While I didn't feel that "Rabid Dog" was as strong as the previous 3 episodes, it certainly did have some great moments.
At this point, Skyler seems to have developed a callus from Walter's lies but it was interesting to see Walt Jr. call his father out on them for a change. Sure, Walt Jr. has no idea exactly what his father is actually up too but it's small things like this moment that really illustrate the cracks in Walt's world. He has been lying to so many people for so long now that he is taking the people who still believe him for granted. As worried as Walt Jr. is about his dad, I wouldn't be too surprised if he doesn't end up following him somewhere that he shouldn't and ends up in a situation that puts them both in danger.
The "Old Yeller" conversation was priceless and it was perfect coming from Saul but the conversation between Walt and Skyler afterwards was perhaps the most interesting conversation of the night. Skyler seems to have completely given up on any notion of getting away from the world that Walt has forced her into and instead seems to reluctantly embrace it here.
Meanwhile, we discover what happened between the ending of the last episode and the beginning of this episode. Hank bringing Jesse home was bizarre in and of itself but the brief moment between Jesse and Marie was fantastic. 58 episodes in, this is the first moment these two characters have been on the screen together, and it's just about coffee. Of course they had no reason to meet prior to this, which is why I think that it was brilliant that they were still separated by a hallway. The only moment that I thought was a little off was the fact that Gomez was present for Hank filming Jesse's statement. Up until now, Hank has been keeping his discovery a secret from his coworkers, so having Gomez there, without having a moment where Hank pulls him aside and confides in him, was a little distracting.
Later, both major arcs of this episode converge for an arranged meeting between Walt and Jesse. I understand that Hank and Gomez really don't give a shit about Jesse but you would think that they would be a little more cautious when it comes to the only person who is willing to say or do anything about Walt. Nope they hastily come up with a plan, slap a wire on him, and send him into a potential powder keg. Granted most of the paranoia is all in Jesse's head but given all of the things that he has seen and knows about, that paranoia is warranted.
Once again, Jesse has a couple of brilliant moments. Namely the call to Walt from the payphone and his moment of clarity as Hank is scolding him and he realizes that he has figured out a better strategy to bring Mr. White down. Now the question becomes, will Jesse be able to do whatever it is he has decided to do before Walt can take action of his own? I was incredibly happy to have another episode free of Lydia, Todd, and company but the timely call placed at the end of the episode dashes my hopes that it will last.