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"Breaking Bad" Mandala (2009)

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Breaking Bad: Season 2: Episode 11 -- When Walt and Jesse's crew of dealers dries up, their trusty lawyer Saul offers an interesting alternative. Meanwhile, Skyler confronts Ted when she makes a troubling discovery at work. Jesse puts himself and the operation at risk when he tells Jane what he really does for a living.


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Original Air Date:
17 May 2009 (Season 2, Episode 11)
Walt and Jesse's little empire begins to crumble. Saul tries to set them up with a mysterious distributor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Succeeds In Making You Excited for the Season Finale, But Isn't That Good of an Episode in Itself See more (7 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Adam Bernstein 
Writing credits
Vince Gilligan (created by)

George Mastras (written by)

Produced by
Melissa Bernstein .... producer
Sam Catlin .... co-producer
Vince Gilligan .... executive producer
Mark Johnson .... executive producer
Stewart Lyons .... producer
Diane Mercer .... associate producer
Karen Moore .... producer
John Shiban .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Dave Porter 
Cinematography by
Michael Slovis 
Film Editing by
Skip Macdonald 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
Art Direction by
Bjarne Sletteland 
Set Decoration by
Brenda Meyers-Ballard 
Costume Design by
Kathleen Detoro 
Makeup Department
Georgia Allen .... assistant makeup artist
Lori Ann Baker .... department head hair stylist
Frieda Valenzuela .... makeup artist
Corey Welk .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Stewart Lyons .... unit production manager
Cynthia Stegner .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Polly Ann Mattson .... first assistant director
Michael Slovis .... second unit director
Marcia Woske .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Derrick Ballard .... lead set designer
Mark Bankins .... on-set dresser
Steve Brown .... stage foreman
Ryan Cowles .... art department
Jason Delap .... props
Christian Di Salvo .... set dresser
Leandro Di Salvo .... set dresser
Michael Flowers .... leadman
William 'W' Gilpin .... construction coordinator
Ram Goradia .... gang boss
Mark Hansen .... property master
Ester Kim .... buyer
Andy Linderkamp .... mill foreman
Adrian Lobato .... key greens
Steven Maes .... lead graphic designer
Vicki M. McWilliams .... art department coordinator
Orlando R. Montoya .... set dresser
Fagan O'Reilly .... art department assistant
Caroline Perzan .... set decoration buyer
Dennis Riewerts .... draper
Trina E. Siopy .... assistant property master
Tek J. Smith .... painter
Richard Anthony Montoya .... key scenic artist (uncredited)
Richard Anthony Montoya .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Jane Boegel .... dialogue editor
Tim Boggs .... co-sound supervisor
Edmond J. Coblentz Jr. .... sound designer
Misty Conn .... boom operator (uncredited)
Dominique Decaudain .... foley artist
Kathleen Edwards .... adr assistant mixer
Kurt Nicholas Forshager .... supervising sound editor
Cormac Funge .... sound effects editor
Justin Herman .... sound stage technician
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Eric Justen .... sound re-recording mixer
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... adr mixer
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas Tourtelot .... sound mixer
Steven Willer .... utility sound
Special Effects by
Jack Brunacini Jr. .... special effects technician
Amy Giedraitis .... special effects technician
Daniel Holt .... special effects technician
Dennis Petersen .... special effects coordinator
Joseph P Ulibarri .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Jay Segimoto .... visual effects artist: Keep Me Posted
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator
Larry Nicholas .... stunt double
Joe Ordaz .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Behrmann .... rigging electrician (2008-2013)
Tristan Chavez .... film loader
Cheryl Clarson .... best boy electric
Peter Clarson .... gaffer
Ryan Eustis .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chip Huntington .... grip
Tom Hutchinson .... first assistant camera
Lewis Jacobs .... still photographer
Evan Martinez .... grip
Luis Martinez .... head lighting technician
Dave Midthunder .... rigging grip
Clayton Null .... key grip
Peter Reniers .... camera operator
Kelly Simpson .... assistant camera (2009)
Alejandro Snodgrass .... best boy grip
Eric Steinig .... dolly grip
Andrew Voegeli .... camera operator: "a" camera
Paul Willis .... key rigging grip
Casting Department
Sally Allen .... location casting associate
Russell Scott .... casting associate
Gwyn Savage .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberta Bilé .... key costumer
Blanca Garcia .... costumer
Katie L. Murphy .... costumer (as Katherine L. Murphy)
Michelle M. Pershing .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Kay Sievert .... colorist: dailies
Curtis Thurber .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Todd Byington .... location production assistant
Cyndy McCrossen .... key assistant location manager
Holly Roach .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Paul Zepeda .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Thomas Golubic .... music supervisor
Yvette Metoyer .... music coordinator
Tom Villano .... music editor
Transportation Department
Greg Bronner .... transportation captain
Joe Bernier .... set dec driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Lynn Ambrosino .... production assistant
Joann Connolly .... set production assistant
Francisco A. Fernandez .... assistant to executive producer
Matthew Garcia .... production assistant
Peter Gould .... executive story editor
Jason Hariton .... studio stage manager
Tim Honiball .... first assistant accountant
Gennifer Hutchison .... script coordinator
Elissa Kannon .... assistant production coordinator
Carol Kravetz .... production coordinator
Winter Lauzon .... production assistant (as Winter Cantagallo)
George Mastras .... executive story editor
Kate Powers .... assistant to Mr. Gilligan
Frances Stafford .... production assistant
Rick W. Tucker .... production accountant
Moira Walley-Beckett .... story editor
Christopher Walsh .... production assistant
Michael Giannini .... caterer (uncredited)
Brian G. Lax .... set medic (uncredited)
Dionne Lotivio .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Christina Wayne .... network executive (uncredited)
Martin Chavez .... the producers wish to thank (as Mayor J. Martin Chávez)

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Additional Details

47 min
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Did You Know?

Sam McMurray (Dr. Victor Bravenec) guest starred in Season 2 Episode 16, Traffic Ticket, of Bryan Cranston's (Walter White) old show, Malcolm in the Middle. He played a police officer looking to strike a deal with Cranston's on show wife.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Walter White:What can I say, Jesse? Things have changed.
Jesse Pinkman:Oh, I know. We just got a guy killed.
See more »
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4 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Succeeds In Making You Excited for the Season Finale, But Isn't That Good of an Episode in Itself, 4 November 2013
Author: axel-koch from Austria

"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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