FFS, where do I start? This shirt is unbelievably ridiculous on him. I can’t help but think that in a fitted cut and paired with tight jeans in a decent wash, this shirt would be hot. BUT, it’s just so Jesse Pinkman here I die. It’s oversized, and in that top shot you can see his jeans bagging around his ankles above his skate shoes. *giggles* You can also see in that shot how Mr. Paul physically brings Jesse to life from head to toe through posture and stance. When he’s at the dinner table, he twirls his fork around like a heathen, and holds his glass of water claw-handed.
Jesse’s anxiety around meeting Walt at his home, and then being forced into this Hellscape dinner, has amplified his lack of manners, which brings me to one of my forever-conundrums of Jessedom. If we know Jesse’s parents and his younger brother to be unbelievably “civilised,” why doesn’t Jesse snap back into that in certain circumstances? Is it possible Jesse got into drugs and rejected his family’s values so young that he skirted keeping his parents’ behavioural norms altogether? This is probs just comedic license on Vince’s part to give us this gem of a scene, but please feel free to argue this out.
“It’s like, yo, whatever happened to truth in advertising?”
Jesse’s silence-filling lasagna scab tangent has forever changed my lasagna eating experience, but I like to take his bumbling conclusion as a little knock toward what Walt is about to drop on him. Walt admits that his kids have been taken away from the house, and that Skyler is waiting for him to die, and so he’s only living for his meth business. Suddenly, neither Walt’s motivations nor his life are what Jesse thought they were.
I love to imagine how this dinner eventually ended. Was there an enforced desert? Did Walt drink more scotch and ramble about weird things. And, what sort of excuse could Jesse conjure up to leave? Dude has no life except Walt. Oh, ma creys. ¯\(ツ)/¯
Straight from the set of Breaking Bad comes this authentic, lightly-used $50 “Grant” bill! As prop money goes,
this bill features deliberate misspellings so as not to look like it’s trying to pass for counterfeit currency (including “The Untied Skates of America” on the front and “Nifty Dollars” on the back).
For all we know, this very bill could’ve been in Walt’s own hands at one point, or even in his enormous pile of money from Season 5! 💵
Gunn’s performance was not that of an action heroine or a television genius, and it was not meant to be. Skyler carries the weight of Walt’s actions. Plenty of people hated her for it, Walt sometimes included. But Gunn’s performance pushed both Walt and the people who wanted to see him as a hero to increasingly contrived and ludicrous justifications for treating Skyler like she was a worse person than Walt.
Gunn’s drawn face in the last two seasons of “Breaking Bad” might not have brought about the end of the anti-hero era in television. But Gunn’s performance marked the end of a time when the creators of such shows could get away with writing anti-heroes’ wives as flat, cartoonish characters, or when audiences could get away with worshiping difficult men without encountering strong opposition.