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Breaking Bad is a drama about Walter White, a chemistry professor who is diagnosed with lung cancer. He enlists the help of his former student Jesse Pinkman to manufacture and sell methamphetamine. AMC 2008-???


Episode 10 - Over

20 February 2013

Credit AMC

Synopsis: At a party to celebrate Walt’s good news the tequila is flowing. Walt lets Jr drink some as he gets annoyed by the way Hank plays surrogate Dad. Soon Walt looks into home repair and buys a new boiler before turning to the rot under the house. Skyler begins flirting with Ted Beneke at work. Jesse is falling for Jane and is annoyed when her Dad arrives and she blows him off.

The Good: The aftermath of Walt’s remission was handled in expert fashion, particularly the effects on Walt himself. He can’t help but let some of the truth (of how he feels) seep out at his own celebration by telling the guests that he wonders “Why me?” He has to sit through a toast to how wonderful Gretchen and Elliott are before Walter Jr fauns all over uncle Hank and his Cartel stories. It’s more than Walt can bare after he was expecting to die and leave his family with the memory of a hero. So he tries to win Jr over with alcohol and almost starts a fight with Hank.

Although he apologises for his outburst he doesn’t know what to do with himself. So he decides to spend some of his hard earned money on improving his home and perhaps win some respect that way. He even installs the new water tank himself and then goes on a search for rot under his house. The new obsession helps take his mind off his problems but worries everyone around him as he doesn’t seem to want to go back to work. As Walt thinks of new things he can do in his crawl space he comes across two meth heads at his local hardware store. Suddenly he feels alive again as he tells them their business and then barks at them to leave. The Walt who could teach in high school and accept a cover story to explain his wealth has gone. The man standing with the cool music track backing him can only be satisfied by being Heisenberg, a man who strikes fear and awe.

It was a terrifically told story which kept you guessing about exactly what Walt was thinking until the final confrontation. Each step makes sense in retrospect though. Clearly if Walt is going to have to go on living then his new identity is going to live on with him. The way the rot in his foundations acted as a direct metaphor for his soul worked pretty beautifully and never felt as on the nose as it does in the written word.

In contrast Skyler is upset that nothing seems to have changed. On some level she hoped Walt would go back to the man he was before or perhaps that she would feel differently about him. Instead his fight with Hank and obsession with home improvement are abnormal behaviour, indicative of secrets he’s keeping or at least a change within him that he won’t explain. Ted Beneke seems to understand what she has been through and clearly still likes her and so she finds herself drawn to him.

Jesse’s happiness for Walt’s prognosis was very sweet and his growing affection for Jane is quite adorable. Clearly the introduction of her father can’t spell good news, nor is the fact that Jesse falls back to using at the sight of rejection or disappointment.

There was a nice brief moment as Walt paid for his new boiler in cash and had to hide a bill that was covered in blood.

The Bad: Nothing here.

The Unknown: The teddy bear related footage was back to open the episode. It clearly showed us Walt’s house and with two body bags in the driveway the questions surrounding it get ever louder. Jane’s desire to hide Jesse from her Dad seems to make sense given the drug use and awkward position that sleeping with his tenant would create. However we can assume that there is more to it.

Best Moment: It was unmistakably cool to see Walt go marching up to two big guys and tell them to get out of his territory. The dark and sad undertones were equally hard to miss as he steps back into a world he could so easily escape.

The Bottom Line: Clearly Walt and Jesse aren’t done with drug dealing, cancer or no cancer. It’s sad but entirely plausible the way Walt’s new profession has managed to suck his self-worth and motivation with it. Now we wait to see which dark direction it will pull him next.



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  • I've heard this episode described as filler by other BB critics, but I think it depicts a very important transition for Walt's character. This is where he really starts to accept that he has not just been drawn into his criminal life out of desperate necessity; Walt enjoys the thrill and the power and he is not willing to give it up. The final moment of Walt taking ownership of his Heisenberg identity and his burgeoning meth empire is chilling. The song used for this sequence ('DLZ' by TV on the Radio) is so perfectly chosen, it could have been written for the show.

    I also loved Walt's fixation on the rot in his house, very similar to his later obsession with the contaminating fly in the super lab. I love both these metaphors for Walt's distress over the growing corruption of his own soul, especially with the way it has been developed in S5. Now Walt hides ricin in the walls of his family home and cooks his formula in pest infested houses, nicely illustrating how Walt has come to accept his own rotten nature and has little concern over how his corruption affects others around him.

    Viewer score: 72 / 100

    Posted by Kelly, 15/02/2013 2:43pm (8 years ago)

  • This is a good episode, although not nearly as good as the outstanding 4 Days Out.

    Walt's story as usual is great, but I thought Jesse and Jane's story was a little too....simple? Just not quite drama of a Breaking Bad standard. Not bad television, just average.

    Outside of the final scene, I can't call this a particularly memorable episode but in every great season a few episodes are bound to seem underwhelming.

    Viewer score: 64 / 100

    Posted by Ben F., 15/02/2013 2:44am (8 years ago)

  • I'm not doing well with keeping up the watching but I do appreciate ever so much that you are writing about these past episodes.

    You describe everything so well it helps me remember the story.

    This episode was fantastic and took place for me when I was still 'binge' watching seasons 1-3. This episode is a great reminder of the little steps Walter took before he fully leapt into bonafide drug dealer and why it became inevitable.

    Thanks again for the podcast.

    Viewer score: 75 / 100

    Posted by Yogabon, 14/02/2013 9:27pm (8 years ago)

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