Jesse and Welt Face End Times

End Times

Bad Ass Quote of the Week

There will be an appropriate response.”  –  Gustavo Fring

Thoughts on “End Times”

Walt has emerged from his Crawl Space tomb and he and Skyler are frantically packing for the family to relocate to Hank and Marie’s home under the protective custody of the DEA.  I’m glad they explained that this was being done by the DEA as a favour to Marie, otherwise it would make no sense.  Walt has confidence in Skyler’s storytelling abilities to back up his excuse for not going.  I had to wince when Skyler used the line “There has got to be another way.”  Jesse used this same line (twice) in the finale for season 3.  Somehow I feel that a cheesy line like this belongs more in a soap opera than in Breaking Bad.

Walt seems very level-headed now after his outburst of madness at the end of “Crawl Space”, enough to explain to Skyler that he alone will should suffer the consequences for the choices he’s made, and that there is no need to put off the inevitable.  He’s seen himself as a dead man all season, and now he is certain he has only hours left to live, and will take the opportunity to protect his family.  It’s like this realisation has hit him like a cold bucket of water over the head.  It certainly feels like he’s saying farewell to Holly for the last time as he kisses her.  Walt has no hug or kiss for Skyler though, but then again, she did just give all his money to the man she committed adultery with.

Walt sits in his backyard waiting for the inevitable, and spins his pistol a few times.  It points to him twice, the fates seeming to challenge him to just end things himself.  Just like Skyler flipping her coin at the “four corners”, he doesn’t seem to like the answer that fate has given him, and spins it one more time to have it stop pointing at a potted plant.  The lyrics to the song playing during this scene say “We are born again when we die.”  This again seems to indicate to me that Walt died last week in the crawl space, and Heisenberg has emerged.

Over at “Casa Schrader” Walt Junior and Marie are perplexed that Skyler did not do more to convince Walt to join them.  Hank believes the threat against him from the “cartel” is a smoke screen, and is convinced that the threat has arrived as a result of him taking it upon himself to investigate Gus.  I found it strange that Skyler reacted so strongly to the mention of the name Fring – jumping out of her seat.  As far as I know Walt has never told her of  his connection with Gus, and the only time which she would possibly have been exposed to him was in the hospital when Hank was shot.  Her panicked expression when Hank mentions that the industrial laundry is the perfect place for a meth super lab makes much more sense.

Hank succeeds in goading Gomez into going and having a look inside the laundry, and Gomez does a good job of weaving a story to get inside.  It is disappointing that his search is not more thorough.  The drug sniffing dog only checks the front of each of the washing machines, not between or behind them.   It also did not appear that the freight elevator that leads to the lab was investigated.  While I don’t believe in the theories that Gomez may be a “mole” in the DEA, it is surprising that he didn’t put more effort into the investigation.

We descend into the super lab to see Jesse shut down the cook as he and Tyrus stare upwards like sailors on a submarine being depth charged.  Tyrus proves he isn’t just a dick to Walt, but to everybody – he won’t even extend his arm so Jesse can take the phone when Gus calls for him.  Gus informs Jesse that this search is all a result of his “former” partner, and asks Jesse if he now sees why this can’t go on.  Jesse continues to refuse to “sign off” on something “final” happening to Walt.  Gus responds in chilling fashion, “There will be an appropriate response.”

Now that Hank has succeeded in getting Gomez to at least take an interest in his accusations against Gus, it really does not make sense for Gus to harm Walt or Hank at this point.  Any harm to either of them will increase DEA suspicion on him.

Gomez leaves the laundry more annoyed than disappointed, and Jesse restarts the cook (Mr. Congeniality Tyrus can’t even pull the start button for Jesse).  Jesse is then dropped off by a laundry truck in the desert to rendezvous with his car.  This also doesn’t make much sense, it would be far less conspicuous if Jesse met up with the laundry truck at a stop somewhere on its regular route.  Jesse tries to call Walt, most likely to warn him of Gus’ threat.  He then has six increasingly urgent messages from Saul to come see him immediately.

Jesse is rather clumsily frisked by Huell when he arrives at Saul’s office, until Saul tells Huell to go lie down.  Saul is fleeing after learning of Gus’ threats against Walt and his family and Saul says “What am I if not family.”  Quite funny.   He gives Jesse his money and rather slimily asks Jesse to put a good word in for him with Gus.  It is also apparent in this scene that Jesse has no idea that Walt was fired by Gus.

Skyler watches Hank examining Gomez’ photos of the laundry (where he sees nothing of note), tries to call Walt, and then goes outside and cadges as cigarette off of one of the DEA guards.   I don’t know about anyone else, but I was on the edge of my seat expecting her to get shot by a sniper or something.

Jesse is at home in the evening and receives an urgent call from Andrea.  Brock is being admitted to the pediatric ICU for flu-like symptoms that keep getting worse, and the doctors have no idea what is wrong.  Andrea indicates that Brock was fine that morning.  Stepping outside for a smoke, Jesse discovers that his “lucky” cigarette with the ricin capsule is missing.  Immediately Jesse rushes in to tell Andrea that Brock may have been poisoned with ricin.  This surely will bring attention onto Jesse from the authorities.

Jesse arrives at Walt’s house to confront him over the poisoning of Brock, observing that only the two of them knew about the existence of the ricin.  Jesse believes that Walt did this to get back at him for getting closer to Gus.  Jesse says that there is no way that Brock could have taken the poisoned cigarette, and that Walt must have had Saul’s “man mountain bodyguard” take it from him when he was at Saul’s office.  At Jesse’s gunpoint, Walt says that all day he has been waiting for one of Gus’ men to come murder him, but he never expected it to be Jesse.  He explains that Gus knew about the ricin all along through his surveillance, had Tyrus take it from Jesse in the lab that morning, and was capable of using children to achieve his aims.  Gus has poisoned Brock in order to get Jesse to eliminate Walt.  After some thought, Jesse accepts this.  When he tries to leave to go kill Gus, Walt asks to help him.  Much to my surprise the partners are back together already… although as I thought, it took something drastic to achieve this.

There is a lot of debate as to whether Gus or Walt poisoned Brock.  It is interesting that people think they would both use the same scheme in order to achieve directly opposite goals.

I personally don’t think it is likely that Walt is responsible.  When has any plan of Walt’s gone so smoothly?  Walt began the day hooded in the desert to be threatened by Gus.  He then gets home to find out that the money he has made (which has put him into this position of danger, and is his only means of escape) is gone.  His family is off to protective custody under the DEA.  It makes no sense to me that Walt would now be able to concoct and execute such a fiendish plan so quickly.  Not to mention having such a tenuous plan work perfectly to win back Jesse’s loyalty!

Walt doesn’t even know who Brock is – he would have to enlist help from Saul to learn who the boy is, where to find the boy, then deliver the poison, and to get Jesse’s ricin cigarette away from him, etc.  Why would he even think that Saul knows Brock?  Also, I really don’t think Saul would go along with such a sinister and risky plan… we’ve seen he knows how to identify a bad idea  when he sees one.  Also, Huell would have to have pretty nimble fingers to switch out Jesse’s cigarette pack during the frisking.

There are many out there who believe that Walt is responsible for the poisoning, though their arguments have not convinced me.

Jesse returns to the hospital and refuses to go home.  This is part of the plan that he and Walt have come up with to try to take out Gus.   Andrea does not come out to speak with Jesse, which leads me to believe that the doctors now believe Brock to be poisoned, and she is naturally suspicious of how Jesse could have known this.  When Tyrus arrives to try to get Jesse to return to the lab, Jesse does a great job of antagonizing him in his refusal to leave.

Walt is brewing up a pipe bomb in his kitchen, and receives a text message from Jesse “I think I got his attention.”  Walt then tests his walkie-talkie detonator – which takes seven tries to work –  when does any plan of Walt’s ever run like clockwork?

Gus arrives at the hospital to talk with Jesse, telling him he is needed back at the lab to complete the cook.  When Jesse informs him that Brock isn’t sick, but poisoned, Gus reverses himself immediately saying that the current batch is ruined, and that Jesse can return to the lab when he is ready the next week.  This change of tactic by Gus is interesting.  He has taken a stutter – step here.  He must be wondering why didn’t Jesse either accuse him or Walt of the poisoning?

Walt is waiting on a rooftop across the street to blow up Gus’ car when he gets in, but Gus hesitates and walks away.  It is not likely that he spotted Walt, or even the glint of Walt’s glasses, or he would probably have taken some offensive action, rather than to just safely retreat.  I am guessing his thought process was something like “I”m not here of my own will.  I came to meet Jesse instead of having him come to me. I am uncomfortable with the way my conversation with Jesse just went.  I am in potential danger here.”

This episode had many little flaws, but over all it succeeded in keeping me on the edge of my seat the whole time.  We are in for a wild season finale!

New Predictions

Jesse Pinkman will be questioned by the police (or some other authority) about his knowledge of ricin, as a result of him informing Andrea that he thinks Brock has been poisoned.

Prediction Results

None of my predictions came true or were proven wrong in this episode.

My score so far since starting this site is 1 1/2 predictions correct, 1/2 prediction wrong, and 2 still pending.

Humorous Quote of the Week

Lock the door Frisky.”  –  Saul Goodman to Huell after he has frisked Jesse