Thursday, September 26, 2013

My Favorite Breaking Bad Moments:Ozymandias #BreakingBad

This is the one that made me break away from Walter White. No love lost. 

A flashback to when Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) first cooked methamphetamine in To'hajiilee shows Walt calling a pregnant Skyler (Anna Gunn) and making up an excuse for why he will come home late. Skyler suggests the name Holly for their baby, which Walt finds agreeable.

At present at To'hajiilee, in the aftermath of the shootout, Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) is wounded with a bullet in his leg, Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) has been killed and Jack's (Michael Bowen) gang is left unscathed. Jack orders some men to search for Jesse and prepares to kill Hank after cornering him. Walt grovels to Jack to spare his brother-in-law, offering Jack his entire eighty million dollar fortune buried near them and asking Hank to swear that he will not pursue what has just happened for his own safety. Hank refuses to beg for his life and confirms that he is a DEA agent, expressing astonishment at the fact that the intelligent Walter cannot see that Jack made up his mind ten minutes ago. 

Hank tells Jack to do what he has to do, and Jack immediately shoots him in the head as Walt collapses to the ground in total despair.

Jack's team uses Walt's coordinates to locate and unearth the seven buried barrels of money, loading six into their trucks but leaving one for Walt. Walt spots Jesse's hiding place and betrays him to the men, reminding Jack that the hit on Jesse was never carried out. Jesse is dragged out screaming and is almost killed, but Todd (Jesse Plemons) suggests they first interrogate him to find out what information he supplied to the DEA. Walt spitefully reveals to Jesse his presence during Jane's death before Jack's gang takes Jesse away. At Todd's headquarters, a beaten and frightened Jesse is detained in a cell. Todd escorts him in chains to a meth lab, where he is tethered. Jesse notices a photograph of Andrea and Brock as Todd instructs him to begin cooking.

Due to a bullet having punctured his fuel tank, Walt quickly runs out of gas while driving home. Abandoning his car, Walt rolls the money barrel through the desert until arriving at a house and buying the owner's truck. Meanwhile, at the car wash, Marie (Betsy Brandt) informs Skyler (Anna Gunn) that Walt was arrested by Hank and is in custody. With Walt now apparently caught, Marie offers to support her sister and their family, asking for the false confessions implicating Hank to be destroyed and Walter Jr. be told the truth. Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte) is left in disbelief at the entire story when told by Skyler and Marie.

Reaching home, Walt hurriedly begins packing as Skyler and Walter Jr. arrive and orders them to do the same. Walt promises to explain everything later, but Skyler assumes he has killed Hank when Walt cannot answer to Hank's whereabouts. Skyler grabs a kitchen knife and orders Walt to leave their home, but when he refuses and approaches her, she lunges at him and cuts his hand. In the ensuing fight, Walter Jr. pulls Walt off Skyler and calls the police, claiming that Walt attacked her with a knife and has perhaps already killed somebody. Walt takes Holly and leaves in the truck, while a distressed Skyler tries running after him. Alone with his daughter, Walt is moved when Holly's only utterances are for her mother.

The police soon arrive, as does Marie. They tap into the Whites' home phone and try tracing it when Walt eventually calls. After Skyler tells him she is alone, Walt berates her, accusing her of never supporting his criminal activities and having himself worked alone in building up the wealth for their family. When Skyler apologizes and inquires about Hank's whereabouts, Walt suppresses his weeping and announces that she will never see Hank again, to Marie's horror. When Skyler pleads with him to come home and bring Holly back, Walt tells her he still has things left to do. He destroys his phone and leaves Holly at a nearby fire station with their home address written on a note. The next morning he is picked up by Saul's contact in order to leave Albuquerque and be given a new identity.

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