Breaking Bad is back! Josh writes this week’s episode recap for Blood Money, for Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 9. There are a lot of revelations, so many that this episode almost feels like two put in one! Following the recap, Josh and Violet both provide their thoughts on the episode. Are you ready to get into it? Let’s begin!
Episode Recap for Season 5 Episode 9, Blood Money
Episode 9, Blood Money begins showing some teenagers skating in an empty pool of an abandoned house. Walt’s now abandoned house. Walt is shown going up to the house. He has hair, and a full beard instead of a goatee. We know time-wise, that this is after the scene in the diner from the beginning of season 5A, because of the guns in the trunk, that he had bought illegally. Inside the house, it has been completely vacated and vandalized. “Heisenberg” has been spray painted on one wall. He makes his way to one of the rooms. He pulls off a wall socket cover, revealing the Ricin poison he has hidden there several episodes back, which he intended to use on Gus but never got the chance to. He takes the Ricin, replaces the wall cover, and exits his house. On his way to the car, he bumps into his neighbor, who he greets nonchalantly. She panics, and drops her groceries, revealing that most people in town know who he is now.
After the opening scene, the episode picks up right where we left off, with Hank in the restroom. For those who do not remember, he had just discovered the book Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. Why this is relevant, is that there is an note that is written to the note author’s other favorite W.W., Walter White. The initials of the note author are G.B., which Hank deduces must be Gale Boetticher, Heisenberg’s (now) dead lab assistant. After a long pause in the bathroom, Hank confiscates the book, and slips it into his wife, Marie’s purse. He then heads back to the patio, where he looks at Walt in a bewildered way. He then tells everyone at the gathering he isn’t feeling well, and wants to leave as soon as possible. Walt and the family say goodbye, not recognizing anything further wrong.
On the drive home, Hank is not doing too well. He begins to hyperventilate, and crashes their vehicle into a random neighborhood residence, and climbs out of the car, breathing heavily. Marie asks the neighbor to call 911. The next scene with Hank has him back at home, after a visit to the doctor, and while Hank is irritated for the long wait to find out he didn’t have a heart attack, Marie is relieved that it wasn’t something more serious.
Marie asks if Hank plans on heading to work, but he says he is going to take some time off still. Marie is about to head out to work, however some co-workers of Hank have come with some file boxes, to drop off for Hank. Marie is confused, but Hank ushers her out the door. Hank directs the files to be delivered into his garage. The officers ask if he needs help, but Hank brushes them away quickly. The files he has requested are for the Heisenberg/blue meth case he has been obsessed with, and now with his current revelation, he seems to be determined to solve the case. He begins combing through the case, organizing the evidence, but doesn’t seem to be making much headway that we can tell. We see Hank go through several pieces of evidence we have seen before, notably the sketch of “Heisenberg” and the video surveillance of Jesse and Walt stealing the chemical that they required to continue the meth production without using Sudafed. Unfortunately, from what we have seen so far, there is no conclusive evidence Hank has been able to put together.
Over the course of the episode, Hank has more and more files brought over to review. He seems very focused, hardly acknowledging the officer that bring the information over.
Walter White is “out”…or is he?
So how is Walter White, aka Heisenberg, doing? He seems set on “retiring” from his Meth Empire. He visits Skyler at the car wash, and begins to make big plans for the car wash, discussing where air fresheners should be placed to maximize profit. He also suggests to Skyler that they should consider their cover story further. He says that the car wash should be so “successful” that they would be able to open a second one. Skyler seems skeptical at first, but Walt explains that with a second “successful” car wash, they could launder their dirty money quicker. Skyler stills seems skeptical, but then admits she has a car wash in mind. Walt leaves her be though, and just asks her to “think about it”.
Walt then moves into the cashier area of the car wash, to take customer payments. A familiar face shows ups to get her car wash outside. Skyler processes her car wash, and we see that it is Lydia. Lydia then goes inside to pay, running into Walt. As her transaction is being processed, she informs Walt that their meth being produced is only 68% purity, which is not satisfactory for the Czechs. Walter tells her that he is out, and it essentially isn’t his problem anymore. Lydia doesn’t like this answer, and seems to hint that it could be a big problem if he doesn’t come back into the game. Walter doesn’t seem to care, and tries to play her off as a normal customer.
During Lydia’s and Walt’s conversation, Skyler had walked in, and was wondering what was going on with the two. When Lydia finally leaves, Skyler asks Walt who she is. Walt is truthful, telling Skyler that she was a former business partner, and said that she asked him to come back, and tells Skyler that he has no intention of doing so. Skyler, quite upset, meets Lydia outside, hands her the keys to her rental car, and tells her to leave, and not come back.
Riddled with guilt: Jesse Pinkman
Moving on to Jesse Pinkman. We first see Jesse looking quite stoned, sitting on his couch, clearly deep in thought about something. Meanwhile, Badger and “Skinny” Pete are talking about Star Trek. Pete first discusses the “physics” of being transported, which Pete’s theory dictates that each transport “kills” Kirk, and a “Xerox” of Kirk is made, not being exactly the same Kirk as before. Badger then discusses his ideas for a Star Trek episode, which many fans have tried to correlate to the show. Here is a link on YouTube to view the Star Trek discussion:
Meanwhile, during the conversation, Jesse goes up stairs, and returns back down carrying the bags of money that Walter had left for him. Badger and Pete seem to not notice him, and Jesse leaves. Jesse winds up at Saul Goodman’s office. He is in the crowded waiting room, and has become annoyed waiting for so long. To get Saul’s attention, he lights up a joint, which causes the receptionist to call Saul.
Saul calls Jesse in, and we find out what Jesse is planning to do with the money. He wants to anonymously donate half of the money to the family of the kid that was shot, and the other half he wants to give to Mike’s granddaughter, since her funds had all been confiscated. Saul tries to convince Jesse that this is not such good idea, as it would raise too many questions as to where the money came from, and would likely never make it to the people he is trying to help anyway. Jesse becomes frustrated, telling him to do it, or he will find a way himself. Saul concedes to his wishes, or so it seems.
Cancer is back. Walt’s manipulation fails
Saul instead has called Walter, informing him of Jesse’s plan. Walt tells Saul to hold onto the money, and that he will be right there. We have learned something else from this scene though–Walt has taken the call from the hospital. He is back in chemotherapy, indicating his cancer must be back.
We then see Walt paying Jesse a visit, returning with the bags of money. Jesse is not happy to see him or the money back. Walt tries to figure out what Jesse is doing, to which Jesse informs Walt that the money is “blood” money, by Walt’s own admission (this stems from an argument from earlier in the season). Walt tries to explain that Jesse earned the money, and that his reference to blood money was just his way of trying to win the argument. Walt then asks why Jesse would be trying to give money to Mike’s granddaughter, to which Jesse answers because he believes Mike is dead. This seems to take Walt a little off guard, but he insists that as far as he knows, Mike is alive and well, taking care of the granddaughter on his own. Jesse explains that he doesn’t believe so considering how Walt had Mike’s men killed, and that since Walt seems to feel so safe, it wouldn’t make sense for Mike to be alive, as it would be a “loose end” for Walt, which Jesse is aware how much Walt hates those. Walt tries to convince Jesse that he is out, and that everything will be fine once they move on, but Jesse is still clearly troubled.
Later in the evening, we see Jesse in his beat up Toyota, in a rundown parking lot. He is still deep in thought, probably still over the little boy that was murdered. A homeless man asks him for money, which at first he shuns. But then, he decides to hand the homeless man a stack of cash. Jesse then proceeds to be a “money-fairy”, tossing bundles of bills at people’s houses, paperboy-style, seemingly trying to get rid of it any way he can.
Meanwhile, back with Walt, he visits the “loo”, and looks for something to read. He then notices that his book, Leaves of Grass, is missing. He looks around for it, and asks Skyler about it, but doesn’t seem to concerned about it. Not until he goes to bed. He then asks Skyler what she thinks is wrong with Hank, and Skyler says she thinks it was some stomach thing. Walt decides to take a walk, and goes outside. Rather randomly, he goes to his car, and looks underneath it. he stands up, with a device in his hand. The very device that he had helped Hank put onto Gus’s car. Walt knows.
Walt pays a visit to Hank. He seems some of Hank’s co-workers about to leave, and chit chats with them. This gives Hank enough time to frantically put away his work, so that Walt doesn’t see what he is working on. Walt then approaches Hank, asking how he is doing. Hank tries to play it cool, but does not do a very good job at it. Walt says that he just wanted to drop by, and begins to head away.
But, he pauses, turns around and asks Hank if he knows about the GPS tracker found on his car. Hank has a very long pause. He then picks up his garage opener, and closes the door, leaving them alone in his garage. Walt asks him how he feels, to which Hank responds by punching Walt right in the head. Hank then makes his accusation to Walt. Walt denies it, every accusation. Walt says that his cancer is back, and that he won’t have anyone to prosecute in six months. Hank demands that Skyler bring the kids to Hank’s house, to which Walt refuses. Hank then says, “I don’t know who you are”. Walt responds with, “if that is true…then maybe the best course is to…tread lightly”. A subtle but understood threat for Hank. Again, this amazing scene is on YouTube, which you can view here:
Josh’s thoughts on Breaking Bad Episode 9, Blood Money
Firstly, this episode was simply amazing. This one episode has blown every other show I have been watching this year out of the water. Very, very good episode. When you think it is over, it is not quite over. As for thoughts, clearly Jesse is still deeply troubled by the death of the kid, and the culmination of all of the events of his work with Walt. He clearly doesn’t trust Walt any longer. I have a feeling (which I think is a pretty common theory), that Jesse may eventually opt to turn himself in, which then may make him a useful tool for Hank against Walt. Jesse certainly seems beyond repair emotionally, and clearly does not care about Walt at all.
The Star Trek scene in the episode was very interesting. Several theories are out there in terms of what meaning it has for the show. I have to say, I feel Skinny Pete’s discussion of the transporter seems like a metaphor for Walt, or maybe even Jesse, as they both seemed to lose a little part of themselves as the show progressed on, being imperfect “Xeroxs” of who they once were. As for Badger’s Star Trek episode, it is hard to figure how that plays into Breaking Bad, and perhaps future episodes will enlighten us.
Clearly, Walt is not done facing off with Lydia and the Czechs. I have a feeling Walt may not be done with the meth-making, or at the very least the Czechs will attempt to force him to work again. I am curious to know where the current meth supply is coming from, but I would assume it is Todd. In the opening scene, we see Walt with an assault rifle, which would seem to indicate possibly that he needs protection from more than just the cops.
We know that Walt outlives his six month projection, and even has hair again. Has he survived cancer a second time or has he simply not been able to be treated again? Why is he after the Ricin? My theory was to perhaps poison Jesse, as Jesse has decided to turn on Walt with the cops, and therefore needs to shut him up. If Jesse has flipped on Walt, he would likely be in jail or protective custody though, so I am not sure how Walt would get to Jesse.
Clearly, Hank needs some sort of evidence in order to prosecute Walt. Where this evidence will come from is hard to say, but as I said before, Jesse may be the ticket. Also, if Walt is forced to make more meth, this could be the perfect opportunity for Hank to catch him in the act. We know that Walt is caught, considering the flash forwards we have seen, but how it happens is yet to be determined. I can’t wait for next week! P.S.: What show has it been so exciting to see the main character fail?
Violet’s Thoughts on Breaking Bad Episode 9, Blood Money
Wow! What a great, awesome, intense episode! I am so glad that they picked it up right where they left off from last episode, with Hank finding the Walt Whitman book and the note inside. After the opening scene, of course, which we had seen at Comic-Con, and which left me looking forward to the final 8 episodes even more! But I’m guessing those events will probably all take place in the series finale, so back to the present now.
This episode really kept me guessing as to what was going to happen. I had no idea what Hank’s reaction was going to be, and I enjoyed seeing it all play out as it did. I feel so bad for Jesse, he just seems so lost. Seeing Walt sit there and lie to him about killing Mike, and sounding so sincere about it, brought me back to Season 4, when Walt was the one who poisoned the kid, but we didn’t know it yet. He sounded so sincere when talking to Jesse about the kid, that I hadn’t even suspected anything. But now we know better.
So many things played out in this episode so quickly, much more quickly than I would have guessed. I never thought that in the very first episode back, we would already get a confrontation between Hank and Walt. And what an amazing scene it was. Oh, and go Skyler for telling off Lydia! Obviously only a temporary solution to what will most likely become an ongoing problem, but you have to admit, that was pretty cool.
This show always leaves me wanting more, and I cannot wait until next week to see what happens!