‘Breaking Bad’ Preview: A Forklift in the Road

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad (AMC)

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad (AMC)

Last week on “Breaking Bad,” Mike (Jonathan Banks) drove Jesse (Aaron Paul) to the desert, portending possible doom for the world’s most sympathetic meth dealer. In this week’s preview of the episode “Shotgun,” Walt (Bryan Cranston) demands that Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) rehire Jesse at the meth lab. The catalyst for Walt’s support for his troubled partner is Walt’s inability to use the a forklift. As is the case for many scientific geniuses, Walt finds chemistry far easier than manual labor. “Breaking Bad” uses one of its signature dialogue-free scenes to illustrate Walt’s frustration and fear as he toils alone.

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Unfortunately, it turns out that the new guy in the lab is more than just a pretty face. He has advanced forklift skills.It’s a chilling reminder for Walt that he has no leverage. He is nothing more than a pawn on Gus’s chess board. That’s an unfamiliar, uncomfortable  position for someone accustomed to thinking of himself as the smartest person in the room.

Will Mike deliver Jesse to the Mexican cartel? Will Walt figure out how to rescue him? Will Jesse be scared out of his guilt-induced apathy and free himself from Mike’s clutches?  Will Hank (Dean Norris), armed with information about Gale’s murder, finally figure out that Walt is Heisenberg? Will Skyler (Anna Gunn) sing the classic song Car Wash?  Will Gus do something that is at once terrifying, disgusting and awesome? Is the episode named “Shotgun” because a gun plays a key role, or because someone is riding shotgun? Tune in this Sunday and find out.

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