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"Confessions" is the eleventh episode of the fifth season of Breaking Bad and the fifty-seventh episode altogether.



Outside a diner in Arizona, Todd Alquist leaves Walter White a voice message about the recent change of management from Declan and requesting Walt return his call. Inside, he brags to his uncle Jack and his partner Kenny about his train heist of methylamine ("Dead Freight"), naming Mr. White, and leaving out his role in shooting Drew Sharp. Afterward, Jack and Kenny visit the bathroom, where Jack notices and nonchalantly wipes considerable blood off his shoe with a paper towel then flushes it down the toilet. The three then leave the diner and haul the methylamine back into New Mexico.

Act I

Hank interrogates Jesse.

Hank Schrader enters Jesse Pinkman's interrogation room and tells him he knows that his brother-in-law is "Heisenberg". This finally jolts Jesse out of his daze, looks up at Hank, surprised. He suggests Hank beat the truth out of him as his usual modus operandi. Saul Goodman then timely arrives for damage control, scolding Jesse for blatantly throwing out money and landing himself there.

Saul calls Walt at home and tells him about the situation. At home Walter White Jr. tells his father that he's going to visit his aunt Marie as she's requested help with a computer problem. Walt, realizing that this is merely a ploy to lure his son, stops him and reveals to Walt Jr. that his cancer has returned. With teary eyes, Walt Jr. tells his father that he would prefer to stay home with his father in that condition. Hank arrives home and Marie chews him out for not telling the DEA about Walt's true identity.

At home, Walt sits down in front of a video camera as he begins to film a confession.

Act II

Hank and Marie watch Walt's confession video.

The Whites and the Schraders apprehensively meet at a Taquería. Without admitting anything, Walter asks Hank to discontinue his investigation as this would devastate his son and destroy his family. Marie coldly tells Walt to kill himself, as Walt's actions would die with him, while Hank suggests that Walt will not get off that easily. When they realise any further talk is futile, Walt leaves them a DVD, and the Whites leave.

At the Schrader Residence, Hank and Marie watch the DVD. In the DVD, Walt falsely claims that Hank was Heisenberg and lured Walt into being his chemist, that Gustavo Fring was Hank's partner and threatened Walt's family when Walt tried to withdraw from the conspiracy. He claims that eventually Gus put a hit on Hank, resulting in serious injury to Hank (partially true,). Walt makes one truthful statement: that it was his drug money that covered Hank's medical bills of over $177,000. Continuing with his lies, Walt claims that after the attempted hit, Hank worked with Hector Salamanca to kill Gus, using a bomb Walt was forced to build. The video concludes with Walt saying he is afraid Hank will kill him and harm his family, and that he has contemplated suicide because of Hank's actions and his own guilt at allowing himself to be drawn in to all this during a weak moment due to his cancer diagnosis. Hank and Marie watch agape, hardly believing Walt's audacity and what they've just seen. Hank deduces the video is a threat in case he doesn't desist the investigation, but when Marie confesses that she unwittingly used Walt's drug money for the medical bills, Hank laments that this gives credence to Walt's story and torpedoes Hank's own credibility. He chastises Marie, that this will be the final nail in his coffin as far as his career goes.


Jesse confronts Walt about his true intentions.

Walt meets with Saul and Jesse in the desert. Saul and Jesse catch Walt up on what they know — that Hank knows some things but hasn't told the DEA. Walt informs Jesse that Saul can contact someone that specializes in creating new identities. He advises Jesse to start over and have a better life. Jesse is skeptical and confronts Walt about his true motivations, telling him to stop "working him". Why doesn't he just admit the truth and say he needs this for himself and rather just ask him for a favor, instead of falsely feigning he's doing this for his (Jesse's) benefit. He then reveals that he believes Walt will kill him in the same way he killed Mike if he refuses this offer. Jesse claims that Walt does not actually care about him, and only wants him to leave for his own goal of derailing Hank's investigation. Walt walks up to Jesse, who wearily flinches at his approach, and holds him in a tight embrace. Jesse does not hug back but nevertheless goes limp and breaks down into tears, sobbing in his arms.

Act IV

At the A1A Car Wash a clearly stressed Skyler sits, staring wearily. A shadowy Walt tells her not to worry as "it worked", then assures her they're going to be fine.

Jesse realizes that Walt poisoned Brock.

At the DEA office, Steven Gomez asks Hank why two of his agents are tailing Saul. Hank calls them off, then leaves the office for the day. At his office, Saul calls the Disappearer for Jesse who then lights up a joint. Saul tells Jesse to hand over his marijuana, telling him that if the extractor sees him with it, he will not take him. Jesse stubs out the joint but refuses to give up his marijuana and places the bag back into his pocket. Jesse then asks if he is allowed to pick wherever he desires, in which Saul suggests he should head to Florida. Jesse ultimately decides to go to Alaska and seems buoyed by the idea. Saul sends him with Huell Babineaux and a bag of cash for his rendezvous with the Disappearer to claim his new identity. On the side of the road, as Ed the Disappearer arrives to pick him up, Jesse realizes that Huell lifted his bag of weed out of his pocket, and finally pieces together that Walt asked Saul to have Huell lift the ricin cigarette from his person months prior and was indeed responsible for poisoning Brock. ("End Times")

Jesse furiously pours gasoline all over the White Residence.

He misses his pick-up and returns to Saul's office, barges right past Saul's incompetent bodyguard Huell, and punches Saul to the floor; Saul attempts to retrieve his gun from his cabinet but Jesse gets to it first and uses it to threaten a confession out of him. A bloody nosed Saul, faced with a bullet, vehemently admits that Walt did tell Saul to lift his cigarette, but that Walt convinced him it was for Jesse's own benefit and that he had no idea Walt would go on to poison Brock. Jesse, now beyond furious, leaves with Saul's car keys and the gun. Saul immediately grabs a phone and attempts to warn Walt. Walt rushes to the car wash, attempting not to alarm Skyler, he walks to the soda machine in the lobby, claiming to be investigating a broken latch, and retrieves his thirty-eight snub revolver hidden there. He then tells Skyler that he needs to go pick up a prescription and departs. At the White residence, Jesse swerves Saul Goodman's stolen car onto the front lawn. He gets out of the car and grabs a tank of gasoline from the trunk. He then walks up to the front door, kicks his way in, and furiously starts pouring gasoline over all the furniture and elsewhere in the front room.

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  • By the end of this episode, everyone in Walt's immediate family (excluding Holly) has now wished death upon him.
  • Editor, Kelley Dixon, stated on the Breaking Bad Insider Podcast that this was her favorite episode of Season 5B.
  • When Walt and Jesse lean against Saul's car in the desert the first letter on the license plate is covered by Walt. Instead of LWYRUP (Lawyer Up) it reads WYRUP (Wire Up), a possible foreshadowing of Jesse getting a wire by Hank in the next episode.
  • While the neo-nazis are at the diner the song "Gonna Romp and Stomp" by Slim Rhodes is played in the background. A Romper Stomper is a slang term for a skinhead.
  • As Hank and Marie are watching Walt's video a fly is visible on the screen, a possible allusion to the fly metaphor from the episode "Fly".
  • The opening line of Walt's fake confession where he tells his full name and address is a reference to Walt's confessional from the "Pilot". 
  • Many fans guessed this would be the episode where Jesse finds out about Brock because of the promotional trailer for the episode where we heard Saul crying and saying he never planned for "it" - Brock getting put in the hospital - to happen. They also thought this due to the title of the episode.
  • Jack scratches his boot in the teaser, revealing blood, mirroring Mike in the bar in "Thirty-Eight Snub".
  • When Jesse spreads the gas across Walt's house, he stops at the end of the scene in one spot and the camera switches angles so that it is looking up at Jesse as he splurges the gasoline down. This spot in the house is very close to the exact same spot where Jesse held the gun to Walt's head and was going to kill him in the Season 4 episode, "End Times".
  • Aaron Paul won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in this episode.
  • This is the last episode where Walt and Marie directly interact with each other. The last thing Marie says to Walt is to just kill himself in order to free the family from the burden of his criminal activities. This episode is also the last time Hank and Skyler interact with each other. The last thing Hank says to Skyler is warning her she will not get off easy if she continues to be loyal to Walt.
  • This is the last episode where Saul and Jesse interact with one another.
  • Paying close attention, one can see Huell pickpocketing Jesse's marijuana when he brushes up against him as he leaves Saul's office.
  • In "El Camino", its revealed that Jesse's choice of Alaska comes from a conversation with Mike Ehrmantraut before they announced their decision to quit the drug business. Mike had told Jesse that Alaska is a place where he could remake himself however he wants and its where Mike would've chosen if he was Jesse's age and looking to start over.
  • In "El Camino", Jesse is able to track down Ed the Disappearer using clues from the password he overheard Saul use when calling for him and recognizing Ed's van from the aborted pickup. In turn, Ed forces Jesse to pay him for both the attempted pickup in "Confessions" and the one Jesse goes through with in "El Camino."
  • Though Ed's face is unseen in this episode, it is confirmed by later events, particularly "El Camino", that he was in fact driving the van that arrived to pick Jesse up.



Featured Music

  • "Midnight Blue" by Rita Remington and the Smokey Valley Symphony (in the diner during the teaser)
  • "Everyday" by Mack Self (in the diner during the teaser)
  • "Gonna Romp and Stomp" by Slim Rhodes (in the diner during the teaser)
  • "La Casa de Olvera B" by Liza Carbe and Jean-Pierre Durand (in the Gardunia's Taqueria restaurant when the Whites meet the Schraders)
  • "Chaparrita A" by Liza Carbe and Jean-Pierre Durand (in the Gardunia's Taqueria restaurant when the Whites meet the Schraders)
  • "A la Orilla del Mar (Instrumental)" by Francisco Rodriguez/Marc Ferrari/Matt Hirt (in the Gardunia's Taqueria restaurant when the Whites meet the Schraders)
  • "Living the Dream" by Chieli Minucci/Emanuel Kallins/Steve Skinner (in the carwash before Walt goes to meet Jesse)
  • "Almost Alaska" by Dave Porter (while Jesse waits for the extractor)
  • "Nice N' Easy" by Die Solisten der SDR Big Band (The Soloists of the SDR Big Band) (in the carwash as Walt retrieves the gun)
  • "Gas Can Rage" by Dave Porter (as Jesse pours gas over Walt's lounge)

Memorable Quotes

"It was perfect. No one even knew they got robbed, just like we planned. Mr. White told me it was, like, the biggest train heist ever, like, potential money-wise. So that's how that happened."
―Todd describing the methylamine heist to his uncle.

"My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104. This is my confession. If you’re watching this tape, I’m probably dead– murdered by my brother-in-law, Hank Schrader. Hank has been building a meth empire for over a year now, and using me as his chemist. Shortly after my fiftieth birthday, he asked that I use my chemistry knowledge to cook methamphetamine, which he would then sell using connections that he made through his career with the DEA. I was astounded. I–I always thought Hank was a very moral man, and I was particularly vulnerable at the time–something he knew and took advantage of. I was reeling from a cancer diagnosis that was poised to bankrupt my family. Hank took me on a ride-along and showed me just how much money even a small meth operation could make. And I was weak. I didn’t want my family to go into financial ruin, so I agreed. Hank had a partner, a businessman, named Gustavo Fring. Hank sold me into servitude to this man, and when I tried to quit, Fring threatened my family. I didn’t know where to turn. Eventually, Hank and Fring had a falling out, and things escalated. Fring was able to arrange, uh, I guess… I guess you call it a hit on Hank, and failed, but he was seriously injured, and I wound up paying his medical bills, which amounted to a little over $177,000. Upon recovery, Hank was bent on revenge. Working with a man named Hector Salamanca, he plotted to kill Fring. The bomb that he used was built by me. And he gave me no option in that. I have often contemplated suicide, but I’m a coward. I wanted to go to the police, but I was frightened. Hank had risen to become the head of the Albuquerque DEA. To keep me in line, he took my children. For three months he kept them. My wife, who had no idea of my criminal activities, was horrified to learn what I had done. I was in hell. I hated myself for what I had brought upon my family. Recently, I tried once again to quit, and in response, he gave me this. I can’t take this anymore. I live in fear every day that Hank will kill me, or worse, hurt my family. All I could think to do was to make this video and hope that the world will finally see this man for what he really is."
―Walter's fake confession.

Marie: "Who do you think he's shown this to?"
Hank: "No one. It's a threat. It's what he will do if I don't back off."
Marie: "I think you should show this to Ramey. Just get ahead of it. That video is a bunch of lies, Hank. Anybody who knows you will know."
Hank: "$177,000? Hell's he talking about? Marie?"
Marie: "They told me it was gambling money."
Hank: "What was gambling money? Oh, Jesus Christ, Marie. Oh, God, no."
Marie: "How was I supposed to know? How was I supposed to know where it really came from?"
Hank: "Why were they paying for my medical bills? What about my insurance?"
Marie: "Insurance wouldn't have covered the treatment that you needed, and I... I just wanted the best for you."
Hank: "Why didn't you tell me?"
Marie: "Because I knew that you would refuse it, and without it, you may never have been able to walk again."
Hank: "Oh, Christ, Marie. You killed me here. I mean, it's the- that's the last nail. That's the last nail in the coffin."
―Hank and Marie after watching Walt's fake confession.

Walter: "Saul knows a man. He specializes in getting people new identities. He would move you someplace far away, set you up with a whole new life. Yeah, I know. It sounds a little extreme. But maybe it's exactly what you need. You know, I really think that would be good for you. Clean slate. My, just think about it. You get a job. Something legitimate, something you like. Meet a girl, start a family even. Hell, you're still so damn young. You know, what's here for you now, anyway? I tell you, if I could, I'd trade places. Whole lifetime ahead of you, with a chance to hit the reset button. In a few years, this might all feel like nothing more than a bad dream."
Jesse: "Would you just, for once, stop working me?"
Walter: "What are you talking about?"
Jesse: "Can you just, uh, stop working me for, like, ten seconds straight? Stop jerking me around?"
Walter: "Jesse, I am not working you."
Jesse: "Yes. Yes, you are. All right? Just drop the whole concerned dad thing and tell me the truth. I mean, you’re–you’re acting like me leaving town is–is all about me and turning over a new leaf, but it’s really–it’s really about you. I mean, you need me gone, ‘cause your dickhead brother-in-law is never going to let up. Just say so. Just ask me for a favor. Just tell me you don’t give a shit about me, and it’s either this–it’s either this–or you’ll kill me the same way you killed Mike. I mean, isn’t that what this is all about? Huh? Us meeting way the hell out here? In case I say no? Come on! Just tell me you need this!"
―Walt and Jesse at meeting in the desert.