Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Walt and Jesse seek out an unlikely partner for a new business venture. The DEA follows up new leads in its investigation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Schrader (credit only)
Peter Schuler
Herr Herzog
Chief Food Technician


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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22 July 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Jesse refers to the bounder as "The Crystal Ship" this also the name of the magazine Malcolm's high school publishes in the episode "Dirty Magazine" (Malcolm In The Middle) See more »


In the opening scene, Herr Schuler's wedding ring switches from his right hand to his left, then back onto his right again. Germans wear their wedding rings on their right hand. See more »


[repeated line]
Mike Ehrmantraut: My guys are solid.
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References Open Season 2 (2008) See more »


Stay On The Outside
Written by Whitey
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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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