Breaking Bad, “Confessions” Review

Aaron Frias

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Let’s cut to the chase because at this point, the audience understands that Breaking Bad needs no introduction.  What is wrong with Todd?  Seriously.  His justification for killing the kid on the motorbike after the train robbery episode was because it was his understanding that absolutely no one could ever know of what they did.  But for some idiotic reason, he decides to brag to his uncle of said event.  Oh, but he left out the one major detail to the story.  A detail so dramatic that he couldn’t even tell his own uncle who kills for a living.  It’s haunting to think of Todd running his own lab when he often shows little hints here and there of how immature he can be.   And the way he casually tells Walt that the situation with Declan was a bit “messy” but taken care of was ridiculous.  Again, the kid means well but he will do something even more idiotic and shocking than shooting the boy on the dirt bike.  He will be the ultimate cause of Walt’s destruction.

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We all knew that Walt was an insane manipulator of everyone he knows but in this week’s episode, he took it a step further.  First, he used his cancer as an excuse when his son asked why he’s been so tired lately and why he stayed out all night.  It was a clever ploy to get him away from Marie.  She is the type of character who will not stop until she gets what she wants.  Secondly, Jesse calls him out saying that he needs to be out of the picture just so Walt can be clear.  He also gets called out for killing Mike.  Jesse is sick of Walt controlling him like a puppet and trying to comfort him, treating him like a son.  By having Walt hug Jesse while he sobs shows that he’s manipulating him once again.  That was the most insincere hug I have ever seen.  This may quite possibly be the last time we see Walt and Jesse “compassionate” with one another and knowing what these two have gone through, it makes me sad.

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“How about that guacamole?”  Now, we’ve seen the Whites and the Schraders sit down together for dinner countless times.  This time around, however, it’s the Whites VS. the Schraders.  The way Hank stares at Walt the entire scene is unsettling.  They desperately want Walter Jr. to stay over at their house but the Whites will not give up their son that easily.  Walter Jr. represents the middle-ground between the families.  He will remain that way until the day he really finds out what’s really going on.  Once he finally realizes the truth, he WILL side with Hank and Marie.

The beautiful thing about this show is that the moment you watch an episode for the first time, you instantly recognize what will become those “talked about scenes”.  It was the moment when Hank and Marie watch Walt’s “confession” tape.  For a show that doesn’t rely on twists, this was jaw-dropping.  We know Walt likes to take things a bit too far, in fact that would be an understatement.  But seeing him say the things he said in that tape was unbelievable…on a large number of levels.  He technically did confess, but flipped it around on Hank.  It’s obvious that he’s lying but it’s also astonishing that he had the nerve to place his own wrong doings on Hank.  However, Hank is smart and understands that it’s a threat.  I mean, look how convincing Walt sounds when he says those things.  Walt has made two tapes so far.  He went from saying, “This is not an admission of guilt” to “this is my confession.”  How the times have changed.  Also, Vince Gilligan could have just had a simple shot of both of them watching Walt’s tape, but he made it more intense.  The way the camera closes in on Walt’s mouth and eyes on the tv as he’s spewing lies was pure art.  This is a show that does not waste any shots whatsoever.  Whatever is shown to you is something that you are meant to notice.  When the tape ends, Hank finds another roadblock ahead of him.  When he learned that his treatment was paid for by Walt’s drug business, it was like he saw a ghost.  How will Hank proceed next week?

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We then get to the most intense final 10 minutes of the show this series has seen since the “One Minute” episode.  It was that moment when Jesse connected the dots about how Brock was truly poisoned.  Right when he was about to change his identity and begin a new life thanks to Saul, he took a glance at his pack of cigarettes.  Right before he left his office, Huell takes away his joint so he wouldn’t be high in front of the “vacuum salesman”.  It was that moment when he put two and two together which was very similar to the way Hank found out.   Jesse storms back into Saul’s office and beats the truth out of him.  Saul is a smart, fantastic character and acts as the comic-relief multiple times.  But if you twist his arm enough, he will confess.  The way Jesse punches Saul’s face and points the gun while Saul is on the ground feels much like when Jesse did the same thing to Walter when he suspected him of poisoning Brock with the ricin.  But honestly, how phenomenal was Aaron Paul’s performance?  His character was absolutely livid when he found out that Walt and Saul were behind the poisoning.  The look on his face, his eyes watering-up, skin turning red and sweating over a frightened Saul was absolutely intense.  We all knew he would find out eventually but it was a question as to how he would react.  I dread seeing Walt and Jesse meet up again, especially after Walt picked up an ice cold gun for an ice cold killer; himself.  Imagine if Walter Jr. was home when Jesse was about to burn their house.  We’re getting closer and closer to finding out how Walt transformed by his 52nd birthday and how Walt’s house became Heisenberg’s house.  Jesse storming to the house with gasoline is the tip of the iceberg for that answer.

Breaking Bad is 5 episodes away from completion.  The show wastes no time in advancing the story into new territory, which again proves the point that not a single episode is filler.  Everything that is said, done and shown all has a purpose that is leading up to something that no other television show has done. “Confessions” was an absolutely incredible episode that kept the momentum at full-speed going downhill.  The first half of the final 8 episodes is laying down the gasoline.  The final 4 is where the match will be lit to burn down everything that Walt has become.

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