Breaking Bad: Season 3, Episode 9

Kafkaesque (16 May 2010)

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Skyler hatches a plan as Hank's hospital bills stack up. Meanwhile, Walt and Gus come to a better understanding as Jesse, looking for more independence, pursues a new opportunity.



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Walt and Jesse are now in full production in the new lab and are easily producing the 200 lbs per week of meth, as agreed. In fact, they're producing a few pounds more than required and Jesse can't quite understand why they're just "giving it away". He decides to take advantage of the situation. Walt's brother-in-law Hank is still recovering in the hospital and Marie is at a loss about what to do when she learns that their health plan will not necessarily provide the quantity and the quality of physical therapy required for Hank to fully recover the use of his legs. Skyler proposes that she and Walt pay the bills and has an interesting story to tell about how they can afford it. As for Walt, he realizes that his life was in danger and that it was only Gus' intervention that saved him. Walt seeks assurance from Gus that his family's lives would be safe and options for extending the contract beyond 3 months are discussed. Written by garykmcd

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When Jesse and Walt discuss the revenue of the business it was mentioned that it would be 96 million, based on a three month period. They calculated three months to be twelve weeks, were it is in fact thirteen weeks. So the revenue should be 104 million. See more »


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A Little Slow, But......
12 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the ninth episode of the third season of Breaking Bad and while it's a little on the slow side, it is an appropriate time to add in some character development. Sure there was lots of talking involved, but these conversations were meaningful. And for once in this show, I can agree and even come to like Skylar's character and her proposition to pay for Hank's treatment.

In this episode, "Kafkaesque," Marie is confused and worried on how to pay for Hank's hospital bill and extensive physical therapy, but Skylar comes up with an interesting story so that Walt can pay the bill with his drug money. Meanwhile, Jesse joins an addict circle and he ensues a confrontation with Saul. Finally, Walt realizes that he only survived thanks to the intervention of Gus.

Overall, this is a little slow, talkative episode, but if you can look beyond that, then you should find meaning behind those words. Not a lot of action here, but some episodes don't need the action to effectively tell the story. I rate this episode 8/10.

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