Breaking Bad Season 5, Episode 12 Recap: “Rabid Dog”
As of last week's Breaking Bad, Jesse has finally learned (most of) the truth about Walt's darkest deeds, and it looks like he's finally turned against his former mentor. Will we finally get the face-off we've been waiting for on Season 5, Episode 12: "Rabid Dog"? We sure hope so.
We'll have a full recap of the episode up after the episode airs, but until then, perhaps the official synopsis will help tide you over (though probably not, since it's very vague): "An unusual strategy starts to bear fruit, while plans are set in motion that could change everything." You can also get some clues from the promo.
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We quickly learn Jesse did not actually burn Walter's house down after the end of last week's episode. But the gasoline everywhere still requires some explanation, and Walt's tale of gas pump accidents doesn't convince Skyler. The fam hits the road and holes up in a hotel and everyone — well, Saul and Skyler — has the same advice for Walter: Jesse needs to go. Like, trip to Belize style. Walter isn't having it, because yeah, he still loves Jesse in his own messed up way; plus, he's convinced that Jesse had a change of heart.
The feeling is not returned. As we learn in an utterly fantastic twist, Jesse didn't change his mind about burning the house down out of guilt or because he still cares about Walter; he was interrupted by Hank, who talked him down and convinced him that the best way to stop Walt is for them to work together.
Marie, meanwhile, is in therapy, because of course she is. Can't really blame her for that. Apparently she's been looking up untraceable poisons, because fantasizing about hurting Walt makes her feel better. Kinda twisted but again, I get it. You know what doesn't make her feel better? Hank trying to get her to move out so he can hang out with Jesse (that is to say, so that he can keep Jesse protected). Turns out Marie is cool with keeping a druggie in the guest room if it's bad for Walt.
And bad for Walt it is. Jesse makes a full confession into a camera, not that he thinks it will do much good. The problem is that there's not much physical evidence of any of Walt's misdeeds. Hey, good thing Hank listens to Jesse's messages and learns that Walt wants to meet to make things right between himself and Jesse. Hank thinks Jesse should take Walt up on the offer — while wearing a wire, of course.
Jesse is less than thrilled with this idea, since he's pretty convinced Walt wants to kill him, but he agrees to go through with it. However, before he can make the meet, he spots what looks to be a threatening man in a leather coat and, convinced that it's Walt's hit guy, he abandons the plan (of course, it turned out the "hit guy" is just some rando). Instead, he gives Walt a call and tells him in no uncertain terms that he's coming for him.
Walter, finally convinced Jesse is a real threat, gives Todd a call. He has another job for Todd's hitman uncle. Dun, dun, dun...
Where Our Characters Are
Walter White: "Do Not Float That Idea Again"
Present: This episode is an interesting one for Walter. For once, he isn't the one advocating the extreme option. He really does have a soft spot for Jesse — but is it because he still cares, or is it because he believes he still has control over his former mentee? I'd say it's some of both; and at this point, the very fact that he thinks he has power over Jesse is part of what makes him care.
Whatever his logic for being disgusted with people suggesting he should have Jesse offed, he seems to have changed his mind by the end of the episode. Self preservation is more powerful than anything else for Walter.
Future: Clearly, there's something of a Jesse/Hank vs. Walter set up coming into shape here. At the moment, Walter seems to be several steps ahead of the DEA, since, even with Jesse's testimony, they have little to no real evidence. Will his hit against Jesse be his undoing? It would certainly be satisfying, on an emotional level, if his choice to turn away from one of his few remaining redeeming qualities — his twisted love for Jesse — is what brings him down.
Jesse Pinkman: "Mr. White? He's the Devil"
Present: Wow. Angry Jesse is a great Jesse. Those of us who have been waiting for years to see Jesse rage after finding out the truth about the things Walter has done to him certainly got a major payoff this week. After spending so much of the season (and, let's be honest, the series) stoned and aimless, Jesse finally has a goal: Burn Walter to the ground. I love it.
Future: Unfortunately, Jesse appears to be running on almost pure emotion right now. He makes some good observations this episode — saying that Walter could easily have him killed in DEA facilities, pointing out that his confession doesn't mean much — but his threat to Walter at the end is all about feelings. It's a terrible move; you don't let Walter know you're coming, and Jesse, of all people, should be aware of that. I want him to get out of this show OK, but right now it looks like he's heading straight towards a crash and burn ending.
Hank Schrader: "He Cares About You"
Present: Man, Hank is scary this week. Convincing Jesse to put down the lighter and come work with the DEA? Fantastic. Expressing a willingness to let Jesse die if it means bringing Walt down? Dark. Dark. Not even the "good" guys care about keeping Jesse alive.
Future: It's still hard to tell if Hank is actually going to succeed in bringing Walter down, and after this episode, I have a new question: Even if he does win this battle, will it be at the cost of his own soul? In a show that's all about a good man going bad, that would be fitting.
Skyler White: "What's One More?"
Present: Speaking of people going bad: Wow. In case there was any doubt, this episode made it clear that Skyler has thrown in her lot with Walter for good. When you're the one trying to convince the great Heisenberg to kill someone, there's no turning back.
Future: I used to think Skyler and the rest of the White family might actually survive intact, but will the show really let Skyler off the hook at this point? It'll be interesting to see where she goes from here...
Other Thoughts and Notable Scenes
- So appropriate that Saul would compare Jesse to Old Yeller, a dog. After all, in one of his most famous monologues, Jesse used killing a dog as a metaphor for killing Gale.
- Aaron Paul is amazing. That is all.
- Walter: "You're full of colorful metaphors, aren't you Saul?" Truth.
- There were some really great humorous touches this week. Hank putting Jesse's seatbelt on. The Christmas photo of Walt dressed up as Santa. Marie handing Jesse a DEA coffee mug.
- Walt sure does love sitting by pools. He even manages to find one to brood by in his hotel.