Breaking Bad S04E08: I Have A Feeling We’re Not In Chile Anymore, Ugh
This week opened with what was basically an extended “previously on” scene — Gus explaining to Hector the deaths of his nephews, and their connection to Hank, complete with footage from last season. “This is what comes from blood for blood, Hector,” he says. And then there are some shots of a swimming pool. And then I have no idea what is going on at all but am VERY worried about it!
After the Gus intro, we see Walt at the hospital. I think this is either the first or one of the first times we’ve really seen him as Walt-The-Cancer-Patient this season, and it’s kind of odd. Mostly because he seems kind of vulnerable, which is something he has been fighting against seeming this season (and always, but mostly this season). Plus it’s always odd to see him with no shirt:
But that odd vulnerability is very soon replaced with the hard-headed, annoying, masked vulnerability that has basically been his #1 character trait this season. UGH, WALT. The guy sitting next to him asks him a question and then starts to talk about how cancer has changed his life. Which, admittedly, would annoy me as well. But Walt goes into a heavy-handed “never give up control” speech that is just so annoyingly THIS SEASON, that I can hardly even take it. Really, it was a bit frustrating. How many times are we going to hear Walt give this speech to different people? I GET IT. I get it, he thinks he’s in charge but also he’s scared but also he wants to “maintain” the control that he doesn’t really even have in the first place. Oyyoyoy. “Every day, who’s in charge? Me. That’s how I live my life.” is basically the tagline for this season. But with a slanty-face emoticon at the end in parentheses.
Next we see Gustavo being called into the police station for questioning. AHH! EEK! They ask why his fingerprints were found in Gale’s house, and he tells them that Gale was the recipient of a chemistry scholarship in 1999 that he set up, and that the week before Gale was shot he stopped by Los Pollos to ask him to dinner to catch up. They ask where he was on the night of Gale’s murder, he tells them he was at a thing. They ask why there is no record of him ever having lived in Chile, and he says that is due to General Pinochet’s government being unreliable at keeping records. And then they let him go. Hank is unconvinced, but the rest of the guys feel like his story — combined with his reputation as an upstanding DEA supporter — are enough, and they don’t want to look into his case any further. And his stories were pretty good! The Gale one was maybe a little weak, because really, why WOULD Gale show up after so many years the week before he was murdered? But the scholarship thing was good. I guess? Actually, can’t they just look into that more and prove that the scholarship never existed? Unless it did exist. In which case, him coming to Gus a week before he was murdered is still kind of weird. But for the most part, Gus is very good at what he does. Skyler would be very impressed.
Because Hank is the only one left who is suspicious of Gus, he decides to take matters into his own hands/Walt’s hands. WALT’S HANDS? OH NO! Hank asks Walt to drive him to some sort of rocks (MINERALS!) expo, and on their way Hank reveals that they’re actually going to Los Pollos to put a GPS tracking device on Gus’s car. Uhoh! As Hank is telling Walt all of his suspicions about Gus, and how Walt’s questioning of Gale’s “genius” basically made Hank into the DEA superagent he is today, Mike pulls up next to them. Ha-ha. It is moments like those that make me miss when this show was a dark dramady, rather than just a dark drama. More dark joke-y type things, please! At first Walt resists Hank’s request for the GPS placement. And then Hank says, “This is really important to me, you’re gonna make me beg ya? Come on, just stick it in there,” which is actually exactly what she said. And then Walt agrees to do it. But he doesn’t do it. But then Gus tells him to do it. So he does it on the way out. It is all very tense, and Walt makes the teethface a lot.
Afterwards, Walt heads to the lab to yell at the security camera, as he is wont to do. I’m sure someone could make some sort of argument about how his arguing with the security camera is kind of like arguing with his version of God, as he’s arguing with a representation of something that is in complete control of his life, only hoping that it will help, and how this is connected with what he told the other cancer patient at the beginning who said the thing about “man makes plans and God laughs,” and also he has to look up because that’s where the camera is, but that person is NOT ME. I’m not sure if you came here hoping that I would talk about how the security camera thing is like a God thing but I will certainly not do that.
In any case, he tells the security camera what happened with Hank, and explains how they have a mutual interest in solving that situation non-violently, since Hank’s death would now seem very suspicious, and they would look at Gus first as a suspect. All true. It will be very interesting to see how the Gus/Hank situation will be solved. Maybe they will both die? I WISH I COULD FAST FORWARD TIME AND FIND OUT!
From there, Walt goes to Jesse’s house to pressure him about killing Gus. He tells him to do it as soon as possible — sometime this week, but Jesse lies and says he hasn’t even seen Gus since the time at the diner. Walt tells Jesse that he should ask Mike to set him up with a meeting with Gus, so he can coach him on what to say if Hank brings him in. This is not the best idea. Even if he got a meeting, where would he put the poison? You know? “Gus, I brought you some coffee.” “Gus, I brought you a sandwich.” “Gus, I brought you some poison I MEAN SOME GATORADE.” It would all look pretty suspicious? But anyway, when Jesse steps away for a moment, he gets a text message and Walt checks it. Boooo, Walt. Haven’t you ever read an advice column? Never check other people’s text messages! It’s from Mike (I assume, it’s from a restricted number) saying their meeting with the boss is canceled. Ooooh, Jesse. When he comes back Walt tells Jesse that he thinks he “got a phone call,” which, LOL. “Something make a sound in your coat, did you have an alarm set on your watch?” basically. C’mon, Walt! You know what a text message sounds like. Also, uhoh, do you think Jesse is against you now? He isn’t really! You guys should speak honestly with each other! This is not the way to form a lasting relationship!
After that, we see Mike on the phone with Gus discussing the Hank problem. Gus learns that the GPS tracker on his car is not a DEA thing — just a Hank thing. So he takes it off of his car. Guys, is Hank going to die? Hank can’t die! How will that not seem like Gus killed him? They can only BOTH die. Maybe everyone will die. Maybe the whole town will explode. I’m glad I don’t write this show because I would only have to end it on the whole town exploding because I have no idea.
The final scene was another very, very good final scene. A flashback to when Gus and his partner first approached the Cartel with their ideas for distributing meth, when the Cartel only dealt in cocaine. It’s kind of funny how endearing and sympathetic Breaking Bad allows meth manufacturers to become, and Gus and his partner in this scene take advantage of that. And they have to be endearing and sympathetic characters, because that’s what makes the moment the Cartel turns on them so intense. The boss, Don Eladio, seemingly convinced of the worth of the pair’s meth, asks why they need Gus if his partner is the chemist. And while his partner is explaining Gus’s worth, Hector kills him. AHHHHHHHHH! The partner, I mean. Gus is obviously still alive. And from that moment he shoots him, you hear an unsettling ringing noise rising in volume, and see blood dripping into the pool like from the beginning, while Hector tells Gus that he is the reason for his friend’s death, and Jesus Christ it is great and awful and very intense. Hector tells him that the only reason Gus is not dead as well is because he “knows who he is” from Chile. The scene ends with Gus crying and looking into the eyes of his dead friend and hooooooly moly. I love Gus now?! I am so easily manipulated! STOP BEING MEAN TO MY GUS!
So, that was great. And I do honestly believe it makes Gus into a more sympathetic character. Which is interesting. And what does that mean that he knows who he is in Chile? And when will he die? Lots of questions! If only I had a Click remote.
Oh also Skyler broke her closet.
SEE YA NEXT WEEK!