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Breaking Bad S05E10: "Buried"

As the Belize Tourism Board sounded the alarm to undo all the damage Saul Goodman did in "Buried," the stellar follow-up to the Season 5b's premiere "Blood Money," so too were the sirens blaring for Walter, Hank, and Skyler. Breaking Bad is showing complete disregard for the health of America's hearts as it moves along in its final season intent on giving the pacemaker industry more business than it can handle. 

If last week was the slap in the face for Heisenberg's unmasking unhatting, this week was when the sting was felt. And "Buried" showed that sting would be felt where it could hurt Walter most: by everyone within spitting distance of him. Sure, the meat of Breaking Bad's final season is watching eagerly to see if Walter the drug kingpin meets a grisly fate or if he ends the series out on top, but there's also the matter of how big the crater is where Walter's home and family life used to be when all is said and done.

Following last week's showdown in the garage, Walt simply walked out of Hank's home office (Hank was nice enough to open the garage for him) and the mad dash to make the next move was on. Boy did I overanalyze their conversation last week as I thought Walt was playing a subtle game by toying with Hank's head, but when you peel out in your car as your exit after being correctly accused of being a drug kingpin by a DEA agent, those skid marks may as well read "I'm guilty!" And thus these final episodes of Breaking Bad become a different game; it's less of a chess match and more of game to see who can shove more chess pieces down the other's throat. How can Hank prove what he knows, and what can Walt do to make she he can't prove a thing when a gifting Hank with a trip to Belize with Mike is not an option?

For Hank, the answer was simple: get to Skyler, the poor innocent victim in all of this (ha!). At least that's what Hank thought. Hank was quicker on the draw with his cell phone than Walt was, and convinced her to meet him at a restaurant for a bite of consoling with a side of testimony in the first of a pair of fantastic scenes involving Skyler seeing the end in her sights. Hank's approach here was interesting. I didn't think he thought Skyler was in cahoots with Walt, so he thought he was doing her a favor by putting this "monster" away and freeing this damsel-in-law in distress from her prison. Skyler reverted back to her panic mode of squealing a phrase over and over and over again; last season it was "Shut up!" to Marie, this episode it was "Am I under arrest?" to Hank. And when Skyler gets into one of these broken record routines, it's best to let this crazy lady go and cool off. 

But Hank knew that to break this case, Skyler's testimony would be the step ladder that would make it a slam dunk. So he got Marie in on the action to coax Skyler out of her shell, except it didn't go exactly as planned. Marie ripped Skyler to pieces for knowing that Walt was the creep Hank had been chasing this whole time, and the sound of unbridled joy came from the many members of the I Hate Skyler Club as Marie tried to spin Skyler's head around with a nuclear-grade slap of mass destruction. WOW! Maybe Marie was trying to make Skyler's face a nice shade of her favorite color, because she unleashed one on her. But even more painful for Skyler was the sight of Marie trying to take baby Holly away, and Marie would have tucked that kid under her shirt and ran off like she was stealing a diamond tiara if Hank hadn't stepped in and stopped her. And if there was any doubt as to where Marie stood with Walt, she menacingly barked to Hank, "You have to get him."

But with Skyler a dead end (for now), Hank needed another way to get to Walt and the police gods were kind that day because they dropped Jesse Pinkman right in his lap. Busted for making it rain torrential downpour all over the neighborhood, Jesse was taken into custody and questioned by some cops. And as the episode faded to black, Hank was about to step in and wring all the info he could out of him. Who needs Skyler when you have Jesse Pinkman, Heisenberg's right-hand man?

These scenes with Marie, Skyler, and Jesse all seem to be pointing towards one thing: Breaking Bad is kicking off Season 5b by turning everyone against Walt. Jesse is at another one of his points where he's ready for all of this to end, and Hank is about to give him a convincing spiel. Jesse suspects Walter killed Mike, so it can't be far from his mind that he could be next as his role has gone from partner to loose end. Skyler obviously can't handle the heat like Walter, and breaking her looks like it's only a matter of time. The moment Marie tried to take Holly away was a lot more than just an immediate scare for Skyler; if she's going to stand by Walter, the possibility of losing her kids is a reality. And Marie, well, she's there to turn the screws on Hank to make sure he does this thing full throttle in case he has any doubts. The later scene with Hank and Marie clearly laid out Hank's state of mind. He can't go to the DEA because that would mean he would be done with his job (we just have to take his word for it on that), but if he can at least come in with hard evidence against Walter he can go out with some dignity. Obviously Marie doesn't have anything on Walter, but if either Skyler or Jesse opt to flip on him, Walter's screwed. 

While Hank pressed those closest to Walter, Walter made his obvious first move of getting rid of the huge block of green evidence against him and buried his cash in a money grave in the middle of the desert. That whole sequence–from Huell and Kuby playing Scrooge McDuck to Walter using the GPS coordinates of the money grave as his lucky lotto numbers–was fantastic viewing for ultimately being just about a guy hiding a lot of cash. But it was also vintage brainy Walter solving a problem. However, this episode wasn't really about Walter.

And it certainly wasn't about Heisenberg. Ever since Walt "got out" in the Season 5a finale, we're seeing some regression back to the Walt we liked, as opposed to the huge jerk he became in Season 4 and 5a. It's a big change from what the show was doing in those two seasons when a straight line to Scarface-ication was the main objective. Now he's smiling and talking about air fresheners more than he's stinking of the scary hubris that had some viewers turning on him. Is Breaking Bad softening up Walt for this final swan song? He's just not the same guy I wanted to see get his comeuppance. He's more like the genius reactionary of Season 3 that we rooted for, and that's making it awfully hard to hate the guy right now.

If that wasn't enough to fill out an episode, Declan and his sloppy meth gang got theirs and it was awwwwwesome. What a play by Lydia! Teaming up with Todd and his white supremacist buddies to take out Declan and his Chef Boyardee meth-makers was some inspired ladder-climbing. Now she can sell Todd's 74-percent pure meth to the Czechs and take over Declan's territory! And as Lydia suddenly takes over the meth business in the Southwest and in the Czech Republic, she (and Todd's crew) becomes a nice little prize that any DEA agent would love to cuff. And a nice bargaining chip, if, say, any other drug dealer were to be caught (ahem Heisenberg) and willing to give them up in exchange for some leniency. Just an idea, folks!

"Buried" spread the tension created by "Blood Money" out to the rest of the characters, effectively bringing everyone into this big mess between Hank and Walter. We're not just waiting for one man to go down. Breaking Bad has always made a point to show how Walter's decisions affect everything around him, but now it seems that everything around Walter may affect him. This is a fantastic start to Breaking Bad's final season.



NOTES

– How great was that shot of Walt as he exited Hank's garage, standing before Hank like he was a gunfighter while Hank held the garage door opener in his hand? Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is a huge fan of Westerns, and the genre's frequent desert landscapes were visited all episode long. "Buried" was absolutely gorgeous and one of the most beautiful episodes of the series.

– If you wanted a preview of Walter's possible death scene, we got it when he and Skyler had a talk in the bathroom after Walter collapsed. But everything Walter said to Skyler came from a moment of weakness, if you ask me. I don't believe he's going to give himself up like he said, and Skyler doesn't want him to give himself up. "The way Hank talks, he's got his suspicions but not much else," she assured him. "You can't give yourself up without giving up the money. It's the way this works, Walt. So maybe our best move here is to stay quiet."

– Marie even has a purple tea kettle!

– Belize! Belize! Belize! "Send him to Belize? I'll send YOU to Belize," Walter said, making my day.

– I can't help but laugh at all the fun gratuitous "let's stick a camera here" shots Breaking Bad does. We got a nice crane shot of Jesse twirling on the playground merry-go-round, rolling barrel cam, and a camera inside a GPS unit. Which one was your favorite?



– There are three popular theories going around about how Walt got to the flashforwards that we saw at the beginning of Seasons 5a and 5b. He faked his own death; he's in the witness protection program; or he had Saul's associate make him "disappear." Which do you think it is? 

– There's something sneaky about Walter's cancer, but I can't put my finger on it. I just can't trust anything Walter says right now, and we've never heard a doctor talk about the cancer to confirm that it has returned. Walter told Hank that he'd be gone in six months, yet he's clearly alive beyond that AND he's got a full head of hair. Did he abandon chemotherapy and is he living beyond his prognosis, did he beat the cancer again, or is he staging a brutal and elaborate hoax?




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AIRED ON 9/29/2013

Season 5 : Episode 16

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Too many people getting hung up on Jesse and skyler and Marie becoming unlikable. Damn, folks, these people are caught up in some heavy shit! And they're just trying to come to grips with a seriously house rockin revelation that WALT WHITE IS THE NOTORIOUS HEISENBERG, THE KILLER OF GUS FRING AND THE ONE WHO KNOCKS. cut them just a spot of slack, won't you?

and ask yourself......who is the REAL target of that cannon in Walt's trunk?
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Jesse's stupidity is probably what will eventually get him killed by Walt. Yes, we all love him because he appears to have a soul and often yearns to care for others, but he still acts like an uneducated moron, just like in season 3 when he seemed to think Gus was going to fire the guy who killed Combo. He's a liability and a ticking time bomb that Heisenberg will eventually eliminate.
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So when Marie mentioned the money and the gambling story to Skyler, did it not occur to her that all of Hank's physiotherapy was also paid with said "blood money"? I wonder if Hank has even realized this yet.
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does hank know that walt got him shot in the first place ?
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Exactly. I always assumed the payment of Hank's medical bills would stop Hank from wanting to immediately do something about Walt, once he found out. Hank's just going to look absolutely terrible if he turns in his brother in law that has been paying for his bills with drug money.
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I thought about that same thing!
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If Hank had any proof, Skyler would have gone in for sure. I was thinking Hank could have do some kind of "bluff" on Skyler but guess he always thought she is innocent. Now that she had seen all the cash, I think she wanted just as much.

I was wondering where is Todd but what a nice introduction. I know I am kind of sick but I like Todd. He is a bad ass that does not look like a bad ass. He is in a way sort of like the earlier Walt. He shot the kids yes but he does what is needed to be done. Real cool way to intro Todd. Real cool way to take over the territory and he is a gentleman but shielding Lydia from the violence.

I never liked Saul in the earlier seasons but this season, he seems kind of different. Perhaps now he is acting more and more like the consultant he is suppose to be. There was talk of a breaking bad spinoff starring Saul. I thought it was a BAD idea initally but now I am not so sure perhaps it would be good as we see him handle different kinds of clients. Is it confirm there will be a spinoff?
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My favorite thing about this show is that no one who is a bad ass looks like one. It's interesting in a way similar to the dual identities that superheroes often adapt. Walt is an old cardigan/bow tie wearing school teacher, Gus runs a fried chicken chain and sponsors the DEA, Lydia is a nervous/anxiety filled and snooty single parent. It makes all of these characters so intriguing.
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Why isnt anyone talking about how dumb it was for Skylar to not pretend that Hank's "suspicion" was absurd??? It was the obvious option for me, since she is clearly on Walt's side... She should have just lied, and appear surprised by what Hank was saying. She should have tried to fake it with Marie also, maybe she could get Marie on their side and they would have no confirmation. Skylar's reaction screamed "guilty"...
Also, I know it makes no sense and all of you can hate me for it, but I want Walt to get away with it, somehow! I know it's not a good message, and he did some awful, AWFUL stuff, but I keep seeying the dying man who wanted to leave his family some money....
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Yeah, the way that Skyler started out made me think she had suddenly decided to surrender to Hank.
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So Jesse let himself get arested,right? He was on that merry-go-round just waiting for cops to get him,,right? He knows he can't trust Walt or Saul...he knows he's alone in this.

I also feel bad for the baby kid,who was crying after Skyler and Marie's fight. That kid is gonna have problems:D...damage is already done on her:D Unfit parents...
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I am intrigued to see what part the yellow remote control car has to play. Vince Gilligan loves subtle little things like this (Pink rabbit etc)
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i liked crane shot of Jesse twirling on the playground merry-go-round. the shadows of the poles looked cool.

i did like the gps shot too.

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but obviously the best scene was the money bed. ha
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so where is their son? off at college or something?
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Smoking Crystal in a back-alley..
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I'd like to know why Skyler refused to call back Walt before meeting with Hank. This made no sense to me, seeing as it would be best for the two to discuss how they want to approach the situation beforehand. Skyler may have held her own very well but she went in very unprepared and didn't seem to have thought it through at first.
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If she delayed talk with Hank,Hank would start suspecting she is feeding Walt info,helping him,etc. She played it very smart,but risky at the same time. She has Hanks trust atm,which is very important and he only suspects Walt. In Hank's eyes Skyler is Walt's victim.
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She didn't have to delay the talk with Hank, she could have simply made a quick phone call on the way to meeting with Hank.
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My thinking is that Skyler didn't know what Hank knew and that there was a good chance their phone calls would be bugged. Best not to take a chance.
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Yeah, I wondered that as well. But I would figure that wouldn't be the case. It would probably require a warrant or something, I don't know.
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Do you think,if that phone call was made,it would be quick?

Skyler: "Hey Walt,on my way to talk with Hank...bye"
Walt: " Sure thing honey,just so you know,if you don't already...Hank knows I am Heisenberg....kisses,don't tell him anything,bye."
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It really depends on the distance between the car wash and the diner she went to. It could have been longer than that. I think there was enough time.
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I do believe the cancer is back but we don't know whether Walt is being honest about the amount of time he has left or not. Walt has good reason to use that against Hank.

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yeah, it has to be back, otherwise, why would he be getting chemo
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He could have gotten back into chemo after figuring out where the "Leaves of Grass" book went and that he has a backstory to build.
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I don't know...I'm not from the U.S. but I'm pretty sure a doctor has to give the go-ahead before someone undergoes chemo therapy. Granted he IS a millionaire and could likely get a shady doctor to sign off through Saul, but I'm still certain the cancer is legitimately back.
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The first flashforward, if that was really his 52nd birthday is about 9 months from now, max. Walt estimates he'll be dead in 6, so if he simply stopped his treatment or beat cancer again, either way he could have a head full of hair, that doesn't say much. He could easily be dying, his initial count wouldn't be that far off. Now the second flashback is a bit confusing, the house looks like it hasn't been lived in a lot longer than 9 months. That's what it looks like to me anyway. But I thinkthe cancer is definitely back, he was getting chemo and throwing up and all and hiding it. He played that card with Hank as a way of both taunting him and saving himself, hoping to make Hank think it wasn't worth the effort. It is possible that he made out his life expectancy shorter than it actually is, but again, I don't think it affects the flashforwards.
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Possibly so, and my thoughts about doctor-shopping went through my mind as well. But how to explain the full head of hair by his 52nd birthday (as seen in 5x01)?
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Jesse's stupidity in getting caught in the way he did just seemed like bad writing. It seems like something that would fit more in the little known alterna universish series "Bad Breaking Bad" where Walt gives up his blue meth making in order to become a master dance instructor. He encourages Jesse Pinkman to pursue his dream of becoming a tap dancing champion. Skyler and Marie fight over Todd, who is considered to be the most eligible and charming bachelor in the ABQ area. Skyler is the most popular character of the series and David Cross plays the role of Saul Goodman. The series comes to an end when Gus is resurrected as a cyborg that destroys everyone and everything.
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I hated the fact that Jesse was so stupid that he just decided to lay on a merry go round in the neighborhood and get caught. Idiot! It's one thing for him to pass out money in a broken neighborhood, that's perfect for his character. They could have thought of a more believable way for him to wind up in police custody. This was the one flaw I saw in the episode.
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He got caught,because he wanted to.
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hence him being dumb.. hah
i never understand these criminals that WANT TO GET CAUGHT. makes no sense. the reason to do all the bad stuff is to get away with it & be rich.
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i agree, i liked the money throwing, but dont just stay there to get caught. dumb jessie
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Gotta love the slap between Marie and Skyler. Almost as good as last week's "light treading" between Walt and Hank!
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Is it just me or is the show going on a bit slow? It's great and everything but I wish they'd pick up the pace a little!
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Nah, it's doing just fine in my opinion. All of BB's seasons start with a slow burn and suspenseful build up for the first half to two thirds, then let the shit hit the fan. Rewatching any of the prior seasons you'll be sure to find at least a handful of episodes where not a lot of action happened. With that said, I think these first two episodes have been anything but slow!
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Skylar played Hank really nice in the bistro. She saved Walt's ass.
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I'm really kinda hoping that Jesse kills Walt in the end and gets away clean to start a new life. Yea I know he was no saint but ever since he hooked up with Walt, it's been one shitty experience after another. Poor guy's life just keeps spiraling down the drain cause of the Great Heisenberg!! lol
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Jesse is an adult who made his own choices~~he hooked up with a junkie who led him into shooting up, he viewed psychopath killer Mike as a friend when Mike just barely tolerated him
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Yea he made his own choices but let's be honest, Walt took advantage of him. Walt is a brilliant guy and he could tell that Jesse could be manipulated. Walt needed him. Granted, at times, they are really good friends and Walt's almost a father to him but Walt got greedy and Jesse suffered for it. It's not Jesse's fault that Walt let Jane die, poisoned Brock and killed Mike.
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People who are easily manipulated are fools and it is hard to root for them or find much sympathy for them unless they are children or mentally handicapped.

I liked the Jessie of the earlier seasons but lately he just needs to go away or "grow up" or get some antidepressants and some counseling.

Jesse helped Jane to die just like Walter and Jane herself. Jesse shoot up with her and didn't encourage her to go to rehab--and let her threaten Walt. I have no pity for Jane but I did feel bad for Jesse that he lost his love--but he was so stupid to shoot up and to not try to stop her from shooting up. She should of just gone to rehab immediately instead of being greedy but her greed makes sense.

Mike was a killer who didn't consider Jesse a friend. Nice of Jesse to feel for his friends but he has horrible choices in friends (again showing how much of a moron he is). Like Mike wouldn't of killed Jesse or Walter if he thought he needed to...also he was ready to kill them several times but Gus stopped them because Walter outsmarted Gus.

Yes, Walt was 100% wrong in poisoning Brock. I understand why he did it but it was WRONG. Also he should of used a non-toxic substance that just made a person feel bad but not require ICU care. Also he should of under-dosed it. He really shouldn't of done it but in retrospect it worked.
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When Walter was digging a hole to bury the money, I imagine what would've happened if he had found a dead hooker's body in that very same spot. I imagine the desert must be very popular among criminals.
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"Send him to Belize? I'll send YOU to Belize" is the quote of this episodes. I can see a meme being created there.
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Losing money was always Jesses thing. Walter is still a closet millionaire.

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Lydia has brains, beauty, elegance and is sensitive: the perfect girl! But it's so sad to see a successful operation go down because of substandard output. I mean, there's no respect for Heisenberg's legacy anymore?

I thought Walter leaving Skyler to fend for herself against hank would backfire, but she behaved with the necessary cold blood and dealt with the situation. It was far-fetched of hank to try to get a confession from Skyler just like that, but I can't blame him from trying. Imagine if she weren't thinking clearly and had spilled the beans to his sound recorder.

I think in the end Walter will escape with Hannah McCay to Belize!
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Who wouldn't want to escape with Ms Strahovski? I'd even join her for going to Alaska :P
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Walt still has lines he won't cross believe it or not. This whole series Walt has been crossing lines going further and further down a path. (Poisoning children, letting Jessee's gf die, ect) And last night when Saul suggested he may want to send Hank on lovely vacation to join Mike, Walt would not have it. "He is Family". Family is basically the reason he started this whole thing so as of now he won't hurt his family but with this show who knows if that will stay true.
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Another shot of the r/c car. Could be something.
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It's a metaphor for Walt's rise and fall. The R/C car was at first an ordinary, simple car whose "life" was runover by circumstances it couldn't control (Marie for the R/C, cancer for Walt). The lambo (or whatever the RC car now is) represents the rich head-of-an-empire man Walt has now become, and at the beginning of the finale (or whichever episode Walt's life truly, irrevocably crumbles) we shall no doubt see the car once again destroyed, lost, or otherwise ruined!

But then again, it is most likely just a kid's R/C car...
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"He can't go to the DEA because that would mean he would be done with his job (we just have to take his word for it on that)"

All the previous screw-ups and getting almost no results for chasing a guy for over a year, would probably be enough reason for some bosses to fire his ass. Adding the fact that the guy he's chasing is actually his brother-in-law who paid for his recovery.. 'Nuff said..
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Walter left his book on his toilet seat without hiding it. Next episode Vince Gilligan used cancer as a plot-device. His reasons aren't exactly stellar.
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@Tim Surette:
I don't want to criticize your work, 'cause I usually love your reviews, but this is a weird sentence dude!
"How can Hank prove what he knows, and what can Walt do to make she he can't prove a thing when a gifting Hank with a trip to Belize with Mike is not an option?"
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Yeah! Who proofreads this stuff anyway?
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Above it's mentioned we have to take Hank's word for it that he'd lose his job if he takes this to the DEA. Think about how many times over the course of the series Hank has had some sort of evidence in the case. Or went against wishes and had a tail on Mike. People will begin to think the guy is nuts.
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Would "Walter Jr. getting high on some blue Crystal" go too far?
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Awesome episode, very very awesome show, only 6 episodes left, so sad :(
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What a great spot to end the episode. Now I have to spend a week imagining that conversation. I loved how there was no background music to most of the episode. It really amplifies the tension in the scenes. Oh Skylar, you may just be the perfect woman for Heisenberg all this time. She went straight to Hank to see what he knew, and then calculated that he hasn't got enough to bring Walt down. So is she telling Walt to keep his mouth shut because she knows she is too involved. Or is she playing the waiting game for Walt to kick the bucket, no Walt, no problems.
I don't know why people are so anti Jesse. He knows Walt killed Mike, no matter how Walt tried to convince him otherwise. Jesse knows he could be next, but really he is having a hard time with all the shit they have done. Unlike Walt, Jesse seems to have a conscience, killing children and your friends doesn't sit well with him, and this is a trait I like in a person.
There's obviously more to Lydia and Todd, it will have to affect Walt directly in future episodes. As meek as Lydia appears sometimes, she sure is a survivor who gets what she wants. Maybe Todd will blow himself up and she'll be knocking on Walts door again. Or maybe they'll claim Heisenberg is back through Todds cooking, and Walt would not stand for that with his ego!
And where the hell is Walt Jr?
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It didn't seem like Skyler was about to crack to me, it looked more like a nice little case of Stockholm syndrome. I'm really liking how they've used her character post-I-F'd-Ted.

Only problem with this episode? Not nearly enough Jesse.
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The baby scene was so uncomfortable. Last season has been excellent so far.
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Walt and family disappear using Saul's guy. Hank can't prove a thing and
decides to just let everyone believe Gale was the meth chef, so then he can
keep his career. Walt came back for some loot and it was gone, now he's
on his way to Saul's to find out what happened to his money...Huell and Kuby
used their own tracking device on the white van...and figuring Walt was long
gone took the loot. Jesse is in a mental institution. Lydia is long gone working
in Europe. The Ricin is for Todd and his guys, to be delivered to them in a
communal bottle of liquor or pizza.
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After watching this episode...

Skylar still love
walt ....

Jesse became a wreck... (A king ??? really ??? he will probably die...)

Hank will die too ... (wtf he's doing on UTD)

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I doubt Jesse will flip on Mr White. If there really is honour amoung thieves Walt is safe.
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Wow amazing episode yet again... i knew Skyler was about to snap in any second, i think they (Walt & Sal) need to do something really extreme now to contain Hank but i´m more worried about Jesse right now (he doesnt give a shit anymore). Is safe to assume Walt going to start to cook again due the recent events with the product and if u think there´s "I hate Skyler" club let me tell you I hate Marie way more.
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Yeah seriously! Marie is & has always been the shows WORST character. Can you say annoying wench?
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Hank will go down busting Walt.Walt will end up ahving beef with Todd's gang. Skyler and family will have to go somewhwere else for safety (?) and pinkman will end up dead or in witness protection,
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Hank has lost a lot of weight.
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This episode was intense-- The dynamic between Skylar/Hank. Skylar literally didn't know what to do, but I think she felt her family coming together again, so she felt she needed to protect Walt. Also, she's just as involved in Walt's thug life as he is.
I disagree with some of you saying Jesse is being a wimp? He's in a position where he has no one because either they've died because of him, accident or purposely or he doesn't trust them. He's beginning to see that everyone thinks he's a liability. He probably just doesn't care anymore. I do agree he does need to start handling his problems on his own, but I don't think he'll make that change himself. He'll wait for something or someone else to do that for him, maybe Hank. I know Jesse is tired of Walt's bullshit... I just wish Walt/Jesse could go back to that loyalty they had for each other in S2-S3...

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Another strong episode. I really like the Skylar's scenes - especially with Marie - it was heartbreaking.

"I will send you to Belize" was funny, and the Huell and Kuby scene too.
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What an amazing episode. These final episodes feel like I am on a roller coaster heading towards a humungous crash and amazingly I am loving it every second of it.

Cant believe I would ever say this -rising among the many great performances in this episode was it's MVP - Skyler

So many amazing scenes in this episode :

Skyler vs Hank
Skyler vs Marie
Skyler and Walt
Silent Jesse

Marie trying to take Holly away - she may be in the right but it really felt harrowing and sad.

Best comedic scene - Huell and Bill Burr. Close second - dark comedy - "I will send you to Belize"

Lydia - the women is highly unpredictable and dangerous. I love her character. Even Todd - although he is a murdering sociopath.

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Good recap. Not much to add at this point other than to trumpet the obvious that the first 2 eps. in the final half season have been excellent, edge of your seat entertainment. I followed my own advice this time and watched Dexter before Breaking Bad, most certainly didn't fall asleep this week. Those 2 scenes with Skyler were very powerful. Well played, looks like she is going to go down with Walter and it'll be Jesse that flips. Skyler has fallen in love the money as much as Walt and the funny thing is, they really can't spend it..Other than a few cars the Car wash and some healthcare treatment what have they really bought with all the ill-gotten gains anyway? Nothing too exciting really
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Can't wait until the Hank/Jesse interrogation scene next week - I can't see Jesse agreeing to help Hank out just yet, he may hate Walt by this point but I don't think he is ready to forgive that brutal beating Hank gave him a couple of seasons ago!

Also, how amazing is it going to be when Marie finally tells Hank where the money for his physio came from...?

I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen by the end, or even which characters to root for any more! and I love it!!
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what a great episode !
* Walt is great as always .
* Walt / Saul , 'Trip to Belize' convo is SUPER AWESOME!
* Marie / Skylar scene is great .
* Skylar becomes more Likable in this awesome season .
* I think they need to do something with Jesse ! either killing him with a big bang or make him do something vital to the show . He just sitting down bored all of his fucking scenes !
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all true!
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Ok. This is pretty easy. The ricin is for Lydia who obviously flips to the DEA meaning Walt "disappears," but not before having to kill Jesse. Hank eventually comes to his senses and agrees to help Walt cover everything up to save his own a$$. I have no idea what happens to Skyler though, but she has to be punished for choosing Walt instead of the Law.
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I've been think Walt faked his cancer returning but in fact the flash forward from last week could be him further down the road after he is given more time to live. People are complaining about Jesse but I think his character is going in the right direction, he's lost so much and recently (in the series time) he watched someone kill a kid right in front of him. I think he will be working with Hank to take down Walt (or double cross him with Walt), either way Walt, Hank or Jesse will meet their end near the finish. (Jesse is up from since Vince GIlligan wanted to kill him in the pilot)

Also, how great was that slap from Marie? I hate Skylar so much I literally jumped and cheered when it happened. I think Skylar is going to prison for Walt's "drug empire".
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I never entertained the idea of Walt dying of cancer—I've wanted him to die by Jesse's hand directly or indirectly for awhile now—but it is getting harder to want that with each passing episode. That panicked moment outside Hank's when he frantically tries to call Skyler—that was Walt, not Heisenberg. It's getting harder for me to stick to my WALT NEEDS TO DIE OR ELSE campaign that I've been fighting for. And now I'm envisioning him faking his own death via cancer. If only because that would be brilliant. And Walt is a brilliant man.
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How could you fake your death via cancer? Wouldn't you need a body?
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He could fake the severity of his cancer and pretend it's going to kill him sooner than it's supposed to.
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There were a ton of them just laying around the desert last night.
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Ha touche. I guess Todd was just killing two birds with one stone.
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They'll discover a pile of sludge in a vat with some of Walt's DNA..LOL
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Does anyone have a handle on how much time has gone by from the train heist to present time?
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I've been wondering that too, so I tried to figure it out using the episodes I have on my computer. The answer I came up with is 2.5-3 months.

Walt turns 51 in episode 5x04. That's also the episode where Skyler walks into the pool, and the kids go to live with Hank & Marie for a while. The train heist happened in 5x05. Walt bugs Hank's office and cries about the situation with Skyler, so this is probably soon after 5x04. Lydia then tells them about the train. It's a train that passes through there once a week. So they probably hit the train within 2-3 weeks after Walt's 51st birthday.

After the "crystal blue persuasion" montage in 5x08, just before the big pile of money and Hank going into the bathroom to take a dump, Marie tells Skyler that she thinks it's time to take the kids home, and that it's been "almost three months". It's possible that there was some additional time between the Skyler-Marie conversation and the bathroom scene, but probably not a lot. So are now approximately 1 year and 3 months after the pilot episode, when Walt turned 50.
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Walt looks more than a year older to me in the flashforward. An uncle of mine died of cancer at 49, but looked 65 for the last 6 months of his life.
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Strange. To me, Walt looks much older when bald. And of course, when wearing a cheesy cardigan.

In real life of course Bryan Cranston is pushing 60 but doesn't really look it. It wasn't long ago an episode of BB involved Walt in (i'm guessing) his 30s, with a full head of hair and a leather jacket. He can apparently pull off any age.
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However late in S5A Walt celebrated his 51st B-Day, beginning of 5B it was 52...
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I'm not disputing the timeline if that's what you mean. I'm saying is he looks older because he's in the final stages of cancer. This was in response to the paragraph below the poll. Of course I forgot about the chemo scene which confirms his cancer is back or I wouldn't have mentioned it.
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Continuing on with greatness for sure, but i'm getting tired of Jessie's lame ass. What a total wimp. His character just gets worse and worse (or should i say gets written worse and worse)...that's my only issue with the show, jessie f'n pinkman. What a wimp! Bring back that Walt-Jessie dynamic!
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I agree....Jesse seems like a Total tool lately> and if he turns rat, his character will be forever lost.. Now, if he stays true to Walter, but somehow finds out Walter lied to him (about his junkie gf, the ricin/Brock incident, Mike's whereabouts, etc etc.) then his eventual turning would seem more realistic and earned. and the fans wouldnt hate him as much I think.. But right now, he just seems like a drag.
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Regardless of what he finds out, he can't rat. Ratting is such a wimpy move and he should be a "man" and deal with it himself.
Er, IRL I say "rat him out" but in the context of the show I would hate him forever if he ratted on Walter. I'd prefer him to shot Walter then rat on him.
I'm still pro-Walter;-)
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