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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Skyler's (Anna Gunn) weight gain is due to the actress contracting lupus See more »


The hookah on Gale's coffee table is setup incorrectly when his body is first discovered by the neighbors. In the same scene when Victor arrives and inspects the body briefly, the above shot of the room and Gale's body shows the hookah correctly assembled. In the last scene the hookah is also correctly assembled, but the hose is placed differently than it was in the previously mentioned scene, possibly due to the investigation. See more »


Marie Schrader: So? Tell me all about it. I heard you broke new ground today.
Hank Schrader: I *broke new ground?*
Marie Schrader: That's what he said. Tell me.
Hank Schrader: *sigh* I walked 16 feet in 20 minutes. Which is up from like 15 1/2 yesterday. And I had maybe *this much* less shit in my pants, so yeah Marie, if you and him everybody else in America secretly took a vote, and changed the meaning of the entire English language, yeah, I guess I "broke new ground."
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Excellent Season Opener!
13 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of the fourth season of Breaking Bad. It helps that this is yet another fine episode is this ridiculously good television series. There are already blood being spilled and some crazy scenes, and this is only the first episode. The screenplay, once again, serves up some memorable lines. As always, the acting remains very strong as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul remain as committed as always.

In this episode, "Box Cutter," Walter and Jesse are being held hostage by Mike after Gale was gunned down by Jesse in the last episode of the third season. Meanwhile, Skylar is trying to figure out the reasons of Walt's disappearance and Marie is having trouble keeping up with the rapid depression of Hank, who is still trying to recover from his wounds.

Overall, this is an excellent episode and a table setter for the season, I think. There are some very surprising scenes and one that involves the two words in the episode's title. The tension is once again through the roof, and it seems like I can feel the static in the air. I cannot wait to see what happens next. I rate this episode 9/10.

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