By Ken Tucker
Updated June 06, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

I know there’s a lot on TV to distract you tonight — oh, how are you going to watch the MTV Movie Awards AND Kate Plus 8? — but I urge you not to miss tonight’s Breaking Bad. In particular, do not miss the final scene.

This is the penultimate episode of this great show’s third season. It’s called “Half-Measures.” The title derives from an engrossing monologue delivered by the all-purpose henchman played by Jonathan Banks. (Are there any old Wiseguy fans out there?) Turns out Banks’ character used to be a cop, one who learned the hard way about doing anything by “half-measures.”

I’m not going to give too much away, other than to say that Skyler becomes more deeply immersed in Walt’s drug business. (Turns out you can learn quite a bit about money laundering on Wikipedia.) And there are a few tremendously stressed, stressful scenes between Walt and Jesse. Walt tells Jesse, “Murder is not part of your 12-step program,” and you’ll learn why.

Plus I learned a couple of things about Walt: His teacher salary ($43,000) and that this chemistry teacher also knows his Walt Whitman, beating his son to an answer as the two watch Jeopardy!

I’m so leery of passing on spoilers, I’m going to stop right now. But set your DVRs. Breaking Bad is hurtling toward a smashing season-ender.

Will you be watching?

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