In the aftermath of the train heist, Jesse and Mike decide to quit the business, leaving Walt to handle things on his own. Mike is being followed by the DEA.

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Walter White, Jr. (credit only)
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With blood on their hands, the Walter, Jesse, and Mike partnership must first decide what to do about Todd. After that's settled, Walter is ready to cook again, but Jesse and Mike have another idea. Skyler spends some time with her daughter and with Marie, and Walter's invitation that Jesse stay for dinner adds to Skyler's misery. Hank and his team put nearly round-the-clock surveillance on Mike, and a meth producer in Phoenix has a plan. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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19 August 2012 (USA)  »

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During a TV newscast, it is revealed that the missing boy's name is Drew Sharp. See more »

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When the coffee tank falls to the floor after Walt pulls the power cord, we can see the tank stops when the handle of the tank points toward Walt's direction. On the next shot (when the tank is in the far side of the shot), we can see the handle points another direction. See more »

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Jesse PinkmanWalter WhiteSkyler White: [awkward silence]
Jesse Pinkman: So hey, how's business? The car wash? Mr. White says it's going really well. He says, like, you're great manager.
Skyler White: He did, huh?
Jesse Pinkman: Yeah he says you've got it running like a... Like a machine. Like, well-oiled. Yeah.
Skyler White: What else did he tell you about me?
Jesse Pinkman: Oh, you know. Just eh, just good stuff. Just really, you know, really good, good stuff. We don't really talk that much about, you know, personal things.
Skyler White: Did you also tell him about my affair?
Jesse PinkmanWalter WhiteSkyler White: [awkward silence]
Skyler White: May I please be excused?
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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Lily of the Valley
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Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Bryan Cranston
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Tension's heavily increasing in an episode with too little plot to perpetually stay interesting
23 January 2014 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

"Dead Freight" left audiences with mouths and eyes wide open and with "Buyout", the series gets back to a calmer state. However, the word 'calm' can only be used to describe this episode in comparison to one of Breaking Bad's most awesome yet devastating episodes, as there's tension increasing in so many relationships in "Buyout" and the atmosphere is thereby kept on an immensely uncomfortable level.

This becomes clearest in a dinner scene at the White household, marking the first encounter between Skyler and Jesse since Breaking Bad's very first season. As you could guess, the small talk they share is as awkward as it gets, especially once Mrs White feels the need to make her affair with Ted the subject of discussion, something she's discussed with her sister in a weird and protracted scene earlier on in the episode. Jesse is surprisingly similar to his pre-Walter-White self during that chat and is outstanding in his failing attempts to act normal. While less entertaining, the business talk is more important story-wise and in "Buyout", there's quite a difficulty arising for the three amigos in the wake of the preceding episode's finale. Seeing Walt, Jesse, and Mike deal with their assistant having killed an innocent boy in order to protect them from legal persecution is excellently showcasing their different states of mind – the top of that being Walt assuring Jesse that that murder has been keeping him awake for nights while looking as if much more interested in the creation of the next meth badge.

Besides a short Saw-reminiscing release operation, "Buyout" is really all about the story evolving and excludes action of any sort. That wouldn't be something I'd have a problem with, were it not for the fact that nearly every scene in the episode is stretched out for a tad too long and that I was checking on my watch more than once.


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