Breaking Bad: Season 3, Episode 10

Fly (23 May 2010)

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There is a fly loose in the lab. Walt and Jesse must do whatever they can to kill it before it contaminates the meth.

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Walt is suffering from insomnia, worried about the choices he has made and the direction his life has taken. Unaware that Jesse has been skimming a bit of their product, he also worried that the numbers in his formulas don't add up and that they always seem to somewhere between 4 and 8 ounces short of what the batch should have produced. The meticulous Walt is also concerned - to the point of paranoia - when he discovers a housefly in the lab. Worried about contamination, he goes to extreme lengths to kill it. Jesse comes to his rescue in an interesting way. Written by garykmcd

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This is a "bottle episode", an episode with limited cast and sets produced due to limited budget. The show had spent much of the budget on the building of the superlab so a low-cost episode was needed. See more »

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Walter White: Look, I feel like I'm running out of ways to explain this to you, but once more I shall try. This fly is a major problem for us: It will ruin our batch, and we need to destroy it and every trace of it so we can cook. Failing that, we're dead. There's no more room for error, not with these people.
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Excusez-Moi?
23 November 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

There's been a lot of buzz (no pun intended) about "Fly", indubitably the least orthodox of all Breaking Bad episodes, and here is my review for this strange two-man show.

As the title of the episode indicates, "Fly" revolves around just that sort of animal, which has infiltrated Walt and Jesse's lab. That would make for one minute of story, you'd say? Well, writers Sam Catlin and Moira Walley-Beckett mildly embroidered the premise, and what we get is a full-length Breaking Bad episode that serves the purpose of lowering season three's overall costs. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are the only actors with dialog during these some 45 minutes and in that time, we get a much broader look on their characters. But did the Breaking Bad audience need this? This is the thirtieth episode of the series and there are even more than that to come afterwards, so no, the Breaking Bad audience didn't need an extra look on these two characters one gets to know quite well while watching the series.

"Fly" becomes especially unnecessary through the fact that it doesn't even attempt to show us something new in the relationship that Walt and Jesse have and besides the "I won't be able to save you" at the end of the episode, nothing important is spoken. Walt's ever growing paranoia is not at all new, getting anxious because of a fly merely constitutes the apex of his insanity. Over the first quarter of an hour, the episode appears as an appealing alternation compared to the other episodes, but very soon, it's impossible to not lose interest in the dull and averagely portrayed conversations the series' protagonists are sharing this time around. I rolled my eyes more than once due to the utter pointlessness of "Fly" – why couldn't Vince Gilligan take the two minutes that were truly necessary for the story and add them to another episode?

And now for those who adore this episode: I did see the metaphors and allegories in this episode; I also did find some joy in the great cinematography and editing. However, does that annul all the other flaws? In my humble opinion, it doesn't at all.


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