Lots of action yet again in this week’s episode of Breaking Bad, though really “End Times” was a lot about waiting and miscommunication. For a while there I was thinking we wouldn’t see Walt for the rest of the episode, thought maybe they should have called that shit “Where’s Walto?” or some shit like that. (Not proud of that one but I’m keeping it in there all the same.) But then in the home stretch we got some great Walt shit (or should I say Heisenberg shit?) to close out this beast.
So Skyler and the kids hole up with Hank and Marie while Walt barricades his house with his sweet fucking .38 we saw him purchase early in the season. (Love his ominous “spin the bottle” solitaire game with the gun.) We watch Marie, Jesse, and Skyler all try to reach him, Hank too impressed that he got a rise out of somebody in the Cartel to worry too much about Walt. That said, is anybody else annoyed at this point by how absolutely oblivious Hank is to Walt’s shadiness lately? Yeah, he’s preoccupied but with the car crash last week and the gambling explanation and Walt risking his life to work at the car wash…seems like a lot of stuff for a sharp guy like Hank to just blindly accept.
But in the win column for Hank this week is his needling Gomey to search the laundry, and man, does Gomez ever schmooze his way in there. Doesn’t find dick, but it was still cool to see Steven Michael Quezada get to be cool this week instead of just one brick in Hank’s endless wall of DEA cockblockers. Love the track down shot between floors to reveal Tyrus and Jesse waiting for them to leave. Jesse gets a phone call from Gus, saying that obviously this is Walt’s doing and doesn’t it fucking suck, but Jesse holds firm, tells Gus to leave his boy alone.
Then he gets the call from Saul, goes to see him and gets back all his money, Saul saying so long for now, put in a good word for me with the chief, if you please. (Really hope Gus dies so Saul can stick around next season – he’s been a pretty stand up guy lately, when he’s not calling his secretary Honey Tits, that is, HT for short.) Then Jesse gets word that Brock is sick, figures out that his lucky ricin cig is missing from the pack.
Here’s where the Nerd crosses his arms a bit. I thought, like anybody would, that it would turn out that Brock stole his cigarette and smoked it, got some ricin in his system that way. But Jesse immediately runs over to Walt’s and attempts to kill him, figuring he poisoned Brock to get back at Jesse for being so buddy-buddy with Gus while he’s on the outs. Walt talks him out of the situation by figuring that Gus knows all, probably knew that Jesse had the cigarette all along and wanted to frame Walt for the crime. The only way he can kill Walt and have no issues with his cook is if his cook does the killing, after all.
But this really doesn’t sit right with me, personally. No matter how mad Jesse got, and yeah, he got pretty fucking insanely mad, would he really think Walt would do something that fucked up? And Gus, who has been shown to be pretty much supernaturally intuitive at this point (as the final scene of this episode also drives home), would he really count on this ploy to absolutely work out for him? That yeah, of course Jesse will blindly kill Walt because two plus two barely equals four? Weak shit, don’t buy it. Really, I’m hoping it turns out that Brock just snuck the fucking cigarette and Gus has just been waiting for the right moment to kill Walt, though I don’t think that’s actually the case.
Moving past this quibble, though, it was cool to see Walt and Jesse get back together and work out a good plan to kill Gus, with Jesse shirking his meth duties and getting Gus to come see him at the hospital so Walt can blow him up (go science!). Sadly, Gus can tell something’s fucked and thus avoids getting into the car – cue credits.
So what do you guys think is gonna go down next week in the season finale? Is Hank truly out of the picture for a while now that Gomey couldn’t find drugs at the laundry? Is there gonna be an actual attempt made on Hank next week? Is Gus gonna be dead this season or will that come next season? Does anybody else want Tyrus to really get a nasty fuck-you-in-your-mean-face death scene? Is Saul gone for good? How’s Mike doing, by the way – I worry about that guy.