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by Lance Pauker on August 12, 2012

Again we have an opening that isn’t so much unusual or surprising as it is foreboding. A little kid in the middle of the desert, picking up a particularly hairy spider? Clearly some crazy-ass symbolism is going on here, but we’ll move past the Robert Langdon lecture for the some of the finer points of the episode, which included (but weren't limited to) the Lydia raising her voice games, Walt’s crazy obsession with #BringBackLeverage, and the Gomez Goatee.

The early portion of the hour featured a nice moment between Walt and Hank, something that we’ve got to assume won’t be a long-term thing. Hank, unknowingly gathering evidence for his ultimate case, is treated to a Great Moments In Heisenberg, as Walt uses the guise of a guilty, conscience-ridden father (formerly Walter White) in order to bug up the Hankster. This inadvertently proves to save Lydia and the quarreling threesome, perhaps another indication that the clocks a-ticking. Jesse, who was clearly that kid who believed in Santa Claus way after you were supposed to, makes mention of the Mafia.

The race then intensifies, as it appears the only way to maintain homeostasis (read: Walter’s power surge, Mike’s fiscal obligations, and Jesse surrendering all hope for peace a-la a babysitter whose in over her head with two particularly difficult twins) is to conduct a full-scale heist of a train. Being that robbing trains is always a good idea and never leads to terrible consequences, the group is all for it. Walter appears to spearhead an elaborate scheme, and enlists the help of Todd to do a bunch of handy mechanical sh*t, all of which is somehow understood by Jesse, whose leap into maturity has apparently given him a bump in IQ and mechanical skills, all of which has had zero effect on the length of his hair.

Prior the robbery, the episode pauses to (not) resolve family matters. Skylar maintains the status quo in terms of tearing apart the family, causing an increasingly frustrated Walt to spill the beans on what he’s getting up to. Notifying Skye of the train robbery most certainly had the utmost of tyrannical “you can hate me now, but I won’t stop now” intentions. Yet after what happened at the episode's rather punctuated conclusion, there’s no shot in hell Skylar’s knowledge of the incident isn’t going to spider-bite Heisenberg, LLC in unwanted places.

We conclude with one of the more dramatic sequences of if not this season, the entire series. The robbery does a nice job in not letting us know what’s going to happen, capped off by a twist that no one saw coming, but could clearly see coming looking back on it all. A rather brilliant exposition of a remarkable high followed by a remarkable low, that all at once appears to hit the crux of the show’s ultimate dilemma–how far are we willing to go for the things we’re willing to go really far for, and when we ultimately cross that once firm line, is backtracking even an option? Bodaciously chilling as always, we finally have a catalyst for what could only be the beginning of what’s promising to be a catastrophically remarkable conclusion.

Quick Bumps:

Jesse Pinkman “Bitch” Count: Aaaand, we’re back! What he lacked in quantity he certainly made up for in quality. He may have gone 1-4 tonight, but that one hit was the equivalent of a 570 ft. mega-bomb.

  • This episode: 1
  • Season Total: 3

Random Observation(s) of the Night:

  • “Emo McGhee,” undoubtedly Schrader’s greatest Hankism, is sure to inspire the YouTube supercut gang.
  • After all that sh*t that went down with Tyra, how is Landry involved in yet another murder? Doesn’t Gilligan know that was far and away the worst, and only bad plotline Friday Night Lights ever had?
  • I gotta assume that after everything he’s been working towards, Mike is really crushed at the fact that he’s didn't make the cut for The Expendables 2

Relationship to Watch: Jesse vs. Morality. He’s the only one of the three who hasn’t “gone over,” and his subsequent handling of the murder is sure to be his defining moment, bitch. My guess is that this will be the point where Jesse finally Breaks Good,realizes he’s actually a better person that he’s ever given himself credit for, and will want out, yo. Whether he’ll sink or swim when standing up to Walt will be another story, but we’re sure to have quite a few Jesse burying face in hands moments to come.

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