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Breaking Bad: Blood Money

August 12, 2013

Hello CarolHello Carol!

As per promise, here starts the “Baking Brad” blog series for the final 8 episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad.  Season 5 Episode 9 aired last night.  Who watched?  Spoilers in the comments (not in the post).

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  1. August 12, 2013 1:09 am

    The writing, like that of The Wire, has you thinking not much happened. And yet the balls are rolling and it is just a matter of which way the table is going to tilt and off which side they will fall.

    The contrasting “Hello Carol!” scenes had me smiling. So well-written.

    Walt long ago crossed the line into serial liar. But his chat with Jesse on the couch was breathtaking nonetheless. Jesse remains the conscience of the two. His end solution to the blood money was interesting, and had me physically sighing in relief.

    Great to see Saul again, if only for a minute or two.

    And at the car wash, we are reminded of the line from the Godfather III, so brilliantly quoted in The Sopranos, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

    Momma Bear Skylar held her own there. Impressive.

    Dean Norris did an incredible job as Hank in this episode in particular.

  2. Blankman permalink*
    August 12, 2013 7:26 pm

    “I will bury you under the jail!”- Hank

  3. Blankman permalink*
    August 12, 2013 9:40 pm

    Dead giveaway when Walt sighs & says “absolutely” after he thinks Jesse has bought the lies that he just shoveled. Jesse didn’t buy that for a second. He will end Walt because someone has to take down the monster. Don’t forget that there’s an M60 heavy machine gun in the trunk of the Buick. Sheesh, only seven episodes left. 😦

  4. August 13, 2013 2:09 pm

    What a great show! Thanks for putting up the blog. Will post something later, but just had to say, this is the best TV show ever. Maybe not my favorite, but definitely, the best.

  5. August 13, 2013 3:28 pm

    The final line of “If that’s the case, tread lightly,” had me screaming “OOHHHHHH SHEEEEEEEET!” And that lasted about 5 minutes. This show is just so well done, I can’t even grasp it all. Excellent job by Dean Norris’ acting after he found out about the W.W. thing. I have a slight idea how this series is going to end, but how it’s going to get there, I just can’t even imagine with all these twists and turns.

  6. Average permalink*
    August 14, 2013 1:31 pm

    Anyone have ideas on what’s going to happen to Hank?
    I think he’s going to come after Walt without the police, he seemed to me to be breaking down in function. And the fact he addressed what he figured out in the first hour of the series…spells disaster.

    Any ideas? Theories?

    Edit: to add to it, the Heisenberg written on the house, to me says Hank lost it and went a bit nuts, obviously outing Walt which would explain why Carol drops her groceries.
    And I’m surprised by Pinkman becoming undone by Mike’s death/missing, he was willing to kill Walt and Jesse 85% of most seasons without batting an eye, not the kind of person to be torn about. Perhaps Jesse’s torment comes from knowing Walt did that, rather than who he did it to.

  7. August 14, 2013 5:22 pm

    Average – What did Hank do in the first hour of the series? (You wouldn’t have to twist my arm hard to get me to rewatch the whole thing, but…)

    I think the graffiti is just kids, not Hank. Yes, at that point I think the world knows. Seeing the M60 and Walt’s return to his house is probably a flash forward to the final one or two hours. I am hoping that Breaking Bad won’t end a la Tony Montana in Scarface. It shouldn’t because the difference between Hank and other criminals is that he has always won with his brains – from the first use of chemicals to make drugs and blow up the dealers office in season 1. Walt’s driving pride is of the “smarter than everyone else” not the “more ruthless than everyone else” flavor.

    If Hank does come clean with his superiors regarding Walt, his career is over, just as his former boss’ was when they discovered Gus’ participation. Indeed, Hank may even find himself on the wrong side of the bars if he doesn’t disclose his “theory” quickly.

    I find Jesse’s response to Mike’s disappearance believable. He and Mike bonded to almost a father-son type relationship (if I remember correctly). Mike and Walt never developed the same relationship. But I agree that part of Jesse’s torment is knowing/realizing the monster that Walt is. As for Walt, Jesse over time has become his surrogate soul. Family doesn’t count, as the Nazi war criminals have shown us. Any monster can still love and be gentle to their family. Outside family, however, Jesse is the only one left that Walt has even just a need for, let alone holds compassion for.

    • Blankman permalink*
      August 14, 2013 9:24 pm

      I, too, hope that Walt won’t do a Scarface ending with the M60, but Walt Jr. & him were watching the movie on one episode. Walt Jr. even turned to his mom, Skylar, and emphatically said, “That’s badass!” Walt doesn’t want his son to see or remember him as someone that is weak. A blaze of glory would be one way to solidify that even though his family would know that he was Heisenberg. Therefore, that might be how Vince Gilligan will bring about Walt’s demise. I hope not, but it’s not out of left field.

      In regards to the graffiti, it was done by punk kids as Suns has already suggested. As far as Mike’s relationship with Jesse goes, Mike & Jesse never had any animosity for one another. Jesse reveled in the “fact” that he watched Mike’s back on Fring’s planned drop bag heist (unbeknownst to Jesse). Not only that, but Jesse continued to watch out for Mike during the Mexican drug cartel suicide mission. In a way, I think that Jesse feels personally responsible for Mike. He knows deep down that Mike is dead by Walt in whatever shape or form. There’s no way that Mike wouldn’t seek retribution for the assassination of his guys in jail. Mike was about the code of equity & to honor promises/deals made. I wouldn’t be surprised if both Walt and Jesse wind up dying. As it is, Jesse doesn’t give a crap about the blood money anymore. He is racked with guilt and anger because everything and everyone that Walt has come into contact with has turned to crap. He’s giving away his millions and settling the score with the monster that he helped create- Walt.

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