Air date: 21/08/2011
Synopsis: Skyler confronts Walt about the real risks of his work, and the discussion drives her to a surprising attitude. Walt tries to find out why Mike has been spending so much time with Jesse, stressing the relationship between the two long time partners. Walter Jr. gets a new car from Walt. Gus has bigger problems rising in the horizon than dealing with Walt and Jesse.
From here on, heavy spoilers.
After Shotgun, one of the best episodes of the series, Cornered doesn’t even try to be as intense. On the contrary, the series takes a deep breath and rearranges the board for the next matches. Walt and Skyler argue again, now because she’s starting to understand the level of gravity of Walt’s branch of business. He lies to her about his involvement in Gale’s death, but when she treats him as if he’s in danger, his ego gets the best of him again. This, right in the beginning, is the best moment of the chapter, when he brags about being tough and says the sentence that had been used in teaser trailers to promote the new season prior to its premiere: “I’m not in danger. I am danger.” Mike and Jesse go through some light action, just to spice up the episode a little. Gus’ tactics regarding Jesse start to show results: on one hand, he’s more confident; on the other, he’s growing apart from Walt. And Mike seems to start liking the boy a little. Talking of Gus and Mike, another drug shipment is intercepted, and a war seems to be drawing up. Considering the season is just getting to the middle at this point, we can expect that tensions start their way up. Neither Hank nor Marie showed up, which is a shame, but winds up being necessary, since the focus is elsewhere. Hank should come back on fire soon.
Contrary to the previous chapter, Cornered doesn’t bring great twists or cliffhangers. Actually, all of the main characters end the episode feeling the effect of dialogues that, though important, were all predictable within the context of the chapter. An opportunity to start 4×07 in one of those crazy and unpredictable ways that fans – myself included – love so much.
Top character: Skyler. This time, her confrontation of Walt was not boring or repetitive, it was in the right volume. Their dialogues are great, and she’s the one who carries the main plot of the episode.
Best scene: bedroom conversation between Walt and Skyler, followed closely by the meeting between Walt and his former boss, Bogdan.
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