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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Episode cast overview:
Skyler White (voice)
Hank Schrader (credit only)
Marie Schrader (credit only)
Walter White, Jr. (credit only)


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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23 May 2010 (USA)  »

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Jesse calls Walter's fly swatter a "fly saber." The director of this episode, Rian Johnson, was later picked to direct Star Wars Episode VIII. See more »


Jesse talks about a TV show on hyenas that he saw: he says the head hyena was "the Man", and how gross it was that the other pack members had to "lick his junk" to show respect. Either Jesse or the script writer didn't realize that among hyenas the females are actually dominant, (including the leader of the pack). They are larger than the males, and have other marked masculine physical traits due to a naturally high level of testosterone. If Walter knew that, he didn't bother to correct Jesse's mistake. Since no one clarifies the matter (which would be funny), I tend to think it was an error on the part of the writer. See more »


Jesse Pinkman: Look, I like making cherry product, but let's keep it real, alright? We make poison for people who don't care. We probably have the most unpicky customers in the world.
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References Breaking Bad: Phoenix (2009) See more »


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A mis-step in an otherwise perfect series
9 April 2013 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I think Walt said it best in a quote from this episode: "Is there a discernible point to this story? A point that you will be arriving at in the near future?" To answer Walt's rhetorical question, sadly no, there doesn't appear to be. This episode doesn't reveal any new information to the viewer. It doesn't contain any significant plot developments. It's not even funny (though it has certain elements of slapstick that try to be and fail). Nor does it contain any of the superb minor / one-off characters that so many other episodes have. It doesn't even develop the relationship between Walt and Jesse in any particular way, though I imagine that was the intent since the episode basically consists of them talking.

It's a standard "bottle episode". i.e., one that is largely based in a single, pre-built set (the Meth Lab), and that could therefore be filmed very cheaply owing to there being no special effects or location costs to speak of. I love Breaking Bad, and am a big fan of the rest of the series. It, Doctor Who and NYPD Blue are about the only television I've watched in the past fifteen years or so. This episode is a rare mis-step that makes me realise just how fantastically good every single other episode is. I guess it just goes to prove that even Heisenberg can have a bad day in the lab.

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