Breaking Bad recap: He Didn't Start The Fire... Yet

Walt gets the upper hand on Hank; Jesse makes a major discovery
Ep. 11 | Aired Aug 25, 2013

WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO? While waiting for the vacuum man to pick him up and deliver him to his new life, Jesse comes to an important realization.

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Jesse finally realized Walt poisoned Brock. And Walt gave Hank a "confession" that makes Hank the patsy, effectively silencing the DEA agent for now. Walt may have beaten his brother-in-law at the moment, but he also may have two new adversaries to face. Jesse, of course, and perhaps even Todd.

Let's start with the Whites and the Schraders.

Walt Jr. is back -- probably from eating breakfast -- and questions his dad about his whereabouts the previous night. Walt evades the answer, because how do you tell your kid you were out burying millions of dollars in the desert? That's not in any of the parenting books.

Right before Junior walks out the door, Walt tells his son he wants to talk. He then says his cancer has returned. But why is he telling him now? To keep Walt Jr. from going over to Marie's, who just called under the pretense of needing Junior to fix her computer.

"What would really help me out is if we all stayed positive," Walt says to his teenager, when he really means is "What would really help me out is if you stayed away from Uncle Hank and Aunt Marie." Walt has become a master at emotional manipulation. He used it on Jesse, Skyler, Hank and now he's using it on Junior.

Hank arrives back at his house to an upset Marie, who realizes Walt Jr. isn't with him. Here, she calls him "Flynn," the name Junior insisted on using for a while. She doesn't want her nephew to be nominally tied to his drug lord father.

Marie becomes even more upset when she finds out that Hank didn't tell the DEA about Walt. "Don't tell me how to do my job," Hank admonishes his wife -- and sounds a bit Heisenbergian in the process.

Skyler sets up a camera for Walt in their bedroom. She asks if he's sure he wants to do this. He says it's the only way. The camera begins recording, and Walt begins his confession.

Cut to Skyler and Walter siting quietly at a tacqueria, waiting for Hank and Marie to show up. When they do arrive, Marie is wearing black, and it's Hank who wears purple. For a show that emphasizes colors, this can't be ignored. Marie is clearly in mourning for the family she thought she had, while Hank may be attempting to atone for upsetting his wife.

All four of the once happy family sit stone-faced at the table. Walt begins cordially, "Thank you for coming." Hank inquires if Walt is here to confess. Walt tries to get his brother-in-law to drop the investigation, for his kids' sake. "This investigation, Hank, do you realize what it will do to them?" More emotional manipulation from Heisenberg.

Marie brings the conversation to a halt, telling her brother-in-law to just kill himself -- isn't that what they are all waiting for anyway? Skyler says that's not an option, and Hank agrees -- he won't let Walt get off that easily, and he won't let Skyler off, either, if she sticks by him.

And just like that, the short dinner scene -- interrupted comically by the waiter asking about tableside guacamole -- is over. Walt slides a DVD across the table. Skyler and Walt leave. When Marie and Hank watch the DVD, they get a huge shock. In Walt's confession, he manipulates the facts to make it look as if Hank forced him to start cooking meth. Walt hits a nerve with Hank when he says he paid for Hank's rehabilitation. Hank asks Marie what he means. She says she took the money because she thought it was from his gambling. Hank had no idea Walt's meth money paid for his rehab. But he must know now how this will make him look with the DEA. He's screwed -- even if they do believe that Walt is lying in this fake confession.

NEXT: The return of the ricin cigarette

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