- While trying to get Skinny Pete back, Jesse mirrors Walt’s motivational lines from 5.06 and 5.07 : “We’re on the verge of making some serious coin, you’re gonna jump ship, now?” But Skinny’s out (for now) just as Jesse was in 5.06.
- Beneke is once again is shot through blinds, visually intensifying the tension of his financial issues.
- Gus watches Walt and Jesse’s every move. This scenario is revisited in Season 4 when he tracks them carefully and keeps an eye on them, via Mike and Tyrus, especially on Walt who overstepped his boundaries.
- Cross-table shots are among the show’s visual motifs, setting the tone for significant business meetings or simply contrasting two sides of an argument:
- Talk about Skyler and her poor judgment! She stays at Beneke Fabricators (suddenly the company’s name makes a lot of sense! ? ), just as she choose to stand by Walt in Season 3 and 4. Notice how Ted’s justifications resemble Walt’s in how they both men have convinced themselves that they’re committing crimes out of care for a certain family: “I’m thinking about saving a company, I’m thinking about people’s jobs […] My dad built his company from nothing. We make things here. The people who work here are like family” Yes, he’s got an excuse for everything, but ultimately got that Mercedes…
- Walt reaching for his cell phone visually resembles how he did the same thing with Mike and Krazy 8’s keys to salvation/damnation in 5.07 and 1.03 respectively:
- Jesse’s wearing the same shirt he wore in 5.04. Props to the props master, costume designer and whoever’s in charge of the characters’ wardrobe.
- Jesse thinks Jane is oblivious to the fact that he’s a drug dealer just like the way Walt didn’t see it coming with Skyler in 2.13. In fact, Jane pretty much makes a wild guess about Jesse’s occupation, like Skyler in 3.01.
- Tomas on his bicycle, and then Jesse and Jane watching bike stunts reminds us of another kid on the show who also rode bikes:
- Notice how at the restaurant Walt asks Jesse to order something so it’d look natural, like how Lydia suggested Mike do the same in 5.02.
- Skyler’s rendition of “Happy birthday Mr. President” brings a strikingly similar scene from The Sopranos to mind in which [SPOILERS for The Sopranos] Tony has to watch a painfully awkward performance by his father’s mistress (episode 5.07) . [/ SPOILER]
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