“HE CAN’T KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH IT!!”
We are now four episodes away from witnessing the dramatic conclusion to one of the best television shows on the planet. Everything that we have seen from past episodes were all small pieces to an enormous puzzle. As each episode airs, the camera is slowly panning out to the ultimate big picture that Vince Gilligan has been trying to show us since the pilot.
This week’s episode, “Rabid Dog” was all about Jesse, even when a particular scene didn’t include him. The events all involved Jesse in some way, shape or form. One could argue that Marie talking with her therapist indirectly involved Jesse as well, though she was focused on talking about Walt. I got chills just thinking about the possibility of her poisoning Walt and having his actions come back to bite him. Ironically enough, she has so much hatred for Walt that she doesn’t even mind Jesse staying at their house. This is Marie we’re talking about here. She so desperately wants her husband to win that she doesn’t mind having a “junkie” spending the night. But she also is extremely dramatic about everything. Remember, she made a big deal about the possibility of Walter Jr. smoking pot. What’s going to be her final reaction after everything is said and done?
We then have the White house soaked in gasoline caused by Jesse who was literally seconds away from burning it to the ground. This show and its cliffhangers. If each cliffhanger lasted an extra few seconds, we would have seen Hank stopping Jesse in his tracks in the last episode. Watch how close the flame was to the paper in Jesse’s hands. And now we have Hank and Jesse teaming up to take down the great Heisenberg once and for all. This episode was edited very well because as Walt has to sneak into his own house (once again), we are left wondering why Jesse changed his mind about the situation. Skylar doesn’t believe that he had a change of heart and she was absolutely correct about the house being a danger to the family. Even crazier to think that both Saul and Skylar suggest that Walt kill Jesse because, “What’s one more?”. It goes back to when Mike lectured Walt about not taking anymore “Half-Measures”.
Think about this for a minute. There have been many instances of Jesse sitting in the passenger’s seat of a car. Often it’s Walt driving, other times it’s been Mike and now this week it’s Hank. Whenever Jesse has to sit in the passenger’s side of the car, whoever is driving is manipulating him. With Walt…well that one should be obvious. When Mike was driving, Jesse was being setup to test his loyalty and to make Walt suspicious of Gus’s actions. Hank at first seems like he wants to make Jesse a 50/50 partner but it’s revealed that Hank couldn’t care less what happens to him as long as he captures Walt red-handed.
When Jesse tells Hank and Gomie that Walt is the devil and always one step ahead, he doesn’t say that lightly. Walt and Jesse were always one step ahead of Hank throughout everything that they’ve done. However, Jesse siding with Hank, despite him being manipulated, will bring Hank and Walt to a neck-and-neck race. Walt will no longer be in the lead. I hope that next week’s episode will show Jesse’s confession tape because he apparently revealed quite a lot. I’m curious as to if he revealed everything or left out some crucial elements to the story.
As the episode was winding down, the ultimate showdown between Walt and Jesse was about to be seen until Jesse got spooked by a mysterious and intimidating looking individual who he thought was hired by Walt. Jesse was expecting to get killed instantly. Do you really think Jesse was about to listen to reason with Walt? That confrontation would not have been pretty and I fear that the real battle will be seen shortly, if Hank doesn’t get to Walt first. And now, Jesse reveals that burning his house down wouldn’t have been enough. He’s going to get him where he REALLY lives. What could that mean? Is he threatening his family? Walt involved himself in this line of work for his family and now it will cause the destruction of said family. And now Walt wants to involve Todd and his crazy uncle in the mix? I am not expecting a cheerful ending for this show; in fact I know that it will be borderline depressing. Yet, it will be extremely satisfying at the same time. “Breaking Bad” is one of the few shows that can cause stress among the audience and yet we crave for more of it. Four. More. Episodes!