Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 2

Madrigal (22 Jul. 2012)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Walt and Jesse decide to start things up again. Mike meets an old friend, who is worried about the outcome of the DEA's investigation on Gus and how it will affect them all.

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In Germany, the head of a multinational company's fast food division - which includes Gus' franchised chicken restaurants - commits suicide when the police come to question him. With Jesse fretting over what happened with the poison cigarette intended for Gus Fring, Walt plans an elaborate ruse to let him find it in his house. With that out of the way, they approach Mike to join them in starting up the business but he refuses. Mike is also approached by a woman, Lydia - obviously involved in Gus Fring's drug business - who is worried about the number of people who could have their arms twisted to testify against them and wants them eliminated. Mike declines but when someone goes after him, he knows the source. Written by garykmcd

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Anna Gunn only speaks one line in this episode. See more »

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The Bathroom where Schuler commits suicide is supposed to be in Germany. Yet the light switch and wall sockets are distinctly US, which look very different from the ones commonly used in Germany. See more »

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Jesse Pinkman: I don't know what's wrong with me, Mr. White.
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Incredibly Entertaining!
9 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the second episode of the last season of Breaking Bad. This was a highly entertaining episode and it serves as another reminder that Walt's character has certainly changed from the first episode. I also liked the globalization aspect of the episode and for the first time in the entire series, we finally have a location shoot in Europe.

This episode, "Madrigal," has Mike being concerned about Gus's meth operation and who it involves. Some woman named Lydia confronts him and asks him to terminate eleven people involved with the operation. Meanwhile, Walt and Jesse decide to start cooking meth again as a three- way partnership with Mike.

Overall, the intensity may be harnessed somewhat, but this is still an excellent episode with further details on Mike's personal life. With another great screenplay and more great acting, particularly from Jonathan Banks and Laura Fraser, we get another successful episode. I rate this episode 9/10.


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