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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 12 / September 1, 2013)

Sep. 2, 2013by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 12: Rabid Dog

THE HOOK:

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

THE LOWDOWN:

(The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). The ending/opening scene with the gas and the house was handled brilliantly. Waltís flash forward with the ricin was proof that Jesse wasnít going to burn down the house, but having Walt believe itís because Jesse simply had a change of heart is interesting. I didnít see the Hank end of things coming, but I should have, it makes sense that Hank was tailing him (why the hell wouldnít he be?). I knew from the look in Jesseís eyes that he meant to burn the house though, so I was very curious to see what stopped him. I donít like the idea of him turning, but Iíll come back to that.


The explanation Walt gives Skyler and Jr. about the gas is cringe worthy. I knew Skyler wasnít buying that shit for a second, but poor Jr., the kidís heartbroken at the idea of losing his dad. Skyler surprised the hell out of me tonight when she fully made her way over to the dark side. I mean, damn, whoís the real face of evil here? ďWhatís one more?Ē ďYou need to deal with this.Ē I never thought Iíd see her send Walt off to the slaughter house like that, but then again, woe to the creature who comes between a mother and her family. Skylerís made her choice, for better or worse, and is fully invested in getting out of this unscathed. Yes, itís what most fans wanted to see, but damn if itís not a little scary to watch.

Saulís obviously of a similar mind as he attempts to persuade Walt into putting Jesse down Old Yeller style. Waltís not having it, and although he didnít spell it out with Skyler like he did with Saul, it goes back to what I said before (and wholeheartedly believe), Walt loves Jesse like a son and will do whatever he can to save himÖunless heís threatened. Jesseís paranoid, and I donít blame him. Walt wasnít going to hurt him. But at this point, I think Jesseís lost it. He knew when he picked up that Santa Clause picture that heíd passed the point of no return, but to all out threaten Walt on the phone was pretty much suicide (not to mention how pissed Walt will be to find out he dimed on their entire operation from day one). Sadly, Jesse Pinkman has made his move (still not sure about his endgame plan though), and itís to go against Walt.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's twelfth episode is all about setting the chess pieces in place for the final battle. Skyler wants Walt to do whatever it takes to protect his family. Hank doesnít care who or what he has to sacrifice to take Walt down, as long he does (way to drop Gomez in there all of a sudden, what happened to being deathly afraid of getting implicated?). Marie isÖwhining to her shrink? Sigh. Jesseís beyond repair and is hell bent on revenge. And then thereís the call to Todd, which could mean anything at this point, as like Jesse said, Waltís smart and just when you think things are going to go one way, they go the complete opposite way instead. One thingís for sure, bringing Todd and his uncle in the mix isnít going to bode well for anyone.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

Donít forget what always happens to bait.

BEST LINE:

Tonight was overflowing with awesome lines. The devil speech was cool, Skylerís ďWhatís one moreĒ was pretty nuts, but Iím more of a comedic best line guy, so Iím going with Saulís Old Yeller line where he implies Jesse is a rabid dog who needs to be put down, to which Walt replies, ďYouíre full of colorful metaphors arenít you, Saul.Ē

BITCH-O-METER:

Jesse, Jesse, Jesse. You shouldíve just taken the money and went to Florida.

COOLEST SCENE:

Again, there were more than a couple cool/tense moments tonight, but the scene that steals it for me is when Skyler calls Walt out in the hotel and tells him to do what needs to be done.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: I didnít miss the whole thing with Walt telling the door guys the locks and keys needed to stay the same. Not a hundred percent sure what that means, as I thought his house was abandoned in the flash forward scene, but then again, I may have overlooked something or we may not know yet.
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11:20PM on 09/02/2013
I actually liked the therapist scene, because with Marie intentionally choosing to constantly keep this information secret every time the shrink pressed her, it forced her to realize that she was 100% for Hank's plan, whatever it may be. That's why she refused Hank's offer to leave, cementing herself as directly opposed to her sister. I thought that very nicely mirrored Skyler's "What's one more", even if it didn't come with a snappy one-liner.
I actually liked the therapist scene, because with Marie intentionally choosing to constantly keep this information secret every time the shrink pressed her, it forced her to realize that she was 100% for Hank's plan, whatever it may be. That's why she refused Hank's offer to leave, cementing herself as directly opposed to her sister. I thought that very nicely mirrored Skyler's "What's one more", even if it didn't come with a snappy one-liner.
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10:01PM on 09/02/2013
Every episode seems to give me a near heart attack, but I like how this was slightly more subdued. I cringe for Jesse though. He may know Walt better than anyone, but he said himself that Walt was smarter and luckier. I hate to think that Jesse might go down the hard way, but it's seeming more likely. I am just wondering what Jesse has planned for Walt and if he can overcome him. The flashforwards would suggest no, but still. Seeing all of the show's final episodes play out in spectacular
Every episode seems to give me a near heart attack, but I like how this was slightly more subdued. I cringe for Jesse though. He may know Walt better than anyone, but he said himself that Walt was smarter and luckier. I hate to think that Jesse might go down the hard way, but it's seeming more likely. I am just wondering what Jesse has planned for Walt and if he can overcome him. The flashforwards would suggest no, but still. Seeing all of the show's final episodes play out in spectacular fashion is exciting. I just have no idea what will take the series' place after it's all over.
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2:58PM on 09/02/2013
I like the new take charge Skyler. It must run in the family because Marie also seemed to be feeling it tonight, but I agree that the shrink bit was lame. If he's already won, why complain about it?
I like the new take charge Skyler. It must run in the family because Marie also seemed to be feeling it tonight, but I agree that the shrink bit was lame. If he's already won, why complain about it?
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2:55PM on 09/02/2013

Re: Tidbit...

The locks needed to be the same because he didn't want his wife and kid knowing what really happened. His gas station mishap story would've *really* bombed if he had to throw in explaining away new locks.

Unless I'm reading it wrong and you meant something else by the "not sure what that means" in the tidbit.
The locks needed to be the same because he didn't want his wife and kid knowing what really happened. His gas station mishap story would've *really* bombed if he had to throw in explaining away new locks.

Unless I'm reading it wrong and you meant something else by the "not sure what that means" in the tidbit.
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11:56AM on 09/02/2013
Jesse flipping is good and bad, it depends on this plan of his, but I think he's putting Hank on a bit to use him so he can get close enough to Walt for his own reasons. We don't see what he actually said on tape, so I think he's only there as a means to an end while he figures his next move out. Can't wait to see that move.
Jesse flipping is good and bad, it depends on this plan of his, but I think he's putting Hank on a bit to use him so he can get close enough to Walt for his own reasons. We don't see what he actually said on tape, so I think he's only there as a means to an end while he figures his next move out. Can't wait to see that move.
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2:59PM on 09/02/2013
I'm more than interested to see this movie as well.
I'm more than interested to see this movie as well.
9:00AM on 09/02/2013

Looking forward to the violence

One of the things I love about this show is the way it deals with violence and death. When somebody gets killed, no matter how minor the character it affects everyone else - like when Todd shot that kid, or when Walt ran over those 2 drug dealers.

The thing I love about the violence is that you hardly get any of it in Breaking Bad but when you get some it hits you hard. That prison murder scene was probably the most violent thing I've seen on TV. So far we haven't seen much violence this
One of the things I love about this show is the way it deals with violence and death. When somebody gets killed, no matter how minor the character it affects everyone else - like when Todd shot that kid, or when Walt ran over those 2 drug dealers.

The thing I love about the violence is that you hardly get any of it in Breaking Bad but when you get some it hits you hard. That prison murder scene was probably the most violent thing I've seen on TV. So far we haven't seen much violence this season but I'm looking forward to what Aaron Paul said about this season being "incredible violent".
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8:34AM on 09/02/2013
Another excellent episode, I actually love the fact that Jesse is working with Hank now because it's something I never expected. Gilligan is playing this out beautifully. Bringing Gomez in suddenly was another great move, Hank can trust and count on him.

Mike said it best at the beginning of the season..."I'm sorry that the kid can't see it but you're a ticking time bomb."
Another excellent episode, I actually love the fact that Jesse is working with Hank now because it's something I never expected. Gilligan is playing this out beautifully. Bringing Gomez in suddenly was another great move, Hank can trust and count on him.

Mike said it best at the beginning of the season..."I'm sorry that the kid can't see it but you're a ticking time bomb."
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11:57AM on 09/02/2013
I miss Mike.
I miss Mike.
8:09AM on 09/02/2013
This episode left a weird taste in my mouth but it was filling! Gilligan has so much left up his sleeves. So many misdirects I have no idea what to expect. Plus I think I'm in love with Marie now idk why. Did anybody see on the table of Talking Bad all the breakfast in honor of Walt jr. Haha! Breakfast Bitch!
This episode left a weird taste in my mouth but it was filling! Gilligan has so much left up his sleeves. So many misdirects I have no idea what to expect. Plus I think I'm in love with Marie now idk why. Did anybody see on the table of Talking Bad all the breakfast in honor of Walt jr. Haha! Breakfast Bitch!
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5:53AM on 09/02/2013

awesome.

This episode is an exact reason why this show is so great, and why it is going to be missed when done.
This episode feels like a turning point for Walt and the family, how that turn is going going to go, nobody knows, but it is a great performance by Aaron Paul as Jesse, as it feels he is still struggling to turn on Walt. Hank sure does seem hellbent to see his brother-in-law behind bars.
4 down, 4 to go, and I am sure we are in for one helluva ride to the finish.
This episode is an exact reason why this show is so great, and why it is going to be missed when done.
This episode feels like a turning point for Walt and the family, how that turn is going going to go, nobody knows, but it is a great performance by Aaron Paul as Jesse, as it feels he is still struggling to turn on Walt. Hank sure does seem hellbent to see his brother-in-law behind bars.
4 down, 4 to go, and I am sure we are in for one helluva ride to the finish.
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2:27AM on 09/02/2013

Meh.

I do not like Jesse and Hank in cahoots. And Gomie knows now?!!
Kind of a filler episode, and every time I see Walt Jr. get upset, it just fucking kills me. Worst episode of the season, but still damned fine entertainment. Love this show.
I do not like Jesse and Hank in cahoots. And Gomie knows now?!!
Kind of a filler episode, and every time I see Walt Jr. get upset, it just fucking kills me. Worst episode of the season, but still damned fine entertainment. Love this show.
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7:30AM on 09/02/2013
Filler episode implies nothing happened in this episode to propel the story forward. If you think this episode didn't do anything to set up the stage for the conclusion, you must have not been paying attention. As for Jesse turning, I think he and Hank are only working together because they have common goals. Neither one of them cares about the other (loved the contrast this episode creates, with Walt ruthless but still caring about Jesse and Hank just as single-minded, but willing to see
Filler episode implies nothing happened in this episode to propel the story forward. If you think this episode didn't do anything to set up the stage for the conclusion, you must have not been paying attention. As for Jesse turning, I think he and Hank are only working together because they have common goals. Neither one of them cares about the other (loved the contrast this episode creates, with Walt ruthless but still caring about Jesse and Hank just as single-minded, but willing to see Jesse die). Jesse has every right to be upset. Both Hank and Jesse will use each other to meet the end they desire. "Enemy of my enemy is my friend."

As for bringing in Gomez, I understand his reasoning. With Jesse's testimony, Hank can show enough to convince his friend. Hank didn't take this to the DEA formally; he told a friend, who he can likely trust to believe him. Anyways, loved this episode. Not filler at all.
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2:20AM on 09/02/2013
Best line was "well, did you check out his buddies? Beaver?"...and the subsequent line about Babylon 5.
Best line was "well, did you check out his buddies? Beaver?"...and the subsequent line about Babylon 5.
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1:39AM on 09/02/2013

Rabid Dog

I think the title was about Skyler tonight. Wow. Didn't see her saying all that. I'm also not totally sure about Jesse. Since Hank and Gomez were outside when Jesse was going on record. Wonder what he said on that film... Totally knew that guy at the end was nothing. Just a guy standing on the corner, minding his own business.
I think the title was about Skyler tonight. Wow. Didn't see her saying all that. I'm also not totally sure about Jesse. Since Hank and Gomez were outside when Jesse was going on record. Wonder what he said on that film... Totally knew that guy at the end was nothing. Just a guy standing on the corner, minding his own business.
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10:49PM on 09/02/2013
The title is a reference to Saul explaining his Old Yeller metaphor. But she also is suggesting the same thing. As is Hank, in his willingness to dispose of Jesse, if needed, to catch his "White Whale" /cough/.
The title is a reference to Saul explaining his Old Yeller metaphor. But she also is suggesting the same thing. As is Hank, in his willingness to dispose of Jesse, if needed, to catch his "White Whale" /cough/.
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1:27AM on 09/02/2013
Great episode, and a good setup one for things to come. Things can only get ugly from here. I dont have an idea where this is going to lead. I dont think the call to Todd was for Jesse. Walt wouldnt kill Jesse and even if he did it would be by Walts hands and not someone else but I dont think Jesse is going to die. Theres so many places this show can go. The last four episodes are going to be quite something. For the extra tibit, Walt said he didnt want the lock changed because he didnt want it
Great episode, and a good setup one for things to come. Things can only get ugly from here. I dont have an idea where this is going to lead. I dont think the call to Todd was for Jesse. Walt wouldnt kill Jesse and even if he did it would be by Walts hands and not someone else but I dont think Jesse is going to die. Theres so many places this show can go. The last four episodes are going to be quite something. For the extra tibit, Walt said he didnt want the lock changed because he didnt want it to look like a break in cause if he did get it changed then his wife would've asked why he had changed the locks. It didnt fit into his story about the gas pump.
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10:06AM on 09/02/2013
Kind of difficult to believe Skyler wouldn't notice the new/repaired door frame but I think she'd already figured out that shit went down as soon as she walked in the door.
Kind of difficult to believe Skyler wouldn't notice the new/repaired door frame but I think she'd already figured out that shit went down as soon as she walked in the door.
10:39AM on 09/02/2013
Yeah, I think thats the point though. No matter how hard Walt always tries his wife always sees through his lies. His son too now. It seems he can never be Heisenberg infront of his family when it comes to the lies.
Yeah, I think thats the point though. No matter how hard Walt always tries his wife always sees through his lies. His son too now. It seems he can never be Heisenberg infront of his family when it comes to the lies.
12:46AM on 09/02/2013
I was hoping Jesse wouldn't flip, but like you said, his end game's still up in the air so maybe he's not, who knows. It could all be a ruse concocted by him and Walt to lead everyone into their trap. I doubt it, but it would be a cool surprise.
I was hoping Jesse wouldn't flip, but like you said, his end game's still up in the air so maybe he's not, who knows. It could all be a ruse concocted by him and Walt to lead everyone into their trap. I doubt it, but it would be a cool surprise.
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