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"All I can do is wait..."

I was so thrilled just to see Rian Johnson's name in the credits again. Every episode looks great but he puts a strange sinister beauty into this one just as he did with my beloved Fly. I ranked my Top 10 Breaking Bad episodes earlier this week. This is the first S5 episode that'd probably break into that list somewhere. It was just so horrifying and yet gorgeous

Damn. Skyler White told her husband straight out that she is waiting for him to die of cancer. There have already been some epic Walt/Skyler confrontations but that bedroom scene...DAMN. The cold war in the White household has been one of the darkest aspects of S5 and it disturbs me more each episode. I was hoping that Skyler would find a way to get the kids to Hank and Marie's house, even if she had to make herself seem like the crazy dangerous parent. But now she's alone with Walt, all I can think about is that ricin hidden in the walls and how Walt could make it look like suicide. *shudders* I've been preparing myself for the possibility of Mike's death in the front eight but I'm starting to think I need to fear for Skyler too. I really do believe that her children will end up being raised by Hank/Marie (please please, let them survive at least). For Skyler herself I think she'll either die, go to jail or ask Saul to help her disappear (or my fantasy - Skyler running away with Saul!). Until this week I'd been thinking the third option was most likely. Before S5 began I wouldn't have believed they'd ever have Skyler being murdered by Walt but now I can see it as a real possibility. I wonder if she'll even try to off him first. But whether Skyler takes action or sticks to waiting...we all know Walt is still alive one year from now. I can't see Skyler taking another year of this.

Then there's Jesse giving Walt a birthday present and I just...I...*bursts into tears, screams into a pillow, walks slowly into a swimming pool* ...I can't cope with this kid anymore. But I loved that Walt seemed touched by Jesse's gift because while Walt is now a monstrous sociopath who uses and abuses everyone around him, Walt still craves love and admiration for himself. As much as people refer to Jesse as Walt's surrogate son, right now Walt is still getting a good share of blind adoration from Walter Jr. Not to sound too slashy, but Jesse is becoming more and more like a surrogate wife to Walt. [livejournal.com profile] frenchani mentioned last week, the last meth making montage with Walt/Jesse was so harmonious, it was actually romantic and even sensual. On an emotional level, Jesse is giving Walt everything he'd wanted from Skyler - from Jesse's tearful apology for wronging Walt, to trusting that Walt's plans will keep them safe, to now giving Walt his only surprise birthday treat. Which for Walt/Jesse is more like an anniversary gift really, marking their one year partnership. And then Walt bragging about his new watch to Skyler all "See? Someone still loves me." was perfect. For a moment, I wondered if Walt was going to tell her it was from Jesse, that kid Skyler thought was dealing her husband weed a year ago. I do wonder if Walt telling Skyler about Jesse almost killing him will turn out to be a fatal error - if Jesse and Skyler ever cross paths and if Skyler asks Jesse about the time he almost killed Walt and Jesse tells Skyler about Brock's poisoning...would Skyler remember they used to have a Lily of the Valley plant in their backyard? Because that would be epic. I do have a feeling Walt's two lives will blend more and more this season. I'm wondering if that green/yellow tent will end up covering the White house at some point.  

Other thoughts on Fifty One:

- At first I was screaming 'Noooo!' over Hank accepting the promotion rather than staying on the Gus Fring investigation. But then, I'm pretty sure that Hank is eventually going to figure Walt out through his homelife rather than on his job. I wonder if Junior living with Hank will be a key factor. I'm still waiting for Junior to tell someone about that time Walt called him 'Jesse'.

- Lydia is still a hoot. There have been some BB gender debates this week and I guess there might be some criticism over an episode with TWO crazy ladies almost ruining the grand schemes of cool criminal men. I think Lydia may be more badass than she appears. If Walt doesn't kill Mike, then I could see Lydia pulling a Janice Soprano on him.

- Jesse is THE GUY! Jesse is Mike's guy! He's finally deemed capable of being the guy. *happy sigh* I love Mike and Jesse's little bromance, but I do wonder when Mike will run out of patience with Jesse and insist on going "full measure" on a few threats to their business/life whether Jesse cries over it or not. But still, how can anyone resist Jesse and his "Methlyamine is, like, Unicorn rare, yo!" comments. Next week's heist caper looks fantastic - can't wait!

- Is anyone else scared for Walt Jr. being given that sports car and being encouraged to drive recklessly by his dad? Maybe it'll take his teenage son having a car accident to get Walt seeing that he is a danger to his own children. Speaking of the new cars, I did relish that reference to Walt having run over "a deer" a few months back. Ahh, memories. 

PS - I know I'm being majorly unpatriotic right now, not making LJ posts gushing over Team GBs success in the London Olympics. I'll level with you. I have a secret that I can't really share with anyone at the moment...I'm so very bored. I'm pleased we are doing so well after the years worth of hype and expense over the Games. I just can't pretend I've ever enjoyed watching sport coverage for long periods of time, let alone 24 hours a day for weeks on end. Sorry. Just. Can't help it.   

Date: 2012-08-06 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanfastolfe.livejournal.com
Jesse really made me break out all the awwwwwws, because he sincerely cares for "Mr. White". I could see it in the way he was genuinely pleased to give him the watch.

And him going above and beyond the call to go to Madrigal, but empty-handed. And he's not even pissed off all to hell over being made to drive 14 hours with nothing to show for it; he's even concerned that Mike's wanting to bump off Lydia is too rushed.

Jesse should be running this empire, not Walt. Heh.

But then it took guys like Gus Fring and Walter White and Hector Salamanca - all tough old birds (say what you will about Walt's relative instability compared to the other two, he's faced some pretty tough events and managed to pull through) who can see the path ahead and plan how to get there without worrying about the collateral damage, as well as being willing to cut their losses as need be.

Date: 2012-08-06 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Jesse's gift was such a sweet unexpected moment especially coming after such a brutal Birthday night at the White house with Skyler almost drowning herself in the pool then telling Walt she's waiting for him to die of cancer. Yet Jesse's naivity is in some ways more horrifying. He's this good needy kid who just really wants to run his own little business with his surrogate dad (or dads!). Jesse would be good at running this kind of business if it was something safe and legal. He's still too soft-hearted to cope with the reality of an upper level dirty murderous drug empire. He always has been. I don't know whether I want to hug Jesse or shake him, because he's just heading for such a fall.

Date: 2012-08-06 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frenchani.livejournal.com
Jesse is becoming more and more like a surrogate wife to Walt.

He is indeed.

Jesse is giving Walt everything he'd wanted from Skyler - from Jesse's tearful apology for wronging Walt, to trusting that Walt's plans will keep them safe, to now giving Walt his only surprise birthday treat. Which for Walt/Jesse is more like an anniversary gift really, marking their one year partnership. And then Walt bragging about his new watch to Skyler all "See? Someone still loves me." was perfect.


Date: 2012-08-06 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
I always said Jesse was Walt's 'Moll'. :D

Date: 2012-08-06 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frelling-tralk.livejournal.com
But now she's alone with Walt, all I can think about is that ricin hidden in the walls and how Walt could make it look like suicide. *shudders*

That's what I keep fearing now,especially with the emphasis on her smoking at the end so it seems very easy for Walt to switch the cigarettes if he wanted too :/

And heh yes, people tell me we're apparently doing well and I do have a "that's cool" response, but still I couldn't care less about sports and all the coverage of it is boring me to tears

Date: 2012-08-06 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
It'd be horrifying if Walt put the ricin in one of Skyler's cigarettes. Walt would probably see it as just revenge since Skyler is sitting chain-smoking in their living room while willing Walt's lung cancer to come back. But putting it in a cigarette would endanger anyone who caught a passive whiff of the smoke. Like, what if Skyler smoked it in a public park? *shudders*

Date: 2012-08-06 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readishmael.livejournal.com
I think as far as actual parallelism goes, Jesse has always been more of a surrogate wife than a surrogate son, so I was really excited to see you noting that.

Still loving Lydia, and Jesse and Mike's relationship.

Date: 2012-08-06 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Yeah, Jesse is both the spouse and the son in Walt's life of crime. He's family, but he's always been that dirty little secret that needed to be kept from Skyler. It's quite a revelation to hear Walt flaunting his relationship with Jesse - particularly Jesse's devotion to him - to Sky's face.

Date: 2012-08-08 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elliotsmelliot.livejournal.com
I thought this was phenomenal episode. The "I'm waiting" scene was so powerful and a great match to the "I'm the danger" scene. I am proud of Skylar for trying to move the children out of harm's way. She is desperate, she is trapped, but she is at least cautious, which Walt appears to have stopped doing, so she might be able to get one up on him.

That is an excellent observation about Jesse becoming the surrogate spouse. Did you notice how rushed his delivery of the gift was, like he could not bear rejection. Ugh - I want Jesse to break free of Walt, but in doing so I imagine he will find out about all the betrayals and that might just destroy him.

There are some interesting comparisons and departures in the amount of honesty/love/deception/control between Tony, Carmela and Chris with Walt, Skylar and Jesse. I wish I had time to give some examples.

After seeing no Olympics last week, I have caught a few events here and there this week. I saw the two UK brothers win the Triathlon last yesterday. That was pretty spectacular. It is neat to watch the human body do such amazing things, but like you I am not very interested in sports and the competitive nature is not my thing, so I grow bored fast.

Date: 2012-08-08 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
It was definitely my favourite of S5 so far. But then it was the Rian Johnson episode. I didn't think they could top the Walt/Skyler "One who knocks" scene but their confrontation was perfectly epic. I like that Skyler admitted she wasn't any sort of evil genius and couldn't match Walt's scheming but she still vowed do anything in her power to protect the kids from him.

Yeah, Jesse's gift giving was strained and awkward and he really was trying to express how much Walt means to him. I wish I could hope for a happy ending for Jesse, but it seems impossible. If Jesse learns the truth about Mr White he'll break away but it'll destroy him. But if Jesse remains blinded and brainwashed he'll be destroyed anyway by the Walt time bomb going boom. I just hope Jesse doesn't die and gets some form of redemption before the end.

Yes! So many Tony/Carm/Chris parallels with Walt/Sky/Jess. I remember first thinking that when Walt was in the bar and he referred to Jesse as his 'nephew'. Jesse isn't half as violent and scary as Chris, but they're both recovering addicts devoted to their surrogate father figures. Both relationships are controlling and fucked but hey...at least Chris knew that Tony killed his girlfriend, yo. Skyler is the anti-Carmela in some ways because she has always demanded to know the truth about Walt while Carmela lives in denial until the truth breaks in. But the Skyler/Walter Jr. relationship reminds me a lot of Carmela/Anthony Jr. (two juniors!). So who gets to be Melfi? Hank maybe?
Edited Date: 2012-08-08 05:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-08 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anoel.livejournal.com
I'm behind on Breaking Bad (catching up tomorrow!!) so I must ignore the top but have you watched Homeland yet? I just marathoned it yesterday and it is AMAZING!!! Totally up your alley, it was reminding me of Breaking Bad big time in terms of plot quality. Seriously, just watch, don't waste anymore time like I did. I am curious to hear your thoughts :)

Date: 2012-08-08 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falafel-musings.livejournal.com
Enjoy getting caught up on BB:S5. The latest episode in particular was astounding. I'm very curious about Homeland. I've had it recommended to me by a few friends now. I'll see if I can get a hold of it.

Date: 2012-08-09 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anoel.livejournal.com
YOU MUST WATCH IT!!! So not kidding. The first couple episodes I was all, meh meh when does it get amazing and then by episode 4 or so it cranks it up and by the middle it BLOWS YOUR MIND. Only show that's hitting Breaking Bad levels now, for real. I can't figure out which one I like better right now although Breaking Bad has the time advantage since I'm extra attached.
Edited Date: 2012-08-09 01:55 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-09 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanfastolfe.livejournal.com
Oh yeah. Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison is all kinds of awesome in that kind of fucked up way. NGL she's really attractive, heh - but aside from that she portrays the character's intensity so well - how she gets this focus on things and just won't let go.

But Brody manipulating his almost bulletproof aura to get rid of a bothersome agent was really masterful, too. Damian Lewis and Morena Baccarin are to be commended for showing a married couple trying to figure out how their lives fit together again after eight years of being apart.


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