This week’s episode could also have been titled, “The Waiting Game.” After his run-in with the Cousins last week, Hank’s been rushed to the hospital in critical condition. And we the viewers were forced to wait to see how things turned out, just like his friends and family.
It was a little curious to watch such a low-key episode after seeing the show’s momentum build to an almost unstoppable fever-pitch in the last few weeks. And I’m really not sure if I should take it as a needed break for us, the audience, as a necessary break for the show’s narrative, or just another brilliant move by what has to be the most brilliant show currently airing. I’ll just go ahead and say it was brilliant. Is that okay with everyone?
Not only were Marie, Walt, Skyler and Walt Jr. forced to wait for news on Hank, but Jesse – now Walt’s partner in Gus Frings’ meth operation – had to wait for Walt to return from the hospital and get to cooking. It seemed like Walt was also waiting, this time for the other shoe to drop, with his arrangement with Gus. When it became clear that he and Jesse wouldn’t meet their quota for the week, he called Gus and blamed the delay on our dearly-departed Gale botching things up.
(Speaking of Gale, is there anyone else who thinks that we haven’t seen the last of him? I mean sure, he seems calm and collected on the outside, but he’s a meth cooker. Anyone who opts in to that sort of that can’t be completely on the level. And it was obvious he did take being replaced – by Jesse of all people – that well. This season’s delivered a few surprises already, so I wouldn’t put it past them to bring Gale back to cause problems for Walt later on down the line.)
Despite Walt’s excuse – and I think Gus knew it was an excuse – Gus didn’t get angry. I mean, hey, he’s only trying to sabotage the Mexicans, thereby further cementing his hold on the Southwest drug trade, but sure, Walt can be late on this week’s shipment. It’s only TWO HUNDRED POUNDS OF METH. Gus didn’t get angry, but what he did do was much more sinister. In typical Gus fashion, he put on a smile and delivered Pollos de Hermanos to all of Hank’s cop buddies who were visiting him in the hospital He even took the time to talk to his family, which just happens to include Walt. You’ve always got to watch out for the quiet one because you just know they’re do something cool eventually, right? And it was that knowledge that caused Walt to follow Gus out into the lobby, just to make sure the everything between them was still simpatico. It looks like it is, for now.
Skyler and Walt Jr. have taken a back seat to things these past couple of weeks, but we were again reminded that Skyler’s feelings toward Walt may not be as clear-cut as she’d like to think. While Walt told Marie about the day of his XXXX, Skyler had to keep looking away, wiping tears for eyes. Beats like these make me miss her character, and happy to see her doing things besides sleeping with Ted.
“I See You” ended just about as well as it could, and I seriously mean that. The family, hearing that Hank has stabilized enough for them to see him crowds around his bed, and it’s there that the credits begin rolling. In an episode where everyone is forced to stand around and wait, it’s only fitting that the conclusion should, well, leave us all waiting.
Stuff I liked:
- I guess sabotaging the Mexican cartel was putting things lightly. He does it with a smile, but Gus is becoming more and more ruthless as the season goes on. How long until this affects Walt and his family?
- See Leonel shamble out of his hospital bed with two amputated stubs was probably the biggest shock of the night. Man, that stuff sticks with you.
- Jesse looks f’ing scary with his face all busted up like that.
- How old is Walt Jr.? 37?