DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
YOU WANT 2 per cent or skim? This is almost my favourite line of the entire episode, Walter White looking over at his wife at breakfast and asking her if she would like milk with two per cent fat or if she’d rather skim milk. Minutes earlier he’s had a phone call from Jesse, hysterical because he’s just woken up and found ... one moment please . . . Can I just interrupt here and ask did you happen to start watching Breaking Bad right from the start last week on ABC1? Might I recommend then that you STOP READING right now? It’s doing my head in, writing about series one and series two and now ABC2 will probably start showing series three soon and then in a few months Foxtel/Austar will have series four . . . So anyway, Jesse’s just woken up and he’s lost it and phoned Walter and Walter soothes him like he’s talking to his little baby Holly, and actually it’s a very telling scene because he’s holding Holly at the time and there’s hardly a peep out of her, and he calls Mike, the clean-up specialist who works for Saul Goodman (‘‘Better Call Saul!’’) who arrives at Jesse’s and goes to work. And this has all gone down and there’s Walter asking Skyler if she wants two per cent or skim. That’s what the show is all about to me. Walter and his double life, and how he manages it, as calm as Michael Corleone the war hero announcing to the family that if somebody can get a gun in the restaurant he’ll take care of McCluskey and Sollozzo. Walter is the criminal in this show, not Jesse.
But this isn’t how tonight’s episode starts. The eye, the kid’s toy we’ve been seeing floating in the Whites’ pool all season, it’s finally getting scooped out. It’s a bad scene, very bad. With officiallooking vehicles in attendance and people in haz-mat suits and we don’t know why and it’s all black and white and pink and sun.
What’s ahead, you won’t see any of it coming, the way it ends, it will just blow you away, and that’s exactly what you want. Breaking Bad ABC2, 9.30pm
Walt: Bryan Cranston