Breaking Bad: Season 1, Episode 5

Gray Matter (24 Feb. 2008)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Thriller
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Walt rejects everyone who tries to help him with the cancer. Jesse tries his best to create Walt's meth, with the help of an old friend.

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Jesse tries to get a regular job and put his drug dealing behind him but he finds that there are few opportunities for someone with his education and experience. Jesse tries to cook a new batch of meth but can't come anywhere near Walt's standard. After attending a birthday party at a now very rich friend's house, Walt reconnects with his one-time business partner Elliott who offers him a job. It turns out Skyler told Elliott about his condition and Walt is not very pleased. Walt Jr. tries to get someone to buy him a six-pack but is busted in the process. He calls his uncle Hank to pick him up and Hank learns from Skyler that it's Walt senior who admitted smoking marijuana. Finding his behavior bizarre, the family sets up a intervention where they all get to tell Walt what they think about the situation. Written by garykmcd

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Walter White is said to be the "white" in "Gray Matter", the name of former partner Elliott Schwartz's company. Schwartz is German for "black", and white combined with black makes gray; hence the name of the company. See more »

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When Jesse and Badger are getting high in the alley in the beginning of the episode, the position of Badger's visor keeps changing on his wing between shots. See more »

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Walter H. White: [during a family meeting about Walt's cancer treatment, during a tense fight amongst the family] Alright, I've got the talking pillow now... Okay?
[sits down with tears in his eyes]
Walter H. White: Look, we all in this room, we love each other. We want what's best for each other and I know that, I am very thankful for that. What I want... what I want, what I need... is a choice
Skyler White: What does that mean?
Walter H. White: [with tears in his eyes, very emotional] ... sometimes I feel like I never actually make, any of my own... choices. ...
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Dialog-Based, But Still Excellent!
5 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fifth Breaking Bad episode is another wonderful episode in a brilliant collection of episodes. I don't know how they keep making this so addictive, but with each passing episode, I have come to respect this show more and more. This episode is more dialog-based, but that doesn't stop it from being excellent. The dialog is important as we see what complications Walt has to deal with and also, the dialog is really amazing as well.

This episode, "Gray Matter" is about how Walt refuses help from anybody including his ex-business partner. Jesse tries to get a real job, but realizes there is more money to be had in selling meth. Walt Jr. gets in trouble from the law but is lectured by Hank.

Overall, this is a very solid episode that is essentially all dialog, no action. But I don't care since this is one of those episodes that sets the story in motion. Thanks to some strong character interplay, this episode is very, very good. I rate this episode 9/10.


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