Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 6


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 19, 2012 on AMC

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  • Empire State of Mind

    Following closely on the heels of last week's tragedy Jesse directs his loathing towards Todd and his deed of having killed the kid as an excuse to kick Todd out of the crew/business altogether. The disposal of the kid's motorbike and putting him and the bike parts into acid and the reactions/silence of the music let you feel the utter weight of the act that had been performed. Jesse continues to be the moral center of the show as evidenced by Walt and Mike's unwillingness to "deal" with Todd due to some prison connections he has so they vote 2-1 in favor of having Todd stick around but under close scrutiny. In Mike's own way I can tell he hates the kid's murder just as much as Jesse does when he threatens Todd that if he ever brings a gun to a job without telling him about it he would "jam it up his ass sideways." But Mike's concern stems from Mike's professional cool and him not trusting the trigger-happy hand of anyone that wasn't him. They should've talked it over, not just shot first ask questions later. They could've told the kid that they were simply refueling the train and he would've been none the wiser. But Todd's affirmation that the kid would've gotten away and told someone weren't completely groundless either as the whole point of the train job was to not be seen or known to have ever been there. This is the kind of super grey area that Breaking Bad paints best on as all sides have arguments for or against the logically make sense while emotions and ideas of right and wrong are challenged to the supreme extent. That being said, Jesse also has a history of having problems with involving kids with what they do like the child soldier for the two thugs that killed Combo he vowed revenge on back in Season 3, to his uncertainty of wanting a life with Andrea and Brock all because of what he did. This act directly contradicts everything he's done because he did what he did but kept innocent kids out of it so only adults who wanted meth got meth. A little tirade there, but moving on. The DEA continues their surveillance of Mike and he clearly lets them know that he knows about their surveillance and he even goes so far as to get Saul to file a restraining order against the DEA that he knows won't stick but will buy them some time at the least. Walt, after delivering a successful cooked batch to the safe at the exterminator's place, gets news from Mike and Jesse. They're both getting out of the game; Mike because of the heat on him and Jesse because of the kid's death (which especially hit home watching Jesse's reaction to the news report of the search for said missing kid.) Mike is selling his and Jesse's thirds of the methylamine to someone who has an operation up and running in Phoenix, Arizona but Walt abstains saying that he'll go his own way with his 333 gallons. Skyler has a discussion with Marie while visiting the kids and almost reveals what Walt does for a living but she learns that Walt told Skyler about her affair with Ted and it being the cause for her behavior lately. Mike brings a gallon of methylamine to the boys from Phoenix and says that they will only make the deal for the full 1,000 gallons even though they are only selling the 666 to them they only want to make the deal to get the blue meth off the streets. With this news Jesse goes to Walt explaining that he will get 5 million dollars and when they started back in season 1 he calculated how much he needed but after Jesse's question of if they were in the meth business or the money business Walt responds that he's in the empire business and won't give in. Walt invites Jesse to a rather awkward dinner with Skyler, who drinks much wine and vents her frustration over Walt telling Marie and everyone else about her affair with Ted and she excuses herself despite Jesse's efforts to make conversation. Walt reveals that Skyler is waiting for the cancer to come back and for him to be dead and that his kids are gone so the business is all he has. A rather defeatist attitude but Walt still can sink lower as we've seen. When he goes to steal the methylamine from the hitched truck in the garage of the extermination place Mike catches him in the act saying that he thought that he would try something like that and they will spend the night sitting in the office until the deal happens with or without his approval. Great line, "I've never seen anybody try so hard to not make 5 million dollars." But Walt chem-fu's his way out of the restraints to the radiator but burns himself to do so and hides the methylamine and when Mike gets back to the office he pulls his gun finding out Walt escaped and puts a gun to his head and Jesse explains to Mike that they have a plan to get their 5 million each (forgot to mention that Mike's cut of this will cover Fring's former employee's "legacy cost") and they can keep all of the methylamine. The shot of Walt with a gun to his head defiantly saying, "Everybody wins" is burned into your head as the screen fades to black. Also I don't think we've seen the last of Hank going after Mike with his bloodhound-like case prowess. Another fantastic episode that didn't revel too much in the deed of last week but still managed to give it appropriate weight regardless. This show is very efficient in storytelling resolving while leaving questions and secrets from characters as well as us that will be left for later or blown up soon. My guess is Walt's plan is to get the Phoenix guys to turn on their other crew and pool their resources to come work for/with Walt, Mike, and Jesse or kill the guys and take their money but knowing Walt's empire state of mind it will probably be something brought on by this idea of a merging business since Arizona to New Mexico is a long turf for one meth business to cover.
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