Breaking Bad: Season 2, Episode 5

Breakage (5 Apr. 2009)

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Walt and Jesse decide to start their own little empire with the help of Jesse's friends: Skinny Pete, Combo, and Badger. Meanwhile, Hank tries to pull himself together after his encounter with Tuco.

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Walt continues his treatment and is starting to feel better but is concerned at the growing medical bills. Jesse begins to re-establish himself paying off his debts and getting a new place to live. He's interested in the renter however, Jane Margolis who next door. Walt and Jesse soon rev up the RV and are cooking again. Jesse's not keen on selling the stuff on the street and suggests he and Walt take over Tuco's role as a distributor. Hank and the DEA have come across the name Heisenberg and aren't sure if he's real or just an urban legend. Hank is promoted and soon appointed to a tri-State drug task force. He may have health issues of his own however. Written by garykmcd

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There is a notable amount of purple in the second half of this episode. During the garden lunch at Hank and Marie's house, the table is laid with purple dishes, napkins and glasses, and there is a purple pot in the background. In the kitchen there are several large purple bowls, and Marie is dressed in purple and red-violet. Later, Skyler is wearing all purple during a conversation with Walt. Finally, back at the Schrader household, the bed sheets and flowers beside the bed are lilac, there are lilac cushions on the couch, and Marie wears a purple robe. There is a wealth of symbolism associated with the color purple. Two possible intended meanings for this episode are penance (perhaps in reference to Walter's and Marie's lies and unlawful behavior) and royalty (which could be in reference to the toppling of the previous drug lord and the imminent rise of a new King). See more »

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When Skinny Pete, Badger, and Combo come over to Jesse's, the knocking sound continues after the person at the door, in silhouette, has stopped knocking. See more »

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Walter White: ...that leaves us with a total of two choices. We go into business with yet another homicidal lunatic... or you and I start - You selling whatever you can.
Jesse Pinkman: There's a third way.
Walter White: And what would that be?
Jesse Pinkman: We got to be Tuco.
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A Slight Betterment, But Parts of This Episode Were Still Unnecessary
29 October 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

After I was rather disappointed by the previous episode, "Breakage" is a notable improvement in quality while still not coming close to the outstanding episodes at the end of season one/beginning of season two. Maybe this is due to the ever changing writers and directors of Breaking Bad's episodes, but I seriously felt a genuine change of style between this and the last episode – and that as there weren't any major changes plotwise.

Cue plotwise, "Breakage" deals with the new style of drug contribution Walt and Jesse attempt, Hank becoming scatterbrained after a long- awaited promotion, and Skyler still having immense troubles with the lies of her husband and her sister. Of those three parts, I only really enjoyed the first one as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul once again impressed me with their wonderful on-screen chemistry, one of the show's biggest assets that is additionally promoted by the excellent writing. In fact, the writing was so good that I didn't even mind seeing Badger and Skinny Pete again, which in my opinion are the two worst characters on the show. For the one and only time in all five seasons, my favorite scene of the episode actually involved these two characters: a consummately shot and edited drug dealing montage. I remember writing something similar for my reviews on earlier episodes, but I can't help myself: whenever it comes to scenes like that (or also the drug cooking process), I'm gazing at the television screen in awe.

As with the contras, I was annoyed by yet another puking scene I had to endure in this episode. Of course, it adds to the realism the show wants to convey, but seeing such things is just utterly disgusting and I didn't find any necessity in including that scene. That also applies for a couple of other scenes in "Breakage"; some others weren't executed as well as they could have been (Hank's promotion). Possibly, just two episodes for the episodes 3, 4, and 5 of this season could've helped to sort out some of the really useless parts and would've made them less boring when you watch them for a second time.


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