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Fall Premieres – What to Watch this Week (September 30)

Scandal, Thursday at 10pm on ABC

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The secret is out, now what?  The world officially knows that Olivia has been having an affair with the President.  What does this mean for Olivia?  What does this mean for Fitz’s reelection?  Rowan is Olivia’s father.  Was he trying to kill her or protect her?  We’re still not sure.  Scott Foley has been promoted to series regular (thank god!) but is his character, Jake Ballard, still in that hole?  More importantly, does he have real feelings for Olivia?  Quinn is batsh–t crazy, what is Huck going to do?  Lisa Kudrow is joining the cast as a politician, who is she?  AND Cyrus had a heart attack, is he going to be okay?  I’m biting my nails in anticipation, THERE’S JUST SO MUCH TO LOOK FORWARD TO!  Thankfully, Scandal returns this week to answer all of our questions at rapid speed.  Tune in Thursday to see what happens next.  In the meantime, check out the promo and a special sneak peek below.

Premiering this Week

Monday, September 30
8:30/7:30c
We Are Men (CBS)

Wednesday, October 2
9:30/8:30c
Super Fun Night (ABC)

10/9c
Ironside (NBC)
Top Chef (Bravo)

Thursday, October 3
8/7c
The Vampire Diaries (CW)
8:30/7:30c
The Millers (CBS)
Welcome to the Family (NBC)
9/8c
The Originals (CW)
Sean Saves the World (NBC)
10/9c
Scandal (ABC)

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Glee “Love Love Love” The Morning After

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Did anyone else feel really uncomfortable during this episode last night?

Last night, ‘Glee’ began its fifth season with the first half of a two-episode Beatles tribute that fell pretty flat.  The episode overall was very happy and bright and colorful, and I’m not just talking about Blaine’s proposal to Kurt.  I’m talking about the efforts to mask the big ol’ elephant in the choir room:  Cory Monteith is dead.  We will never see Finn Hudson again.  It felt weird.

I couldn’t enjoy the Beatles’ songs because when Rachel sang ‘Yesterday’ at the start of the hour all I could think about was Lea Michele missing Cory.  I couldn’t be happy during the proposal because I was too distracted thinking Finn should be there, next to Mercedes.  I don’t care about the high schoolers going to a carnival and being all happy-go-lucky in their bumper cars because, in reality, the actors are probably really sad and it just seemed kind of cruel.

And I wasn’t the only one, ‘Glee’ delivered a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, which represents a significant decline from the 3.3 preliminary (and 3.1 final) rating for last season’s premiere. The hourlong telecast averaged 5.17 million viewers.

Next week, ‘Glee’ wraps up the Beatles tribute.  The third episode of the season will be about saying goodbye to Cory/Finn.  Ryan Murphy released the following photo via Twitter last night.

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That means we have to sit through another episode filled with tensions and unease.  The third episode airing October 10th is titled ‘The Quarterback’ and will address the death of Finn Hudson.  The episode will not focus on the exact details of Finn’s death, but instead of how his sudden departure affects the other characters through varying perspectives. “We’ve mourned Cory, but now we’re mourning Finn. So it’s kind of like two people in that one person,” says Matthew Morrison.  A series of public service announcements dealing with the topic of drug addiction will air during the episode.  Several recurring cast members will return to say goodbye to Finn Hudson including Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), Noah “Puck” Puckerman (Mark Salling) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.), Finn’s mother Carole Hudson-Hummel (Romy Rosemont) and stepfather Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley), McKinley guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), and football coach Shannon Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones).

Other plot notes from ‘Love Love Love’

  • Artie and Kitty are a couple and it’s actually kind of sweet.  They also had my favorite performance of the night, a very literal “You’ve Got To Hide Your Life Away” duet.
  • Rachel hasn’t gotten the ‘Funny Girl’ role yet but Peter Facinelli plays the director.
  • Rachel and Santana now work at the Spotlight Diner (clearly an homage to Ellen’s Stardust Diner and their singing waitstaff).  To impress the director they performed a rendition of ‘Hard Day’s Night’ while he was dining with the male star.  For a second, I thought they might go for Santana instead of Rachel.  That would be awkward.
  • Kurt said ‘yes’ to Blaine.
  • Burt Hummel, you give the best advice.  Even though Finn hasn’t been addressed, his speech about not wasting a moment and spending every second with the one you love made me very emotional.
  • Blaine’s proposal:  “My soul knew something that my body and my mind didn’t know. It knew that our hands were meant to hold each other fearlessly and forever. Which is why it’s never really felt like I was getting to know you, it’s always felt like I was remembering you from something. As if in every lifetime you and I have ever lived we’ve chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again, over and over again for all eternity. And I just feel so lucky that I’ve found you so soon in this lifetime because all I want to do, all I’ve ever wanted to do, is spend my life loving you. So, Kurt Hummel, my amazing friend, my one true love, Will you marry me?”  God, kill me now.
  • Best homage to the Beatles:  ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ performed by Ryder, Sam, Jake, and Blaine in black and white and fake British accents.
  • Worst performance:  ‘Drive My Car’ too awkward, no thanks.


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Emmys 2013 – Our Picks to Win

The Emmys air live Sunday night, September 22 at 8pm on CBS.

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OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Girls • HBO
Louie • FX Networks
Modern Family • ABC
30 Rock • NBC
Veep • HBO
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Modern Family
Louie or 30 Rock should win but Modern Family is loved by the Emmy’s.

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OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad • AMC
Downton Abbey • PBS
Game Of Thrones • HBO
Homeland • Showtime
House Of Cards • Netflix
Mad Men • AMC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – House of Cards
We’re all curious to see how the Emmy’s recognize Netflix originals since their format is quite a bit different. House of Cards is just a phenomenal show across the board. Downton, GOT (besides the Red Wedding), Mad Men, and Homeland fell flat this season. Breaking Bad would be our next choice.

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Breaking Bad • AMC
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Downton Abbey • PBS
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
Homeland • Showtime
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
House Of Cards • Netflix
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Mad Men • AMC
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
The Newsroom • HBO
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Kevin Spacey
Hands down. Have you seen this performance? It’s amazing. No one has broken the third wall like this since Zack Morris. He can convince me he’s from South Carolina any day (even though we’ll never forgive him for Russo).

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates
Bates Motel • A&E
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
Downton Abbey • PBS
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Homeland • Showtime
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
House Of Cards • Netflix
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
Mad Men • AMC
Connie Britton as Rayna James
Nashville • ABC
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope
Scandal • ABC

Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Claire Danes
It’s a safe bet. The content of season two Homeland was lackluster but her performance was still magnificent. We would love to see Robin Wright or Kerry Washington take it but they seem unlikely.

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
Arrested Development • Netflix
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
Episodes • Showtime
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
House Of Lies • Showtime
Louis C.K. as Louie
Louie • FX Networks
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
30 Rock • NBC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Alec Baldwin
Since it’s 30 Rock’s last season, give it to Alec. Louis C.K. has a strong chance too.

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Laura Dern as Amy
Enlightened • HBO
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Girls • HBO
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Nurse Jackie • Showtime
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Parks And Recreation • NBC
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
30 Rock • NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
Veep • HBO
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Lena Dunham
Dunham is a total wildcard and for that we’re picking her to win. Her portrayal of Hannah with OCD this season was just disturbing and downright sad. The season itself was nothing outstanding but she gave the character way more depth than she had in season 1. Guys, she actually cut her hair like a bowl.

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OUTSTANDING MINISERIES
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks
Behind The Candelabra • HBO
The Bible • HISTORY
Phil Spector • HBO
Political Animals • USA
Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra is our first choice followed up by Phil Spector.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Behind The Candelabra • HBO
Michael Douglas as Liberace
Behind The Candelabra • HBO
Matt Damon as Scott Thorson
The Girl • HBO
Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock
Parade’s End • HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens
Phil Spector • HBO
Al Pacino as Phil Spector
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Michael Douglas
Hands down, his portrayal as Liberace was genius.

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks
Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin
The Big C: Hereafter • Showtime
Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison
Phil Spector • HBO
Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney-Baden
Political Animals • USA
Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond
Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel
Elisabeth Moss as Robin
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Jessica Lange
Her portrayal of Constance in season 1 was flawless but as Sister Jude she was dark, gritty, and disturbing. It was great to see Lange go there.

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SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti
Boardwalk Empire • HBO
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut
Breaking Bad • AMC
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad • AMC
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Downton Abbey • PBS
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Game Of Thrones • HBO
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson
Homeland • Showtime
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Aaron Paul
His character’s vulnerability makes you root for him, despite the fact that he’s a drug-addicted scumbag. He’s proven to be the unlikely moral compass of the show. His performances are riveting and gut-wrenching, and he has continued to evolve his character in each new season. He created a character that America loves, despite all of the terrible and evil things he has done.

Breaking Bad: Anna Gunn as Skyler White and Bryan Cranston as Walter White

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Breaking Bad • AMC
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey • PBS
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Game Of Thrones • HBO
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
The Good Wife • CBS
Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody
Homeland • Showtime
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris
Mad Men • AMC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn has finally earned her place among the top performers of Breaking Bad. Her characters’ transformation from Walt’s innocent wife to Mrs. Heisenberg was tragically beautiful. The strong fan reaction to her character, albeit its negative, is proof of her incredible performance.

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Adam Driver as Adam Sackler
Girls • HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC
Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family • ABC
Bill Hader as Various characters
Saturday Night Live • NBC
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh
Veep • HBO
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Adam Driver
It would be nice to see the men of Girls get some recognition! Adam’s performance this year mirrored the crazy of Dunham’s Hannah perfectly. And who can forget this “You’re here?,” whispers Hannah. “I was always here,” replies Adam. Bill Hader is a close-second, he brought us the best characters during his time on SNL and it would be great to see that recognized.

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
Glee • FOX
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family • ABC
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Nurse Jackie • Showtime
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney
30 Rock • NBC
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer
Veep • HBO
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Sofia Vergara
Her chemistry with the cast is outstanding. This season was especially heartwarming and funny as she had to balance her two greatest loves (Manny and Jay) with becoming a mother again.

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks
Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks
Scott Bakula as Bob Black
Behind The Candelabra • HBO
John Benjamin Hickey as Sean
The Big C: Hereafter • Showtime
Peter Mullan as Matt
Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – James Cromwell
He played an ex-Nazi that falls in love with a nun that is possessed by the devil. I mean, really. Cromwell’s performance was something else. If he doesn’t win, we’re rooting for Zachary Quinto because we love him and his performance as Bloody Face still keeps us awake at night.

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters
American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks
Imelda Staunton as Alma Hitchcock
The Girl • HBO
Ellen Burstyn as Margaret Barrish Worthington
Political Animals • USA
Charlotte Rampling as Sally Gilmartin
Restless • Sundance Channel
Alfre Woodard as Ouiser
Steel Magnolias • Lifetime

Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Sarah Paulson
This one is too easy. If Paulson doesn’t get it, there’s something wrong with the world.

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OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST
Ryan Seacrest
American Idol • FOX
Betty White
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers • NBC
Tom Bergeron
Dancing With The Stars • ABC
Heidi Klum
Tim Gunn
Project Runway • Lifetime
Cat Deeley
So You Think You Can Dance • FOX
Anthony Bourdain
The Taste • ABC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Anthony Bourdain
This category is a wildcard, always. Ratings were low for most of these shows, so we might as well pull for a personal favorite.

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OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION
The Amazing Race • CBS
Dancing With The Stars • ABC
Project Runway • Lifetime
So You Think You Can Dance • FOX
Top Chef • Bravo
The Voice • NBC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – The Voice
It killed in the ratings this year and is an easy stand-out among the competition. And we’re secretly hoping they bring back Shakira and Usher, so much more interesting than Christina and Cee Lo.

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OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Antiques Roadshow • PBS
Deadliest Catch • Discovery Channel
Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives • Food Network
MythBusters • Discovery Channel
Shark Tank • ABC
Undercover Boss • CBS
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Deadliest Catch
Seriously, these guys deserve one, this show is just outstanding.

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OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES
The Colbert Report • Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live • ABC
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon • NBC
Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO
Saturday Night Live • NBC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – The Colbert Report

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OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Nathan Lane as Clarke Hayden
The Good Wife • CBS
Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning
The Good Wife • CBS
Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn
Homeland • Showtime
Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper
Mad Men • AMC
Harry Hamlin as Jim Cutler
Mad Men • AMC
Dan Bucatinsky as James Novack
Scandal • ABC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Michael J. Fox
He’s priceless on The Good Wife and we can’t wait for his show to start in the fall. Rupert Friend is also a contender.

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OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN DRAMA SERIES
Margo Martindale as Claudia
The Americans • FX Networks
Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
Game Of Thrones • HBO
Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni
The Good Wife • CBS
Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen
Mad Men • AMC
Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing
The Newsroom • HBO
Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson
Shameless • Showtime
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Margo Martindale
Her performance as a ruthless spy/killer who could be your grandmother is perfect. It will probably go to Jane Fonda, we’re okay with that too.

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OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Bob Newhart as Arthur Jeffries/Professor Proton
The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman
Modern Family • ABC
Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz
Nurse Jackie • Showtime
Louis C.K., Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC
Justin Timberlake, Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC
Will Forte as Paul
30 Rock • NBC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Nathan Lane

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OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Molly Shannon as Eileen Foliente
Enlightened • HBO
Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste
Glee • FOX
Melissa Leo as Laurie
Louie • FX Networks
Melissa McCarthy, Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC
Kristen Wiig, Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC
Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy
30 Rock • NBC
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Kristen Wiig

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OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM
Bob’s Burgers • O.T.: The Outside Toilet • FOX
Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness: Enter The Dragon • Nickelodeon
Regular Show: The Christmas Special • Cartoon Network
The Simpsons • Treehouse Of Horror XXIII • FOX
South Park • Raising The Bar • Comedy Central
Rock Paper Watch’s Pick to Win – Bob’s Burgers


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Fall Premieres – What to Watch this Week (September 14)

New Girl

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When we left the gang in season 2, Nick and Jess rode off into the sunset after deciding to  “uncall it” following Nick’s heartfelt declaration, “Look, I know you think we should call this. But I don’t want to give up on this, even if we don’t know what this is. I want to uncall it. Please, can we uncall it? And before you say no, don’t say no.”  The premiere picks up minutes after the finale, where the couple follows one spontaneous decision with another and take an impromptu trip to Mexico.  Chaos in Mexico as Nick and Jess try to figure out what it means to be in a relationship is guaranteed.  Schmidt must make a choice between his college sweetheart, Elizabeth and runaway bride, Cece.  Producer Liz Meriwether hints that Schmidt faces a real dilemma in the premiere and “hopefully the audience goes with us for the choice he makes.”  For new-ish faces, Coach (Damon Wayans Jr. of Happy Endings) makes his return this season and we meet Jess’ (still uncast) sister.  New Girl premieres Tuesday, September 17 at 9pm.  Check out the season promo below.

Premiering this Week

Monday, September 16
8/7c
Bones (Fox)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

9/8c
Sleepy Hollow (Fox)

Tuesday, September 17
8/7c
Dads (Fox)

8:30/7:30c
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)9/8c
New Girl (Fox)9:30/8:30c
The Mindy Project (Fox)

Wednesday, September 18
8/7c
Survivor: Blood vs. Water (CBS)

Friday, September 20
8/7c
Last Man Standing (ABC)

8:30/7:30c
The Neighbors (ABC)

9/8c
Shark Tank (ABC)


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Breaking Bad 5×13 Recap, “To’Hajiilee”

My apologies for my lack of recap the past couple of weeks.  Family emergencies and a new graduate course kept me away but alas I am back and just in time.  Breaking Bad is roaring towards it’s series finale with only three episodes left.  But before we start to scream, cry, and throw things at the thought of saying good bye to Jesse and Walt, let’s remember the events that took place during “To’Hajiilee.”  Below is the recap for one of the most dramatic, suspenseful, and ironic hours Breaking Bad has ever deliverered:

WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!! DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCH THE LATEST EPISODE OF BREAKING BAD!

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The thirteenth episode of season 5 starts off with Todd and his twisted family pouring out a batch of non-blue meth.  Todd proudly tells them that it’s 76% quality.  Lydia is really unimpressed by this and wants to know when the signature blue color will form.  Ha!  Walt would die if he saw this mediocrity in the lab.  Lydia insists that blue is their thing and the meth must be blue, even if it’s poor quality.

This (pointless) scene continues with Todd making creepy passes at Lydia while discussing his poor meth-cooking skills.  The scene is finally broken when Todd gets a phone call from Walt.  Walt’s making the call that we saw at the end of last week’s episode informing Todd that he has a new job for his uncle (remember, Walt hired Todd’s uncle, Jack, for the massacre of nine prisoners at the end of season 5).  But this time we see the entire conversation. Walt is hiring Jack for one target this time and he’s not in jail.  The target is Jesse Pinkman.  Cue periodic table.

We catch up with Hank and Jesse meeting with Gomez.  Hank tells Gomez that Jesse has an idea to take down Walt.  Jesse informs them that he knows there is evidence that Walt would never get rid of because of his green – his money.  He tells them he doesn’t know where it is, but he thinks who knows who does and this surprising trio sets out on a mission.

We watch them begin to unveil their plan, without knowing what the hell it is that they’re doing.  Hank pours bloody meat all over his kitchen floor, and tells Jesse “you’re up”.  Next, Hank and Gomez visit with Huell (Sauls’ bodyguard, the one that laid on the cash-stack).  They tell Huell he isn’t arrested, but being held there for his own protection.  They inform Huell that they interpreted a call from Walt where he stated that Jesse is his first target and Huell is his second.  Huell doesn’t believe it at first, but Hank and Gomez (with the help of Jesse’s intel) spin a web of lies that convinces Huell that Saul turned him over to Walt.  They even show Huell a picture of Jesse laying next to the pile of meat to prove that Jesse is dead (so the scene earlier makes sense now).

Unfortunately for Hank and Gomez, Huell truly doesn’t know where the money is.  But unfortunately for Walt, Huell knows a lot.  He tells Hank about the seven barrels of money, the rental van, the dirt on the car, and the shovel.  They leave but remind Huell of the danger he’s in and basically convince him to hang out in an apartment by himself, for his own protection.  Poor Huell, he has no idea he’s being deviously manipulated.

We then see Walt meeting with Todd and his family going over the plans to take care of Jesse.  Jack thinks this is a case of “rat patrol,” but Walt tries to convince them that Jesse isn’t a rat.  Oh Walt, if only you knew.

Walt convinces them that he’s not a rat, and tells them he wants his death to be quick and painless.  Walt think he’ going to pay them for this job, but then he receives a little surprise.  Instead of cash payment, Jack wants Walt to pay in the form of Walt’s meth-cooking.  Walt tries to rebuke, but it’s for naught.  He eventually agrees to one more cook, but it will be done after the job is finished.  “Time is of the essence, do you understand?”  And then Walt tells them he doesn’t know where Jesse is, but he’ll flush him out and then give the order.  Jesse’s time is up.

And so it appears Walt does know Jesse’s weak-spot.  Walt heads to Andrea’s house and visits with her and Brock.  Walt pretends like he’s visiting to find out where Jesse is, and claims he hasn’t seen him or heard from him in a few days.  He tells her that Jesse’s using again, and claims to have exhausted all resources for finding him.  Walt tells her that they’ve had an argument, and feigns caring for Jesse’s whereabouts above all else.

Andrea finally just offers to call him and leaves Jesse a message explaining that her and Walter are worried about him.  Walt quickly departs, knowing he planted the seed that he needed.  Walt leaves and makes a call to two men sitting in a car across the way.  Walt tells them that they’re on but that when Jesse arrives, that must take him away and do it so the mother and son know nothing.

Hank intercepts Andrea’s voicemail on Jesse’s phone, but fails to report the message to Jesse.  But Hank does report back to Gomez and Jesse that the rental van that Walt used to hide his money didn’t have a GPS, thanks to a law-suit from the ACLU forcing the company to remove them.  But Hank has another idea.  He correctly surmises that Walt buried the money, thanks to Huell’s clues about the dirty van and the shovel.  Hank thinks if they can convince Walt that they found the spot where he buried the money, they can flush him out and force him to head to the spot of the money, therefore giving Hank and Gomez an opportunity to follow him and find the physical evidence they need.

We finally have our first spotting of Skyler and Walter, Jr. halfway into the episode.  Skyler is teaching Walter, Jr. the ways of the carwash.  After ringing up a random customer, the next customer is none other than the beaten and battered Saul Goodman.  Saul is there because he’s in a panic over Huell’s disappearance.  Saul has no idea where he is, and he’s afraid.  He warns Walt that Jesse is smarter than they think, and that Huell’s disappearance is a sign that something is not right.

Then, Walt gets a picture message that changes everything.  The photo is of a barrel hidden in what appears to be the desert and it’s full of cash.  Walt’s phone then immediately rings.  It’s Jesse asking Walt if he got his photo claiming that he found that and six more barrels.  Walt flies out of the car wash and races to his spot while he listens to Jesse explain that after pistol whipping Huell, he was able to trace Walt’s rental van which included a GPS, leading Jesse right to Walt’s hiding spot.  Jesse then tells a distraught Walt that he’s going to start burning the money, $10,000 at a time, until Walt gets to the spot.

Walt is more distraught about this than anything I’ve ever seen before.  The thought of his money burning breaks at him.  He tells Jesse he’s dying and begs Jesse to stop and save the money, as it’s intended for Walt’s children.  Jesse can’t believe Walt would mention children, which leads Walt into a confession about what he did to Brock and an apology.  He claims he planned it for Brock to be okay.  Walt then goes on to make a full confession to Jesse as he claims that everything he’s done (which he lists out, murder by murder) was to protect them and keep them safe.  He tells Jesse that he’s just too stupid to realize it.  Little does Walt know that he’s the one that’s too stupid to realize when he’s been duped.

The van didn’t have a GPS and Hank and Jesse tricked Walt.  Their plan worked perfectly.  They got Walt to confess to all of his crimes AND lead them directly to his buried treasure.  Walt stands there for a moment, alone and confused, until he finally sees a car heading in his direction.  He tries to hide, but as soon as he realizes that Jesse was working with Hank, Walt realizes that his time is up – it’s over and there’s nothing he can do about it.  Or, can he?

While the car was still pulling up, before Walt knew who was in it, he called Jack and desperately relayed the coordinates of their whereabouts to him.  As he was ending the call, Walt realized Jesse was with Hank and told them not to show up.  Will they follow his orders?

Hank calls for Walt to come out and surrender.  Can it really be?  Did everything on Breaking Bad lead up to this moment?  It seems so, as Hank yells it’s over and Walt finally gets up and begins to walk towards Hank and Gomez, surrendering.  Hank books him and reads him his Miranda Rights as Jesse looks on smiling.  After Jesse and Walt squabble like children, Hank gets ready to head back into town and calls Marie.  In a heartfelt moment, he tells Marie that he got him and it’s over.  He even waves to Walt in the car on Marie’s behalf.  The two exchange tearful “I love you’s” before Hank hangs up.  Then, as it seems like all hope is lost for Walt, Todd and his family show up.

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Never one to follow directions, Jack and his boys arrive with a slew of guns and automatic weapons.  Walt desperately tries to yell warnings to Hank and Gomez, but they don’t listen.  With guns pointed and Walt locked and cuffed helplessly in a car between the two groups, the men stand off.  Walt yells from the car telling Jack to stand down, not act, and go home, but Jack doesn’t listen.  They ask for Hank and Gomez to show badges, but after they make no effort to do so, Jack and his men finally open fire on Hank and Gomez.  In an epic scene with guns firing, glass shattering, and debris flying everywhere, Jack, Todd and co. fire round after round at Hank and Gomez, with Walt trapped helplessly in between.

The episode comes to a shocking end with Walt trying desperately to hide on the floor in the backseat of Hank’s bullet-ridden SUV, with bullets and glass flying everywhere around him.


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12 Must-See Fall Movies

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With the summer blockbuster season drawing to a close, it’s time to head back into theaters for some of the most highly anticipated films of the year. From blockbusters to buzzworthy indies, this fall season has them all and we’re counting down our top 12 picks. Below are the movies we can’t wait to see, which one are you most excited for?

1. Lone Survivor

“Based on SEAL Team 10’s failed mission: Operation Red Wings on June 28, 2005, to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader during the War in Afghanistan.”

Reasons to watch: That cast. That story. It promises to be an edge of your seat movie. The trailer alone makes me an emotional wreck.
Also, I’m excited to see Taylor Kitsch. Finally, he’s making smart career moves and joining a great ensemble for a dramatic movie rather than trying to carry a one-dimensional, action movie on his own.

In theaters for limited release December 27, 2013.

2. The Wolf of Wall Street

“Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.”

Reasons to watch: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, the dream team is back together. What more of a reason do you need? Oh, and this gif.

In theaters November 15, 2013.

3. Parkland

“A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.”

Reasons to watch: I’m a sucker for a historical movie, especially if it involves JFK. The incredible story aside, the ensemble cast is impressive and includes such names as Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thorton, Jacki Weaver, and Paul Giamatti.

In theaters October 4, 2013.

4. Gravity

“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.”

Reasons to watch: The movie just had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and has many marveling at both the technical and emotional achievements of the film. Rumor has it, Sandra Bullock is a shoo in for this year’s Best Actress award.

In theaters October 4, 2013.

5. Catching Fire

“Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.”

Reasons to watch: The latest installment of the series follows the story of Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mallark (Hutcherson) as they are forced to participate in the 75th Hunger Games. This movie has a new director, new writer, and bigger budget. Here’s hoping that all of our disappointments about the first film are washed away with the sequel. And I’m more than excited to see all the new cast members like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin.

In theaters November 22, 2013.  Check out the trailer breakdown here.

6. Dallas Buyers Club

“The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.”

Reasons to watch: A lot of Oscar buzz around Matthew McConaughey’s performance, will it be worth the hype?

In theaters November 1, 2013.

7. American Hustle

“The story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians – namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.”

Reasons to watch: A lot of actors playing against type. The film reunites David O. Russell with several of his favorites (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence from The Silver Linings Playbook and Christian Bale and Amy Adams from The Fighter) so performances promise to be strong.

In theaters December 25, 2013.

8. Carrie

“A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.”

Reasons to watch: Every list needs a campy horror flick so why not include a remake of a classic? Chloë Grace Moretz brings her skill to the title role with Julianne Moore playing the part of her deranged mother.

In theaters October 18, 2013.

9. Out of the Furnace

“When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.”

Reasons to watch: Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe… I can keep going.

In theaters December 6, 2013.

10. Rush

“A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.”

Reasons to watch: Directed by two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth’s performance is garnering a lot of attention (as is his 30-pound weight drop). The script was crafted by Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan and is being praised for its suspense and sexiness.

In theaters September 27, 2013.

11. Prisoners

“When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?”

Reasons to watch: With Terrance Howard and Hugh Jackman portraying the fathers of the missing girls and Paul Dano the potential kidnapper, the performances promise to be quite powerful.

In theaters September 20, 2013.

12. Captain Phillips

“The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.”

Reasons to watch: Tom Hanks

In theaters October 11, 2013.