Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 1

Live Free or Die (15 Jul. 2012)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Now that Gus is dead, Walt, Jesse, and Mike work to cover their tracks. Skyler panics when Ted Beneke wakes up.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Schrader (credit only)
Duty Officer


Flash ahead to Walter's 52nd birthday: he's at a Denny's, disheveled, hair and beard unkempt, using a false name and a New Hampshire driver's license, paying a guy for a car with weapons in the trunk. Back to the immediate aftermath of Gus's death: Skyler is dazed at Walt's murderous success, Walt and Jesse make peace, and Hank visits the burned-out lab. Walt remembers the surveillance cameras Gus used at the lab, so they turn to an angry Mike for help. Can they get rid of the digital evidence in police custody? Is hubris going to trip up Walt? Written by <>

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Did You Know?


At the start of the episode, Walt breaks his bacon into pieces and makes it into 52, referring to his age. In the pilot episode, his wife Skyler made his veggie bacon into a 50, where he turned 50. See more »


Old Joe states before the magnet is put to test in the junkyard, "Remove anything metal." How do the officer's gun, belt, badge, ect. not get pulled by the magnets force when he opens the door to the evidence room? See more »


Mike Ehrmantraut: Keys, scumbag. It's the universal symbol for keys.
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References Hogan's Heroes (1965) See more »


Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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He's back and he's bad
17 July 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

After too long a wait the 5th season is back and Walt's quiet brooding has taken a scary turn.

Walt's alter ego, Heisenberg, used to take care of the nasty side of things but it seems he and his pork-pie hat may have been left in the old word. After last season; with a quiet word, Walt now sends chills down the spine of most he talks to as everyone now realizes what he is capable of. While the reigns of power are now in his hands again, the dynamic duo seem to have a new member now that should allow the business to continue well, although we will have to wait to see how they all get all now and how long it will last.

I am not looking forward to the end of this show but i do hope they write it out with style, although i cannot really imagine them doing anything else.

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