Oh my. After Walt’s psychotic laughter fades away at the end of “Crawl Space,” it’s good to take a breather, wash your meth mouth, and assess where everyone on the show stands. Hank is a marked man again but Saul’s anonymous tip to the DEA at least gives him a head start. Marie’s phone call to the generous Skyler filled her in on just how lethal the situation is. Jesse’s promotion and falling out with Walt doesn’t mean he wants him offed. Mike is recovering in that pop-up ER set up by Gus in case the Mexico trip turned sour.
And Walt is left, defeated, laughing his face off in the half-full crawl space; the show’s twisted version of Scrooge McDuck’s money bin. Gus fires him – in beautiful Gus of the Desert fashion – and he decides to pull the pin on his life. He’s taking Saul up on his “eraser” offer and is willing to pay to have his family wiped off the radar. We know he’s going to get out of this (there’s 18 episodes left in the series, dummy) but something tells me going in the underground witness protection isn’t going to be it.
And all of the money trouble originated because Skyler wanted to buy a stupid car wash and decided it was cool to drop $600,000+ in her ex-boss’ lap. Vince Gilligan and crew decided to go full slapstick with Ted’s death. Tripping over a throw carpet and sliding head first into a kitchen island is Breaking Bad‘s equivalent of stepping on a rake or stepping into a bucket. The rain of oranges was the icing on the cake. The show hasn’t been that funny since the ol’ “pizza on the roof” gag. Screw you, Ted Beneke. I never liked you.
After some speculation last week concerning whether Mike was aiming for Jesse or one of the Don’s goons, it’s apparent now he was bucking for the goon. I love how after that getaway with Gus, Jesse decides to allow some forgiveness in his life and have Andrea and her son over for video games (probably not “Rage”). You’re a young, successful meth cooker now Jesse, you deserve a little happiness.
IN BRIEF: Tio was watching Bridge Over the Kwai, known for it’s famous bridge explosion and Sir Alec Guinness not being Obi Wan Kenobi. Nothing in this show is unintentional. The brief glimpse of that movie could be foreshadowing of some explosions to come. — “Does the laundry have to be dirty?” “No.” OOoooohhh good burn, Tyrus!