Madness descends as past decisions rise to hurt those that Walt loves most
**Warning this review contains spoilers from the eleventh episode of Breaking Bad **
Coming into this week’s episode of Breaking Bad I had no idea what to expect. After the greatness that was last week’s episode, all I could do was wait in eager anticipation for what came next. Well this week’s episode, Crawl Space, was unexpected to say the least, as Walt dives into madness, and things get crazy.
The opening shot begins the episode rather sinisterly, and reflects the absolute madness of the episode overall, as medical professional take out their extensive medical equipment in preparation for whom we can only assume is Gus and Mike. As Jesse blares the horn of the car going to the medical station, and nearly drives through the place, doctors are already on their way grabbing Gus and brining him inside. As they focus on Gus, Mike is left bleeding in the car, Jesse by his side. “This man needs help!” Jesse yells to the doctors in reference to Mike. “This man pays my salary,” the doctor slyly responds. This irked me just as much as it did Jesse. Mike has been nothing but a loyal ally, and great hit man for Gus. Yet when it comes down to it, Gus’ life is worth more, and Mike is just another body. In terms of Jesse though, I think this bugged him because he is essentially the same thing a Mike, replaceable, and so ultimately his future is uncertain.
While Gus is saved, and Mike is eventually brought in, by Jesse no less, Jesse comes to discover some interesting things. As he looks for another blood pack for Mike, he comes across his own. As one of the doctors list off all Jesse’s medical history, he comes to realise just how much info Gus has on him. The look of disgust, and fear in his Jesse’s eyes is astounding, albeit short lived, as Gus comes in to tell him that they must leave, without Mike. While viewers have been treated to Gus’ business side over the course of the last few episodes, this was far colder than anything he could have done to the cartel. As they leave the hospital, Jesse comes to realise that Gus will do anything to get his way, and so in one final plea Jesse begged him to let Walt go free. It was at this moment that Jesse decided to reach in his pocket. I thought this was it; this was when Jesse was going to make his move. Yet as he changes his mind and fixes his coat, a shred of hope filled me. It was nice to see that Jesse stills has some feeling for his old partner, and when need be, like Gus, will do anything to get his way (as Gus did promise to leave Walt be). Like father, like son am I right!
As Gus and Jesse leave the makeshift hospital, they decide to make a detour to the retirement home to meet an old friend. As Hector (old man who killed Gus’ partner years before) sits there, quietly watching T.V, Gus humbly pulls up a chair and shows him the pendent that once belonged to his dear friend, and boss. “All of them Hector”, Gus proclaims. As Hector stares at the rotating pendent, a fuming train can be heard from the T.V, perfectly depicting all the emotions that the sick old man can no longer expel to Gus. As both leave, Jesse lingers a little longer, sympathetically looking at the broken old man, in which he caused just as much pain to. It is scenes like this that perfectly show the characters in all their form. Although Jesse has been forced to do some pretty terrible deeds, when it comes down to it he is simply looking for acceptance (whether it be fatherly or otherwise) and untimely forgiveness in a world that will not allow it.
The remainder of the episode was divided between Skyler and Walt, and came together nicely in one hell of a conclusion. As Hank came to uncovers more clues about the elusive Gus Fring, including a sny remark to the cartel shooting which occurred in last week’s episode, and demonstrates the ultimate repercussions of Gus’ actions; Hank came to question Walt about his wounds. “I’m done explaining myself; to you or, anyone else,” Walt boldly tells Hank when he pushes a little too far. This was a great little scene, as despite Hank being a D.E.A agent, Walt was in control. Not only is he driving Hank around, he is also telling pointing him in the wrong direction, although Hank does not know this. However, things quickly change as Hank reveals that he knows about the laundry mat and tends to go there with Walt. Fear dances in Walt’s eyes as they get ever closer to the laundry mat, yet as Walt purposely passes it this sentiment changes. As Hank begs Walt to do a U-turn, Walt, well does just that, and crashes into a car on purpose. Well done sir, well done. As Hank is injured, and unable to leave his bed, his current patrol is called off and he is left bed ridden once more…at least momentarily. Well done Walt, well done.
As Walt gets rid of one problem, another arises as Walt comes to realise the lab equipment has been used by someone other than him. This took me to realise why this was such a big issue, but then it hit me. Walt’s time is up, and Gus is ready to make his move. As Walt goes to plea with his former partner, Gus’ thugs take him away and drive off to the middle of the dessert. As Gus looks down at his former chemist and tells him that he is fired and should stay away from Jesse, the classic old Walt grin appeared on his face. “You won’t kill me,” Walt tells Gus. Although Walt claims this I really don’t know anymore. Walt has gone way passed certain boundaries, and although I’m sure he will survive to next season, I know that Gus will manage to come back and bite him in the a$$ (or to haunt his a$$ if Gus dies, as I suspect he will). However, as Walt practically laughed in his face, Gus looked straight back at him and in the chilliest tone, told Walt that he was right, but he would kill his entire family, starting with his D.E.A brother in law. This was by far the most menacing thing Gus has ever uttered in the series, and put even more fear into me. Seriously if I by chance ever get to graciously meet Giancarlo Esposito (who plays Gus), I may run away in fear crying, followed by taking a warm shower and more crying.
Anyhow, these events led to Skyler’s story where, big surprise, Ted managed to be even more of an idiot. After refusing Skyler’s so called dirty gambling money, Skyler decided to send some of Saul’s best thugs to take care of the job. As Ted signs the cheque to give to the auditors, thugs watching his every move, he gets the brilliant idea to try and run off. Too bad, his house is covered in his one weakness, carpets, as he trips and does a header into his sink. Now I am not completely unsure what happened here, but based on the discussion that the “thugs” have with Saul afterwards, I think Ted is, well dead. If this is the case, than that is absolutely hysterical. Breaking Bad is known for getting rid of people in creative, and often gruesomely scientific fashions, but never in such a ridiculous manner. At least we know the writers still have a sense of humour, as morbid as it may be.
The episode once again concluded in grand fashion as Walt frantically made his way home to get him and his family as far away as possible with the money he has. Yet as he looks through the laundry in the crawlspace, a brutal realisation hits him…there’s not enough left to get them the fake identities and everything else they need. As Skyler, comes to find Walter digging through the bags, he demands where the money is and tells her they must leave immediately. The look on Skyler’s face was horrifying as she tells him that she gave it to Ted. It is at this moment that Walt loses it. As Marie can be heard over the answering machine, saying that the cartel are after Hank, Walt breaks out into tears followed by fits of hysteric fits of laughter. As madness descends upon Walt, the screen fades to black and viewers are left with an air of uncertainty. Wow, just wow.
Breaking Bad, has always been first and foremost about the characters and story, and this episode delivered on all fronts and then some. Make no mistake; this is the beginning of the end for Walter White. I simply cannot wait for the final two episodes, for as much as a cheer for Walt, this time he has truly dug a grave. However, whether it is for him or those he loves is left to be seen.
The Good: A fantastic ending, and some great plot development continues Breaking Bad’s stellar second half of the fourth season
The Bad: The uncertainty of everything that viewers are left with at the end of the episode
Gus: I have now eliminated the ugly section for this review. It shall be replaced by me praising how terrifyingly f***ing bada$$ Gus is.
Overall: 9.5 out of 10