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Recap / Breaking Bad S 3 E 8 I See You

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Jesse goofs off at the office.

As Jesse is discharged from the hospital, he sees Hank being wheeled in, his body riddled with gunshot wounds. Jesse's mood lifts when he sees the DEA agent who had made his life hell in such dire straits.

At the superlab, Walt informs Gale that, since their methods didn't mesh really well, he was being let go and replaced. Gale finds it incredibly bewildering that he is being replaced with Jesse, who appears undisciplined and childlike in demeanor.

After work, however, Walt's own mood comes crashing down when he, along with his family, learn of Hank's condition. Marie has never been angrier with the DEA: she blames Gomez, ASAC Merkert, and the others for not believing Hank and taking away his sidearm before kicking them out and declaring them unwelcome, then turns her ire to Walt, whose connection to Jesse she also blames for putting Hank in this predicament.


As DEA agents and police officers from all over Albuquerque line up to donate blood for Hank, Walt calls Jesse to inform him that he would need some time off. Jesse is anxious to get cooking and states he would start without him, but Walt insists he touch nothing.

At Los Pollos Hermanos, Gus receives a call from an angry Juan Bolsa, who states that the Cousins would not have gone after a DEA agent unless someone gave them permission. Bolsa declares the next meth shipment would be delayed indefinitely, and he would find out the truth from Leonel, the surviving hitman.

Back at the hospital, as Hank is announced to be out of surgery, Gomez shows Walt to the ICU room where Leonel, the lone surviving cartel hitman, is resting. Due to the injuries he suffered from being crushed between two cars, Leonel had his legs amputated. Even then, when he awakens and sees Walt, he uses what strength he can muster to pull himself out of the bed and crawl towards Walt using only his arms, death and fury in his eyes before the doctors restrained him.


Jesse calls Walt once more: Victor had come into the lab to ask why nothing is being cooked. Walt shifts the conversation to their time being Tuco's captives, and asks him if he remembered Tuco mentioning cousins with the cartel. Jesse does recall talk about Tuco's cousins before pressing Walt about their deadline.

Gus calls Walt afterwards and asks about how their work is coming along. Walt lies, stating he's hard at work, but delayed due to setbacks caused by Gale, but promises to have 400 pounds ready by the end of next week.

Gus comes to the hospital himself, supposedly to offer the DEA free food as a show of goodwill. He personally visits Marie and talks with her about her husband, making Walt suspicious. When they are alone, Walt quietly asks about how he knew about Hank. Gus answers that he investigates everyone who works for him. When asked if his presence was some sort of "message", Gus simply answers: "I am helping my community. I hide in plain sight, the same as you." After informing Walt that he had heard rumors of the surviving assassin possibly taking a turn for the worst, he asks Walt to thank him and shake his hand before returning to his restaurant.

Just as Gus leaves, there is a fervor of activity: Leonel's vitals are plummeting! Walt, Gomez, and several DEA and APD officers watch as doctors try to resuscitate him, but to no avail: Leonel is dead. The officers quietly celebrate his demise, all the while unawares that Gus's arrival at the hospital served to distract everyone as Mike snuck in and poisoned Leonel...

Gus returns to work at Los Pollos Hermanos, where he receives another call from Bolsa. The federales were putting pressure on him as a result of the US government looking into an attempt on a DEA agent's life, and Bolsa knows that Gus is responsible. Bolsa promises to pay Gus "a little visit" after he ducks suspicion, but he would never get the chance to make good on that promise: the federales make their move and gun down everyone in Bolsa's home, including Bolsa himself. Gus smiles with a smug sense of satisfaction as he ends the call to the sound of gunfire claiming Bolsa's life before snapping the phone used to talk to him in half and disposing of it, then returns to work.

Back at the hospital, the doctors give Marie and her family permission to see Hank. He is unconscious, but expected to pull through.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Back for the Dead: One of the cousins, Leonel, turns out to have survived the fight and gets a chance to stare down Walt personally, but then is covertly killed by Mike while in the hospital. Originally, both brothers were to die in the shootout with Hank, but Vince Gilligan realized it would be bad storytelling if at least one of them didn't live to see Walt face-to-face.
  • Blatant Lies: When Gus calls Walt, who he knows perfectly well isn't in the megalab, Walt unconvincingly tries to spin a story about how Gale screwed up their last batch of meth and thus they won't be able to make the week's quota. Gus is clearly unhappy that Walt's lying to him, but knows he isn't in a position to call Walt out, seeing how his own actions in getting the Cousins to make an attempt on Hank's life are the very reason why Walt isn't in the lab.
  • The Cassandra: Marie tells Walt, "None of this would have happened if you hadn't bought pot from that Pinkman kid!" However, this is inverted since Marie wasn't believed when she said things that were true.
  • The Chessmaster: The full context of Gus' plan is revealed and he shows himself to be far more ruthless and pragmatic than he first appeared.
  • Contrived Coincidence: After the cousins' attack on Hank, he's brought to the same hospital in which Jesse was recovering from the beating Hank gave him. And Hank's ambulance just happens to arrive while Jesse, just discharged, is waiting outside in a wheelchair to be picked up by Skinny Pete.
  • The Determinator: Leonel was just crushed by a car and had both legs amputated. When he sees Walt, he unhooks himself from his IVs, rolls out of his hospital bed, and drags himself toward Walt by his bloody stumps, death-staring him the whole time. While Walt was surrounded by half a dozen cops.
  • Death Glare: Leonel has a nasty one when he turns his head to see none other than Walter White looking upon him.
  • Dirty Cop: Even the South American military going up against hardcore crazy drug dealers observe common legal proceedings. The fererales raiding Bolso clearly were not cops, they were an execution squad.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Leonel is able to recognize Walt at the hospital and attempts to kill him, and also plays on the term "ICU".
  • Establishing Character Moment: This is the first episode to establish Gus as the conniving Magnificent Bastard hiding underneath the Affably Evil calm persona.
  • Fanservice: Opening scene. For once, it is Jesse that is topless, not Walt.
  • Hospital Gurney Scene: Hank as he is rushed in from the ambulance.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Played with when Marie starts going around accusing people of being to blame for Hank's shooting. While her anger at Merkert and Gomez is understandable, Merkert's taking away Hank's sidearm was just a case of supremely bad timing (there was nothing stopping Hank carrying a gun of his own other than the fact that he just hadn't had the time to pick one up), and Gomez wasn't able to defend Hank because he was in Texas doing the job that Hank himself had turned down. Then Marie accuses Walt of being to blame for what happened to Hank, which is technically correct (albeit in a very indirect way), but the actual argument she offers is so thin that no-one believes her.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: A minor case: as Jesse discovers, Walt has yet to learn that Hank has been shot.
  • More Dakka: How Juan Bolsa is greeted at his door.
  • Not Quite Dead: After the confrontation with Hank, Leonel survives and loses his legs, but is determined to kill Walter. That is, until Mike finishes him off.
  • Oh, Crap!: Walt's silent reaction to hearing that Gus is paying the hospital a visit.
    • Similarly, Jesse gets this look when he sees Hank being rushed to the hospital.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Walter tries his best to comfort Marie about her husband's condition.
    • When he fires Gale he tries to do it in the nicest way possible without hurting his feelings.A
  • Punny Title: "I See You," play on the initials "ICU", or "Intensive Care Unit".
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Marie is right to blame Walt for indirectly playing a part in Hank's hospitalization, given how his role as Heisenberg and his partnership with Jesse. However, Marie doesn't know about any of that, instead falling back on the assumption that Walt simply bought drugs off of Jesse. It's clear from Walt's face that he understands the irony of this.
  • Sickbed Slaying: Leonel survived getting his legs crushed during the parking lot attack. So that he can't get word to Juan Bolsa that Gus orchestrated the attempt on Hank's life, Gus distracts the cops with a personal delivery of fried chicken from Los Pollos Hermanos while Mike sneaks into Leonel's room to administer a lethal injection.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Gomez gives Leonel a touching eulogy after he succumbs to Mike's lethal injection.
    Gomez: Burn in hell, you piece of shit.
  • Switch to English: Bolsa has to because Gus refuses to respond to him in Spanish.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Bolsa has an angry one over the phone to Gus when he realises what his plan was, it ends when he gets sub-machine gunned down by the federales.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: Gus pretends that he only knows Walt through the charity fund Hank had been running for him at the DEA.


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