The reason for the title of this week’s episode, “Thirty-eight Snub,” was made evident from the start with the kick-ass cold open. Jim Beaver, the fucking fantastic character actor who played Ellsworth in Deadwood and Vietnam Joe in John From Cincinnati, knocked it out the park as a gun-dealer hooking Walt up with a thirty-eight snub sans serial numbers. Walt is taking action, getting strapped so he can shoot Fring, who revealed himself in last week’s episode to be not quite as reasonable as Walt first thought.
But as stupid as his plan may have been, Walt at least is stepping up and doing something about his new circumstances unlike Jesse. Jesse, after putting lead through Gale’s mug, is doing whatever he can to keep distracted, even buying an insane sound system for his sweet digs and bringing fan favorites Skinny Pete and Badger over to snort his top-notch shit, their new found sobriety be damned. But not even those loud dumbasses will keep the guilt at bay, forcing Jesse to throw a huge party and keep it going, buying more booze, drugs and even breakfast for the revelers in hopes that it’ll still be raging when he gets off work. But all parties end no matter how accommodating the host is, leaving Jesse alone and sobbing in front of one of his deafening speakers.
Hank is similarly keeping his mind off things with his mineral collecting, a habit that seems to be getting out of control as dozens of packages stack up in the living room. But as passionate as he is about the rocks (though don’t let Hank hear you call them that) his first love at the moment seems to be slamming his despairing wife Marie. The harder Marie tries to connect with him the more he pushes her away, his need for help with even the most basic tasks (we once again are reminded that Hank craps in a bedpan, in case we’d somehow forgotten) no doubt weighing on his self-defining machismo. Shit attitude aside, though, he seems to be doing a helluva job with the physical therapy.
Skyler is taking action in arguably the most healthy way by doggedly pursuing the purchase of the car wash Walt used to work for, even taking notes on the business’ day-to-day operations through spying across the street in her car. When she approaches the owner she seems to have the guy down cold, offering him a very fair price and keeping it professional, but the guy counter-offers with a ridiculously inflated price. He remembers the way he and Walt left things at the beginning of the series and is apparently the type to hold a massive grudge. Will Skyler resort to some shady shit with Saul in the future to get her hands on the business?
But naturally the big story of the week was Walt’s strides toward a Fring-free future. He practices his draw, he brings his piece to work – even goes to Fring’s house to get the job done only to be thwarted at every turn. It’s a desperate plan but it’s clearly eating away at him, such to the point that he goes to see Mike at his favorite, a place we’ve seen him previously in the episode looking generally dissatisfied with life. Mike even hilariously drops the fact that Walt is making a lot more than he does when Walt offers to buy him a drink, just to put a bow on the possibilities. But when Walt pops the question, when he proposes that Mike help him “just get in a room” with Fring, Mike lays him out, hopefully knocking some sense into Walt’s head. But then again, that wasn’t the reaction he could have had had he been hugely loyal to Fring…
So now that “Thirty-eight Snub” added some more dimension to the various situations our characters have found themselves in as the season gets going, any ideas on where their journeys will take them? Could Mike and Walt take over Fring’s business? Are we going to see Skyler go dark pretty soon? Is Jesse going to do anything more with that girl and her son Brock or were they just wrapping up her story with that scene? How are you liking the season so far? Umm…what else…that tasteless commercial with Saul pretty great, wasn’t it?