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Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 12 "Rabid Dog" Part 2

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I really try my best to avoid having to split these in two halves, but it can prove to be unpredictable sometimes, so I apologize. It's just easier to let it happen naturally instead of tinkering with cutting things out, but just know that I am trying to avoid this at all cost.

(...continued) The next "cold open" to the episode starts off with a transitional cut to black. We hear an incoming screech of tires followed by a crash and the "curtain" lifts to reveal Jesse right where we left him at the end of "Confessions". This time however, we see a little in-between moment of him pumping himself up and getting high off of a compact disc to help him follow through with pulling the trigger on his intent, similar to what happened in "Half Measures". And just like the result of that, someone intervenes. It was established in the last episode that Hank had Saul's car bugged and he left the office to see where Saul would go in the little amount of time that was left before Gomez made the call to remove it. Fortunately for Walt's house, this matched up with Jesse's quick decision to steal Saul's vehicle which made it believable for Hank to be able to intercept him, although it still is meant to be a shock.

And talk about acting. Jesse's "He can't keep getting away with this!" is so unnerving and real to the point where the air automatically gets heavy around you. The music is once again just as tense as it was in Walt's POV during the standoff between him and Hank, but then finally absolves as Jesse once again rides passenger to another influential force. I liked Hank reaching for Jesse's seatbelt in a half-hugging manner. That was probably the closest thing to compassion he had to offer to the guy.

Also, another criticism of this episode seems to be that it was too convenient that Walt's car pulls up around the corner a little after Hank's leaves. I honestly think there's nothing wrong with it. Both cars were heading to the house at the same time for a very similar reason. I don't care what the distances were. I can't tell you how many times I've arrived at a place nearly around the same time as other people who come from varying distances when there was never a set time to arrive. Things seem more coincidental but stuff like that happens alot when similar motivations are at play and it's not like Walt casually returned from the car wash because he forgot his wallet. The suspicious extra conveniently hugging their kid as Walt walks away at the end of the episode is probably the more glaring flaw.

Marie's little sub-venture gets pasted in here because the writers definitely need to show the impact this has had from her perspective. It is a scene that isn't wasted though because for one thing, it gives us a little fan-service by showing the long unseen therapist Dave, but also establishes an interesting commentary on good and evil. Even a good person like Marie can think of poisoning as an option to resolve the terrible situation she's in, but unlike Walt, she can openly talk about it because she would never actually do it. I think the writers wanted to put it out there that this card was off-limits for her, but have it also serves as a red-herring that at one point Walt might have dropped dead face down into his cereal. But this was never in Marie's DNA so there is no spark large enough that can ignite such corruption in her soul to ever go through with that. But her last line "It's just good to think about it" is definitely something to let you think about, if not for her character, but for humanity in general.

She comes home to find that Hank has collided universes by taking Jesse in as a guest. I seriously cherished every second of this but then had to remember that this isn't just some warm union of bringing these characters together, but the situation is dirty. Jesse has committed or at least has been a part of some really horrible things which he confesses every last detail to on tape, so in the end he's just a pawn to them. They never experienced his emotional journey he went throughout of all of this. As for Jesse, this was a big step, but IMO it was right. Skyler chose the blackmail "confession" while Jesse chose the opposite. It is really surreal to hear Hank and Gomez casually talk about Drew Sharp, Lydia, Vamanos Pest, etc. Everything is now all out in the open.

The final scene is incredible though. The plaza was a really eerie atmospheric location for Walt and Jesse to meet at. The tension as Jesse approaches feels like a Where's Waldo? when Jesse is suspecting a hitman. Jesse bailing out on the plan to threaten to hurt Walt where "he really lives" was really deserved. It once again paints how Jesse can tend to misunderstand his relationship to Walt, since Hank from a third person perspective was able to see that Walt cared for him and wouldn't want to hurt him. Still, the dark turn at the very end proves that Walt's capable of the worst when Jesse doesn't give him the opportunity to work it out. Notice the bells of the clock tower going off as Walt realizes what he's going to do, which was the exact example Jesse used for his paranoia of being picked off. This was a huge turning point and a very strong ending.

I just want to point out something I realized. The two "contrived" scenes in this episode is Walt showing up right after Hank leaves, and the kid running into the suspected hitman's arms. What's weird though is that right before Jesse got into Hank's car during the scene where Walt pulls up, you can see the pink teddy bear far away in the tree. Then in the ending before Jesse gets in Hank's car, the little girl jumping into the guy's arms is wearing pink. I think this is definitely intentional because the teddy bear/small daughter has always represented the universe working with coincidences in mysterious ways. I've explained before how this applies to Walt, but if anyone is fuzzy on that, I'll go over it again.

Here's part 1 incase you missed it:

QUESTION: What is your take on that? I'm not trying to say that adding that symbolism of the bear should make up for however you felt about those 2 scenes, but do you think there is some underlying message trying to be expressed here?


  1. Walid's Avatar
    I've never even noticed that about the teddy bear in this episode, I'll have to watch it again
  2. lionelhutz123's Avatar
    It's really faint in the background but once you see how randomly positioned it is, there's no denying it was done on purpose. They used to do that for practically every episode in season 2.
  3. Walid's Avatar
    I remember it being done for season 2, though I of course had to rewatch to pick up on it. Pretty clever stuff