What I really liked about this episode was Mike. He sees through Walt, as always, wants no part of him, warns Jessie as bluntly as possible that Walt is a disaster waiting to happen...and still gets trapped by circumstances. Trapped by Lydia panicking, and trapped by the Cayman Islands accounts everyone needs being frozen. So everyone needs money and there's the walking time bomb Goose That Laid the Golden Meth wanting to continue. The acting in the episode was just great.
Not only did I find it really creepy, but knowing the show's propensity for OMG THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN moments, there was a part of me waiting for Skyler to go "... I'm pregnant."I can't be the only one that felt utterly creeped out by Walt's kissing his wife. Her inability to do anything but lay there terrified of her nonchalant husband was pretty chilling.
And even as I was doing the math in my head, thinking that couldn't happen, I was still waiting for some kind of bombshell. I think this show has just conditioned me to expect WTF moments at every turn.
Mike: the most awesome television character ever? I previously feared that more screen time would only work to demystify and eventually water him down, but Breaking Bad just keeps on awesomin'.
One curiosity: does Walt keep and stash the ricin for future use, or is it because disposing of it is a more sensitve operation than flushing it down the toilet, like you would with fake ricin?
I'm going to assume Walt isn't keeping it behind the cover of a wall outlet for environmentally conscious reasons.
Mike is a dope. Everyone knows two-player Hungry Hungry Hippos sucks.
I guess that he's keeping it at all just seems like such a bad decision to me. Contingency plan? Mike?
And to piggyback your snark - Walt's a pretty smart guy, so regardless of his motivation for keeping it, why would he store such an extremely toxic substance inside something that could explode for like several reasons? In his bedoom? Right next to his bed?
I sorta agree about the location insofar that there's no reason to keep it in his bedroom, other than it's a private place where he could close the door so that his son doesn't come in. There's really no chance for explosion. I just think that if you're going to be that discerning about the show's motivations, there are more places to look (such as the laptop being so critical to billion-dollar operations which presumably has more paper trails than just a laptop).
Thinking on it more I guess it's all just more of Walt's hubris spilling over the edges. He won vs Gus so completely that he has nearly stopped questioning himself altogether. He scoffs when Saul suggests that he quits while he's ahead and gloats when Mike calls in to accept the offer, assuming it's because Walt's too awesome to leave behind. He's blissfully unaware that Hank is still jus a few steps away from blowing the whole thing open and that Gustavo's corporate benefactors are keen on severing loose ends. He's traded lying to Skylar to keep things together to simply raping her into submission. Well, maye not rape, per se, but it's definitely rape's still-creepy neighbor.
So maybe the point is that a possibly self-inflicted ricin poisoning (or ricin discovery) would be the least of Walt's worries if he had any.
Or that he's totally going to poison someone else. Chekhov's capsule?
In a few episodes they'll have to baby proof the outlets and somebody's gonna find it.
Aslo the feds would assuredly be all over any future ricin poisonings.
The close up of Hank as his outgoing boss eats crow and talks about having cookouts with Gus. "Right under my nose."
Yeah, that was a great setup for when the agency realizes that Heisenberg's been carrying on for years right in front of Hank without him having any suspicion whatsoever.
Link here to the Andy Greenwald synopsis of Episode 2 over at Grantland.com. He did one for the premier and I suspect will keep it up for the entire season. Also he regularly participates in a 'TV' podcast there and they always talk Breaking Bad there as well.
Me, I'm particularly tickled by the return of Mike and agree completely that he's the only one who sees Walt for what he really is.
I was sort of surprised that they appear to have wrapped up Jesse's dilemma about the poison so quickly. Not that Walt has hidden it away against some future rainy day but that I figured Jesse would be hemming and hawing about things for more than just the first two episodes.
When they found the cigarette in the Roomba, there was a part of me that wasn't sure what to make of Jesse's response. Was he emotional for the reason he said, that they killed Gus although he didn't do it, and he almost shot Walt over it? Or, I wondered, was there more going on in Jesse's head, that he knew he checked the Roomba and there was no cigarette in there, and that his emotional reaction was the realization that he's being conned, that Walt is setting him up, followed by Jesse covering his reaction?
I realize the latter is probably a stretch, but if you rewatch that scene under the premise that Jesse absolutely knows someone planted the cigarette and struggles to control an emotional reaction to it, it works. I don't think that's how things will play out, but the idea is probably going to float around in the back of my mind all season now.
sluggo - Yeah, I love that it's the type of show where we all stretch to reach conclusions like this and I will totally buy that if it is revisited.
I don't think it was the latter. I can't remember precisely when Jesse said he checked it, but it was definitely long enough before that the Roomba could easily have hoovered the cigarette up since then.When they found the cigarette in the Roomba, there was a part of me that wasn't sure what to make of Jesse's response. Was he emotional for the reason he said, that they killed Gus although he didn't do it, and he almost shot Walt over it? Or, I wondered, was there more going on in Jesse's head, that he knew he checked the Roomba and there was no cigarette in there, and that his emotional reaction was the realization that he's being conned, that Walt is setting him up, followed by Jesse covering his reaction?
Jesse said he checked the Roomba a week ago.
Yeah, it seemed to me like Jesse totally bought it. I'm sure if it's going to be an issue, it will be, a lot of what seems to happen here is just hidden, ticking time bombs the writers can later exploit if they need to.
I have a problem with the routing numbers... namely that there's no reason for Gus to keep a copy of them anywhere, because that is some shit that you would want to memorize. Obviously everyone who received money in those offshore accounts would also have numbers, but they aren't having their houses searched by the DEA.
Yet the Romba is running all over the place throughout and Walt[pretends] to only see it at the end of the day, after they'd been there for hours?
"Oh golly what's that? A vacuum robot? And it's been roaming around all day...why no, I don't know why I haven't noticed it up until now."
Jesse, thinking to himself, "Yeah, I can act coy too mutherfuckr," says to Walt "It's been ages since I checked it."
So if the truth about the cigarette comes out now, it's got to come either from Walt himself or Saul, right? I wonder how far Walt would have to push Saul on something for Saul to be the one to decide to take action and clue Jesse in.
Is Saul going to survive?
Random prediction: almost everyone dies at the end, while Saul somehow escapes with a giant bloodied bag of money, like Don Cheadle in Boogie Nights.
I'd consider the following the opposite of a spoiler, a warning of sorts:
Many of the actors from the show are doing press at the moment, and I caught an interview today where one of them gave away a story arc we'll be seeing this season. It's not anything major like OMG GUESS WHO DIES, but it's still something I'd rather have been surprised by, so if you want to go into the next six weeks with a totally clean slate, you might want to steer clear of any articles or interviews with the BB cast for now.