Breaking Bad S05
Breaking Bad S05E09: “Blood Money”

The foreshadowing of the opening scene set the tone perfectly for the second half of season five, as things have firmly begun their spiraling out of control. The least we can say is that this episode packed quite a punch. To Walt's face.


Hank deals with the troubling implications of a new lead in the Heisenberg case.

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The opening, with Hobo Walt returning to his abandoned home, felt like a peek into a bleak, parallel universe. The “Heisenberg” graffiti, the neighbor freaking out upon seeing Walt (nicely mirrored a bit later in the episode)… One of the most exciting openers on this show, and that’s saying a lot.

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Hank has a habit of losing his shit when he feels incompetent, but that’s a new low of shit-losing. Poor guy genuinely looked on the verge of a heart attack. By the way, it’s nice that the episode starts right where the last one left off. Nice fan service there.

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Walt may be transferring his empire-building ambitions to the car wash business. Then Lydia shows up, and Skyler goes all mama bear on her. You know, waiting for each episode to come out once a week is gonna be a royal pain in the butt. Can we please have them all now?

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Badger and Skinny Pete talk Star Trek, and sound right out of a “Clerks” outtake. This scene was oddly hilarious, but it went on for a long time, and was infatuated with its own cleverness. Easy to overlook considering the quality level of the rest of the episode, but a puzzling decision nonetheless.

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Jesse, wracked with guilt, decides to distribute his money to random people. At least he’s doing something besides sad-watching his beard grow.

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Wow, we’re getting a Hank-Walt confrontation already? This show has made a habit of taking us by surprise, but even then we didn’t expect things to come to a head so fast. This is gonna be a long, long week.

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