Breaking Bad 6/6/2010 (S03E09) "Half Measures"

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  1. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003


    Gus gave an order, no more kids, then his minions kill their kid? I don't think Gus will have a problem with Walt killing them, the public nature of the execution, well, thats another thing altogether.
  2. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Not that I'm a drug network savant but on The Wire, the street level dealers certainly knew who Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell were and had contact with them.
  3. speaker city

    speaker city New Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Atlanta, MI
    Correct, but they were merely distributors. Gus would be the equivalent to The Greek. And we know Poot and Bodey never met The Greek.
  4. catcard

    catcard MoxiDVR

    Mar 2, 2001
    I continue to be amazed at the excellent writing and acting in this show!

    As for killing Tomas - was there another option? They tell him he can't work for them anymore. So he finds some other drug dealers to work with? Not sure a child can come back from drug dealing/murder and lead a "normal" life anymore.

    Can't imagine Gus' reaction when he finds out about Walt killing his two dealers. Jesse should be convinced now about Walt's loyalty to him.
  5. billboard_NE

    billboard_NE North Shore MA

    May 18, 2005


    Question: How did Walt make the connection from the news story about the kid being killed to having to "rescue" Jesse?

    Maybe Walt was on his way to kill the dealers himself because they killed the kid?
  6. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I'm guessing that street level dealers in other cities would have no connection to Gus, but perhaps because Gus is based in ABQ and these dealers are too, Gus is their direct superior. That would explain why they know about Gus and his operation. However, given what we know about Gus and how careful he is, I find this extremely out of character for him.
    Jesse had told Walt that the kid's name was Tomas. When the news said the murdered kid was named Tomas, Walt immediately knew what had happened, and knew that Jesse was unstable enough that he would go do something about it.
  7. toddvj

    toddvj New Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    I honestly didn't give it that much thought, but the meeting between the two dealers and Jesse may well have been the first time the dealers had met Gus. It was certainly the first time that Jesse had met Gus, so why not.

    On the other hand, Gus likes to know everyone involved in his operation, so it's not outside the realm of possibility that he had met the dealers previously.
  8. BK89

    BK89 New Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Me too - this seemed really out of character for Walt - I was a bit shocked. Did not see Walt executing the guy coming at all. I thought they were going to discuss it over tea. But seriously I thought he would stop jessie as he was getting out of his car. Once Jessie started walking toward the dealers and they saw him coming I was like, "Oh crap what is happening here"! I said the same thing after Walt did the deed, so much for the we are not murders line. Great episode, I have absolutley zero idea how they are going to tie this up next week (or leave it hanging).

    I liked the call back to Tuco and the ricin poison as well as the crack whore from season 1. :up:
  9. jrinck

    jrinck Certified Neurotic

    Nov 23, 2004
    "You see, the problem here is what is called a dichotomy. We take this situation here where I've already run you over, and combine that with the fact that you are reaching for a gun. One big situation with two outcomes that are totally at odds with one another. As a Chemist, this potential reaction is far too unpredictable for my liking, and if your reaching for the gun is a catalyst for that reaction, then I need to neutralize that catalyst ." BOOM!
  10. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003
    Awesome. :D
  11. Jesda


    Feb 12, 2005
    I started with season 1 last week and just got caught up this afternoon. This is, by far, the best show on television, up there with Dexter.
  12. photoshopgrl

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista TCF Club

    Nov 22, 2008
    Boring Ohio
    :up: Win!

    I think Breaking Bad might be topping Dexter this season.. although that kitchen scene with Dexter and John Lithgow and the knife was aaaamaaaazing. I would really hate to have to choose between them. Good thing I don't have to!
  13. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    I must confess that I re-ran the running-the-dealers-over scene in slow motion. Excellent work - you even see the breath of one of them as he gets hit. Really great continuity between the apparent injuries sustained in the collision and the injuries depicted in the aftermath. Bravo! I mean, AMC!
  14. DanB

    DanB New Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Atlanta, GA
    Instead of the car wash, maybe Walt should open a windshield replacement company as he seems to have experience with that as well :)
  15. BK89

    BK89 New Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Good point - guess he will be getting his windshield replaced...again!
  16. izmack

    izmack New Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Reading, PA
    I'm getting worried how I see this getting set up:

    • Walt Jr. learning to drive
    • Walt's Jr's issue with the brake
    • Child drug dealer killed
    • Drug dealers whacked by Gus in a car

    I hope this isn't foreshadowing.....

  17. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    I think Walt Jr. won't be taking his test in the Aztec, not anytime soon....
  18. rambler

    rambler Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    Hard to top this episode. It would have been a good finale.
  19. Hoffer

    Hoffer Eat Lightning ----- Poo Thunder TCF Club

    Jun 1, 2001
    Twin Cities, MN
    Late to the show here. Just saw this episode and that ending was awesome.
  20. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    Just re-watched this as well.....amazing. Season finale for me tomorrow....can't wait for the new season to begin!!

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