"Confessions"
Breaking Bad episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 11
Directed byMichael Slovis
Written byGennifer Hutchison
Cinematography byArthur Albert
Editing byKelley Dixon
Original air dateAugust 25, 2013 (2013-08-25)
Running time47 minutes
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"Confessions" is the eleventh episode of the fifth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad, and the 57th overall episode of the series. Written by Gennifer Hutchison and directed by Michael Slovis, it aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on August 25, 2013.

Plot

At a diner, Todd recalls to his uncle Jack and Jack's accomplice Kenny how he helped steal methylamine from the train,[a] neglecting to mention the boy he murdered. Agreeing to let Todd cook meth on his own, Jack and Kenny drive back into New Mexico. Meanwhile, Hank Schrader tells Jesse Pinkman that he knows Walter White is Heisenberg. Jesse refuses to cooperate, and is released after Saul Goodman shows up. Later, Walter White Jr. informs his father that Marie Schrader has asked him to help repair her computer and invited him to stay for dinner. Walt manipulates his son into staying home by confessing that his cancer has returned.

Walt and Skyler White meet Hank and Marie at the Garduño's restaurant. The Whites try to convince the Schraders to keep their children out of the situation, but the Schraders refuse to comply; Marie even callously says that Walt should kill himself to end it all. As the Whites leave, Walt gives his in-laws a DVD of his "confession." Playing it at home, Hank and Marie discover they are being blackmailed. Walt's "confession" states that Hank masterminded the Heisenberg empire and forced Walt to cook meth for him. A stunned Hank then learns that Marie paid for his physical therapy using Walt's drug money, which Skyler had claimed were gambling winnings. This lends credence to Walt's story and torpedoes Hank's credibility.

Walt meets Jesse in the desert and tells him that Saul can contact someone who specializes in creating new identities.[b] He advises Jesse to start over and have a better life. Jesse reacts angrily, asking Walt to stop trying to manipulate him, and says, "You're acting like me leaving town is all about me and turning over a new leaf, but it's really about you ... you need me gone ... just say so ... just ask me for a favor." In response, Walt simply embraces Jesse, who cries in his arms.

Jesse then agrees to leave. Saul admonishes him for bringing marijuana for the journey. While Saul makes arrangements for Jesse's departure from Albuquerque, he has Huell Babineaux take Jesse's marijuana without his knowledge. While Jesse is waiting for the van that will relocate him, he notices the pot is gone, and suddenly realizes that Huell must have pick-pocketed it as well as the ricin cigarette that he previously believed Gus Fring used to poison Brock Cantillo. Jesse returns to Saul's office and physically attacks him, holding him at gunpoint and demanding to know about his role in Brock's poisoning. Saul admits to his involvement in the plot but insists he had no idea what Walt's intentions were. As Jesse leaves, Saul calls Walt, who rushes to the car wash to retrieve a hidden revolver from a vending machine. An enraged Jesse breaks down the door to Walt's house and begins to pour gasoline on the floor.

Production

Millard Drexler, former chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group, had a cameo appearance in this episode as a customer at the Whites' car wash to whom Skyler gives incorrect change. He stated that his scene, in which he says eight or nine words, took nine takes to film.[1]

Reception

Viewership

The episode was viewed by 4.85 million people on its original broadcast,[2] which was an increase from the 4.77 million of the previous episode.

Reviews

The episode received strongly positive reviews, with Walter's monologue particularly praised.[3] TVLine named Aaron Paul the "Performer of the Week" for his performance in this episode.[4]

In 2019 The Ringer ranked "Confessions" as the 24th best out of the 62 total Breaking Bad episodes.[5]

Accolades

Gennifer Hutchison won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama for this episode.[6]

Aaron Paul won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2014 for his performance in this episode.[7]

Notes

  1. ^ As depicted in "Dead Freight".
  2. ^ Identified offscreen as Ed Galbraith.

References

  1. ^ Moin, David (August 28, 2013). "Mickey Drexler Makes Cameo on 'Breaking Bad'". wwd.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 27, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'MTV Video Music Awards' Dominates + 'Breaking Bad', 'Real Housewives of NJ', 'Catfish', 'Dexter' & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 29, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Episode Review: Breaking Bad, "Confessions"". Metacritic. August 26, 2013. Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "TVLine's Performer of the Week: Aaron Paul". TVLine. August 31, 2013. Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Haley O’Shaughnessy (September 30, 2019). "The Ringer's Definitive 'Breaking Bad' Episodes Ranking". The Ringer. Archived from the original on October 30, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (February 1, 2014). "Writers Guild Awards: Breaking Bad, Veep, House of Cards and Days of Our Lives Among Winners". Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "Emmys 2014: Complete List of Episode Submissions". www.goldderby.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2014-08-26.