The start of this episode threw me off a little, it being a flash forward to the events of the final episode, complete with showing Walt’s machine gun in the trunk of the car and him grunting out a “Hello, Carrol” to his neighbor, who promptly drops all her groceries in the street. I’m not going to check because I promised myself I wasn’t going to make this blog too much of a chore for myself (which is evident in my non-existent update schedule), but in the last episode, Skyler receives a phone call from a woman I’m pretty sure was Marie, in which she warns Skyler that someone saw Walt in the neighborhood. Was it this woman? It’d be kind of neat if the cold opens of the show had been steadily giving out little previews of the finale for a while.
Anyways, moments later it goes to the present and we see Hank coming out of the bathroom at Walt’s house all kinds of perturbed. I’m assuming the next episode will show me exactly why he went in there, and whether or not he was seriously ill or just feigning it because he somehow received an inkling that he’d discover a sample of Walt’s handwriting lying around in the box of things that are read in the bathroom.
(Do we really want to explore the reason that seminal American poet Walt Whitman’s most famous collection is considered bathroom literature in the White household? I’d prefer not to. But it may turn out to be a more important plot point than “a thing with Walt’s handwriting in it.”)
Things are slowly coming together for me, and I mean very slowly, because while these episodes are confirming little obvious hunches I had, like how the car wash is just how they’re laundering their money, it’s throwing all sorts of other new information at me, like who are these people Jessie wants to give money to? I think Mr. and Mrs. Sharp are the parents of some guy Todd killed, and Kayleigh … Ermentrout? Presumably him and Walt were somehow complicit in the murder of her grandfather.
I want so much to know more about Jessie as a character. Right now the only things I know about him are that he’s suffering and scared and feels incredible remorse over all the shady things he got into with Walt, but previously, from my ancillary exposure to the character from not even watching the show but just seeing commercials and little meme-type images around the internet, he just seemed like kind of a wigger-clown kind of guy who called everyone “bitch.” He’s a relapsed addict, which is a reasonable enough reaction to hating one’s life and being told by everyone who could help you that there’s no real feasible way to make personal amends to your victims. In many ways he seems like a more complicated figure than Walt and Skyler.
He has an enormous amount of cash on hand, at least 5 million according to Saul, which is a small fraction of Walt’s total take from what I know at this point, unless there was more cash that he’s already spent. And judging from the crap dudes he hangs out with, 5 million would be much, much more than enough money to set Jessie up for life. And yet he can’t let it go. Walt doesn’t seem to have the same conflicts, but Walt also has the luxury of knowing that his time is limited, and that even with treatment he’s unlikely to live much longer. If Walt’s guilt is anywhere near as intense as Jessie’s, he’s able to hide it or cope with it much better.
The huge reveal in this one of course is Hank, who now knows Walt is Heisenberg, actually accusing Walt after Walt discovers his book is missing and that Hank stuck a tracker on his car. Walt remarks that he saw Hank use this same kind of tracker when they (they) were involved with Gus Firing. This brings up a question I’m still not clear on from Walt’s confession video. What the hell was their joint involvement with this business? Hank is a DEA agent, but as far as I know, Walt was a high school teacher. Was he working with Hank as a chemistry consultant? Was Walt already making/selling meth when this Gus Firing thing, whatever it was and however long it lasted, came about? Walt seemed really familiar and chummy with the guys dropping off all the files Hank requested, so was he a fixture around the DEA at some point? How much longer until all of this starts to come together for me?
Again, Walt doesn’t exactly admit to Hank that he’s Heisenberg, but basically implies it by saying that Hank can’t prove anything. Hank spent all day in the garage looking at what appeared to be every file on the Heisenberg case though, so why is it he’s never able to put together a case strong enough to convict Walt until he gets Jessie’s testimony later on? Is this something I should already know by now, some detail that I missed because I lacked context for it, or is the rest of the series just going to be a long chronicle of Walt covering his tracks so thoroughly that every episode is just going to end with Hank and Steve standing around scratching their heads over a bunch of corpses?
Is Lydia in any kind of physical danger at the drop in quality of the meth she’s selling? Or just financial danger, danger to her reputation as a distributor of weapons-grade methamphetamine?
What does Marie do? She was leaving for work in what looked like a labcoat.
The banter in the beginning when they’re all just kibitzing in the back yard while Hank stumbles out of the john sounded really natural, I liked it
Skyler looks to be a little taller than Hank in heels
I keep noticing more and more funny details every time I see Saul’s office, his constitution wallpaper, the variety of crap-people in his waiting room, Huell barely awake outside the door, etc.