'Breaking Bad' Recap: What's With Hank's Rocks?

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I have a couple burning questions about tonight's Breaking Bad, but could we please start with Hank and his newfound obsession with Internet-ordered rocks—or as he likes to angrily correct Marie, his minerals?

At first I thought it was a healing crystal thing, and then I figured it was just sort of a weird distraction from his current bleak state of affairs, but now I'm starting to wonder if there's a connection between the minerals and the blue meth case he was pursuing. Is his growing rock—er, mineral—collection going to eventually follow some chemical bread-crumb trail back to Walt?

(And is Marie ever going to erupt all over his sullen ass for taking out all his bitterness and self-loathing on her?)

Oh, and who was it that called Walt's phone when he was creeping over to Gus's house? I say it was Gus himself who calmly stated, "Go home, Walter," but my husband thought it might have been Mike. You know, Mike, the guy who later kicked Walt's ass all to hell and back for daring to suggest that they team up.

This week's episode wasn't exactly an edge-of-your seater with all sorts of major plot twists, but I think it did a great job of showing us what's going on with Walt and Jesse. Walt's in a slow burn, trying to work up the nerve to kill Gus, and foolishly attempting to create an alliance with Mike along the way. (Mike clearly has his own complicated thought processes going on, but it's hardly a surprise he didn't clap his hands and squeal over the opportunity to get Walt, Mr. Can't Hide a Gun for Shit, "alone in a room" with Gus.)

Meanwhile, Jesse's doing his level best to drown out the noise in his own head—quite literally, it would seem—and man, he is killing these scenes where we get a wordless glimpse into his personal hell. The end of the show where he sits in front of that giant subwoofer thing and just sort of ... succumbs to his thoughts? Damn. Give this man an Emmy, stat.

There were a lot of little things to like about this episode, like the opening scene with Jim Beaver, whose drawling yet oddly formal colloquialisms were straight out of Coen Brothers' script (or maybe he was just playing Ellsworth from Deadwood again?). Oh, and the return of Badger and Skinny Pete, whose characters we always seem to get just the right amount of. Like Saul, they're a special Breaking Bad condiment that often helps a despair-heavy episode go down a little easier.

So what's going to happen with Walt and his hit man fantasies? Do you think he's going to soldier on with trying to make his move against Gus, or did Mike change his mind? 

What do you think, BB fans? Any theories as to what the weeks ahead will bring?



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kelly... kelly24019

No idea at this point but the rocks therory is interesting...

nonmember avatar Faith

Yeah, I like your theory about the minerals. I can totally see that going somewhere. I really thought it was Gus on the phone telling Walt to go home. But then why didn't Walt try to say something then? I'll have to listen again and see whose voice it was.

hempm... hempmommy87

I never even thought about your theory about that the minerals! Interesting. I think it was Mike on the phone.

hempm... hempmommy87

Just 'the' not that. NAK lol

nonmember avatar sooboo

From Alan Sepinwall's review of the episode on hitfix.com:
" There's been so much debate in the comments about who called Walt - Gus or Mike - that I went and asked Vince Gilligan. I don't view his answer as any kind of spoiler (as it's info from an episode that's already aired), but in case you do, don't read the next short paragraph:

So as it turns out, it wasn't Mike. And it wasn't Gus. It was, instead, the new third man in the operation, Tyrus (played by Ray Campbell), whom we saw earlier weighing the batch. And that explains why no one could agree on whether it was Esposito's voice or Banks's voice, I suppose. "

nonmember avatar MichelleH

Wow, to your mineral theory! I had not thought of that but it makes a lot of sense. On viewing the episode I thought the call came from Mike. Mike has always gone back and forth between keeping Walt and Jesse in line and guiding them in a way, keeping them from doing anything stupid. After Walt got the ass kicking from Mike in the bar, I turned to my husband and said "I think that means he's on board!". We laughed, but I do kind of think that. My take is that Mike is too smart to ever let Walt know what he's really thinking. But Gus' death could definitely benefit him so I'm not ruling him out as an ally. :)

nonmember avatar Sean

Great call on the possible connection b/n Hank's minerals and Walt's meth. Actually mused over that myself today after finally watching ep. 2 :p. If there us one constant in this brilliant show - not much, if anything, is random. And yes, watching Jesse melt in his guilt was painful to watch. While Brian Cranston has deservedly been lauded for his performance in BB thus far, I believe Aaron Paul's Jesse will be the season-stealer this year as we continue to witness the brutal evolution of his character. Loving this show as always.

nonmember avatar Lydia

I see the connection with the minerals and the meth, but part of me feels that it could also just be a metaphor for his obsession to take down Heisenberg... Maybe as a wink to the audience that he'll get even closer to catching him soon? A foreshadowing? I don't know, I guess it's a weird prediction, but that's what I think at the moment. Can't wait to watch the rest on my DVR!



And is it just me or am I the only one that wants to give Jesse a big hug at the end of almost every episode? Of course, I feel that way about a lot of characters on a lot of shows. He's such a big favorite of mine on this show, I'd be devastated if they killed him off... Of course, they might have already killed his psyche off by now. But we saw him perk up a little after Jane's death when he went back to making meth, but that might have also been him drowning out the noise of his guilt over it. Now he can barely walk in there without thinking about that guy getting his throat slit, so that's no longer an escape... Poor Jesse! Aaron Paul deserves all the awards!

Cj Daniels

It's science related and it simply exercised Hank's brain to investigate more thoroughly in quest for Heisenburgh.

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