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Lily of the Valley: This Week on Breaking Bad (Episode 15 / September 22, 2013)

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EPISODE 15: Granite State

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). In the final moments of last week’s episode we see Walt make use of Saul’s relocation guy, and as we open tonight, we see that Saul has made the same choice. Now in regard to last week, I was a little confused, but not about the fact that Walt knew he was being recorded, I just didn’t feel the same way most of you did about the speech. Some people thought it was him saying “I’m sorry” to Skyler. I disagree. Yes, he was making a play at clearing her name, but that was never going to fly. For one, Marie was never going to buy into it, not after the DVD they made accusing Hank. Plus, she just lost her husband, so rest assured she’s going to want to blame someone for that, and if Walt’s not around, it’ll be Skyler. That said, when I said I enjoyed seeing Walt put her in her place, I meant I think he was sincere when he called her a bitch, and was genuinely pissed that she didn’t just listen to him for once. Yes, the call was emotional. Skyler just pulled a knife on him, and Walt Jr, called the cops, but I just felt there was a different undertone to the whole thing.

I bring all this up because Saul tries to enlighten Walt on this scenario (he really hits it on the head when he points out all the times the cops took Mike’s money). Saul’s scared out of his mind. He wants out of that room and as far away from Walt as possible. Walt revisits his, “It’s not over until I say it’s over” speech, but a fit of coughing suggests otherwise, at least to Saul. We throw back to Skyler in a tough room, with a glazed over look that implies she’s still in denial. As much as my feelings for her character have shifted over the course of the show, I’ve always felt for her and the kids because ultimately if Walt was to lose, they were always the ones who would pay for it. I mean, damn, Skyler’s working for a cab company to make ends meet. And if that’s not bad enough, we get Todd showing up at the house. What a mind blowing scene that was. His calm, nonchalant way of speaking makes him one of the most intense villains this show has seen. The only thing scarier than not knowing what he’s going to do, is knowing what he’s capable of.

And then there’s Lydia. I couldn’t help but laugh as she reverted back to her paranoid self with a back to back restaurant meeting. I’m not surprised to hear she wants Skyler dead, nor am I surprised to see Todd insist she’s cool. Todd, monstrosity that he is, still respects Walter and though it’s impossible to know for sure, I believe he feels bad for Hank (or at least as bad as he could feel) and wants to do Walt right by Skyler, especially after things went sour in the desert. Of course, the news of his new batch being ninety-two percent was enough to change Lydia’s view in a heartbeat. She’s obviously not impressed to hear they have Jesse stowed away in the lab, but Lydia’s greed and pride are her weakness. Poor Jesse. It was cool to see him MacGyver up with the cuffs (I was worried he was ready to lay down and die there for a while), but as impressive as his grand escape was, I knew it wasn’t going down that way. And the price…was high. Again, Todd’s mannerisms are downright chilling. He’s your best friend right up until he’s shooting you in the back of the head. But hey, it’s nothing personal. Things have been building toward a Jesse and Todd fight to death, and I pray we get it.


BREAKING BAD SEASON 5's fifteenth episode is an emotional rollercoaster through hell, but I have to say, I still feel that the direction these characters are moving in feels real and does the show justice (I wish I could say the same for DEXTER’s final season, but I won’t open that can of worms). Walt all cooped up in the mountains of New Hampshire, literally cut off from world, is no different from prison (aside from being shanked or gang raped in the shower). He’s up there, alone with his thoughts, and it’s got to be maddening. A month goes by, he’s getting frail (wedding ring falls off his finger), lonely (that had to be the most expensive game of cards in history), and worst of all, he’s beginning to fear the end. The call to Jr. was to be expected, and as much as I hated seeing it, I knew it would go down the way it did. If Jr. was that quick to turn on him at the house, he wasn’t going to get any better with it, especially now that the real repercussions are coming down on his family. Now that was Walter White on an emotional call. I felt for him when he called the DEA, but I knew based on the flash forward scenes something would happen. Seeing his old pals at Grey Matter steamroll him like that was just as bad as his family turning on him. The look on his face. And again, Heisenberg is back with something to live for.


DRUG RELATED PROTIP:

Situational awareness is a key factor in any escape plan.

BEST LINE:

I decided to go on a lighter note tonight. When Walt’s looking over the DVD in the cabin. “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. Two copies.” I thought it was genius.

BITCH-O-METER:

Jesse vs. Todd. Make this happen!

COOLEST SCENE:

Many things happened tonight. A close second is Todd’s reaction to Jesse’s confession tape. The grin on his face when Jesse mentions the shooting of that kid speaks wonders for Todd’s character, but I liked the humble moment between Walt and the dude in the cabin when he pays him to stay awhile. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Walt in that frame of mind.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Well, we’re down to the wire, so let’s hear it. Do you guys think Walt will die, or will get his revenge and beat the cancer?
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5:29AM on 09/23/2013

book rights

i know it would be very anti-climatic at this point, but the first thing i thought of when Walt's trying to give money to hi kids was the book rights. What if while isolated he gets a ruthless writer who agrees to sell Walts story and in return his kids get a large percentage of the profits. It's a lot of legal, legitament money. At this point what's the worst thing that can happen to him by writing a tell-all book?

again, it doesnt mesh with what's going on, but it was the first thing i
i know it would be very anti-climatic at this point, but the first thing i thought of when Walt's trying to give money to hi kids was the book rights. What if while isolated he gets a ruthless writer who agrees to sell Walts story and in return his kids get a large percentage of the profits. It's a lot of legal, legitament money. At this point what's the worst thing that can happen to him by writing a tell-all book?

again, it doesnt mesh with what's going on, but it was the first thing i thought of. Can't wait to see how it all ends
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6:21AM on 09/23/2013
its aint gonna end on a happy note either way walts boned his cancer is back either that gets him or the cops or a bullet so he is fucked i do feel sorry for jesse poor bastard
its aint gonna end on a happy note either way walts boned his cancer is back either that gets him or the cops or a bullet so he is fucked i do feel sorry for jesse poor bastard
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6:58AM on 09/23/2013

THE FINAL EPISODE BETTER BE GOOD

I'm so in the minority right now but these last couple of episodes, some things just don't sit right in context with the history of what's happened. New Hampshire? If he's the most wanted man in America, why stay in America? There's no way to get out of the US and make to another country? With all the cash? I'm not getting a few of the moves. You'd think that Walt would have played the whole thing a little smarter. Have an escape plan himself other than what's going on. It shows an
I'm so in the minority right now but these last couple of episodes, some things just don't sit right in context with the history of what's happened. New Hampshire? If he's the most wanted man in America, why stay in America? There's no way to get out of the US and make to another country? With all the cash? I'm not getting a few of the moves. You'd think that Walt would have played the whole thing a little smarter. Have an escape plan himself other than what's going on. It shows an incredible lack of grasp of the situation after Walt has shown an incredible grasp of the situation. It may have all started with leaving the book from Gus as bathroom reading material. Just a move that didn't fly well with me after being so careful. Maybe it's "the littlest thing" kind of plot device move. Seems subtle to Walt after being so meticulous on so many details. Proves you can't take care of everything.
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4:37PM on 09/23/2013
I think the point of all of this is to show that Walt was always in WAY over his head. Its easy to talk big and act like "Heisenberg" but not so easy to live with the reality. Everyone thinks Walt is this BIG criminal mastermind but in reality he lucked into most situations and definitely wasn't prepared with an escape plan. Saul was his escape plan, that's why he wanted him so badly to come with him. If Walt was on his own he would have been caught in a few days.
I think the point of all of this is to show that Walt was always in WAY over his head. Its easy to talk big and act like "Heisenberg" but not so easy to live with the reality. Everyone thinks Walt is this BIG criminal mastermind but in reality he lucked into most situations and definitely wasn't prepared with an escape plan. Saul was his escape plan, that's why he wanted him so badly to come with him. If Walt was on his own he would have been caught in a few days.
7:54AM on 09/23/2013
Actually it's quite brilliant because the moment that Walter let his guard down and ceased being Heisenberg, that's when he started making mistakes and was a step behind everyone. He's only human. And he won't necessarily know how to just disappear, he needs help from someone experienced.
Actually it's quite brilliant because the moment that Walter let his guard down and ceased being Heisenberg, that's when he started making mistakes and was a step behind everyone. He's only human. And he won't necessarily know how to just disappear, he needs help from someone experienced.
7:55AM on 09/23/2013
Heisenberg is gonna fuck shit up.
Heisenberg is gonna fuck shit up.
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9:02AM on 09/23/2013
I think Jesse is going to be the last man standing at this point.

Him trying to escape and his reaction right after was easily the best part of the episode for me.
I think Jesse is going to be the last man standing at this point.

Him trying to escape and his reaction right after was easily the best part of the episode for me.
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9:09AM on 09/23/2013
I've loved every second of the show and all things must come to an end, but it still feels like there should be one more season. Not nearly enough episodes with Hank vs Walt.

That said, can't wait to see how it all plays out. What the hell is he doing with that Ricin???
I've loved every second of the show and all things must come to an end, but it still feels like there should be one more season. Not nearly enough episodes with Hank vs Walt.

That said, can't wait to see how it all plays out. What the hell is he doing with that Ricin???
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10:41AM on 09/23/2013

The last episode is titled 'Felina"

Everything you need to know about the finale can be gathered by reading the lyrics to Marty Robbins' "El Paso."
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Everything you need to know about the finale can be gathered by reading the lyrics to Marty Robbins' "El Paso."
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11:29AM on 09/23/2013

The calm before the storm

Last night's episode was just so chilling and definitely sets things up nicely for the finale. At this point, Walt has nothing to lose so him going after Lydia and Uncle Jack, in addition to his former Gray Matter buddies, should be an epic ending.
Last night's episode was just so chilling and definitely sets things up nicely for the finale. At this point, Walt has nothing to lose so him going after Lydia and Uncle Jack, in addition to his former Gray Matter buddies, should be an epic ending.
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4:40PM on 09/23/2013
Dude you nailed it perfectly with your title ahahah The calm before the storm is definitely the exact phrase I used with my buddies who didn't care for last night's episode. I think its slow paced turned a few people off who were expecting the light speed pace of last weeks. I however loved how slow and chilling it was. Definitely know the end is near for all involved.
Dude you nailed it perfectly with your title ahahah The calm before the storm is definitely the exact phrase I used with my buddies who didn't care for last night's episode. I think its slow paced turned a few people off who were expecting the light speed pace of last weeks. I however loved how slow and chilling it was. Definitely know the end is near for all involved.
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1:15PM on 09/23/2013

Walt Jr.

I can't wrap my mind around how quickly Walt Jr. dropped his hero, his dad, so quickly. That bothers me and seems a bit out of character, but other than that, I was stoked on the episode.
It's weird seeing Walt talked about on Charlie Rose! This has gotten so surreal. What a fucking show!
I can't wrap my mind around how quickly Walt Jr. dropped his hero, his dad, so quickly. That bothers me and seems a bit out of character, but other than that, I was stoked on the episode.
It's weird seeing Walt talked about on Charlie Rose! This has gotten so surreal. What a fucking show!
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5:30PM on 09/23/2013
My thoughts exactly.
My thoughts exactly.
4:46PM on 09/23/2013
It does seem a bit quick but makes sense. Walt only really became Jr's hero after he got the cancer. Before that, and even after, Hank was always more of a hero/father figure to Jr. Also Walt has been very distant to Jr. ever since the cancer, not to mention all that time when he wasn't allowed in the house. Jr isn't dumb he always knew something was up he just didn't know the extent of it until a few episodes ago. To hear all of this come out had to be heartbreaking to him. Add in the fact
It does seem a bit quick but makes sense. Walt only really became Jr's hero after he got the cancer. Before that, and even after, Hank was always more of a hero/father figure to Jr. Also Walt has been very distant to Jr. ever since the cancer, not to mention all that time when he wasn't allowed in the house. Jr isn't dumb he always knew something was up he just didn't know the extent of it until a few episodes ago. To hear all of this come out had to be heartbreaking to him. Add in the fact that everyone thinks Walt killed Hank and it's not surprising he turned on him. If Hank hadn't been killed I truly believe Jr would have been more supportive of Walt.
1:36PM on 09/23/2013
I want the Heisenberg piano key theme as my ringtone
I want the Heisenberg piano key theme as my ringtone
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2:53PM on 09/23/2013

The time frame is wrong in this review......

It was MORE than a month that had gone by, it was at least two, and I'm thinking a case can be made for three.
They make a point to mention while Walt is being administered the IV, that "I will do better than last time".
and we as the audience have to assume that guy only visits once a month.

It was MORE than a month that had gone by, it was at least two, and I'm thinking a case can be made for three.
They make a point to mention while Walt is being administered the IV, that "I will do better than last time".
and we as the audience have to assume that guy only visits once a month.

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4:38PM on 09/23/2013
While I think this was a bit of a slide down from the previous episode (one of the best in the entire series), it was still an emotional reollercoaster. I have grown to like Todd as a villain. To me, he's by far one of the most chilling because he has no hesitance about doing what is 'necessary' for business. Unlike most antagonists in the series, he's quick to do what he knows he has to to not get busted (something I think we first saw with the killing of the kid on the bike), but it's never
While I think this was a bit of a slide down from the previous episode (one of the best in the entire series), it was still an emotional reollercoaster. I have grown to like Todd as a villain. To me, he's by far one of the most chilling because he has no hesitance about doing what is 'necessary' for business. Unlike most antagonists in the series, he's quick to do what he knows he has to to not get busted (something I think we first saw with the killing of the kid on the bike), but it's never personal. There's never any anger or hatred or malice in his actions. It's almost devoid of emotion, except that he always seems genuinely sorry afterwards. It's like how he still tries to be nice to Jesse or his demeanor towards Andrea before killing her. Even Todd's uncle shows some kind of malice or emotion out of what he does. But Todd does everything so straight faced and nonchalant, it's creepy. I am somewhat both sad and excited for next week. We're finally at that flashforward we had at the beginning of the season, and I can't imagine what will happen. It's either going to end at the meth lab or at Grey Matter, but I feel like Walt will deal with both. However, I lean more towards the meth lab being the finale as I think it will come down to Walt and Jesse, with both meeting a final fate there. The series has really always been about Walt and Jesse's relationship, and I see that being how it ends.
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4:53PM on 09/23/2013
Everyone here touched on the important topics so can I just talk about how incredibly awesome it was to have ROBERT FORSTER as the Vacuum Guy????? Its a character that has been built up for awhile now and after the almost reveal with Jesse I figured we would never get to see the man's face. Boy am I glad I was wrong! Just an absolutely PERFECT casting choice. He looks so much like an everyday man but also someone you can fully believe is a criminal. Including Michael Bowen (Uncle Jack) that is
Everyone here touched on the important topics so can I just talk about how incredibly awesome it was to have ROBERT FORSTER as the Vacuum Guy????? Its a character that has been built up for awhile now and after the almost reveal with Jesse I figured we would never get to see the man's face. Boy am I glad I was wrong! Just an absolutely PERFECT casting choice. He looks so much like an everyday man but also someone you can fully believe is a criminal. Including Michael Bowen (Uncle Jack) that is now TWO Tarantino alumni Vince has used in a season that he is totally channeling QT.
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5:27PM on 09/23/2013
I agree that this feels like a believable path for the characters, but like you pointed out last week, I'm not a hundred percent backing Jr.'s turning so quick. That phone call was the perfect time for him to hear his father out and ask whatever questions he might have. Nope. Nice touch with adding the Grey Matter couple. Man, did they piss off the Heisenberg!
I agree that this feels like a believable path for the characters, but like you pointed out last week, I'm not a hundred percent backing Jr.'s turning so quick. That phone call was the perfect time for him to hear his father out and ask whatever questions he might have. Nope. Nice touch with adding the Grey Matter couple. Man, did they piss off the Heisenberg!
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2:39AM on 09/24/2013

Does anybody feel like.........

they are trying to push Low Winter Sun on us. I mean I'm really going to need a show to replace this, and don't get me wrong I've tried to watch it but it just doesn't click for me. GOD I'm going to miss Breaking Bad!
they are trying to push Low Winter Sun on us. I mean I'm really going to need a show to replace this, and don't get me wrong I've tried to watch it but it just doesn't click for me. GOD I'm going to miss Breaking Bad!
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