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BETTER CAUL SAUL? Saul and Walt argue outside of the White family car wash.
At that moment, Walt sees the neo-Nazis in the distances. He tries to warn Hank, even though they've become enemies. The two DEA agents pull out their guns. Jack, Todd and co. get out of their cars. Hank and Gomez tell them to drop their weapons. The crew wants proof that the they are police before they will. In vain, Walt keeps calling out to Jack to stop. Jack and his buddies open fire, Gomez and Hank return the shots. Chaos ensues; the credits roll. Everyone watching begins breathing again.
Other things of note:
"To'hajiilee" begins with Lydia inspecting Todd and Jack's lab. The meth isn't blue and it's only 76% pure. Lydia is not happy. Todd serves her tea, telling her if it's not strong enough he can add another bag to her cup. Lydia impresses upon him how important the quality and the color of the meth is to her buyers in Europe. In this moment, Lydia -- who has always been a sniveling weakling -- comes across even more dangerous than Skyler. Maybe Walt should be a little more worried about her.
When Walt stops by Andrea's house, he mentions that he met Brock at Jesse's before. Was there a look of recognition in Brock's eyes? Does he know that this is the man that poisoned him? Will we ever find out exactly how Walt did it?
Speaking of Brock, he was eating breakfast when we first see him again -- he's a regular Walt Jr. Jr. (The last shot of Brock shows his box off Froot Loops. But the camera cuts off the "F" and the "L," leaving us with "ROOT OOPS." Perhaps it's a message about the route Walter has taken in life. Perhaps I spend too much time on the internet and am fruitlessly trying to discover hidden meanings where there are none.)
Before Saul comes to the car wash, Skyler is teaching her son how to man the cash register. It's a sweet scene and makes you wonder what could have been if this were the real family business. (And how cute was Junior's starry-eyed conversation with Saul? "Don't drink and drive, but if you do, call me," Saul tells Junior on his way out, giving us another needed dose of Goodman comic relief.)
Jesse and Walt both use a phone to try to trick their former partner -- only one is successful. If Jesse had heard the message, he would have run straight to Andrea's house, right into the sight of his would-be murderers. Of course, he didn't hear it, so he didn't have a chance. Walt, on the other hand, takes Jesse's phone call, and runs straight into the trap Jesse helped set. Those two are more alike than either would admit.
At the end of the episode, right before Walt calls Jesse a coward, I thought for a second that Jesse and Walt were in on it together; that they would get rid of Hank and Gomez themselves. Yes, wishful thinking gets us all -- the Pinkman/White bromance is definitely as dead as Mike, Gus and anyone else who has lost their life on this show. Still, for a moment, I thought it might have gone differently.
Walter White's life hinges on the two halves of his self. The mild-mannered former teacher Mr. White, and the evil, drug kingpin Heisenberg. This season, we've seen more of Mr. Chips than we have of Scarface. Occasionally, the one who knocks shows himself, but lately, even when he's ordering a hit, he's more like the man we first met, and not the terrible "devil" he morphed into.
What did you think of "To'hajiilee"? We know Walt survives -- considering the fast-forwards. But what about Jesse, Hank, Gomez, Todd, Jack and the rest of the gang?
If only next Sunday were here sooner...