In which Brock is poisoned.
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I clicked into the Slate.com discussion of the most recent episode of Breaking Bad. To say that I am disappointed with the weak reasoning and shallow understanding of plot and character expressed there could win an award for understatement.
Walt poisoned Brock! Gus poisoned Brock! Saul poisoned Brock!
Jumped up Jesus on skis! Brock is just sick. He has not been poisoned at all. The entire idea stems solely from Jesse’s missing cigarette containing the vial of ricin with which he was supposed to kill Gus Fring. I’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s dispense with the ridiculous…
Walt did not poison Brock. He had no opportunity to retrieve the vial of poison from Pinkman’s cigarettes and has absolutely no motive to poison the child.
Gus did not poison Brock. The only possible motive would be to motivate Jesse to kill Walter but it would be just as likely that Jesse would finger Tyrus (more on that below) and Gus Fring does NOT flip coins.
Saul did not poison Brock. He had no way of even knowing the vial of poison was in Jesse’s cigarette, and absolutely no motive to poison a child.
Tyrus is the only character who had opportunity to rifle through Jesse’s things (in the lab). He found the vial hidden in the cigarette. Even without knowing what it was he took it and, being the loyal henchman that he is, told Gus about finding the hidden vial.
At the hospital, Jesse told Gus that Brock had been poisoned. As he was walking back to his car, Gus put it together (with no small help stemming from the fact that he, himself, had just poisoned the entire Mexican cartel).
Gus’s logic: Jesse thinks Brock has been poisoned. He thinks that because the vial is missing (which Gus knows)…thus the vial contains poison. Walt is the only possible source for a vial of poison. Gus is going back to get some answers from Pinkman.
Prediction: Next big conflict will be between Gus and MIKE.
Mike likes Jesse (who saved his life) and has a strong (and unique) sense of justice – “No more half measures.”
Gus will live. He’s too strong a character to be written out of the show at this stage of the game. Tyrus, however, is a dead man. He’ll be looking for work on CSI: Miami after next week.
[I can also explain why the briefcase in Pulp Fiction did NOT contain Marcellus Wallace’s immortal soul.]