So the debate this week has been whether this episode "explains" Gus, and whether or not that's a good thing. Is it an explanation, though? Or just a demystification? There's a difference. On this show that takes every opportunity to pull the rug of mystique out from under Walter -- its erstwhile Scarface -- when we constantly see the whimpering, petty, domestic truths behind Walt pretty much every week, does it really service the show to have such an opaque and omnipotent villain in Gus? It did, for a while. But I'm glad that badass Gus Fring didn't get to stay uncomplicated for too long. And honestly, we're still swapping one bag of secrets for another. We'll probably find out about Chile soon enough, but I'm not sure that will paint the whole of Gus either. But I'm glad we know more about him. And don't think that The Great and Vaguely Alluded to Love of Gus and Max doesn't immediately make me an even bigger Gus Fring fan.
Back at the hospital, Gus tells Tio to look at him. "Look at me, Hector," he repeats. He gets up, pats Tio on the shoulder as he drools. Then he says, with a villainous glint in his eye: "Maybe next time." Oh, how long has THIS been going on? And guys? How did Tio end up in that wheelchair in the first place?
Joe R wonders how many other fast food chains in America have such fraught and tragic maybe-romances as their origin stories. He can be reached for lavish praise and nothing but at firstname.lastname@example.org.