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August 20, 2012

Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake Didn’t Wed This Weekend

Jessica Biel in Valentine's Day
Jessica Biel in Valentine’s Day. (New Line Cinemas)

-Did you really think that Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake would quietly elope in Wyoming? I mean, really?!

Henry Cavill has reportedly split from his supermodel fiancée. And yes, I’m assuming it had something to do with his feelings for me.

-The fallout from Kristen Stewart‘s affair continues to rain down on the Twilight cast. She, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner have all bowed out of the upcoming conventions.

-Meanwhile, a new blog post by Rupert Sanders‘ wife suggests she’s contemplating freedom.

This headline (“A Sneak Peek at Adam Scott’s Junk”) was very misleading.

-It’s been a dark Monday. First came news that director Tony Scott (who was reportedly suffering from inoperable brain cancer) killed himself by jumping off a bridge, and then Phyllis Diller died.

Nicki Minaj is reportedly in talks to park her infamous butt in an American Idol judge’s chair.

-Want to depress the hell out of your children? Take them to The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Wails one kidlet: “You will tear out your eyes!”

-Well hello there, Megan Fox’s belly bump!

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston is directing an episode of The Office this week, according to Rainn Wilson’s Instagram.

-Meanwhile, Roswell‘s Maria has just joined The Office spinoff. It’s still a bad idea.

Jennifer Aniston stepped out with a simple gold band on her ring finger. Tease!

-Even the First Lady has a thing for George Clooney.

-This Bill Murray mixtape will undoubtedly be the coolest thing you’ll watch all day.

-Congrats to Rufus Wainwright, who’s set to marry his partner Thursday.

-Remember those rumours of Glee creating a spin0ff around Rachel and Kurt in NYC? Now it’s just called season four.

-Whoa. Blair from The Facts of Life is going to compete in the next season of Survivor.

Tom Cruise‘s camp is denying reports that he kept Suri away from Katie Holmes‘ relatives in Ohio.

-Meanwhile, Katie‘s NY Fashion Week show will be on the same day as Victoria Beckham’s.

-Finally, proof that Kim Kardashian is an alien!

Hilary Swank has split from her BF of five years.

-New Downton Abbey trailers have landed.

Andrew Garfield was busted for speeding while out with Emma Stone.

-The ballerinas from Kanye West‘s “Runaway” video staged an in-flight flash mob.

Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart made a cheezy appearance in Vegas this weekend.

-I’m not exactly sure why Vanity Fair asked Carson Daly about Christina Aguilera‘s orgasms, but they went there.

Rosie O’Donnell is doing better after suffering a heart attack last week.

These photos of Joshua Jackson playing with his niece are sure to make you melt.

-Meanwhile, a new Fringe promo featuring Peter and Olivia‘s daughter has landed.


Breaking Bad Recap: Buyout

Skyler (Anna Gunn), Jesse (Aaron Paul) and Walter (Bryan Cranston) in Breaking Bad's "Buyout." (AMC)
Skyler (Anna Gunn), Jesse (Aaron Paul) and Walter (Bryan Cranston) in Breaking Bad’s “Buyout.” (AMC)

Season 5, Episode 6: “Buyout”

Purity level: 65%

Leave it to Breaking Bad to zig when we expect it to zag. Following one of the strongest, most action-packed hours of the series, I was certain this week’s episode would pick up right where we left off: with Todd firing his gun and killing the child witness. But this show is nothing if not surprising. Instead of giving us a glimpse of the immediate aftermath, “Buyout” opens with an understated, wordless sequence of the gang (minus Jesse, who surely couldn’t stomach more gore) disposing of the child’s body and his dirt bike in a couple of those vats of acid they always seem to have on hand for such occasions. Once covered up, his murder is barely referenced again. But its repercussions shake the already unstable foundation of our three amigos.

After collectively deciding to keep Todd on the payroll, members of the gang begin to defect. Mike, realizing he can no longer stay ahead of the DEA heat, volunteers to leave, an announcement Walter welcomes. But it’s Jesse’s intended departure that Walt can’t abide. He doesn’t want to sell the methylamine (even if it means they each pocket a cool $5 million), and invites Jesse over to try to change his mind during the most awkward dinner ever. Jesse is just beginning to sense the depths of Walter’s depravity and tries to maintain a façade of normalcy with a flurry of small talk; Skyler, however, knows exactly who her husband is and no longer sees the point in keeping up the charade.

But one hilariously awkward scene does not a good episode make. This felt less like a cohesive hour and more like a belaboured setup for next week, not to mention a compilation of sound bites. The show’s writers have a history of crafting lines that are now ingrained in pop culture (“I am the one who knocks”), but this is the first time it felt like they were trying too hard (“I’m in the empire business”). Also, the idea that Mike would leave Walter alone and tied to a radiator is hard to believe. But it set up one hell of a cliffhanger: Mike returns to the office to find that Walter has escaped and hidden the methylamine. He’s about to kill Walter, but Jesse stops him, insisting that Walter has an idea that ensures Mike and Jesse get their $5 million and Walter gets to keep his methylamine. “Everybody wins,” intones Walter as the screen fades to black.

This Week’s ‘Who’s Bad?’ Index:

Mike: Despite his inability to keep Walter locked down, the hardened heavy wins the week for his repeated evasion of the DEA, not to mention his warning to Todd: “The next time you bring a gun to a job without telling me, I will stick it up your ass sideways.” 8 blue crystals out of 10.

Walter: He told Jesse that the little boy’s murder was keeping him up at night and Jesse would have believed him if he hadn’t come back into the room and heard Walter whistling a jaunty tune like he didn’t have a care in the world. Jesse is (finally!) beginning to question Walter’s motivation (“Is a meth empire really something to be that proud of?”), but Walter once again managed to manipulate Jesse into following his plan. 7 blue crystals out of 10.

Skyler: It looked like she was going to break her silence and finally ‘fess up to Marie – and just then she found out Walter blabbed about her affair. Realizing that her husband has cut off all escape routes, she swallowed her secret – along with a whole lot of wine. 5 blue crystals out of 10.

(This recap first appeared on Canada.com)

Podcast: Last week I joined Canada.com’s Jonathan Dekel and Dan Lytwyn to discuss one of the best episodes of the series (“Dead Freight”) and Walter White’s evolution into “Greedy Buttface Guy.”