Posted on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 by Joanna Robinson
8. Well It’s A Good Thing Anna Gunn Wrote That New York Times Article Last Week: This is the moment Skyler Haters have been waiting for. We can no longer claim that Skyler is a good woman trapped in a bad situation. Nor can we claim that she’s only broken bad-ish. Here she is pushing Walt to kill someone. (And not just anyone, of course. She’s looking to put Our Favorite Puppy down.) In short, Sky goes full Lady Macbeth here, demanding Walt screw his courage to the sticking point. I can’t argue with you folks on this one. I mean, I’m still sympathetic to Skyler. But she crossed a major line here. I have to wonder if Gunn wrote that NYT piece in anticipation of the hate she would receive this week. There are moments in this scene where I loved her. For instance, when Walt sneeringly asked if she was spying on him and she drily claims to “feel terrible” about it. I’m saving that one. And she’s not entirely wrong. Her family is in danger. But she doesn’t know Jesse like we know him. Like Walt knows him. And so this? Ice cold.
9. What’s Another Shakespearean Reference Among Friends?: Skyler may get to play Lady Macbeth here, but Jesse is doing an awfully good Hamlet impression. (The Hamlet theory is heightened by two mentions of being pricked/stabbed. One from Saul and another from Jesse. This, you may recall, is how Laertes, Hamlet and Claudius die. Ophelia (Jane?) drowned and Gertrude (Sky?), well, she drinks poison.) There’s a scene in Act III of Shakespeare’s most famous play where Hamlet finds his Uncle Claudius (who has killed his father and married his mother) praying. Hamlet has been plotting his revenge on his uncle and this is his moment. His one clean shot. “Now I might do it,” the prince says. But he doesn’t. Oh he has his reasons. In his mind if he killed Claudius right then, his murdering uncle would go to heaven. Jesse’s reasons for not acting here are a little less philosophical. He’s convinced Walt’s got a hit man waiting for him. But the circumstances are the same. This was Jesse’s clean shot to take down Walt with the help of Hank and that wire. And he didn’t act. He played the indecisive prince. And, just as in Hamlet, we the audience know what our hero doesn’t. THAT was his chance. Claudius wasn’t actually praying and that menacing bald man that frightened Jesse was just waiting on his daughter. And so, at the end of the story, when the stage is strewn with bodies, we’ll all look back at this moment. Then might he have done it.
10. Because Look Out Old Jackie’s Back: I’ve heaped a lot of praise on the performances in general this episode without giving Bryan Cranston his proper due. From high-comedy (Gan Can Antics!) to profound tragedy, Cranston nailed it all. As he always does. I’ll admit that I was wrong and believe, now, that Walt doesn’t want to hurt Jesse. But I also believe that he will. If he has to. No, I doubt he’s putting a hit out on the boy, but it’s really never a good idea to get Uncle Jack involved if you want things to end without bloodshed. Either way, the supremacists are back in the game in a very real way and this means trouble.
Crackpot Theories Of The Week: First of all, let’s acknowledge that the WYRUP thing paid off this week. So good job, license plate crack pots!
And if the license plate is any indication, I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility that this mug spells D-E-A-(handle that looks like another) D. Is this Jesse’s future?
Alternatively, will Hank go so far outside the law in his pursuit of Walt that he himself lands in jail? Marie too?
Musical Moment Of The Week: If you haven’t had a chance to listen to our interview with series composer Dave Porter, please please do. I have such a higher appreciation for the work that man does. So, in honor of him, the musical moment of the week is the reprise of last week’s “Gas Can Rage.” We heard it again in the middle of this episode and, along with the sizzle/crunch of the score that accompanied Walt’s tense break-in at the top of the episode, intensified our anxiety.