Breaking Bad: “Buyout”
Skyler learns that when you stare in to the abyss, the abyss stares back in this special episode of Breaking Bad.
August 20, 2012 7:30 pmTerry Yates
Tonight’s cold opening features the aftermath of last episode’s train heist. The partners, plus Landry, disassemble the wizard boy’s dirt bike and dunk it and the young wizard in to the Walter White patented Barrels Full of Acid™. Landry and Jesse share a scene afterwards, wherein Landry gets punched in the face by Jesse for what I believe is saying he didn’t know methylamine smelled like cat piss, but probably more for shooting the young wizard in the head.
The partners discuss Landry’s future with the company after “Ricky Hitler” shot the young wizard. Jesse would like to do away with him, but seeing as that’s not really an option, the partner’s, against his better wishes, keep Landry along. Mike then threatens to stick Landry’s gun up his ass sideways if he brings another gun to a job without saying something first.
Looks like the DEA is shadowing Mike as he spends time with his lovely granddaughter. What seems to be a drop, turns out to be a love note that reads “fuck you” left for the DEA. Meanwhile, Mike is reviewing the audio from the bug Walt placed in Hank’s office.
Skyler attempts to keep the season long narrative charade going by telling Marie that the therapy is working or something. Then her eyes erupt with some sort of fluid or something. I think it’s crying and an emotion called sadness that she’s trying to express. Marie then drops the Walt labeled Ted bomb on her, which Skyler wasn’t aware of. Marie tries to justify the affair with the fact that Ted is indeed handsome. Then Skyler attempts to smile.
Back at the traveling meth circus, Walt and Jesse happen upon a news bulletin about the young wizard missing. In my last review, perhaps I was a bit too quick on the whole “who’s the weak link in the partnership” and fingering Lydia as the problem. Jesse’s loose grasp on matters had completely slipped my mind, even though he spent the bulk of last season being wrecked about shooting Gale, and going medieval on Walt when he thought he had poisoned Brock.
When Walt goes to drop off the latest batch Mike relates that the DEA is currently shadowing him. Walt tries to use this as leverage to perhaps upend Mike from the partnership, to which Mike pulls a “You don’t fire me, I quit!” on Walt. Jesse then expresses an interest in dropping out of the partnership as well. Mike and Jesse intend on selling their thirds to someone out of Phoenix. Walt tries to play this sinking ship as cool as possible, knowing that he can’t say anything to Mike, he goes after Jesse in earnest. But Jesse drops a great line on him: “Are we in the meth business or the money business?”
The meeting with the Phoenix guy has a slight problem when he realizes that the famed “Blue Meth” won’t be off the streets. Thus ends Mike and Jesse’s plans to leave the partnership. Jesse meets up with Walt to discuss Walt giving up his share of the methylamine. Jesse tries to explain the math of matter to Walt, who seems to believe that he…wait no him and Jesse have come too far to back down now. Walt relates about his former glory with Gray Matter Technologies and why he left the company via a buyout of $5,000. He answers Jesse’s previous money/meth business question with a “I’m in the empire business.”
Skyler comes home in the middle of the meeting, but it’s hard to tell if she’s surprised by this discovery or not. The mystery continues! Jesse is invited to join in an awkward White couple’s dinner, to which he relates a dire frozen food based diet. He definitely speaks truth to power when he talks about how awesome the food looks on the box, then when you microwave it it turns in to shaved assholes. Skyler then lets loose that she knows about the whole Walt telling Marie about Ted. Walt seems to try to win Jesse back to his side by telling him about Skyler waiting for him to die, and taking his kids away from him. The stark truth comes to focus as he tells Jesse that all he has left is the business.
Walt comes back to the HQ in what looks like an attempt to take all the methylamine, where he meets Mike, who wants Walt to go ahead with this deal, and take the money. Walt doesn’t want this deal to go down at all for some ungodly reason. I’m not so sure if it’s hubris, or the very real notion that he has come pretty far not to “sellout”. Mike has a conveniently plot placed errand to run before the deal and ties Walt to a radiator, to which he escapes via some MacGyver-laden shenanigans.
It turns out the errand is a Saul based tongue lashing of Hank and Gomez, who wishes to install a restraining order against the DEA for harassing poor Mike. This gives Mike enough time to work out his plan. When he returns all the methylamine is gone, and Walt suddenly has a plan where everyone wins. What is this plan? We’ll find out next week!
|FIND YOUR GEEK RATING
out of 10