This was a week of characters stepping up. Some, like Skyler, stepped up only to have it back-fire right in her face. Others, like Walt, stepped up without even knowing it and then put up the wall again once sober. Then there’s Jesse, who stepped up at every opportunity, really came through for Gus and Mike when it counted.
But though Jesse’s storyline was obviously the most exciting this week, let’s talk Skyler first. She’s made a deal with Saul wherein Saul will leave a bunch of money for Ted to pay off the IRS (thanks fake-ass Aunt!). Ted, being a fucking heel of the highest order, immediately gets a Mercedes and tries to get the band back together, says he’s gonna fight the IRS with some good legal counsel instead of taking their deal. Skyler, already in over her head with the lies and secrets, tells the truth to the exact wrong person: Ted himself. Will this lead to Skyler finally having to get some blood on her hands in the near future? Skyler killing Ted would be fucking brilliant.
Walt, still recovering from the pounding he took from Jesse, gets a visit from the newly sixteen Walter Jr while he’s high on painkillers and looking like shit. While in his underwear, making him appear even more sad and vulnerable, Walt somewhat opens up to his son, talks about making a huge mistake and cries in front of him. Yeah, he’s not exactly being completely honest, but it’s still a pretty big moment for Walt. The next morning, no sober, Walt tells his son about how sorry he is that his boy had to see him like that, that he hates his memories of his enfeebled late father more than anything. Walter Jr, however, points out that he’d rather remember his father the way he was the day before because at least he was being real.
The Nerd has to say at this point that this is also a big episode for Walter Jr, a character who usually gets dick to do in a given episode other than have breakfast. He turns sixteen and shows himself to be very mature, not even being snotty about his mom getting him a PT Cruiser, a car that is even lamer than his dad’s Aztek somehow. Then he looks after his old man and comforts him, realizes what an important moment they shared instead of getting weird about it, even has the balls to tell it to his dad straight the next day. Nice little episode for Walter Jr all around. (Though I was kinda hoping that he would find some shady shit in his old man’s townhouse, though I dunno what that could be. The way he was looking at the pill bottle then looking around the empty kitchen felt more significant than it seemingly ended up being.)
But Jesse was the character who got to really show some stones in “Salud.” First, though clearly nervous, he schools the chemists down in Mexico on the meth science, making a great product for them and throwing it right in that smug douche chemist’s face. Then, at Don Elario’s digs, he steps up and doesn’t freeze when the shooting breaks out, even manages to kill a guy. Yeah, he’ll probably be fucked up by it in the coming weeks, but now he’s gonna be aces with Mike and Gus like never before. Walt is really gonna have to step up his own game to live now.
Gus wasting the entire Cartel with his tequila was a great sequence, but is that really the end of the Cartel as a threat? If it is, and Mike and Gus can just concentrate on business matters instead of turf war shit, what does that mean for Walt and his irrational, troublesome ways of late ? (I mean, the guys missed a couple days of work as it is, Jesse obviously unable to cover for him as he was in Mexico.) Also, how are Jesse and Walt gonna work with each other after the big fight last week? Are they gonna do opposing shifts or something? Then there’s the question of when is Walt gonna find out about the bullshit Skyler’s been going through with Ted, not to mention how is Ted going to handle whatever story Skyler gives him about why she has so much cash to throw around? Lots of questions for you this week, Broke Baddies, let’s hear your theories.