'Breaking Bad' Recap: 'I'm Gonna Get You Where You Really Live'
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode, 'Rabid Dog.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Rabid Dog" episode of "Breaking Bad" contains storyline and character spoilers.
When we left a bewildered, vengeance-bent Jesse at the end of "Confessions," he was dousing Casa White with gas and was ready to set that bi... — well, you know what Jesse would say — ablaze.
But when this week's episode "Rabid Dog" begins, Walter has stealthily slipped through the patio door of his house, gun drawn and ready to confront Jesse, only to find the White house reeking of gasoline but not on fire.
Outside, Saul's car (the one Jesse stole and drove to Walt's house) is empty. So what happened to Jesse, and why is Walt's house gas-soaked but still standing?
Nearly halfway through "Rabid Dog," via flashback, we see Jesse with his lighter open, ready to torch Walt's house when Hank comes in the front door, gun drawn, yelling at Jesse to stop. A crying, screaming Jesse tells him that Walt poisoned a little boy, and Hank assures him he's aware of what a monster Walt is, but burning down the house is not the answer. "He can't keep getting away with it!" Jesse screams.
"You really wanna burn him down?" Hank asks. "Let's do it together."
Watch the pivotal scene between Hank and Jesse from tonight's "Breaking Bad" right here:
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Hank ushers Jesse out of the house and buckles him into his car, and off they go (just before Walt pulls onto his block, explaining why Jesse is MIA once Walt gets into his home). Jesse guesses Hank's taking him to the DEA office, which he points out is a bad idea; Walt will find out about it and get to him. Hank's solution: take Jesse to his house, give him a couple of sleeping pills to counteract how high Jesse is, and videotape his fascinating tales of Walter White's drug-cooking, murderous reign once Jesse has calmed down.
Good plan, if, as Jesse points out, they were dealing with a less wily criminal. Jesse tells Hank and Gomie, who Hank has brought into the Walt situation, "You two guys are just guys… Mr. White, he's the devil. He is smarter than you. He is luckier than you. Whatever you think is supposed to happen, the exact reverse opposite of that is gonna happen."
When Walt leaves Jesse a message asking him to meet him in public, at Civic Plaza, so Walt can explain the Brock poisoning, Hank sees it as his chance to send Jesse off and nab Walt. Jesse is skeptical of the plan. Gomie is skeptical of the plan, too, telling Hank he may be sending Jesse to his death. Hank makes it clear he doesn't care if Jesse dies, as long as he gets Walt... who is about to tangle with another person who would be fine with Jesse's death.
Walt's house is soaked with gasoline and its stench… how to explain that to the fam? He makes up some kooky story about a faulty gas station pump and getting sprayed with it, which neither Walt Junior nor Skyler buy, but when Walt suggests they go to a hotel for a few days while the house is cleaned, everyone's in.
And thus begins the worst staycation ever.
The hotel's swanky enough — particularly that very cool headboard/art installation in the Whites' room — but Skyler follows Walt when he thinks he's having a secret meeting with Saul and Kuby in the hotel parking garage. She calls him on it, and when he explains he was meeting with them about finding Jesse, and what Jesse almost did, Skyler (understandably) wigs.