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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 14 / September 15, 2013)

Sep. 16, 2013by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 14: Ozymandias

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). All great things must end, but seeing the flashback to where it all started between Walt and Jesse made me realize how far these characters have come and what they have invested in one another. Gomie’s dead (saw that coming), and I knew Hank wouldn’t be far behind—cue the dramatic exit. I loved when Hank looked up at Walt and gave him the smartest man crack, followed by ‘he made up his mind ten minutes ago’ (not to mention his F-bomb). And in one fell swoop Walt’s world crumbles. Now let me talk about that for a second. Personally, I’m not loving Walt’s sloppiness over these past few episodes. I just find it hard to swallow. Heisenberg, the guy who became so damn meticulous as he built his empire, going out like an emotional bitch? I understand him leaving the business, but what I don’t see is his sense of survival dulling in the process. He’s just too damn smart to let himself be ruled (and beaten) by emotions. Yet, here we stand.

I laughed when Todd robotically said, ‘sorry for your loss.’ What a damn crack-up that kid is. Walt does regain his composure long enough to send Jesse off in style. Talk about some last words that cut to the bone. Telling him about Jane was the perfect FU after having Jesse turn on him and spit in his face. I like where Jesse ends up though, Todd’s new cook. It makes sense, seeing as how his uncle pretty much robbed Walt blind (something I also saw coming the second he gave him the coordinates). At least they gave him one barrel, I guess there’s still a smidgeon of honor amongst thieves. Walt played that hand right though, as I’m hoping he’s going back to clean house on those fools—I’m thinking the flash forward with the huge ass gun. That’s one showdown I’m dying to see. I can also see this coming down to him and Jesse, and if so, I could even see him wiping the slate clean and letting Jesse go with a barrel of money.

My tidbit last week was about Hank dying, and if it would be enough to turn Walt’s family against him. Looks like the short answer is yes. The second I saw Marie walk into the car wash I knew it wasn’t going to end well. I was a little thrown by Jr.'s reaction. I thought he’d stand by his father, by way of at least hearing the guy out. Walt was never going to win a father of the year award, but if it were me, I know I’d at least have to hear his side before I made up my mind. I knew Skyler would fold after hearing about Hank (didn’t see her grabbing the knife though). She loves her sister and knows how devastated she’ll be (and already is). The fight scene was brutal, especially when Jr. jumped into the fray, and with the baby crying in the background, it was almost too much. Walt desperately wants his family to come out of this whole, but there’s nothing there for him now. And love him or hate him, you have to feel for Walt at this point. It’s a harsh blow considering everything he did, more or less, was for them.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's fourteenth episode is the train tearing down the track that you think you can beat, but instead, rips your car in half when you try to cross the tracks. Having Walt take Holly was intense, but seeing her there in that grimy washroom calling for her mother would be enough to break anyone. Walt’s phone call to Skyler was also very, very sloppy (in theory at least). Dude, they called the cops on your ass, OF COURSE THEY’RE LISTENING TO THE CALL. I loved hearing him put Skyler in her place, I truly did, but I’m praying he actually knows they’re recording him (maybe it’s to throw them off her completely). Then again, maybe he doesn’t care at this point, who knows, but the flash forward of him grabbing the ricin makes sense now. His family’s gone, no doubt in witness protection, and after he disappears via Saul’s buddy, he comes back to enact his revenge on Todd’s uncle, Jesse and anyone else he feels deserves it. One thing’s for sure, after losing everything, I wouldn’t want to be on Walt’s shit list, because he’ll be out for blood like a river.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

Always assume the line’s tapped.

BEST LINE:

It doesn’t get any more epic than Walt looking at Jesse and saying, “I watched Jane die. I could’ve saved her, but I didn’t.” In all fairness, Hank goes out with a pretty damn good line too.

BITCH-O-METER:

Jesse’s Todd’s bitch now.

COOLEST SCENE:

Tonight is one huge climax, it’s hard to narrow down a specific scene, but the drama at the house was by far the most intense. Seeing Skyler run out into the road after Walt took off with the baby was insane.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Will Walt go down in a blaze of glory, eat the ricin, reunite with his family, or beat the cancer and take over Todd’s meth lab? Two episode left. Buckle up, I’m sure it’s gonna get bumpy.
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10:23PM on 09/18/2013

Walt got too good at lying

...and finally, after all these seasons, it bit him in the ass. His wife was ready to be told everything episodes ago. *Willing*. Hell, she guessed right about a dozen times and he STILL couldn't bring himself to be honest with her. All the way up to Jessie's bluff, he couldn't let her in on everything. Then he turns around and expects her to go along blindly, to just randomly trust him! Hank's comment about Walt being so smart, but blind to other people was spot on. He's incapable of
...and finally, after all these seasons, it bit him in the ass. His wife was ready to be told everything episodes ago. *Willing*. Hell, she guessed right about a dozen times and he STILL couldn't bring himself to be honest with her. All the way up to Jessie's bluff, he couldn't let her in on everything. Then he turns around and expects her to go along blindly, to just randomly trust him! Hank's comment about Walt being so smart, but blind to other people was spot on. He's incapable of conceiving of a world where people other than him are competent.

In another world, Walt brought Skyler into the fold, and when shit went down in the desert, Skyler picks him up so he doesn't have to wander through the desert and waste ten grand on a beat up truck. Then he gives her the low-down on how the neo-Nazis fucked everything up, killed Hank, and stole 70 milllion dollars from them. They go into hiding, the police are still confused, and Walt's free to avenge Hank without pressure on him from all sides.
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10:28PM on 09/18/2013
Granted, in this alternate world, he shows Skyler the image on his phone, and that delay might have been enough time for him to settle down and become suspicious. It's hard to say.
Granted, in this alternate world, he shows Skyler the image on his phone, and that delay might have been enough time for him to settle down and become suspicious. It's hard to say.
11:02PM on 09/16/2013

All hail the king.

Poster for season 5 shows Walt in a warehouse surrounded by money and meth. It's the warehouse that Jesse is tethered in. Shit is going down.
Poster for season 5 shows Walt in a warehouse surrounded by money and meth. It's the warehouse that Jesse is tethered in. Shit is going down.
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10:20PM on 09/16/2013

Always assume the lines tapped?

I always love this article. But it was obv that Walt knew he was being recorded. That's why the scene was so powerful. He fucking shed tears and than broke his phone.
I always love this article. But it was obv that Walt knew he was being recorded. That's why the scene was so powerful. He fucking shed tears and than broke his phone.
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10:11PM on 09/16/2013

Dude...

OF COURSE he knew he was being recorded, dumbass, fuck
OF COURSE he knew he was being recorded, dumbass, fuck
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6:55PM on 09/16/2013
Sweet episode, and as much as everyone's so sure they know what's going on, Vince always says the most obvious answer is the wrong answer, so it's still safe to assume anything can happen or backfire.
Sweet episode, and as much as everyone's so sure they know what's going on, Vince always says the most obvious answer is the wrong answer, so it's still safe to assume anything can happen or backfire.
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5:03PM on 09/16/2013

Walt knew he was being recorded.

A user in another forum said it, Walt knew he was being recorded by the police. That's why Walt played the "Oh what am I saying, you never had anything to do with it, this was me, it was all me" to clear Skyler of all charges. And then Walt destroys the phone to demonstrate he knew the police were there.
A user in another forum said it, Walt knew he was being recorded by the police. That's why Walt played the "Oh what am I saying, you never had anything to do with it, this was me, it was all me" to clear Skyler of all charges. And then Walt destroys the phone to demonstrate he knew the police were there.
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3:40PM on 09/16/2013
Special credit to the always awesome Michael Bowen. Can't wait to see them meet again.
Special credit to the always awesome Michael Bowen. Can't wait to see them meet again.
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3:23PM on 09/16/2013

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2:14PM on 09/16/2013

Heisenberg will be back

So, I think it's safe to assume Walts convo with Skylar was to clear her name in this whole thing. And I think Skylar knew that. I also believe this episode was the "death" of Walter White. He's lost everything that has kept him from completely going down that road. Heisenberg is back (symbolized by the flash forward when he's standing in front of the graffiti).. So all this talk about being sloppy and emotional ends here. This whole show has been about the money. And he will get it back. He
So, I think it's safe to assume Walts convo with Skylar was to clear her name in this whole thing. And I think Skylar knew that. I also believe this episode was the "death" of Walter White. He's lost everything that has kept him from completely going down that road. Heisenberg is back (symbolized by the flash forward when he's standing in front of the graffiti).. So all this talk about being sloppy and emotional ends here. This whole show has been about the money. And he will get it back. He will tie up all the loose end. And unfortunately, I believe he will be taking a trip to Belize when the final curtain drops. But he will make sure to leave the money for Jesse, Marie, and his "family."
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1:34PM on 09/16/2013
"Heisenberg, the guy who became so damn meticulous as he built his empire, going out like an emotional bitch?"
He's always been an emotional bitch, he just thinks he's tough, because of his pride. He's just an asshole who was too damn lucky building his so called "empire". When he is Heisenberg, he's just cold and even more proud, he's not smarter. Hank said it best.
"Heisenberg, the guy who became so damn meticulous as he built his empire, going out like an emotional bitch?"
He's always been an emotional bitch, he just thinks he's tough, because of his pride. He's just an asshole who was too damn lucky building his so called "empire". When he is Heisenberg, he's just cold and even more proud, he's not smarter. Hank said it best.
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1:57PM on 09/16/2013
this is SO dead on. walt has been the luckiest prick, ever. sure, he's clever. but his pride should have permanently derailed him at multiple points. and he's always been emotional about his family. and that included jesse for the majority of the show. hank was always family and watching him die was the culmination of everything going up in smoke for walt.

this show is fucking insane. i can't wait to see where we end up.
this is SO dead on. walt has been the luckiest prick, ever. sure, he's clever. but his pride should have permanently derailed him at multiple points. and he's always been emotional about his family. and that included jesse for the majority of the show. hank was always family and watching him die was the culmination of everything going up in smoke for walt.

this show is fucking insane. i can't wait to see where we end up.
1:24PM on 09/16/2013
While I'll agree that he knew the cops were on the line and he was taking the heat off of her, he meant what he said for a lot of it also. That was a HUGE burst of anger at someone he felt betrayed him, someone he thought was finally in his corner and she did that. He knows it's over, he has nothing else to lose at that point. He let it all out at her for everything. It's not like they had the best marriage in the world but he still thought she'd stick by him through everything and when she
While I'll agree that he knew the cops were on the line and he was taking the heat off of her, he meant what he said for a lot of it also. That was a HUGE burst of anger at someone he felt betrayed him, someone he thought was finally in his corner and she did that. He knows it's over, he has nothing else to lose at that point. He let it all out at her for everything. It's not like they had the best marriage in the world but he still thought she'd stick by him through everything and when she didn't, that's a type of betrayal that most people haven't felt....I have. So he killed to birds with one stone. Took the heat off of her but at the same time told her off in anger.

Great freaking episode and I just keep hoping Jesse will be ok.
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1:06PM on 09/16/2013

Heisenberg will be back

So, I think it's safe to assume Walts convo with Skylar was to clear her name in this whole thing. And I think Skylar knew that. I also believe this episode was the "death" of Walter White. He's lost everything that has kept him from completely going down that road. Heisenberg is back (symbolized by the flash forward when he's standing in front of the graffiti).. So all this talk about being sloppy and emotional ends here. This whole show has been about the money. And he will get it back. He
So, I think it's safe to assume Walts convo with Skylar was to clear her name in this whole thing. And I think Skylar knew that. I also believe this episode was the "death" of Walter White. He's lost everything that has kept him from completely going down that road. Heisenberg is back (symbolized by the flash forward when he's standing in front of the graffiti).. So all this talk about being sloppy and emotional ends here. This whole show has been about the money. And he will get it back. He will tie up all the loose end. And unfortunately, I believe he will be taking a trip to Belize when the final curtain drops. But he will make sure to leave the money for Jesse, Marie, and his "family."
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12:59PM on 09/16/2013

So JA Hamilton ...

If you couldn't understand that Walt was cursing at Skyler to make her look innocent, while tears ran down his face, then how have been able to keep up with five seasons of this?
If you couldn't understand that Walt was cursing at Skyler to make her look innocent, while tears ran down his face, then how have been able to keep up with five seasons of this?
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6:56PM on 09/16/2013
Pretty sure he's mulling over all possibilities at this point, there being only two episodes left and all. If he couldn't keep up with the show I don't think he'd be writing a column about it.
Pretty sure he's mulling over all possibilities at this point, there being only two episodes left and all. If he couldn't keep up with the show I don't think he'd be writing a column about it.
12:17PM on 09/16/2013

Heisenberg will be back

So, I think it's safe to assume Walts convo with Skylar was to clear her name in this whole thing. And I think Skylar knew that. I also believe this episode was the "death" of Walter White. He's lost everything that has kept him from completely going down that road. Heisenberg is back (symbolized by the flash forward when he's standing in front of the graffiti).. So all this talk about being sloppy and emotional ends here. This whole show has been about the money. And he will get it back. He
So, I think it's safe to assume Walts convo with Skylar was to clear her name in this whole thing. And I think Skylar knew that. I also believe this episode was the "death" of Walter White. He's lost everything that has kept him from completely going down that road. Heisenberg is back (symbolized by the flash forward when he's standing in front of the graffiti).. So all this talk about being sloppy and emotional ends here. This whole show has been about the money. And he will get it back. He will tie up all the loose end. And unfortunately, I believe he will be taking a trip to Belize when the final curtain drops. But he will make sure to leave the money for Jesse, Marie, and his "family."
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11:32AM on 09/16/2013
Fantastic episode. Absolutely gutting. One of the best episodes of the show. I hated seeing Hank die, but was happy he went out like a champ, never backing down from Uncle Hitler.

And of course Walt knew the police were listening. That's why he paused and became very direct in telling Sky off. It takes any heat off her, makes her the victimized wife rather than car wash buying accomplice who wanted Walt to off Jesse. Was fairly clear with the pause and the shots of him fighting off tears as
Fantastic episode. Absolutely gutting. One of the best episodes of the show. I hated seeing Hank die, but was happy he went out like a champ, never backing down from Uncle Hitler.

And of course Walt knew the police were listening. That's why he paused and became very direct in telling Sky off. It takes any heat off her, makes her the victimized wife rather than car wash buying accomplice who wanted Walt to off Jesse. Was fairly clear with the pause and the shots of him fighting off tears as he did it.
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10:50AM on 09/16/2013
HOLY SHIT what an episode. I would almost say this was the greatest TV episode ever aired. I knew Gomez was going to die but I thought Hank would make it. Maybe it was just wishful thinking. Walt telling Jesse about Jane was rough and I don't thing I let one breath out during the struggling for the knife. What an amazing episode. Since the first episode this season showed Walt buying a very large weapon, I'm going to assume he's gonna go ape shit on Todd's uncle and crew. I also think he will
HOLY SHIT what an episode. I would almost say this was the greatest TV episode ever aired. I knew Gomez was going to die but I thought Hank would make it. Maybe it was just wishful thinking. Walt telling Jesse about Jane was rough and I don't thing I let one breath out during the struggling for the knife. What an amazing episode. Since the first episode this season showed Walt buying a very large weapon, I'm going to assume he's gonna go ape shit on Todd's uncle and crew. I also think he will let Jesse go but Jesse is going to kill him. I don't know, I have been wrong this whole season.
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9:41AM on 09/16/2013

Nor super impressed with this breakdown

As others pointed out. It was thunderingly obvious that he was clearing Skyler on the phone. His deception using a mobile phone is a pretty solid, recurring thematic element. A bigger flop, to me, is your misread of what's making Walter so "sloppy." All of his actions and misdeeds he has allowed himself to commit have been predicated on the premise that he believes he's helping his family. Obviously that's self-deception, but it's how he can accept himself. Seeing Hank shot point blank rips
As others pointed out. It was thunderingly obvious that he was clearing Skyler on the phone. His deception using a mobile phone is a pretty solid, recurring thematic element. A bigger flop, to me, is your misread of what's making Walter so "sloppy." All of his actions and misdeeds he has allowed himself to commit have been predicated on the premise that he believes he's helping his family. Obviously that's self-deception, but it's how he can accept himself. Seeing Hank shot point blank rips that out from under him. He is forced to acknowledge his efforts, and his plans, were all for naught - if they were to keep his family safe. Yes, he cares about Hank and his family. But he also felt secure in his own plans. Much of what drives him is the belief that he is deep down, doing the right thing. Being forced to see the alternative - that he's just a fucking monster who has brought nothing but pain down upon those he is supposed to care for - that's what drops him to the ground. The fact that you're not getting that, or don't the that as important enough to shape how you broke down that scene doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that you're getting whats really going on in the show.
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9:15AM on 09/16/2013
OF COURSE Walt was aware the police were there. And he certainly wasn't just "putting Skyler in her place", he was trying to protect her and give her something of an alibi, as others have pointed out. There was nothing sloppy about the phone call scene, J.A., you just seemed to miss the point of it entirely. Hence the tears streaming down Walt's face, powerful stuff. This was a masterful episode.
OF COURSE Walt was aware the police were there. And he certainly wasn't just "putting Skyler in her place", he was trying to protect her and give her something of an alibi, as others have pointed out. There was nothing sloppy about the phone call scene, J.A., you just seemed to miss the point of it entirely. Hence the tears streaming down Walt's face, powerful stuff. This was a masterful episode.
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9:13AM on 09/16/2013

Did JA really watch the episode?

Grimy washroom? Watch the episode again. Walt putting Skylar in her place and not knowing the cops were listening? I thought it was pretty obvious he knew and he was making sure the cops were not going to come after Skylar. The reason he is making mistakes is because he is trying to leave Heisenberg behind, and live a normal life. He is by himself now. And maybe now we will see Walt regroup and channel Heisenberg again to make sure his family is safe. And he wiil rescue Jessie so he can
Grimy washroom? Watch the episode again. Walt putting Skylar in her place and not knowing the cops were listening? I thought it was pretty obvious he knew and he was making sure the cops were not going to come after Skylar. The reason he is making mistakes is because he is trying to leave Heisenberg behind, and live a normal life. He is by himself now. And maybe now we will see Walt regroup and channel Heisenberg again to make sure his family is safe. And he wiil rescue Jessie so he can die with a somewhat clean conscience.
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6:32PM on 09/16/2013
agree with everything you say but the "will rescue Jesse" bit.
If he still cared for his life he wouldn't have insisted that the nazis still owe him the kill and then point them to his hiding place. Jesse would be dead already if Todd didn't claim him as his cook-bitch
agree with everything you say but the "will rescue Jesse" bit.
If he still cared for his life he wouldn't have insisted that the nazis still owe him the kill and then point them to his hiding place. Jesse would be dead already if Todd didn't claim him as his cook-bitch
11:46PM on 09/16/2013
"agree with everything you say but the "will rescue Jesse" bit."

Walt has no family...and the closest thing he has is Jesse who he treated as a son(as weird as that sounds). I think he will find out that blue meth is back in circulation, and realize Jesse is still alive.
"agree with everything you say but the "will rescue Jesse" bit."

Walt has no family...and the closest thing he has is Jesse who he treated as a son(as weird as that sounds). I think he will find out that blue meth is back in circulation, and realize Jesse is still alive.
9:12AM on 09/16/2013
While a decent episode, it could've been more compelling had Gilligan stretched it into two episodes or even extended it 30 minutes. I doubt any would miss Low Winter Song not starting on time, AMCs overly aggressive marketing turned away any potential viewers. But the death of Hank and Walt in the dessert being one episode, the aftermath along with Jesse being the second. It's just too much being crammed into an hour program, the important moments ie the confessions to Walt Jr, Walts threat
While a decent episode, it could've been more compelling had Gilligan stretched it into two episodes or even extended it 30 minutes. I doubt any would miss Low Winter Song not starting on time, AMCs overly aggressive marketing turned away any potential viewers. But the death of Hank and Walt in the dessert being one episode, the aftermath along with Jesse being the second. It's just too much being crammed into an hour program, the important moments ie the confessions to Walt Jr, Walts threat to Skyler, are almost comical in their overly dramatic outburst or oddly paced.. In way despite it's theatrical tendencies BB is still an above average TV show limited by its own medium. If it was allowed to breathe instead of being rushed for space and advertisements by AMC, this episode could've been at the pinnacle of TV. But instead Vince Gilligan cow towed to AMC for eight 60 minute episodes. I'm no longer really anticipating the final two because I know after watching tonight's it will be a rushed job, sure it'll be exciting and likely well written, but it could've been so much more.
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9:10AM on 09/16/2013

Walt's Phonecall

As others have pointed out, you got it wrong. I first thought it was odd but then realized it was a set up to clear Skylar. I watched the re-run of the episode and it's an absolutely heart breaking moment, and probably the best acted scene between Walt and Sklar. There's a pause they both take during the phone conversation where their faces both read like they are saying "I love you," but then Walt keeps up with the facade.
As others have pointed out, you got it wrong. I first thought it was odd but then realized it was a set up to clear Skylar. I watched the re-run of the episode and it's an absolutely heart breaking moment, and probably the best acted scene between Walt and Sklar. There's a pause they both take during the phone conversation where their faces both read like they are saying "I love you," but then Walt keeps up with the facade.
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9:06AM on 09/16/2013

Walt Still Has Strategy

ACEMoney is right, the point of the call was so Walt could act villainous and get all the blame placed on him, including Hank's death. While he got emotional and let his dedication to Jesse ruin things, he still wants his family to be ok. His plan of financial security may not have panned out (ultimately), but Skylar won't go to jail. I also think interpreting his statements as "putting her in her place" misses the big picture and unfairly vilifies Skylar. There's a lot of hate for Skylar,
ACEMoney is right, the point of the call was so Walt could act villainous and get all the blame placed on him, including Hank's death. While he got emotional and let his dedication to Jesse ruin things, he still wants his family to be ok. His plan of financial security may not have panned out (ultimately), but Skylar won't go to jail. I also think interpreting his statements as "putting her in her place" misses the big picture and unfairly vilifies Skylar. There's a lot of hate for Skylar, and that's odd as she's a victim. Walt's the villain.

Walt is trying to set his family up for safety before he disappears. But, he'll return as we know. I'm guessing to seek revenge on Todd's gang or possibly free Jesse. Or, to finish Jesse.
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8:03AM on 09/16/2013
I really like the episode, but I still stand by the fact that Hank's death felt extremely underwhelming, and it would have been a better way to end last weeks episode and leave us in mourning for the week. But the episode came back with a vengeance and was fantastic. I just think (and feel free to thumbs down me) that the only reason he died this week instead of last, is to not be predictable.
I really like the episode, but I still stand by the fact that Hank's death felt extremely underwhelming, and it would have been a better way to end last weeks episode and leave us in mourning for the week. But the episode came back with a vengeance and was fantastic. I just think (and feel free to thumbs down me) that the only reason he died this week instead of last, is to not be predictable.
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7:30AM on 09/16/2013
The best hour of television ever produced. And yeah the point of the phone call was to give Skylar a strong alibi like she had no other choice but to protect him no matter what.
The best hour of television ever produced. And yeah the point of the phone call was to give Skylar a strong alibi like she had no other choice but to protect him no matter what.
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6:53AM on 09/16/2013

A TAD CONFUSED

Most of the episode seemed predictable up until the last 15 minutes or so. Here's my confusion. Walt did this for his family yet took off with the lone barrel and left none for the family. They have the car wash. If he wanted to take the family away, why didn't he find a way to warn Skylar? I mean it was clear there was going to be an issue when Hank was shot and the henchmen did have phones and Walt knew Hank called Marie or at least it seemed he would know. Why did Skylar spill the
Most of the episode seemed predictable up until the last 15 minutes or so. Here's my confusion. Walt did this for his family yet took off with the lone barrel and left none for the family. They have the car wash. If he wanted to take the family away, why didn't he find a way to warn Skylar? I mean it was clear there was going to be an issue when Hank was shot and the henchmen did have phones and Walt knew Hank called Marie or at least it seemed he would know. Why did Skylar spill the beans to her son when before she was so strong with her sister? If Walt did get busted, first why would she believe Marie until she had real proof Walt was being booked? I know most of it is the fall of Walt's empire and such but the crumbling seemed a bit more obvious than it should have been?
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6:41AM on 09/16/2013

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The phone call rant was OBVIOUSLY planned. He did it to clear Skylar of any wrong doing. By the end of the phone call she completely understood what Walt was doing. Hank was mentioned on the back end to confirm his fate to the rest of the family. I don't understand how anyone could see any of that as ambiguous.
The phone call rant was OBVIOUSLY planned. He did it to clear Skylar of any wrong doing. By the end of the phone call she completely understood what Walt was doing. Hank was mentioned on the back end to confirm his fate to the rest of the family. I don't understand how anyone could see any of that as ambiguous.
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5:31AM on 09/16/2013

Human Emotion

"Heisenberg, the guy that became so meticulous as he built his empire, going out like an emotional bitch." " He's just too damn smart to let himself ruled (and beaten) by emotions." I can't agree with this statement. Yes, Walt is extremely smart. However, as much of a villain he has become, he's still a human being. His money being threatened in the last episode, Hank being killed in this one. His family crumbling. The reason he started this. The reason he convinces himself to do this. It's
"Heisenberg, the guy that became so meticulous as he built his empire, going out like an emotional bitch." " He's just too damn smart to let himself ruled (and beaten) by emotions." I can't agree with this statement. Yes, Walt is extremely smart. However, as much of a villain he has become, he's still a human being. His money being threatened in the last episode, Hank being killed in this one. His family crumbling. The reason he started this. The reason he convinces himself to do this. It's gone. When Hank dies and Walt falls to the ground, that's his breaking point. When your filled with emotion, you begin to loose your composure. You expose your humanity. He's doing stupid things afterwards because he's filled with anger. Like taunting Jesse about Jane. There's no rationale to what's going on in his head. That's why I love this show because while it is a show about "mr. Chips" becoming "Scarface" the writers never forget that all of these characters are actually human beings.
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5:08AM on 09/16/2013

Awesome.

This episode had me going for an emotional rollercoaster. The shock of seeing Hank gunned down, to the look on Skyler's face when Hank took the baby. I was emotionally empty after the episode, however, I came to a clarity about Walt, and that was the phone call he made to Skylar actually cleared her of any wrong doing, so in a very weird way, he saved her. I don't know if she will realize this or not, but he did what he did for his family.
I have no idea how this is going to end, but it's
This episode had me going for an emotional rollercoaster. The shock of seeing Hank gunned down, to the look on Skyler's face when Hank took the baby. I was emotionally empty after the episode, however, I came to a clarity about Walt, and that was the phone call he made to Skylar actually cleared her of any wrong doing, so in a very weird way, he saved her. I don't know if she will realize this or not, but he did what he did for his family.
I have no idea how this is going to end, but it's gonna be a helluva ride.
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3:23AM on 09/16/2013
That was rough. There were a couple times I felt hollow inside because it was just so emotionally heavy. I thought that Hank would be the extreme of it, and I was almost expecting Skyler to walk out on Hank before, but there was just so much that happened. I am amazed at how they've managed to do so much in each episode. But this was like continually getting hit in the stomach with bricks. For me, the end was harsh. I had hoped Walt would try to bow out gracefully after Hank, but he just tore
That was rough. There were a couple times I felt hollow inside because it was just so emotionally heavy. I thought that Hank would be the extreme of it, and I was almost expecting Skyler to walk out on Hank before, but there was just so much that happened. I am amazed at how they've managed to do so much in each episode. But this was like continually getting hit in the stomach with bricks. For me, the end was harsh. I had hoped Walt would try to bow out gracefully after Hank, but he just tore through everyone, even Walt Jr. That was really sad to see, but his threat to Skylar was the height. That was harsh. She annoyed me as well, but to hear Hank make such a massive threat to his own family, now he's completely unhinged. I can't imagine what fate awaits him. But after this episode, after seeing him turn on his own family, I can't imagine he'll get away alive. I just don't see it happening. There isn't a shred of decency left, although credit for not taking the baby.
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2:46AM on 09/16/2013
He OBVIOUSLY knew the cops were listening and set it all up (brilliantly) to clear her name, basically.
He OBVIOUSLY knew the cops were listening and set it all up (brilliantly) to clear her name, basically.
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1:49AM on 09/16/2013
Holy shit is all I can say. I want to give it infinity/10 if I could. Some idiot online managed to spoil's Hank's death, but it was merely the tip of the iceberg thankfully. Such an emotional meltdown of an episode!
Holy shit is all I can say. I want to give it infinity/10 if I could. Some idiot online managed to spoil's Hank's death, but it was merely the tip of the iceberg thankfully. Such an emotional meltdown of an episode!
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1:43AM on 09/16/2013
I genuinely feel that Vince Gilligan and the writers looked at message boards and film sites in order to get inspiration for the call between Walt as Skylar. Haha.
I genuinely feel that Vince Gilligan and the writers looked at message boards and film sites in order to get inspiration for the call between Walt as Skylar. Haha.
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1:36AM on 09/16/2013
The knife fight between Walt and Skylar was intense as hell.

Brilliant episode. Cranston deserves the emmy for the last scene alone. Him calling Skylar a "stupid bitch" gave me such satisfaction to hear even though Walt is trying to protest Skylar from all the crimes she's known about Walt performing.
The knife fight between Walt and Skylar was intense as hell.

Brilliant episode. Cranston deserves the emmy for the last scene alone. Him calling Skylar a "stupid bitch" gave me such satisfaction to hear even though Walt is trying to protest Skylar from all the crimes she's known about Walt performing.
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1:36AM on 09/16/2013

excellent episode, as always

i can't wait for Todd to get it between the eyes.
i can't wait for Todd to get it between the eyes.
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7:48AM on 09/16/2013
He's doin' it all for the woman he loves. Where's your sense of romance?
He's doin' it all for the woman he loves. Where's your sense of romance?
3:31PM on 09/16/2013
he's became the most hated character as soon as he shot that kid. And i wouldn't doubt whats-her-name getting it either.

he's became the most hated character as soon as he shot that kid. And i wouldn't doubt whats-her-name getting it either.

1:24AM on 09/16/2013

wow

just a great fucking episode cant wait for the next one wonder whats gonna happen to jesse
just a great fucking episode cant wait for the next one wonder whats gonna happen to jesse
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1:17AM on 09/16/2013

Man

That was one of the most emotional and intense hour long shows I've ever watched. Truly masterful by Rian Johnson and the writers of BB.

First off the phone call, I don't think it was sloppy as I believe it was all set up by Walt. He buys that phone he used probably in the same store he was cleaning Holly up at and he knew the police would be there. I believe he said everything to clear Skylar of everything and making her as more of a hostage of Heisenberg than a partner and launderer and I
That was one of the most emotional and intense hour long shows I've ever watched. Truly masterful by Rian Johnson and the writers of BB.

First off the phone call, I don't think it was sloppy as I believe it was all set up by Walt. He buys that phone he used probably in the same store he was cleaning Holly up at and he knew the police would be there. I believe he said everything to clear Skylar of everything and making her as more of a hostage of Heisenberg than a partner and launderer and I think Skylar knew too as you can see her attitude change during the call. Did he say some stuff that was true? Absolutely, but this is still Walter White and he still loves his family.

So sad to see Hank go. He was truly the hero of the show (even though Walt looks to become the anti-hero in these final few episodes) and the biggest badass on the show. Didn't expect anything less than a big go fuck yourself from Hank to Jack. I believe Marie isn't far behind and possibly Skylar, which may be the ultimate push that makes Walt come back to ABQ.

I'm still rooting for Walt and believe if he does go after Jack and Todd and kills them he can redeem a lot with people. But maybe not. Who knows right? Cause predicting this show is damn near impossible. Which is one of the reasons it's so damn good.

BTW, didn't have much of a problem with Walt telling Jesse about Jane. Jesse ratted on him and brought Hank out there and spit in his face. A big blow to him was warranted.
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