Callbacks, similarities and other bits
- The ominous pink teddy bear makes another brief appearance in the abandoned motel. Others include, in Jane’s mural, some tree branches just outside the white residence (Many thanks to Breaking Bad wiki) and in the supermarket where Walt strips naked:
- Aside from shedding light on Walt’s paternal instincts, the elephant in the room could also hint at the fact that his big secret will finally be revealed, that he can no longer keep the double life intact, as in 2.13 Skyler gets to the bottom of his lying schemes, the planes crash just over his neighborhood and his life falls apart.
- Skyler stands by Junior as always, even though, as we know, she’s later going to be blamed for practically everything by him when she starts protecting the family from the man who protects it: “You can’t ask him to take it down, it’ll crush him!” /“Skyler, [returning the car] will crush him.” (4.06)
- Another defining car moment. Who’s behind the wheel this time?
- Holly weighs 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Another 737 allusion?
- “What good is money that doesn’t spend? The tree falls in the forest…” – – Well, wait till Walt gets to New Hampshire in 5.15…
- The dinner scene eerily resembles the famous “pool party” (gotta thank Hank for his brilliantly awkward jokes) from season 5, visually speaking. We see perhaps some of the early traces of Walt’s secret life leaking through when Hank orders food from no restaurant other than Los Pollos Hermanos.
- Defending their loved ones’ honor: [Jane to Donald] “His name is Jesse!” / [Walt to Jack]: “His name is Hank!” (5.14)
- Roles reversed, authority diminished: [Walt to Jesse] “Nice job wearing the pants.” / [Jesse to Walt] “Good job on wearing the pants in the family!” (1.02)
- “Finding myself awake at 3 in the morning…” (2.08) – Fear and concern aside, there’s a shared visual serenity between the scenes where we find Walt awake in bed. Also notice how Walt doesn’t let go of the bag at once while handing it to Jesse, just like with Mike in 5.07. It’s small details like this which make him, and for that matter all the characters on the show, so consistent and even more engaging.
- “That partner of yours, he’s got a big mouth.” (1.03) – If Jesse hadn’t talked about his share with Jane, you could say she probably would’ve been still alive. Also, sad in retrospect: “I’m not the kind of dude who rolls.” Tell it to Hank (see 5.12).
- Jesse recognizes the classroom where his two-sided relationship with Walt essentially started: “This place looks exactly the same.” / “I remember this place [their first cooking site], it’s the very first place we cooked, like, ever.” (see 5.13)
- Speaking of consistency, old habits die hard, I guess; the bat makes a return and throwing stuff at Walt remains a valid ‘option’ through to season 4. Also note how the classroom scene plays out similarly to the carwash/storage scene from 5.07, in both cases Walt withholds Jesse’s share and brings up the addiction to further humiliate him.
- Saul, the man of colorful metaphors, brings up “White heat” and jokingly suggests they use gun molls. Interestingly, Skyler eventually becomes Walt’s trusted “Danny”. (See 3.11)
- The impending rolling wheel brings to mind this famous shot following the the truck explosion from Terminator 2 (The actual inspiration for the scene is mentioned in the episode’s Insider Podcast by Vince Gilligan and co. .)
- “High school teacher turned drug dealer with a brother-in-law in the DEA, that would make one hell of story. National news, I’ll bet.” – And it sure does, eventually. Ironically though, before Walt is exposed, a fateful error puts Jane’s father on national/local news.
- Jesse’s addiction and him complaining about Walt to his girlfriend, brings Chris Moltisanti‘s complex relationship with Tony Soprano to mind, particularly in later seasons. Also Jane resembles Uma Thurman’s Mia Wallace from “Pulp Fiction” both in appearance and character.
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