Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2013 by Joanna Robinson
5. I Think We All Have A New Catchphrase Now: I went on record as not being a big fan of the meme-able, tweet-able lines from the Breaking Bad universe. That being said, I can’t wait for someone to cross me today so I can hurl this threat at them.
6. The Other Contender For The Acting MVP Title: I’ve heard several people mention Betsy Brandt’s Marie as the emotional core of this episode. I still give Anna Gunn the edge, but that’s not because Brandt was anything short of amazing. Marie’s kleptomania reared its ugly head again. Dave would be so disappointed.
Though I suspect some of you may have appreciated Brandt’s performance for another reason. Much the way I did a little jig when Hank clocked Walt last week, I’d wager Marie’s slap was cathartic for those of you who are less than effusive about Skyler.
7. The Numbers Are Bad: In a fun little Easter Egg for the Breaking Bad crackpot theorists like myself, the powers that be worked up the following GPS coordinates which, yep, point to the Albuquerque production offices for Breaking Bad. That’s pretty cute, but I was ready to go full-Hurley about them.
8. Forget Numerology, Let’s Talk Iconography: Series creator Vince Gilligan was raised Catholic and has mentioned on multiple occasions that Breaking Bad is a good old-fashioned story of the corrupting, corrosive and seductive ways “evil” can pervade even the most innocent-seeming lives. I thought this shot of Skyler and Walter was a contender for best of the episode and I couldn’t help put flash on Michaelangelo’s Pietà. Does this mean that Walter White is our stand-in for Jesus? Hardly. If anyone deserves thorny martyr crown, it’s Pinkman. But this is not the first time Skyler has been given Mary imagery. Specifically in last year’s episode “Fifty-One,” she was shot both with a halo and, when she took that dip in the pool, her skirt floated up around her head to echo Mary’s iconic blue mantle. Am I saying Skyler is a stand-in for all that is goodness and light? No, but she is certainly The Mother figure in the context of this morality play.