Everyone copes with radically changed circumstances.
~ Favourites ~
Favourite Walt Jr line – “So, you’re saying all this time you were lying about this? I-I mean, so you’re saying you’re a liar? You just admitted it! So were-were you lying then or are you lying now? Which lie is it?”
Favourite Skyler line – “Don’t. Say. One more word. Get out of here. Now.”
Favourite Walt line – “You can go anywhere. You can do anything! Think about it. You can have any future that you want. Jack. Eighty. Million! And all you’ve got to do…is let him go.”
Favourite Hank line – “What? You want me to beg? You’re the smartest guy I ever met, but you’re too stupid to see. He made up his mind ten minutes ago.”
Favourite Marie line – “I got a call from Hank. He arrested Walt three hours ago. It’s over. Dead to rights, I believe is the expression.”
Favourite Jesse line – “Look, I gave you what you wanted! Come on, man, please. Hey, please. I told you where to find the tape. Okay, hey. Just, just go! Just go there, just go to his house and get it, you know?”
Favourite Jack line – “Pretty specific directions. Most people tell me to be somewhere, they say west on the 40, this or that exit. Second gas station on the left, you know?”
“This here? This is a whole other story.”
Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –
We go back to when Walt was trying to show Jesse how to make what would eventually become the famous Blue…
Jesse: sighs “Yo, so, what’s next?”
Walter: “We Wait”
Jesse: “We don’t got like, eight more anal things we gotta do first?”
Walter: “The reaction has begun.”
Jesse: “Yeah, I-I know. So how long?”
Walter: “Well, if we had a freezer, the condensed liquid would cool more quickly because, of course, this is an exothermic reaction, which means giving off heat. And, our desired product is in a crystallized–”
Jesse: “Put me in a coma, why don’t ya?”
Walter: “What did you just say?”
Jesse: “What? Nothing.”
Favourite scenes –
“Bogdan, he’s got a bug up his butt.” Walt tells his first lie while Jesse’s in the back acting quite the fool.
We slowly fade out the elements of the original cook and fade into the aftermath of the shootout.
RIP Walt’s money
Anything that’s not for sale can be easily bought if you have the cash.
Skyler sees the trouble that walked in…
Is this the only sign of humanity that Walt has left?
Holly in the firetruck.
…and we’re back at the dam. This time with a barrel of money and two bags.
Notable Music – “Take My True Love by the Hand” by The Limeliters – on YouTube
Ending Song – The Breaking Bad theme composed by Dave Porter
Jesse Lightbulb Moment –
Any hope that Jesse had for the whole world came crashing down when Walt said these 4 words –
“I watched Jane die”
Notable Shots –
A Walter eclipse of the sun.
This shot is a testament to the brilliance of Rian Johnson. He had a rig set up to break the sand up like puzzle pieces after noticing how it breaks up with footprints.
Walter takes one last look at what just happened.
The source of Walt’s most immediate problem. No gas in the tank.
Walter White, a/k/a the dung beetle. I wonder if Walt noticed the pants… 🙂
Having your name appear on screen while you’re in the scene isn’t too big of a deal. Except that it’s not one of the stars – it’s Moira Walley-Beckett being helped by Walt Jr in the car wash.
Backseat driver cam.
Walter is truly a broken man. His words are angry, but his face is sad.
Episode Running Time on DVD – 47m 13s
DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Inside Ozymandias (on YouTube); Inside Breaking Bad – Making Ozymandias (on YouTube); Commentary with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, RJ Mitte, Moira Walley-Beckett and Melissa Bernstein; Special Feature: “Ozymandias Trailer” (on YouTube)
Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 514 “Ozymandias” with Vince Gilligan, Skip Macdonald, Moira Walley-Beckett, and Rian Johnson, as well as a segment with Aaron Paul. Running time 1 hour 31 minutes 36 seconds. Click here for the MP3 file. Click here for podcasts via the Apple iTunes store – podcasts are free.
Snoskred Sephyroth Notes –
Wow. This is the episode where everything just changes. Hank’s dead. Walt kidnaps Holly and then drops her off at the firehouse. The family (despite his protestations) is over. Jesse’s stuck to a dog run of all things forced to cook meth for the neo-Nazis.
And at the end? We see Walt heading off into the sunset with the disappearerer. And a dog crosses the street. Coincidence? Nope, it was planned.
Walt Jr. did a stunning job in this episode going from the kid eating breakfast all the time to being the one who protects his mom by tackling his dad
The firefighters? One is Benny Rietveld, the bass player from Santana, and the other is Noah Segan – one of Rian Johnson’s collaborators who worked with him on Looper and other projects.
Filming was actually stopped to make sure the chess pieces were arranged correctly. We see the white side just on the brink of checkmate, very apropos of the situation in the show.
When Walt puts Holly into the fire engine, I had the thought – how did he get in? I’m guessing that it would make sense that the doors would be open in case of an emergency call…
I think this is the first time that I’ve actually watched a TV show with the commentary track the whole way through. That’s how I noticed some of the shots, like the reflections of Walt in the car when he looks at the bullet hole causing the fuel leak, and the shot in the mirror.
The only thing that I realize is that, having watched it live, we had to wait another week to see where this was going???? There were only two episodes left, but still two more weeks!
One other note, and I think he may just be right about it – Vince Gilligan said that he felt that this is the best episode of Breaking Bad. When you look at all that happened just in this episode, it’s fairly epic but also recalling things that happened in the past.
The last note from me – If you want to check the scripts, I found an annotated script that was written by fans of the show. Included are notes with screenshots and callbacks where appropriate.
The science of Breaking Bad – Ozymandias
Episode Count –
Sixty episodes down, 2 to go