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Dead Freight 

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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12 August 2012 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The railway pass where they hide the empty methylamine barrels for the heist appeared also on the 2008 movie Appaloosa, when the train is stopped and the main characters aim at Renee Zellweger captors. See more »

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The locomotive pulling the train is a 1500hp EMD GP7, which was built in the 1950s. All of these have been retired for many years from mainline service. Also, this is supposedly a long-haul mixed freight, which would be much longer than the 1000 or so feet it is, with multiple modern 4400hp locomotives, and would be running (from descriptions by Lydia) on the BNSF Railway's Transcon line, a modern double-track mainline, not the obviously forlorn single-track branch line used in this episode. See more »

Quotes

Mike Ehrmantraut: The woman put a hit out on me.
Walter White: Seriously?
Jesse Pinkman: Wait. A hit? What? Like the mafia?
Mike Ehrmantraut: Yeah, like the mafia.
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References Heat (1995) See more »

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Breaking Bad Main Title Theme (Extended)
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Written by Dave Porter
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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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