Breaking Bad: Season 4, Episode 8

Hermanos (4 Sep. 2011)

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When Hank produces evidence that Gus is Albuquerque's crystal meth kingpin, Walt worries that he and Jesse will be killed to protect their boss.



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Hank's discovery of Gus Fring's fingerprint in Gale Boetticher's apartment is enough for DEA and Albuquerque PD to bring Gus in for an interview. He seems to have an answer for everything, including why his fingerprint was found at the crime scene. Everyone but Hank seems to be satisfied and they decide not to pursue the matter. Hank isn't so sure. Gus realizes how close he's come to being caught and in flashbacks, his entry into a world of crime and his work with the Mexican drug cartel is revealed. Hank involves Walt in his plan to track Gus' movements putting Walt in a very dangerous situation. Written by garykmcd

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Maximino Arciniega is named after Max Arciniega who played Krazy-8 in the first season. See more »


During the flashback scene in the pool, it is obvious that none of the characters are native Spanish-speakers, and most speak with heavy American accents. Neither Fring nor his partner Max, who are supposed to be Chileans, speak with anything resembling a Chilean accent. And Don Eladio speaks with mostly Cuban characters. See more »


Walter White: [to Jesse] I've got some math for you. Hank catching Gus equals Hank catching us!
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Still not a hint on how season four could end, but still quality entertainment
21 December 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Season four's main plot comes to a bit of a halt in "Hermanos", but that doesn't diminish the importance of the episode as it adds a lot to the Breaking Bad universe (or whatever you'd like to call it) with a hugely interesting flashback and the writers digging up some sub-interesting characters and showing audiences how their lives are currently looking. Thus, "Hermanos" was a slow episode and was a bit sparse on rememberable moments compared to the two preceding ones, but was very well-made and entertaining nevertheless.

Skyler and Marie are out of focus this time, with the first getting barely more noteworthy than a wordless scene pushing her story arc forward and the second at least getting her trademark ridiculously awkward dialogue, which makes the two men in their families come into focus, especially in a short spin that turned out to be more uncomfortable for Walt than that one time where he stood in a supermarket in his birthday suit. Reason for that is Hank putting out his feelers to Gus even more, even though the hermano that makes for one half of the episode's title passes his APD/DEA questioning with flying colors. Dean Norris and Bryan Cranston are superb when the subject of blue meth comes up that Hank is still unaware is coming from his brother-in-law. The latter one of them additionally gets the chance to once again show off his Heisenbergness as he encounters a fellow cancer patient in his monthly examination and gives him an insight into his philosophy, which was the coolest you can get while wearing one of these unflattering patient dresses.

After him blowing away all Breaking Bad audiences in "Problem Dog", Aaron Paul took a step back in "Hermanos" and only said hello for visiting Andrea for the first time since season three's season finale (we didn't see them talking and I don't mind that at all) and further impairing his relationship with Walter while taking a leak. And then there's the really long flashback sequence giving a bit of an insight into Gus' past, but only as much as to show us that he hasn't always been the hardened stoic he is now. Besides the distracting yellow color tone and the most factitious Spanish, that scene was nice as well.

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