Breaking Bad: Season 4, Episode 8

Hermanos (4 Sep. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller
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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 »

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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 »

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Jesse Pinkman: So what if this is like, math, or algebra? Now you add a plus douchebag to a minus douchebag, you get like, zero douchebags.
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Best episode of the season, perhaps of the entire series.
6 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Johan Renck really hit it off with Slovis, the DP, it seems on this episode. There are so many beautiful shots of mannerisms in the hands and face. The lighting in each scene was well thought of before-hand. We got to see great follow shots with a shoulder or steadicam that made the scenes very realistic, plus some security cam shots that worked well. Also, the writing is first class as usual for the series.

There's a tremendous amount of work that went into this episode. Beyond the lights and camera work, the rehearsing of movements and mannerisms for all the characters was worth the extra effort.

The episode starts with a pseudo-flashback, opening a door to a tangent of the plot-line which was previously left unanswered. I realized quickly where they were taking us with this episode.

The meat of the episode is an interrogation of epic proportions. In reality I think he would have brought a lawyer with him, but they seemed to sacrifice intelligence of security for making him look more innocent and humbled.

We end with a full flashback, either filmed or edited to reduce the brightness tremendously so as to stare directly at the sun and it doesn't hurt. That was obviously a very bright and sunny day, but not for Gus. The change in light exposure gave us a full sense of flashback, while working very well with the motive of the scene.

Excellent episode. I would easily pick this in my top 5 of all Breaking Bad episodes, and the best of this season so far. Renck should direct a bit more. Such an intricate filming of the series. I loved the hand on knee closeups, the pulsing hand after interrogation, on and on the episode is stuffed with intricacies that are well thought of in a very detailed and consciously executed episode.


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