Last night's episode of Breaking Bad, "Open House," was a little on the slow side. Granted, when the first episode of the season is as brutal as "Box Cutter," almost anything is going to seem tame by comparison. But when the bulk of an episode involves a paralyzed man lying in bed and a plot to undermine a car wash, chances are it's not going to be the most riveting television.

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That's not to say that last night's episode was bad or devoid of story. And I'm not suggesting that the show should insert violence for violence's sake. I'm just saying that is was relatively calm for a show about drug dealers.

Jesse Pinkman

Things are not going well for Jesse Pinkman. At work, he assures Walt that everything is going fine, and even suggests that the two hit up the Go Kart track to let off some steam. When Walt declines, Jesse goes alone, but doesn't seem to enjoy himself all that much, unless, of course, you feel that driving around a track while screaming in rage is enjoyable.

It's easy to see why Jesse wasn't in a hurry to get home. His "party pad" is getting a little out of control. By "out of control," I mean it's a full-on meth-head flophouse, complete with rambling junkies and filthy whores. Last week Jesse made it clear that he was afraid to be alone. This week we found out just how serious he was.

Make it rain! It doesn't matter if it's Skinny Pete and Badger, or a bunch of strung out junkies; Jesse needs human contact to keep his mind occupied. It's better to lead a Lord of the Flies style junkie commune than it is to contemplate his murderous actions and the death of his girlfriend.

Walt and Skyler

While Jesse's home-life falls apart, Walt's problems are all work related. Specifically, he's not to pleased with the new security camera that's been installed in the lab.

But on the home front, things are looking up. Skyler and Saul hatched a scheme to make Bogdan desperate to sell the car wash, sending in a phony EPA agent to claim that the land around the business is contaminated, and the business will have to be closed.

Now that the car wash is theirs and the money laundering can begin, Walt and Skyler decide to celebrate with expensive champagne. It's a little too expensive for Skyler's tastes, as she has become extremely paranoid about spending money, fearing it will draw unwanted attention. Considering she was so adamantly against Walt's career choice, she's coming across as quite a hypocrite.

Hank and Marie

Meanwhile, things aren't fairing so well with Hank and Marie. Walt is still stuck in a downward spiral of depression and self-pity, and Marie bares the brunt of his anger.

The constant disgust from Walt is more than she can take, and she reverts back to her old tricks. Of course by tricks, I mean kleptomania. Specifically, Marie has been traveling to real-estate open houses and pretending to be an interested party, only to steal random items from within. When she is finally caught and arrested, she breaks down, and Hank is forced to call in a favor to win her release.

After one of Hank's colleagues gets Marie out of jail, he stops to visit Hank, asking for his advice on a murder case. Hank feigns disinterest since he fears it is nothing but a pity project. But curiosity eventually gets the best of him, and he starts looking over evidence from a murder scene. As it turns out, the evidence is the lab book that came from Gale's apartment, and the victim was Gale himself. With that, Hank moves one step closer to discovering the truth about his brother-in-laws connection to the world of organized crime.

In the end, we are left feeling pity for most of the characters. Hank has become an abusive ass and Marie has fallen off the wagon, but it's still easy to be sympathetic, given the circumstances that lead them down this path. The same goes for Jesse, who is clearly being consumed by guilt. And while Walt has certainly become an anti-hero over the course of the show, it's hard to root against him if you've been watching since the beginning. At the end of the day, only Skyler stands out in my mind as a character I'm disliking more and more. As previously mentioned, she's been completely hypocritical, condemning Walt's line of work while at the same time laundering the cash. She also showed a petty streak in her dealings with Bogdan, letting her personal feelings toward him dictate her business decisions. But in the end, I'm anxious to see how the rest of the season will play out, and whether or not these trouble characters will find redemption.