Breaking Bad ‘Live Free or Die’ RecapJuly 16th, 2012 | Posted by in Television
After what seems like an eternity, a brand new Breaking Bad episode has finally returned on AMC. After the explosive finale to season 4, we pick up at the exact moment where Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) left off. With the death of Walt and Jesse’s former boss and meth distributor, they face a couple major setbacks before they can make the decision of whether they’re out of the cooking game or not. The first being that with Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) death comes a huge investigation into his operations which could lead to Walt and Jesse being discovered as accomplices and covering their tracks. Can Walt and Jesse erase police suspicion with all the information Gus had on his operations? Let’s find out!
Ok, I lied. The show doesn’t exactly pick up where we left off at the end of last season. We’re actually introduced to Walt sometime in the future at a Denny’s restaurant. His food order is up and he breaks his bacon into the numbers “52″ which he tell the waitress that today is his birthday. Walt’s appearance is notably different as he’s sporting a full head of hair and thick rimmed glasses. He meets with Lawson (whom sold him a pistol in season 4) in the bathroom where Walt exchanges a bag of money for car keys. Walt leaves the Denny’s but not before giving the waitress a $100 tip for an uneaten meal. He opens the truck of the car to reveal an M60 automatic machine gun with a number of ammunition boxes.
Cut back to present day, Walt rushes home to dispose of the pipe bomb ingredients and the lily of the valley plant which he used to poison Jesse’s girlfriend’s son to convince Jesse that Gus had to be killed. Skyler and Walter Jr. come home soon after he disposes the incriminating material in the trunk of his car. Walter Jr. is excited to see that the media attention that Fring’s death is getting and the recognition his Uncle Hank may get for being suspect that Fring may be Heisenberg. Skyler rushes into the bedroom without talking to Walt. He follows her in assuring her that they’re safe and everything’s going to be alright. She responds by saying that she’s afraid of Walt. Walt then remembers that their lab had video cameras recording all their work. We’re then met with Hank Schrader whom is investigating the destoryed lab where he noticed the melted video camera on the wall.
what seems like the next day, we meet Gus’s enforcer, Mike, as he’s fully recovered from the gunshot wound that he received when Gus poisoned and killed Don Eladio. Mike’s doctor receives a phone call and tells Mike that Gus has been killed. Mike races off in his car meeting Walt and Jesse on the way there as they were looking for Mike to get information on Gus’s security equipment. Mike pulls a gun on Walt and would most likely have shot if Jesse hadn’t talked him down. Walt explains that they need to find where the security camera are being transmitted to which Mike tell them that the recorded footage is on a laptop in Gus’s off at his restaurant Los Pollos Hermanos. Unfortunately for Walt, Jesse, and Mike, The police had bagged the laptop into evidence.
They soon find out that the laptop was taken to the Albuquerque Police Department. Mike tries to convince Walt and Jesse to go on the run but Jesse comes up with the idea of using a magnet to destroy the laptop’s hard drive. They go to a junkyard and purchase an old moving truck, 42 car batteries and a large magnet used for moving cars in the junkyard. The initial test of the magnets worked so well that Jesse screamed, “Yeah, bitch! Magnets!” Meanwhile, Skyler finds out Ted is in the hospital (not dead as I had presumed) having suffered from severe neck injuries. Skyler visits Ted where he swears to her that he won’t say a word about what happened.
Mike breaks Walt and Jesse, whom are driving the truck, into the police facility. They roll up on the curb and park next to the evidence room. Walt turns the magnet on and it worked even more effectively than when first test. To make sure that the laptop was truly destroyed, Walt cranks the magnet’s force to the max which causes their van to tip up against the wall of the police station. They escape the police station and Walt assures Mike that the laptop was destroyed. We do indeed see the destroyed laptop but during the clean up the police find a piece of paper in a picture of Gus which has information to a bank account in the Cayman Islands. We next see Walt talking to Saul about Saul not consulting him on the whole business with his wife and Ted. They argue a bit and Saul tries to end their business relationship which Walt doesn’t allow. Skyler apologizes to Walt about not telling him and they hug where the final shot shows a look of fear on Skyler’s face.
A nice start of the new season but it’s a shame that this season will only have another 7 episodes. Next week we’ll probably see Walt trying to take the offensive now that Gus is out of the picture. Here’s a glimpse of next week’s episode entitled ‘Madrigal’. See you next week!