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Breaking Bad "Buyout" Review: Empire State of Mind

Breaking Bad S05E06: "Buyout"

The best at everything get to the top because they have a gear others don't. Natural talent is great and fun for parlor tricks, but drive, sacrifice, and an insatiable desire to be the best are what really separate the good from the great. Walter White no longer has any interest in second place or getting by, he's CEO of Blue Rocks Inc. and he wants to be the Michael Jordan, the Steve Jobs, and the Oprah Winfrey of getting people whacked out of their gourds through chemistry.

And if a little kid named Drew Sharp gets in his way, so be it.

Lines were drawn during tonight's Breaking Bad, the relatively tame yet critical "Buyout," and all alone on one side—the side that doesn't want to quit until he's wiping his ass with hundred-dollar bills—was Walter. Part of his drive for more, more, more comes from his previous bonehead decision to sell out for five grand and relinquish his stake in Gray Matter, the billion-dollar corporation he co-founded, and it's a great story for Walter to tell anyone who will listen to sway them to his side. But I don't think Walter is willing to turn down an easy five million just because he made an oopsie decades ago.

It's a perfectly good cover story and there's certainly some truth in it, but the real reason Walter wants his meth trade to continue is that he's worked so hard for it and, more importantly, that he has nothing to lose. He's living life the same way he likes his magnets, dial turned all the way up to the max. The same way he likes his cars, fast and loud. The same way he likes his breakfast. Extra bacon! Drive and natural talent separate the great from the good, but drive, natural talent, and a willingness to lose everything separates the greatest from the great. In case it wasn't clear before, Walter wants an empire now, and he's willing to do anything and deal with anything to get it.

Mike and Jesse aren't ready to follow Walter to the edge, and when the opportunity to put everything in the rearview mirror (the dead kids, the DEA interrupting time with the grandchildren) came up with a nice $5 million tip, Jesse and Mike jumped on it and said they were out. Jesse loves kids, but I think Walter's attitude on the matter (Walter was whistling a jolly tune while Jesse rotted on the inside after the news report about Drew) was just as much cause for Jesse to agree to sell out. As for Mike, well, I wouldn't have been surprised if he channeled Roger Murtaugh and said, "I'm too old for this shit."

But Walt knows three-way business partnerships are all about being on the side with two, and since Mike is a hardheaded mule whose stubborn wisdom was forged over the course of a long life of doing things his way, Walter again turned to Jesse, his malleable plaything. Because Jesse runs on emotion, Walter set him up by inviting him over and telling him sob story (re: Gray Matter), then giving him a sad peek into his broken domestic life.

That—Jesse Pinkman eating dinner at the White household—was a scene I felt like I'd been waiting for for five years, and it was so hilarious and awkward that it was totally worth it. Watching Jesse struggle to drag the dinner into some sort of normalcy by talking about scabby frozen lasagna while Skyler guzzled wine and murdered Walter with her eyes and Walter sat there quiet as his plan was perfectly executed was right up there with The Talking Pillow as one of the series' exquisitely difficult scenes to watch. It's also one of the funniest scenes Breaking Bad has ever done, and I think only the second time Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn have shared the screen (the first being in Season 1 when Skyler went to Jesse's house to ask about Walter's pot).

"My wife is waiting for me to die," Walter said. "This business is all I have left now. It's all I have. And you want to take it away from me." It's a bit of a repeat from last season when Walter was fighting for Jesse's loyalty with Gus, but once a pushover, always a pushover. And it worked. A softened Jesse gave Walter one more chance, and when you give Walter a chance, he runs with it. Walter, the man with infinite plans, has a new one. One that will allow Walter to keep all the methylamine and Jesse and Mike to get their $5 million paydays. "Everybody wins," Walter said. Except for all the people that will lose.



NOTES

– Ominous opening scene in this one, but beautifully put together. Drew's bike was meticulously deconstructed and dissolved in vats of acid. Its 50cc heart removed, skeletal structure cut down, and tires peeled off to make it all fit in the buckets. But that was all set-up for what the scene was really trying to convey: getting us to imagine the similar things the guys had to do to Drew.

– "Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the empire business."

– Do we have a new villain in Declan, the dealer from Arizona? And does Walter's everybody-wins plan involve ripping Declan off?

– It was pretty awesome to hear Walter, Jesse, Todd, and Mike talk about Todd's decision to shoot Drew after I focused last week's review on that very thing.

– Walter's escape from Mike's binds was this week's edition of Mr. Science Gets Out Of a Pickle, and it was incredibly badass. I loved the close-up shot of Walter gnawing through the wire like a rat. At one point I wasn't sure of whether he was going to pull a Merle from The Walking Dead and lose the hand or a Riggs from Lethal Weapon (second reference!) and pop his shoulder out and stretch to grab a tool. But the fact that those ideas were in the back of my head shows how far I think Walter is willing to go now.

– Hank is 100-percent correct: Miracle Whip is disgusting. Team Mayonnaise!

– Mike's dead-drop of the note that read "F*ck You" was okay. But nothing will top Tio Salamanca's bell-ringing rendition of "Suck my..." R.I.P., Tio!

– I'm still trying to piece together why Todd kept Drew's tarantula, but I'm leaning toward the theory that Todd is just as immature and inexperienced as Drew... as opposed to Todd feeling some sort of compassion for Drew and wanting to hold on to what was his.

– I don't want to sadden anyone, but there are only two episodes left this season. And don't believe anything about split seasons, these are Seasons 5 and 6, not 5 and 5.5.

Breaking Bad: "Buyout"


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I just took Todd keeping the tarantula jar as evidence of just how effed in the head this guy is- he's a total monster! Kills the kid with no remorse and then keeps his creepy pet? Rude.



The whole color symbolism thing has really been nagging at me lately, especially since I re-watched some older seasons.



So, blue is Skylar (her clothes, her name) and also the meth. Black is current Jesse and Heisenberg I guess because both are marked by death? Jesse used to always be red (cars, clothes) whatever that means, until around when he killed poor Gale. And Marie is purple re: see her whole house/wardrobe! But the DEA agents keep wearing purple gloves, so maybe purple means morality or the law or just-ness (new word!)?



I dont know, but it's driving me nuts
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Ohhh one thing I read on another blog - the kids fingerprints may be on the Tarantula jar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Tarantula is obviously a symbol of death. You touch the Tarantula you die. The boy died right after getting it, and next to go is Todd. I have no inside information - just my speculation. Either that or we get a 2nd reboot of Spiderman featuring Todd :)
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This show is Bad A$$!
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What I got from Todd keeping the Tarantula, was that they are hinting he really is a psychopath like Jesse said. He's getting pleasure from reminding himself what he's done.



The climax of the season is going to be everything coming down at once (which Breaking Bad is known for doing). Todd is going to do something psychotic, the DEA is going to find them out, the drug lord is going to be after them.
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Same here, Todd's a psycho!
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Totally disagree that Todd is a psycho. A psychotic personality would have been pissed at them even questioning the kill. He's a hard core criminal though with criminal mentality. To him its his business. He took care of business (shot the kid), and when his superiors were displeased with him he did everything (pleading, apologizing, rationalize, and threaten) to keep his lucrative job.
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Love the show but I can't believe they are going to make us wait a year to see the final 8 episodes. Sure AMC, you'll get me to watch those - but it gives me a very low option of your network when you do stuff like only airing 8 episode a year. Ugh.
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"Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the empire business."



I love this line. Walter was done with being a loser, cancer was a wake-up call. I'm not surprised that he didn't take the 5 million, it was never really about money.

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It was very good to bring back Walt's core motivation for his empire plans. A lot of men just kill themselves when they fuck up a chance like this. I'm on team Walter now - again.

And I hate Skyler. Maybe Walter is a monster now. But he is closer to the man he really is than his old self ever was. She wants to have the devout, broken little teacher back - the security of the kids is just an excuse.

Aaron Paul's faces during dinner were priceless.
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I don't want to sadden anyone, but there are only two episodes left this season. And don't believe anything about split seasons, these are Seasons 5 and 6, not 5 and 5.5.



yeah i agree. if we have to wait a whole year for the last 8 episodes...it's a whole separate season...season 6 to end BB in 2013.
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that dinner scene was hilarioulsy awkward. also, glad to see the captain of destiny...the stargate universe ship ...back to work
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walter just needs to sell out! jeez. i'd take 5 million. anyway, glad he didnt..otherwise the show would be over...which it is soon anyway. booo
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Key episode. Really showed Walt's thinking and motivations. Surely nobody can still claim he's changed unrealistically; his transition has been so natural, and now he's confirmed motivations that most of us already understood.



This episode made me go from being in the "Walt is so evil" camp to being in the "he's such a badass bossman" camp. He's really starting to suit the boss role, whereas before he was merely playing at it.
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the dinner scene was definitely the funniest scene ever on Breaking Bad. Great stuff.
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"Sorry, he's just not into you" LOL!
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I can't wrap my mind around the fact that Aaron Paul would leave the series so close to the end... Jesse will probably change his mind and stay with Walt.



Jonathan Banks maybe: we need new blood to keep the show moving fast. Another season of Gus would have been too much. As interesting as the two characters have been Mike is becoming "old stuff" also.

Todd could be the new dude unless Mike wipes him out before he leaves, and maybe Lydia too, (last untrustworthy lose ends).

With Mike gone, Walter has no means of high level distribution. I therefore agree with some commenters that he may make a deal with the Arizona crew. How else can he build an Empire?



But first he's going to fix the methylamine deal so Mike (and maybe Jesse) can leave. Then he will propose and alternative to "getting the blue stuff off the streets" to the Arizona Crew...



I think Todd kept the tarantula because he's a trigger-happy psychopath who keeps trophies of his kills, a la Dexter, as someone pointed out.
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Aaron Paul isn't leaving the series. They're filming the final episodes around November.
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I know that's what I said... in other words. :)

Well, at least, that's what I meant...
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Wow, that initial scene dismantling the kid's motorbike was riveting! What a sensational way of showing what would happen to the kid's body without showing anything graphic. I'm amazed.



I also loved Todd's explanations for his actions. He actually sounded like a nice guy, with good reasons for what he did. He either did the right thing, or it was an honest mistake: Todd is really a nice, simple guy... Except for the fact that he murdered an innocent kid in cold blood, and they eliminated the body and the parents will never have closure in their lives... Apart from that, Todd is just such a great fellow.



As I said below, I'm tired of Skyler. And kudos for Anna Gunn for conveying her turbulent state of mind so well. But I wish the writers would give her something else to do.



When I was just thinking the show hadn't had enough Saul lately, there he was again with his loud suit, defending Mike, as a poor "senior citizen." I'm glad Saul made an appearance, but I still think we need more of Bob Odenkirk.



And no Lydia this time? Too bad. She's growing on me.



Walter sold his share of Gray Matter because at that time he wasn't what he is now. He sold it because he was a coward, and we can see that he doesn't want to make the same mistake again. But considering all that Walter has accomplished as Heisenberg, I can't help but wonder what great things Walter could still accomplish if only he dedicated his innumerous talents to something good and constructive. And legal, preferably.



I also wonder if at any point Walter would be confronted with the devastating effects their product has on people. Considering how much Jesse loves kids as he claims, it looks like he doesn't care the kids whose health and families are destroyed by meth.



Oh, boy, now i'll be wondering the whole week to learn Walter's plan to keep the methylamine and get Jesse and Mike.
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I agree with your analysis on Todd. He is just simple minded.

As others have pointed out there actually was some confrontation between Walt and drug victims. Remember how Jesse himself used to be and how Walter watched Jane die which resulted in the plane crash affecting the whole community. Yes, we lack a confrontation on the level Jesse once had with those 2 methheads and their kid (keyword: ATM machine) but I think this late in the game Walter is meant to be ignorant until the very end so I think we won't see any more of that.
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Good points.
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I'm I the only one that hopes his wife is out of the picture at the end of the season? I think she has played enough of a pivotal role in Breaking Bad. She just seems annoying now, she had no problems with Walter and everything he did when the money was rolling in, but all of sudden its all about the safety of the children...etc.



I'm hoping she is removed from the equation, so that we can see Walter become Heisenberg, and hopefully be one of those bad guys that "Gets away".
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I agree Skylar is getting on my nerves. Skyler has gone through a roller-coaster of emotions, but the problem is that when she reaches and emotional plateau, she stays there for much longer than many viewers care to watch. Before, she used to be the "nagging " wife, and that lasted a long time. then she was on-board with Walter's plans, and I felt then they would be able to work together as a couple. Now she is in desperate mode, feeling disaster is imminent. Now i'm disliking her again.
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no, my friend, you're not alone in this, she is really annoying in this season, I hope Walt realizes that and separate from her, and continue making a fucking drug empire, thats is what we want to see.
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Why do so many people hate her? She's TOTALLY RIGHT.



...and her asking Walt about Jesse "did you tell *him* about my affair?" was SO perfect. The whole dinner was amazing and the scene only worked because Skyler is awesome.
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She might be totally right, but she's still annoying. In real life I'd be supporting somebody like Skyler. In fiction, I'm supporting Walt.
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I like that she's the voice of a much more rational person...she's infinitely better than, say, Carmella from the Sopranos.
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Carmella was annoying but she made sense. She was a hypocrite who ignored what her husband did, as many mob wives do. Skyler is too wishy-washy.



Turn him in or help him, Skyler, FFS. You're not protecting your family by just being a naggy bitch.
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Skylar has cause for concern, for sure. And she has a right to be resentful of the path Walter set them on, without her knowledge in the beginning. Yet, Walter deserves a little better than "I'm waiting for the cancer to come back", considering he started all this because he was desperate to leave his family something other than a mountain of medical bills.



Skylar is part of the reason that Walter craves the validation of being Heisenberg. In the beginning of the show, Walter was the mild mannered chemistry teacher, working a low paying (though honorable) job, plus working his butt off at the car wash to make ends meet. He got daily disrespect from brain dead students, and abuse from the bushy browed car wash owner. And worst of all, how Skylar treated him. She was giving him a handjob for his birthday (or anniversary?), while reading a magazine or surfing on her laptop. She couldn't even give him her full attention, much less have actual sex with the poor bastard.
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Disagree...he turned to meth because he was too proud to take a job from Gretchen (or just money).



He had way more options and "outs" than basically anyone, and took the worst possible route at almost every turn.
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Actually, he was already in the meth biz when Gretchen and her husband made that offer. Though, he could have accepted their help and gotten clear of the meth making/dealing. It would be a big lump of pride to swallow, especially considering whatever went wrong between the three of them that the show hasn't spelled out (at least not yet). That path would have saved some lives, and his marriage.
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Dat comment. +1
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Fully agree with you AyeDub!



I believe that Skyler (Anna Gun) has been crucial in making BB the great show that it is... as much as Walter and Jesse.



It would be absolutely awful if she (and the children) would pay the consequences of Walter decision (this episode) while he walks away clean.

I really hope to see a final showdown between Hank and Walter, a la Pacino vs DeNiro in the movie "Heat"... and Skyler safe with her children.



A chance to reconnect with his family and reassure his wife, with a safety net of $5M? And he chooses to keep going?

Walter has to die, liker Gus, like Tony Montana, like Neil McCauley.

(I actually wished he'd get away. True that he was much more sympathetic than Heisenberg...)



But we never know with Vince Gilligan!
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Also agree with AyeDub. Skylar is very annoying, and she was horrible to 'loser-Walter'. But her constantly pointing out the risks that Walter is taking with their lives also makes it more difficult for the audience to simply root for the bad guy that Walter now is, just because he's badass and cool. She's the nagging little voice of reason/morality that keeps the story grounded in reality. It makes BB uncomfortable to watch at times and thereby so much more interesting than any other show currently running.
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I'm glad someone does! It's been hard work defending Skyler.
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"I'm still trying to piece together why Todd kept Drew's tarantula"

The thought that popped into my mind was that Todd kept the tarantula as a trophy.
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me too

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Walt left Gray Matter for 'Personal Reasons',

Just putting this out there, but I think that one of their products caused Walter Junior's birth defect.

Hear me out...

In the first season, when Walter was still teaching high school, he (strangely) mentioned some products in the past were found to cause birth defects.

I always thought it was a dropped storyline, but as we have learned, the breaking bad writers never do anything for nothing.
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That he left out of "personal reasons" is nothing (!) new and has already been explored in season 1&2. We got a lot of hints that there was sort of a love triangle between the founders (Elliot+Gretchen+Walt) and that Walt backed out. It really hasn't got anything to do with Walt Jr... Elliot took Walt's woman and money because he was too much of a coward to get it himself. Fits perfectly well into Walt's old ego, is a believable backstory and definitely explains his frustration to get on top and make it big "this time". Of course there was a reason he told it to Jesse - but that doesn't make it a lie, just like he didn't lie when telling him about his relationship to Skylar. When you're in doubt you should rewatch the scenes from "Grey Matter" and "...and the bag's in the river".
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Now this is really interesting thought! I will be rewatching the show soon...I'll have to keep an eye out and see if I think that tracks. I'm not sure it does (I always got the impression he met Skyler AFTER Gray Matter, but who knows)...



One thing that kind of bugs me is that we know in - I believe it was Full Measure - that Walt was driving a Porsche in the flashback of them checking out the house they'd be living in...Porsche doesn't track with a 5k buy out...so perhaps the story to Jesse WAS off?
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I checked that out and it seems that when they bought the house (episode "Full Measure") Walt was making good money working at Sandia Laboratory. So that was either before or after Gray Matter. Either way it explains where the money comes from and doesn't contradict Walt's story.
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Good to know...though we don't know why he got rid of it and I'd like to.
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If i Remember correctly, It has been a while so I may be off; but I believe the "Personal Reasons" had something to do with his Girlfriend at the time, who is the wife of his partner now. I remember there being a scene, not sure which season and episode (my memory is not good) where Walter and a lady are talking about what humans are made up of and add it all up and come up short of 100%. That is the same girl, that is then married to his partner...which I think is the "Personal Matter". Then again it is Walter and he may simply be using a convenient story to once again manipulate Jesse.
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I think the entire story about gray matter was fake, just another way for him to play master manipulator with Jesse. Same thing as the whole "Lily of the Valley" thing at the end of the last season. Walt is seriously messed up.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz-npEoAAbA

In this "Inside"-clip, you can see Gilligan talk about that specific scene and Walt's motivation. In the past they always talked about manipulations in these clips but they take Walt's word for granted this time.

Walt said the honest truth and it makes perfect sense for his character.
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...but...but...



...but we already know part of it was real...
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Walt finally says the truth: he doesn't do it anymore for the family or for the money, he wants to be Heisenberg. As Mike and Jesse have made that proposal to Walt, I have felt the blood freezing through my veins: lost cause, lose end. Then the meeting Jesse / Skyler / Walt is one of the most amusing and surreal of the whole series, thanks to a superlative Aaron Paul: he made me burst into tears (from laughing!) with all the faces he does ahahaha! You can literally feel the tension and the embarassament from Jesse in that situation: lol. And the cliffangher, in pure Breaking Bad's style, sets up the story arc of the next one. They are going to make me bite the fingernails till Sunday (ew!). Who knows what's up to him? :-S Everybody Wins!
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"Hell yeah, I'm stoked for this lasagna! And then you nuke it." I can't stop laughing!
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Every episode this season has been on the money. Brilliant writing and acting.
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A few things;



- In the pic above, Skylar looks like a velociraptor.

- Declan can't be a bad guy. He's the lovable commander from Stargate Universe.

- Breaking Bad is insane
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hahahahhaa totally spot on with the velociraptor
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Holy shit. I have nothing to say or critique. Walt said it all, "Everybody wins."
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No, it's split seasons dude. I really don't know where you're getting this six seasons information, other than there being two different broadcast seasons. :P
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Two different broadcast seasons = two different seasons. Spluh.
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Uh, yeah, you don't know where six seasons come from other than 2 different broadcast seasons + the 4 that came before. Use one of the fingers on your other hand while you're counting.
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Season 5 was spread over 2 years because AMC couldn't afford to pay for an entire season in one year. Therefore, season 5 is being spread over two years.
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All I see are the four seasons previously aired over the last few years, plus this one that is airing right now. That's five seasons. Next year is the next half of the fifth season, also known as the sixth broadcast season and still the fifth production season. That's how I see it, and unless someone can actually correct me here, I'm certain that this is the case.
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I don't think anyone's trying to make the point that you're wrong, technically. Technically, you're right... it's one season that's split into two. The production codes will say so, the producers will say so, the writers will say so, the AMC execs will say so.



The general point that is being made is despite that, it's basically just two separate seasons considering the second half is airing next summer... a WHOLE year. That basically makes it two separate 8 episode seasons, no matter what the execs and producers are doing or saying.
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I'm sorry but isn't that completely irrelevant ? Funny though how many people react to this nonsense.
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BTW, no one shops at Albertson's, Kelp Kaviar ep from How It's Made (Scifi Channel!) was great and I once made the mistake of buying Miracle Whip and it was gross. Think the miracle is that people buy it and actually consume it willingly.
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Jesse at the dinner table and Walt staring down his promiscuous wife. So incredibly powerful. When Todd looked at the tarantula it reminded me of Dexter (Showtime!) and how he looks at his blood slides after every kill. Wicked.
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Oh, I totally forgot to ask...anyone know why Jesse called him "Ricky" Hitler?



Why Ricky? What reference did I miss or am I just not making the connection with?



Was it suppose to be an awkward Ricky Schroder reference? I mean Todd kinda does look like him I guess maybe a little...that scene kinda weirded me out because I felt I was suppose to get that reference and just...didn't.
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By far the best episode of the season so far. There were so many great scenes in this one, with my favorite being the dinner with Walt, Jesse, and Skyler, closely followed by the news about the search for the kid getting to Jesse and Walter whistling afterwards. I thought this episode did a great job of both progressing the story and exploring the characters, especially Walt. Walt has done some horrible things in the past, but I don't think I've rooted against him as much as I did in this episode. Mike and Jesse had a good plan to get out, and he could have provided for his family, and maybe even started to fix his home life with Skyler and the kids, but he made the decision he made, and for such selfish reasons. But as much as I was rooting against him, I loved watching Walt's scenes in this episode. He's such a complex and fascinating character that even when I hate him, I still love him. As for Todd and the tarantula, when I saw it, I wasn't so much concerned with why he took it as much as the symbolism. The tarantula is stuck in a place where it will die (if it's not released). It was placed there by a force which was beyond its control, and is helpless to get out unless somebody released it. The kid who had it stumbled upon the train robbery by complete accident, and was placed in a situation where he was killed and completely helpless to stop it. Now, Todd is obviously not as innocent as the tarantula and the kid, since he chose his business and killed the kid. However, I think he may get himself into a similar situation, where he may be killed and will be powerless to help it. He's already shown that he was a loose cannon by shooting the kid without consulting anybody, not to mention bringing the gun without consulting Mike. And as Walt says, he knows way too much about their business to let him go. So if he proves to be too much of a risk in the future, they may have to go back to option number 2 and kill him.
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Nice episode. I, too, am very curious about Declan and Walt's relationship. The preview shows Walt tossing the bag of blue meth at Declan's feet and identifying himself as "Heisenberg". Since Declan seemed willing to buy the chemicals simply in order to shut down the blue meth production clearly this will create a conflict no? And since Mike only has ONE DAY before he has to quit the business, apparently Declan is going to "replace" Mike somehow in Walt's "empire". Just confused how Walt is going to persuade Declan, maybe by intimidation or just brilliance, not sure. I liked the awkward dinner scene especially the look on Jesse's face after Skylar talked about having an affair, Aaron Paul is good at getting "red faced" lol.
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The jar the spider is in is the last link to the kid. I can't imagine what situation would come up that the jar would lead to solving the kids murder but you never know. Sloppy work Todd.

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I liked how this episode showed not only showed us Walter's state of mind, but it also showed Jesse. And the "I'm in the empire business" line was great. That just summed up everything perfectly.

I loved the dinner scene. It was so funny and just weird. And Skyler's face when she saw Jesse was one I think of surprise. Like "Walt you have the pot kid working you?"

2 more episodes left is ridiculous, I am going to lose my mind waiting for next summer.
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Is no one getting the show's "omaj" to Drew Peterson who is on trial in Chicago for

murdering his third wife? At the same time, there is some suspicion that he put his

fourth wife in a blue barrel to dissolve her body. Then....on the TV the reporter announces that

the boy who was murdered was named "Drew."
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Maybe AMC already confirmed this otherwise, but is it possible that the next 8 episodes will air earlier than July of next year?
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I don't think so. As far as I know it's labeled summer 2013....
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Walter has been my antihero throughout the show, and I'm still fascinated to see how this all ends for him, but I really can't identify with his refusal to take the chance to cash out for five million bucks, and take himself and his family out of harm's way. He could maybe have won Skylar's affections back, letting her know that he had an option to sell out with a nice big nest egg, putting it all behind them and distancing themselves from any shady characters that might want to do them harm. No more risk of getting caught, other than what's already been done maybe catching up with them. He has his health (as long as the cancer doesn't return), he could have his wife back, and his kids back home, and a successful car wash to keep him busy and provide a nice steady income. Why hold out for an empire, that's certain to come tumbling down on top of their heads? He has DEA hot on their trails, and some very serious looking potential buyers of their meth that don't look guys to mess with lightly. And probably not a good idea to go into business with either.



Todd...wow...utter lack of remorse for killing a 14 year old boy. I don't entirely blame him for making the call that he did. There wasn't time to have a huddle over it, though I still think they could have acted like nothing was up, and the kid may never have suspected a thing (as Jesse sees it). But still...you just shot a kid, and you're not torn up inside over it at all?
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"but I really can't identify with his refusal to take the chance to cash out for five million bucks"



I think that's the entire point. You see, you're normal...and Walt? Walt IS NOW Heisenberg. I think this showed PERFECTLY in the cooking scene this episode, even though Walt *pretended* to be broken up by the death of the boy when talking to Jesse a couple minutes later he's whistling like he hasn't got a care in the world. It was clear in that scene that killing a kid did not affect him one bit.



That said he NEEDS the adrenalin rush he gets from all of it. He CAN'T go back to a normal quiet life, he probably doesn't even know how anymore.



Walt's got a fever...and he only prescription is MORE cowbell.



...so to speak.
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I am very intrigued by Todd. It's clear he is secretly up to no good. What he plans to do, and how he plans to do it, should be interesting.
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I was really surprised that Walter told him his name (he called him Mr. White) instead of only "walt" or even just "Heisenberg".



We taking bets on who the spider kills before season end? :)
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Uh, yeah. The spider is going to "kill" Todd in that, he's going to get pulled over or something like that, the cops will find the dead boy's fingerprints on the jar and Walt, Mike and Jesse will have to have him offed to save themselves.
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Hm I'm not sure the spider will play such a big role considering how much episodes are left. I think it was really just symbolism.
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Neither do I, just looking to see if anyone is interested in trying to be a prophet...after all Gilligan has said nothing is arbitrary...so while it could be just symbolism I was interested in finding out if anyone has any guesses to a greater meaning or use...
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Why the cops would check for fingerprints on a random jar in some guy's car...well that feels like too much of a stretch for this show.
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It's been ruled that this Todd character would be a weak link. Walt won't overlook anything. That would be fairly out of his character. Who knows how they'll reintroduce the spider...
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@safibwana I guess that's possible, though it'd be the first time I can think of where someone does something downright stupid. People make BAD decisions all the time, but I can't think of any STUPID ones...and not simply wiping down the jar...that's pretty damn stupid.



I really hope that's not the direction they go because I'd much rather Walt get caught by him overlooking something or underestimating someone than someone just acting stupid.
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Because the parents probably told the cops that he had a jar with him to catch spiders.
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Yeah, good point. Of course, he probably learned it from hearing Jesse say it.
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Fair point.



Thumbs up to you.
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I think Walt might try to get the Arizona boys to join him. There was a lot of talk about empires and 3 people does not an empire make.
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I put the chances at Walt willfully joining forces with some random dudes from Arizona at around zero percent.
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It's very unlikely that they become "even" partners. But it can be that Walter will propose that they "work" for him - with him keeping the lion's share. Anyway, even though it's insane I think the probability of Walt just taking those Arizona guys down after making the deal is much higher.
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"And don't believe anything about split seasons, these are Seasons 5 and 6, not 5 and 5.5"

Preach on, brother! Split season, my ass...that's just marketing is all...



Personally I think breaking bad does AWKWARD better than any show I've ever seen. From going to Elliott's birthday party with Ramen, to Walt confronting Ted in his office about sleeping in his wife, to Walt's "as is" second encounter with Bogdan this show delivers.



Tonight's episode had a dinner to end all awkward dinners. It was amazing.



Also I was so happy they brought up Gray Matter again, till now it's felt like an almost completely dropped storyline.



Finally I really like the use (or mostly lack) of sound in the open of tonight's episode. The first thing you could hear clearly was Jesse's lighter and it as nearly JARRING after that beginning. Kudos to the sound editor.
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I'm so glad we're touching back on Walt and Gray Matter. There is still so much left uncovered about Walt's departure, particularly as to WHY exactly he left. Walt even said "I don't want to go into details..." which made me scream at the TV. "No!!! Give us more details!" For the most part I understand why they left most of Walt's past up for interpretation but I will eat up any detail they throw at us. Will we ever uncover the whole trust on Gray Matter and Walt's relationship with Gretchen?
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Yes, we want details! Badly!
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Oh I think they didn't leave much blanks on that side story. Gretchen was once a romantic interest of Walt (flashback in "...and the bag's in the river") and in "Grey Matter" we saw that Gretchen was now married to the former 3rd member/CEO (Elliot Schwartz). So when Walt said he left because of "personal reasons" I think it's very safe to say that Walter left (episode "Peekaboo") because Gretchen and Elliot fell in love. In "Peekaboo" Gretchen also states that his leaving was "without explanation", so it's more probable that Gretchen and Walter never have been a real couple and there was no cheating involved because most people wouldn't require any explanation in that obvious situation.
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Hrm...I definitely got the impression that the feelings were mutual between Gretchen and Walt meaning 1 of 2 scenarios (to me):

1) Walt and Gretchen are dating and Elliot steals her away (To this I think maybe, but it doesn't quite fit for me)

or

2) (and much more likely in my book) Gretchen and Elliot are dating when Walt and Gretchen fall in love but before it progresses or goes anywhere Walt leaves gracefully so the company and friendships aren't ruined and in the process saving Gretchen from a very difficult choice.



Add in your very reasonable assessment of the situation and you have 3 very legitimate possible ways that history went down...



Personally I don't have a problem with the ambiguity, but I also would love it if they pointed us a little more firmly to what really happened...
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It's true that we don't know with whom Gretchen really got together (first) but as she lacked an "explanation" of Walt and considering how the old Walt might have lacked more self consciousness, I think the most probable is around option 2, meaning Walt backed out before something serious developed.
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Exactly!...it's hard to envision the Walt we know today doing that, but I would definitely buy it from the Walt that started the series.
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Opening sequence was pulse-pounding and gut wrenching. Dinner scene with Skylar, Walt and Jesse was over the top awkward - loved it. Introduction of the new "Cartel" looks interesting. Only two more episodes this year...
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Although there were quite a few significant movements in the plot, this was kiiiiind of a bland episode for Breaking Bad. It was still pretty great television though, just not necessarily for Breaking Bad.



- That opening scene was great. It's not the first time they've used acid, but it astounds me how the directors keep portraying it in such fantastic ways. I may have preferred it if this episode started off right where last week ended, though. Maybe not. Whatever.



- Walt's plan is certainly going to be ripping Declan off. Since Declan already tested the sample, maybe he'll come and just assume he's getting the right product, while Walt's plan might be to give him very diluted methylamine.



- The slight mention of Todd's criminal family, as well as the introduction of Declan and his group, both made me wonder about the season premiere of Walt with the machine gun. Maybe he'll end up standing alone in his empire, with both Todd and Declan's gangs coming after him. Oh, and probably the DEA too.



- "... and the cheese gets all scabby on top, and it's like you're eating a scab." The best line from the pretty great dinner scene. The last little bit with Jesse sucking down the water was hilarious too.
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