After finally figuring out the ending of last week’s Breaking Bad episode, I was settled in for this week’s continuation of “how is Jesse Pinkman going to bring down Walter White in his ricingate revenge mindset?” But it wasn’t just this crazy major shift of power to Jesse, in this episode. Oh man, a whole lotta people had the upper hand for like three seconds, until someone else stole it from them. A lot of twists and turns in this episode, likely intentional so that you have no idea what’s going to happen toward the finale. At least I don’t. One minute this person is raining hellfire and then the next, something emotionally unexpected happens and – boom goes the dynamite…a kick ass Marie Schrader out of nowhere. And so, I’ve decided to put sanity to the numerous power shifts by writing them all down. My type A personality just loooves making lists anyway. And this way, I can go back and exhaustively research in my own great quest to finally figure out the ending of a TV series before it actually…ends.
- Walt to Hank – From the moment the first part of the season ended, Hank has had the power to deal with his realization that Walter White is both brother-in-law and meth kingpin. Of course, we know that he swiftly punched Walt in the face and told him he knew everything. But then, in a Walt to Hank shift, Walt said he couldn’t prove it. Then Walt tells Skyler.
- Hank to Skyler – Hank thinks he can persuade an “unknowing” Skyler to tell him everything. But Skyler isn’t about to give up everything before she can think it through. And so, she kicks and screams and leaves the restaurant. Then, the Whites make a blackmail tape to keep the Schraders in their place.
- The Whites/Saul Goodman to Jesse – When Jesse is about to leave for the Alaskan Frontier, he realizes that the ricin cigarette was stolen earlier and thinks that Walter poisoned kid Brock Cantillo with it. After stealing Saul’s car, Jesse arrives at the Whites’ homestead with some rage and some gas cans. Jesse lights the flame to torch the house to the ground.
- Walt to Skyler – Walt thinks that Jesse had a change of conscience and willingly didn’t choose to burn the White house down. While the Whites are on temporary relocation orders at Chateau Arizona-themed Hotel, Skyler calls BS on Walt’s whole uhhh I spilled gas all over myself. Forcing Walt to come clean, Skyler suggests the opposite of what Walt wants to do. Skyler (and Saul) want Jesse killed.
- Jesse to Hank - The opening of “Rabid Dog” follows Walter into his unburned house and a vanished Jesse. What happened? Well, turns out that Hank followed Jesse and caught him in the nick of time…pre-house fire. I’ll bet that was pretty disappointing for a hyped-up Jesse. Hank takes Jesse to the Schrader home.
- The Whites to the Schraders - We find Marie in one of her therapy sessions, mentioning how pissed she is and how she also suspects that Walt used some kind of poison. When Marie comes home, Hank tells her what’s up – a drugged up Jesse sleeping in the guest room. Marie isn’t leaving, upon Hank’s suggestion, and we see a real power upgrade to the Marie character. She may come outta nowhere and have a huge part in the ending.
- Hank to Jesse – Hank and Agent Gomez have set up shop in the Schrader home in order to capture Jesse’s side of the story. Hank definitely has all the power over a defeated Jesse who definitely just got caught by the DEA (trying to set a house on fire, no less). Jesse spills all the deets and Hank plays Walt’s voicemail message out loud. Now Jesse must decide whether or not to meet up with a compliant Walt…who wants to iron out all the misgivings of their past and present meth business.
- Jesse to Jesse and Walt to Walt – Yah. At the end Jesse thinks that Walt is there to kill him, but really, no. A classic Jesse mistake that’s reminiscent of the first season Jesse. Jesse calls Walt to let him know that he’s coming for reals this time and Walt better watch out. And with the nice scene between Walter Jr. and Walt Sr, we know that family is front and center now more than ever. Walt is like well, I guess I’d better do something. So now it’s, as always, who is going to outsmart or get to the other one first.
A classic race of who will win…the teacher or the student…or someone out of left field. Or no one! Or everyone! Ahhh! Jesse has always been a loose cannon while the Whites are certainly more calculated. Saul sits on the sidelines, yet suggests murder any time he can. The henchmen are at Saul’s beck and call, Skyler is standing by her man/family, Marie is teaming up hardcore with Hank. Does blind anger win over careful moves? And what will Lydia do? Walt does end up calling reinforcements after the Jesse phone call. And taking Saul’s advice, he enlists Todd and his Uncle’s gang to take care of this problem that is the rabid dog Jesse. Only 149 hours left til the next episode…