Tips on What to Bring to the Supermarket – Breaking Bad Season 2 Episode 3 Review (Bit By a Dead Bee)

  • This is a solid, if unremarkable episode that really slows down after the breakneck tension of “Grilled”.  There are a couple of things that bother me about this episode but it was a necessary step from the insanity of the Tuco plotline to the more down-to-earth family stuff.

Chronological Thoughtlessness:

  • It’s a Bold Plan Mr. White.
    • I wonder how Walt came up with this idea and actually relayed it to Jessie.  I would have loved to have seen this dialogue.
    • The look on Walt’s face at the grocery store is priceless.

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“Listen, Jessie, you may not like this but I really think that the key to this plan is that we both get naked.”

  • Naked.  In a supermarket?
    • The painting that Walt keeps staring at does a great job of sort of showing the escalation of Walt’s life.  Sure he was lying before about major things but they were all variations on “I was doing something else after work.”  Now he’s lying about life-threatening conditions that are making his family fear for his life and almost got Hank killed.  And the way Walt looks at the painting means he knows it too.
    • Walt’s reunion with his family is touching.  You can see the love on Skyler’s face and Walt’s voice cracking when he talks to Walt Jr. is great.
    • Great touch that Skyler is genuinely relieved and happy about Walt being back despite  the bombshell she received last episode.
    • Walt is soooo good at asking flustered questions when he’s lying or hiding something.  Here it is when he starts asking about Hank.
    • Marie’s reactions are so Marie.
  • I told you, this is serious shit.  I’m like an outlaw.
    • Aaron Paul plays Jessie’s nervous energy and panic really well.  His moment when he tells Badger to not mess with him is great.
    • I can just hear the writer’s in the scene when Badger clunkily brings up Jessie abandoning him in the desert.  Not a big deal and it would have been worse if this wasn’t referenced at all.
    • At least that damn plot of Walt and Jessie cooking in the basement has some substance here.  Last time it showed up, it was literally just to have that lame open house scene.
  • A ways down the road
    • Repercussions are Breaking Bad’s calling card.  Here Walt’s simple lie is not so easily dealt with as his doctors understandably won’t just release him until they know what caused his “fugue” state.
    • That said, I still  think this episode is clunky in that there is all this talk about how Walt is going to have to deal with this situation.  And yet by the end…he’s out.
    • God Walt would be such a grating tool in real life.  Just the way he lies here–talking about headlights and feeling fear.  Yeah he’s lying, we know that but Cranston has a way of playing it where it comes off so icky and manipulative.
  • DEA all the way!
    • Jessie’s lying works pretty well for a while there.  All of that forced bravado and camaraderie is hilarious to watch.  That is until Hank and Gomie flaunt the fact that there was $67,000 bucks sitting in his car.  That’s a low blow.
    • Why did we get Hank being casually racist here when he refers to the Chinese restaurant?  I get that in other, grittier, more realistic shows but here, it comes off as unnecessary.
    • Or maybe it was the writers’ way of showing that Hank does not have it all together.  No other way to explain how piss-poor of a job he does with interrogating Wendy.  In general I feel like Hank had a bit of a mis-fire this episode back to his Season 1 ways.

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“AHA, we’ve got her!  One last comment mocking her for giving street corner blowjobs and she will definitely side with us.”

  • And you ask why I ran?
    • Absolutely excellent scene here.  When I first watched this, I really was on edge thinking Walt would admit everything.  Bryan Cranston is fantastic…you can almost sense him gauging how close to the truth he can go.
    • Walt comes off as sympathetic to an extent as he describes the laundry list of issues with his life but the part that gets me is when he talks about watching all of his friends and colleagues surpass him in every which way.  The way Bryan Cranston delivers that line shows the immense amount of pain Walt has over this issue.
    • I wonder how someone in this psychologist’s position would have to react in real life to someone who flat  out admits to having faked a medical condition like this.  Does doctor-patient confidentiality actually cover something like this?
    • It does rankle me a bit that for as brilliant as Walt is, that he settled into a high school teaching job.  Yeah I know he left Grey Matter for a reason but couldn’t he have gotten job elsewhere?
    • So that’s it?  He tells his therapist he made it all up and he’s able to leave the hospital a day later??  I don’t buy it being this simple.  However this is also one situation where the show is better served by not tethering itself too much to reality.
  • ‘Yes’ is a bell, ‘no’ is no bell
    • That bell is terrifying.
    • This episode is lighter fare in general but the scene with Hank and Gomie interrogating Tio in front of a panicked Jessie is completely gripping and tense.  You have no idea how Jessie is going to get out of this.
    • With that said, this scene seems to be here specifically to ratchet up the tension without really doing anything.  In real life, I feel like Hank and Gomie would have figured out way before bringing Tio there that he wasn’t going to talk to the DEA.
    • And now I’m going to go throw up as I picture Tio doing his thing in his wheelchair.
    • So I’m a bit alarmed because I’m sure I’ve farted like Tio does in this scene but I never bothered to check if anything un-gentleman-like occurred.
    • Really Gomie?  You don’t think Jessie had anything to do with Tuco despite the fact that he was acting shady and his car was at Tuco’s shack??  Wow.
    • I don’t know how Jessie is hungry for Waffle House after witnessing Tio’s interrogation.
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    • Well this is certainly open to interpretation.
  • What’s changed, Jessie?
    • Wow Walt is a real dick.  He cares about Jessie (hence why he protected him last episode) but when it comes time to think about courses of action, all he cares about is protecting himself and not about any of the damage he does to his young protoge.
    • Neither a plus or a minus but would Walt really be thinking about cooking again this soon after their ordeal?  However, I think its a good contrast to the fact that he is simultaneously realizing how his actions are tearing him away from his family.
    • Walt pulls the classic “hang up the phone after saying something notable that nobody in the real world ever does” move.
    • Walt’s trip home is heavy handed.  I didn’t like it one bit.  Yeah it had some nice character beats like him seeing the “missing” picture of him but did we really need Walt to literally see what his family is like when they are worried about him?
    • Also, why is it so easy to escape from a hospital in movies and tv?  Sure, they make sure to show Walt sneak in when the nurse has her back to him…but this would be really challenging for a 50 year old man with lung cancer.

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“Well I’m here…might as well go gaze meaningfully at my family.”

  • What is it , Cinco de Mayo already?
    • I can never tell if the guy who plays Gomie is a mediocre actor or a terrible actor.  His delivery of some of his jokes are terrible.  In this case it might be justified because he’s trying to trick Hank.
    • How much time has passed in this episode?  Would they really have had time to have Tuco’s grill removed and set in that case in that little amount of time?
  • An isolated episode of transient global amnesia
    • So that’s Walt’s diagnosis…and they just let him go in about two or three days? I still don’t buy it.
    • Nice signs that Hank isn’t dealing with Tuco’s death as well as we think when he is noticeably uncomfortable talking about the shootout.
    • Man Walt Jr would be the most annoying son to have if I was a narcissistic, bitter old man who feels emasculated by life and crave control.  That apple juice bit is brutal and you can see Walt wanting to yell but realizing he has no justification to.
  • Do you have a second cell phone?
    • Walt’s genuine happiness for being home doesn’t elicit any sort of response from Skyler.  At the very least his stripping down to his porkpie hat got her to smile.
    • Wow, that is such an awesome ending and you can just see Walt scrambling for an answer.  And great reaction from Skyler.  She’s relieved he’s alive but she isn’t going to let something like a second cell phone just drop.  GREAT setup for the remainder of the season.  Yeah Tuco is dead but Walt’s family life is in for some hard times.  Nothing is easy for Walt.

 

Rating:  75 Episodes of Transient Global Amnesia Out of 100

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