Breaking Bad: Season 1, Episode 5

Gray Matter (24 Feb. 2008)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Mouchet ...
Kiira Arai ...
Server (as Kiira Arai Sniegowski)
Scientist (as William Allen)
Kyle Swimmer ...


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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In this episode, Jesse turns down a job as a mascot for a local bank. When Aaron Paul was about 14, he took a job as a furry frog mascot for the radio station where his mom worked at the time. See more »


The black Fender Stratocaster given to Elliot by a friend at his party is a Fender Stratocaster Mexican version. Eric Clapton only played Fender Stratocaster American. When he picks up the guitar, the headstock is from a Mexican made Stratocaster (subtle differences, i.e., the missing Fender logo up the very top). See more »


Badger: Hey dude, are these bullet holes?
Jesse Pinkman: Ah, no man, those are for like um, ya know, ah ventilation.
Badger: Whoo. Nice setup huh? Man.
Jesse Pinkman: This is nothing man, I used to have like twice as much glassware, till my um dumb-ass ex-partner drove us into a ditch and wrecked most of it.
Badger: Big-ass beaker huh?
Jesse Pinkman: Ah, wait, wait, wait no that's yeah that's a, a boiling flask. This is a beaker. Here's a Griffin beaker, here's a ah volumetric beaker. Here's ah, an Erlenmeyer flask. Um, ya got...
Badger: Wow, you really know your shit.
Jesse Pinkman: ...
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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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