Everytime Gretchen makes an appearance on Breaking Bad, one of the Bald Move guys makes an appearance on GDT. A. Ron joins Pete and Courtney to discuss S2E06 “Peekaboo.” Saved by an ATM and a “rich girl just adding to her millions,” Jesse and Walt both get off the hook from dealing with matters they’d really rather not. Things don’t go as well for the Three Spooges, though. Mr. Spooge, in particular, is delivered a crushing blow. Join Pete, Courtney, and A. Ron as they discuss this memorable episode.
Do you know how many times Jesse calls Walt by his first name? You can count the number of times on one hand, so when he does, it is a big deal. Join Courtney and Pete as they take a deeper look at all the things that break in S02E05 “Breakage.” Hank, like his home-brewed Schraederbrau, threatens to explode and things come to a breaking point with Walt and Skyler.
Have you ever felt blue? Jesse Bruce Pinkman gets dyed blue in Down. The Smurf look is a not-so-subtle nod to the rising tensions between Skyler and Walt and the way in which Jesse himself is feeling. It’s pretty clear by this point in the show that Walt can’t keep his mouth shut, and thereby alienates Skyler. Pete and Courtney call into question Walt and Jesse’s belief that they are owed by their own families. Your hosts will sort through the emotional turmoil in the hardest episode of Breaking Bad to watch.
Courtney and Pete connect the dots of the subtle details in Bit By a Dead Bee. Walt takes notice of a painting that is mundane in appearance, but rich in sub-textual story. The very same painting appears in several episodes across Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. As Walt further traumatizes his family with his “fugue state”, Hank descends on Jesse with an avenging force. Could Walt turn this boat around? What does the painting mean? And will Wendy ever get her root beer?
Appearances (and disappearances) can be deceiving. Do you know how many episodes Tuco Salamanca appears in on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul? For a character with so little screen time, he leaves a lasting impression. Join Pete and Courtney as they say goodbye to Tuco and hello to Don Hector in their discussion of “Grilled.”
Do you remember the first time you saw the black and white opening? What were your theories? Did you catch all of the foreshadowing in this episode? In case you missed those details, Pete and Courtney have a rundown of all the hard-to-spot clues that color this season. Your hosts will paint a picture that blends themes, plot, and character development so you can experience the great storytelling of Breaking Bad all over again.
What’s something you do for fun? Now ask yourself, would you have even more fun if it was ILLEGAL? If your answer is yes, then you and Walter White have something in common. The Heisenberg hat makes a debut, which further reinforces the emerging persona. As Jesse and Walt wade into more dangerous waters, Pete and Courtney have some questions for you to consider. Does intention matter? How far can rationalizing go? And when would you ever need a baby tiara?
Who was Heisenberg? No, not Walt’s alter ego. Who was Werner Heisenberg? And what are the parallels between him and Walt? As Walt emotionally pulls away from his family, he starts to bond with Jesse. For a man who claims to be risk-averse, Walt is very comfortable making dangerous bluffs. Hank certainly thinks he’s the smartest man in the room, so why was Walt able to fly under the radar for so long? Want to see these dichotomies play out for yourself? Pete and Courtney say this episode makes for a great rewatch.
Jim of Bald Move joins GDT to discuss “the gray area of Gray Matter”. Walt is presented with a gift that would take care of all of his financial worries, so why doesn’t he take it? Well, that’s what Pete and Courtney are trying to figure out. Hear what Vince Gilligan had to say about the end of Walt and Gretchen, get a rundown of details you missed, and find out what meth and instant noodles have in common in this episode of Growth Decay Transformation.
Walt’s cancer becomes a family affair as Skyler and Marie search for medical attention. Hank tells Walt that he’ll take care of Skyler and Walter Jr., and predictably, Walt gives him a withering look. Though seemingly benign, there are actions taken in this episode that have big consequences later down the line. Just like the cancer in his own body, Walt becomes a destructive and unyielding force.