***SPOILERS FOR BREAKING BAD TO FOLLOW***
In the immortal words of Abed Nadir “And we’re back.” Breaking Bad, my favorite drama on television has returned for the first half of its final season. I’m not going to take time to recap my readers on what has come thus far in the show, because if you’re reading this recap and haven’t watched Breaking Bad yet, what the hell is wrong with you? Go do it. NOW. Season 4 of this awesome meth-making-machine of a television show followed the consequences of a single gunshot that rang out in the season 3 finale. After that it was pretty much non-stop, heart-pounding action and tension until the finale. In similar fashion, season 5 keeps on running without taking minute to breathe. And it works. Man oh man, does it work.
Our opening scene is most definitely a flash-forward; with Walt (who has a full head of hair and trendy new glasses) celebrating his 52nd birthday alone in a Denny’s located somewhere in the U.S. that is 30 miles away from New Hampshire, (which is where Walt’s fake ID is from.) He makes a cash drop for a set of car keys that he uses to open a trunk that reveals a machine gun and heavy ammo. Future Walt seems to have some very big future problems.
After that, the episode picks up a minute after the season 4 finale left off; with Walt celebrating his victory over Gus Fring, Chicken King. Walt may now be top dog, but infallible he is not. The remainder of the episode involves Walt, Jesse and a reluctant Mike (remember Mike? Crazy strong old guy hitman?) trying to cover up their association with the deceased and now publicly known drug lord King Fring. The Arizona PD has gotten a hold of Gus’ PC that has all video feed recordings from the meth lab (that Walt and Jesse blew to kingdom come.) The fellas then proceed to embark on yet another go-for-broke scheme to avoid attention from the police. We also find out that Ted Beneke survived his little fall at the hands of Saul Goodman’s strongmen, leaving him paralyzed. Luckily all issues with Beneke are quickly resolved when he promises Skyler that he won’t talk to the cops about any dirty deeds. This pleased me greatly, because I had about as much Beneke as I could handle. He served his purpose; now let’s put him on his merry way. (Also his name always makes me think of Eggs Benedict.)
Here is some speculation for the rest of the season/series. After the boys enact their plan to magnetize the APD evidence room, the cops are cleaning up the mess and a find a framed picture of Gus and another man (maybe his meth partner/possible lover?) Behind the frame is what appears to be a routing number for a Swiss Bank account in the Cayman Islands. Bet everything that that comes back to bite Walt in the ass. My favorite part of the episode is that the magnetized plan to destroy the evidence was all Jesse’s. I think that the end of Breaking Bad won’t be Walt vs the DEA; it will be Walt vs. Jesse. We saw a glimpse of this last year, but Walt won Jesse back through lies and child endangerment. Bottom line: Walt underestimates Jesse, and that will be the nail in his coffin. Here’s to next week!
P.S. This whole episode was one big “Oh sh*t” moment for Skyler. How she didn’t see this coming I have no clue, but she is realizing just how deep in it the Whites are.