Well, on this week's Breaking Bad, a confession was made all right. Just not quite how you'd think.
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What was with Marie wearing black all of a sudden? The death of the family, perhaps?
Err, mourning the death of the family, I meant.
Was this the best episode of television I have ever seen? Yup, yup it was.
Would have to disagree with you there, sir. In terms of this season’s episodes, Episode 1 (with the garage-closing of doom) is surely the best.
I say this every week but Gilligan says the 5th episode, (I think called “Ozymandias”), is the best one they’ve done, or words to that effect.
GET HERE FASTER WEEK 5!!!!
@ Horatio: Ozymandias is actually the 6th episode that Gilligan says is the best they have ever done. It is my belief that is when the walls around the Heisenberg empire come crashing down.
walt applying concealer to his eye, just like jesse did in season 1. this show is perfect.
That was an instant, “Ohhhh, hey.”
So Meth Damon and the other members of the Aryan Nation were just pretty flippant with their disregard for anyone hearing the train heist story. As the title of the episode is Confessions, I was thinking that Todd was going to let it slip that he also killed little Drew Sharp. This would set off a major police chase for these redneck idiots and perhaps capture one of them and turn in Heisenberg.
I’m banging my head trying to figure out what the conversation in the bathroom signified and the uncle wiping the blood off his boot and flushing the paper towel. Is it foreshadowing a future killing or just the uncle getting rid of a little spec on his shoe? Either way these guys are bad news and are plotting something big.
I’m pretty sure at the moment they’re just plotting cooking some meth.
Sure they are, but they are not that bright when it comes to this type of business. Todd will certainly be exposed to be a poor meth cook and then the Aryan Nation comes looking for Heisenberg. That is probably why Todd called him to tell him the “news” about Declan.
It also makes me curious about the uncle wiping the blood off his boot in the restroom. I get that he is trying to clean off evidence of a recent murder victim on his boot, but the fact that they show him going to that little detail makes me think that is leading somewhere.
I probably read way too much into it, but it looked like the toilet didn’t flush the bloody paper towel. Not sure why anyone would be looking in a diner bathroom stall for evidence, though. I’m going to stop trying to figure things out and just enjoy the ride.
It seemed to me that the paper towel did not fully flush. On this show, there has to be a purposeful reason for showing that.
I thought the bloody paper towel was a subtle visual representation of just how these guys run (will run) their business. They’ll be sloppy, things will get messy, and they will get caught.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the guy tattooing a swastika on his neck doesn’t often make the best decisions.
he was cleaning the blood after the shoot out at the OK Meth Corral
Meth Damon. You deserve a prize for that one, like it.
I saw the bloody paper towel like most here – sloppy. But it also shows he was aware of it as evidence and at least did a spot cleaning.
Fast forward to the tarantula in the desert, a reminder that Meth Damon kept Drew’s jar. A nice visual reminder of how sloppy and careless he is to go along with his cavalier manner of describing the train heist.
That was just an incredible episode. If you didn’t already realize his “family comes first” schtick was bullshit, that confession tape kind of cemented it.
Also, I know Aaron Paul implied that it won’t happen on his Reddit AMA, but I really hope Jesse finds out what Walt did to Jane. It would be stupid to just let the series end with that unresolved.
Walt omitted truths but he basically came clean and said he came in she was already dead. I don’t think this part needs to be resolved.
Duchess I think you’re missing some words there, and you’re half-correct: Walt has not vehemently denied or covered up his hand in Jane’s death, but Jesse does not outright know yet. Look how apeshit he just went upon The Brock Realization.
There is hell to pay yet.
It is truly amazing how much they keep pumping this up. I’ve never seen a fire burn so hot for so long.
Hank has been a real standout for me this season. It’s awesome to see his intensity. He doesn’t look like a fat cop anymore. He reminds me of Michael Chiklis. I also hate Marie even more. What a biznatch. Does no one love Skylar?
And what do you even say about Walt and Jesse? All the predictions, all the analysis of color, and nobody to my knowledge saw Walt’s “confession” coming even though there was enough evidence to draw that conclusion.
Oh and one of the best parts was the hug. You think Jesse has finally had enough of Walt’s bullshit, and Walt still manages to pull the wool over his eyes (though I think there was a lot of sincerity in that hug). And then Jesse figures it out and goes ballistic. Good double bluff there.
I really thought the hug would have been the end of Jesse like he gets to go off to Alaska and start over… and he would get out of this mess.
Best of the new episodes yet. WOW.
It’s funny how most people have been saying that every week. Just goes to show how incredible this program truly is.
For me it goes 1, 3, 2. But that’s just me and I’ve never been good at math.
I LOVED the premiere. But there was something about that confession tape. And Jesse’s MANIC state at the end…I can’t wait to see if (when) they top it!
My theory on Uncle Nazi cleaning his boots: he did just walk through a body field the other day, ya know. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that’s where the blood came from.
It’s obvious from the flash forward in the 5B premiere that Jesse doesn’t burn the house down. The breakfast nook is more or less whole when Heisenberg returns to grab the ricin.
Skyler is going to freak out when she comes home to a living room reeking of gasoline. As she said at the restaurant table, the danger is over. It is past them. Right? As far as she thinks. I believe next week’s episode is where Heisenberg starts to lose everything.
That’s what I was thinking. I’m surprised how few people got that THEY JUST MASSACRED A SMALL ARMY OF DRUG-RUNNERS. Blood was everywhere.
Uh, not to be a dick (whom am I kidding, I love being a dick), none of what you said is a “theory” as you mention. A theory is usually an assumption. Everything you said is incredibly obvious to anyone watching the show.
You dick! I’ve had it up to here with your dickishness.
/holds hand up to dick
Your reply, golden. I take back my dickish, condescending reply.
For like the first half of the episode half of Walt’s face is in the shadows (when he’s talking to Walt Jr and right as he goes to tape the confession tape especially). Also his wardrobe is getting progressively darker throughout the season. He was all white in ep1 and now he’s into grays. Also I saw the diner scene as Todd showing his idolization of Heisenberg and that he wont kill him. But the Nazis see this as competition in baddassery
Cold gun = cold-blooded murderer
Cold as it comes.
Cold gun to deal with someone trying to burn his house down (literally and otherwise).
the number of times i stopped breathing during this ep… did not see the confession coming, and especially didn’t see jesse making the connection. i totally forgot he had put 2 and 2 together before, but when you realize how he’s been figuring all of walt’s lies out it totally makes sense. i wonder how they are going to play off the gasoline dumping next week since the house doesn’t burn down
It really seems like the watch Jesse gave Walt is going to have some major significance in the final episodes. If you look at the fast-forward scene at the diner, Walt’s wrists are never shown, even though there is a clear shot of his hands so we can see he’s not wearing his wedding ring. There was a clear shot in “Confessions” of Walt wearing the watch. In this episode, when Todd is leaving Walt a message he says something to the effect of Walt not having “time” and describes the meth heist as “ticking”. Walt mentions time more than once at the restaurant with that waiter from Office Space. Is it that far-fetched to think that Jesse suspected Walt of something before he gave him that gift?
That was awesome. I wasn’t sure anyone else noticed. It was definitely him, right?
It’s not the same actor, but Office Space is certainly what I thought of during that scene.
I confess, I thought Walt might actually kill Jesse at the desert meetup, just to show us Heisenberg is still around.
And what were those cement pylon things when Jesse was waiting for his pickup?
I have no idea what the pylons were about, but I’ve been to Albuquerque once. One thing I noticed is how proud the entire town is of their artwork. There is sculptural stuff all around there. I’d chock it up to that.
Nope. They’re for flood control. There is nothing but flat land and dirt above them and then residential area opposite them, so the flood control board had them installed at least 35 years ago when the far northeast heights was undeveloped to slow down floor water coming downhill from flooding the area below. It doesn’t rain a lot in Albuquerque, but in that area it would be rain coming all the way down from the west face of the Sandia Mountains down dirt mesa slamming right into the city because it traces a natural arroyo.
It’s technical and boring as Hell, but that’s it.
The road is new, though. There didn’t used to be a three-way intersection at Osuna.
So each episode has one series defining scene, not exactly the case in earlier episodes. First we had the Hank/Walt confrontation in the garage, then the scene with Holly, Hank, Marie, and Skylar, and now we have the Jesse/Walt moment where Jesse finally calls him on his shit and manages the courage to do something despite being a broken man. Each scene gets more and more intense. I think after the fifth and sixth episodes I may need to take blood thinners, and obviously I’ll need to watch my diet during the weeks before the final two.
Yeah new theory. Here’s how Walt is brought down. He wins over Hank/Marie, he’s already won Skylar, and he brings Jesse back on the reservation because I think that Walt really does love Jesse in a fatherly way. Fathers are interesting creatures that don’t love their kids in traditional ways, or at least that’s the way my dad is and several of my friends’ fathers.
However, is what does him in is letting the three biggest shitheads he can find and that spineless cunt Lydia run his operation. The DEA finds them naturally, Todd gets shot and Lydia rats them out…because that’s totally what she would do.
Oh and Walt decides to take the bullet for everyone, realizing that he has months left to live anyways he decides to go apeshit and do something so unbelievably bad ass to give Hank, Jesse, Marie, Skylar, and his family cover on the condition that Hank looks out for the family and speak highly of Walt, describe him as the tragic hero he is. Saul survives because he’s a cockroach. Hence the M60 hence the tag line “Remember My Name.”
Spineless cunt. I don’t think you could have described Lydia’s character any better if you tried. Bravo!
Just noticed something YUUUUUUUUGE on my first re-watch:
The scene when Heisenberg went to the carwash in a panic to “fix the Coke machine latch.”
The cards behind Skylar. Why are there 2 of the same dolphin card? And why are they surrounding the 2 white chicks (The Heisenbergs) and the egg (Holly? the money?)?
AND WHY IS THERE A SYMPATHY CARD DIRECTLY UNDERNEATH?!?!?!? Okay so that rules out the money…
Everybody knows how Vince Gilligan is with every shot. Nothing is there on accident.
From this, we can gather only one thing: Holly won’t last much longer, and
Alright, I realize I’m echoing a lot of people’s sentiments here, but I agree that the scene in which Jesse handles the cigarette pack and connects it to the ricin was a bit clunky. Forget whether or not Jesse himself could have put two and two together (as that’s a much different discussion), but I believe that the writers–or head writer for the episode Gennifer Hutchison–expected waaaaaay too much out of the viewer.
Now, I hadn’t seen seasons 3 or 4 for a while, so maybe I was behind most Breaking Bad fans when it comes to having all the plot details down pat. I know that Huell had a hand in stealing ricin from Jesse before, but the ricin was never used to poison Brock. Even though one of the seminal themes of the episode was Jesse’s distrust of Walt, I didn’t think Jesse would be able to link his missing ricin to Brock’s poisoning so easily. Had to look up the Sepinwall and the TV Club reviews before I could even make sense of how Jesse made that whole connection.
Regardless, still a great season and can’t wait to see how it all ends. I just hope that, from now on, huge plot-turning events are done with a little more clarity.
Jesse should have connected the poisoning to Brock earlier. Back when Brock was hospitalized, Jesse was arrested for telling the doctors to check for Ricin, which Walt had told him on the phone minutes earlier.
He already suspected that Walt had someone lift the ricin off of him.
Hey Todd. Did you see Hooper? You were just like Burt Reynolds in Hooper, Todd. HOOOOPPPPEERRR!!!!
Also,Chet, I’m still not ready to deal with the fact that there will be no new episodes of Happy Endings. Too soon, bro. Ya done me dirty.
Better Maul Saul.
+1 Hello Kitty Cell Phone
Am I the only one who is left a little confused by the Jesse cigarette realization?
As a character portrayed as a smoker, wouldn’t he have noticed his ricin-cigarette was missing EONS AGO and not the few perfect seconds before leaving?
He noticed it was gone a long time ago. He freaked out about it. Then Walt planted it in Jesse’s Roomba and they checked the Roomba. It’s only now that Jesse has caught Saul and Huell stealing from him again that Jesse realized the Roomba wasn’t the entity that stole the ricin cigarette originally
The only thing I don’t get about the cigarette revelation is I don’t know how he connects that to poisoning Brock. Sure, the Ricin was lifted off Jesse but Brock was poisoned with Lily of the Valley. Jesse knows this so why would he link the Ricin cigarette to the poisoning of Brock? Unless I’m missing something which is extremely possible.
The point is, Huell lifted the cigarette off of Jesse, just like the pot, and the only reason that he would do such a thing is on Walt’s orders (then Saul confirms it). Walt lied about the ricin, so Jesse must assume he used it on Brock all along.
Garduño’s sucks. It only seems fair that a chain that was sunk because it owed millions in back taxes would be where a family goes to die.
Though I doubt they had to wait an hour plus for a table for four like in the place’s heyday. That would have definitely been more interesting to see Walt and Hank growl at each other while standing in the lobby surrounded by yokels.
My family had some tense dinners at that location (Louisiana exit off I-140, tourists) but goddamn that was as bad as I’ve ever seen that didn’t end with someone yelling and/or throwing shit.
This show is so fucking HEAVY. I’m fully torqued right now.
I think the garage scene was the best ending to an episode so far in this season, but as far as pace and intensity this one takes it. I will have to watch this at least another two times to fully digest everything that took place.
I agree with whoever said it above, this has got to be a Top 5′er.
I came for the gif of Hank’s reaction face watching the video and it didn’t disappoint. Could watch that all day. Dean Norris is killing it.
Clearly, between the can of gas and the frosty gun, they’re setting up next week’s Game of Thrones cross-over episode. “A bong of ice and fire.” How did nobody realize this yet?
At least Walt was wearing pants in this confession
I’m surprised no one brought up the tarantula that came across when Jesse was waiting for Walt in the desert. I feel like that has got to be a call back to Drew Sharp, and a foreshadowing of Jesse’s soon to be demise. Unless it’s just misdirection.
I definitely noticed the tarantula. That was one of the more obvious callbacks of the episode.
I love this episode so much I want to take it behind a middle school and cook meth with it.
I really, really thought Walt was gonna kill Jesse there in the desert. I mean, I was so tense I needed to go outside and breathe for a moment.
I think Walt really cares for Jesse in his own sick, manipulative way. I can’t imagine Walt killing Jesse unless it were absolutely unavoidable.
These episodes all seem like a anticipated prelude to how and when Walt leaves in a rush for New Hampshire. How does he get to that New England diner? and how does he get back to watch Carol drop per groceries? The whole “Coke machine latch” looked like a trigger for him to give Skyler a nonsense excuse to start running.
I’m pretty sure that diner is a Denny’s in ABQ. He gets the machine gun from the same guy who sold him his handgun.
The diner wasn’t in New England was it? I’m sure it was in Albuquerque, and it’s just Walt’s ID which says New Hampshire on it.
yea the waitress at denny’s tells him that he’s far away from his home which she assumes is new hampshire because of the fake id. i think she asked where he was going and he said, “here”.
Yeah, but just how Jesse and Saul were talking about the geographically farthest (furthest?) places to relocate (Alaska, Florida), maybe Walt chooses NH for the same reason and actually does relocate there for a minute using Saul’s disappearing guy.
Man, I love and hate Breaking Bad air nights because on the one hand I get to watch a new Breaking bad but on the other I can’t sleep at night because my mind is racing. This finale season is just killing it so far.
I’ve started watching the episodes Monday morning before I go to work now for that exact reason. Needless to say, it makes me even LESS productive than I already am on Mondays, which was already a little to not very.
CHILLS looking at Jesse’s reaction. Aaron Paul’s acting is beyond amazing and if I had an Emmy I would just give it to him right now.
I thought that Jesse had a gun on him when they were out in the desert. They way he was keeping his hands in his hoodie pockets and all
I was guessing he was unarmed since it seemed like Saul had taken him there pretty much right from the police station.
I thought he might have a gun, too, since he never seemed to remove his hand from his left pocket.
During the course of the series, Walter White has become a monster. I know that. He is a horrible human being – BUT at the same time, every once in awhile W.W. does something so diabolical, a part of me can’t help but applaud his intelligence and cunning. Last night’s taped ‘confession’ was a perfect example. I watched Hank and Marie watching the confession and thought “Oh that was good.” But then I didn’t feel good about myself afterward. Haha.
To me, that’s not so much evil as protecting yourself. Is it right? No, of course not, but it’s something he did out of necessity to stay out of jail and protect his family. I can accept that.
Guacamole waiter gave me Office Space flashbacks.
In gif form it was perfect.
Did anyone else notice the LWYRUP thing in the desert scene? It later changed to ‘WYRUP’ . Does this mean someone’s gonna wear a wire towards the end, esp WALT? Remember the crazy theory last season after the Live free ep?
One of my favorite things about this show is the way they subtly set up all the dots that Jesse needed to connect in order to have his Ricin Revelation:
1) Before Saul calls his “witness relocation expert,” he asks Jesse if there’s anyone he wants to speak to before he disappears, immediately bringing Brock and Andrea to the forefront of Jesse’s mind.
2) When Saul does make the call, he starts it off in code, mentioning a defective vacuum cleaner – a vacuum cleaner, of course, being where Walt stashed the ricin cigarette in an attempt to make Jesse think he’d misplaced it. (Gotta give credit where it’s due – my mom was the one who brought this up, and goddamn if she’s not right.)
3) Huell’s brush-up against Jesse as he left Saul’s office, allowing Huell to pocket Jesse’s weed, was of course the biggest connection – but it wasn’t the only one. The writers really did a remarkable job of bringing Jesse along to his big revelation without making it seem too out-of-left-field.
While 2) is correct, it was also written waaay before this. When Saul first describes this option to Walt, he details what the code is, i.e. the vacuum.
i’m not really understanding jesse and the ricin storyline right now. this is how it goes in my mind so i dont know what i’m missing.
jesse goes to gus’ house with the ricin but doesnt use it.
walt sits in his backyard and comes up with the lilly of the valley scheme
jesse thinks its ricin,
walt kills gus, then meets jesse on the roof
jesse tells walt that brock is ok, and that it wasnt ricin, it was lilly of the valley, puttin walt in the clear because he thinks its a freak accident since it was proven that it wasnt ricin
then walt gets the ricin from saul, and keeps it, and makes a fake ricin to plant in jesse house
so how does jesse figure this out now? i understand he can think someone stole the ricin off of him, but he knows the ricin didnt hurt brock so for all he knows it couldve still been a freak accident right? he gonna accuse walt again of using the ricin on the kid? or he gonna accuse walt of using the lilly of the valley, which he has no proof of, he doesnt even knw what it is. of course walt does but he knows all thru his chemistry background. i dont get it, love the show, love this season, hated that one lil part last night.
Yeah, I’m confused in the same way.
I may be wrong but, didn’t they lift the ricin from Jesse because they wanted him to think it was the ricin that had poisoned him. They needed Jesse’s focus on making meth, not becoming a family man. The near fatal poisoning is how they got Jesse back into the lab.
It’s not whether it was ricin or the Lilly of The Valley. It was that Jesse originally thought it was the ricin and that his life was putting Brock and his mother at risk. So Jesse bailed on what was a good thing for him.
They set him up by stealing the ricin so they could poison the kid, and Jesse would blame himself.
So how long before the internet edits together Walter’s “confession” with Usher’s “Confessions”?
That was nuts, but I’m confused. Brock was poisoned from the Lilley of the Valley, the doctor told Jesse as much and he even told Walt. So why does Jesse now think it was the ricin?
He doesn’t, but made him think that back when this happened. Walt suggested that Gus used Ricin on the kid and Jesse had lost the ciggarette but didnt know how. Well with Walt being the one that lifted the Ricin off of Jesse, it makes it pretty clear that he only did so to use on Jesse to turn him against Gus, which means that he did the lilly of the valley poisoning as well. It works.
But Walt made him*
I’m so tired of Jesse crying and blaming Walt for all of his problems. Before Walt, Jesse was a small time hustler destined for butt rape in prison, a bullet in his skull, or a drug induced coma. Now because of Walt he’s actually became success and he can’t handle the problems that come with it. Walt should have offed him in the desert and got done with it. Walt also should have relocated his family and the money already. Jesse is going to end up snitching to the cops when he realizes that Walt has no choice to kill him after this. Leading to “Desperado Walt” going out in a blaze of glory.
Can someone watch the episode where Walt crashes his car with Hank to avoid seeing the Laundromat. Walt Jr. is wearing a jacket riiight after the crash in Hank’s room…could be Walts from the opening.
So, based on the flash-forward scenes, I think we can surmise that Jesse does not burn the house down. My guess is that someone will catch him (Walt Jr. or Skyler) which will lead to Jesse revealing that Walt poisoned a child. At that point, Skyler won’t be able to justify helping Walt any longer. Jesse will feel sorry for Walt’s family and flip rather than take violent action. Once Walt finds out, he’ll go after Jesse. And if he finds out that Skyler’s no longer on his side? Could get interesting.
Of course, I’ve never been right about a BB prediction, so this is not at all what will happen.
What I’ll never understand is: Who the hell ever looked at Malcolm’s Dad and saw Walter Freaking White in there?
The most important thing – Marie has a purple rug!
Oh, nothing. Just Jesse Pinkman on The Price Is Right:
We’ll always have Roof Pizza:
The caption of the last gif makes me appreciate the stupidity of a frozen gun.
Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but something else I noticed. Remember the scene when Hank goes to Mike’s apartment with a search warrant, and the tv in the background says something along the lines of “cop suicide, he put the gun to his left temple….”. Well in Confessions, the scene where Hank first comes home when Marie asks if he brought Flynn with him, after when he’s poured his drink, in the background there’s a painting of 3 guys with guns and I just found it odd that it was maybe strategically placed because at one point the guy’s gun in the painting lines up perfectly to Hank’s left temple.
A friend handed me the treatment for this show and asked me to pass it to another friend at HBO and I told him this would never work on American TV. Its not a show. Guess I was wrong
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