these guys posed a threat to Walt (beyond knowing he’s Heisenberg), but Todd’s genuinely in awe of Walt and seems to want his blessing every step of the way, so if anything, they’d be seen as a loose end from Walt’s perspective rather than vice versa. These guys might be the only ones who make out of this unscathed, I mean after all, someone’s got to keep the meth flowing once all this blows over.


The first thing Hank did when he walked into that room was turn off the camera (called it), and I knew Jesse wouldn’t dime, but that said, the look on his face when Hank dropped the Heisenberg bomb was priceless. And regardless of what did or didn’t happen, having Saul swoop in was no doubt a good thing for Jesse. The meet in the desert was heartfelt. It became obvious Jesse thinks Walt could be coming out there to kill him. Personally, I can’t see Walt ever killing Jesse outright unless he absolutely had to. It will no doubt be a highly debatable topic, but I think Walt loves the kid. That hug brought tears to my eyes. I felt it, and I believed it. I knew Jesse wasn’t shipping off to Alaska though, he’s in this to the end.

And then there’s the confession. Hank and Marie are just as wound up as anyone else at this point, maybe more so. Hank’s going to snap, the poor bastard, and if Marie’s not careful with all the pushing, he might just snap her damn neck while he’s at it. The restaurant sit down went about how I expected, but you couldn’t ask for a more captivating scene than that of Hank and Marie watching Walt’s confession. Talk about an elaborate, cunning, balls of galvanized steel move on Walt’s part. And just like that, Heisenberg snatches your nuts from their sack. My other heartfelt moment was seeing Walt Jr.’s reaction to Walt’s cancer news. If something happens to that poor kid I’ll probably ball my eyes out. He’s the essence of purity and innocence in this show, and may even be the deciding factor in Walt’s fate. I wouldn’t be surprised.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's eleventh episode proves that good writing and dedicated actors trump everything else. Ending any show is rough, look at LOST (my balls still ache over that wrap up). Movies, books, TV shows, you name it, the ending is hard to master, but these guys are giving it their all and are set to go out in a blaze of glory. On that note, Jesse’s moment of clarity in regards to the ricin was a gunshot heard round the world. What a game changer. Everyone’s on edge now, and they should be. Of course, driving to Walt’s house, kicking in the door, and burning the mother down isn’t exactly the way I would’ve played the hand, but hey, Jesse’s a spontaneous guy. All I can say about that is, I hope to Christ the kids aren’t home. Sunday can’t come fast enough.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

Pop machines make a great spot for stashing your piece.

BEST LINE:

Though I did enjoy Marie telling Walt to kill himself (bitch, please), Saul wins again. The Rocky quip was funny, but his reaction to Jesse telling him to ‘chill out’ was even better. Saul: “I don’t chill out right now, because things have gone nuclear. I imagine Schrader shared with you his recent discovery? Then you get my complete lack of chill.”

BITCH-O-METER:

So Jesse almost went to Belize...I mean, Alaska. Right…Alaska.

COOLEST SCENE:

Tough call. Loved the confession, sure, and Jesse’s meltdown at the end, but I have to go with the hug in the desert. Like I said, I really felt it.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: To all the psychos sending Anna Gunn (Skyler) death threats...you know she’s an actress portraying a fictional character, right? Don’t you have better things to do, like add to the Affleck related Batman trolling?
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3:38AM on 08/27/2013
I think I may have to sue Mr Gilligan the creator of this show for assault. Every time I watch an episode it knocks me for a six. I can't believe how good it is. It'll definitely go down in history as the best tv series of all time. I did not see that confession twist coming at all and I think Walt genuinely loves Jesse, remembering back to when he cried knowing how upset Jesse would be after he would wake to find Jane dead back in season three and how he rescued him from the drug hovel and
I think I may have to sue Mr Gilligan the creator of this show for assault. Every time I watch an episode it knocks me for a six. I can't believe how good it is. It'll definitely go down in history as the best tv series of all time. I did not see that confession twist coming at all and I think Walt genuinely loves Jesse, remembering back to when he cried knowing how upset Jesse would be after he would wake to find Jane dead back in season three and how he rescued him from the drug hovel and taking him to rehab. I'll be honest in saying I'll go to pieces after the final.
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11:11PM on 08/26/2013

Hug

There was nothing genuine about that hug.
There was nothing genuine about that hug.
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10:45PM on 08/26/2013

New favorite BB episode.

Just phenomenal. Aaron Paul's performance really stood out, definitely had the feels in the desert. I'd have to watch it again to be sure, but I don't think the hug was genuine. Walt was still working Jesse, the only humanity he has left lies with his family. The breakdown and the crying was a sign that the good, trusting (naive?) Jesse was still there, the Jesse that saw Walt as a father figure and just wanted his affection. But after he put two and two together regarding the ricin, that's out
Just phenomenal. Aaron Paul's performance really stood out, definitely had the feels in the desert. I'd have to watch it again to be sure, but I don't think the hug was genuine. Walt was still working Jesse, the only humanity he has left lies with his family. The breakdown and the crying was a sign that the good, trusting (naive?) Jesse was still there, the Jesse that saw Walt as a father figure and just wanted his affection. But after he put two and two together regarding the ricin, that's out the window. No more mister nice bitch.

Can't wait for next week.
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4:22PM on 08/26/2013

Great episode

A great episode and very well put together. It played on a range of emotions, from anger to joy. And am I the only one who still wants Walt to come out on top?
A great episode and very well put together. It played on a range of emotions, from anger to joy. And am I the only one who still wants Walt to come out on top?
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2:53PM on 08/26/2013
Jesse just might win the lottery, and I think he'd keep that money just to get back at Walt.
Jesse just might win the lottery, and I think he'd keep that money just to get back at Walt.
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1:47PM on 08/26/2013

Get in the van, kid...

I wanted so badly for Pinkman to just get in the van and drive away. I loved the episode but I feel like the revelation of the ricin ciggie was forced. Even if he found out, why wouldn't he just get the F out of Dodge?
We're talking life and death... and Jesse just made his choice. Painful episode. Really painful.
I wanted so badly for Pinkman to just get in the van and drive away. I loved the episode but I feel like the revelation of the ricin ciggie was forced. Even if he found out, why wouldn't he just get the F out of Dodge?
We're talking life and death... and Jesse just made his choice. Painful episode. Really painful.
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10:55AM on 08/26/2013

Incredible episode

Best of the season. Dean Norris deserves a nomination. The stare he was giving Walt was intense. I have two theories where it is going but Gilligan is making me feel like I am no where close to getting it right. I just hope this series has a better ending than Entourage.
Best of the season. Dean Norris deserves a nomination. The stare he was giving Walt was intense. I have two theories where it is going but Gilligan is making me feel like I am no where close to getting it right. I just hope this series has a better ending than Entourage.
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10:43AM on 08/26/2013

Just a thought

You go back to the flash forward and you see that Jesse won't be successful in burning the house down, but do you think he's smart enough to put together what the lottery ticket on the fridge means?

I mean he knows Walt doesn't need to participate in the lottery because he's loaded and he did figure out about Walt's involvement with Brock, whether it was alittle questionable how he did it.

So with that being said, can Jesse figure out the meaning of the ticket and go take what is
You go back to the flash forward and you see that Jesse won't be successful in burning the house down, but do you think he's smart enough to put together what the lottery ticket on the fridge means?

I mean he knows Walt doesn't need to participate in the lottery because he's loaded and he did figure out about Walt's involvement with Brock, whether it was alittle questionable how he did it.

So with that being said, can Jesse figure out the meaning of the ticket and go take what is arguably the most important thing in Walt's life, after his family. The money he's collected for his family, the money that shows that he didn't do all of this for nothing.

Jesse knows that would crush him.
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2:53PM on 08/26/2013
That's what I was wondering too, and I don't think he burns the house down or writes Heisenberg on the wall.
That's what I was wondering too, and I don't think he burns the house down or writes Heisenberg on the wall.
3:50PM on 08/26/2013
I don't either, I still believe that has something to do with Todd and Lydia. I mean Todd makes 74% pure crystal which is still 25% percent less than what Walt makes and that is still a good size difference. They buyers will want Lydia to bring him back and it could be at any cost ala his family.
I don't either, I still believe that has something to do with Todd and Lydia. I mean Todd makes 74% pure crystal which is still 25% percent less than what Walt makes and that is still a good size difference. They buyers will want Lydia to bring him back and it could be at any cost ala his family.
10:30AM on 08/26/2013
The sit-down conversation in the restaurant was intense. I could feel Hank's stare.
The sit-down conversation in the restaurant was intense. I could feel Hank's stare.
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9:57AM on 08/26/2013
I'm still reeling over last night, and I very much agree with the best scene. Walt does love Jesse like a son, but I also think he'd kill him if he had to. It's a toss up, but hopefully it won't come to that, but burning a person's house down does tend to upset a person.
I'm still reeling over last night, and I very much agree with the best scene. Walt does love Jesse like a son, but I also think he'd kill him if he had to. It's a toss up, but hopefully it won't come to that, but burning a person's house down does tend to upset a person.
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8:56AM on 08/26/2013
I agree that Walt has a certain amount of affection for Jesse but I don't think he'd hesitate for long if it came down to eliminating Jesse to save his own ass.
I agree that Walt has a certain amount of affection for Jesse but I don't think he'd hesitate for long if it came down to eliminating Jesse to save his own ass.
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8:32AM on 08/26/2013
One of my favorite episodes of the entire show. But I don't agree about the hug. It didn't feel the least bit genuine on Walts part. Nothing he does is genuine anymore.
One of my favorite episodes of the entire show. But I don't agree about the hug. It didn't feel the least bit genuine on Walts part. Nothing he does is genuine anymore.
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2:17AM on 08/26/2013

So...

Breaking Bad was great again tonight. In other news, the grass is green and the sky is blue lol.

In all seriousness though, this was another fantastic episode with another all-time moment. I figured Walt would use the therapy money against Hank, but he upped the anty big time with the confession. True brilliance.

It was only a matter of time before Jesse would find out and it was about what I expected and then timed by ten. I know he's burning the house down, so I guess that explains the
Breaking Bad was great again tonight. In other news, the grass is green and the sky is blue lol.

In all seriousness though, this was another fantastic episode with another all-time moment. I figured Walt would use the therapy money against Hank, but he upped the anty big time with the confession. True brilliance.

It was only a matter of time before Jesse would find out and it was about what I expected and then timed by ten. I know he's burning the house down, so I guess that explains the house in the flash forward, but I still believe Todd and crew are involved along with Lydia.

I'm in agreement that Walt does care about Jesse and that moment in the desert was heartfelt, much like the moment in season 2 when he finds Jesse in the junkie house after Jane died.

Can't wait for next week...
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1:39AM on 08/26/2013
This is what Breaking Bad does and why it is so hard to say goodbye to the show. It has MASTERED the slow burn of a show. Its been a very slow burn since this show came back, but then once the wood catches fire. It absolutely explodes and it burns very very well. Tonight was the engulfing of the flames. You can feel the show's momentum change. This show is going out very strong. I'm gonna miss this shit.
This is what Breaking Bad does and why it is so hard to say goodbye to the show. It has MASTERED the slow burn of a show. Its been a very slow burn since this show came back, but then once the wood catches fire. It absolutely explodes and it burns very very well. Tonight was the engulfing of the flames. You can feel the show's momentum change. This show is going out very strong. I'm gonna miss this shit.
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1:19AM on 08/26/2013
It's hard to top that episode when it comes to escalating tension. The confession is now one of the defining moments of the show. I could gush about it for a few more paragraphs but you guys were there, you saw it. Epic.
It's hard to top that episode when it comes to escalating tension. The confession is now one of the defining moments of the show. I could gush about it for a few more paragraphs but you guys were there, you saw it. Epic.
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