Breaking Bad: Season 4, Episode 7

Problem Dog (28 Aug. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Ordered to return the car he bought for his son, Walt strikes back by putting Skyler in a tough spot with their new money-laundering operation.

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The car wash is now in operation but Skyler isn't prepared for the amount of money Walt is bringing in. She also arranges for Walt to return the car he bought Walt Jr. but in the end decides he has other plans for it. Walt still believes his life is in danger as long as Gus is alive and speaks to Saul about how he wants to hire a hit man. He finds someone closer to home. Hank and Walter Jr. visit Gus Fring's chicken restaurant and Hank has something very specific in mind. He's slowly putting the facts together in his quest for Heisenberg. Facing a series of conflicting emotions, Jesse goes back to his group counseling session. Written by garykmcd

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At the beginning of the episode Jesse is shown playing the video game 'RAGE' (2011). Ironically enough, a character from the game, Dan Hager (voiced by John Goodman), is modelled on Walter White, the main character in this show. See more »

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When the Challenger is in the ditch there is one exhaust pipe that indicates it's a V6 model, and later at Pollos Hermanos, Walt White Jr. tells Hank that the Challenger was a V8. Without the R/T badge in the front grill, and with only one pipe, it was definitely the V6 model with SRT8 stripes on the hood. See more »

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Group Leader: We're not here to sit in judgement.
Jesse Pinkman: Why not? Why not, maybe she's right. You know maybe I should have put it in the paper. I should've done something different. The thing is; if you just do stuff and nothing happens... what's it all mean? What's the point? Oh right, this whole thing is about self-acceptence.
Group Leader: Kicking the hell out of yourself doesn't give meaning to anything.
Jesse Pinkman: So I should stop "judging" and accept? So no matter what I do... hooray for me because I'm a great guy? It's all good? No ...
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References The Walking Dead (2010) See more »

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With this episode, the problems I had with the season are gone.
20 December 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Most of the time, when I comment that an episode of a series or a film felt way longer than it really is, I do not mean it as a compliment. However, in the case of Breaking Bad's "Problem Dog", this serves as a tremendous asset as the series has just got great again and this episode gives you tons of scenes to relish.

Commencing with a wonderful scene of Jesse aggressively playing first- person shooters intercut with visions of dead Gale, "Problem Dog" gives you the first hint that this will be Aaron Paul's episode. Paul, who has been in the background of either Bryan Cranston or Giancarlo Esposito for most of the series, gets various opportunities to shine this time around and got to a new apex in terms of acting quality. With that, I don't necessarily mean his admittedly impressive monologue while visiting (not attending) his former twelve-step program, but more the paramountly portrayed inner fluctuation as he stands between Gus and Walt.

Cue Walt, who uses his screen time to burn a brand-new car most people would have to work all their life to pay for and then charges his lawyer Saul with disguising that this happened, for which he receives a bill most people would have to work a whole year to pay for. While Bryan Cranston did well in the scenes he was in, he was far from being this episode's center due to Giancarlo Esposito and Dean Norris showing off their prowess as well. The latter of these two is currently becoming essential to the plot again and created a great cliffhanger with his revelations just the way he did two episodes before "Problem Dog".

There'd be so much more to list on why this episode is one of Breaking Bad's best thus far, but frankly, I'd enjoy it much more to watch it again than writing an overly long review about it.


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