Hey Breaking Bad-ders! Welcome to the recap for Season 5 Episode 5, aka “The one where they rob a motherfucking train”. I’m back from my vacation AND back from my post-vacation illness (yes, I went on vacation and got sick immediately after. yes, what the fuck?). I’d like to thank Cathode Tube for filling in for me while I was out of commission.
Now let’s get to the recap!
PREVIOUSLY ON BREAKING BAD
Here’s what they’d like us to remember this week…
-Last week, when Skyler ruined Walt’s birthday dinner by taking a dive into the pool with her clothes on. Overtly it was a cry for help, but really it was Skyler’s plan to appear insane so Hank and Marie would take the kids off Skyler’s hands for a while, thus buying the kids some temporary safety. Or at least that’s Skyler’s plan, anyway.
-The DEA is continuing to keep tabs on Mike. They know he’s dirty and in some way connected to Gus’s meth empire, but they don’t have any dirt on him yet. So they’re keeping a surveillance team on him. Oddly, this doesn’t really play into the episode this week. If the DEA is keeping tabs on Mike, it’s happening offscreen…and it means Mike has basically given the DEA enough to put him, Walt, and Jesse away for good.
-Todd, the guy at the pest control business, taking initiative by telling Walt and Jesse about the nanny cam in the first fumigation house/covert meth lab. Todd will be returning this week to help Walt and Jesse with the train heist, and he clearly wants to be a bigger part of their operation.
-The tracking device on the methylamine barrel that Jesse discovered last week. Did the DEA place it there, or was it Lydia who did it, hoping to convince Mike that her methylamine source is compromised? Last week Mike was ready to kill Lydia over this but Jesse barely held him off.
A dirt bike rides through the landscape, then comes to a stop. The driver is an adolescent boy. We’ve never seen him before and we don’t know who he is. He sees something. A tarantula. He lets it walk onto his hand and then picks it up, examining it. He’s engrossed. He takes out a glass jar—maybe he came out here specifically to collect a tarantula?—and returns to his bike. Off in the distance, a train whistle blows.
Hank is settling into his new office as the ASAC. He places a framed picture of himself and Marie on his desk. Then, Gomez comes by with a guest. It’s Walt.
Gomez sees himself out. Alone, Hank admires Walt’s new watch—the one Jesse got Walt for his birthday last week, and the one Walt used to teach Skyler a lesson about how people who used to want him dead (like Jesse) have come around (by, say, giving him a watch for his birthday).
They sit. Hank wants to know how Skyler’s been since the swimming pool incident. Walt has good news. Skyler’s decided to start going back to work at the car wash to keep herself occupied. She’s also begun seeing a shrink, though Walt can’t remember the doctor’s last name. So, progress. Or, at least enough to make it plausible to someone outside The Secret, like Hank.