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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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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This is the only episode in the entire series where Skyler White played by Anna Gunn does not appear. See more »


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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Edited from 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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