Breaking Bad: Season 4, Episode 5

Shotgun (14 Aug. 2011)

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Jesse rides shotgun with Mike on a perilous run of pickups, prompting Walt to worry that his partner is about to be killed.

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In his attempt to save Jesse, Walt visits Gus' fast food restaurant but isn't quite prepared for what he learns. Nor is Jesse for that matter. In fact, he proves to be quite useful though not everything is as it seems. Hank is convinced that Gale Boetticher was Heisenberg and tells the local police detective that he really has no further interest in the case. He mentions that Jesse Pinkman could have been involved but is not likely the shooter. Walt and Skyler close the deal on the car wash and take a major step in repairing their relationship but at dinner with Hank and Marie, a slightly drunken Walt says that from what he saw in Gale's notebook, it's obvious he isn't Heisenberg. Hank re-examines the files and finds something quite puzzling. Written by garykmcd

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When Walt opens the bottle of wine he cuts the wrap on the cork badly, leaving a ragged edge. In the next scene, the bottle has been changed and the wrap is now neatly cut. See more »

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Mike Ehrmantraut: You - are not the guy. You're not capable of being the guy. I had a guy, but now I don't. You - are not the guy.
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More "Small Arm" than "Shotgun", but still an enjoyable episode.
20 December 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Continuing the trend of weapon-named episodes, "Shotgun" reveals that the cliffhanger of the previous episode had the sole purpose of misleading viewers and that audiences will have to wait just a little longer for season four to pick up pace. However, the disappointment in the fact that Mike is not about to kill Jesse and that we are not about to see a possibly phenomenal shoot-off between those two, Walt, and Gus turned out not to be of long endurance, as the aforementioned two provide for some of the best bickering scenes the series has had up to that point (and we've had a lot of them, the number of those involving Skyler alone has to be in three figures). Jonathan Banks did an awesome job in reprimanding bored Jesse while Aaron Paul revoked some nice memories of his punk band's magnum opus "Fallacies" with humming the song.

The other major part of "Shotgun" was focused on the Whites' family life, now that all and sundry are aware of the false truth about the origin of Walt's accumulated dinero, but besides the outstanding cliffhanger realization that a much more likable Hank came to at the end of the episode, not a lot occurred that was of interest to me. I also wasn't that impressed about Walt attempting to ice Gus yet another time and the overly dramatic opening sequence that involves the most unlikely race car in television history breaking each and every existing traffic regulation.

That's about it for "Shotgun", an enjoyable episode with at least some rememberable moments here and there that nonetheless leaves one waiting for some real peril in this season.


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