Air date: 11/09/2011
Synopsis: Hank continues to investigate Gus, but the tracker device installed in the drug lord’s car reveals nothing. Thus, the police officer seeks other leads, and may find something important. A ghost from the past shows up and brings complication to Skyler’s life. The conflict with the cartel intensifies, and Gus makes an important decision. And the moment of truth comes: are Walt and Jesse allies or enemies?
From here on, heavy spoilers.
Bug represents a step forward in the main lines that have composed the fourth season so far. Hank discovers the site used by Gus for meetings, tells Walt, who in turn pass the information along to Mike; the cartel attacks Gus head-on, killing one of his henchmen; Gus accepts the cartel’s demand; Walt continues to pressure Jesse until the two of them finally put their cards on the table, or yet, their fists on each other’s faces. So being, there’s no actual turn of events to add that feeling of unpredictability to the episode. By the end, the feeling is that now the pieces are, in their majority, in position. What seems to hold some possibility of surprise is Gus’ decision to turn Walt in to the cartel. Gus is an intelligent and mysterious man, so there may be an elaborate plan behind his apparent surrender. The exception in the chapter is the subplot involving Skyler. Bringing back Ted, her former boss, as a possible resurrection of the love triangle, in my point of view, would be a mistake; but in Bug the plot involving the two of them focuses on a possible IRS investigation, and offers a good complement to the tensions of the main plot. The little charade that Skyler pulls to fool the investigator is fun, as cliché as it may be. Overall, a good episode, but almost certainly the least good of the season, with the exception of Problem Dog. Which is no demerit, since almost all the chapters have been brilliant.
Top character: Jesse. So far, Jesse’s obvious condition as a key piece in Gus’ scheme had been cooking on a slow burner. Now he finally takes the center of the plot, and takes part in the tow best parts of the episode.
Best scene: the confrontation between Walt and Jesse. It was expected, but the intensity of the moment, due also to the great acting by the two of them, results in one of the great moments of the whole season.
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