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I cannot wait to see how this turns out.
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Man, did not expect the Hank vs. Walt thing to jump off that quick. Can’t even guess what’s gonna happen in 7 episodes to get to the bearded, machine gun-toting Walt from the intro.
Best moment: Hank closing the garage door. Seriously, that was inspired.
I’m with you DW. That was an OH SHIT moment.
I did edge forward on my seat at that point
Same here. I never would have guessed that would have happened so early in the batch of episodes. Glad it did, though. That makes it even more intense.
Also, I agree with Wonderbread, the garage door part was brilliant. Lets us know immediately that shit is going to get real in this scene.
Hope “closing the garage” becomes a metaphorical phrase for hashing things out/cutting through bullshit after tonight. That really was one of the most “HOLY SHIT” moments of the show’s history.
Garage closing was nasty hype, no doubt. But at the same time, and I kinda/sorta feel this way, I would have LOVED to have the cat and mouse between our boys to play out at least til Epi 3 or 4 of the finale season. BUT! In Vince I trust, and if he and his crew decided that this was right for the PREMIERE, then I can’t even fathom what he has planned for the next seven. Dope. Ill. So So So beautiful television.
@RandomIndianJournalist: It could also be: Getting to the Point.
I will start using it in this sense.
That’s two of us.
We need more! Who is with us? This seems like a good idea to me.
I wonder if he’s there to kill Hank.
Of course he’s not there to kill Hank. He’s there putting out feelers.
See, this is why we all love this show so much. Instead of dicking around with the obvious “does Hank know?” “Does Walt know Hank knows?” That’s all sorted, they both know each other knows. Where does it go from here? I don’t have the slightest clue (you were right, guidance counselors). Now we all get to smile-hump this show for the next two months. Naming your kid Kaleesi? Nah, fuck that. Name your kid Danger. Like Guerrero.
That whole scene was fan-fucking-tastic…Dean Norris’ acting was phenomenal
@Lodown- Seriously! I mean, you look at the guy and you SEE his heart breaking. He didn’t even have to speak. Man, the guy is gonna be a god from here on out.
Dean Norris absolutely killed it in this episode. He completely sold Hank as a guy who just had everything he thought he knew about his life and family turned upside down and inside out and was really fucking angry about it.
Every second he was on-screen, he looked like he was ready to tear everyone within 15 yards of him to shreds. Masterful job.
Loved how they just came out with all that in this first episode. Sets my expectations high for the final episodes. Given how great the show has been I don’t think I will be let down.
I would talk more right now but Im taking in this “Ziggy is a badass gangster” and “Gayle is a douchebag internal affairs tough guy” thing on AMC right now. Entertained?
The fact that Lennie James is using the same accent he used when he played Morgan on TWD is really taking me out of the moment.
Wait, Ziggy and Gayle are in that shit, too?
Low Winter Sun as my attention. I’m not sure how long it will keep it but for now I’m willing to check in again next week.
Low Winter Sun, wont you come and wash away the rain…..
sorry, couldn’t resist
I was just pissed it took so long to get to first commercial break
I’m gonna say it: the Hank reveal underwhelmed me. I probably had too high expectations, but I expected so much… more.
I hate myself.
I was gonna say you should, but I was being nice. I am glad someone said you should though.
Somebody had to say it. Figured I might as well take that bullet.
Proud of you for taking on the Brett role in this scenario.
He always lives afterward.
“Brett, this might be some kind of record. If you can move, don’t.”
“I gotta go stop Kreiger! He’s making a gay terminator!”
“Did he mean a Terminator of gays? Because Krieger’s creepy and weird, but he’s not homophobic, I don’t think, so he must have meant… well, no, aren’t Terminators asexual?”
I liked it. I think the fact that there was a whole year to anticipate and venture guesses and hype up everything worked against them.
I am worried that Jesse is gonna kill himself. He seems to know that Walt killed Mike.
Jesse’s gonna be the wild card this (half) season.
He needs to off himself or buy a five million dollar magnet (Bitches!) and cheer the hell up.
/can’t take bummer Jesse
His eyes, man. His bloodshot, at peace with his self-immolation, eyes.
@Zero Charisma: I think Jesse survives and only because his eyes are now truly open to what they have done. He may not escape prosecution for the crimes he and the others committed, but I do think he does not end up dead.
Loved the episode. The final scene was fantastic. And we also now know that all of Albuquerque (at least) will eventually know who Walt is. Is it next Sunday yet?
You mean because of Carol’s reaction? I don’t think that’s necessarily true – she may just think he’s dead, versus knowing he’s a big meth kingpin, and next-door neighbor knowing doesn’t mean all of Albuquerque knows.
maybe the fact that Heisenberg was spray painted on the inside of his house?
Yeah, I was referring to “Heisenberg” on the wall. Thanks, Lodown. And they don’t just board off houses in the middle of residential neighborhoods for no reason. My guess is some wild shit’s gonna go down at Walt’s quiet little family home.
I guess I don’t take that to necessarily mean all of Albuquerque knows who he is – could be that just some people do. But, you may be right and I hope you are.
Yeah, you have a point. I might be reading too much into things. Regardless, we know that the house has been abandoned and at least one person knows who he is.
By the way, how disconcerting was that scene? Seeing the house in ruins was a little depressing. I mean, we know it’s all gonna come crashing down, but actually seeing the aftermath was eerie. Can’t wait to see how we get there.
Yeah they did the house part very well.
What interested me is that the house seemed to be condemned by the city Safe City Strike Force, and not the DEA (The DEA wouldn’t fence off the entire front yard). Presumably on the excuse that—and because this is pretty much the top reason the Strike Force seeks civil condemnations of residences in Albuquerque—the house was used for making meth. Since he is a meth cook, the city had enough to convince a judge that meth was cooked in the house. The house was torn apart very thoroughly and professionally (I can’t recall exactly, but the boards broken on the kitchen floor seem relevant to when Walt was hiding money under the house in Season 1 or 2), likely for two reasons: Seizure and “decontamination.”
This makes me very curious as well as to how Walt is on the run. If the DEA went in and searched, then turned it over to the City Albuquerque to condemn, then his real identity is almost certainly known to the public at large, and certainly to his neighbors. When the Strike Force comes in, it’s a bit of a spectacle even if they don’t bulldoze the building.
I assume the M60 is to go to war against Lydia’s Czech connection, because that’s probably Russian mob and those guys don’t fuck around.
Well, that escalated quickly. It’s obvious Gilligan and Co. aren’t dragging their feet here.
This (among MANY other reasons) is why BB is so far ahead of shows like Dexter, there are no filler episodes.
There are no filler SECONDS, let alone episodes.
Walking Dead could take a lesson in this regard. And many others
@ John Chimpo: The writing staff of Dexter should have taken copious notes from the Breaking Bad team on how to finish off a show the correct way.
Walt knows that Hank knows.
Hanks knows that Walt knows that Hank knows.
couldn’t have gone better. couldn’t be more excited.
The best final words of an episode that I can remember….
Still gotta go with “Run” Although “Tread lightly” was almost as bad ass.
Carol seemed real happy to see Walt again.
You can’t blame her. He’s clearly not helping her property value.
Ha. Yeah, the hippie commune in the backyard can’t make her too happy, either.
I was hoping the M60 would go for a test run right there. “Outta the pool assholes!!!”
“Say hello to the one who knocks!”
The oranges she dropped must be a precursor.
Only Bryan Cranston could take the words “Hello” and “Carol” and turn it into a Badass opening line.
Also, I could’ve listened to Badger and Skinny Pete talk about Star Trek for at least another ten minutes.
Agreed. I wish these 8 episodes were 2 hours long just so we could get more of stuff like that.
I stated to the room (there were other people in it) that I would definitely love to have a 1/2 hour spinoff with Badger and Skinny Pete (RIP Combo).
Although I should say that I’m such an enormous nerd that I took umbrage with Badger’s mispronunciation of Rigel.
Skinny Pete getting legitimately overwhelmed by the fact that Chekov’s stomach was being beamed into space was rad.
He never saw it coming, I guess. That was hilarious.
When Saul Goodman gets his spinoff, he has to hire Badger and Pete.
@Verbal Kunt beat me to it. I remember reading this on here but I want an episode where Badger tries to build a desk from Ikea.
Or an episode where Badger goes into witness protection and ends up on a farm in pennsylvania.
Verbal, he could join the Amish Mafia. Totally without knowing though.
Ah, here’s the ST thread!
I’d just like to say that he was making some sort of analogy. In his story he whittled down the contestants to 3 and they’re eating BLUE berries. I couldn’t figure out whose guts got jettisoned into space. Jesse? Is Walt or Hank “Kirk” or “Spock”?
With that analogy, I believe Walt is cold, logical Spock, leaving Hank as Captain Kirk, and Jesse as young, emotionally driven Chekov.
I like that Walt pretty much turned into Gus: The way he talked to Lydia at the car wash, being bugged by Hank (without his office knowing), running the water & placing the towel while throwing up.
Gus is one hell of a mentor, drug-kingpin-wise.
WHOA! Didn’t even think of that. Oh man, know that makes me think of that one theory around future Walt and the bacon…
I enjoy that they’ve sort have had him take on an aspect of the people he’s killed or destroyed, as far back as cutting the crust off his sandwiches.
Good call. Didn’t even think of that in the moment…
I caught the towel-folding/water-running while vomiting. Good, good stuff.
Walt does tend to adopt the mannerisms of the people he killed: cutting the crust off his bread etc.
wow, nice catch. I knew that the towel meant something (so carefully folded) but couldn’t remember what. I made sure to make a mental note of it, maybe for my next hang over….
Nice misdirection of with the zoom out when Walt was in the chemo chair, too.
2 Things To Point Out
1)Anyone else notice that Carol dropped oranges in the beginning of the episode? DEATH IS COMING!
2)Walter Jr. not having to bowl and being “spared” a night from the family is too good of a pun to be accidental.
I noticed the oranges but didn’t connect it right away because I was laughing too hard.
1) I would be more worried if it were horse-heads in the bag
You think they could get Sarah Jessica Parker to play the horse’s head?
GET ON IT VINCE GILLIGAN!
While that’s a nice catch on the oranges I don’t think they need to drop any hints that death is coming. The M60 in the trunk is hardly subtle.
That’s true. I just like catching things that really have no true impact on the plot.
By the way, this scene is the best use of oranges and the irony makes me laugh every time.
I forgot all about that scene. That’s awesome.
I noticed the oranges, but not the spare comment in that particular context. That was a fine pick-up (see what I did there?)
I want to go on record as saying that I want to look like that when I am 52.
The M60 is gravy.
I hear that, and if I could grow a beard half that cool I would be jazzed.
“Hello Carol” is now the line I will forever use in awkward run-ins with people
Extra points if they are carrying groceries
I said it to my wife. Running into her is always awkward.
It’s probably because you say “my wife” Borat-style every time, right? I thought so.
I bet it’s because she’s still waiting for him to sign the divorce papers, so it’s just uncomfortable stares as they pass each other in the hallway.
It’s an especially good intro line if you look like the walking embodiment of murder.
Anyone notice Oranges fell out of Carols bag? Wasn’t there a post on oranges earlier?
Orange is the new black.
Oranges = death in Mad Men, or did they?
Skyler doesn’t know about the chemo/cancer either. Also, I’m curious, does hank maybe keep it on the dl, and jesse just turns informant? Somebody wrote Heisenberg on the damn WALL.WHOOOOO!??????
When Walt said “Tread lightly”. my response was “Holy fuck shit”, no joke, I said exactly that.
I think the graffiti was just from kids breaking into the house. Walt’s obviously been outed, although by by whom remains to be seen.
Where is Walter Jr Metta Flynn North West Prince George Alexander of Cambridge in this future world? WHERE?
Wherever he is you can bet there’s a bowl of cereal involved
I have a feeling that Lydia outed him…
I read this theory somewhere else, maybe even here, but the way Walt was handling the ricin makes me believe that he will, indeed, use the ricin on himself. Think about it, he bought an M60, if he has to kill somebody or defend himself he’s not worried about doing it on the hush hush anymore. In the pilot, he tried to shoot himself, so hes obviously not of the mindset to be taken alive. Walt is making sure he dies no matter what
It all depends on what the circumstances of the kids and wife are at that point, i would imagine. But i follow your logic. Which makes me oddly hungry for blueberry pies for some reason….
My guess, and it’s just that, is that he’s going to take out some combination of that AZ gang and/or the Czechs and he’s going to make damn sure that if he’s taken alive he isn’t going to last long.
And based on Vince Gilligan’s remarks on “Talking Bad” tonight I suspect Lydia’s fucked next week.
He probably needs the gun to protect himself from the Czechs after he told them he would make them a bomb, but gave them a shoddy bomb casing full of used pinball machine parts instead. Wait, what movie am I in again?
I really need a Clerks-esque spinoff featuring Badger and Skinny Pete.
Only if they name it The White Walters Are Coming.
This could be paired with “Better Call Saul” and I would watch them forever.
ok, hear me out on this one, I don’t think the events taking place in the flash forwards are 6 months in the future I think they’re over a year or so from the events that ended the current episode. If you remember at the Denny’s when Walt shows his ID to confirm its his birthday its the fake ID he shows not his. Why would his fake ID have the same birthday as his actual birthday. If you’re gonna spend the money on a fake identity why would you have anything similar to your actual identity. So when he’s at the denny’s he’s aware that its his fake ID’s birthday so he does the bacon bit.
Walt’s birthday is important to him. I could see him wanting to keep that the same.
When was it established he showed a fake id? Judging by the “Hello, Carol”, he obviously doesn’t give two fucks about anyone knowing he is there.
Well hes already using skylers maiden name of Lambert, so obviously he doesnt mind some things being similar, and I think Walt is already arranging the bacon when he gets it which prompts his waitress to ask if its his birthday. Also Walt told hank in six months he wouldnt have anyone to prosecute because he would be dead.
The i.d. was a New Hampshire i.d. So that was established. Plus I don’t see Walt lasting more than a few months on his own. And it seems like he is very much on his own by that point.
The waitress got the name Lambert from the ID, too.
Either way, i don’t think he would go to the trouble of doing the bacon thing if it was just a fake ID birthday.
Walt could have easily been lying to Hank about how much time he had left; he’s obviously got no compunction about lying to anyone about pretty much anything. But regardless in that opening scene he looked pretty run down; I don’t think he’s in great health at that point.
I thought Walt was just exaggerating his condition when Hank confronted him. Just look at how easily he blends his lies with the truth in his conversation with Jesse, he can’t tell the complete truth to anyone anymore.
New Hampshire State Motto: Live Free or Die
Sep: GOOD CATCH!
The most ironic thing about those license plates is that they are or at least were made in New Hampshire prisons
I wasn’t too sure what would happen when Hank closed the garage door. Walt threatening Hank was fucking awesome though. You could tell that Hank was halfway scared too.
He’s right to be scared. Walt has proven himself to be a very dangerous man.
I really hope we dont get Emo jesse for this last season. Emo Jesse is the worst. I think it was season 3 but that whole time he let his house turn into a 24hr party house/crack den, I hated watching that.
Yeah, but we knew there was no way he would lose it back then, because there were more seasons to come. Now, all bets are off.
All he does is mope around though. Season 4 and 5A jesse was great because he was basically mike’s protege, I get it that he knows mike is dead but still, Jesse is a much better character when he is acting like mike
Season 4 Jesse. After he shot Gale.
I wholeheartedly endorse your lack of enjoyment of Emo Jesse and hope to god they don’t go down that route.
Here’s an obvious color theory I took away from tonight’s episode: Hank in red. Hank was seen wearing 2 articles of red clothing tonight. Hank, to my knowledge, has never been seen wearing red before. As we know, Gilligan uses color to represent many things. Red = Danger. Obviously, Hank is in danger. But there’s also this: If you are familiar with Star Trek, the redshirted members of Starfleet are often killed. They are often victims of attacks and, yep, sickness. What was Hank’s little episode about tonight? Think Skinny Pete and Badger’s Star Trek monologue was just for the heck of it?
Nice. I like this.
That Star Trek connection is brilliant. Especially with Hank’s insides perhaps blowing up on him like Chekov’s in the pie-eating contest.
Holy shit, could that have been the most brilliant Chekov’s gun placement ever? Chekov’s blueberry pie covered insides? Chekov/Czech Republic? Should I probably stop thinking about this episode and go to bed?
Anyway, nice comment bentenn.
I like your thought process there, HC.
This is Roger juggling oranges all over again !!!
@bentenn: After looking back for some old Saul references, I stumbled upon a line that Saul delivered to Walter when needing to get rid of the RV. “Did you not plan for this contingency? I mean the Starship Enterprise had a self-destruct button.” Maybe I am fishing here or maybe Gilligan just can’t help his love for Star Trek. I definitely thing there is more of a correlation then we realize at this point.
Heyyyy. Do we know how or why Walt got the notion that something was or might be amiss with the reading selection in the bathroom? Did he just put two and two together in terms of “Hank used this bathroom the other day right before he ‘got sick’. This is where I keep ‘Leaves of Grass’. Uh-oh.”? Or did he notice something about the stack of magazines that I didn’t?
He just noticed the book was gone. And when he realized Hank left abruptly for some reason and hasn’t been to work in a few days, it made him go look for a tracker on his car.
He knew the book was supposed to be there and then searched the house for it, when it went missing the paranoia of Hank leaving suddenly, the book disappearing and Hank not going to work made him check his car for a bug.
Oh my bad. I guess I didn’t phrase my confusion properly. I realize that he saw the book was missing and that made him think Hank may have been on to him. I was asking what made him notice that the book was gone in the first place? Like, while he was throwing up, why did he think to look at the reading material? The way I remember it, he was throwing up, and then looked up at the magazines as if he had an epiphany. I guess I just didn’t know if there was some super subtle thing I missed that would indicate why he thought to look to see if the book was still there.
Nope. He just noticed it was gone. That’s how I saw it.
Walt looked up and saw that the stack was shorter than it should have been. Then he looked through the basket and saw it was gone.
I think Walt knew he was going to be sitting there sick for a while, so he wanted to grab something to read to pass the time and that’s when he noticed the book was gone.
hey, they can’t all be first round picks. sometimes people just have to notice books missing in the midst of vomiting to move a story along. There is nothing we can do about it. *slams payphone receiver into payphone*
Oh. So I didn’t just completely miss something, and people have different interpretations of how that scene worked. Whew. I’m bad at these sorts of things.
it’s tough to make every plot point perfectly reasonable. i would have preferred walter discover the book is missing while about to take a crap himself, and the scene ends with him sitting there with his pants down, pun intended. i personally found it odd for him to look up for a book after vomiting, it really seemed random. i also would find it odd to want to read post vomiting to pass some time. much like the comments below, it also would seem a little against character for walter to leave something so incriminating on a toilet, though only 1 person in the would would be able to know it’s incriminating, but it of course made for a great reveal.
Because he was throwing up, he was kneeling in front of the toilet facing the book stack. that’s how he noticed it was gone. If we didn’t get sick, he may not have noticed.
Oh no. I didn’t mean to come off as a troll or anything. Like, “zomg Vince Gilligan doesn’t know what he’s doing. That scene ruined the show for me. I’m never watching again!” like some petulant child/unreasonable internet nerd. I just felt my face scrunch up quizzically during that scene as though I was racking my brain trying to make sure I didn’t miss a quick shot that would’ve shown that something was obviously wrong with the stack of books. I know when I’m throwing up, I don’t want to read anything. But maybe Walt, like Hank, myself, and everyone else, has his most productive thoughts in the bathroom. I didn’t necessarily think it was *random*. I just wasn’t sure if I missed something. And, as if this fact hasn’t hit me in the face with a 2×4 a dozen times over the past five seasons, the garage scene — which I wasn’t expecting for a few episodes — reaffirmed the fact that there’s no reason for me to question the writers. Sometimes they have to get somewhere quickly, and when they get there, it’s the best thing evar.
“Because he was throwing up, he was kneeling in front of the toilet facing the book stack. that’s how he noticed it was gone. If we didn’t get sick, he may not have noticed.”
I guess i can live with that, sigh.
a lot of talk about colours in the comments. but what about sauls choice of colour when talking to jesse? classic pilot episode walt green shirt with orange (hank) and purple (marie) tie. must mean something, it just must
It means Saul is colorblind and/or has bad taste.
His outfits are always bizarre. The “barn door” comment was priceless.
Gilligan really hit the ground running, the next 7 weeks are gonna go so fast….. :(
Gonna put it out there, since we are all wildly (& deliciously) speculating: Walt Jr dies by episode 5. Not sure how, but it is the final nail in the metaphorical coffin. The ricin is to kill whomever did it, along with unfortunate others.
A lot of people were thinking he’d die of a meth overdose last season and that’s what would be what got him out of the meth game. Still see no reason why that couldn’t still happen.
The Hiesenberg graffiti send a chill down my spine for reasons I can’t properly describe. I can’t wait for the rest of the season. Anyone else try the second screen story sync?
Yeah. Story Sync is pretty cool.
I said “Oh, shit. EVERYONE knows Walt is Heisenberg.”
Does the second screen thing work with DVR recordings or is it only during the live airing?
There’s no way I’m watching a second screen during this show on first viewing of each episode.
Has polls, shows flash back to old episodes and explains references for those that you missed.
@Mr List – if it’s like the Conan O’Brien app, it works for recordings for like two weeks.
So um…allegedly the ending has been leaked.
If you say anything, I’m sure the internet will hunt you down.
Yes, the internet will become sentient and come after you.
Please don’t spoil it for us.
Well I didn’t read it. I was wondering if I should, or if anyone thinks its legit. I mean the Ultimate Fighter doesn’t get spoiled. And there’s fuckloads of moving pieces there, arguable more moving pieces than BB and less reliable moving pieces too.
Psych, here’s the ending: Walt blackmails Hank to kill Skyler, get Walt Jr. to graduate from breakfast to brunch, and have Marie give him a handy that would wake a paralyzed dick. Hank agrees, but only on the condition that he take Marie off his hands. Walt then bargains a trade to let him franchise out a car wash in exchange for a Marie Handy. Saul fucks up the paperwork and confuses the franchise agreement with Badger’s Star Wars script and Hank gets a hold of it early and replaces JJ Abrams as the director for the new Star Trek franchise.
Totes legit right?
@ Omar, there’s a part of me that very much wants to watch that.
I thought we all knew the ending: Hank breaks bad as well….moves to Maine…begins to cook meth out of his used car dealershp…..then a Dome cuts him off from Walt….
Man I’m pulling for this cancer…it is my chosen ending to the show.
That was weird.
breaking bad. Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad! BREAKING BAD! BREAKING BAAAADDDDD!!!!!!!!!
Dear God, that Star Trek scene was sublime.
Seeing the White house cordoned off like that hit me HARD. Okay. So Hank decided to bust his ass. I can’t say that it was the obvious because I never guess anything right on this show. There are many, many things to consider before we assume that Hank will do his propers and go policeman on Walt. It’s so gloriously unpredictable and dangerous.
Lydia maintains her rental
Walt does Gus quite well. But hold on, who are these “car wash professionals”? Aren’t Walt and Sky indeed those people? Lydia acts like a rookie. “Bitch! My wife is here.” Do Not Talk To Me Here.
Hank: Homework BEFORE video games
I LOVED how Hank got to work so damn quick. A pro’s pro’s pro. It engulfs the man, and VG and Co. make it evident that it does. Go Hank! Go Hank! But not to quick please.
Sad Sack Jesse
Look at Aaron’s face. Examine it. He IS Jesse. Donating to the Ermintrout (spelling is prob wrong) and Desert Kid is without a doubt, a noble gesture……IN A VACUUM! Saul knows better. Jesse’s heart is in the right place, but giving that kind of serious money away to those folk won’t do much but set off alarms . Though I agree with WW, he does need to move on. You can either mope about the past or make your life worth living. C’mon Jess. Wish I was that homeless guy.
Does Jesse believe him? I don’t think he does. He gave that ‘extended’ look at Walt. I like the symbolism with the money as the divider between walt and jess.
Cat and Mouse and Cheese
Walt throws up, notices ‘Leaves’ missing, scours the house, finds the tracker.
As a fan of slow-burners, I would have LUSTED for the game to go on at least 3 or 4 episodes. But as a realist, I understand that this probably was necessary. Will never forget the garage closer and Walt stopping short to confront Hank about the tracker (such a balls move). But I am NOT going over to VG and tell him how to make a hit tv series. But I already know, just hours later, that fans are going to clamor that it happened to quick, and the others will say that time is running out. I’m with the latter. I’ve trusted this crew to give me heart-pounding suspense for four years now, I’m not switching teams now. I didn’t like it at first (the “I know that you know”) but I’m confident that the remaining 7 are going to be chock damn full of surprises.
What a premiere. This is hall of fame shit right here.
re: Hank busting Walt. I really want to see what happens when the DEA finds out Hank’s bills were paid with Walt drug money. It might just be a small thing, but it’s bugging me, in a good way.
Someone pointed out that Hank a couple of weeks ago that Hank would have a lot of explaining to do if the Hiesenberg figure turned out to be the brother-in-law of the local head DEA agent, who had been bugging his office, consulting on the investigation and paying his huge medical bills. I’m with Charlie Potatoes on that; I’m very curious if that’s going to make Hank hesitate at all. My guess is no, but that outing Walt leads to the end of Hank’s career. Or life, whichever.
I think that it maybe downplayed seeing how everyone of Hank’s colleagues seems to know and get along with Walter. It’s not just Hank that should have seen it in retrospect, but the entire abq DEA branch.
Which is the same thing that happened with Fring. Look how close he was with that office until he was exposed for being a meth kingpin.
Was I the only one that, for a split second, thought Walt Jr was skating the pool at the very beginning? I mean, of course it wasn’t but for a second there my head nearly exploded.
Is Blood Money among the best episodes ever for Breaking Bad? Or did the year long wait have a hand in boosting the episodes appeal?
I’ve rewatched it twice now. It’s worth setting on a loop.
After the series ends I want a special dedicated to showing all the students who gave shit to Walter throughout his years as a chemistry teachers hitting their pants when they find out he is Heisenberg
Breaking Bad has a color scheme that it likes to stick to (see Marie and purple). According to what we’ve seen in season 2, pink is related to death. Did anyone else notice that Hank is almost exclusively wearing pink in this episode?
I’m pretty sure no one else noticed it, because it’s not even close to being correct. He’s wearing a light orange/khaki shirt in the first set of scenes, obviously the same one he was wearing in episode 8 from 5A. The next time we see him he’s setting up shop in his garage and he’s wearing a dark grey t-shirt. The final time we see him is also in his garage leading to the confrontation with Walt and he’s wearing a maroon shirt in that scene. Unless we’re calling maroon pink now I don’t see where he wore pink one single time in this episode, let alone wearing it “almost exclusively”.
Pink = close to dangerous (red). And Walter was dressed in neutrals all episode. Can’t wait to see his color scheme next week. Red? Or back to Green? No more creams and whites, that’s for sure
How about that ballsy move by AMC to show “scenes from next week” at the first commercial break of Low Winter Sun, 25 minutes in?
Loved the episode, but one thing bothered me: how does Walt even suspect there’s a bug on his car? Did I miss something — did he hear a rustling outside when he was in bed? It seemed a little amiss to me that Walt now has spidey-sense regarding his potential enemies. A little too convenient….
He noticed that Leaves of Grass was missing and connected it to Hank acting weird suddenly. He figured Hank was on to him. He also remembered the bug he and Hank placed on Gus Fring’s car. I figured that’s how he made the connection.
He was trying to confirm his suspicions that it was Hank who found the book. He knew Hank has used trackers in the past and so that is the quickest/easiest way for him to check if Hank was on to him.
I didn’t have a problem with him connecting the dots, but I didn’t get why Walt had the book where he had it. It seems odd he left it in such a prominent place in his home. He immediately freaked when he knew it was gone, so why flaunt it?
He was with Hank when they bugged Gus’ car. He had a suspicion that Hank was on to him, so he thought he’d check his car for bugs.
This show has some of the best montages. When Hank was doing his investigation it was pretty awesome.
Where is my screencap of the giant HEISENBERG inside his house? I need a new Facebook cover photo.
I was thinking the same.
Here’s one with Walt: [i.imgur.com]
And one without: [i.imgur.com]
I guess we can’t post links so:
i . imgur . com / smX6sPT.png (with Walt)
i . imgur . com / Bbg3KSn.png (without Walt)
Fact: I cut my 9month old’s sleep time nursing session short so I could watch BB from the beginning. I made it back with SECONDS to spare. No regrets.
PS – my son’s name is Gus. Relation to Gus Fring? perhaps.
First and last scenes were TV perfection. The scenes in between where pretty great too. I feel really bad for Jesse.
I don’t know if you guys noticed, but this episode was pretty good.
I know, a controversial stance, to be certain, but it had to be said.
*waves loaded gun around*
I hate that I have to wait another week for a new episode.
I have a strong feeling Hank is going to pay Jesse a visit again since he mentioned his name when talking about the fake Marie is in the hospital call. And anyone else think that at this point Jesse may O.D.?
I do think Hank visits Jesse, but I don’t think Jesse OD’s. I think Jesse is standing on the ledge, but Hank pulls him back in and gets a confession or cooperation to build a stronger case against Walter.
Jesse has long defended Walter even when he didn’t need to, but the look in Jesse’s eyes when Walter was telling him Mike was still out there painted a picture of a scared man who does not want to be the next victim of Heisenberg.
I think the fact that Walt visited Jesse’s house with a tracking device on his car is a very good reason for Hank to go visit Jesse.
Lydia is so funny. Whats the point of Walt keeping the cancer secret?
Things are going well, Walt doesn’t want to ruin it.
Because Skyler is hoping for it. When he tells her the power balance in their relationship tilts over to Skyler’s side.
Control. The guy is all about control. And now, he even has to run air freshener decisions by his wife. He’s back to being low man on the totem pole in his house, at his work. Lying and keeping secrets is how Walt maintains control.
All information is a commodity that he can use and barter with.
Gave little fist pumps to seeing Badger and Skinny Pete’s names in the opening credits. Only their second S5 appearance, yo!
Seriously though, Hank’s gonna need more proof. The table won’t abide.
And how awesome would it have been if, when Walter went into the abandoned house, there was an empty box of cereal laying in the floor where Walt. Jr. would normally sit?
“Walt Jr. come down for dinner!… Walt Jr., it’s dinner time!… Sigh — “Flynn”, come down for “Night Breakfast” (eager footsteps down stairs)
Anyone else catch the parallels between Hank talking to Walt in the confrontation scene and Walt’s “I am the Danger” speech?
Walt said: “Who are you talking to right now?”
Hank said: “I don’t even know who I’m talking to.”
I thought it was a great bit of symmetry in the way Walt reveals “Heisenberg” to Skyler v. Hank.
By mid episode I’m thinking, “How could they POSSIBLY wrap this up in another 7 and a half episodes?” Then of course they chose to put the Walt/Hank confrontation at the end of the episode and that puts the whole thing on fast forward.
173 comments! I’m not going to read all that. I’m just going to say that the “Star Trek” story was not only classic, but it reference a whittling down to just 3 players and that they were eating BLUE berries. Is Pinkman the one who gets his guts transported into space?
Scanning all of the comments and it doesn’t look like anyone has mentioned Jesse smoking pot in Saul’s office and Huell telling Jesse he can’t do that. I was almost thinking that it was going to come out that the Ricin cigarette that Jesse “lost” was actually taken off of him by Huell.
I thought Jesse was just smoking a cig and whatsherface just said that to get saul to just see Jesse already
I think that Jesse is very close to figuring it all out. He is the one who is most aware of what Walter is capable of.
@CAPSLOCK17: At first I thought it was just a cigarette, but when the secretary and Huell both freaked out I knew it was pot. Saul also quipped “Woody Harrelson, live and in person. Pull up a bong and take a seat.”
@CAPSLOCK17 It was very clearly a joint, it was fat in the middle and came to a point on both ends, plus there was no filter on either side.
I love that no matter what Walt rocks the tighty-whities.
For a second, i thought those boxes being wheeled to Hank’s house were a shipment of more rocks.
“Dammit Marie, they’re minerals”
Yes! I thought the same thing.
I predict that the cops are going to find Jesse, after the stunt with the money. Once they do the little bitch is going to snitch on Walt and sing like a canary. Which will lead to Walt becoming a wanted man on the run.
While I’m here…if Tweak from South Park were an adult female human, he’d be Lydia. Right?
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