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'Breaking Bad' - 'One Minute' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted May 3rd 2010 12:03AM
How did the cousins become the cold, unfeeling mutants we've perceived them to be? It started with a dunk in the beer bucket. Uncle's lesson may have been about family, but what sunk in to the youthful psychopaths was how to kill someone in one minute. A minute would turn out to be their undoing ...

Picking up from last week, Hank erupted and attacked Jesse viciously, but why on earth did Jesse let him walk through the door? Was Jesse looking for a beat down, because he had to anticipate this bull of a man was not there to chat. The gravity of what Hank did was played realistically, and if Hank listened to Marie, he would have lied about the incident. He chose to man up and accept what he did, that he broke the law, even if it meant the end of his career.

Jesse's rage was on full display in two scenes -- the initial one when Saul and Walt visited him in the hospital, then later with just Walt. This anger has been building since Jane's death and his stint in rehab. Jesse has shown flashes of it before, but after getting beaten by Hank -- basically taking the punishment for the whole RV in the scrap yard situation -- Pinkman let loose. His tirade about how he would destroy Hank's life and haunt him for years to come shook Walt to the core. It even made Saul wonder about 'alternatives.'

What was shocking was that as hateful as Jesse sounded about Hank, his one on one with Walt was worse. Skyler hates Walt, but she hasn't verbalized it. Jesse did, blaming Mr. White for destroying his life and leaving him alone and isolated. The depth of Jessie's pain was then characterized with the cartoon pain chart.

Kudos to Walt for taking Jesse's venom and responding with the one morsel he could give Jessie to assuage him: Jesse's meth was as good as Walt's. That's what it's come to for these two. The fact that Jesse calmed down and accepted the deal was somewhat predictable, but it was probably inevitable that Jesse and Walt would reunite. They are partners in crime.

Why is the Heisenberg partnership back on? Because Walt realized he was safer with Jesse as an ally than an adversary, so he deep-sixed Gale. That fell under the category of keep your friends close and your enemies closer. The money doesn't matter to Walt, so $1.5 million for Jesse was a small price to pay to get him off Hank's back.

And that goes back to his scene with Skyler in which she reminded him that Hank was family... Despite was Walt said, he does consider Hank family and this was something Hank could do to try and make right everything he'd done wrong.

In the parking lot confrontation, if cousin number two had not gone for the axe to eviscerate Hank, there's no way Hank would have found the hollow-point cartridge that allowed him to blow off his head with a last shot.

But why were the cousins were so concerned about bullet proof vests? They knew they were going to get the drop on Hank. He had no way of knowing there was a hit out on him, and until the call and the one minute notice was given, Hank was a dead duck. The call, by the way, had to be from Gus. Eliminating the cousins would make Gus' life a lot easier and this way, his hands would be clean.

The threat from the cousins is over now, but Uncle is still alive and will want revenge. It wouldn't be a surprise if another set of cousins showed up to go after Heisenberg. Gus' maneuver bought time for Walt to cook, but the Mexicans still want Walt dead.

Finally, in a twisted way, since Jesse was dropping the charges, Hank may get reinstated to the DEA. And after stopping two Mexican drug killers in the parking lot where another man was murdered, Hank could be hailed a hero and be fast-tracked back into action. Unfortunately, for Walt and Jesse, he'll be right back on the Heisenberg trail.

Other points of interest

-- Saul's priceless. His assessment of Jesse's pummeled face was that it was a 'get out of jail free' card. No sympathy, just business.

-- Poor Gale. He was blindsided by Walt's rejection and without ever knowing why it was really happening, the guy could be scarred for life from that experience.

-- The gun dealer was a fast talker, which was a good thing because he was going on about sex involving golden showers.

-- Great moment: Marie and Hank in the elevator. He cried and held her, but when the elevator opened again, it was over. Did it really happen or was it what Hank wished he had done? I think it was real.

-- Skyler liked Walt's new townhouse. Her comment: "Crime really does pay."

-- Hank admitted he had been freezing up on the job, a fact that played out initially when he saw the cousins coming.

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I think Mike made the call to warn Hank, not Gus. Mike has been watching everyones back.

Remember the scene in the hospital where we see Mike outside the room of the dying cousing.

Mike...he's the man!

May 13 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG how intense was that? I was actually screaming at the screen for him to get out of the parking lot! I wonder of Hank survives? Nice acting from the hospital bed too...that anger seemed totally believable.

May 05 2010 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Mexicans needed bulletproof vests because they assumed Hank would be armed. Remember... Hank was still gainfully employed when they bought them, and it was only a short time before their ambush that his weapon was taken away from him.
Amazing episode. I can't wait to see what happens next. Breaking Bad is undeniably the best show on television!!!!!

May 04 2010 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hopefully Gale is gone for good....he was annoying.

Ugh...when Hank was warned in the parking lot, I was yelling at the tv to get out of there. If someone called me telling me two ppl were coming in one minute to kill me, I would get the hell out of there. I wouldnt stick around to see if its true or not!

The scene w/ Hank in the elevator was real...Im sure Hank wanted sympathy w/ Marie and broke down, but didnt want to ruin that "tough boy" image.

Why does e/o seems to think the brothers are gone? Didnt you see the previews for next week? One of them is still alive. You saw the one who got crushed w/ the truck in a hospital bed....looks like he has no legs now.

The scene w/ Jessie telling Walt how he was going to make his BIL's life a living hell was intense!

May 04 2010 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gus surely got far more interesting this week, but everyone seems to have missed it. We now find out that he was a general in South America and thus has military experience. We also found out that Don Salamanca is not in his corner.

Clearly he has Mike, the Cleaner, in his employ. Remember when the Cousins showed up at Walt's house when he was in the shower. The word Pollo was texted to them and they left to meet Gus. He sent the Cousins after Hank, had them followed by Mike, and then warned Hank. He wanted the Cousins off his turf and he did so.

Finally, the lab, yes that glorious piece of science was all put in place without Hank's chemistry expertise. Gus has to have some heavy contacts and experience to get it right.

The story should start to focus more on Gus and the Mexican cartel as the Cousins and Hank look to be off the radar for some time.

May 03 2010 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone notice that it took exactly one minute between "no, too easy" and the gun going off?

May 03 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who warned Hank? Isn't it obvious? Who has, or can get his cell number? Who has access to voice-altering equipment? Mike--(Jonathan Banks) was following the cousins.

May 03 2010 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dgm103's comment

Bingo Bango, Gus is at the top of the command, he wouldn't dare get this close.

May 03 2010 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was such a terrific episode, I had to watch both airings. Also, very nice performance from A.Paul. One thing that stood out to me was that Hank's ambush by the brothers seemed careless for them. Why would they shoot at him from the back of the SUV if they could have each come at him from one side of the car or the front and gotten a clean shot? Great episode nonetheless and I look forward to watching each week.

May 03 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Carl's comment

Because if they shot from opposite sides of the car there's a chance they'd shoot each other. The front/side attack makes sense from that perspective.

If it was Gus that called Hank, how did he know the attack time down to the exact minute?

Pretty damn good episode.

May 03 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Television at its best that's actually more like a segmented indie film. `Sure makes the bulk of network fare pale by comparison.

May 03 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am kind of glad to see Gale go so early. I fully expected that he was brought in to learn Walt's recipe. Gus was holding off the brothers until Walt's three month contract was up. Then, Gale would take over Walt's work and Gus keeps the business going. Now with the brothers AND Gale out of the picture, how will Gus handle the situation once Walt is done? Who will cook for him now?
Just more proof of how Vince Gilligan has a lot more in store for us for this year and to come!!
This is why it is one of the best shows on television!

May 03 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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