Breaking Bad: Season 2, Episode 13

ABQ (31 May 2009)

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Walt's lies have pushed Skyler to her limit. She leaves with the kids. Meanwhile, Jesse blames himself for Jane's death and goes into rehab.

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Walt's operation is all set to go forward but under sedation, he tells Skyler something that she did not want to hear. As a result, all of his lies - getting money from the Schwartz's, visiting his mother for four days, having a second cell phone - unravel before him. Once recovered from his operation, Skyler tells him to leave. At the DEA, Hank is convinced that Heisenberg is still on the loose but has become much more sophisticated in the way he is distributing his now infamous blue meth. A chance encounter reveals to someone Walt's connection to Hank. Jesse learns the true cost of his drug habit when girlfriend Jane overdoses. Her distraught father returns to work too soon and the result is a tragic, massive accident. Written by garykmcd

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ABQ is the airport code for Albuquerque International Airport, where Donald Margolis works. See more »

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Donald Margolis is probably too old to be an active air-traffic controller. The FAA has a mandatory retirement age of 56, due to the job's inherent stress. Actor John de Lancie was 61 at the time the episode was produced. See more »

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Mike: I woke up, I found her, that's all I know.
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It's Not That Huge of a Season Finale Compared to Future Season, But Still Ends Up Being a Flawless Episode
8 November 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Sorry for leaving out the introduction, but I just have to say in my first sentence that "ABQ" is an unexpectedly great season finale. Not that it has any really groundbreaking events as the final episodes of further seasons do, but simply how Vince Gilligan and Adam Bernstein realized these 45 minutes is magnificent. I'm adapting a slightly abridged review style so I can point out all the great things about "ABQ" as shortly as possibly.

• the extended edit of the terrific black and white opening scene of "Over" that gives you chills in the first minute already. A perfectly shot foreshadowing and a perfect way to engage the audience's interest.

• the introduction of Jonathan Bank's character who shares a fantastic scene with the devastated Aaron Paul.

• being able to get a look at the DIA standpoint again was nice and having a donation box for Walt going through the room while they are talking about his alter ego Heisenberg was just a brilliant directorial idea.

• another scene at Hank's office that has a huge surprise was Walt's new colleague Gus stopping by. Besides an outstanding conversation between Dean Norris and Giancarlo Esposito, the two coming to talk about Walt is what makes the scene really awesome.

• Walt's interesting reaction to Walt Jr. succeeding with his safewalterwhite-website.

• the scene Walt and Jesse share at the rehab facility. Their talk isn't really worth to single out, but the weird set design is – reminding me of 2001: A Space Odyssey is a remarkable achievement.

• Skyler's momentous decision at the end of the episode and the build-up to it. Surprisingly, even her explanations were interesting to hear while I consider it a great idea to for once dress Walt in bright colors just for this scene. And, do I even have to mention it? Bryan Cranston's and Anna Gunn's acting is top-notch.

• how excellently Jane's father Donald is integrated in the story and how perfectly made the last minutes of "ABQ" are. Admittedly, the VFX aren't the best, but the scene itself is enough to blow you away.

And for the bad parts of this episode: well, there weren't any. "ABQ" is just an amazing season finale and, in my humble opinion, the best Breaking Bad episode up to that point.


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