Season 5 of the hit AMC TV series, Breaking Bad, is back, and it is back with a vengeance!
The season premiere (which hit the airwaves on Mon., July 16, 2012), kicked off with the typical recap of everything that’s happened thus far. Just in case you forgot, or you’re new here.
Basically, Gus Fring was a bad person who deserved to get blown up, Jesse’s girlfriend’s kid got poisoned, Hitman Mike got shot by Mexican cartel members, Gus did get blown up (by an epic wheelchair bomb)…Walt won.
Okay. Now you know everything you need to know. So, now you’re not allowed to ask questions. Thanks.
After the “remember what happened?” part, we’re whisked away into what looked to be a “flash foward” of some sort.
Walt is sitting in a Denny’s. As if that’s not weird enough (People eat there?), he now has a magnificent, full head of hair. Where’d that come from?!
After a short interaction that Walt appears to totally hate, with a waitress who appears to be getting on his nerves, Walt meets a guy we’ve never seen before in the men’s room, where Walt exchanges a big envelope of what is presumably money for a set of keys.
(Sidenote: During the conversation with the waitress, “Future Walt” says he’s from New Hampshire and gives a fake name. Apparently, “Future Walt” is hiding from someone/something.)
Walt goes outside, finds an old hoop-dee that corresponds to the keys he was given, opens the trunk and finds an assault rifle with a plethora of rounds of ammunition. “Future Walt” is apparently getting ready for a war — but isn’t he always doing that?
Rewind to what seems to be the present, and we’re reminded, again, that Walt blew up Gus, and Skyler knows.
We’re basically dropped right into the exact spot where the Season 4 finale left off.
Walt comes home, ransacks his place to get rid of what looks to be murder evidence (chemicals, bags, scales, etc.), and during the process, he remembers something.
You guys! There were video cameras in the lab!
I’m being picky. I know I am. But I just have trouble buying that a guy as brilliant as Walt, who was able to take out someone as dangerous as Gus, and who has managed to evade the law for four seasons (which in human years is like 74 years), FORGOT that there were video cameras that had been watching him EVERY DAY AT WORK!!
Anyway, in the next scene, Walt is re-united with Skyler, the baby, and Walter Jr. (or “Flynn,” if you’re cool enough to get to call him that). Skyler won’t talk to Walt, until he finally gets her to speak up, wherein she reveals that she’s now scared of him.
Am I the only one annoyed with Skyler? I get that she’s had a lot on her plate. Really. I do. But she’s not spotless in any of this. Last time I checked, she got a job working for an old boss she had a crush on so she could have an affair with him, loan him all Walt’s money and never get it back, then have henchmen go to her boss, Ted Beneke’s, house to scare him, but accidentally paralyze him.
Next, Hank Schrader, Walt’s cop brother-in-law, is seen investigating the meth lab with his men, looking for clues, when they see it — The video cameras.
Walt’s doomed, right?
Hitman Mike is still in some weird tent of a hospital in Mexico, where and when he discovers the news that Gus is dead.
So, Mike jumps into a car, guns it down a one-way desert road and almost runs head-on into another speeding car, that just so happens to have Jesse and Walt in it — and they’re the last two people he wants to see right now.
Mike comes “this close” to shooting Walt, before Jesse finally convinces him to hear Walt out. He’s got a plan. He always has a plan.
They go back to Jesse’s crib, where Mike makes a phone call and finds out that Gus’s laptop (which held all the video camera footage) is being held in an evidence room at some police compound in Albuquerque.
After several minutes of face-to-face, aggressive shouting between Walt and Mike, Jesse chimes in as the voice of reason. (I cannot believe I just typed that.)
Which brings me to my “Jesse Pinkman Quote of the Week.”
The whole time Walt and Mike are arguing, Jesse can be heard in the background trying to give his input and repeatedly prattering on about magnets. When he finally gets his opening, he simply blurts out:
“Or…what about a magnet?! A magnet! Shhhhhmmmmp!”
At that point, Walt and Mike realize in amazement that Jesse may actually be on to something. A magnet would wipe the hard drive. But where could they get a magnet that size?
Walt, Jesse and Mike all head to a salvage yard, where they talk to some crazy old guy who looks like he should be searching for or creating a flux capacitor.
Said older fellow negotiates with the threesome on delivering a magnet powerful enough to carry out their task, the juice to power it, and a truck that could carry all of this equipment. They strike a deal, test the equipment, it works, Jesse gives everyone “daps” — cut scene.
Saul Goodman pays Skyler a visit to inform her about Ted’s accident. At first he makes it sound like Ted is dead, which is kind of what we all thought when we watched the episode, last season. I mean, he hit that kitchen island at a weird angle, right? You thought he was dead. Be honest.
Apparently, he didn’t die. He just had one of the most horrific accidents ever and is in the hospital. Skyler goes to see him, and at first, she feels bad and cries.
Ted is still scared about the visit, thinks she still wants to have him killed, and he makes a vow to her that he will never speak a word of it to anyone. Skyler flips some kind of emotional switch (Chicks can do that. Am I right?), changes into an icy, thousand-mile stare and simply replies: “Good.”
Jump to Walt, Jesse and Mike breaking into the police compound. Mike stands guard, just outside the compound, as Walt and Jesse drive the magnet truck, right up next to the wall of the evidence room.
The experiment works, but Walt gets a little overzealous with the magnet and the truck flips and gets stuck to the building.
The three leave in Mike’s car, where another argument ensues over whether or not the plan was actually successful. Walt says he’s sure it did. Mike asks why, which brings about a quote which is close to being my favorite “Walt Moment of the Episode,” when he says, “Because I say so.”
It’s a moment that appears to set the tone for Walt settling into his new role as the top dog, bad guy. It’s like he’s still getting used to it, and the next two scenes cement that.
Walt visits Saul Goodman, where he chides him for not letting him know about the things Skyler was doing with his money behind his back. Saul gets his feelings hurt and tells Walt he’s done.
Walt slowly moves in, where we see the moment that was played and replayed, over and over, during the commercial promos for this season, and tells Saul: “We’re done…when I say we’re done.”
Finally, Walt goes home to see his family. He talks to Skyler, who seems to be the last person on the outskirts that he feels he needs to bring back into the fold.
Walt has what appears to be a touching moment with Skyler, but at the end, he draws her close in an awkward pseudo-hug, leans in close to her ear and whispers: “I forgive you.”
Translation: “I know what you were doing. You get a free pass this time, because you’re my wife, but if you do it again, you might get blown up by a wheelchair or poisoned by a cigarette. Yeah. I do stuff like that.”
What were your favorite moments from this week’s Breaking Bad Season 5 season premiere?