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Gliding Over All

Gliding Over All

SeasonEpisode

58

Air dateSeptember 2, 2012

Running time47 minutes [?]

Written byMoira Walley-Beckett

Directed byMichelle MacLaren

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"Gliding Over All" is the eighth episode of the fifth season of Breaking Bad and the fifty-fourth episode altogether. It is also the mid-season finale.

Teaser

Walter White sits alone in the office, observing a fly when Todd Alquist enters and confirms that he has disposed of Mike Ehrmantraut's car. He and Walt go to the garage where they open Walt's trunk, uncovering Mike's corpse. Walter says that he doesn't want to talk about it when suddenly the garage door opens. Todd closes the trunk. Jesse Pinkman enters, asking if Walt met with Mike, and if Mike got the money. Walt evades the question, saying that Mike is gone. Jesse questions what should be done about Mike's "legacy" men, suggesting a vote. Walt tells Jesse that now that he has quit, he no longer has a vote and that he will handle it himself. He then quickly ushers Jesse out of the garage. The door descends between them.

Summary

At prison, Dennis Markowski and his lawyer try to pitch a plea deal to Hank Schrader, who laughs and refuses the greedy offer. "It's a buyer's market," he says as he leaves to go try and get a better deal from another former associate of Gustavo Fring.

At a coffee shop, Lydia Rodarte-Quayle defensively refuses to give Walt the names of Mike's guys, the incarcerated "legacy" men, and the now-incarcerated lawyer who paid the legacy families using bank deposit boxes. Walt agrees to partner with her on a new business plan to sell Blue Sky in the Czech Republic where purity of meth is 60% compared to Walt's 99%, using Lydia's trusted associates on various levels at Madrigal Electromotive GmbH. After negotiating a 30% commission of their joint business, Lydia gives Walt the names and he agrees to take care of this loose end. Walt brought the ricin capsule to the meeting but does not use it after accepting Lydia's offer.

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Walter at home during the assassination of Gus' former employees
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Walt meets with Todd's uncle Jack and his associates. They discuss the logistics of killing 10 inmates in two minutes at three different prisons. Jack expresses the difficulty to Walt who replies, "Figure it out. It's what I'm paying you for." The next day, Walt paces around his dining room watching the seconds pass on his new watch. In the prisons, Mike's lawyer Wachsberger and the nine "legacy" members of Gus' Drug Empire are shanked, strangled, or burned alive. Hank is pulled from a photoshoot with a group of schoolgirls by Gomez and given the news. Three days later, Hank and Walt share a drink at Hank's house and Hank reminisces about his first job as a tree tagger. He wonders if that job was better than his current job Hank describes as "chasing monsters."

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Skyler reveals Walter's accomplishment to him
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Walt and Todd resume cooking meth and deliver shipments to Declan's driver and to Lydia who ships it to the Czech Republic. They perform several cooks in various houses undergoing pest control treatments over a period of three months, while Skyler White continues to launder the drug proceeds and Saul Goodman watches the wires. During a visit to her children at the Schrader residence, Skyler watches as Holly White takes her first assisted steps and Marie makes a comment to Skyler that she and Hank feel they might be "enabling" her family. She suggests to Skyler that it might be time for she and Walt to reunite with the children at their own home, to continue to heal as a family. Later that night, Skyler takes Walt to a storage unit she has rented, shows him a gigantic pile of cash that she has created out of his drug proceeds, having been unable to launder or count it all, and pleads to have her children back home and her life back as she shows him all that he has accomplished.

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Jesse receives an unexpected visit
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Walt goes to the hospital for his routine MRI. After his scan he visits the bathroom where he washes his hands and notices the paper towel dispenser he punched in "4 Days Out." Then he drops by Jesse's home after not being able to reach him by phone. In a tense interchange in which Jesse is distrustful of Walt's intentions, they manage to reminisce about their old RV which Jesse had coined "The Crystal Ship." As Walt turns to leave he tells Jesse, "I left you something." Jesse hesitantly edges toward two large duffel bags on his porch and to his relief finds that they are full of cash. He stares at them and begins to cry, then takes his pistol out of his pants, switching on the safety.

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A family gathering with the Whites and Schraders.
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Walt returns home and announces to Skyler, "I'm out." Skyler realizes she can have her children back in their home. By the weekend, the White family and the Schraders happily gather around the table beside the pool. Holly is being pushed on her red plastic toy by her brother Walter Jr. Hank and Walt talk about Hank's Schraderbrau beer. Skyler and Marie chat idly about hair styles.

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Hank discovers Walter's secret
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Hank excuses himself to use the bathroom. Sitting down on the toilet in the White's master bathroom, Hank looks around for something to read. After thumbing through a magazine, Hank loses interest and finds a copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. As Hank thumbs to the front of the book, he comes to an inscription in a familiar handwriting: "To my other favorite W.W. It's an honour working with you. Fondly, G.B." In a flashback, Hank recalls his discussion of a case with Walt that concerned lab notes by Gale Boetticher ("Bullet Points"), and Hank comes to the realization that Walt is Heisenberg.

Credits

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Trivia

  • The name of the episode is also the name of one of Walt Whitman's poems: "GLIDING o'er all, through all, Through Nature, Time, and Space, As a ship on the waters advancing, The voyage of the soul--not life alone, Death, many deaths I'll sing."
  • The entire cast appears in this episode. Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) appears briefly as a corpse in Walt's trunk and Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) appears in his office, without any speaking lines.
  • This is the second episode to feature a large time jump. The second season finale "ABQ" features a several week jump as Walt heals from his surgery.
  • Continuity error: Todd Alquist's uncle refers to the 10 prison murders as being more difficult than the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. However, bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, and the episode presumably takes place in 2010. Vince Gilligan admitted this was a mistake.
  • The lyrics of "Crystal Blue Persuasion" are used here as an obvious reference to the blue-tinged methamphetamine produced during that montage scene, but songwriter Tommy James has stated that the "crystal blue" refers to the crystal lake in the Book of Revelation and "persuasion" to James becoming a Christian. It was written in 1969.
  • Gale Boetticher gave Walter White that copy of Whitman's Leaves of Grass in the episode "Sunset" (White was shown reading that book when he received a call from Hank). The book was also shown in the episode "Hazard Pay" when Walt was unpacking his belongings (he grins when he sees the book).
  • The inscribed copy of Whitman's Leaves of Grass used in the show sold at auction for $65,500 on October 8th 2013.
  • Walt owns David Reynolds’s 150th anniversary edition of the 1855 Leaves of Grass which, strangely enough, does not include Gale's favorite Whitman poem, "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer".
  • The ricin Walt plans to use on Lydia was the same ricin which he hid in Madrigal.
  • This episode features several 'easter egg' reference to previous episodes in the series, including:
    • Walt seeing the fly on the table.
    • The painting Walt claimed to have seen before. (Last seen in Season 2, episode 3.)
    • The damaged paper towel dispenser in the restroom of Walt's cancer clinic in Season 2
    • Lydia mentions the line, "We're gonna make a lot of money together." The same exact line Tuco said in Season 1. Walt seems to remember this and reacts with a hesitant expression.
    • Walt tells Lydia, "Lydia, learn to take yes for an answer," which is exactly the same advice Mike gave him in the bar ("Thirty-Eight Snub").
    • Walt asks Jesse, "Who's we?" which is the question Jane asked Jesse after pretending not to know him when her dad visits ("Over").
    • Jack describes the plan to kill the inmates with the expression, "Boom, boom, boom," which is how Jesse and Walt described the plan to kill Tuco ("Seven Thirty-Seven").
    • Skyler asks Walt to, "Take a drive with me," to go see the cash, just as Gus asked Walt to go see the superlab ("Más").
    • Towards the end of the episode, when Walt and co. are sitting on his patio, before it shows them talking and Jr. strolling Holly, it features the same exact filming pattern as seen in several episodes of Season 2 due to the flash-forward with the Pink Teddy Bear.

Videos

Featured Music

  • "Night in the City" by Paul Abler (as Walt & Lydia meet in the café)
  • "Clear Skies" by Paul Abler (as Walt & Lydia meet in the café)
  • "Spindrift" by Alexander McCabe (as Walt & Lydia meet in the café)
  • "Pick Yourself Up" by Nat "King" Cole and George Shearing (during the prison murder montage)
  • "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James and the Shondells (during the meth production montage)
  • "Up the Junction" by Squeeze (in the background while the Whites & the Schraders eat)
Breaking Bad -- Season 5
#01 "Live Free or Die"#07 "Say My Name"#13 "To'hajiilee"
#02 "Madrigal"#08 "Gliding Over All"#14 "Ozymandias"
#03 "Hazard Pay"#09 "Blood Money"#15 "Granite State"
#04 "Fifty-One"#10 "Buried"#16 "Felina"
#05 "Dead Freight"#11 "Confessions"
#06 "Buyout"#12 "Rabid Dog"<< Season 4

Start a Discussion Discussions about Gliding Over All

  • How much money did Walt have?

    3 messages
    • He says how much he has right in Ozymandias when pleading for Hank's life. Walt says he has 80 million dollars in the barrels, that's the clos...
    • Indeed. That's barely enough to fund an Adam Sandler movie. Ironically, that would probably have been a good place to launder it.
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