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Breaking Bad Review: Show Them the Money

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Take a deep breath because you probably held yours for most of "To'hajiilee." Make no mistake, Breaking Bad is going out with a bang.

The cat and mouse game continued between Walter and Jesse, as the former meth king turned car wash owner called Todd and his violent Neo-Nazi pals to take care of the ex-partner.

Finally, the link between Todd cooking the meth for crazy Lydia (she's so shifty) and bringing Walter back into the fold was revealed as the payment for offing Jesse. One more cook to bring back the blue meth for a dead pal. But painless, because Jesse is family, of course. And you get rid of your family when you can't reason with them, obviously.

Saul vs. Walt

Once again, Walter showed his dark side in going to Andrea and Brock to flush Jesse out. I loved how sinister and commanding he can be when dishing out orders to the hitmen... while pretending to care about Jesse's well-being to Andrea.

It's such a contrast from those fleeting moments of real care and concern for family that we got to see again with Walter watching Skyler help Walter Jr. at the car wash.

And it was hilarious having Walter Jr. not only question why they have to say "Have an A1 day," but grinning with star struck eyes at Saul Goodman and then excitedly telling him to have that A1 day. He really is the last good, most innocent person on this show, and it makes me wonder if he will ever find out about his father's other life. And if so, how he would even deal with that?!?

Either way, it was great to see the tables flipped on Walter, as Jesse, Hank and Gomez came up with the brilliant plan to fool Walter into thinking they had his money. Poor Huell, duped by the old brains on the floor gag.

The tension was brilliantly ratcheted up a notch with Walter driving like he was auditioning for Fast & Furious, desperately calling out to Jesse not to burn his money (now, did he really care that the money was for his family or like Hank said, simply greedy? Was it about family or legacy?), doing all he could to stay on the line as his former friend called him a bitch. Over and over and over again.

Not to mention the fantastic look on Walter's face when he realized that not only was he tricked, but Jesse, Hank and Gomez were right behind him. Game over, Walter.

It was great to see them all together, Walter call Jesse a coward, Jesse spit on Walter (sorry, Mr. White) and Hank finally get his man. And all in the place where Jesse and Walter made their first cook together, no less.

But for a series like this, there was no way happy endings and victory for the "good guys" was going to be that simple.

I was so nervous as Hank called Marie to tell him he captured Walt and he loved her. I had a feeling - and still do - that those beautiful three words would be his final ones to is wife.

Those concluding moments of the standoff were pure nail-biting tension.

And it was good to see that even with Walter having descended into the man willing to kill others and even those closest to him, he still desperately tried to call off Todd and his crew from firing on Hank, Gomez and Jesse. There's still a some heart, some concern, even if the deaths mean he goes free.

I really don't think he wants his brother-in-law's death on his hands.

Of course, Breaking Bad had to cut to credits right in the midst of the blazing gunfight, Walter scrambling to avoid bullets and Jesse trying to get away. What a tease of ending that has me dying to know the outcome (one I'm sure is not going to end well).

Breaking Bad continues to prove just how great a show it is. Now, time to breathe, until next week at least.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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if you look closely, while Pinkman was in the car, he opened the door when the gunfight started. look closely and you will see Pinkman go down during the fight.

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Hey, wizarddrummer: I agree with your comments about the gunfight. Even if the two guys were wearing vests, we know that bullets would have at least knocked them down. But, it is also true that a head shot, to each, would've been easy before they made their way to cover. But this show is filled with continual instances of the fantastic and improbable at nearly every juncture. Still, we watch. Oh, there is one gunfight which I think is even more ridiculous. Please see the gunfight with John Wayne in, "True Grit." He rides a horse charging against four or five outlaws, also charging on their horses. They are all firing their six shooters at Wayne, who manages to shoot them all, while they can't seem to hit Wayne. How about something really funny. Check out the scene in "Blazing Saddles"
when the "Waco Kid" shoots the guns out of the hands of five (?) outlaws before they can even draw their guns. That's fast. Well, we will have to wait 'till next Sunday to see the outcome of the "Breaking Bad" gun battle. I predict something improbable or fantastic.

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All I care about is Walt finishing on top and Jesse must die. If that means Hank has to die, so be it. You get what you ask for. I don't see anything "evil" about Walt. The character is simply trying to survive. Don't forget how he got here: Jesse was no friggin' angel.

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@Wizard:
Also, the hit is on Jesse, not 2 DEA agents. However they probably need Hank and Gomez to move aside so Todd can take the shot. And I’m pretty sure Lydia gave the Ok for them to head out… and this makes me realize something else. How’d the Nazis get there so fast?

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that reply was intended to wizzarddrummer

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no one complained about it in pulp fiction (samuel l?) this is also TV mate, how things are shot are not necessarily the exact times they could happen. your meant to be enjoying the story not nit picking if the story matches reality exactly.. which btw in reality you would only see the experience as a person standing there from one point of view (perspective).. not many differenct camera angles. we could all sit around complaining about that couldnt we as it doesnt represent a REAL life perspective? lame comments whoever nitpicks over such a thing as this thrilling show imo

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Geez, they could have ended with a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid freeze frame. Just saying....

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We already know from the flash forward that Walt survives this and isn't locked up. So Hank and Gomez are killed. Only suspense is whether Jesse lives. No point for the absurd shootout and cliffhanger. Hank on the phone to Marie... "It may be awhile before I get home." Translation - I'm about to die.

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I'm no gun expert, Wizard, but even I thought it was ridiculous that Gomez and Hank weren't mowed down where they stood. The white power guys had plenty of time to aim and they had serious firepower. I appreciate they wanted to draw it out for dramatic effect, but it did strike me as rather ridiculous that not one was even wounded. Gomez should have at least been instantly killed and Hank could be saved for next episode. I'm also getting a bit tired of them cutting the credits in the middle of the action. It's a cheap ploy. I'm going to tune in next week already so why do it!?

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Correction for my comment below
They open fire with more than 100 rounds and not one round HITS either of the two people standing there.