In my extensive internet research of reading other persons’ pondering of Breaking Bad themes and theories, I’ve discovered that colors probably mean something more than just…well, colors. Beyond Marie Schrader’s obsessive affinity for the color purple, it seems that color usage is very intentional to Vince Gilligan’s ultimate scheme to write and end the best show ever. And so my mind had been one-tracked by the internet’s suggestion that colors appear very deliberately in each show.
Therefore, as I sat and watched last night’s episode very intently, I saw blue everywhere. Is this some sort of subconscious effort for my brain to try and make something out of nothing? To beat the twitter feed of new #BreakingBad theories and discoveries? Or did the color blue really appear everywhere in “Confessions”? And if it wasn’t just some sort of placebo effect to appease my desire to figure something out before the credits roll, then what does it all mean?! If we take a hint from Eiffel 65, we can correctly assess that all of this blue is concurrent with their descents into madness and pretty spot on with everyone spiraling into a quasi or full-blown depression. Other than that, I’m not sure what else we’re working with here. Perhaps some help?
The opening scene with Todd’n'em at the diner, post-Declan massacre, was pretty suspenseful. At least to a wide-eyed me. With how the last part of the series has been going, I never know what to expect. A simple setup can lead to an all out WTF moment. What you think will happen is totally opposite. So, when watching Todd and his Uncle discuss the future of their meth empire and then as they calmly go to the bathroom to freshen up, I was holding my breath ’til the commercial break. But then, nothing out of the ordinary happened and I wondered how they were going to use this scene in the future. Or if they are just highlighting the callousness of the drug industry. Either way, afterward, we catch up with Saul Goodman (who is still wearing his blue tribute ribbon) and Mr. White who is examining his Hank Schrader beatdown wounds. Walter Jr. makes an appearance in a blue shirt (I’ve been wondering where he’s been) to tell Walter that he’s headed over to Aunt Marie’s to help her with a computer problem. Muahahaha, not so fast Schrader family…we are in the midst of a battle of wits…a chess game of whom will outsmart/ruin the family first. Walter catches on quickly and intercepts Marie’s pass. Score one for Team White. Walter tells Walt Jr. about his cancer making a comeback and guilts him into staying home. Has Mr. White gone too far in using his cancer to save himself and his family? Well, that is the entire premise of the show, right?
I guess it’s about that time to have a family sit-down, at a noisy Mexican restaurant, to discuss our options. Kind of like taking your girlfriend to TGIFridays to break up with her. A blue-sweatered Hank arrives with Marie (who is wearing black…what’s that about?) to meet with Walter and Skyler. While the waiter provides some excellent comic relief, the tension can be cut with a knife… a knife that’s wrapped up in a blue napkin on the table. Ok, now I may be stretching, but still. And then in the middle of Marie calling Skyler out on her Ted Beneke affair and Walter saying his cancer is back so what’s the point…Marie tells Walter he should probably just go ahead and kill himself. That’s the point. Save everyone the trouble and give Hank the favor you owe him and do it already. This part of the Breaking Bad season has certainly had some characters step up and man up where in other seasons they’ve been pretty low radar. But then…well then there’s the White’s response to that idea and it comes in the form of a blue DVD. When Hank and Marie go home to watch, it’s Walter “confessing” to the world about how Hank, Mr. DEA Agent himself, has been running the meth business with Walter as his pawn. Slow. Clap. To. You. Sir. I mean, I can’t even.
Now, the ball is in Hank’s court, quite aptly. He’s been checked and outsmarted by the Whites. At least for now. When Hank asks Marie, “what’s all this $175,000 in medical bills business”, Marie confesses that she took money from the Whites in order to pay for Hank’s crazy expensive medical bills. Now, that’s the definition of irony, Alanis and Vicki Gunvalson. But it’s also the definition of “well, you’re effed” and the final nail in the coffin for ol’ Team Schrader. Bummer. But, let’s not count anything out, yet. Anything could happen. Meanwhile, Walter, Saul and Jesse Pinkman are meeting up in the desert. Which usually means tragedy, but goes surprisingly productively with Walter trying to convince Jesse to cooperate with Walter’s plan. As Jesse points out, I never can tell if Walter is genuine or BSing people or straight up playing them. When Jesse tells Walt to cut it out and why doesn’t he just do him in the way that he did Mike Armentrout in…Walt goes over and hugs Jesse while he cries. Yah, that happened. See what I mean?
And finally, Jesse accepts Saul’s and Walter’s advice of going away and starting a new life. While I waited on pins and needles for the word “Belize” to come out as a suggestion of locality change, it never did. That would be too obvious. And the Breaking Bad viewers deserve better. Well, how about Alaska, then? It doesn’t matter where and Saul sets Jesse up with a ride to a new life. He just has to go out and meet the man who will pick him up and take him away…call the Hello Kitty phone if you have any problems. And while Jesse is awaiting his new life, he realizes that his pot and the ricin cigarette…is gone. Putting the pieces together, he misses his chance to put all of this behind him and confronts Saul in his office. Poor Saul gets a whacking and while he calls Walter to warn him about Jesse, Jesse goes to Walter’s house and gets ready to set it ablaze. No doubt, a flashback to the first episode when Walter finds his house in ruins. But where does the ricin come in? What will Hank and Marie do in response to the threat? And what will I do until next Sunday?!