Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 6


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 19, 2012 on AMC
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    Breaking Bad "Buyout" Review: Empire State of Mind

    Walter's dreams of being a business mogul hit a snag when his employees think about playing it safe.

  • Episode Summary

    Still upset over the many divisions of their profits, Walt tries to take superiority over Mike. Meanwhile, occupational hazards start to weigh heavily on Jesse and Mike and they start to come up with ideas to end their role in the business.

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    • Tension's heavily increasing in an episode with too little plot to perpetually stay interesting

      "Dead Freight" left audiences with mouths and eyes wide open and with "Buyout", the series gets back to a calmer state. However, the word 'calm' can only be used to describe this episode in comparison to one of Breaking Bad's most awesome yet devastating episodes, as there's tension increasing in so many relationships in "Buyout" and the atmosphere is thereby kept on an immensely uncomfortable level.

      This becomes clearest in a dinner scene at the White household, marking the first encounter between Skyler and Jesse since Breaking Bad's very first season. As you could guess, the small talk they share is as awkward as it gets, especially once Mrs White feels the need to make her affair with Ted the subject of discussion, something she's discussed with her sister in a weird and protracted scene earlier on in the episode. Jesse is surprisingly similar to his pre-Walter-White self during that chat and is outstanding in his failing attempts to act normal. While less entertaining, the business talk is more important story-wise and in "Buyout", there's quite a difficulty arising for the three amigos in the wake of the preceding episode's finale. Seeing Walt, Jesse, and Mike deal with their assistant having killed an innocent boy in order to protect them from legal persecution is excellently showcasing their different states of mind the top of that being Walt assuring Jesse that that murder has been keeping him awake for nights while looking as if much more interested in the creation of the next meth badge.

      Besides a short Saw-reminiscing release operation, "Buyout" is really all about the story evolving and excludes action of any sort. That wouldn't be something I'd have a problem with, were it not for the fact that nearly every scene in the episode is stretched out for a tad too long and that I was checking on my watch more than once.moreless
    • One of the best of the series

      This is the game changing episode for Jesse. Great episode was on the edge of my seat watching it!
    • The tension keeps on building

      I'm glad that this is the last season.. I mean, I love the show and everything. It has just reached it's peak, and it's good to know it won't drag on and on, past it's prime, like so many other dramas have.

      Can't wait to see how this plays out...
    • Gray Matter; Cable Fixer

      He had always decribed his separation from that company as having been diddled, shortchanged; now he is telling that a buyout was his consensual decision.

      He could have used his weak hyperopic glasses to cut the cable tie, instead of burning his hand.
    • Solid episode. Tension builds right through.

      I am a week behind, so I apologize. I am also horribly behind on reviewing this fine season of Breaking Bad. This is my first review of the season and it's a hell of an episode to review.

      The beginning with the dirt bike fit perfectly with the low music and no words. The acid is a cleansing tool for Walt, a tactic used for the third time now. The boy, who I will say, was indeed quite innocent, didn't even need to be shown. We knew he was going to be in the second barrel. We knew the acid was coming.

      Rifts between Mike, Jesse, and Walt drastically increase in this episode. Although Mike initially agrees with Walt's decision that Todd did a good thing and we need to keep him alive, we can clearly see Mike and Jesse plotting to get the hell out of this business as soon as possible. Mike's day to day life is even more jeopardized due to Walt's actions - he's constantly being haunted by the DEA, he's working overtime because he has to listen to the wire-taps, and he's still basically controlling this business. He's the hardest worker of the trio. He's also been doing something else in the meantime, working with Jesse on finding a way out.

      Mike's plan was pretty good. And the only reason why Walt doesn't sell right now is that the difference between selling now and the potential is a huge: roughly $95 million. This is huge to Walt, huge to anyone really, but Walt has changed. $5M is not enough anymore, despite what Mike and Jesse say. That potential profit is too much to ignore. I must say, I was not expecting this at all during this episode. I initially thought this episode (judging by the title) was going to involve offering Mike a buyout solely on Walt's orders. Just goes to show how surprised one can be by watching an episode every week. And I was really impressed by how solidly this entire episode was written from a logical point of view. Mike and Jesse sounded so smooth with their numbers, you can only imagine how many times those were worked out in the writing room.

      I liked Jesse's argument about the $737,000 that Walt initially calculated as adequate profits. And I liked Walt's admission of how he parted ways with Grey Matter.

      I really don't get what people hate about Skyler. She was great in this episode again. Once again, she almost confides too much with Marie. And this time, I really thought she said some stunners - insisting that she wants the children to stay at Marie's because they will not be safe at home and then saying that she cannot even start to tell Marie a thing because of the severity of the transgressions. Marie would never want to speak to her again. The tension was great and it was almost to the boil before Skyler got an outlet through the story with her affair with Ted. I also thoroughly enjoyed that dinner scene with Jesse, Walt, and Skyler. The awkward was at an all-time high and Aaron Paul played this beautifully. Jesse finally understands that Walt has lost a lot more than just money recently, he's lost his entire family. Walt is right, this business is the only thing left and that's why he's so reluctant to sell out.

      So that brings us to the final couple of minutes. The only flaw in this episode was Walt's seemingly odd compliance with Mike when he went back to the warehouse and then to being cuffed to the radiator. I mean... I was expecting a little more fight at that point. But Walt manages to McGuyver himself out of another situation and has now done something with the truck full of methylamine.

      Overall, we saw Mike's intense desire to end this business one way or another. In turn, Jesse sided with Mike again, showing once again his loyalty has not faded for him. I'm not so sure how this will end for Mike, but tonight (episode 7) will be a big episode. It will be really interesting how this situation pans out. I wouldn't be surprised if something goes horribly wrong, or right, who knows. These writers keep us on our toes - a testament to the show. I'm always surprised when I watch and that is just one amazing reason this show continues to dominate.moreless

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