'Breaking Bad' - 'Bug': Eye of the tiger?

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I enter it in the Quicken... 

"Then get the fuck out of here and never come back." -Jesse 

I'm so glad I get these "Breaking Bad" episodes a few days in advance so that I'm not under pressure to write a review straight away. In the case of "Bug," the final scene was so powerful that I honestly don't think I would have been able to start writing immediately after. I was literally shaking after that. I had to leave my office just to get some fresh air (in a rainstorm) and clear my head before I could do anything, and I felt like I needed to leave "Bug" alone for a while before even thinking of writing about it. 

When I saw the episode's title, I assumed it was some kind of spiritual sequel to "Fly," which aired at roughly the same point in season 3 and was, like this episode, co-written by Moira Walley-Beckett (here working with Thomas Schnauz). But this wasn't another of the series' patented Walt-and-Jesse two-handers where virtually the entire hour is about our two heroes hanging out together, cooking meth and getting into trouble. The two spent most of the episode apart, intersecting briefly on occasion (outside the laundromat, and then when Mike and Jesse brought the corpse to the Super Lab), but only interacting significantly in the final scene... 



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