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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 - Buried

21 August 2013

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Synopsis: Hank calls Skyler and Walt panics and moves his money. While he buries it in the desert, Skyler refuses to talk to Hank and a shocked Marie. Jesse is taken in by the police and Hank goes to talk to him. Lydia goes to see Declan’s operation and hides while Todd’s crew wipe them out.

The Good: The opening few minutes of this were very tense. Jesse’s trail of bread crumbs played out like a horror movie and then we cut straight to a Western as Walt and Hank stood as if in a shootout. Then we moved to Skyler’s part in all this. Her scene with Hank was horribly brilliant. Their hug was so awkward and so sad for that. Hank showed a streak of naivety in the way he handled his sister-in-law. Marie was much quicker to trace the story backwards and unravel at what point Skyler had become aware of the truth. Whereas Hank assumed that Skyler must be as horrified as he was and want to see her husband locked up.

That was the really interesting part. The question of family. It took Hank far too long to realise that Skyler might well side with her husband no matter what he had done. I can imagine her having a similar reaction even when she didn’t know the full extent of Walt’s crimes. The idea of turning on your own partner and destroying your own family is a heavy business. Hank’s partner on the other hand is like him. Marie is so certain of what is right in this situation that she is fully behind her husband. Her determination to see Walt arrested seems to reflect a belief that he is the one who turned her sister into someone she doesn’t recognise.

The reality is of course more complicated. Skyler has committed herself to her crime. She is past the point where she feels she could turn Walt in. Perhaps the news that his cancer is back sways her to want to stay the course and hope everything will blow over. And Walt’s commitment to his family may well have turned her head. His insistence that she let their children inherit his millions is a selfless act and his refusal to consider assassinating Hank remains within his world view that family is what matters. It was interesting in this scenario to feel my loyalty pulling toward Walt and Skyler. Of course they are my point of view characters and that tug was always going to be there but it raises many questions about how this is all going to end for someone like poor baby Holly.

The writers put Hank’s situation in excellent perspective. He thought he could bring Skyler into the fold and nail Walt quickly. Now he is trapped between humiliating himself or letting Walt get away. The lifeline comes from Jesse. Will Hank march into that room aggressively and hope Jesse slips up or does he go in offering a balm to his conscience? It was a strong cliff hanger.

I liked the comedy with Huell and Kuby lying on the money. The comic relief is needed as things get darker. Walt’s decision to bury his money alone made perfect sense. I wondered if he had returned to the original cook site but I assume not. The baby snatching was very sad stuff.

The Bad: Nothing.

The Unknown: When Lydia explained to Declan that the reduced quality meth wasn’t good enough for the Czeck market I thought “fine, then just cut that supply off and problem solved.” The attack by Todd’s family made it clear why Lydia was complaining. I guess they want to be the new Kings of Meth and Lydia will now be serving them lest she be whacked. As we’ve seen these guys operate before I think we can assume they won’t have a problem putting a gun to Walt’s head should they need his services again.

Or at least that’s how I saw this whole thing. I’ve read elsewhere that Lydia is the one driving things and asking Todd’s crew to take over so she can satisfy her Czech contact. That’s interesting and asks us to view Lydia as more venally driven than she appeared. I can imagine that but I would need to see it if that is the case.

Best Moment: The meeting between Skyler and Hank was gripping.

The Bottom Line: More excellent stuff as things begin to unravel.



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  • I`m pretty sure they can bring him in for questioning at least just because of that amount of money and could probably arrest him for suspicions. I know (according to the Bald Move Breaking Good podcast) in the US if you have ten thousand or more in cash with no receipt you need to be able to verify where it has come from and you can be taken in by police to explain. These two feds didn`t arrest Jesse last time either for the ricin, they just took him in for questioning. Cheers

    Posted by Kay, 23/08/2013 10:59pm (6 years ago)

  • The IRS doesn't like people with no jobs having millions of dollars in cash. I don't think the car was crashed, but either way, the cash alone would raise a lot of red flags. As far how Jesse ended up at the police station, I assumed either the old man that found him was too law-abiding to not call the police about the money, or perhaps called an ambulance for the seemingly catatonic guy on the merry-go-round.
    What bothered me more, as it's so far an unknown, is how Todd and the neo-Nazis managed to so easily kill Declan and his men. We saw a lookout with a scope-equipped rifle and how many others standing around, but they were apparently dispatched by 4 or 5 guys. How did the lookout not see them coming? If Todd & them are Breaking Bad's deus ex machina, what chance would Walt have against them, M60 or no?

    Viewer score: 75 / 100

    Posted by Matt E., 23/08/2013 3:56pm (6 years ago)

  • He did crash his car in a playground and I'm pretty sure they can arrest him on suspicion of a crime when he 's behaving erratically and can't account for that amount of money.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 22/08/2013 10:54am (6 years ago)

  • I seem to be the only one wondering how on Earth Jesse ended up at the police station in the first place.

    Charity is not a felony. Not even an offence. Heck, who even called the police to begin with — that old man hugging Jesse's money? Yeah, right.

    There is no reason, and in fact no possibility, for Jesse to be in that room at the end unless he turned himself in. And it's crystal clear from the interrogation that that is not the case.

    The first fifteen minutes were fantastic. But the last five almost managed to ruin it all for me. Sloppy.

    Viewer score: 75 / 100

    Posted by Alex, 22/08/2013 12:37am (6 years ago)

  • Loved the episode and I have little to add beyond what's been posted, but I would be curious to hear what you think about Jesse turning against Walt and possibly siding with Hank/DEA.

    Viewer score: 75 / 100

    Posted by Aaron, 20/08/2013 7:01pm (6 years ago)

  • Am I the only one who wonders why Walt would be so quick to kill Mike (a full measure, debatable as unnecessary) and yet leave Lydia around to wreak havoc? He saw how much of a lose thread Mike believed her to be. It would seem Walt's last murder (thus far) was the wrong person and its going to come back to haunt him.

    Declan and the gang seemed more predictable and quite a bit less menacing as the skinhead mafioso. Could they be the group Walt will be aiming that machine gun towards in a few episodes?

    Viewer score: 71 / 100

    Posted by Brent, 20/08/2013 5:41am (6 years ago)

  • While this episode was less dramatic than Blood Money, there was strength in its simple and logical character developments.

    Hank believed that Skyler would want Walt behind bars to protect herself. Skyler wanted Walt's cancer to take him out quickly so she wouldn't have to tell her son that daddy's a drug lord. These conflicting motivations led to a particularly heartbreaking end to their discussion.

    Hank is facing betrayal from his closest allies. Maybe he'll find salvation in an enemy -- Jesse.

    Viewer score: 68 / 100

    Posted by Scott, 20/08/2013 2:38am (6 years ago)

  • The episode was so good on so many levels. I am really enjoying all the comments, observations and theories I am following on Social Media in a way I haven't done since LOST ended.

    I first noticed the strong audio of the toy car and the merry go round.

    Great symbolism; the yellow sports car a diminutive representation of something powerful, under remote control.

    The arial view of Jesse spinning around on the playground - his inability to grow up and make mature decisions because he is stuck in a circular directionless pattern - going now where but back to the same point over and over again.

    Skyler remains silent (speak no evil) hoping to ride out dangers that threaten her children and their future. Unwilling to cede control to Hank's white knight routine or Marie's righteous condemnation of her complicity. We see her become MRS Heisenberg in her choices, not necessarily aligning herself with Walt's interests.

    Lydia is blind folded and also tries to cover her ears (See no evil, hear no evil).

    As others said before me, I am most fascinated to see Walt Junior's final arc in the story, but no less eager to see Jesse's next move. He's often seemed the least eager to truly break bad. Just unable to find direction. Will Hank be the next compass he clings to?

    Viewer score: 82 / 100

    Posted by Yogabon, 20/08/2013 2:07am (6 years ago)

  • A very tense episode all around with interesting character developments. I think Skylar`s decision to protect Walt feels organic and probably one she had made a long time ago seeing she never turned Walt in. Marie figuring out when Skylar found out was a nice touch and her wanting to take the baby was totally believable for Marie`s character, since she can be obsessive and steals things sometimes, but also she is very protective of Holly especially since she and Hank took care of her for so long.

    Viewer score: 75 / 100

    Posted by Kay, 19/08/2013 11:21pm (6 years ago)

  • Overall, not quite as gripping as "Blood Money," but this was one of those steadily building Breaking Bad episodes that display the show's great patience and thoroughness. It looks like my concern that things would be too rushed is probably unfounded.

    I've been a Skyler defender all along, but I think I just lost most of my remaining sympathy for her. I get that she's torn, I do, but does she really still think they can get out of this intact as a family? Can she really still think that Walt is the best person to side with in order to try to reach that goal? She must be somewhat in denial at this point, holding on to the shell of what her life was and the hope that somehow it can get back there. Maybe the peaceful family idyll we saw near the end of "Gliding Over All" was more her happy ending than Walt's.

    Favorite image: Jesse on the merry-go-round.

    Viewer score: 70 / 100

    Posted by dfault, 19/08/2013 5:09pm (6 years ago)

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