So Breaking Bad has been fucking sterling so far in this final stretch but ho-lee fu-uck did this episode raise the goddamn ante in terms of sheer awesome. Walt’s masterful shutting down of Hank’s attempts to bring him to justice would’ve been enough for me to shout praises from the fucking rooftop about “Confessions” badassery but then to close the episode out with Jesse’s realization? Just all-around amazing shit, dear reader.
The cold open concerns itself with Uncle Jack and Todd’s long road trip back to ABQ with the remaining methylamine, showing Todd telling tales out of school to Uncle Jack and his guy, leaving doubt in the Nerd’s mind as whether these Aryan clowns are really gonna stick to Lydia’s guidelines for their operation. Then we get to see Jesse blow off Hank’s attempt to have him turn on Walt, with Saul coming in just in time to clean shit up (this episode features some of Bob Odenkirk’s finest work to date on the show for sure).
Walt is scrambling around trying to put out fires, including stopping Junior from seeing Marie by bringing up the cancer card to his son. Then he comes up with his masterstroke in his brilliant confession tape. When a peace accord at a cheesy Mexican restaurant fails (poor server Trent- he just wants the party of four to give the guacamole a chance!), with the defensive couple in the blandest clothes ever while the Schrader’s keeping it dark and sharp, Walt throws a grenade at them in the form of a DVD (but not before Marie suggest that he just kill himself). In the video Walt tearfully explains that Hank is Heisenberg and that Walt’s just the brilliant chemist forced by the DEA honcho to do his bidding. When Hank finds out that Walt’s drug money financed his entire physical therapy rehabbing he has to depressingly admit defeat. The couple standing there watching the DVD in disbelief is one of the most riveting moments I’ve seen in television in a long-ass while.
With Hank out of the way that leaves only Jesse as the only obstacle in Walt’s way, seemingly (he doesn’t know about Uncle Jack and the gang taking over his old trade and bringing blue meth back to Albuquerque though). Walt, Saul and Jesse all have a pow-wow out in the desert where Walt tries to convince Jesse that calling the vacuum man from season four is probably the best way to get out of the doldrums he’s been facing lately. In a brilliantly acted scene, Jesse calls out Walt, asks him to for once just say he needs a favor from Jesse, to quit trying to play him and make everything sound like its just for his benefit.
Jesse nearly goes along for the ride until he realizes at almost the last moment that Huell pick-pocketed his weed back at Saul’s office. This is his “Hank on the toilet” moment, wherein he realizes that Huell must have done the same to Jesse’s pack of cigs back in the Brock poisoning incident. He flies off in a rage and kicks the shit out of Saul forcing him to ‘fess up to his involvement in Walt’s take down of Gus Fring and then storms Casa de White with designs on burning the place to the ground. We have to wait till next week to find out if Jesse light the match (we know the place wasn’t completely torched based on episode nine’s flash-forward scene) but we do know that Walt is back in his classic desperation mode, lying to Skyler ever-so weakly and retrieving a revolver from the car wash’s soda machine.
I really don’t have anything to really predict in this week’s piece as the episode was mainly just a powerhouse of a juggernaut of a barn-burner in terms of epic scenes, but where do you guys think shit’s going? Is Jesse gonna come to his senses and go back to Hank with the whole story or can he come up with a more direct plan of revenge? Could Jesse be taken out with a number of episodes left or is he gonna be there till the bitter end? How do Todd and Uncle Jack figure into the unraveling of Walt’s world? I’ve got no clue anymore because this show just threw me for a blissful fucking loop and I can’t wait to see where we go next!