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He's got the cancer again as well?

Could go either way. Either cancer scenario, gone or back, probably would've factored into his "What the 'eff am I doing, I should enjoy what's left of life" epiphany.
I took that he punched the smashed up paper towel dispenser that they showed in the bathroom scene just after they showed him getting the cat scan. Thought this meant he got the bad news then.
That was the dispenser he punched in an earlier season. It was actually after he got good news about his cancer being in remission.

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Well, we know in a year Walt has cancer and has changed his identity. Who he is seeking revenge on and why, we still do not know.

Doesn't the "flash forward" they showed us in the first episode of this season take place about 6-8 months after this last episode we just saw? Walt didn't look sick or like he was undergoing treatment. At least to me he didn't.
He had his cough back and was taking pills in the bathroom, so I think that means its back. Just my opinion I guess.
Ahh...I don't remember the cough and the pills. You could be right.

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season finale and no saul? WTF?????

Guess you blinked on the scene, during the Crystal Blue Persuasion montage, where S'all GoodMan got his monthly retainer.Keep up, Jr. Edited by cjdavis

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Seppy must really be writing a serious review because Raider Nation has usually posted his thoughts by now.

Seppy was getting his review copies way before the viewing public; up 'til last week's ep. So it'll take a bit more time to hammer it out, than usual.

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What did "Queen for a Day" mean?

I thought maybe a treat in jail.He gets a nice dinner, video games, whatever. Basically special treatment for a day?
Found the answer:

Proffer or "queen for a day" letters are written agreements between federal prosecutors and individuals under criminal investigation which permit these individuals to tell the government about their knowledge of crimes, with the supposed assurance that their words will not be used against them in any later proceedings.

http://corporate.findlaw.com/litigation-disputes/queen-for-a-day-the-dangerous-game-of-proffers-proffer.html

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Really good episode.

I know it's said often, but the cinematography on this show is amazing. But more than that, there is some real art happening on a lot of levels. Writing, set design, it's all woven together quite well.

I liked the rhyming duality of the ricin 'punchline' on the scene with Walt and Lydia done again by Jesse & his gun after Walt left.

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Has Aaron Paul predicted any pants pooping for this evening?

It would be hilarious if Vince intentionally had him using that phrase just to subtly lay the groundwork for the last scene.

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Thought they overdid it a bit on the music montage angle. What was that, like seven minutes of show in montage form? Episode itself was merely solid, but the Hank reveal was pretty awesome. Seems more like a next-to-last-episode of the series type of moment, but I trust the Gilligan gang has enough material in store to develop over the final 8.

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Brain fart: where have they been cooking the past two episodes? Still random houses?

Yes, they're still working the Vamanos Pest plan. Landry and Walt were shown chilling in a living room last episode, and at the end of the Crystal Blue Persuasion montage we saw tented houses going up all over Albuquerque in an aerial fly-over shot, showing how much they were cranking it out. Edited by Sarnoff

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Brain fart: where have they been cooking the past two episodes? Still random houses?

Yes, they're still working the Vamanos Pest plan. Landry and Walt were shown chilling in a living room last episode, and at the end of the Crystal Blue Persuasion montage we saw tented houses going up all over Albuquerque in an aerial fly-over shot, showing how much they were cranking it out.
Where are they counting the money with the machine? Same place Mike detained Walt?

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Thought they overdid it a bit on the music montage angle. What was that, like seven minutes of show in montage form?

Not sure if the song matched the montage exactly but "Crystal Blue Persuasion" is only about 4 minutes long.

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Googling leaves of grass. Has it been mentioned in here that its the book Clinton gave Lewinsky and Hillary?

http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2005/spring/folsom-what-filthy/

also this guy nailed it

http://www.chud.com/community/t/142550/breaking-bad-season-5/1750#post_3379910

Edited by Fiddles

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Thought they overdid it a bit on the music montage angle. What was that, like seven minutes of show in montage form?

Not sure if the song matched the montage exactly but "Crystal Blue Persuasion" is only about 4 minutes long.
There was another song during the jail murders.

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Brain fart: where have they been cooking the past two episodes? Still random houses?

Yes, they're still working the Vamanos Pest plan. Landry and Walt were shown chilling in a living room last episode, and at the end of the Crystal Blue Persuasion montage we saw tented houses going up all over Albuquerque in an aerial fly-over shot, showing how much they were cranking it out.
I was surprised that they hadn't used that song before...

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Brain fart: where have they been cooking the past two episodes? Still random houses?

Yes, they're still working the Vamanos Pest plan. Landry and Walt were shown chilling in a living room last episode, and at the end of the Crystal Blue Persuasion montage we saw tented houses going up all over Albuquerque in an aerial fly-over shot, showing how much they were cranking it out.
Where are they counting the money with the machine? Same place Mike detained Walt?
Yes, that's the interior office of Vamanos Pest. Same room Walt was detained, same room where they decided to keep Landry on the team, same room from the beginning of the episode, it has a rusty white safe and posters of flies and household bugs on the walls (I believe in the montage, when they poured the money on the table, you can see a poster of a silverfish. Skyler then mentioned spraying the big cube to keep the silverfish & other bugs from eating it. Nice tie-in there with the set dressing). Edited by Sarnoff

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Brain fart: where have they been cooking the past two episodes? Still random houses?

Yes, they're still working the Vamanos Pest plan. Landry and Walt were shown chilling in a living room last episode, and at the end of the Crystal Blue Persuasion montage we saw tented houses going up all over Albuquerque in an aerial fly-over shot, showing how much they were cranking it out.
Where are they counting the money with the machine? Same place Mike detained Walt?
Yes, that's the interior office of Vamanos Pest. Same room Walt was detained, same room where they decided to keep Landry on the team, same room from the beginning of the episode, it has a rusty white safe and posters of flies and household bugs on the walls (I believe in the montage, when they poured the money on the table, you can see a poster of a silverfish. Skyler then mentioned spraying the big cube to keep the silverfish & other bugs from eating it).
Perfect, thanks.

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No story is perfect... I get that. That said one thing that irks me a bit is Walt wont take $5M and walk away, but when he has 40-50M thats enough? There is no "real" differance between $5M and $50M as far as the Whites go as they discussed. Why the change of heart? I know this line works better with the Hank/Walt angle but still.

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So walt being our is not going to please Declan or Lydia...

I think everyone involved in the "Everybody Wins" plan was working under the assumption that it was a temporary arrangement, until the 1000 gallons of methlaymine ran out. Perhaps the marathon cooking emptied the reserve.

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No story is perfect... I get that. That said one thing that irks me a bit is Walt wont take $5M and walk away, but when he has 40-50M thats enough? There is no "real" differance between $5M and $50M as far as the Whites go as they discussed. Why the change of heart? I know this line works better with the Hank/Walt angle but still.

Why does anyone assume that Walt really walked away? When has anything been that simple? Seems like people often rush to conclusions right after an episode about something wrong that ends up being resolved down the road.

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No story is perfect... I get that. That said one thing that irks me a bit is Walt wont take $5M and walk away, but when he has 40-50M thats enough? There is no "real" differance between $5M and $50M as far as the Whites go as they discussed. Why the change of heart? I know this line works better with the Hank/Walt angle but still.

I believe Walt has been told the cancer's back and he has relatively little time left. That's the only reason I can come up with right now for leaving behind the empire business.

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Wait...how come we aren't talking about Hank having a light come on?

Surely it can't be that simple that he suddenly is taking a #### and realizes walter is the guy. It has to be something else that occurred to him...?

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Jesse will be after him because Walt will kill Mike (and he'll finally figure out all the things Walt has done to him).

The DEA will be after him because Hank will figure out he is Heisenberg.

Now this is what I'm talking about.

As far as the second part is concerned...

The one question I've had since season 1 is what the hell happens if Hank figures out Walt = Heisenberg? Hank's career has to be over. He will either look totally complicit or totally inept when it is discovered that his brother-in-law was the guy he was looking for all along.

:popcorn:
It won't end this way because it's not exciting enough, but (work with me here)...

When Hank finally has enough to piece it all together, and Walt concedes that he has him dead to rights, couldn't he just explain that he panicked after the cancer diagnosis and did the only thing he could think of to provide for his family after he's gone? Obviously, he'll skip over the part about having a hand in countless murders. But would Hank really send his BIL to jail if the sob story is convincing enough?

Or does Hank KNOW that "Heisenberg" has a body count on him?

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Wait...how come we aren't talking about Hank having a light come on?Surely it can't be that simple that he suddenly is taking a #### and realizes walter is the guy. It has to be something else that occurred to him...?

What do you mean? The book that Gale gave Walt is what put it together for him.

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Wait...how come we aren't talking about Hank having a light come on?Surely it can't be that simple that he suddenly is taking a #### and realizes walter is the guy. It has to be something else that occurred to him...?

Hank is good. And Hank still has a hard on for Gale. What bugged me a little is the book was in the Master Bedroom bathroom. What was Hank doing going in there?

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Of course.Of course this batch of episodes had to end this way.How else could it?We've known a few things going into this. We knew that there would be eight episodes this summer, and then the last eight almost a year from now. (No exact premiere date yet, but figure on roughly the same time as this year.) We knew that these 16 episodes were being treated as a "season" at least on a contractual level (everybody gets raises if they're separate seasons), and the slow build of these episodes suggested Vince Gilligan and company weren't trying to cram 13 hours of plot into 8 hours of show, then do it again next summer. We knew from the first scene of the season that a lot of time by "Breaking Bad" standards would pass before we got to the end, and also that Walt had very, very far to fall on the way there.In hindsight, "Gliding Over All" is the only way this half-season could have ended, I think. It takes us nearly a quarter of the way to Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday with a free Denny's breakfast and a machine gun, but more importantly it takes us on the first big step to that moment.There wasn't enough time left in these episodes to plausibly build to some apocalyptic showdown like we got at the end of Seasons 3 or 4. There was, on the other hand, enough time to plausibly show Walt achieving his ultimate victory — wealth, power, respect, love and even fear — right before a man in need of bathroom reading is about to snatch it all away from him.Suddenly, Walt's Icarus speech to Jesse seems to be inadvertently pointing right back at Mr. White, no? He flew close to the sun, got to bask in its warmth and light and majesty, and now he's gonna come crashing down to earth.Whatever issues I've had with pacing and plot logic at times this season, "Gliding Over All" was an absolutely gorgeous piece of work, in both the visual sense and the way it brought us to the next, final phase of Walter White's story.Let's talk pretty pictures first. Director Michelle MacLaren has been behind the camera for the series' most exciting action sequence (the shootout at the end of "One Minute"), and arguably its most visually stunning episode ("4 Days Out"), and I think she may have just topped the latter. Every frame of "Gliding Over All" couldn't have been more beautifully assembled, from the many shots of the back of Walt's bald, evil skull to the quick, efficient violence of the skinhead assault on Mike's guys to the relentless, giddy montage of the meth business turning into everything Walt dreamed it could be way back when — efficient, bloodless and wildly lucrative — with one image bleeding seamlessly into the next. Even by the standards of this technically brilliant show, this was something.But I also loved how Moira Walley-Beckett's script turned "Gliding Over All" into a strange kind of series-finale-that-wasn't. Not only does Walt think he gets his happily-ever-after, but it comes in an episode overflowing with callbacks to important moments in his journey. Walt again tries to distract himself from the weight of his life by fixating on an ordinary fly. The painting in the motel is the same one he had in his hospital. The dented paper towel dispenser hasn't been replaced since he beat the hell out of it following an unexpectedly good diagnosis in the aforementioned "4 Days Out." And when Walt and Jesse reunite briefly, the only thing that eases the obvious tension is talk of all their misadventures in the RV that Jesse nicknamed the Crystal Ship.It's an hour so aware of the past, and yet so focused on the ending Walt thinks he's getting, that if we didn't know about the remaining eight episodes, it would be easy to look at the penultimate scene by the White family pool as an ironic conclusion to the series: Walt leaves a trail of bodies behind, but ultimately doesn't suffer for his sins of violence, or of hubris, and gets to enjoy it all. But because I knew there were eight more to go, and had seen Mr. Lambert make his bacon spell out 52, I spent that entire scene on edge. This was too happy, too peaceful. Something horrible had to happen in that moment. Would Walter Jr. leave Holly too close to the pool while getting the sunscreen? Would some previously-undiscovered pair of Salamanca relatives (the Second Cousins, perhaps?) suddenly enter the backyard, guns blazing? Would Jesse pick the wrong moment to swing by and thank Skyler for telling him about the splendor and majesty of the Albertson's deli counter?But no. It was much simpler and more effective than that. Like the ricin capsule that Walt didn't wind up using on Lydia, doom isn't coming for Walt in an obvious, instantaneous way, but in a more painful, time-released fashion. Hank has had the evidence in front of him all this time, but he couldn't see it because Walter White wasn't that guy to him. But now he is. Now Hank knows. He may not know it all yet, but he knows a lot — including Jesse Pinkman's past association with both Walt and Heisenberg. We've known for many seasons how fixated Hank is on catching the man in the black hat, and we were reminded tonight (in a great moment for Dean Norris) just how hard Hank has taken his inability to stop this guy and the violence associated with him. But we also know that Hank cares about his in-laws, and is just coming off a three-month stint of playing daddy to Holly.What's he going to do now?Whatever it is, it will in some way lead Walt to go on the run under another identity, and then lead him back to Albuquerque in search of heavy artillery. He may need to use that against Hank, or Jesse (especially if Jesse ever finds out about Brock and/or Jane), or perhaps Todd and his skinhead pals, or even some player to be named later.But we know where this man has been, and the many deaths he's sung. And we can only guess of how much more death there will be when the summer of 2013 rolls around.Can't wait. Don't want to wait. But this was a damn good note to go out on.Some other thoughts:* I keep pretty exhaustive notes of each episode, and I can't find any record of Gale giving Walt that autographed copy of "Leaves of Grass," though it fits with what we know of their relationship and shared love of the other W.W. Am I mistaken, or did that not happen on camera?* Okay, if I know the internet, not only will there be GIFs galore of Walt and Skyler standing over the pile of money (and there's already one of Hank on the can), there will be people extrapolating by the length, width and depth of the pile how much money is there. I almost feel like AMC should have set this up as a contest, like guessing the number of jelly beans in the jar.* Not a lot of Jesse in this one, but Aaron Paul was fantastic in his two scenes, with so much hurt and betrayal washing over Jesse's face as Walt closed the garage door on him, and then with the barely-suppressed terror he had throughout Walt's visit to his house.* Jesse flinging the unneeded pistol across the floor nicely echoed the earlier reveal that Walt had the ricin capsule with him for the meeting with Lydia, and was prepared to dump it in her coffee if she hadn't given him a reason to keep her alive. It's not paranoia if they're out to get you, right? And Chekhov's ricin lives to be used another day.* Not sure how Kevin Rankin (Devil from "Justified") got typecast as a white power type, but work's work and I'm always happy to see the guy on camera. Also funny to see Rankin and Jesse Plemons together, since I can't instantly recall Herc and Landry sharing scenes on "Friday Night Lights."* I was all ready to compliment Nat King Cole's "Pick Yourself Up" as the show's best montage song in quite some time, and then they had to bust out "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James & The Shondells for the meth montage. I'm trying to decide if the existence of a song with that title only recently came to the attention of the production, or if they've been keeping it in their back pocket for the absolute perfect moment — which this sure seemed to be.* For the most part, condensing three months of criminal activity into a montage worked for me — it's easier to pull that off when things are going well than to race through the tough times — but I do wonder if, when season 5.2 begins, we're going to discover that it wasn't quite as easy for Walt to walk away from the business as he suggests to Skyler. Too many people now depend on that blue meth, and who's going to make it if Walt doesn't? Todd? (Then again, that might be the perfect ending: Walt and Jesse wind up dead or in prison, while it's Todd who gets to be the new Scarface.)* In the flash-forward, Walt is taking pills, suggesting the cancer is back. Do you think that was the diagnosis he got in this MRI session (which might have triggered his decision to retire and enjoy his final months with a happy, cohesive family), or is that still to come?

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The book's inscription, what'd it say again? (I was TiVo-less tonight and could only watch it live)

A few early episode recaps have it as written by Gale ( or a G.B.). Can anyone confirm?

If that's the case, than wow, Walt's sloppy descent continues.

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The book's inscription, what'd it say again? (I was TiVo-less tonight and could only watch it live)

A few early episode recaps have it as written by Gale ( or a G.B.). Can anyone confirm?

If that's the case, than wow, Walt's sloppy descent continues.

My link

"To my other favorite

W.W.

it's an honour

working with you

Fondly,

G.B."

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It was frOm gayle. Signed gb.

What was Walt doing when he was screwing in the outlet?

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It was frOm gayle. Signed gb. What was Walt doing when he was screwing in the outlet?

Returning the ricin to its hiding place, after he didn't use it on Lydia.

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there will be people extrapolating by the length, width and depth of the pile how much money is there. I almost feel like AMC should have set this up as a contest, like guessing the number of jelly beans in the jar.

Thought the same exact thing.

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The book's inscription, what'd it say again? (I was TiVo-less tonight and could only watch it live)

A few early episode recaps have it as written by Gale ( or a G.B.). Can anyone confirm?

If that's the case, than wow, Walt's sloppy descent continues.

My link

"To my other favorite

W.W.

it's an honour

working with you

Fondly,

G.B."

Thanks, gb.

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I didn't realize the book was from Gayle.

It's the book that contains that poem Gayle loved,
which he and Walt bonded over.

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