Hey, Breaking Bad-ders. Welcome to the recap for Season 5 Episode 8, aka “Gliding All Over”, aka the finale of the first half of Season 5. That’s right, there will be no more new episodes until next year. AMC is blue-balling us.
This week’s episode is a bit unusual because it involves lots of time jumps, which cuts down on the tension and suspense in the story. But instead of a train robbery or an assassination plot on a Mexican cartel guy, we get some Big Answers and some Major Developments. So let’s get to it!
Let’s see what we’re meant to keep in mind this week.
-Mike’s nine associates are still in jail. To recap, when Walt killed Gus and dismantled his meth empire, the DEA has swept up all of Mike’s old employees from the Gus days and is keeping them in jail. Mike had been paying them hush money through his lawyer, but last week Mike’s lawyer Dan got caught, and, more importantly, Mike got shot. Time Warner’s description for this week’s episode mentioned Walt tying up “loose ends”. It’s still not quite clear how much Mike’s nine know about Walt, but I’m guessing they’re the big one.
(Oh, and, to clarify, there are actually ten guys in lockup, because the DEA has tossed Dan the lawyer in there with them).
-Todd, the newest member of Walter White and Associates, mentioned a couple episodes ago that he has an uncle in prison who can help the business in some way. We haven’t met the uncle yet, and we don’t know exactly what favor Nephew Todd is going to ask of him, but this week we will.
-Last week, Jesse finally decided to break up with Walt over the death of the boy in the desert. Jesse tried to get a $5 million payout to take with him but Walt warned him if he leaves the business, he gets nothing. That’s where things stand between them.
-Walt shot Mike last week because Mike called him an egotistical mess, but the reason Walt confronted Mike in the first place was because Walt wanted a list of the names of Mike’s associates. Mike refused, and as Mike lay dying, Walt realized Lydia probably has the list, too. Walt and Lydia left things on relatively good terms, business-wise, so he’ll be paying her a visit this week.
-One more time: Mike died. Damn it. I miss him already.
VAMONOS PEST CONTROL
We open on a fly standing on a desk lamp. Walt is staring at it, waiting.
Outside, a cab pulls up. Todd gets out. He’s here to meet Walt.
Todd finds Walt in the office. (Strangely, Walt isn’t sitting behind the desk, he’s on the other side facing the desk, and his back is to the door, the only entry point. What the hell is that about?) Todd is reporting back to Walt to tell him how the cleanup went—it looks like Walt got Todd here to take care of Mike’s car (and maybe his body?). We learn Todd took Mike’s car to the same junkyard where Walt and Jesse disposed of the old RV/mobile cook lab, and, more recently, where Walt and the gang acquired the giant magnet to destroy Gus’s laptop in the police evidence room.