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“Breaking Bad”: Season 5, Episode 8

Warning: SPOILERSspoilersSPOILERS!!!!!!

Once you break bad it is damn near impossible to break away from the life you chose. The words “I’m out” do not grant immunity from previous choices. Complications arise, loose ends remain untied. Meth kingpin Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, seems oblivious to this in the final “Breaking Bad” episode of 2012, “Gliding Over All.” He has piles of cash that would make Scrooge McDuck envious, a healthy family, and an international drug distribution ring (i.e., everything he’s ever wanted).

Such is White’s ego that he believes when he says “I’m out” he is really out. Show creator Vince Gilligan showed through the plights of White’s co-conspirators Jesse and Mike that is not how the game works. It won’t work that way for Walt, either. He just doesn’t know it yet.

“Gliding Over All”‘s final scene destroys Walt’s myth that he will make a clean break. How will Hank use his newfound knowledge his brother-in-law is Heisenberg? We’ll have to wait until 2013 to find out. Thank the TV gods the NFL and “Boardwalk Empire” are coming to fill the Sunday night void.

Here are more thoughts from “Gliding Over All”. Shout-out to Robert “Silver Fox” Zullo!

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“Breaking Bad”: Season 5, Episode 7

Say My Name!

WARNING: Let me write my spoilers in peace, Walter. That’s “Breaking Bad” speak for SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!!!!!

“Top 1 episode ever.”

That’s how my friend, Matt “Don’t Call Me Joey” LeBlanc, described “Say My Name”, the second-to-last “Breaking Bad” episode of 2012. I didn’t ask him, but I think that was his way of saying best episode ever. Lofty praise, if so.

I watched “Say My Name” Monday night from a hotel room in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I mention this because Wyoming’s rugged, desolate landscape reminds me of New Mexico. And “Breaking Bad” is the only thing that saves either state, in my opinion.

“Say My Name” ripped my wannabe henchman heart out. Here are my abbreviated, solo tour across America thoughts on “Say My Name.”

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“Breaking Bad”: Season 5, Episode 6

WARNING: Microwaveable spoilers below. Straight from Albertson’s.

Oh where, oh where, will this runaway freight train known as “Breaking Bad” end up? No TV-watching mortal knows. But this week my friend Wastro and I swapped emails discussing Season 5′s sixth episode, “Buyout”, reevaluated the show’s characters, and made some sure-to-be hopelessly misguided predictions. You can check out our discussion of Episode 5 here.

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 5

A ginger pulls the trigger

WARNING! Train Coming! And spoilers! LOTSA SPOILERS!!!!!

This week, I am trying something different. My friend Wastro aka King of Seattle had the great idea for us to exchange emails about Sunday night’s “Breaking Bad.” So that’s exactly what we did Monday. I swear I need to do this more often.

If you are a “Breaking Bad” fan and haven’t seen the “Dead Freight” episode … Wow! You must see this episode! And then read Wastro and I’s conversation. Oh, and share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 4

The one and only Heisenberg

Ed. Note: This week I welcome back Lloydenberg, I mean Lloyd Nelson, to share his thoughts on “Fifty-One”, Episode Four of the fifth and final season of “Breaking Bad”. Lloyd previously penned a piece about his favorite Girls songs.

After spending all day with another Mr. White (ahem: Jack) at Reckless Records Store, I settled in Sunday night to watch my other favorite Mr. White (Walt) as he navigated the murky waters between being a drug kingpin and family man.

“Fifty-One”, a superbly quiet and tense episode directed by Rian Johnson (of “Brick” and soon-to-be “Looper” fame), brought about the return of Heisenberg and put us right smack in the middle of the “Breaking Bad” story.

It’s Walt’s 51st birthday. We’ve been with the mild-mannered teacher turned cutthroat drug lord for one year now. And maybe more importantly, we’re one year away from Season 5′s first season where Walt celebrated his 52nd birthday in New Hampshire with the purchase of an assault rifle.

The fall of Heisenberg is coming, and if “Fifty-One” tells us anything, it’s that it won’t be pretty.

Here’s 10 things I took from last night’s episode:

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TMZ Pronounces “Cajun Justice” Dead

Disgraced King Vernon Bourgeois

TMZ is the Grim Reaper of gossip sites, having broken news of the deaths of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Heath Ledger. On Monday, the site reported the (timely) demise of the A&E reality show “Cajun Justice.” When TMZ reports you’re dead, you’re dead. However, that last death announcement should come with an asterisk. Media reports out of south Louisiana have said for months that Terrebonne Parish’s new sheriff, Jerry Larpenter, would not let his deputies participate in the show, once he took office. Thus, TMZ’s report comes as no surprise.

Former Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois’ lasting legacy will be inspiring TMZ to take a crap on the bloated carcass of his agency’s “reality” show. That and mismanaging the department’s money to the point Larpenter had to lay off deputies to make up for Bourgeois’ fiscally irresponsible behavior. Vernon Bourgeois, take a bow. You’re king no more. Love live the greedy, starry-eyed, simple-minded Cajun sheriff king!

I wrote about my misgivings with “Cajun Justice” months ago. Nothing’s changed. I only saw bits and pieces of episodes, but what I observed made me hang my head in shame. Bourgeois should have resigned for reasons explained here but I am relieved knowing he can no longer embarrass his agency, his culture, or himself with a second season of this garbage.

“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 3

WARNING: SPOILERS spoilers SPOILERS spoilers SPOILERS!!!!

Forget the Olympians shown on tape delay Sunday night. “Breaking Bad” took the gold in the TV Olympics. If you’re wondering, AMC’s other show, reality series Small Town Security, failed to make the TV Olympics. That show is to TV what this 11-year-old girl is to National Anthem singers.

“Hazard Pay”, the third episode of “Breaking Bad”‘s fifth season, did not quite match the suspense of its predecessor, “Madrigal”, but it captivated nonetheless, in the way it moved the plot along. Mike is willing to do what it takes to keep his word. Skyler cracks up. And, well, Walt is Walt, the would-be meth kingpin, who never quite controls the chess pieces the way he would like.

Here are my thoughts on “Hazard Pay.” Check it!

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 2

WARNING: Spoilers, SPOILERS, and Cajun kick-ass sauce BELOW!!!!

The only disappointing thing about this week’s episode of “Breaking Bad” was that it had no moments that made me think of Juggalos. I am joking of course. Episode 2 might go down as one of the series’ finest episodes. It was a white knuckle ride to the finish and raised the bar for the rest of the final season (if that were possible).

Here, in honor of Lydia’s list, are 11 thoughts about this week’s episode, “Madrigal”:

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My Lollapalooza 2012 Spotify Playlist

Bow Down To America, Lloyd!

Lollapalooza is fast approaching. That means one thing: I need to sell my festival bracelet and recoup the hundreds I invested. I could go on a rant about how my friend Lloyd, a Chicago resident, is the worst person of all-time for promising to buy my bracelet and then backing out like a big Hungarian baby. But the thing is, I don’t know what Hungarian babies look like (except for him). So I will skip the rant.

Except …

… it’s kind of like the final scene of Breaking Bad’s Season 5 premiere. I am Walter White and Lloyd is Skyler. “I forgive you” are the words I am supposed to say. Except I veer off-script. “I DON’T forgive you,” I whisper into his ear and the credits roll. The audience screams, “Oh, shit!” at the exact same time.

Basta! Lollapalooza is happening Aug. 3 through Aug. 5 in Chicago. Here, in no particular order, is my Lollapalooza 2012 Spotify playlist. Enjoy!

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 1

WARNING: Spoilers. Spoilers! SPOILERS!!!! Oh, and MAGNETS!!!!! How do they work???

I started having “Breaking Bad” withdrawals as the credits rolled after the Season 5 premiere Sunday night. If I ruled the world, Hollywood Theater in Portland would have aired all eight episodes of Season 5′s first half until the sun rose Monday morning. My eyes would have glued to the screen at some point. Eventually I would have fallen asleep for the rest of the day – no work, just sleep. If only I ruled the world. I am not Walter White though.

The Season 5 premiere finds Walt (Bryan Cranston) emboldened after claiming victory over nemesis Gus Fring in the Season 4 finale. He is Heisenberg minus the black Pork pie hat. I am sure he’ll don the hat soon enough. Or a full head of hair, as foreshadowed in the premiere’s opening scene.

This episode showed multiple characters covering their tracks – Walt, Jesse, and Mike using magnets to destroy Gus’s computer, Skyler visiting Ted in the hospital, and Hank seeking video surveillance info on Gus’s superlab. These chess moves don’t settle any scores. If anything they open up more cans of worms.

Here are my thoughts on “Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 1:

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