Breaking Bad: Season 4, Episode 9

Bug (11 Sep. 2011)

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Hank is like a dog with a bone and keeps digging into Gus Fring's business dealings despite Walt's attempts to get him to stop. When Hank learns that Gus has a warehouse operation, Mike and... See full summary »

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Hank is like a dog with a bone and keeps digging into Gus Fring's business dealings despite Walt's attempts to get him to stop. When Hank learns that Gus has a warehouse operation, Mike and a crew have to get rid of any trace of drugs on the premises. The Cartel however is lying in wait. When Jesse expresses concern over his future well-being Gus asks him over for dinner and asks him one question: can he cook Walt's recipe without Walt's assistance. Skyler meanwhile gets a visit from her old boss who reveals that he's about to undergo an IRS audit. She has to be quick on her her feet if she's to avoid being audited herself. Written by garykmcd

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When Walt and Jesse get into an argument at Jesse's house, Jesse throws the GPS tracker at Walt's head. It's thrown on the left side of his head, but in the next shot, Walt is bleeding on the right, front side of his head. See more »

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Skyler White: When I input everything into the Quicken, nothing flashed red, so that's gotta mean it's OK, right?
CID Special Agent: Quicken. You used Quicken to manage books for a business this size.
Skyler White: I did. Oh, do you guys use that here? Cuz it is THE best. It's like having a calculator on your computer.
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A surprisingly sloppy episode
21 December 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Coming closer to the season finale, "Bug" didn't make me excited about what will happen in the next couple of episodes, but rather disappointed me and made me remember all the problems I've had with this series during season two and three. Or, to express it with a poor pun pertaining to the title: there was a lot that bugged me.

Skyler got back to being main character again as her former boss/love interest Ted suddenly showed up while she was soliloquizing at her car wash and informed her that the tax fraud his company and therefore also Skyler, as their bookkeeper, have committed is going to be audited. Oh shite, that is probably the least advantageous thing to happen to her at that time as criminal investigations would be more than likely to discover the money laundering she was vindicating herself in the soliloquy earlier on. So what does she do? Attending the audit in dumb blonde fashion and showing the special agent buttocks-sized cleavage, which works in the way as prison time for Ted and investigations about the car wash are off the hook – ignorance is not a crime, hooray. The entertainment factor of that was rather low, however, and seeing Christopher Cousins, one of the reasons why season three was that terrible, again made me drown out the dialog by letting off a vehement "Uh".

The rest of "Bug" was only partially better than that and besides the well-written conversation Jesse and Gus share, the episode skimped on noteworthy scenes. At the end of the episode, the bloody foreshadowing of the pre-credits sequence was revealed and, well, it revealed something we've known for half a dozen of episodes already: that Walt and Jesse have now changed roles about who's the irrational and unprofessional part of the meth cooking duo lived apart. The writers decided to portray that in the most drastic way possible and had the two have a fistfight and thus marring Jesse's newly redecorated domicile. I hope not to be the only one who found this to be completely over the top and was impossible take it serious.

As you can see, there's not one story arc I really enjoyed in "Bug" (coincidence that season four's episode nine is named after an insect just as season three's episode nine, "Fly"?) and the episode remarkably reduced my excitement for the last fourth of the season.


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