Walt and Jesse's little empire begins to crumble. Saul tries to set them up with a mysterious distributor.

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With the rapid improvement in his medical condition, Walt's doctors now recommend surgery as the final step to making him cancer free. It will all cost $170,000 however. Walt and Jesse have another problem when one of their dealers is shot on the street and Jesse believes someone is trying to take over. With only Skinny left as a dealer, Jesse and Walt have to find a solution to selling their product. Their lawyer-partner, Saul Goodman, suggests they get someone more experienced in the trade to help them out with the large quantities they have on hand. Jesse finally tells Jane, a recovering drug addict, what he does for a living. Skyler's doctor recommends that she have a C-section and they schedule the birth for the following week. At work however, she discovers her boss has been fiddling with the accounts. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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First appearance of Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo "gus" Fring. See more »

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After Jesse tells Walt that Combo is dead, Jesse has a brief conversation with Skinny Pete about Combo. Skinny Pete says that Combo called him before he died saying that 'a couple of dudes were mad-dogging him trying to run him up off the corner'. However all Combo told Skinny on the phone was that he's 'up on 2nd and Hazeltine, getting eyeballed hard'. This isn't a continuity error, especially given Skinny Pete's propensity for inaccuracy and exaggeration when explaining things. Even at the base level, the two descriptions can mean the same thing to different people. See more »

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Saul Goodman: As to your dead guy, occupational hazard. Drug dealer getting shot? I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say it's been known to happen.
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Referenced in Breaking Bad: Half Measures (2010) See more »

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Succeeds In Making You Excited for the Season Finale, But Isn't That Good of an Episode in Itself
4 November 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

"Mandala" had a rather ridiculous start with one of Walt's and Jesse's dealers getting shot by a grade school kid – the fact that the victim was the fat one only reinforced that. But fortunately, the episode only got better after that – slowly gaining more and more quality until it ended it a fantastic cliffhanger.

I don't want to spoil what happens in this episode, but I'll say that much: all of it is due the killing of Combo, the aforementioned dealer, and Skinny Pete's quitting after that incident, which leaves their two 'bosses' without anyone to sell the humongous amount of meth they've recently cooked. Cue Giancarlo Esposito's Gus – a mysterious new character that I'll only say one thing about: he's awesome. The same goes for Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman who once again gets the silliest stuff to say, yet impresses the most. However, speaking of the drama in the episode, Bryan Cranston is the one stealing the show. At first, he has an intense and momentous conversation with Gus, just to then experience the heaviest collision of interests imaginable in the final scene. In between that, there's some uninteresting talk with doctors again, boring time with Skyler and her new boss Ted (including an impersonation of Marilyn Monroe's famous singing of Happy Birthday that gave me almost as big of a vicarious shame as Walt's WTF moment in "Over" did), and Jesse and Jane mutually leading themselves into disaster (which sounds more thrilling than it actually is).

That's about it with "Mandala" and in my opinion, one awesome scene at the end doesn't justify flaws throughout the rest of the episode. Anyway though, now that I'm over the Breaking Bad drought, it's time to look forward to the great season finale and the next season, which is even better.


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