Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Walt and Skyler have a baby girl. Now that Jesse is hooked on heroin, Walt refuses to give him his money until he gets clean. Meanwhile, as an excuse for his money, Walt decides to donate the money to himself through his son's new website.


Colin Bucksey


Vince Gilligan (created by), John Shiban




Episode cast overview:
Bryan Cranston ... Walter White
Anna Gunn ... Skyler White
Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader
Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr.
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Krysten Ritter ... Jane Margolis
Christopher Cousins ... Ted Beneke
John de Lancie ... Donald Margolis
Tomas Potts Tomas Potts ... Tattooed Biker
Cyd Schulte ... Tattooed Woman (as Cydne Schulte)
Tony Whitecrow Tony Whitecrow ... Addict
Wendy Scott ... Nurse
Erik J. Bockemeier Erik J. Bockemeier ... NA Sponsor


Just as Skyler goes into labor, Walt has to deliver his 38 lbs. of meth to the wholesaler who has agreed to buy the lot for $1.2 million. Jesse and his girlfriend are now both doing heroin and when Walt races to Jesse's house to collect their stuff, he's stoned out of his mind. When Jesse wakes up the next morning, he has no recollection that Walt had been there the night before to get their stuff and freaks out thinking he's been robbed. Walt lets him stew for the day. Jane's father learns that she and Jesse are back on drugs and insists that she return to rehab or he will call the police. She agrees but Jesse has told her about his windfall and she knows exactly what to do. Walt's biggest problem is that he has all of this money but can't spend it because everyone thinks he's on the verge of bankruptcy. Walter Jr may have provided him with the solution. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Holly, daughter of Walter and Skylar White, shares her name with creator Vince Gilligan's partner, Holly Rice. See more »


When Walter enters Jesse's apartment from the back door, crew members are visible through the window. See more »


Jane Margolis: Do you know what this is?
Jesse Pinkman: It's a whole lot of cheddar.
Jane Margolis: This is freedom. This is saying, "I can go anywhere I want. I can be anybody." What do you want to be? Where do you want to go? South America? Europe? Australia?
Jesse Pinkman: Is New Zealand part of Australia?
Jane Margolis: New Zealand is New Zealand.
Jesse Pinkman: Right on. New Zealand. That's where they made "Lord of the Rings". I say we just move there, yo. I mean, you can do your art. Right? Like, you can paint the local castles and shit. And I can be a bush pilot.
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Edited into Breaking Bad: Fly (2010) See more »


Desperate Time, Desperate Measures
Written by Susie Boehm
Performed by Susie Boehm
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Can't Wait For What Happens Next!
20 May 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the twelfth episode in the second season of Breaking Bad and let me start off by saying that up to this point, this may be the best episode of the season. The first half of the episode is very calm and loose as Walt enjoys his new daughter. The second half picks up the intensity exponentially as we some legit crazy scenes. As always there is fantastic acting here, more so by Bryan Cranston.

In this episode, "Phoenix," Walt's daughter Holly is born, but Walt misses her birth due to the fact that he got his family rich. Meanwhile, Jesse and his girlfriend Jane becomes addicted to heroin and Walt refuses to give Jesse money until he sobers up. Finally, Walter Jr. comes up with an idea that would raise money for Walt's cancer treatment.

Overall, this is an incredible episode and the last five minutes will shock you. I'm eagerly anticipating on what will happen in the season finale and I so can't wait. I rate this episode 10/10.

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Release Date:

24 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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