Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 5

Dead Freight (12 Aug. 2012)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller
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The boys plan on robbing a train that has an entire car of methylamine.



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A boy on a motorbike finds a large tarantula in the desert. Walter pays a visit to Hank in the new office; Walt's intentions are not entirely above board. The team's search for methylamine continues, with Michael and Lydia at odds, and Jesse wanting to obtain the chemical without resorting to murder. They hatch an elaborate plan involving buried tanks, a train trestle, and a stalled truck. The children remain with Hank and Marie to Junior's increasing anger and frustration. Skyler lays more of her cards on the table. What price success? Written by <>

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During the scene where Walt bugs Hank's office, the same model of lamp that was bugged by the FBI in The Sopranos (1999) is visible on Hank's desk. See more »


Mike, Walt and Jessie had taken Lydia to a warehouse(?) with a view to kill her. She describes a process whereby the guys may rob a train of methylamine. She describes the process by the use of a map. WHERE by G*d's good grace did that victim ever have the facility to pull a map out of her one of her orifice(s) by which she could show the guys how to obtain an "Ocean" of Meth'? See more »


Jesse Pinkman: Boosting methylamine from a train is, like, a major rap. The point is nobody, other than us, can ever know that this robbery went down.
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Referenced in Breaking Bad: Confessions (2013) See more »


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It's a shame to see a great series fall apart
4 August 2013 | by (asyouwere) – See all my reviews

Robbing a train, seriously? I loved seasons 1 through 3, felt considerably less enthusiastic about 4, and find season 5 almost unwatchable. This episode has the feeling of pushing too hard, from the writing to the acting. The characters are being transformed from those with whom we can relate to some sort of invincible action heros. It's genuinely stupid.

Sorry, I can suspend disbelief for some of what the characters have done over the series but this is absurd and unbelievable. If you seriously consider the technical know-how required to pull off the train stunt, this episode shows itself as absolutely weak.

Breaking Bad should have stopped at the end of season 4, if not sooner. The show has become grandiose and has over-reached. I absolutely LOVED seasons 1 - 3 for their novelty, ingenuity, writing and acting. I agree that it was the best show in the last 20 years but only in relation to the first three or four seasons.

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