Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 9

Blood Money (11 Aug. 2013)

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Walt is out of the meth business and trying to move on with his life. Jesse tries to get rid of his money. Hank now knows that Walt is the famous Heisenberg.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Todd (credit only)
Pedro García ...
Mariano (as Pedro Garcia)


Hank is reeling from the information he found in Walt's bathroom, so much so that he has a panic attack on his way home from Walt's house. He decides to stay home for a few days but has boxes of evidence sent to him. As he sifts through the paper, he realizes the extent to which he's been had. Walt meanwhile has kept his promise to his Skyler and is no longer in the business. He works at the car-wash and suggests that they buy another one. His cancer has returned however and he's undergoing chemo again. Jesse is feeling guilty about some of the things he's done and tries to get Saul to get money to the families of some of their victims. Saul knows better and gets Walt to calm him down. A desperate Jesse resorts to other ways of getting rid of the money. When Walt realizes the book from his bathroom is missing, he visits Hank. Written by garykmcd

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Third Episode Directed by Bryan Cranston following s02e01 "Seven Thirty Seven" and s03e01 "No Más" See more »


At the beginning, as Walter pulls up in front of the house, the contrail of a jetliner can clearly be seen. Moments later, as he gets out of the car, the same region of the sky is completely clear. See more »


Walter White: If that's true... if you don't know who I am... maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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Opening further possibilities, but not using all of its potential
12 February 2014 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Foreshadowings at the beginning of a new Breaking Bad season are something audiences of the show have got accustomed to by now, and "Blood Money" has one just as fantastic as the pink teddy moistening in the Whites' pool in season two or the, at this point in this series still unsolved, birthday party a hirsute Walt holds in a diner in season five's first half. The message the desolate house, now used as a skater park by some teenagers, conveys is unequivocal: things aren't going to stay nice after Walt's retirement from the drug business.

Of course, the charismatic criminal functioning as the protagonist of the series has already had his new adversary introduced – to be exact, since the pilot – and the forward-thinking Breaking Bad fans will have expected that a DEA agent in the family of a drug kingpin is sure to make for a little hiccup sooner and later. As we come close to the finale of the series, push comes to shove and some major domestic violence commences its first act in an extraordinarily tense confrontation, including what is possibly the best acting performance Dean Norris has given in his career up to that point. The decisive factor in this scene, however, is the phenomenal screenplay by Peter Gould, making the more or less mundane moments in "Blood Money" an intense experience as well. The series's customary comical relief comes through Jesse sparking some L in Saul Goodman's anteroom, Saul Goodman himself, and a desperate Lydia stopping by at the Whites' carwash to chat about meth distribution – you know, the usual topic in seller- costumer conversations at such places.

Nonetheless, "Blood Money" isn't a perfect episode, in my opinion, lacking tension and entertainment in the middle part and stretching its believability with the conclusion Walt comes to near the ending. In terms of score/soundtrack, cinematography, or set design, the episode doesn't accomplish anything noticeable either, thus I'll spare better ratings for some of the following episodes.

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