BREAKING BAD “Crawl Space” Review

Breaking Bad “Crawl Space”, Season 4 Episode 11 – Wow. So…that just happened. I feel like after tonight we can now officially classify television into two categories: Breaking Bad, and then everything else.

I really can’t think of any other television series in history that can be so consistent for four straight seasons, and not only be just as good in the fourth season as it was in the first, but be improving. It’s completely remarkable, and it frankly makes me sick that 28 million people watch Two and a Half Men but barely anybody watches this. All right, well that’s enough grandstanding for one night. Let’s get down to it.

We picked up right after the end of last week’s thrilling conclusion, where we see Jesse hightailing it from Don Eladio’s house with a sick Gus and injured Mike in tow. Once they both received their medical attention, Gus and Jesse started their six mile walk to the Texas/Mexico border. I was a bit disappointed how quickly they were able to get from Mexico back home. Thousands of people die every year trying to cross the borders, but a deathly injured man can waltz right up to the border, hop in a car, and get into the US so easily?

Back in New Mexico, we see that the Skyler/Ted storyline is still plugging along. Ted tried to give Skyler her money back, after finding out that she got the funds from Walt’s “illicit gambling” activities. It didn’t make any sense to me that Skyler chose now to use the argument that I recommended last week. Why not tell Ted first that he should pay the IRS or else it will drag her and her business into their investigation? Why lead with the whole “I have a lot of money and I gave you some” thing? This story did take a very strange turn when Skyler commissioned two men to strong arm Ted into signing a check to the IRS, only to scare him into tripping on his rug and dying. I know some people are going to think this is a convenient and stupid end to Ted’s character, but I’m just ready to wash my hands of this storyline and get to the stuff I care about.

Last, but certainly not least, how about that final scene? Wow. I’m going to go on a limb and say that the last two minutes of this episode was the most haunting, disturbing, and yet freaking awesome two minutes of television I have seen all year. Heck, probably for the last few years. Seeing Walt absolutely lose it in the crawl space under his house when he finds out that Skyler gave away most of their money to Ted was incredible. Follow that up with Skyler slowly walking down the hall listening to Marie’s message, and you have one of the best cliffhangers in TV history. I can’t believe there’s only two episodes left! That’s not enough for me! This is the best show on TV right now, hands down, and this was one of the best episodes of the season.

What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments section below.

Random Thoughts:

– We finally got to see baby Holly again! I swear it’s like the Breaking Bad writers have been reading these reviews and making changes accordingly.

– I loved that they telegraphed Ted tripping on the rug by having him trip over it when he got up to answer the door. Again, it’s the little details in this show that make it so great.

– The first three seasons of Breaking Bad are available on Netflix instant. Go tell your friends!