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This week’s episode of Breaking Bad starts off with a Los Pollos “delivery” much like the one where Mike had to ice a couple of would be jackers, only this time it’s two other guys sitting in the back of the truck with assault rifles.  The jackers are a little more savvy this time, locking the guys in the back of the truck in and filling it with noxious fumes after putting a bullet in the driver’s head.  Despite trying to shoot their way out, these two guys aren’t as lucky as Mike and the jackers get away with the specially marked bucket containing the blue meth.

Meanwhile, Skyler is replaying the loving phone message Walt left in last week’s episode over and over.  It’s clear that she now realizes that this wasn’t a random “I love you and the kids” call- it was something much more than that.  The same message that was like Spanish Fly in Episode 5 has become far less of an aphrodisiac for Skyler and more of a warning sign.  Walt’s lying in bed, obviously hung over from last night’s dinner party with Hank and Marie when Skyler begins to pepper him with questions about the family’s safety.  She fears that what happened to Gale can and may happen to Walt or whoever is unlucky enough to answer the door.  Walt calmly tries to explain the situation, but Skyler keeps badgering him and badgering him.

Enter Walt’s best monologue of Season 4.  The man goes old-school Heisenberg on his wife in one of the best rants in Breaking Bad history:

“Who are you talking to right now?  Who is it you think you see? Do you know how much I make a year? Even if I told you, you wouldn’t believe it. Do you know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going into work? A business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly-up, disappears. It ceases to exist without me! No, you clearly don’t know who you’re talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!”

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Ladies and gentleman, we’ve got a bit of a Situation.

Tonight’s episode was chock full o’ The Situation and all of his classic antics. Bringing chicks home and causing drama.

Early on in the episode, as we all expected, Ronnie and Sammi get back together and the vomit fest starts back up again. If MTV spends any more than 45 seconds on these two the rest of the season, I’m going to have to stop watching. How many more times do we have to see Sammi and that dumbass smile of hers? She’s the most shallow person on the show and that’s tough to be. *Side note – was she not able to get her top lip through customs? God that’s annoying to look at.

Deena has been looking for love ever since last season, and maybe there is a chance she’s found it. The girls went to a cafe for lunch and she thought the waiter was cute. So naturally since he “spoke English good”, they exchanged numbers and he went out to the club with them later that night. After a 7 hour make out session at the club, they go back to the house and take over the bedroom. Too bad she’s rooming with Vinny and Pauly, because they really give her a hard time, in good fun, but essentially cause the dude to sneak out in the middle of the night. Poor Deena. Read the rest of this entry »

Ever since I started listening to The BS Report, I kept hearing about “The Challenge” and how it should be the “5th Major American Sport” according to Bill Simmons and his buddy “The Reality TV Czar”, Dave Jacoby. So I checked out “The Challenge: Cutthroat” and was immediately hooked.

The Challenge is the artist formerly known as the “Real World/Road Rules Challenge”, that placed teams or individuals from the two hit MTV reality shows against each other, and had a weekly elimination challenge that consisted of a group challenge to stave off being eliminated that week, or face another team to see if you stay alive. It was essentially Survivor before Survivor.

This season’s format was a great one. They put together teams of two people (teams are same sex) that have had a major confrontation on either The Challenge in a previous season, or on their respective show.

This added a great dynamic to the game. Which pair of “rivals” could put their differences aside and work as a team?

If you want to go back and watch the show to get caught up, you can catch all of the episodes leading up to this week HERE.

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Breaking Bad: Shotgun

August 16, 2011 by

Breaking Bad Season 4 Episode Photos

We all have it.  The fifth episode of the 4th season of Breaking Bad (named “Shotgun”) delves deeply into minds of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman while also reminding us that delusion is a colossal character flaw that could lead to the downfall of one or both of of the main characters in a micro and macro sense.   Read the rest of this entry »

Due to a move this past week I was unable to cover S4E2 “Thirty-Eight Snub”.  In this recap I will discuss both S4E2 and S4E3 “Open House”


After Season 4 shot out of the gates with the episode “Boxcutter”, fans were treated with a suspenseful 2nd episode in “Thirty-Eight Snub”.  The title is immediately explained as Walt is trying to decide which gun he wants to buy from an illegal arms dealer.  While he claims that his new piece is only for protection, we all know that he is looking to bust a cap in Gus the first chance he gets.  After seeing Gus murder a man right before his eyes, Walt feels his days are numbered (and it’s not the cancer that is going to get him).

Only 2 episodes into the season and it seems as if Breaking Bad is going in a new direction as far as character development goes.  In Seasons 1-3 it was almost all about Walt, a lot about Jessie and a little bit of the ancillary characters Skyler, Walter Jr, Hank and Marie.  While the title of the episode may lead you to think it’s all about Walt, “Thirty-Eight Snub” spends significant time developing Hank and Marie’s characters.  The frustration on Hank’s face as he recovers from the multiple gun shot wounds makes you really feel for the guy.  His obsession with the minerals (don’t call them rocks) is strange and his patience for his caring wife is non-existent.  While Marie is bending over backwards to accommodate Hank, he fails to see how much she is doing for him and returns the favors with salty remarks.  Marie’s gonna blow up real soon, you can count on it.

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Breaking Bad Season 4

If you aren’t aware, AMC has been crushing it lately. Just about every drama series on the channel for the last few years has been must-see TV. I’m sure you’ve heard of the critically acclaimed Mad Men or last year’s smash hit The Walking Dead, but the best show on AMC (maybe even on TV) is the lesser known Breaking Bad which is entering it’s 4th season.

Breaking Bad is the story of a High School chemistry teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and decides to pick up manufacturing methamphetamine to pay for his cancer treatment and provide a nest egg for his family. The series chronicles this man’s new “career” and the trials and tribulations that go along with it. The show is addicting, so if you haven’t seen it, get the DVD’s, catch up and start watching.

Season 4 begins with the episode Boxcutter, as season 3 left off with a huge cliffhanger. Walt’s former lab assistant Gail is depicted opening up the boxes containing the expensive lab equipment that meth king-pin Gus has provided for their mega-lab. In the finale of Season 3, Walt’s partner Jessie killed Gail in order to save Walt’s life. You see, a couple of Gus’s goons were killed by Walt in the finale and now that Gail knows Walt’s cooking process, he has no need for Heisenberg (Walt’s alias) and wants him dead. By killing Gail, Jessie ensures that Gus’s other men don’t kill Walt because he’ll need him to make the product. If you aren’t following me here, I apologize. Like I said, get the DVD’s, catch up and get with it.

After killing Gail, Jessie is picked up by one of Gus’s top men and brought to the lab where Walt is being held. The goons are forced to call Gus and inform him that his trusted cook has been murdered. The episode is rather drawn out (but never dull) as Walt’s estranged wife Skyler worries about his whereabouts. Gus’s goons are convinced by Walt that they shouldn’t kill him until they hear back from Gus. The same guy that picked up Jessie tries to prove that he too knows Walt’s cooking method, and that they don’t need him. The suspense builds throughout the episode until the moment Gus arrives at the lab.

This is where the episode gets absolutely bad-ass. Gus walks into the lab like a boss without saying a word to anyone. If you haven’t seen the show, the guy looks like a grown-up Steve Urkel/Carlton Banks hybrid. Very proper, always business-like and direct. Gus walks down the metal stairs and over to Walt and Jessie with a stone-cold look in his eye. He pauses for a minute, then walks directly to the the lab coats. While Walt pleads his case in order to save Jessie and his life, Gus takes off his shirt, changes into full-body lab gear then walks back toward his men.

Gus checks a few drawers and finds a bright green boxcutter, perhaps the very same boxcutter Gail used to open the boxes in the beginning of the episode. Without uttering a word, he takes the boxcutter and slices one of his goon’s throats (the same one that picked up Jessie). The man bleeds out and dies in front of Walt and Jessie, and Gus washes himself off, changes and leaves. As he’s about to walk out the door he simply says “Well, get back to work”. Walt and Jessie are spared and a legion of Breaking Bad viewers are primed for a very interesting episode 2.

Solid start to the 4th season of an awesome show if I do say so myself.

Will you “Fear The Beard”?

By Michael Cruz

If you have not heard of it, The Franchise is a documentary type of show about the 2010 World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants. They talk about new players, players getting cut, what they worked on during off-season, and so forth.  It’s basically a “Hard Knocks” for baseball.

The Franchise premiered July 13th on SHOWTIME SPORTS. I just got done watching it, I would rate it 5 stars, no doubt.

One scene that really interested me was when Brandon Belt is in Bruce Bochy’s office and Bochy announces to him that he made the team. It was a very emotional time for Belt, as well for me! Doing it big in baseball is a huge dream for me, so maybe I don’t know how Belt felt at the moment, but I may know a similar feeling.

New episodes are  every Wednesday night, and I strongly recommend you sports fans to check it out. Either order SHOWTIME or find it online, or something. It’s an hour that would not be wasted.