'Breaking Bad' recap: Hazard Pay

bryan-cranston-breaking-bad.jpgIn an episode where Marie, Badger, Skinny Pete, Andrea, and Brock all make their Season 5 debuts, the show also adds Landry from Friday Night Lights in what may either be a showy one-off or a character whose role will expand in coming episodes but who is either way a shameless attempt at getting the TV critics to somehow gush about this show more than they've been already.

Meanwhile, Walt, Jesse, Mike, and Saul are on the hunt for a new place to cook, and after finding flaw with a handful of factory spaces, they settle upon a less conventional idea: hitch their wagon to a fumigation company and move their cook operation from house to house every week or so. After cooking their first batch, though, Walt finds the division of the spoils to be unsatisfactory, particularly after Mike pulls a hundred grand out of each of their shares in order to maintain payoffs for the list of Gus's former employees whom they need to keep quiet. Mike ends up winning the standoff, but Walt is already entertaining ideas of cutting Mike out of the business, permanently.

While having lunch with a particularly yammering Marie, Skyler ends up going full Apu on her sister ("I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DON'T SHUT UP!"), and Marie takes her home and waits for Walt's return to ask him what's up with his wife having a total ****ing breakdown. Walt manages to think quickly enough to blame the whole thing on Ted Beneke, which had to give him some satisfaction.