Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 12

Rabid Dog (1 Sep. 2013)

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Walt discovers Jesse broke into his house and attempted to burn it down. Walt wants to protect his family so he moves them into a hotel for a few nights. Jesse decides to work with Hank in order to take down Walt.

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Walt returns home to find Saul's car in his driveway with the door open. He goes in the back way believing Jesse is waiting for him but finds the house empty and gasoline all over the living room. He sets about cleaning the place up but unable to do so completely, he invents a story that Skyler sees through immediately. She tells him there's only one way to resolve the Jesse situation. Unbeknown to Walt, the reason Jesse wasn't in the house is that Hank had been following him and stopped him from setting the house on fire. He gets Jesse to tell his story but Hank still has no hard evidence. He wants Jesse to wear a wire but Jesse thinks there's a better way. Written by garykmcd

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When updating Walter on the search for Jesse, Patrick Kuby states he put a bug in Badger's mother's house only to hear him talk about Babylon 5 (1994) for three hours. Bryan Cranston actually made a guest appearance in an episode of Babylon 5 called _{The Long Night (#4.5)}_. He portrayed Ranger Captain Ericcson. See more »

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When Jesse is near the front door and begins pouring gasoline in the living room, a shadow of a different person can be seen going across the fireplace. See more »

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Jesse Pinkman: If I go to that Plaza I'm a dead man!
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Superb dialogue makes up for a not thoroughly gripping episode
14 February 2014 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

"Rabid Dog" – as all Breaking Bad episodes with canine references in its title referring to Jesse – is the lull before the storm, preparing the audience for the final quarter of the season. Although lull is quite an understatement, considering that Jesse almost burned Walt's house down just one episode ago and the intensity is still omnipresent.

Yet for these three quarters of an hour, the immensely talented screen writing staff of the series got together to bring about a surprisingly amusing and quote-laden episode, whether it's the really good laughs (Jesse's "Yeah, Mr White is gay for me", Marie's psychiatrist's "Last week you were upset about the new parking rules", Saul's "But you got to understand, deep down he loves me") or the alarming, character-defining ones (Hank's "Pinkman gets killed, and we get it all on tape", Skyler's "We've come this far, what's one more?", Jesse's "Mr White… he's the devil"). Pardon me for listing all of this, but I really noticed this episode's extraordinarily great dialogue and just wanted to bring up these moments again.

With the Whites' hotel and a closer look on the Schraders' interior decoration (Loved to see a Deadwood box on their bookshelf), there was also some wonderful set design to enjoy, while Michael Slovis's cinematography was as impressing as all his other work on the series. Thus, while it is one of the less momentous episodes of the final eight and has a couple of scenes that go on for too long, "Rabid Dog" shows other qualities of Breaking Bad more clearly and furthers the excitement for the grand finale.


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