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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E11 “Confessions”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show.  There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories.  No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show.  So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go.

1. And Here I Thought Aaron Paul Had Given Us Everything Last Week: After the heartbreaking rage-a-thon that was the end of last week’s episode “Confessions,” I would have been okay  if Aaron Paul had taken it easy this week.  But no, here he is, gobbling the scenery as if it were a bag of Funyuns.  Everyone is doing a magnificent job on the series, of course, but after a couple catatonic episodes, Aaron Paul is turning it up to 11.  Of course, Pinkman’s off the wagon here.  Shame.

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2. Jesse Pinkman All Alone: But Pinkman’s not only a loose cannon, he’s all alone in his downward spiral. In the last few episodes we’ve seen our main characters close rank.  Sky’s on team White, Hank and Marie firmly on team Schrader.  Saul’s got his lackeys and now Hank even has Gomez on his side.  But who’s looking out for Jesse?  Certainly not Badger.  So Walter’s efforts to reconcile with Jesse, to bring him back into the fold carry all the more weight when other, more “virtuous” characters (Hank, Sky) wish ill on him.  He’s not a rabid dog.  Far from it.  He’s the Lost Puppy of the series and in trying to protect him, Walt earns some of our sympathies back.  Last week commenters said they couldn’t envision a world in which Walt would hurt Jesse.  And I agree.  To a point.  We’ll get to that point.

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3. But, Seriously, How Disappointed Were You In Hank? First of all, I love that it was Hank who stopped Jesse.  I don’t think we saw that coming.  Most people guessed it would be Walt Jr. or Walt himself.  Secondly, I was so pleased when Hank seemed to want to take care of Jesse.  Jesse was with the Schraders!  He would be safe!  Marie’s making him lasagna!  Yeah, I fell for it.  Which makes me dumber than Pinkman, I guess.

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