"I grew up in a knocking shop and I poison everything I love, but you're the only one who understands me, Natalie Napkin," says Don in the first episode's cold opening. Twenty minutes in, he starts cheating on it with a balloon whisk.
We did a quick look round the internet the other day and realised that practically no one is writing anything about Breaking Bad. Way to drop the ball, other websites: it's a pretty big deal, you know! Lucky you've got us around to discuss the face off it. (Spoilers all over the place, obviously.)
I haven't seen Low Winter Sun yet, but if this is anything to go by, it looks like pretty intense stuff. Witness Mark Strong, a tough cop hardened by a life seeing horror after horror on the streets of Detroit, giving a man a wet willie till he coughs up the information he wants. Next week: Mark nicks a guy's He-Man lunchbox and throws it on the roof of the science block to teach him a lesson.
With only eight episodes to go, I have no idea whatsoever how Breaking Bad's going to finish this year, and even less how I'm going to fill the empty shell of a life it'll leave behind for me. Maybe I'll try and recreate key scenes in the shed.
I read a Matthew Weiner interview recently in which he confirmed something I've long suspected: that the end-credits teaser videos for the next episode deliberately tell you nothing whatsoever about what'll be in it. They're basically just to humour the network's demands: collections of random dialogue snippets from which it's impossible to derive any meaning, let alone plot spoilers. I applaud this.
Former Deputy Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council and trusted henchman of Saddam Hussein, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, has emerged from hiding after nearly a decade. In his time as a fugitive he is thought to have been running a meth lab in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Season five of Mad Men was ages ago. With season six starting up tonight, it's fair to say my priorities have shifted a little in the intervening time, and I'll be stone plum buggered if I can remember what went on. And yet it says 'recap' at the top. How did I ...