"Say my name"
I was a little underwhelmed with the previous episode, even though it was by no means a bad one. To make up for it, Breaking Bad came back with what might have been the best episode so far this season. And to think, there is only one episode after this one until next season.
So, unto...The t3cii rundown!!!
- Okay, let's talk about that first scene before we tackle the bigger stuff. Much has been said about how Walt no longer exists, that he is now, fully, Heisenberg. We get some support to this belief in the opening moments of the episode. Walt and the boys meet up with that one guy and his crew (that one guy actually being a fairly successful Canadian actor in real life). You'll notice in this scene Walt doesn't wear his Heisenberg hat. I was hoping he would stop wearing it altogether, but in the preview for next week, he's got it on. At this point, does he really need it? He's been in full Heisenberg mode for a while now.
- "Would you really want to live in a world without Coca-Cola?" I
sure as hell wouldn't!
- Walt takes a cue from Destiny's Child, and asks that guy to say his name. Specifically, to say his alias. That guy obliges, and Walt replies, with what might be his most badass line "You're goddamn right!". What's interesting about this is, he's not acting in this scene. Like, Walt isn't putting on a badass persona, he actually is that guy.
- "I gotta hand it to ya, Walter...". I like how Mike doesn't actually finish that sentence and come out and give Walt props for how he handled the situation, but Mike isn't entirely fooled by Walt. He shoots Jesse a glance when Walt refers to Jesse as part of being the two best cooks, because he knows it's all bullshit. The problem is, so does Jesse.
- Skyler makes an appearance, and as usual, manages to suck the life out of the episode. I think I once called Betty Draper a "black hole", and I am starting to feel the same way about Skyler. Anytime she appears, she speaks in hushed tones, and comes across as being almost lifeless. I understand why she is acting this way, the problem is it is becoming repetitive.
- I have read some speculation that Jesse and Skyler will form some type of alliance against Walt, but I'm not sure I like the idea.
- Throughout the episode, Walt gives Jesse the runaround, failing to really acknowledge any of Jesse's claims that he is officially out of the business. Walt turns on a dime, going from blissfully unaware, to absolutely furious, and as always, Bryan Cranston does an amazing job. As always, I'll say he deserves whatever awards he should have coming to him. Because Walt is downright scary in this scene. I am becoming increasingly more leery of him as the episodes go by, as I always feel he's a genuine threat to those around him. He doesn't physically lash out against Jesse, instead he settles on verbally abusing him. As usual, Walt is incredibly petty. There is one thing he says to Jesse, and for some reason this got to me, but it's when Walt says something like "I don't know if you are into this sort of thing, but both of us are heading straight to Hell." It's just his total indifference to Jesse, and they're current situation. Walt understands perfectly well the bad things they have done, but unlike Jesse, he has regrets. Jesse tells him off, but this is something they always do, so I'm not sure if Jesse leaving is of much consequence. He'll show up again one way or another.
- At first, I thought Walt was talking to himself in the mirror when he was about to cook, until it was revealed he was talking to Todd. Anyway, Todd tells Walt it's going to take him a while to get the hang of it, which is a big understatement. "Yeah it will take a while".
- In an earlier episode, Lydia pleaded with Mike that she did not want her daughter to think she had abandoned her. After Hank gets the dirt on Mike, Mike has that decision to make himself: Leave while the heat is on him, and leave his granddaughter behind, or turn himself in. He chooses the former. That stuck with me until the end of the episode. He left his young granddaughter behind in the park. And would never say goodbye to her again.
- Why didn't Mike want Jesse to retrieve the bag he stored in the car? Of the three of them, Jesse was the one he could trust the most. Instead, Walt agrees to take the bag to him. Big mistake.
- Walt and Mike eventually meet up, but Walt won't let him go without Mike at least giving up the names of the nine guys they're paying off to keep quiet. Mike says no, and while he leaves, Walt's arrogance comes bubbling back up, and he says "what? No 'thank you?'". Walt's smugness is unbearable, but finally Mike lets him have it, not by punching him in the face, but by spelling out just how much Walt fucked things up. I wish he had told Walt that Gus never meant to kill him, because I genuinely believe he never would have.
- We get some more great acting from Cranston, as he is totally furious now. He goes back to his car, stops, and storms right back. You knew the gun he took from the bag was going to come into play, but did you actually expect Walt to shoot Mike? Mike momentarily gets away, and I was hoping he would successfully escape, but then Walt finds him sitting down on a rock. Walt is freaked out, and then comes the kicker: He could have just got the list from Lydia. It's such a pathetic end to the toughest character on the show. But Mike has the final words of the episode...
"Just shut the fuck up and let me die in peace." That line is such a fitting tribute to him.
Hard to believe this season is now almost over. After watching it, I started to feel a bit annoyed towards Mad Men, because it will almost certainly win an Emmy over Breaking Bad, but it really doesn't deserve to. Breaking Bad is so much more deserving, and what's more, it's actually about
something. Things actually happen. The two are very different shows, but seriously, if forced to choose between the two, why would anyone think Mad Men is the better show? Especially with how lackluster it has become?