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Breaking Bad: Who’s the rabid dog?


Walt contemplates what to do with the "problem dog."

Walt contemplates what to do with the “problem dog.”

In this week’s episode of Breaking Bad, “Rabid Dog,” Saul compares Jesse to Old Yeller, the loyal dog who aids and abets his master until he gets rabies and sadly has to be put down. Will that be Jesse’s fate?

Warning spoilers ahead.

Hank, helped by Gomez (phew, glad Hank is finally letting someone from the DEA in on this), convinces Jesse to wear a wire in order to get Walt to say incriminating things. Walt has done such a good job as Heisenberg, tying up loose ends, that although Hank knows Walt’s crimes, he doesn’t have any proof or tangible evidence. Jesse could be his ticket.

But as is the norm in this show, things don’t go as planned and Jesse decides he will take Walt down “his way.” More next week I guess.

We are now at the halfway point in the season. There are only four shows left until the series-ending finale. In a post-show interview, RJ Mitte (Walt, Jr.) said we can expect things to get VERY bad. So who knows what Vince Gilligan and these amazing writers have up their sleeves.

Mitte also said he considers this the role of his lifetime. I would agree and also add it is the same for each and every actor and writer on the show. Breaking Bad has earned a special place in American television, and in my opinion, it’s the best TV drama of all time. I hope they are enjoying this time, the heap of publicity and all the positive attention they are getting.

When Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) was killed off I spoke with him and asked what it felt like to be part of something like Breaking Bad. This is a man who has been acting since he was a child and has funded and produced a civil rights movie that means a lot to him. He acknowledged that Gus was the role of a lifetime, and the show was the experience of a lifetime too.

Since Breaking Bad, Esposito has gone on to star in NBC’s futuristic drama, Revolution. He has a big role on a show on a much larger network than AMC. But Revolution is no Breaking Bad. In my opinion, it’s very poorly written. I give it a MEH. I watched the first season for Giancarlo Esposito, but could barely make it through the second, and well… I’m not watching it anymore. Is it still on?  If I hadn’t become a huge fan of Esposito from Breaking Bad, Revolution very quickly would have been off my radar.

Lightning rarely strikes twice. So let’s savor and enjoy every morsel of Breaking Bad and the actors and writers who make this show so delicious.

And by the way, who really is the rabid dog? Is it Jesse or is it Walt? Or is Skyler (pun intended), the rabid bitch?

Least week, in "Confessions" Jesse was framed with an eerie background of squares. This week, in Rabid Dog, it's rectangles. Hmm.. will next week be circles, triangles, or some other quadrilateral?

Least week, in “Confessions” Jesse was framed with an eerie background of squares. This week, in “Rabid Dog,” it’s rectangles. Hmm.. will next week be circles, triangles, or some other quadrilateral?

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