Breaking Bad "Rabid Dog" Review: Dog Bites Man

Breaking Bad S05E12: "Rabid Dog"

Well, that was almost good for me, was it almost good for you? After several episodes of memorable climaxes to start its final season, Breaking Bad got us all hot-and-bothered but sneakily gave us a methodical episode of piece positioning and motivation making rather than the insanity of Season 5b's first three hours of gratifying releases. "Rabid Dog" didn't exactly burn the house down (har har), but it nudged things closer to the endgame and called forth another meeting of the I Hate Walter White Club.

Look, I'm about to take a tone here that may sound as though I'm upset, but I'm not. I am going to point out a few things that felt a little off, though, and that's only because Breaking Bad has reached a level of excellence–particularly in this amazing half season–that has raised expectations to almost unimaginable levels.

I'm sure you all remember how "Confessions" ended. Jesse was a tad upset. He dumped flammable fluids all over the White house with the intent to set it ablaze, and in the opening of "Rabid Dog," Walter did some ninja moves, gun in hand, and expected a face-to-face with Jesse. So did we. But that's not what happened at all. Breaking Bad pulled a fast one on us, using a little bit of trickery to get us all excited and worked up about a bomb about to blow up when it had knowingly already stepped on the fuse. Maybe I'm being a little sensitive here, but this wasn't a typical Breaking Bad thing to do. Think about it this way, Breaking Bad is one of the most rewatchable shows ever made. Would you ever look forward to rewatching that scene knowing what you know now? Nail-biting during the initial watch, the scene of Walter coming home becomes anti-climactic in the second. 

It was the first of two big fake-outs by "Rabid Dog." The final scene set us up similarly. Jesse, wired up, was set to meet Heisenberg in a public plaza to record Walter "explaining himself," as Hank would say. Jesse was halfway into the maw of the Devil himself, we all shit our pants because OH MY GOD Jesse was about to end Walter, and then Jesse got spooked and left.

In both cases, we were so close to getting one of those outstanding confrontations or manic acts that we've been gifted with in the first three episodes. But Breaking Bad can't be all splashy explosive confrontations and neck-snapping moments, and in both cases we were left holding our breath instead of having it knocked out of us. It's not that we weren't given the big scene to talk about the next day or that the scenes themselves weren't enthralling in the moment, because they were, it's that the purpose behind them seemed designed specifically to amp us up instead of add to the story. The takeaway from Walter's scene was that no one was home. The takeaway from Jesse's was that he came up with another plan, but unless we see otherwise, that wasn't specifically a result of the scene itself. He could have just as easily hatched the plan while he was sipping coffee out of a DEA mug back at Case de Schrader. I'm just riffing here, and I think they wriggled out of this one a little 

Of more consequence was how the White house didn't get turned to smoldering ash. The use of a flashback to Hank coming in just at the right time (convenient) to stop Jesse was a shocker! Flashbacks? In Breaking Bad? The series has used one of the most overused devices in television sparingly in its time, and I can't think of many that directly referenced the action in the immediate episode. Yes, we saw Walt figuring out the composition of the human body with Gretchen years ago, we've seen how Gus' friend was murdered by the cartel, and we saw Skyler and Walter house shopping, but structurally this felt a lot different. This gave us an answer to a question that had just been asked (why did Jesse change his mind?), and it was pretty awesome. Even better? It put Hank and Jesse together.

In "Confessions," Jesse wouldn't rat out Walter to Hank because no matter how upset he was with Walter, he hated Hank even more. That and the criminal code, I guess. But after the late revelation that Walter poisoned Brock, Hank and Walter didn't so much change places in Jesse's hierarchy of hatred as Walter plummeted well below Hank. Now the idea of working with Hank didn't seem so bad to Jesse, and we got one of the most anticipated pairings the series has ever given us. Okay, I'm partially talking about Marie handing coffee to Jesse, but I really mean Hank and Jesse, too. And it was just as awkward and weird as we hoped it would be. Former mortal enemies working together to take down Walter? I am so into this. And the idea of Jesse staying at the Schraders'? It's hilarious.

Jesse told Hank and Steve EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. I repeat: Jesse told Hank everything. Drew Sharp. Mike. Declan. There's no going back for Jesse, he's officially turned against Walter. But it's "just the word of one nutjob meth head against Mr. Rogers with a lung tumor," which would not be enough to cuff Walter, hence marching Jesse off into a meeting with Walter with some of the finest federal surveillance equipment money can buy taped to his chest. 

And though Jesse never made it to Walter in the plaza, he did come up with a new plan to get him even better. And I have no idea what that plan is. Zero. "I decided that burning down your house is nothing," he said. "Next time I'm going to get you where you really live." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? I've emptied out all the contents of my brain trying to figure out what that means and I've got nothing. I have to assume that Jesse is trying to lure Walter into some sort of trap by inciting a reaction out of Walter. But I will say this, seeing Jesse's evil grin when he was talking to Walter was so damn rewarding. We may not have gotten that explosive confrontation we were looking for, but Jesse flipping over the tables and then turning them on Walter? This will be good. Anytime Walter has been out of his comforts and acting out of his ass, Breaking Bad has been extraordinary.

Walter's first reaction was ring up Todd's uncle Jack for another job, and the obvious implication is that Walter wants to put Old Yeller Jesse down. If Jack can handle 10 guys in prison in a two-minute window, he can handle one overly sensitive junkie living an empty life. But is that what Walter is setting up? Walter spent a lot of "Rabid Dog" convincing others, Saul and Skyler, that killing Jesse was off the table. But Saul and Skyler saw Jesse for the actual threat he is now. Walter was blind to it, probably internally reminiscing about their fun times dissolving bodies, stealing chemicals, and that night Jesse had a gun to Walter's forehead. Ahhh! Good times! And now, old times. The new Jesse made a threatening phone call with a very clear message: "I'm coming for you..." Now Skyler's demand for Walter to "deal with this" and Saul's Old Yeller metaphor make a lot more sense to Walter.

Guys, I don't think is trickery. I think Walter might try to have Jesse killed. And I'm scared.


NOTES AND CRACKPOT OVER-ANALYZATION

– What did you guys think of Skyler in this episode? We have to remember that she's a few steps behind Walter in this business (and all the hazards that come with it). I got the sense that she is trying to be in it all the way because she's in a mode of self-preservation to keep her family together, but there's still some small part of her that sees there's no good way out of this. I'm still convinced she'll bail on Walter by the end of the season.  

– How did Skyler NOT do a Cylon or Darth Vader voice when she was staring into the fan that was blowing in/out of Walter's car during his gasoline cover-up plan? I can't be anywhere near a box fan without saying, "Luke, I am your fatherrrrr!" Tommy Boy-style.

– One thing I loved about this episode is that it didn't make Skyler and Walt Jr. so stupid that they would believe Walter's awful lie about the gas pump. That's respect for their characters. Even Walt Jr. was able to quickly call Walter on his bullshit. 

– At the same time, we're seeing a Walter who can't pull off these lies, not even close. And I think this is very important. Walter always survived thanks to everyone else's self doubt. No one figured him for the bad guy. But now everyone knows and his old "Who me?" game isn't working anymore. It isn't working on Hank, it isn't working on Marie, it isn't working on Skyler, and it isn't working on Jesse anymore. Now he's more desperate than he's ever been. And desperate people call white supremacists to do their dirty work.

– Saul, looking at the mess his face became after Jesse pummeled him: "I never should have let my dojo membership run out."

Beaver Badger and Skinny Pete talked about Babylon 5 for three hours and we DIDN'T GET TO SEE IT!? Put that on the DVD extras, Mr. Vince Gilligan. I want all sci-fi television conversations between those two stoned-out dudes made available to the public.

– Let's critique Hank and Marie's book collection, or at least the ones I could identify on the screener version of the episode: Dutch, the memoir of Ronald Reagan. I'm guessing that's Hank's, and I got a chuckle out of that one. The Deadwood complete series DVD set! Awesome to have in any collection, but why is it on the bookshelf? Big Secrets, about hidden messages. Where's the hidden message on this shelf? The Money Harvest, described as "Investigator and ladies' man Jake Pope is out to discover what shocking secret Crawdad Gilmore was planning to reveal before he was shot to death." HMMM!  Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929, about the big stock market crash. Seems fitting given the weight of this season. Crazy Rhythm, a humanistic look into the life of Richard Nixon. Nods to the King with Stephen's Bag of Bones and Four Past Midnight and one more unidentifiable book (it ALSO looks like Bag of Bones, but a different edition). In Bag of Bones, a man grieves his dead wife, so let's just call this foreshadowing that Skyler will die. Four Past Midnight is a collection of short stories. Basic Horsemanship, Horse Sense, and The Body Language of Horses which... are horse books. Let's hope those belong to Marie. 

– Jesse drinking out of a DEA mug is hilarious. But you know what other word starts with DEA? D-E-A-D! Obviously Jesse is going to die. And if you really want to go nuts with this, when Hank is trying to convince Jesse to wear a wire and go to the plaza, the letters on the mug slowly read out as the camera ever so slightly pans right. It's not quite a full "D-E-A" situation, but let's say the director here at least wanted to put the word "dead" in our mind as a possibility from this dangerous mission. 

– Hank's codename is "Salma Hayek." Steve's codename is "Pancho Villa." Obviously those names came from Hank, the boss. So I'm guessing Steve's is the most accurate one. Which would make Hank Pancho's partner "Don Quixote," the lunatic who fought windmills because he thought they were giants. Is this a nod that Hank's running a fool's errand trying to capture Walter? Or does Hank really think he's a sexy Latina actress?


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Sep 12, 2013
I´m so sorry for Junior....my heart is broken right now... I mean, that hug!
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Sep 04, 2013
I was waiting for Hank and Jesse together... soo long and now, finally, Hank knows everything. He knows how Jesse feels, what Walt did to him and its horrible shit and WHAT HAPPENS??? Hank doesnt care if Jesse dies???? NOOO HANK! Thats not what I wanted...lost some massive points there Hank
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Sep 07, 2013
I felt a bit disappointed as well, because Hank's really manipulating Jesse by playing nice to him only to get what he needs to bring Walter down, while at the same time he's still despising him and not caring for him at all. I wonder if Jesse's 'going rogue' thing will somehow turn against Hank.
Anyway, I feel this episode somehow restarted the current direction of the impending end. At least my suspicions about where everything was going were cleared and I can't wait for the next episode(s).
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Sep 04, 2013
because it really seemed like Hank would care about him... when he stopped him. I was so happy when he was with Marie and Hank... how dissapointing
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Sep 04, 2013
Did Jessie confess murdering Gale?
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Sep 04, 2013
I'm not sure any op-ed could possibly justify what an anchor the Skyler character is turning out to be for this show. Killing people is a good idea now? For someone balking at the idea of cooking meth because someday, somehow, someway that will 'come back on us.' Now she lands on murder? A character who thinks cooking meth is going to lead to terrible consequences, and killing Gus Fring -- horrible to the point of sending my children away but murdering Jesse.. eh.. nbd?? After what happened to Ted Benake when he was just supposed to sign a check what idiot would think murder is less consequential? I literally have no idea how the writers expect anybody to be able to wrap their heads around this except to say, "it's a tv show get over it." Which is fine, but not Great tv or what I'd expect from Breaking Bad.
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Sep 04, 2013
true thats a bit much
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Sep 04, 2013
u didnt even say the best quote from jessie....saying sarcastically, yes mr white is gay for me. hahah.
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Sep 04, 2013
Pancho Villa was mexican revolutionary, Sancho Pansa or something like that was Don Quixote companion
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Sep 04, 2013
Not only the DEA mug made me chuckle, but also Hank, as he put on the safety belt for Jesse when he wheeled him off. Funny. :)
Regarding Jesse's announcement: I don't think that he really wants to come after Walt - he instead hopes to make him nervous enough to make the first move. And as he knows about the jail killings, his assumption that Todd's uncle will do the deed is pretty obvious. Luck has mostly been on Walt's side when he got trapped somehow, but all this seems to falter slowly. Nobody believes his "deep in my heart I'm a good guy" routine any more, so this little theatrical trick up his sleeve is gone. For the first time, Walt seems to be afraid - or at least seriously threatened by his longtime pal and puppy dog Jesse. And it seems that this pup is gonna bite him in the behind now. As the flash forwards showed a very much alive Walter White (with a new identity) some time after, the question remains: how is this gonna turn out? - As the amazing team behind the series already came up with some of the greatest twists and turns in recent TV history, I am very excited about what is to come. And sad that it's only four more episodes until I know. - But the greatness of this show peaks also in the fact that they - unlike many other shows - realize that it's best to quit when you reached the top. Kudos to you, guys!
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Sep 04, 2013
Just a thought: Maybe Jesse wants to go after Walt's huge stash o' money. Walt sure loves his pile of money and by finding it there would be a way to prosecute him. Hurting / killing Walt's family is something that imho neither Jesse nor Hank really want to do.
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Sep 09, 2013
I was right about the money. Yee-Ha !
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Sep 04, 2013
Anyone seen this breaking bad gem?
Breaking Bad Final Season TV Room
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Sep 04, 2013
Walter is not going to have Jesse killed. As he said, Jesse is not some rabid dog. The REAL rabid dog is Hank, and that is why Walter is calling Todd's uncle
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Sep 04, 2013
Have you seen the kids on those bikes at the beginning? Nice hint that they'll hit Walts house pretty soon, as seen in Blood Money.
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Sep 03, 2013
It was a peculiar episode.
Not because was more slow paced and less explosive, is just seems to be a little out of character in some details: Where are the chances of Hank giving Jesse a place to stay o Skyler going full mobster on Jesse´s ass ?- after all she´s the mother of a somehow troubled teenager- ...and yes, the gasoline incident was really creepy but going all Vitto Corleone doesnt seem very Skyler-ish although she´s now somehow Walt´s partner in crime.
I though for a second that Jesse´s dissapearence from Walt´s place was connected with the meth lady or their people, Jesse is a hot head but teaming with Hank? Really? That´s a bit weird ...almost absurd.
The meeting with Walt was a beautifully done scene, the paranoia , the anguish, the sense of disaster. But again where are the chances of Walt making a fully and detailed confession to a wired Mr.Pinkman? He was there to make amends not to write his autobiography. Bad plan Hank...sorry.
About the characters, is weird when you side with the "bad" guys instead of the "good" ones, but that´s one of the greatest things of the show: you find more humanity and complexity in them and that´s make them very likeable (from Jesse´s methhead friends to the villians from other seasons), you get to understand their ways and be with them all the way, in the other hand the "good" guys are always diluted in a plane sense of morality that makes them totally dispicable and annoying.
Am i the only one who still have the hope of seeing Marie dying in a horrible absurd manner? She might be one of the most unlikeable, bitchy and neurotic characters ever although she is technically one of the "good guys" (is she?) , with Hank is not like that since we all in fact like Hank more or less.
I think my hope of seeing Walt and Jesse team up at the end has crashed but i´m not feeling bad for that, i feel bad because i don´t wanna see the show ending like some sort of morality tale.
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Sep 04, 2013
Skyler isn't going "full mobster". She only suggested that to protect the family. Heck, she severed ties with her sister to do just that. And would you really hold back when you find out that someone tried to burn your house and your family?

Jesse teaming up with Hank isn't absurd at all. Jesses wanted to make Walt suffer, and he thought Hank could lend him a hand in doing that. They have the same goal, thus it's not really farfetched.
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Sep 04, 2013
I kind of had the same feeling about Skyler but the truth is, she's paranoid. The lady has been unstable since the revelation of Walter's activities. Now she feels trapped but still wants to be secure with her family, if she's going to live this way. And she feels Jesse is a threat, rightfully so, because she always has and Walter is the sole reason for Jesse's mental state right now.

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Sep 03, 2013
Walter White's real 'home' is chemistry. Just not sure yet how to compose that into an actual conclusion.
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Sep 03, 2013
my god,why does it have to end so soon.
and my god when jessy walks away calls walter with his treath ,i could almost feel the ground under me cracking!
realy upset that its jessy vs walt but the same time,its amazing walt had it comming.
and to walt jr realy nice kid,always suport his dad and understand him at some level,because of his own health,ok its not cancer but he had a hard time for sure,so he can level with him.
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Sep 03, 2013
"my god,why does it have to end so soon."

because Vince is a selfish asshole ...


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Sep 04, 2013
Quality over quantity...
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Sep 03, 2013
I think that Jesse meant Walt's family with the threat to get him 'where he really lives'.

I think Walt has, for the first time ever, one too many an enemy at the moment. Hank and Marie know about his extracurricular activities. Gomez said he believed Jesse's testimony (If Jesse, Hank or Marie die... A good police officer would ever think that it was a coincidence). Jesse is on a war path. Skyler is slightly too suspicious for Walt's good...

Back to Jesse's plan... At the end of the episode it felt like Jesse was going to tell Hank what he plans to do (which most likely means that his plan does not include hurting Walt's family). Jesse is going to get Walt where he lives... I think Jesse and Hank are going to attempt to turn Skyler (and the whole White family) against Walt... Sure Hank failed at it at the beginning of the season.. but Skyler's main priority during the five seasons has always been her children. So it wouldn't be good for Walt if someone convinces Skyler (who is probably trying to justify Walt's actions by saying everyone of Walt's victims had deserved it for being druggies or being a threat to her family) that Walt is totally capable of hurting children for his agenda.

Anyway... That's just my theory. It seems... Kind of logical but who knows... Maybe Skyler's maternal side isn't that dominant. Maybe Jesse actually is capable of physically attempting to hurt those he knows are innocent.
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Sep 03, 2013
I liked this episode. It had some very good moments in it and Jesse's looks when he was on the phone with Walt, and after, in the car with Hank, were priceless!

When Jesse was in Hank's house he took a very long look of a picture of Skyler with Santa Hank. I think getting Walt where he really lives will be his family. Either actually hurting them, or the illusion that they're going to be hurt to force Walt into a situation he's not prepared for. As much as the character of Walt is a great one, he's a bad, bad man who needs to get got. And it needs to be by Jesse.
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Sep 03, 2013
Oh, one thing that did bother me....why tape a microphone to Jesse, which could totally be detected, when every freaking smart phone on the planet has voice recorders?
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Sep 03, 2013
I don't like the fact that someone close to Walt has to team with Hank in order for Walt to be taken down, i think thats the cheap way out. I wanted it to be the cat and mouse between Walt and Hank trying to out smart eachother.
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Sep 03, 2013
I do like that Jesse has struggled his way out from being under Walter's thumb, and now he is out and acting independently.
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Sep 03, 2013
I don't think Walt was calling Todd to get them to kill Jesse. As Jesse said "the reverse opposite" always happens. Maybe he'll get them to kill himself and stage his own death. In this episode, the only one who didn't want Jesse to die was Walt...
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Sep 03, 2013
Could it be that Hank, Jesse and the DEA isn't the biggest problem for Walter? I still think that Walt's decision to spare Lydia is gonna bite their asses. Now that she finds out about the "war" between Walt and Jesse she might use TODD and the arian fucktards to get rid of Walter, his family, Hank and Jesse. Walter survives alone and is having his big revenge before his lungs collapse. Therefore the M60.
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Sep 03, 2013
Jesse is going after Walt's 'home' - home is where the heart is...= junior is the target. I don't think Jesse will hurt Jr., but he will make Walt tell Jr. how bad a father he really is. That will be justice in Jesse's mind. Jesse takes down Walt.
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Sep 03, 2013
Ouch. That would really hurt. Did you watch the "Talking Bad" episode with RJ Mitte? I'm going to watch again and look for any hints... All along Walter has been a terrible awful horrible father figure to Jesse -- so your prediction is interesting. It would violate Jesse's desire to protect children - but Walt Jr is all grown up now, so it's conceivable Jesse would see him knowing the truth as 'destroying' Walt.
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Sep 05, 2013
I did watch both Talking and the web bonus. Jesse kind of saw the boy as 'his son'. Jesse is so broken right now he may be thinking you hurt my son, I hurt yours...by Jr. learning the truth.
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Sep 03, 2013
Am I the only one who thinks this Hank/Jesses union was very, very predictable??
I called everything that happened with Jesses two weeks ago. If I could find my comment, I would repost. I think Jesse will go after Skylar and Walt Jr, not to harm them, but to turn them against Walt. He has the dirt on Walt, and he'll remember something that I currently dont...Meaning, he knows that family is Walt's weak point, and he will use it against him. Just like Walt used a kid's life aginst jesse.
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Sep 03, 2013
I agree this episode was different, but it was one of the strongest episodes. It tied a lot of story together and wound it up tight. Tension was high, my interest is obviously still piqued.
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Sep 03, 2013
One of my favorite episodes is Problem Dog... I like the allusion to Jesse as a dog, but this episode continues the allusion... he certainly is rabid now.
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Sep 03, 2013
Am I the only one who wishes it was Jesse and Walter together!? Not at odds? I always cheered for both of them. They made awesome partners.
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Sep 04, 2013
yeah pretty much haha ;)
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Sep 05, 2013
haha! There are at least four people that agree!
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Sep 03, 2013
"He can't keep
getting away with it!"

"He poisoned a little kid.

An eight-year-old boy.

Just because, you know..."

"that burning down your house
is nothing.
Next time, I'm gonna get you
where you really live."


Jesse is an ungrateful piece of shit !!!!

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Sep 03, 2013
He is.... I started a rewatch of the series, and Jesse was such a poser in the beginning. Walt made him important & rich. Very rich. He's such an ingrate loser. He would have been dead 10x over, if it wasn't for the "devil" as he puts it.
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Sep 03, 2013
exactly headclub ! he's an ingrate loser !!
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Sep 03, 2013
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Sep 03, 2013
'Walter spent a lot of "Rabid Dog" convincing others, Saul and Skyler, that killing Jesse was off the table. But Saul and Skyler saw Jesse for the actual threat he is now.' The fact that it was the idea of both Saul, and then reiterated by Skyler, to have Jesse killed was sort of disappointing to me. I wanted Walt to naturally reach that conclusion himself, as a part of his transformation from Walt to Heisenberg, not have his advisor and wife suggest it to him before he evens considers it.

That being said, I do love the way Walt was forced to come to that conclusion after Jesse's telephone call to him. It was fascinating watching Aaron Paul in this episode. While he has been getting a lot of praise for his performance in this season, I personally found the practically-comatose Jesse routine a tad boring. Jesse's return to speech was a welcome one for me, and boy was he a stand out in this episode. Anyway, I loved how Jesse's paranoia of Walt, something that Walt has unintentionally yet directly created, is also what convinced Jesse to take a stand again him. The show has gone to awesome lengths to show us that Walt is his own worse enemy, and Jesse's change of heart in the plaza demonstrates that.

While I, like you Tim, don't know what Jesse has up his sleeve, I too 'assume that Jesse is trying to lure Walter into some sort of trap by inciting a reaction out of Walter'. That being said, I wonder if what Jesse actually said to him on the phone actually had any validity, because if it does, surely Hank would not be involved in Jesse trying to get revenge on Walter. Or as said, it could just be a lure.

Sidenote: I loved how Steve suggested that Jesse might be right, and that they could be sending him into a trap. Hank's response was fitting for his character, and a much needed reminder that Breaking Bad isn't simply good or bad. While viewers may be sympathetic towards Hank's plight, the fact he would risk Jesse being killed to do so highlights his characters questionable morals.

'Flashbacks? In Breaking Bad? The series has used one of the most overused devices in television sparingly in its time, and I can't think of many that directly referenced the action in the immediate episode.' Was it a quick-fix storytelling device? Yes. And I suppose it unlike Breaking Bad, but really, the episode wouldn't have worked the same way if we knew Jesse was with Hank from the beginning. I'd argue that the flash-forwards are more annoying it terms of building unnecessarily large amounts of intrigue.
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Sep 06, 2013
Walt has already become Heisenberg (as early as episode 5.1), regardless of whether he wants Jesse killed or not. At the end of the day, he's still human; he still cares about Jesse hence the hesitation.
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Sep 03, 2013
For all that is Walt, Skylar, Hank and Jesse are way worse. Shallow morals, enormous egos, and unthankful attitudes. Walter is mean and sick but he repeatedly saved Jesse, saved Hank twice (400k for rehab and calling off Gus), and put money in the table to take care of his son and his sick just born daughter, and his own cancer... yeah, nothing makes up for us being honest. But loyalty and thankfulness have a role in life. Hank and his wife are just bitter because they can't have kids or enjoy Walt's fleeting happiness. If you remember, in the beginning of the series they were constantly flaunting how great their life was compared to Walter's...
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Sep 03, 2013
"Walter is mean and sick"

I disagree. He is a man of extremes and takes extreme measures. He is not mean, he doesn't like the violence he is using and he doesn't use it out of spite. He uses force because he thinks it is necessary.


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Sep 04, 2013
yeah... he doesnt use it out of spite, tell that to Mike
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Sep 03, 2013
As much as I think a Jesse-vs-Walt situation will be incredibly intense and exciting, I still kind of wish it would be the two of them against the world right 'til the end. Their relationship was one of my favourite parts of the show, and it's sad that there's likely zero chance of Walt redeeming himself in Jesse's mind. Ah well, I can still hope that Walt's final act will be something to help/protect/save Jesse
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Sep 03, 2013
Did anybody notice Jessie quietly slipping the hello kitty phone in his pocket when he went to pee??Maybe he went to make a call to Walt..
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Sep 04, 2013
oh I really really hope thats not the case
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Sep 03, 2013
I think Jesse hates himself more than he hates Walt. Maybe it's a weird thing to say but Walt is kinda in peace with himself now while Jesse wants nothing but revenge and I think this is to Walt's advantage.
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Sep 03, 2013
Jesse out played them all. I think Jesse will eliminate both Walt and Hank, then take over the meth business. Anything that is or was good in Jesse has been taken away by both Walt and Hank. All that remains is damaged. The outcome of the series will be this: Jesse is no longer a Junkie, but is now a great cook, and ice cold killer who learned the business from the best- from Cartel bosses to Gus, Mike and Walt. The final episode will see Jesse finishing his apprenticeship with top marks and hard lessons.
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Sep 03, 2013
You missed the most important book on the entire bookshelf. The book titled "The Rat". There's another titled "Destiny", another "Without Reservations", another titled "The Final Days" and a few about making quick money. I took a photo of that scene just so I could make my self giddy with all the gags. http://t.co/YtOQxU0HzN
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Sep 03, 2013
Should have been a copy of "The Color Purple" on the bookshelf.
I think they're doing it just to hit you over the head with it now Tim.
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Sep 03, 2013
As I was watching Jesse walk into the living room with the purple rug and chair, I was desperately hoping he would ask the question we have all wondered for years..."What's with all the purple?"
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Sep 03, 2013

It was a very good, solid episode. But there really is no way not to be disappointed considering the way the last episode ended. I so badly wanted Jesse and Walt to face off. And now it's just back to where I assumed it would be before the last episode: Jesse and Hank together. Which is great, by the way. But somehow I was much more excited by the idea of Walt killing Jesse. They simply managed to cleverly disguise that intention.
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Sep 03, 2013
Just wait until he finds out all that other shit Heisenberg did.
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Sep 03, 2013
He knows it all except Jane, and there's no way he can find out. He doesn't know for sure about Mike, but he's assuming the worst, and he's right.
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Sep 16, 2013
You're annoying and I'm right. Enjoy your day.
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Sep 04, 2013
This is like watching Ben Stein argue with himself.
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Sep 04, 2013
If it doesn't come out it is a plot hole.
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Sep 04, 2013
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Sep 04, 2013
Some people might find it annoying, but it's certainly not a plot hole.
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Sep 03, 2013
I don't think he ever doubted Mike was dead. I'm really excited to see if the Jane thing comes out, if only because not a soul alive knows about it and Walt would have to tell him himself.
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Sep 04, 2013
What if Jesse interrogates Walt and actually gets the truth this time because he doesn't believe his bullshit?
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Sep 03, 2013
How about this? Somehow it ends with Walt actually killing Jesse and right before he shoots him he tells him that he watched Jane die....... Oh man <.<
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Sep 03, 2013
I've always liked flashbacks. Wouldn't mind seeing more...like perhaps one that explains Walt's abandoning of Gretchen?
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Sep 03, 2013
Belize. Old Yeller. Good ol Saul. There should be a book called "The Metaphors of Saul Goodman by Saul Goodman".
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Sep 03, 2013
My favorite is the one Saul used about hornet's nests and sloppy seconds.
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Sep 03, 2013
I'd rather have Walter die of cancer than get caught by cops.
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Sep 03, 2013
I would rather have him get caught, or maybe escaping with at least a few years of life expectancy, after being exposed, humiliated and losing his family in some way. Dying of cancer seems like one of the lamest options.
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Sep 03, 2013
There are not enough cards on the table to count them.
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Sep 03, 2013
Absolutely. I don't necessarily want him to survive the series but I want him to get away with everything, prison-wise.
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Sep 03, 2013
I want to find out who Saul's guy is.
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Sep 03, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I'm seriously over Jessie, but at least now he has a purpose other than slobbing around feeling sorry for himself (dude was actually rich!) so i like where this is heading...i do hope Walt will be victorious after all said and done...he doesn't deserve it but it's Bryan Cranston!
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Sep 02, 2013
I loved that they pointed out how Hank doesn't really care about Jesse's well-being as long as he'll help him put Heisenberg down, while Mr. White just cannot kill the kid even though he represents a threat to his family.
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Sep 02, 2013
Jesse is most definitely on his own.
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Sep 02, 2013
Geez, Tim, you screwed up big time! Pancho Villa has nothing to do with Don Quixote, it's Sancho Panza. Pancho Villa is mexican revolutionary. WTF? To not know such obvious things is mind-boggling. Too much comics and superheroes I guess)

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Sep 03, 2013
Ack! He had me going there for a minute too.
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Sep 02, 2013
Since the bromance seems to have sinked, I am SO glad at least Jesse learned more from Heisemberg than how to cook meth. That phone call was chilling!

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Sep 03, 2013
I know! But I hope he also realizes that he's on his own and doesn't put his hopes in the DEA. Let him get revenge or whatever he's after on his own terms.
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Sep 03, 2013
Agreed! Completely, plus, he already seems to be getting smarter this season ;)
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Sep 02, 2013
"Mr. White is gay for me?" that was hilarious
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Sep 02, 2013
I am sort of surprised Skyler has "turned". She is actually suggesting murder! It seems she is now at all cost to protect the family wealth. So now viewers so stop hating her. She is no longer the moral compass. Infact now she is encouraging Walt to do evil.

I think Jesse plan is to put himself as a bait trap Walt to kill him. It must have worked. I am still curious to see how the White House turn into ruin house.
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Sep 03, 2013
Yes, the Skyler thing was shocking for me. The tables were turned for a second there, Skyler was suggesting something Walt found horrifying. The whole bit in the Schrader house was almost as good (almost!) as the dinner scene at the Whites'. And I know Jesse won't ever go back to Mr. White, but I don't like him on team Hank either, especially since Hank doesn't give a crap about him, whether he lives or dies. It's interesting, definitely exciting and weird, but it's not good for Jesse. I mean, did he even get immunity for himself? And he does care a little at this point, he doesn't want to die or go to prison, he is not the numb zombie from two episodes ago.
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Sep 03, 2013
His heart now is full of revenge. I do not think he is worry about whether he is going to prison.
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Sep 02, 2013
You're book collection criticizing made me laugh, but you forgot the most obvious one..


RAT!
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Sep 02, 2013
Nice shout out to Babylon 5, Where Bryan Cranston once played a doomed Ranger.....
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Sep 02, 2013
Oh, and: "I'm going to get you where you really live"? I think that obviously means Walt's family... or his empire. Hmm, which does he care more about these days?

In the flash forward he's alone, without his family. Maybe that's Jesse's doing? Or his own because he's driven them away? Jesse doesn't necessarily have to kill them, but he could easily spill a couple grisly secrets to Skyler or Walter Jr.

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Sep 03, 2013
I think his empire is the answer, but I don't know in what way. By "really lives", I think Jesse has ruled out Walt's family. I mean if he doesn't "really live" in his house, where his family also lives, then I think it means Jesse's going after Heisenberg rather than Walter White. His reputation, his meth, his money, I don't know, but I think Jesse intends to force Walt to make a move that will expose him for who he is.
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Sep 04, 2013
Exactly. I don't think Jesse meant Walt's family.
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Sep 03, 2013
Ha! Yeah. Just let Jesse fly to another country to fuck shit up. Todd would cut off his dick and stab him with it.
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Sep 03, 2013
Skyler knows some of the worst stuff, sure she missed some, but I don't see a deal breaker for her at this point, she has just suggested murder herself. As for Walter Jr, though...I wouldn't remember this if I hadn't rewatched the whole series recently, but on Junior's last birthday Walt was sort of high on pills and wine and called him "Jesse". I wonder if Junior remembers that and has been wondering who this person is, I think that if Jesse introduces himself and tells him everything he'll definitely believe him, and be all the more hurt that his dad probably had a kind of father-son relationship with him. But im 100% certain that Jesse will not kill Walt Jr, at least not on purpose, killing an innocent (Gale was a special circumstance) and a kid no less, goes completely against his character and everything he stands for.
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Sep 03, 2013
Skyler obviously knows about the meth and engaging in morally questionable behavior, and even that he was "involved" with Gus's death, but she doesn't know about the actual murders Walt's committed (not to mention ordered), or how he poisoned a child and was basically responsible for that flight going down. She's already considering her options, and finding out any of that could certainly help her decide to GTFO- especially what with her kids and all.

But yeah, I totally agree that Jesse would never kill anyone else willingly. In his pissed off, drug-addled state he might decide he wants to hurt Walt bad enough to try going after his family, but he'd never be able to go through with it. Maaaybe he drives them away, but I think that's a stretch. Walt can probably do that well enough on his own.
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Sep 03, 2013
Jesse doesn't know Walt was responsible for the flight going down, because he doesn't know about Walt's involvement in Jane's death. He still thinks it was his fault. I agree about the rest being enough to turn Skyler though.
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Sep 02, 2013
Really it's just cruel of Vince Gilligan to give us such awesome, addictive, mind-blowing episodes when it's all going to end in a couple weeks. I LOVED the Jesse/Hank pairing this episode so much. And it's really strange seeing nicer, softer Walt these last few episodes.

However, I wish there were more confrontation directly between Jesse and Walt. When Jane's death comes out I really hope it comes from Walt's mouth to Jesse's ear, not passed along through a couple messengers and inferences. I want a showdown!! Caveat: Jesse must live.

I'm paying way too much attention to colors. Walt's been wearing a lot of white/beige lately- merely signifying his return to nice old Walt? Skyler too, while Hank and Marie have been wearing black. That dinner at the Mexican restaurant painted a perfect contrast. Good vs evil, but the actual criminals are wearing white. And Jesse slept under a purple blanket, but WHAT DOES IT MEANNN??? Simply his joining Marie and Hank's side, or something more?
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Sep 03, 2013
Yeah Jesse! Throw all your money out the window. It's not as if you couldn't bypass the police and buy off every hit man in the country. Nice twist Vince! Declaw that motherfucker.
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Sep 02, 2013
"Caveat: Jesse must live."

Sadly, the further we get into the season, the more I believe that won't happen. :(
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Sep 03, 2013
I think of all characters he is the one that absolutely should not live. He's fascinating and well played by Aaron Paul. His vulnerable nature and capacity to care for others, especially children, make us want to root for him. But he's too stupid to make it to the end. His mental breakdowns and inability to deal with life make it impossible for him not to be taken down at some point. He's a reckless junkie. And Walt should be the one to pull the trigger.
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Sep 02, 2013
I'm really afraid you might be right. Of course, he's all dead inside anyways these days, so maybe that Ol' Yeller metaphor was pretty apt after all.

Still, I just want happy endings and rainbows and puppies for everyoooone!!! Except Walt.
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Sep 02, 2013
I am not sure what's the prevaling opionion but i really hate Jesse esp in the last 1.5 seasons.. going against walt while he is one he is alive so far in the series. Almost every few episode Jesse is about to die and Walt comes in to save him.... absolutely hate him. If Walt wanted to kill the kid he could have but he didnt so get over it. It was Jesse's fault anyway as he went against Walt and Gus was about to kill Walt... what choice did Walt have despite trying to explain to Jesse what Gus was planning. Jesse's activities does highlight an old proverb that its hard for ur enemies to kill u but ur friends can easily kill u....
I believe Hank is screwed.. he cant come forward at all.. and its about revenge for him rather than catching the criminal. He doesnt care about Walt's previous activities.
If u recount the entire series.. Walt hasnt killed anyone innocent. He has hurt Brock but after multiple attempts to bring Jesse around to avoid it. Besides Walt is also responsible for Hank's life... when he got shot, Walt had nothing to do as he was not aware and Gus didnt want him dead anyway but in "crawl space" Walt asked Saul to inform DEA to save Hank's life.... even thought he knew he was risking his and his family's life.
Anyway coming to present episode i dont think Walt is killing Jesse... he just want him captured to "talk to him and make him see reason". Jesse is kind of "family" for Walt.
Dont get me wrong, i dont agree with Walt's activities. He hasnt killed anyone "innocent" but he has been responsible for many gangs, for gangs hiring kids for sustaining their function and also for indirectly destroying many innocent impressionable minds. I think he is wrong to think that only "cooking" is a victimless crime. He should be punished but not by Jesse as Jesse owes him a lot. Walt should surrender himself and accepting his mistake, spent his repentence in Jail.
I know that will be lame as far TV ratings go and probably the writers will want Walt to go out with a bang so lets see how it goes.
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Sep 02, 2013
I just hope that Jesse saw something good in Walt when Hank told him that Walt obviously cares about him. Even if Hank doesn't cares about Jesse's life and tried to persuade into meeting up with him Jesse should've seen the grain of truth to it.
Running over Gus' thugs to save Jesse was an action Walt clearly didn't do for selfish reasons but for Jesse.
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Sep 24, 2013
Totally agree.. walt cares for Jesse. I think both of them should be punished for their acts but at expense of walt alone.... if both are punished walt will the one suffering more anyways.
As for Jesse.. he probably has early Alzhemier's disease since he keeps forgetting Walt's favors on him and like Lenny in Of Mice and Men he should die.
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Sep 02, 2013
DEA and Pancho Villa best observations. DEA was quite simple, Pancho Villa a very good one.
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Sep 02, 2013
You are thinking of Sancho Panza. Pancho Villa was a Mexican revolutionary. Not related at all to Don Quixote.
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Sep 02, 2013
Obviously a set up episode. Good use of the flashback for which this series to its credit has used sparingly. Good to have Jesse back in the fold, still like seeing him work with Walt rather than against him and based on Hank's comments it isn't like Hank has his (Jesse's) interests at heart either.
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