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Breaking Bad Recap: ‘Sunset’

April 25, 2010
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Photo credit AMC. Hank lurks about the RV.

Warning: spoilers ahead. Tonight was a welcome change from all the domestic drama of late. We got an episode that focused on the down and  dirty drug manufacturing, and ratcheted up the tension to unbearable levels.  Did everyone exhale a sigh of relief when Hank was summoned away from the junkyard?  I did, even though I know the showdown between Hank and Walt is inevitable.

‘Sunset’ begins with a New Mexico police patrol summoned to the residence of a woman who has not been seen for a few days.  When he arrives at her isolated adobe, things are rather quiet. We see the sketch of Walt from ‘No Mas’, along with tell-tale candles and cult paraphernalia.

After the officer  sees two suit coats hanging out to dry, he knows something is amiss, and starts checking the perimeter of the house.  Buzzing flies (never a good sign) are swarming on one side of an outbuilding (which appears to be the same one that all the people were slithering toward on their bellies in ‘No Mas’), and the officer discovers a body.  He calls for back-up, and is confronted by one of the cousins, who refuses to stand down or obey orders, and nonchalantly munches an apple while his counterpart stealthily sneaks up behind the officer and bludgeons him to death, with what I believe was a scythe.

Jesse produces  a perfectly clear, blue crystal meth rock for his two friends to try out. He is trying to convince them to go back into business with him.  He assures them that if they don’t get too greedy, they can keep it under control and do well for themselves.  One of the guys tries a hit, and does a celebratory jig.  It’s some good stuff, and he is impressed with Jesse’s cooking abilities.  Little do they know that Hank is watching from his car down the street. He has been able to track down Jesse because of the photo he found last week.

Walt methodically fixes a brown bag lunch, which he carefully marks his name on, and reports to the lab to cook for Gus. Once he enters the high tech lab,Walt discovers that he has an assistant, who quickly produces credentials and various degrees.  Walt is giddy at the prospect of having someone who actually knows what he is doing, and who may be able to further enhance the finished product.

His new lab assistant also makes a mean up of coffee, thanks to some fancy titration techniques.  In a rare display of humor, the two are shown engaging in a special “bromance” confined within laboratory walls.  For a moment, I could have sworn they were going to kiss, they are so wrapped up in mutual admiration for one another.  There is even a nice little jazz score gently playing in the background.  It was so unexpected, and I loved it.

Alas, the tranquility is shattered when Hank calls Walt to inquire as to whether he knows anything about an RV owned by a former student.  Walt looks horrified, and tries calling Jesse to warn him, but chickens out.  He drives out there himself, after contacting Saul.  Jesse rushes out to the scrapyard, believing that Walt is trying to steal his equipment.   Unfortunately, he leads Hank directly to the RV.  Walt and Jesse have to barricade themselves into the RV while Hank uses a crowbar to try to open the door.  It was suspenseful as hell.  A scrapyard attendant saves the day (seems like he has been around an illegal activity or two in his day) and schools Hank on the legalities of search and seizure.  Jesse yells through the door that this is his private domicile.  Hank doesn’t seem to care.

Photo credit AMC.

A desperate Walt makes a phone call to an unknown individual.  Conveniently, Hank gets a phone call saying that his wife has been in a car accident, and he should come right away. Was it just me, or did he look like he thought about it for a moment?  Hank races off to the hospital.  Turns out that Saul was the person Walt hired, and the phone call to Hank was a ruse.  When Hank finds out that his wife is fine, his rage is palpable.  I thought  that he was going to have a heart attack right there in the hospital.

Jesse and Walt look on at the scrapyard as the RV is demolished.  My husband swears that a decoy was destroyed, and that there was another RV right next to the demolished one.  I rewound the scene about 8 times, but I couldn’t tell if it was a different vehicle entirely or, the tail section of the RV.  Readers-your thoughts?

In the final scene, Gus meets the cousins (at sunset, as promised), and convinces them that Walt is not responsible for Tuco’s death, but it is the DEA agent Hank Shrader.  He also gives his blessing for the two to kill a DEA agent in his territory.  Way to kill two birds with one stone.   No more Hank, plus Walt will be spared so he can keep cooking.  I actually feel sorry for Hank, for once.

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6 Responses to “ Breaking Bad Recap: ‘Sunset’ ”

  1. Sam on April 26, 2010 at 5:59 am

    According to the podcast it wasn’t the actual RV that was destroyed…although in the show it was the real RV. Does that make sense?

  2. Shannon on April 26, 2010 at 6:24 am

    @Sam. No, it doesn’t make sense (yet) but I will be checking out the podcast. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Kbrian on April 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Yeah, that’s definitely not “the” RV. I spotted the original RV, bullet holes and all, in Albuquerque back in January, weeks after this episode was shot.

  4. ek on April 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I wouldn’t say Gus convinced the cousins Walt wasn’t responsible for Tuco’s death. It was more like he was tossing them a bone, Hank, to placate them temporarily until he can give them Walt.

  5. Mukor1 on April 27, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I’m not so sure Walt “chickens out” when he calls Jesse to warn him. Later, when he speaks with Jesse, he mentions that Hank might have Jesse’s phones, house, etc bugged. Although Walt did look scared when he called, it makes more sense that he hung up so as to avoid possibly being recorded.

  6. Shannon on April 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    @Mukor1 You are probably right. I was wondering why he would be afraid of Jesse (and he definitely looked scared), and your explanation makes more sense. THanks

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