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Breaking Bad S05E13: "To'hajiilee"


I did some nitpicking last week about near misses—Walter searching an empty house when we expected Jesse to be there, Jesse almost meeting Walter in the plaza but turning tail at the last second—but I was content to know that those ticklings were all in the service of moving characters around and raising some stakes. The idea, I reasoned, was that "Rabid Dog" would take one for the team to set up something grander.

There were no near misses in "To'hajiilee," unless you count the hundreds or possibly thousands of rounds of ammunition that failed to meet flesh in the final scene. The episode was a direct hit and one of the best of the season, maybe even the series. I hate to use the word "perfect" to describe things because I'm the kind of guy who can always find a smudge of dirt or leftover brain matter somewhere, but the final 20 minutes of "To'hajiilee"–everything from when Walter received Hank's Snapchat photo of a barrel of money to the final cut to black–was perfect television and right up there with the Season 3 masterpiece "Half Measures" and with an ending that was reminiscent of "One Minute." Some may find the cliffhanger of the decade a bit hard to swallow, and that's fine (you kids with your instant gratification and all). I don't mind; I'm excited to drag this thing out as long as possible because I'm going to miss the hell out of this show. Now we sit and wait out the longest week ever.

But may I remind you that there was a first half of the episode, and it included one of those things in television that's rarely seen: smart police work. I don't know the extent of the legality of what Hank was doing with the off-the-books detainment of Huell, staged murder-scene photos of Jesse leaking cow brains, or falsified snaps of evidence recovery, but the takeaway here is that Hank is good police as Bunk Moreland would say, and he outsmarted the man who could never be outsmarted. Breaking Bad has always been about brains over brawn, and we all know the winner of this whole contest will be the one who out-thinks the others.

Television policework is too often portrayed as a boring series of hopping from one clue to the next, one witness leading cops to the next until they're close enough to the suspect. It's usually more of a treasure hunt until the required episode's run time is spent than detective stuff, leading everyone on their couch to think they can be a cop. But Hank Schrader took each clue and worked with it. Jesse's grand plan (which turned out to not be so grand after all) led him to Huell, and Hank found the best way to pressure Huell into singing using the information he knew. Hank took the information he got from Huell, and even after a dead end (no GPS on the rental van!) figured out a way to exploit Walter's weakness and get him to scurry out of his hole and lead them right to his desert stash. It can't be understated how fun this was to watch, and thank the TV gods someone figured out how to use cell phones in cop cases in a clever way rather than as vessels for timely reveals or crutches to escape sticky situations.

Meanwhile, after spending a few episodes as Walter the car-wash owner and retired drug kingpin (Zzzzz...), Heisenberg returned in full force (he poked his head out of his lair at the end of "Rabid Dog"). Yes! I missed this guy. I had wondered if his job for Jake the White Supremacist was actually terminating Jesse or was an offer to be the new wax buffer at A1 Car Wash, but he confirmed to Todd that it was a murder job with Jesse on the wrong end and it brought back all that mental anguish from the last ticks of "Rabid Dog." Yet even when Walter was making final arrangements with Jack and Kenny, he was still defending his former partner, letting them know that Jesse wasn't a rat, he was just a problem that needed to be fixed. Oh how wrong you were Walter. And it was Walter's belief that Jesse would never rat on him that would lead to heartbreak later and could be Jesse's end down the line (see the notes section for more).

Heisenberg wasn't done mixing innocents into his mess for his gain, and his visit to Andrea and Brock was vintage sinister Heisenberg. Did I mention how much I love having this asshole back? The fake plastic smile he paints on his face while talking to Brock makes me uncomfortable every time I see it, and the series milked it for maximum effect. This is the Walter White that we need to see more of, the Walter White who is active instead of defensive and demolishing the boundaries of decency. 

But this may have been the last time we'll see Heisenberg, because "To'hajiilee" was the rapid collapse of everything he'd built up and that's what made this episode so special. When Walter received the picture of a dug-up barrel of money from a taunting Jesse, it was over even though Walter didn't know it was. Walter thought Jesse was working on his own or maybe with knuckleheads Skinny Pete and Badger, and we watched Walter walk right into a trap laid out by Hank. That's not something we're used to seeing. It's Walter who lays the traps. To paraphrase him, "He's the one who traps!"

But no more, and this second half of the episode, my god. Seeing the flurry of new iconic Breaking Bad images courtesy of another outstanding directing job by Michelle MacLaren and witnessing Walter accept the end of his rope was unarguably a watershed moment for the series.

Jesse was right, he got Walter right where it would hurt him the most: the money. Throughout the series, there's been one consistency about Walter's drug making. He was doing it for the money to support his family. He may have had a few detours with hubris, but he never wanted the power or women like Tony Montana, he just wanted the cash. What the money represented may have changed over the course of the series–it was doctor payments, it was a means out of teaching, it was college funds, it was cars–but ultimately it was always about his legacy and the cushy futures for Walt Jr., Holly, and Skyler. Earlier this season, he emphasized that the money represented everything he had worked for over the last five seasons and he would do anything for it. Given what Walter knew, it wasn't ridiculous that he sped off for the money when Jesse threatened to burn it all, and his raging blindness was only poked and stoked by Jesse on the other end of the phone screaming at him about their past (how cathartic was that call for Jesse?) and ordering Walter not to hang up or the money gets it (but really Hank was tracking Walter's GPS).

My favorite part of the entire episode was watching Walter realize how badly he screwed up and how he was had. When he discovered Jesse wasn't at the site, he knew what he did. Well, part of it. He led Jesse straight to the money. Bryan Cranston was amazing with his non-verbal face-acting here, a silent movie god. Cranston emoted every bit of crushing defeat Walter felt in that moment and resorted to calling Todd's family to make a stand. But Cranston took acting to a whole other level when Jesse showed up with Hank and Steve and an entirely new wave of helplessness washed over him. He had to call off Jack and the Bigot Brigade. No family. We could clearly see the gears turning in Walter's head as he scrambled for one of his trademark Houdini acts, and we could see him stymied at every mental turn. This was it. It was over. And I don't know about you, but I was devastated to see all that defeat in Walter's eyes because Cranston was so good at letting it all show. The holding shot on his face just before the commercial break ripped my guts out and danced all over them.

Walter's surrender was equally powerful and amplified by the well-crafted, artful shots. The direct shot of Walter raising his arms slowly, the behind-the-head shot of Walter slowly walking towards Hank, the closeup of the cuffs on Walter. All the while dialogue was extremely limited and background noise was muzzled by the emptiness of the desert. It all served to magnify Walter's loss and it was magnificent to watch. Adding to the pain was Walter's growl of, "Coward," and Jesse's retaliation with a loogie in Walter's face, a far cry from the good times these two once shared. Remember when Walter smoked Jesse's pot? Ahhhh, memories.

So that was it for "To'hajiilee," have a great week! 

Except for those last three minutes or so, when the KKKalvary showed up uninvited to protect their investment in Walter White, and all of a sudden everything that had been awful and terrible about the previous 17 minutes turned to HOLY HELL. The episode had already been punctuated with one giant exclamation mark and didn't need a final shock, but this is the final season of Breaking Bad, so why add a few minutes of gun porn at the end? 

Even if Walter had been able to tell Jack to call everything off, and he tried, barking like a puppy from the back seat of Hank's SUV, it's doubtful they would have. This was last-stand territory for everyone involved, and one tumbling tumbleweed away from a classic Western standoff. Wearing the white hats were Hank and Steve, wearing the black hats and twirling their mustaches were Jack, Kenny (and his enormous gun), Todd, Rufus, Clyde, and Travis (I made up those last three names). Vince Gilligan has been getting his love for Westerns across in this final season, and it's a perfect homage for Breaking Bad

I have no idea how Hank and Steve managed to dodge a million bullets, especially since they weren't behind cover when Kenny first squeezed the trigger, but I'm going to let it slide because, well, frankly, I'm still in complete shock, shaking, and unable to make any decisions. I thought Hank was going to die. I really did. He even gave Marie his death speech, telling her that he caught Heisenberg and that he would be home later, a surefire way to die a sudden, painful death in television. Bullets whizzed, glass shattered, fenders were punctured. Yet all our combatants remained standing.

The decision to cut to black was stunning, and I approve. Cliffhangers can be cheap, but Breaking Bad has been living off them in this final season in fan-friendly ways. Walter and Hank squaring off in the garage, Jesse dousing the White house with gasoline, Hank walking in to talk to Jesse, Walter calling Todd. I don't think the show could do this in a full 13-episode season, but in an eight-episode season? Sure. Season 5b has been flying by at a more accelerated pace than any other season because the writers know these eight episodes are all they have left. This is the final sprint at the end of the marathon, and it's fantastic. 

But how are they going to write their way out of THIS one? You can't just call a timeout in the middle of a gunfight. Hank and Steve are effed. However, Walter has one final advantage that can't be taken away from him and has saved his life multiple times: his ability to cook ridiculously awesome meth. Jack needs him for that. If Walter could somehow get in a word to Jack and play his leverage (all the windows are broken now, so Walter could finally be heard if there was a lull in the violence), Walter could save Hank, Jesse, and Steve's lives by refusing to cook for Jack unless a moratorium on bullets is met. And that would flip the advantages once again. Then Walter could rat on Jack and Lydia and give Hank the international drug bust that would make him a superstar in the DEA world while Walter rebuilds his life in New Hampshire. That's been my idea since early this season, and I'm sticking with it.

One last thing that went through my head when I thought Hank was going to die was how upset I'm going to be if any of these main characters eats it before the season ends. I've always been very supportive of Breaking Bad killing several characters before going dark, but when faced with the reality of it, I flinched. I don't want Hank to die! I don't want Jesse to die! I don't want Walter to die! I take it all back! I've now reached the stage of denial in the process of letting Breaking Bad go and can't believe there are only three more episodes before this series is finished. I've been saying this is the best television show I've ever seen since Season 2, and it's episodes like "To'hajiilee" that give me no reason to think differently. A-plus.



NOTES AND CRACKPOT OVER-ANALYZATION

– Was it just me or does Todd have the hots for Lydia? She's everything a guy like him is looking for: female, white. 

– Do you see how Jack and Todd and Kenny revere Walter White's ability to cook? See? They really are WHITE supremacists! Okay, I'll show myself the door.

– I love the different chatter about brands. Lydia needed Todd's meth to be blue because that's their brand in the Czech Republic. And Skyler needed Walt Jr. to say, "Have an A1 day!" because that's their brand. 

– Where IS Kuby? Could he find his way back to help out someone? 

– Saul's parting tip: "Don't drink and drive, but if you do, call me!" And how great was Walt Jr.'s awe at seeing a real-live celebrity in the car wash?

– That top image in the story that I captured is so awesome. That's the summary of that sequence. So many great shots from MacLaren in this one.

– I still think Lydia and Jack's crew are the real get for a drug bust. But I'm having problems figuring out who Walter would be targeting with the ricin he retrieved in the flashforwards. Perhaps one member of the white guys got away, maybe someone took Walter's money and he's back to get it, maybe he's still mad at Jesse for flipping on him. I don't know. Here's a thought: the final scene of the flashforwards is Walter handing an unknowing Jesse a ricinized something or other, the perfect ending to the story of a man who broke bad truly and completely.

– I'm fortunate enough to watch these episodes for the first time on screeners without commercials. I always rewatch the broadcast version and can't believe how the tension is cut by ads. If there's a way to watch Breaking Bad without commercials, you should. It's amazing. This season is going to be incredible on Netflix. (Send me free months, Netflix!)

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AIRED ON 9/29/2013

Season 5 : Episode 16

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Seven barrels full of money!
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Does anyone else think Gomez is actually in the meth business?
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Holy f... is all I could think after this episode.
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THE DAMAGE IS DONE, THE "SHOW" WAS OVER .. until Jesse did a "oh no, I suddenly can't live with this burden anymore" .. hooked up with Mother Hank Theresa and went for a DO THE RIGHT THING !!! ... so what happened: The Shit is boiling again and Heisenberg is forced out of retirement. ( unintended consequences )
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This season 5B has been the strongest. Every week they pump out a great episode. Not sure if any series has closed out on a high. I'm looking at you Fringe, Lost, 24, Prison Break, X-files and especially Dexter. All of those didn't know how to finish. Vince and Co. had a plan and a roadmap from the first episode, they how it would all end.
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and yes, a DVR is quite helpful in watching the show. in fact, essential. but the DVR treatment (fast forwarding through the breaks) is still inferior to the netflix versions of the show. so i'm down with tim on that call. i recently re-watched all of season 2 via netflix, which was very handy because that whole season was free. but the point is, you hit the break points in the end, and the episode fades to black for a second, and then returns to its next scene. it is a really good way to see the show, because you don't even have to fast forward or see yet another promo for Low Winter Sun for even two seconds......

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all these comments from people who are nitpicking the details. which is not to say that many aren't making some good points. some of these are very good points. but in the end, i'm quite willing to put my faith AND my suspension of reality in the hands of this crew of people who have created this totally engrossing series. that is to say.....whatever they do, i'm cool with it. and i'm not gonna spend a lot of time criticizing their possible fuckups. for the most part, the show has been quite terrific, and i really don't care if the ending isn't totally mega awesome in some way. because the show has ALREADY been totally mega awesome. ya know?

that said......SOMEBODY better catch a slug or two in that frickin' gunfight. damn, those meth head nazis showed up with some ammo!
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I've always enjoyed the character of Jesse and while I do think his character should die, I kind of wanted that to happen near the end so we can continue to get that great performance. But after watching his behavior in the previous episode, what an ungrateful jerk. He's not exactly good either. So I'm kind of ready for Jesse to die already now.
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While I love the idea of the show ending in gunfire (and the episode altogether), it was ridiculous that creepy Todd and his racist friends were firing so many bullets but had yet to hit anything. I speculate that maybe Gomie was hurt but the scene was just so unrealistic for a group that executed a prison takedown of ten guys.

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Whoever it is that Walt faces off against in the flashforward, I hope it is someone we haven't seen so far (maybe Czech?). I kind of want Walt's relationship with all of these characters to be wrapped up before the finale and for it to lead to a faceoff with a great, powerful, and completely new foe. But the show keeps making me doubt it.

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I feel as though Hank probably should die as he's completed his story arc. But I find it hard to believe that he will; that would be too easy to predict. I suspect he'll be shot and this will be dragged out for an episode or two before (maybe?) death and Walt will get away. Gomie is toast though.
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Love the article. I've been reviewing the last 8 episodes on the blog Geek Goes Rogue. Here's a link to the most recent review. My style of reviewing is a little different, it's a commentative, real-time recap review as I'm watching the episode for the very first time. So my responses are genuine and as they happen. Check it out... http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geekgoesrogue/2013/09/4-to-go-geek-goes-rogue-reviews-breaking-bad-tohajiilee/
Thanks!
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Hehehe, found this... her story! What happend to skyler White? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efpf0A8Z4_8
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At this point it would satisfy me if Hank dies now, especially after that heartfelt talk with Marie. He has lived his purpose and to go further with him in the story he would simply annoy me too much with his righteous ass rants.
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Exactly. It reminds me of how Gus kind of completed his purpose before death. He takes out the Cartel, avenges his friend/lover, and then Walt takes him out. It would seem right for Hank to die, but it's too predictable. But I would love to see Marie go batshit crazy. I think that is a possibility. PURPLE RAGE!
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First of all sorry for my english.I think i have an idea about the ending of Breaking Bad.If you look closer to the poster of season 5a you might recognize the warehouse where Todd cook the meth in the latest episope.Also in the lower right corner there is the gun.The theory is that Walt takes down all (Lydia,Todd,The Gang).Walt will use the ricin on himself for the pain and suffering he caused to his family.
How awesome it would be to play in the last scene the song Hurt by Johnny Cash
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I m sorry, I don t buy it ! Walter wouldn t do it . I have too much respect for Walter s character, he would not response to Jasse s call that way. No way. Yes, he started business for the money ,but you forget - after a while, it was all about HIS product ! He became someone ! Becouse of purety of his product, becouse of his brain, becouse he is a top chemist, becouse he deserves more then be a teacher, becouse he deserves to have his own company in legal world and earn millions, becouse he deserve to be RESPECT AS A ( again ) TOP CHEMIST as he is ! He is too inteligent to response to Jasse s call with panick. He would be much calmer but very angry. He would say something like - " Ok, Jasse, burn it all ! Would that action finally make you less angry with me ? " Yes, he would loose some money ( he woldn t put all money in one place,becouse he is smart ), but finally Jasse would have too face his own problems and finally start his own f..... life, with no drugs. Come on !
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The money is all Walt has to show for what he's done. Of course he'd freak out if he thought it was in danger of being taken from him. Once he looses that, he looses all justification for the terrible things he's done. Yes, he's smart, but we've seen over and over that when his pride/self-justification gets in the way, he's susceptible.
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every show will have flaws, but breaking bad has the least. overall, it is the best show on tv ever. why do you think it is the highest rated show in the history of television? because it is THAT good. nameone show that is better than breaking bad. there is none. if u can name one, however, I can guarantee that I will find flaws and inconsistencies in it if I look hard enough. watch a show for it's entertainment value...not nitpick every single aspect. don't take the fun away from it. breaking bad encompasses great acting, dialogue, directing and plot all in one. what a great experience watching this show. thanks Vince and crew! you guys know how to entertain.
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There is still the point of view...
Breaking bad is one of the best series, no arguement from me here!
But I still don´t like it the most. It is just not perfectly my type, yet still very enjoyable. It is a pity it will end soon, but still better than another season, which ruins the overall plot: The rise and fall of Walter White...
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'I will find flaws and inconsistencies in it if I look hard enough', and you can do exactly the same thing with Breaking Bad as well, without looking that hard apparently, if you read just a few of the comments beloew regarding this episode.
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Best Cliffhanger Ever of the series.
And I thought these producers couldn't get me to say that again after the way they ended 'Full Measures.' At least I only have to wait a week to see how the story unfolds instead of a full year.
Hats off the editing department and Dave Porter for making the last sequence phenomenal.
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Why did Hank not bug Jesse's phone? Walt confessed to SIX murders. That on tape alone would have been dead to rights even without the money or arrest. Why did Walt not tell the gang "Dude, don't come because COPS!"? Why did Hank not immediately call the police higher up and go "Hey, I got Heisenberg!"? Why did they not immediately leave after arresting him? How come the gang who managed to take out another entire armed gang couldn't immediately take down two men they severely out-gunned? Why would they even risk shooting Walt, given how much they need him?

The episode was filled with so much fail and illogical behavior. And you call it one of the best episodes of the series. Please, try to take off the fanboy glasses and see how this was objectively one of the dumbest episodes of the series.
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"Why did Hank not bug Jesse's phone? Walt confessed to SIX murders. That on tape alone would have been dead to rights even without the money or arrest"

To bug the phone Hank would have needed a warrant, and to get that warrant he would have had to "out" Walt as a suspect, which would have ended his involement and career before he had a chance to arrest Walt. Now if the call isn't recorded but Jesse tells the DEA agent he happens to be stood next to that the person on the other end of the phone has admitted to commiting a crime, it would be hear-say evidence in court but it would give the DEA agent a reason to track down the person on the other end of the call.

"Why did Hank not immediately call the police higher up and go 'Hey, I got Heisenberg!'? "
Hank wants to make the arrest himself (see above)

"Why did they not immediately leave after arresting him?"
So the gang would have stopped Hank's SUV further down the road and the shoot out would have happened maybe 1/2 a mile away from where it did. Not really worth the screen time to set that up.

"How come the gang who managed to take out another entire armed gang couldn't immediately take down two men they severely out-gunned?"
It's called a cliffhanger

"Why would they even risk shooting Walt, given how much they need him?"
They're not that bright, they're not aiming at Walt, also see above.

You were saying something about fail?
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Wow, this reviewer had better check their pants.

I didn't buy Huell's flip (he's been far too cool) or Walt's frantic confession, two key points that pushed the last half along. I'm glad they've startes moving towards the end game here, since I wasn't sure they were going to get to it.
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I'm not sure that I am as in love with this episode. I think maybe the premiere episode was still the best of the these last 8 so far.
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Did this article just recommend I pirate this show?
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No it recommended that you record it and fast forward through the commericials
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Nooooo, of course not. It recommended that u waited until it goes out on DVD
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Good luck on that, guys and gals!
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Can't somebody put a gif of the last 3-4 secs of the episode in here?
It was hilarious!
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BB is the best US tv series ever. We don't live in the US but get each episode within minutes (commercial free) here in Asia. Episode 13 was mindblowing. It reminds me of Jesse telling the Hank that Walt was smarter, luckier, and had the power of the devil.
So now, Walt, outfoxed by Hank (with Jessie's help) was almost brought down. Had Hank had made a standard DEA arrest, instead of the lone wolf macho approach, then Walt's capture wouldn't have failed. But now, we have Walt as a cooking slave for Todd and Lydia making "Crystal Blue Persuasion."
Who knows? Maybe Walt will try to trade wounded Hank and Jesse to cook. The scenarios are endless, but it will be decades before American TV can match BB.
Love it!
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"The scenarios are endless, but it will be decades before American TV can match BB."

That's what I thought after watching The Sopranos, too. Other guys thought that after watching The Wire. Writers and directors went on to do shows as Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and so on. And here we are, not even 10 years later..

It's the golden age of american drama series. There are a lot of creative heads outhere who get influenced by this kind of storytelling, those characters and cinematography. There will be something in the future to come and it will live in his time. But for now, let's enjoy the hell out of BB! :D
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When trying to figure out how this show may end you need to remember the opening scene of this season. Walt has a full head of hair so for starters some time must have passed since the shootout we just witnessed and the way the neighbour reacts it's clear his criminal activities must be now known to the wider community and he's a wanted man.

Still not sure how it will end but's good to remind oneself of such things.

P.S-How awesome would it be if the biggest breaking bad twist of them all was that this wasn't the last season and Vince just conned us all. One more year. One can dream.
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It's not that clear that his neighbour Carol really knows about his criminal activities – she could have also thought he's dead or something. As you recall, the house was locked up by the City of Alberquerque, not the DEA or Police.

Then again, there was Heisenberg sprayed all over that wall.. I just don't get that. Does nobody wanna buy that property? It would make sense once Heisenberg is outed. It reminds me of Jesse rebuying the house of his aunt, playing Saul against his parents who dropped the price by 50% saying there was this meth-lab and all that, and if this gets out, nobody would eventually buy it.

Let's also not forget his original reluctance at the restaurant to show his passport, once the waitress asked him to do so for the free meal he'd get. As if he thought he could get recognized somehow. So yeah.. guess he must be on the run.
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If there's a way to watch Breaking Bad without commercials, you should. It's amazing.

it's called a DVR, just start it 20 min late & catch up at the end.

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And how great was Walt Jr.'s awe at seeing a real-live celebrity in the car wash?

that was my favorite part of the ep. made me laugh.
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Jesse is going to singlehandedly defeat Jack, Todd and the gang. He's going to blind them with science.
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Yeah, bitch!
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Well, now we know where Walt needs the fire power for that we have seen in the first flash forward.


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This show doesn't even show a single sign of going in the wrong direction. These people really have an ending planned out from the beginning.
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Ok , It was the PERFECT EPISODE , definitely 10/10 :)
Though it would be more awesome if they cut the time of the 'shooting scene' to the half or something like that cause it is really felt like we are in a dumb action movie for a moment !
Other than that , a lot of freaking twists , great directing , awesome performances and strong writing and easily the last 20 mins is the best in TV on 2013 !!!
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The Breaking Bad Western-Style Stand Off
Regarding the last scene in the episode and the "poor marksmanship" on both ends, I found this interesting article:



But If Breaking Bad wasn’t following Hollywood’s conventions, was it true to life? Perhaps more than you might think. No matter how accurate they might be at the shooting range, studies have shown that when firing on actual people, police miss most of the time. The NYPD, for example, hit what they’re shooting only about one-third of the time, and this is not unusual for a major police department. On the other coast, the LAPD hit their targets 27 percent of the time in 2006, and 29 percent of the time in 2007. When engaged in gunfights in which they are fired upon, police accuracy rates fall even lower: In one study that tracked gunfights between 1998 and 2006, the NYPD’s hit rate was as low as 18 percent. (Gomez might also blame his weapon—shotguns are often ineffective at longer distances—and he and Hank, at least, could point out that their targets were partially protected by car doors.)

Of course, even if only 18 percent of their bullets were landing, we still could have expected to see someone get hit, and the To’hajiilee shooters also had some advantages. While they were firing from a longer distance than many shooters, they were shooting during the day, which should boost their accuracy. (Some cities have found that their officers are as much as 20 percent less accurate when firing at night.) Perhaps most significantly, they had plenty of time to line up their sights, which is a luxury most police officers cannot afford.

So perhaps nothing could explain why all of these marksmen showed such poor aim, but fans can find some reassurance: The scene was more accurate than many Hollywood movies would have us expect.
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This image should put down all the "poor marksmanship" talk to rest i.imgur.com/hh4txgX.jpg
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Great shot! Yes, it really gives the viewer some perspective. The angles. The distance. And now that we know how it all played out, I think they stayed true to the story.
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The LAPD scores are always better. They shoot at stationary targets.
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Tim, I love your reviews, man! Great work! Since Fringe, I've always enjoyed reading you because you go straight to the heart of the show.
I couldn't agree more with you. When Hank made the goodbye speech to Marie I suddenly realized his death was close at hand.... I was expecting that since last season, but even now it's hard to accept that the time's come. I do want many of them to die, but at the same time no I don't!
This was a hell of an episode, one of the very best, no doubt. Breaking Bad do know how to live on cliffhangers and I'm totally cool with that too. It was also good to have Heisenberg back again. Hope to see more of him soon.
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I hate to use the word perfect but almost there. The only think i found weird is the fact that nazi guys had worst amming skills that all the starwar´s storm trropers combined... aside that awesome episode.
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This image should put down all the "poor marksmanship" talk to rest i.imgur.com/hh4txgX.jpg
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They're such WHITE supremacists even the meth has to be white. Alright, where's the door?
I don't think Gomez stands a chance of living through this shootout. Hank is on the bubble. I'm kind of dying for Jesse to hop over in the cruiser and drive off with a handcuffed Walter in the backseat, but I think the chances of that happening.
It's really boiling down to a "neither can live while the other survives" situation for Walt and Jesse here. I don't see them both making it out of the series alive. And why yes, I did just make a Harry Potter/Breaking Bad reference, because why the hell not.
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Reminded me of the end of the Jericho episode "Why We Fight"
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I thought the same, Walter would save himself by giving up that Madrigal Ho-Boat and her book of international Blue buyers, she's clearly crap at her job as none of that shit that can make it feel like someone took my brain out and boiled it in, like, boiling, hot, like .... like, Anthrax has made its way to saaaaafend-On-Sea Essex. I'll give you asylum Walter...... Supp

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Best episode ever!!! I like also the las scene, Whene walter decide to give up and surrender, the only think that can go more wrong for him is now in front of him: His killers going to kill Hank, I can't understand why you don't like it... If Hank die the family is not protected any more... That is the clue of all Breaking Bad!!! THAT IS THE FINAL I WAS WAITING FOR!!! If some one of his family die and he survive he lost anyway!!! that is the great breaking bad!!!!
MONEY ARE JUST HIS WAY TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY. THE WEALTHY OF HIS FAMILY IS HIS GOAL!!! SO wrost than the prison is some one of his family been killed by his job. So let's whait to see the great screenplayers what they decide.... See you the next week with, I hope, The new best episode ever!!!!
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While I agree with those comments below that the final shoot out seemed a bit ridiculous seeing as how last week (2 weeks ago?) the nazi's killed a dozen men to take over their meth lab in under a minute, but it doesn't stop me from thinking it was a great episode. I didn't like how all of a sudden Walt became stupid over money but what can ya do.
But my biggest question now that I'm back to thinking about the episode is why didn't Walt want Hank to get hurt? He has to know that is the only way to get himself free and clear of it. He goes from stone-cold FTW to sympathetic brother in law in a split second. Whatever... Do your thing BB I still love it!!!
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Walt isn't being "stupid". It's true that the money is the symbol of all his work, but it's also the very reason why he got into the biz. He did it for the family.

And do you really think that Walt's family would ever be the same if he offed Hank? Just think of what would happen with Skyler and Marie. All his work would be put to waste as well if he did that.
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I think he can't kill Hank because if he kills family then he has truly crossed the line. He is supposedly doing everything he does for his family, sure his immediate family mainly but Hank and Marie and pretty close to Walt and Skylar. Family is his last link to his humanity. If they are gone then he truly is a sociopath/monster.
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"why didn't Walt want Hank to get hurt? He has to know that is the only way to get himself free and clear of it. He goes from stone-cold FTW to sympathetic brother in law in a split second."
That right there is what makes Walt a sociopath in every sense of the word.
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What puzzles me is why there even was the shootout at the end, They could have easily disposed of it without dropping any tension, just let Hank and Gomez take cover and not stand there like dumbasses when the Klan arrives. Start negotiations, let it boil for a minute or two and the titles. We would've been just as pumped up as we are. Or shoot Gomez dead straightaway aaaand cut! The whole Neo sequence was not necessary at all.
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boom
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You remember that next level future predicting manuver? You thought the highest rated show ever would tell you exactly what will happen? Say hello to misdirection man! He did something bad, yo! Never got caught! Guy is like Lindsay Lohan. Blowjobs and pap smears for all!
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This was going to be the best episode of any show I have ever watched, until the last scene completely ruined it.
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Hank was my favorite character! How dare you say something bad about him.
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Hank is/was a Dickhead and no better than the criminals.
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To be fair, the entire White/Schrader clan are kinda dickish. Walt Jr. is the only one who MAY be a good egg. He just wants breakfast, dammit!
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This is outrageous!
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Denny Crane
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Define outrageous.
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Seriously, I don't how this show does it.

After a season or so of building up Walt as a cold, calculated drug lord, they were still able to make me (almost) cry when I saw that look of defeat on Walt's face, as he heard Hank call out his name in sheer triumph ((hats off to Cranston for another masterful performance on that close up!).

I am truly confused as to how I can feel so much empathy and heartbreak for a character who has been directly responsible for countless heinous crimes. Alas, that is the power of Breaking Bad.

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The characters don't direct the show. Fanboys love to dispute that.
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hahaha! Dude that's hilarious!
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Lol! Oh I LOVE THIS! Neo(-Nazi) got nothin on Hank and Gomey aka Homey!
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because Jesse thought he'd won
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I am truly baffled by all the people rooting for Walt. I never liked Walt. I found it really hard to stick with this show in the beginning because I had no empathy for him at all. And this of course has only magnified since then with all the horrible stuff he has done. But then I though that this was the whole point of the show. That we are watching is a man, not just breaking bad, but a man becoming a sociopath. There are loads of characters who do horrible stuff on tv shows and I love them. For example Jax Teller has done some awful stuff, but I root for him, I want him to survive, be okay, and maybe get out of the club some day. The difference is there is a human element to Jax. We see the pain and anguish, the raw emotion that drives him. This is not Walt. Walt is cold and calculating. Sure he can play the hapless, simple old man routine, but this is only a way of manipulating people, Jesse called him on it so perfectly in the desert a couple of episodes ago. Walt claims he is doing everything for his family, but this isn't true. If he really wanted to protect his family he would burn the money. He can't though because this is his link to prove that he was the mighty Heisenberg. It's his trophy, in the same way a serial killer might keep something of his victims. Walt for me has no redeeming qualities. I don't want him to die. I want everything taken away from him, I want him in jail, where he is put in place, so he can learn he is not the supreme genius he thinks he is. He needs to be humbled, but I don't think that he can be.
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Walt did some horrible things, no doubt, but saying he's a complete sociopath, cold and calculating is just plain wrong. The proof is in this episode. He couldn't control his emotions, he wouldn't kill Hank and finally he felt really, really hurt by Jesse's betrayal. He can be cold and calculating, hence the Heisenberg persona, but you cannot say he's just that. That's Gustavo Fring.
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Walter is one of the most calculating characters ever on television. He doesn't do anything without calculating it. The detail that he puts to everything he does, the precision. And he is cold. Anyone who can poison is a child as a manipulation tool is a cold hearted B.
I think he can't kill Hank because then he has fully committed to being a sociopath, then he can't still claim that he is doing every for his family. His tear was for getting caught. You see the real Walter when he calls Jesse coward. That didn't look like the hurt of betrayal. It wasn't a plea of how can you do this? It was 'coward' with a hard angry stare. I don't see any difference between Fring and Walter, only Walter is more dangerous. But hey, that's just what I get from the whole thing.
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I didn't say Walt can't be cold, just that he isn't always cold, always in Heisenberg mode.
I really can't agree with your reason for him not killing Hank. He's family, that's why he can't kill him. The same for tears. Oh, he became angry alright, but that's the after effect of the pain of betrayal.
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Us fellow sociopaths can(not) sympathize
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I can't read that.
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... Wait What ??? ... maybe you should watch a re run of "Juno" :-)
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I don't get this :(
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I was just being a brat ... trying to say that with your moral compass you might be better off watching things like "Juno" :-)
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Ha! Ok, thought it was some Breaking Bad in joke I missed. I just really don't like Walter is what it all boils down to. I'm fine with other psychos like Dexter :)
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also... I felt that the shooting was unrealistic ... (big lol at todd... he looked like a child with his favorite toy)

Hank ???

he's dead ...

walt ?

Walt kills Todd over that and the Nazi gang....
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This should change your perspective of the scene http://i.imgur.com/hh4txgX.jpg
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This is a TV show. Violence is not realistic.

Hank was a sperg.

Walt won't kill Todd because of your hurt feelings.
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"This is a TV show. Violence is not realistic."

I'm not talking about violence
... I'm talking about using your mind...

and ... speaking Violence is not realistic ...

really ??? i mean REALLY ?????

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1L6jQ0Pfrw



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I'm saying violence in television isn't realistic. Anyone who has ever visited Live Leak can tell you that.
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have to disagree
The following looks unrealistic


and as for Todd's gunplay =

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Stormtroopers: worst shots in movie history.
Todd & the gang: worst shots in tv history.
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lmao !! ty ^^
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"unrealistic ..." you are so kind. It was almost like an Abrahams & Zucker parody !!
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