BREAKING BAD Recap: “Buried”

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Breaking Bad hasn’t shied away from anything so far in the back half of its final season, has it?  No half measures!  The secrets that have been brewing and the confrontations that have been building since the first season are all coming out, one after another, in rapid succession.  Even Baby Holly has gotten thrown into the mix (but where is Walt, Jr, and is anyone concerned about his breakfast?)  As most predicted, Hank did not in fact “tread lightly” this week, but is taking his time from here on out to make sure he gets things right.  Let the chess match begin.  Hit the jump for more.

breaking-bad-season-5-part-2-posterHas an hour ever flown by so quickly?  There’s a lot to unpack from “Buried,” but the main thrust was the implosion of Walt’s family.  Although, Walt has been through this before with Skyler, and it was clear from the moment she sat down with Hank that she was following through with the choice she made regarding that impending schism.  When she went into business with Walt and began working as his accomplice, even under duress, she chose a side: it was Walt over Hank and Marie, and it’s a position she continues to hold.

For those who have wavered in their appreciation of Skyler (and for shame, truly), the scene in the bathroom proved once again how much Walt needs her as part of his operation.  In a moment of weakness he considers turning himself in as long as she keeps the money, thus ensuring all of this (and “all of this” is a legitimate fuck ton of weight, here) was not for nothing.  But as Skyler points out, the money is gone if he turns himself in, so lay low.  The evidence is not there.  Hank has suspicion, but nothing else.

Enter Jesse, who is in the opposite situation from Walt.  He doesn’t want the money, and he does want this all to be nothing.  Does that mean that he could become Hank’s golden ticket to putting Walt away?  Jesse’s checked-out demeanor in the interrogation room could go either way.  The money was the only thing he had left that would warrant his silence, and now that it’s gone, what would hold him back from turning on Walt if he thought it would cleanse his soul?  It’s a question we can’t begin to answer yet, and the (brilliantly) cruel writers left us hanging* just at the moment of truth.  If that confrontation is anything like the others this season, it won’t be cryptic.

breaking-bad-buried-dean-norrisMeanwhile, there was a whirlwind cover up from Walt via Saul regarding his money, i.e. the pile of evidence.  Though Walt (and Saul) were concerned obviously about Hank, they didn’t seem to remember about Jesse.  Then again, it speaks to Walt’s arrogance that he feels he handled that in a way that wouldn’t require follow-up.  Despite his admitting to Skyler that it was his mistake that lead Hank to working out Walt is Heisenberg, Walt’s hubris is still very much in play.  It would be fitting that the person he has manipulated the most on the show would be the one to bring him down.  Or will Jesse help Walt escape so that his actions up to now have meant something?  All we know now is that the monkey is in the banana patch, capisce?

Episode Rating: A 

Musings and Miscellanea:

– * = no, I didn’t bother watching another thirty minutes of Low Winter Sun to see the teasers for next week as of writing this.

– I don’t know why I’m bothering to rate these episodes. The show is the best thing on the air. Not every episode is going to be as good as some of the others, sure, but at this point it’s impossible to tell which ones will pale in comparison.  In the moment, each is genius.  “Buried” was mostly about plot points, though it did have some great character moments. What’s not to like?

– So, Lydia and Todd are in cahoots.  There’s obviously going to be a reason we’re still following Lydia as she continues on with the operation without Walt.  I think Todd will come back to haunt Walt somehow.

– The Heisenberg standard is the only standard.

breaking-bad-buried-anna-gunn– “AM I UNDER ARREST?!” is the new “Shut up shut up shut up!” for Skyler.

– The lotto ticket to mark the coordinates of the buried cash was truly a stroke of genius.

– Nice shot from above of Jesse on the merry-go-round, and also the rolling barrel cam.

– “He’s a monster” – Hank

– Hank with the cell phone calling Skyler … this episode escalated quickly.  That garage door has become such a signal for “shit is getting real.”

– Speaking of, Marie pieced all of the facts together about what Skyler knew when rather quickly, didn’t she?

– Walt asked Skyler if she was happy to hear the cancer was back.  Remember when she said she couldn’t wait for it to kill him?

– I cannot believe Marie tried to snatch that baby.  Skyler really restrained herself.

– Can someone remind me of the significance of the number of the interrogation room?  I know it’s a recurring one on the show.

– “Mexico. Alls I’m saying” – Huell, playing Scrooge McDuck

– Marie purple count – 8: blouse, shoes, robe, pj pants, slippers, camisole, kettle, purple glassware




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  • Nick

    My only issue with this season, is that we know the flash forward setting. Now with only 6 episodes left I can’t wrap my head around how it can all get to that point. It’s not a fault of the show, more just my anticipation unhinged, but I cant fully appreciate the “holy shit” moments that are in the present, because I know that it pales in comparison to what is to come. Jesse will have the same smarts as huell and bill burr (have they ever said his name?) did And realize that you need more than prison bars to be safe from him. I think last week showing huell look at Jesse take the weed cigaret is on purpose. Jesse may try to see Saul, and Saul needs to have huell check for a wire. While patting him down huell may take that little joint(if there is one still) as an F you for how he was last time. That could really put the pieces back together on the broc situation.

    I know that with these writers, it’s never what you expect, but guessing is always fun. Does everyone hate low winter sun because it is trying to be the new breaking bad, or does t actually suck? Haven’t seen it…

    • junierizzle

      It’s not very good.

    • Allison Keene

      Low Winter Sun is very, very dark and dour without any humor to it, which is kind of the secret ingredient to heavily dramatic shows. I love Mark Strong, but overall it just lacks emotional resonance. I’d give it a try if you’re curious though, it could get better!

  • Nick

    My only issue with this season, is that we know the flash forward setting. Now with only 6 episodes left I can’t wrap my head around how it can all get to that point. It’s not a fault of the show, more just my anticipation unhinged, but I cant fully appreciate the “holy shit” moments that are in the present, because I know that it pales in comparison to what is to come. Jesse will have the same smarts as huell and bill burr (have they ever said his name?) did And realize that you need more than prison bars to be safe from him. I think last week showing huell look at Jesse take the weed cigaret is on purpose. Jesse may try to see Saul, and Saul needs to have huell check for a wire. While patting him down huell may take that little joint(if there is one still) as an F you for how he was last time. That could really put the pieces back together on the broc situation.

    I know that with these writers, it’s never what you expect, but guessing is always fun. Does everyone hate low winter sun because it is trying to be the new breaking bad, or does t actually suck? Haven’t seen it…

  • Nick

    Also, is hank the good guy here? Is he diving on the grenade, sacrificing his career and parts of his family to do what’s right to take down a monster? Or is he just as prideful as Walt and he can’t let his obsession to take out Heisenberg go? Marie is on board, but maybe he is the good guy. We see the show through crystal blue glasses and that’s why we hated skyler (and now that she’s less morally sound, like her more so long as she supports Walt) but I can’t tell if he is a hero here or another victim of pride

    • Allison Keene

      Interesting point. I think ultimately he is always going to side with the law, but the choice he has to make now is will that trump what’s best for his family? (not that letting Walt go would necessarily be “good,” but, y’know). So far the answer seems to be yes.

      • Strong Enough

        is it alice? is it really?

      • Strong Enough

        is it alice? is it really?

  • Bruno St-Jean

    Didn’t know that Sam Elliot was an Albuquerque police detective (When Hank is greeted by a female collegue). See the mustache on this guy?

    • LEM

      yeah there’s no way that is regulation.

  • Bruno St-Jean

    Didn’t know that Sam Elliot was an Albuquerque police detective (When Hank is greeted by a female collegue). See the mustache on this guy?

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Instead of Talking Bad, what would be more entertaining is a reality show set within the walls of the AMC corporate offices as the executives scramble to find replacements for Breaking Bad and (soon) Mad Men. Call it Feeling Bad.

    • LEM

      No they’ll just have Chris Hardwick ramble on about every show. I really don’t like him.

    • Guest

      Better Call Saul….its coming.

      • LEM

        Talking Saul hosted by Chris Hardwick who will remind you every commercial break to watch his yammering nonsense.

    • Guest

      Better Call Saul….its coming.

    • -

      To be honest, I don’t really see any shows – on AMC or otherwise – that Breaking Bad and Mad Men can pass the torch onto. Game of Thrones is probably the closest, but I don’t think it’s on that level really.
      That said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAUOPHqx5Gs

      • Nick

        Rectify and hannibal

    • -

      To be honest, I don’t really see any shows – on AMC or otherwise – that Breaking Bad and Mad Men can pass the torch onto. Game of Thrones is probably the closest, but I don’t think it’s on that level really.
      That said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAUOPHqx5Gs

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Instead of Talking Bad, what would be more entertaining is a reality show set within the walls of the AMC corporate offices as the executives scramble to find replacements for Breaking Bad and (soon) Mad Men. Call it Feeling Bad.

  • junierizzle

    I’m loving everything except for one thing. I would have been totally fine if Walt’s Cancer never came back. Walter said it himself, he’ll be dead in 6 months anyway, so what’s the point? I’m hoping he beats it. But knowing the writers, it won’t be that simple.

    • Josh Kaye

      A lot of people speculated that the cancer may be back in the first half of season five when they showed Walt at the Denny’s and he just looked extremely sickly. I can’t say it really took me by surprise, I was kind of expecting it to happen because of the first flash forward. Just all a matter of when it came out

    • enzofloc

      The real question is if Gillian, in the end, is daring enough to let Walt get away with murder(s) and a clean slate. The cancer could be seen as divine justice for the morally outraged.

  • Nck

    Heisenberg is a big fish to fry, but Todd and Lydia just made on hell of a mess, and I think Hank can use Walt to take down an international operation. Sure Gus fring was international with the cartel, but this is a whole new game. The cartel is always a factor, but taking this down would be bigger. In doing so, hank is killed. Probably the rest of walts family is either killed or in witness protection leaving Walt to take revenge. I think the blue meth lives and dies with Walter white. His redemption is that he destroys the thing that started all of this. Spider-Man 2 kinda thing. No clue how Jesse factors in. Probably in walts finest hour, when he does what he can to redeem himself, he is killed by Jesse.

  • Nck

    Heisenberg is a big fish to fry, but Todd and Lydia just made on hell of a mess, and I think Hank can use Walt to take down an international operation. Sure Gus fring was international with the cartel, but this is a whole new game. The cartel is always a factor, but taking this down would be bigger. In doing so, hank is killed. Probably the rest of walts family is either killed or in witness protection leaving Walt to take revenge. I think the blue meth lives and dies with Walter white. His redemption is that he destroys the thing that started all of this. Spider-Man 2 kinda thing. No clue how Jesse factors in. Probably in walts finest hour, when he does what he can to redeem himself, he is killed by Jesse.

  • 80sRobot

    Just my speculation — I have read no spoilers: Lydia and the jailhouse gang led by Todd’s uncle will be the ones Walt shoots up in the finale.

    This gang will soon kidnap Jesse. They only want to force him to teach them how to cook purer meth, but Jesse refuses due to his conscience.

    Hank and the DEA believe Walt is leading the jailhouse gang. The gang murders Hank. The DEA in retaliation bust into the White home but accidentally kill Skyler and Junior.

    Walt blames himself for all three of their deaths. This is why we saw him in the first flash forward arrange the bacon out in his birthday age, just as Skyler would do for him. The military jacket he wears in the flash forwards is not Jesse’s but Junior’s, who we will see wear this same jacket in an upcoming episode.

    So Walt has lost everything. He tracks down the gang and plans to save Jesse and shoot them all up. He recovers the ricin to use on himself as a suicide pill. He makes arrangements for Saul to put his baby daughter in the care of Marie. Jesse survives and is with Walt as the cancer, not the ricin, kills him. I envision him dying out in the desert, but not alone, with Jesse by him.

    • mattritchey

      I think some of that is either dead on or very close, but I’ll bet Walt takes on the gang because they’ve compromised or kidnapped Skylar, Hank, or Jesse ,hence the amazing amount of firepower and him being alone on his birthday. If they’re all dead, the stakes aren’t as high in the show.

      • 80sRobot

        If Skyler, Junior and Hank are all dead, and Walt’s cancer is getting worse, then I could see Walt feeling even more motivated to rescue Jesse — the next closest person he has come to regard as family and as a surrogate son throughout the run of this series.

        I get the impression that things are being set up for a huge misunderstanding to occur which will have fatal consequences for those closest to Walt. I am going to predict that Jesse, Marie and Walt’s daughter will be the only survivors.

      • 80sRobot

        If Skyler, Junior and Hank are all dead, and Walt’s cancer is getting worse, then I could see Walt feeling even more motivated to rescue Jesse — the next closest person he has come to regard as family and as a surrogate son throughout the run of this series.

        I get the impression that things are being set up for a huge misunderstanding to occur which will have fatal consequences for those closest to Walt. I am going to predict that Jesse, Marie and Walt’s daughter will be the only survivors.

    • mattritchey

      I think some of that is either dead on or very close, but I’ll bet Walt takes on the gang because they’ve compromised or kidnapped Skylar, Hank, or Jesse ,hence the amazing amount of firepower and him being alone on his birthday. If they’re all dead, the stakes aren’t as high in the show.

    • LEM

      Jesse isn’t going anywhere. He’s going to spill his guts because he is riddled with guilt and Hank lost his shot with Skyler so having Jesse fall in his lap like this isn’t for nothing.

  • 80sRobot

    Just my speculation — I have read no spoilers: Lydia and the jailhouse gang led by Todd’s uncle will be the ones Walt shoots up in the finale.

    This gang will soon kidnap Jesse. They only want to force him to teach them how to cook purer meth, but Jesse refuses due to his conscience.

    Hank and the DEA believe Walt is leading the jailhouse gang. The gang murders Hank. The DEA in retaliation bust into the White home but accidentally kill Skyler and Junior.

    Walt blames himself for all three of their deaths. This is why we saw him in the first flash forward arrange the bacon out in his birthday age, just as Skyler would do for him. The military jacket he wears in the flash forwards is not Jesse’s but Junior’s, who we will see wear this same jacket in an upcoming episode.

    So Walt has lost everything. He tracks down the gang and plans to save Jesse and shoot them all up. He recovers the ricin to use on himself as a suicide pill. He makes arrangements for Saul to put his baby daughter in the care of Marie. Jesse survives and is with Walt as the cancer, not the ricin, kills him. I envision him dying out in the desert, but not alone, with Jesse by him.

  • -

    I’d give it an A-. It flowed very nicely, and I can’t really find anything particularly wrong with it, but it’s probably not an episode I’ll remember that fondly when the show is over.
    That said, any episode is made better by the inclusion of Bill Burr.

    • Allison Keene

      I actually originally gave it an A- for the reasons you mentioned, but then figured it did have some iconic moments (but don’t they all?) I hate rating episodes in general though, hah.

  • Fiz

    Marie trying to take the baby seemed appropriate. She is a klepto, after all.

    Agreed with the previous comments about Lydia. Though she’s obviously somewhat sneaky and manipulative, I’d be surprised to see things end well for her and her crew.

    • Allison Keene

      haha, great point about her kleptomania! What a difficult scene to get through, though. That confrontation was brutal.

  • pinkincide

    Todd being so polite is SO DAMN CREEPY. He’s a psychotic Eddie Haskell.

    • Allison Keene

      I can’t separate his character from the one he played on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, so it’s always weird for me, hah. The politeness only feeds into it all the more!

      • Eye Rolling 101

        It’s weird when actors play other roles, isn’t it? Like…gawd.

  • pinkincide

    Todd being so polite is SO DAMN CREEPY. He’s a psychotic Eddie Haskell.

  • JJ

    Am I the ONLY one that thinks that Walt is throwing everyone a swerve with the whole Cancer thing? He has only told HANK about it, Hank tells Skyler, Skyler feels sorry for Walt (for going through all of this just to die of cancer AND she feels bad for wishing it on him). Walter is a master manipulator. I think that Walt, in the end, is a drug kingpin that will be the new Gus (as shown by his use of a kneeling towel to vomit) and Todd will be the new Walt.

    • -

      We saw in the last episode that he was undergoing treatment again, and he threw up in the toilet out of absolutely nowhere. He might have been overstating it, but the cancer is probably back.

      • JJ

        My argument has been that he has paid some cancer doctor a TON of money to allow him to go back into treatment, even though he is clean from cancer. This would leave a paper trail for anyone that thinks he is playing them to confirm that he is getting treatment. Plus, he said that he was going to be dead in 6 months, but when you see his yard in Blood Money, his grass and trees are dead. I can’t imagine that within 6 months everything has gone to crap that bad. I figured that it is much further out than 6 months.

    • Nick

      The very fact that he had to kneel to vomit is proof enough that the cancer is definitely back. We’ve seen him at the hospital, hiding his pills AND in the flash forward he is still taking those pills. There’s no chance he’s faking it, but maybe the severity is being embellished. I think the correlations to Gus only point out the harsh truth that Heisenberg is not Gus Fring.

      • JJ

        I think by the end of it, Walt’s family is dead, Walt is now the GUS of the drug world, and Todd will be the new Jesse.

        And how does the similar mannerisms of two people point out that they are NOT similar. If Walt was copying Gus, that would be one thing, but the folded towel thing? He never saw Gus do that.

        Maybe he is just embellishing a bit and the cancer is back in a tiny form, but he has only told Hank that the cancer was back. He did so knowing that Hank or Marie would tell Skyler…making her confront the statement that she made about “waiting for the cancer to come back” and using that to make her feel sorry for him. This guy is still playing everyone. Just as he always has

      • Nick

        Well to the mirroring of Gus, it’s not something walt is doing consciously, just something we, the viewer, can enjoy. It goes back to mikes remark “just because you shot Jesse James, doesn’t make you Jesse James.” Hank was on the tale of Gus, but couldn’t put anything together. But with Walt, every piece fits. Gus was never in the danger Walt is in right now and Gus didn’t rush things, he built his networks carefully, Walt did not. Since the moment Walt met him, he wanted to be Gus. I don’t think these similarities show Walt being as powerful as Gus at all.

        As for the cancer, it wouldn’t make any sense. He only discovered hank was on to him AFTER puking and fumbling for his meds. Why create a cover when he is out? And why is he even puking when no one is around to see it? It’s not like he is putting a show on or anything. It’s back… Thought he may beat it again and fake his own death anyway…

      • JJ

        I was originally saying that the cancer thing was his “ace in the hole” for sympathy, but you are right about the timeline. He did find out before Hank was on to him. Oh well, so much for that

  • Prasanna Rajan

    I thought Marie slapping Skyler is kinda getting back to Skyler’s ‘Shut up, Shut up’ scream. For a moment I thought Marie redeemed herself, but in the next second she becomes her true self and trying to take the baby away. And this is one of the episodes, which is over like in a minute.

    • Allison Keene

      I truly couldn’t believe when the credits came on. I thought there had been a broadcast error, hah

  • IMPYEMU

    The Final Cold Open of the show needs to be a flashback to when Walt was a teacher and Jesse was in his class. It could be just Walt taking attendance and Jesse saying “here!” and end, or it could continue and show Walt helping Jesse with a problem and teaching Jesse to apply himself.

    • Allison Keene

      That would be brutal and I would love it

  • TrekBeatTK

    Marie’s a kleptomaniac. Her trying to take the baby was just escalation.

  • MarkL

    I don’t think the lottery ticket is genius. Why would a drug kingpin run out and buy a lottery ticket after the confrontation with Hank?

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