Breaking Bad is this kind of show that should start with a little advice message “please be sure to have a defibrillator next to you because you’re going to have an attack”. Every time we think the episode was really tensed and the show couldn’t be better, and every time the next episode shows us there’s not limit.
This episode starts with a cute flashback moment from the first season when Jesse and Walter were cooking meth together for the first time in the van. It brings us back to this old good time when Walter was still a nice man a bit anxious of starting this business and of lying to his adorable pregnant wife.
Back to the present, the same desert quiet place is now a battle field. Hank is hurt; a bullet stuck in his leg; and his colleague is dead. Todd’s uncle is pointing a gun on him but Walter comes out of the car and asks him to spare his life because he is family. He even offers them millions of dollars but it’s a desperate plea. Hank is shot and Walt watches the whole scene before falling on the ground. He remains motionless as he is facing the consequences of his actions.
Finally standing up, Walter still wants his revenge on Jesse. They found him hidden under a car but he is saved by Todd who is going to keep him captivated into a sort of abattoir he is cooking meth right now. Walter faces his surrogate son. “I watched Jane Die. I was there and I watched her die. I could have saved her, but I didn’t.” We all knew this story would come back once but I never thought he would be at this moment. Not only Jesse is desperate and completely heartbroken but he is also now Todd’s slave, forced to cook and cook meth again and again to keep Brock and Andrea safe.
Meanwhile Mary pays a visit to her sister at the car wash. She is completely unaware of what happened to her husband. She just believes Hank didn’t call her yet because he got Walt and can’t say a word about it until he arrives at the police station. Thinking Walter was arrested she convinces Skylar to tell everything to Junior so he won’t learn the news from a stranger.
Unsurprisingly he doesn’t believe a word. Well we can’t blame him. If someone was telling you that the last 2 years your dad – who has always been the average American man, a nice teacher and sometimes a real sucker – became one of the most dangerous meth dealers of the state, would you believe this person? Unfortunately for him, he quickly has to face the truth when he and Skylar arrive at their house and see Walter packing quickly his stuff.
He tells them they have to leave but soon Skylar wonders what happen to Hank and thinks he kills him. Skylar grabs a knife and threatens her husband if he doesn’t leave the house. Way to go girl! She finally stops being manipulated by him, certainly Hank’s death plays a great part in her reaction. Killing innocent but complete strangers was morally wrong but he always finds a reason to explain it, but killing someone of the family was the line he shouldn’t have crossed.
The heartbreaking moment is when they both wrestle in front of their son who joins the fight to save his mother. Walt gained control and stood over his frightened wife and child appearing as a statue of domestic terror. The surprise of the scene comes from Junior who takes his phone and calls the police. So not only Walt sees his dreams of family bliss evaporate but the one who is sending him on the lam is his own son.
The climax came when Walt run from the house with baby Holly in his arms. But soon, as he is holding her he realizes that even his daughter doesn’t want him. She appears to be scared and is asking for her mother. Walt calls his home and assaults his wife, telling her that all of this is her fault because she never really supports him.
The episode ends with firemen at work noticing the lights of one of the truck is on. It leads one of them to check it and he discover Baby Holly inside the car, alone as Walter is actually getting into a mysterious red van heading somewhere certainly to find the New Start he wanted to have.