Hello, Breaking Bad-ers! We’re back with recaps of Season Five! Also, hello to all fans of me, St. Clare of Assisi! As you may have noticed, I’ve taken a sabbatical from TVgasm. But now I’m back and ready to provide you with your BrBa recaps and discussion.
And if you HAVEN’T noticed I’ve been gone, well, fuck you too.
I used a smiley face after I said that, see. It wasn’t hostile.
Anyway, Breaking Bad! Yes, we’re back for Season Five. It would take up way too much space to recap all of what went on last year, so I’ll stick to a brief intro in the “Previously On” section, and refresh our collective memories in the recap itself when necessary. So without further ado, let’s get started…
Here’s what they highlight for us from previous seasons:
-The entire Walt-Gus arc, starting with Walt working in Gus’s lab under constant surveillance—there was a security camera on Walt at all times, which is important for this week’s episode—and ending with Walt turning the tables on Gus and having him blown to smithereens. (With an assist from Tio Salamanca, who I will most definitely miss)
-And then the three medical emergencies from the end of last season, starting with Brock’s Lily of the Valley poisoning, and Jesse’s resulting guilt. To recap: Jesse was beginning to shift his allegiance from Walt to Gus, so Walt, ever the industrious one, poisoned Jesse’s girlfriend’s kid Brock and framed Gus for it. Brock, it turns out, will survive, but questions remain: first, how will Jesse move on from this scare? (Remember, Jesse has already lost a kid in his life once). And second, will he find out that, um, WALT POISONED BROCK?!?!?!
-Then there’s Mike, whom we last saw laid up in a makeshift hospital in Mexico, recovering from some gunshot wounds. All was the result of last season’s big coup, when Gus, Jesse, and Mike paid a visit to Mexico poison the local cartel kingpin Don Eladio so Gus could control the meth market. Things were left up in the air with Mike, but now we’ll get an update on his health.
-And finally, there’s Ted Beneke. Remember him? Last season he was running into some trouble with the IRS and Skyler tried to get him to use some of Walt’s meth money to pay off his debts and avoid an audit, which would have left Sky and Walt exposed. Ted wouldn’t play ball, so Skyler had Saul get his henchmen to muscle, but Ted tried to escape and ran head-first into his kitchen island. So we’ll see how bad that injury really was. It looked pretty bad. Possibly even fatal.
And now, Season Five Episode One.
We open on a plate of breakfast food. Hands arrange the bacon into the number “52”. If you remember back to the pilot, there was a similar image to start the whole series, of Walt arranging his bacon into a number. Only, then it was “50”, and it signified his 50th birthday. Presumably, that means this is Walt, and today is his 52nd birthday.
Or it could also be that Walt is just a huge fan of President Eisenhower, elected in 1952. Gotta love those Eisen-heads.
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