Things We Love: Mike on “Breaking Bad”

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From the July 26, 2012 edition

Mike (Jonathan Banks) has always been the baddest mofo on a show full of bad mofos, but this season of “Breaking Bad,” especially last Sunday’s episode, has made him seem more human. We’ve seen Mike’s soft spot for his granddaughter before, but watching him play Hungry Hungry Hippos with her was adorable. His last-minute reprieve of Lydia (Laura Fraser) may have been his “half measures” watershed, but Mike had (personal and financial) reasons to let her live … for now. Still, Mike’s best moment came in his showdown with DEA agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) during the interrogation: “Forget your handcuffs?”