Breaking Bad: Season 2, Episode 6

Peekaboo (12 Apr. 2009)

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After Skinny Pete gets ripped off, Walt makes Jesse go get the money. Meanwhile, Walt's cover story on how Elliott and Gretchen are paying for his medical treatment is on the verge of collapsing.

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Skinny Pete has been ripped off by a drug addicted couple and Walt has made it plain to Jesse that unless he does something about it, word will get around pretty quick that they are an easy mark. Jesse isn't a very effective informer however and is quickly in over his head. Walt goes back to work but not all is going smoothly. Walt's story starts to unravel when Skyler gets a call from Gretchen Schwartz and she thanks her for paying for Walt's treatment. Gretchen doesn't give him away but his bitterness at their past relationship - personal and business - comes out. Written by garykmcd

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As of 2012, this is one of only two episodes in the series where Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul do not share any scenes together. The other is Breaking Bad: Salud (2011). See more »

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Skinny Pete gives Jesse a piece of paper with the address of the junkie couple who robbed him. The address is "3085 Pampas Streat." (Jesse scolds Pete about his inability to spell "street" correctly.) When Jesse goes to the house, however, you can clearly see the street signs for a different address on the corner: Marquette and 13th. See more »

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Jesse Pinkman: Yo, don't you wanna watch something other than this, like I don't know, Mister Rogers?
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One part's silly and unrealistic, the other's boring and rehashed
30 October 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

The fact that this episode is a fan favorite in season two already says a lot about the quality of that season, doesn't it? In my opinion, this is an utterly overrated episode that may impress you when watching it for the first time, but is plainly unrealistic and idiotic the second time. Of course, not everything is bad about "Peekaboo", so here are all my thoughts about the episode.

Since the scale of the plot is quite narrowed in this episode and two main characters are just completely left out, Vince Gilligan and J. Roberts's screenplay has its focus set entirely on two story parts, one for the each of the two protagonists. Jesse tries to "take care" of the couple that has ripped off his henchman Skinny Pete in the last episode, but soon learns that that endeavor isn't as easy as it sounds, and his colleague Walt (whom he never encounters in this episode, by the way) has to think up new lies in front of his wife for the zillionth time. I don't suppose I have to stress this, but the Jesse arc is about as many times more entertaining as the periodic table has elements in it. And though both parts contain flaws, his is at least thrilling and unpredictable.

Jessica Hecht as Gretchen Schwartz is added to the White family tension (can't blame you if you don't remember her from season one, she's freaking boring), but all that did was annoy me. Not ultimately because of her, but just because the whole situation is absolutely nothing new. There's confusion, lies, and anger – all of which we've been seeing since Walt began with the meth business – and there is just no reason at all to spend 20 minutes on it. The acting didn't feel genuine either which was another point that made it difficult for me to enjoy what I was seeing.

The other half of "Peekaboo" didn't make me feel that way, but it was far from perfect as well: since everything that has to do with Walt is increasingly austere and unfunny, Mr. Gilligan obviously felt that he had to include more jokes when it comes to Jesse. Jokes alone wouldn't have been unfavorable though, it's the silliness that gave me a hard time. The style hovered between a disconcerting portrait of the consequences of meth and over the top acting and screen writing that ruined it all for me. Okay, I'll be fair: the first time I watched it, I was delighted by the suspense these scenes brought with them, but the second time, all that was left was the frustration at how generic and stupid the finale of this part was. At least, Aaron Paul does an outstanding acting job and we learn interesting things about his character.


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