'Breaking Bad' Recap: Walt Does Have a Floor, But It's Probably Too Late
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode, 'To'hajiilee.' (AMC)
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "To'hajiilee" episode of "Breaking Bad" contains storyline and character spoilers.
The first thought at the end of "To'hajiilee," the most tension-filled episode yet of the cat-and-mouse game that has made up "Breaking Bad" Season 5.5: several exclamatory phrases that would have to be spelled out with a lot of asterisks.
Our second thought: "Bad" creator Vince Gilligan has said this isn't even the season's best episode; that comes, he says, with next week's "Ozymandias."
Third thought: It's really going to be a long week.
Because in "To'hajiilee," two very clever cats finally outsmarted one increasingly desperate, sloppy, and ailing mouse, leading to an explosive showdown where the three major players of this gotcha game were finally in the same room (OK, piece of the desert). It looked like Hank and Jesse had won, had managed to lure Walt into their trap, where Hank would drive him off to jail, and Jesse could celebrate finally stopping the man he called The Devil.
But then, like they've done so many times before (multiple times within the same episode, frequently), the "Breaking Bad" crew took it in a different direction, and we're left to wonder for the next week: Who made it out of that shootout alive?
Walt vs. Jesse
Walt took Jesse's threat at the end of "Rabid Dog" seriously. He meets with Todd, Uncle Jack, and Kenny to arrange a hit on Jesse. Walt wants it to be quick and as painless as possible, and he's willing to pay triple the going rate for it. "Jesse is like family to me," he says.
But Jack doesn't want cash. He wants Walt to do another cook or two with Todd, to give Todd a chance to learn how to concoct Heisenberg-quality meth. Walt says no, but Uncle Jack points out that if he cares about Jesse, he should care enough to have the very best take him out. "Don't skimp on family," Jack urges. "Want us to do this right? That's the price."
Walt agrees to come out of retirement for one cook, but only after Jesse is dead. He tries to use Jesse's ex-girlfriend, Andrea, aka Brock's mom, to lure Jesse into the open, to no avail.
Jesse vs. Walt
Jesse promised Walt at the end of "Rabid Dog" that he would get him where he really lives. His plan: Find Walt's money, as it's the one piece of evidence that would tie Walt to the Heisenberg enterprise, and the one piece of evidence Jesse is certain Walt would not have destroyed.
But how to find that cash, which Walt has certainly hidden well? Like this: Hank and Gomey nab Huell (last name: Babinow) and take him to a DEA safe house. They tell him Saul and Walt have turned on him, and they have the recordings to prove it. His pal Kuby has already disappeared, they say, and Walt has ordered Huell to be next.
Huell's skeptical. Why would Walt want him dead? Because you know he poisoned Brock… because you know where Walt's money is, Hank says. He and Gomey have even used a piece of raw, bloody meat lying beside Jesse's head to convince Huell that Walt has already blown young Pinkman's brains out.