Breaking Bad: Season 1, Episode 7

A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal (9 Mar. 2008)

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Walt and Jesse try to up their game by making more of the crystal every week for Tuco. Unfortunately, some of the ingredients they need is not easy to find. Meanwhile, Skyler realizes that her sister is a shoplifter.

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Having made a deal with Tuco to provide him with two pounds of crystal meth the following week, Walt learns from Jesse that they may have problems getting a key ingredient. Enjoying his new Heisenberg persona, Walt delivers only half a pound to Tuco but demands the entire amount of cash with the promise that he'll deliver four pounds the following week. Jesse reels, but Walt has a plan. They will have to break into a pharmaceutical supply warehouse however. Skyler's sister Marie throws a baby shower for her and her gift is a baby's tiara. Deciding that it's too extravagant, Skyler tries to return it to the store with surprising results. Written by garykmcd

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The title of this episode, "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal", is in reference to the film Fargo (1995), meaning a deal without violence. See more »

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In the scene where Walter is drinking orange juice after having cooked, the right ear stem of Walt's eyeglasses is about an inch above his ear. When the camera cuts away to another view, his right ear stem has moved down an inch to be directly above his ear. See more »

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Jesse Pinkman: [when someone tries to see the basement which has been converted into a meth lab] YOU AINT SEEIN THE BASEMENT BITCH! You got that? That sinkin' in? Out, all of you, house not for sale!
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References Fargo (1996) See more »

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Double Concerto in D minor, Largo Flute
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After Only the First Seven Episodes, You Can't Help but Be Hooked on Breaking Bad
18 October 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

The last episode of Breaking Bad's first season is not at all a breathtaking cliffhanger finale, but still a very good ending to the introduction part of this fantastic story that will make you want to see more of the series. The plot features Walt and Jesse again showing audiences all the possible ways to break the law, Tuco again showing his insanity, and Marie again showing kleptomaniacal tendencies.

Despite some little flaws, I consider "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal" an exceptionally well-made episode. Screenwriter Peter Gould emphasizes humoristic scenes that the cast portrays – sometimes a tad too – ironically; director Tim Hunter deploys a rather usual course of events without any overlong conversations or wordless landscape shots. These aspects hinder the season finale from being a genuinely outstanding episode, but they make for entertaining 50 minutes that even the mass- market can enjoy.

Some scenes are a bit dreary, especially when watching the episode for a second time, and could have been shortened, but then there's also a decent amount of really awesome scenes that change course. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul sharing the screen together never disappoints and "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal" too includes some great discussions between the chemistry teacher and the drug dealer-cum-junkie. The ultimate scene also includes them, yet it is Raymond Cruz's Tuco that steals the show and leaves you perturbed while fascinated.

Conclusion: it's not perfect, but it'll make you put season two in the DVD player right afterwards since the story is so damn good.


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