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Breaking Bad S05E07 "Say My Name" OAD 08/26/12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by TheMerk, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Bars & Tone

    Bars & Tone Will Draw for Food

    Aug 28, 2004
    I was also surprised that Mike didn't check the contents of the bag as soon as he took it from Walt.
    Although that would certainly fit with Mike's character, it wouldn't fit with the way the story was heading.
  2. mostman

    mostman Member

    Jul 16, 2000
    I'm also confused as to why, having another gun is his possession, Mike didn't just smoke the a**hole. I mean, was he really just resigned at that point? I think the intent was to never ever show Mike acting without purpose and out of emotion. But still, Mike, do us a solid and end him.
  3. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I think from the moment that Mike had to leave Kaylee at the park, he was totally off his game. You could see it in his face as he looked at Kaylee swinging that it was tearing him up inside because he knew it was likely the last time he'd ever see her and he wasn't even getting a chance to say goodbye. After that, he didn't seem to care much what happened to him, and I think most of his decisions after that showed his lack of focus.

    Incidentally, I listened to the podcast and they said that when they were filming the park scene, Jonathan Banks said, "I'll act in whatever scenes the writers put Mike in, but I just want it known for the record that Mike Ehrmantraut would never leave his granddaughter alone at the park like this to save himself."
  4. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I would agree with all that, but also add that it's possible that by getting on her good side and bringing her treats each time, she got to know his specific needs and box numbers very well, and just might skip some of the formal bank procedural routines. Also, it makes sure she's the only one helping him with the boxes, and the fewer people who know about it and the fewer people he interacts with, the lower the chance his activities will raise red flags.
  5. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

    Apr 26, 2000
    Houston, TX
    I don't think Walt went to the meeting intending to hurt Mike (although I think he knew that would be a possibility, so that's why he took the gun). But there's no doubt for me he meant to shoot Mike when he returned to the car. He briskly walked up, pointed the gun and shot. No hesitation, no words. He wasn't startled into pulling the trigger. He was surprised the car suddenly took off, but that was about it.
  6. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

    Apr 26, 2000
    Houston, TX
    I don't think he had the strength to raise the gun, let alone aim and pull the trigger. He was fading fast.
  7. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    This...he couldn't lift the gun...then just keeled over.
  8. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    I think a case could be made that Mike would have done anything necessary to keep her out of harm's way. He would have left her behind if he thought taking her with him would potentially put her in more danger than leaving her behind (or so I rationalize, because I think what the actor says does ring true).
  9. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

    Apr 28, 2003
    That's why I bought it. Going back to talk to her and especially taking her with him would have been selfish and not in her best interest.
  10. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    I'm bored.
  11. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

    Aug 6, 2002
    Down South
    Think about poor Kaylee who will have to grow up like the rest of us without a stack of money in the bank waiting for her.
  12. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Ok, how about this? I'm closing on a re-fi on Thursday, and my lawyer's last name is Sahl. Next time he calls me, I'm going to answer: "Better call Sahl!".

    Like he hasn't heard that before. I'm still going to do it.
  13. EscapeGoat

    EscapeGoat wPod TCF Club

    Oct 11, 2008
    If he does a good job for you, you could buy him a giant inflatable Statue of Liberty as a thank you gift.
  14. BitbyBlit

    BitbyBlit .

    Aug 25, 2001
    Normally that would be the case. But I have to wonder why Mike decided to put Kaylee's safe deposit box in the same bank as The Nine. The only reason that would make sense would be if the risk of it being connected with the others was less than the benefit of storing the money in that bank.

    So my guess is that the lawyer's relationship with the banker gave him special access to the boxes. I don't think the lawyer picked a random bank, and started buttering up a banker. It was likely someone he already had a relationship with, and thus could convince to help him out.

    So if the safe deposit box access was done off-record, the banker didn't remember the extra box she opened the one time, Mike didn't put Kaylee's box in her name, and the lawyer didn't mention it, it's possible the DEA didn't get to Kaylee's money.

    The lawyer might have left Kaylee's box out of what he told the DEA hoping that he could use that to convince Mike not to harm him for his other testimony. The lawyer could not testify as to where Mike got the money, so his only usefulness to the DEA was in linking Mike to The Nine. Telling the DEA about Kaylee's box would not have gained him enough more "points" with them to outweigh being able to tell Mike, "As long as no harm comes to me, Kaylee gets her money."

    Given the previous account in Kaylee's name that was found, Mike hopefully would have been smart enough to do something different with money for Kaylee this time.

    The banker was shown to have forgotten one of the nine boxes that she regularly opened, so it would not be surprising if she had forgotten a box she only opened once.

    And finally, Saul's comment about Mike's "nest egg" is only as good as his knowledge of Mike and the DEA's operations. Did he find out that the DEA had gotten all $5 million? Or was he just assuming the DEA had gotten everything? Did he even know about the box for Kaylee?

    I think Saul's comment was more of a general "The DEA got your money again" rather than an accounting of how much actual money the DEA had gotten from him. At the very least, Mike had some of that money in his go-bag, so the DEA didn't get absolutely all of it. But I don't think Saul was trying to be completely literal with his statement.

    I think it's more likely than not that Kaylee's money was found by the DEA, but I don't think it would be unreasonable if things went the other direction. Maybe the last scene of Breaking Bad, after all the main characters are dead, will be Kaylee celebrating her 18th birthday. :D
  15. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    I could buy this.

    This I can't buy. It was a MUCH larger box and there were FAR fewer of them, so it's much easier to remember the big one.
  16. BitbyBlit

    BitbyBlit .

    Aug 25, 2001
    If she remembered that she had opened the extra box, then I agree that with some thought she could remember which one. That's one of the reasons I think it's more likely than not that Kaylee's money was found. I think she probably did remember.

    But it's also possible that opening the extra box that one time didn't seem out of place enough to her for it to stick out in her memory, and it slipped her mind that she had done so.

    As viewers, we knew that the first drop-off we saw was a special delivery because Mike had just gotten his $5 million. But to the banker, that was just another delivery. If she didn't care to pay too close of attention to what the lawyer was doing, she might not have put much thought into the fact that he asked her to open an extra box.

    Since the DEA was already there when the lawyer was caught, I'm assuming that was at least two drop-offs after the first one we saw. The DEA found out about the bank by following the lawyer during a previous drop-off, and then waited for him during the subsequent one.

    So unlike for us, where we saw both drop-offs within a single hour, and we knew that they both must be important because the writers decided to include them in the story, the drop-off with Kaylee's money was one of many spread out over a long period of time to the banker.

    And if the lawyer made other regular drop-offs than just the ones for The Nine, that would have added to further cloud the banker's memory of having opened Kaylee's box.

    The DEA would have had no reason to suspect that Mike had just gotten a windfall, and thus would not have thought to ask the banker if anything unusual had happened recently. In fact, given that Mike had been keeping The Nine quiet for an extended period of time, they probably figured just the opposite: that he already had plenty of money beyond the Cayman account that he was funneling to them.

    Without that line of questioning, I can see the banker who was probably nervous about losing her job for not following procedure and potentially being in trouble with the law not remembering about a single delivery that happened to involve an extra box.
  17. mooseAndSquirrel

    mooseAndSquirrel Well-Known Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    Whatsamatta U
    Wow, I wouldn't be suprised or disappointed if the boxes were never mentioned in the show again.

    I would be surprised, but not disappointed, if they were never mentioned in this thread again.

    On a topic not about Kaylee's Box: I liked the camera work in this episode. Kaylee on the swing and the view from inside the (oh no) boxes.

    And speaking of remote locations, these meetups in the desert can be seen from 100 miles away. Hell, they're using drones now. And they go these meetings with meth, methlamine, guns and millions in cash.
  18. fmowry

    fmowry Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Was Mike's car (the one he was shot in) even linkable to him? I don't remember if it was the same car he was driving Jesse around in. I would think he has easy access to a stolen or unregistered car for a getaway. That would be one less thing Walt has to deal with in the cleanup if he does not opt for the "Mike had many enemies and one of them finally got him" angle.
  19. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I'm pretty sure Mike left his car at the park with Kaylee. The beat cops were sniffing around it before he left. The last car was like you say, a stolen or otherwise unregistered/traceable car.

    <dexter>But there was blood spatter in the car, and they could do a DNA match to DNA they can probably find in Mike's apartment. But why/how would they link the two scenes?</dexter>
  20. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman

    Dec 6, 2001
    Man, I've got to get to this show quicker. These threads really explode!

    First, I can't see the title without hearing it in the Empress's voice in The Neverending Story. "Bastion! Say! My! Name!"

    Possibly not what Walt was going for. :D

    I'm certain the banker remembered opening the tenth box for the lawyer. She was all proud of herself for remembering the numbers on 8 out of 9, meaning it's always 9. She will remember that this time it was 10, and that it was a big one.

    Also, I bet he normally comes with a briefcase, not a suitcase. There were only two packs of money in each of the 9 boxes, 18 packs is relatively small and bringing in a briefcase will attract much less attention.

    I do think the lawyer is both buttering her up and a genuinely nice guy. If it were just the former he could bring her a box of expensive chocolates each time, no effort required. He was bringing her handmade treats.

    Walt didn't intend to shoot Mike, but he did do it on purpose in the heat of the moment and then instantly regretted it. Big character move for someone who's normally so methodical. Dude's comin' undone.

    Banks' acting over leaving his granddaughter was sublime.


    A desperate attempt to drive the rest of us out? Fill killfiles?

    You say that, and yet...

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