The Televangelist: ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 4, Ep. 10

Walter Junior gets a new car, Walter Senior sheds tears just like a real boy, and Gus ruins a pool party


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  • “All of us leave ... or none of us”

With the Emmys and the big Falcons game happening simultaneously last night, I chose to put “Breaking Bad” on the back burner until this morning. This proved to be both a good and bad decision - good in the fact that the Emmys and (particularly) the Falcons made me flail so hard my heart could have never experienced “Breaking Bad” without actually exploding. The bad news is I didn’t get to have a full night’s rest after watching before I have to write it up, meaning my feelings, understandings and emotions are extremely raw.

? Let’s get the filler out of the way, first. I love Saul, and I’m glad he has something to do. But Ted is a boring moron, and though Skyler is doing her best to manage the situation … snoooooooooore. Maybe that’s unfair, but compared to the Don Eladio Pool Party of Doom, these scenes couldn’t leave my screen fast enough. It’s a testament to the depth of the show that we have so many interlocking subplots, and without Hank and Skyler and Saul and Ted we would be in “Big Love” territory (in its last seasons particularly) — a show driven by a flurry of plot points, without much time to pause and build up characters, backstories and narrative depth. After all, the payoff of the significance of these smaller moments reminds one of “The Wire.” Now, because we spent time with Gus twenty years ago by the pool with Don Eladio, and we’ve seen Jesse struggling with Gale’s death, and we lived through Walt buying Walt Jr a Red Mustang only to have it replaced by a PT Cruiser (hey, not knocking it. Just not the car a 16-year old probably dreams of), the little looks, the jump cuts, the lingering shots on small objects have so much more emotional depth. But seriously could someone just off Ted, please?