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

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Jesse Pinkman: So you're chasing around a fly and in your world, I'm the idiot?
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On 2nd viewing much better
9 January 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this episode when it first aired and I thought it was a pointless boring episode that stopped the story-line from progressing. And at the time i couldn't care less about any symbolism or metaphors for the fly. All I cared about at the time was how high up could Walt and Jesse rise through the ranks of the drug empire?

But when you watch and listen to all of the dialogue, especially after about 10 minutes in you will find the episode is quite intriguing. Walt speaks to Jesse about Janes death, and meeting her father at the pub. He has feelings of guilt that he wants to apologize for, but its difficult because one slip of the tongue and his relationship with Jesse will be irreparable.

However the main focus of the episode is elusivity. It sums up the whole Breaking Bad series. Walt and Jesse become involved in the drugs industry because they see it as a means to an end, with that end being happiness (to have money, live a life of luxury with family and friends that they love and care for). But every time Walt and Jesse are almost there, they just fall short or have some sort of setback.

At first they just want money, but when they get it they somehow lose it or have to waste it on some other need that the money wasn't originally intended for. Then when they finally get the money they cant put it to good use, because Jane dies causing Jesse to lose direction, and Walt is divorced by Skylar. And later after series 3 when they finally have all the money in the world its no good to them, because they've lost anyone they've ever cared for, and all the hard work and crap they've been through together has all been for nothing.

The fly in the episode represents the elusivity of happiness - its always just out of reach for Walt and Jesse. Even when they finally think they have it, and you think Walt can go to sleep with peace of mind after accomplishing his goal, it comes back. Happiness eludes them, and its because of the path that Jesse and Walt have taken. Very seldom does someone get involved in the drugs industry and come out clean on the other side. Its the whole premise of the show. No amount of effort, ingeniousness or luck will see you rewarded by becoming involved in the drugs industry. It will contaminate your life and the lives around you.


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