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September 8, 2014 12:28 PM - Season 2, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Walt tries to reconnect with his family. Still suspicious of her husband’s actions, Skyler keeps her distance. Jesse finds himself without a place to live and struggles to cope.
posted by scody (4 comments total)
The return of the "pink bear" cold open. The glasses in the evidence bag -- oh my God are they Walt's? -- feels, in retrospect, like a really cheap bit of misdirection.

Walt's over-long, over-detailed, over-desperate explanation of the cell phone. The longer he talks, the less convincing it is. "They so overcomplicate these things."

Walt and Skyler's relationship seems fundamentally broken at the end of this episode.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 6:21 PM on September 8, 2014

Skyler starting to make Walt pay for his behaviour here. Good. Yeah that cold opening really made me hate this season retrospectively, because its such a bloody stupid mislead. The plane explosion is my least favourite plot development in the whole of Breaking Bad.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 12:01 AM on September 9, 2014

The plane explosion is my least favourite plot development in the whole of Breaking Bad.

I haven't rewatched this episode yet (will do tonight) but yeah, the plane explosion wound up being my least favorite as well. Part of it was that I have this intense empathic response to people who make genuine mistakes that have terrible, unintended consequences to the point that the moment I figured out what was happening to Donald and what it meant, I started crying and had to go into the next room and cover my ears till it was over. I'll be interested to see how it plays this time around looking at it from more of a plot/narrative point of view.
posted by scody at 4:23 PM on September 9, 2014

The authors tried really hard to make this plane subplot, feel inevitable, but even the first time through I didn't buy it.

This episode marks rock bottom for Jesse (for now, at least). It's also full of bad lying--Walt's lying to Skyler, Jesse's lying to his mother, Pete's lying to Jesse, and none of them are convincing.

The argument between Skyler and Walt, after Walt's half-assed apology, reminds me of the end of The Godfather--a man's wife looks into his eyes and asks him to come clean with her, there's a tense pause where it seems like it could go either way, then the man chooses his criminal endeavors over his relationship.
posted by johnofjack at 5:55 PM on October 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

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