It didn’t look like that would be the case from the frenetic opening, picking up where last week left off (but as it turns out, not EXACTLY the same point), with Walt arriving home to find Jesse‘s car in the drive and petrol thrown around his living room. But no fire and no Jesse.
Withe title Rabid Dog, it was obvious that Jesse’s future chances of breathing in and out were going to be a topic of discussion and it was good old Saul who evoked the imagery again, with Old Yeller replacing Belize as his metaphor for death.
But this week’s revelation was that Walt really does actually care about his former pupil/apprentice/partner/surrogate son, so maybe his paternal act last week wasn’t that much of an act after all.
Unfortunately, it’s too late for bridge-building, because a flashback to Jesse’s petrol can rampage shows that he didn’t have a change of heart, he was apprehended by Hank, who whisked him off to the Schrader house, ready to co-operate.
For the first time, Hank seems to have the upper hand on his brother-in-law, even if things are still complicated by that video ‘confession’, but of course, even with Gomie on-board and Jesse spilling the beans, they don’t have enough to get Walt yet.
With Skyler unhappily staying in a hotel – totally unconvinced by Walt’s attempts to play the bungling misfit act in explaining away the petrol smell at their house – and joining Saul in calling for the Pinkman pooch to be put down before he causes more trouble, Walt ends up sat by another swimming pool mulling over his options.
While there was definitely still plenty of forward momentum in these scenes, pushing us ever closer to what can only really be a tragic climax, they still felt a little less urgent than what has gone before them, and the same can be said for Marie’s trip to see her shrink.
Even the scene at the end fell flat a little, with the showdown between Walt and Jesse being postponed in favour of a new Pinkman plan that we’ll have to wait to find out more about. But it’s exciting to see Hank and Jesse going after Walt, who reached the end of the episode with a change of heart of his own and a phonecall to lovely Todd.
Will it be goodbye Old Yeller next week?