Breaking Bad: Season 4, Episode 1

Box Cutter (17 Jul. 2011)

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Walt and Jesse are held captive for Gus, after Gale's death. Meanwhile, Skyler tries to find out what happened to Walt.



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Jesse takes out the competition, causing a crisis in Gus's multi-million-dollar basement lab. Mike holds Walter and Jesse hostage and Victor shows off his cooking skills as they wait for Gus to arrive, change clothes, and render judgment. Meanwhile, Hank's recovery is slow and humiliating; and, Skyler tries to keep Walter Jr. from getting his hopes up. Remorse is in short supply. Written by <>

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The website that Hank uses is In real life, this URL will redirect to AMC's Breaking Bad website. See more »


When Gus cuts Victor's throat, he can clearly be seen moving his eyes right before he falls to the ground. See more »


Gustavo 'Gus' Fring: Well? Get back to work.
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Just good, not much more.
8 December 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Just as the show as a whole, "Box Cutter" is somewhat overrated. The season four opener was entertaining and I was definitely excited to see the aftermath of season three's outstanding final scene, yet that didn't diminish the slowness and uneventfulness of it.

There were two big things happening in "Box Cutter", which I both expected to happen: first, Gale's death, which was doubted by an awful lot of people and second, Gus killing his sidekick Victor, which was utterly predictable considering the latter being seen at a crime scene just before and Mr. Fring being extraordinarily intolerant with such things. Granted, the unusually graphic murder scene that gives the episode its title is staged laudably well and offers the hitherto best performance of the ever magnificent Giancarlo Esposito. Nevertheless, it's overly long (I didn't look on my watch, but I'm reckoning ten minutes upwards) and, besides the oh-so-unexpected surprise Vince Gilligan appears to be so proud of, doesn't really present anything special.

After a phenomenal match cut going from Walt and Jesse cleaning up the bloody mess that Gus respectively Victor have left to some man at a diner dipping his fries into ketchup, there's another conversation worth mentioning, but that's about it for "Box Cutter". That's my opinion about Breaking Bad's return and – call me pessimistic – I'm already suspecting episodes as slow as season three's from this point on.

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