This episode may not have had the explosive drama that S4 E01 started off with, but it was a lot more cerebral. Some reviews seem to think that Jesse is living in happy land or that he realizes his life is short, so he's partying it up and enjoying life. Nothing could be further from the truth. The look on his face when he has Badger sit down with him and Skinny Pete and he's crushing the meth...he couldn't be more depressed at that point. We're seeing a different Jesse here. Drugs have always been part of his life but when he starts partying for days we see that it's 100% escapism for him to postpone thinking about what he's done to Gale and the situation he is in. He visibly begins to fall apart after everyone goes home. It's only a matter of time before he cracks. Walt took ballsy to a whole new level. He thinks he can just walk over to Gus' house and put a few bullets in him without Mike knowing? Walt has always shown he is willing to take big risks but this was just stupid on his part. No bullet proof vest or anything, just a 38 snub nose and the Heisenberg hat. Then he has the nerve to approach Mike at a bar and suggest that he get a meeting with Gus, alone, and he'll fix the problem for both of them. Mike gives him a short, sharp beating but never says no. This shows that Mike is just as concerned about his future as Walt. In S04 E01, when Gus slits that dude's throat, Mike is visibly shaken and instantly aims his pistol at Gus. The look on his face says it all. I'm thinking Mike will leave something open for Walt to do the dirty work at some point, without explicitly saying so. Of course, Skyler is annoying as usual. She begins by calling Walt and asking about money for the car wash, then tries to buy the carwash and gets a big hell no from Walt's old boss. Surprised anyone? Nope. At least we don't see her giving Walt the cold shoulder for the entire episode like pretty much all of season 3. Then there's the distraction with Marie and Hank. Not sure what's going on there with his goofy mineral obsession and his physical therapy, but it serves as nothing more than a diversion from what else is happening in Walt's world. Really starting to feel like filler this season since Hank presents no danger in his current state, mentally or physically. I'm betting this is a sleeper problem that will erupt in a few episodes. Overall, an episode for thinkers, with very little action and lots of character exploration.
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