S03E07 - "One Minute"
Well I was right, Hank DID turn into the Hulk last episode. He drove right across town and Hulked out on Jesse's Face! Wow, Jesse ends up at the hospital, with Saul (perhaps literally) chasing the ambulance. At the hospital, things get even nastier between Jesse and Walt. Jesse tells Walt he plans on suing Hank and the DEA and continuing to cook meth, with turning in Walt being his "get out of jail free" card. Kid's got a point. Saul, ever helpful, suggests to Walt maybe it's time to off Jesse. I would hate to dig a hole in Albuquerque, there's got to be a body every ten feet or so.
This series is full of great symbolism. The part where Hank has to place his hands on the table so that the investigating officers can take pictures of his knuckles looks just like the stereotypical "hands on the hood" position. Whether it pans out or not, the foreshadowing is there.
This episode began with Tio almost drowning one of the cousins to teach them both a lesson: "familia es todo". Family is everything. Whether family is literal or figurative, we see that theme throughout this episode. Twice in this episode, Walt does right. After Skyler emplores Walt to say something to Jesse about the lawsuit against Hank, Walt puts into a series of events by getting rid of his lab partner and swallowing his pride (or at least pretending to) and telling Jesse his meth is as good as his own, eventually leading to a 50/50 partnership between Jesse and Walt, cooking in Gus' state of the art underground lab.
While I don't know I loved Walt's new lab partner, god was that guy perfect for Walt. A guy who loved and respected the chemistry and more or less worshiped Walt. Nice guys finish last in this business.
This was yet another episode full of amazing drama. We watched Hank unravel, going from one poor decision (attacking Jesse) to refusing to lie about the encounter to breaking down in the elevator to a confession to his wife that he's not the man he thought he was, and may be done as a cop. Hank seems to be leading the charge at the force against "Heisenberg," so him taking a leave of absence might give Walt a bit of breathing room.
The show's title comes from the episode's last two minutes. While leaving the police station, Hank receives a mysterious, anonymous call informing him that the cousins are coming and he has one minute to live. Without his firearm at his side, Hank does what any of us would do and ... stick around. What are you doing, Hank? Put that Jeep in drive and GTFO, Schrader! Right on cue, the cousins DO arrive. Hank crushes one with his car and barely manages to off the second one who was carrying an ax, and probably just wanted to talk. (Yeah, right.)
Big unanswered question: who tipped off Hank about the hit? It had to be someone up high enough who knew exactly when it was going down. It was also someone who wanted or needed to hide his identity. Gus knew the cousins were coming for him (he gave them Hank's name) but it's actually better for Gus if Hank's dead, since (a) that's one less DEA Agent on his case, and (b) he essentially offered Hank's blood in exchange for Walt's. Who else would have known? The voice changer makes me think it was Walt, but it doesn't seem like Walt would have known when the hit was going down. Maybe somebody saw the cousins on their way over?
Speaking of the cousins, I was a little disappointed to see them go out how they did. These guys are killing machines. The way they walk and act almost reminds me of Terminators. The cousins are obviously super smart and well trained. From crossing the border to changing their clothes to ... essentially everything they have done has reeked of being trained for this moment. That's why I really don't understand the suicide mission aspect of this hit. Why do it in the DEA's parking lot, out in the open? Couldn't they have hit him at his house, like they almost did Walt? The hit just seemed like sloppy work from two unsloppy guys.
Hank's panic attacks got bad after shooting Tuco, and worse after El Paso. I can't WAIT to see how they are after having two bullets put in him.
"Jack Flack always escapes." -Davey Osborne