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Breakage 

Walt and Jesse decide to start their own little empire with the help of Jesse's friends: Skinny Pete, Combo, and Badger. Meanwhile, Hank tries to pull himself together after his encounter with Tuco.

Director:

Johan Renck

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Moira Walley-Beckett (as Moira Walley-Becket)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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.
Krysten Ritter ... Jane Margolis
Matt Jones ... Badger
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Michael Shamus Wiles ... ASAC George Merkert
Dale Dickey ... Spooge's Woman
David Ury ... Spooge
Tom Kiesche ... Clovis
Charles Baker ... Skinny Pete
Rodney Rush ... Combo
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Storyline

Walt continues his treatment and is starting to feel better but is concerned at the growing medical bills. Jesse begins to re-establish himself paying off his debts and getting a new place to live. He's interested in the renter however, Jane Margolis, who lives next door. Walt and Jesse soon rev up the RV and are cooking again. Jesse's not keen on selling the stuff on the street and suggests he and Walt take over Tuco's role as a distributor. Hank and the DEA have come across the name Heisenberg and aren't sure if he's real or just an urban legend. Hank is promoted and soon appointed to a tri-State drug task force. He may have health issues of his own however. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First appearance of Jane. See more »

Goofs

When Jesse greets his friends entering the apartment for their meeting, Combo attempts to give Jesse a dab, but is left hanging, yet he stays in character as if the handshake and dab occurred without error. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Pinkman: This is how it goes. I front each of you an ounce. All right? You sell it for 2,500. I keep the two, you keep the five. No cutting it. You sell it as is, all right?
Combo: 2,500 an ounce? That's kind of hopeful, bro.
Skinny Pete: Yeah, Jesse, street's maybe 17, 18.
Badger: Seventeen.
Jesse Pinkman: Okay. A, this is the best shiz ever. All right? Everybody and their mother's gonna want a taste. And second, who else is selling right now, huh?
Skinny Pete: It's dry out there, that's for sure.
Combo: Church.
Jesse Pinkman: So you point it how you want, okay? Quarter, half, ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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Breaking down
3 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Breaking Bad' is one of the most popular rated shows on IMDb, is one of those rarities where every season has either been very positively received or near-universally acclaimed critically and where all of my friends have said nothing but great things about.

Very few shows in recent memory had me so hooked from the very start that before the week was over the whole show had been watched, especially when for a lot of shows now airing watching one episode all the way through can be an endeavour. 'Breaking Bad' had that effect on me, and its reputation as one of the best, consistently brilliant and most addictive shows in many years (maybe even ever) is more than deserved in my eyes. Its weakest season is perhaps the first season, understandable as any show's first season is the one where things are still settling.

Actually everything is established remarkably from the very start, but once the writing and characterisation becomes even meatier the show reaches even higher levels.

"Breakage" may lack particularly "Grilled's" burning intensity and tautness as far as previous episodes go. It is still a wonderful episode, is definitely never being dull. Loved the character advancing for Hank.

Visually, "Breakage" is both stylish and beautiful, with photography and editing that are cinematic quality and put a lot of films today to shame, where there are a lot of visually beautiful ones but also some painfully amateurish looking ones. The music always has the appropriate mood, never too intrusive, never too muted.

The writing for "Breakage" is a fine example of how to have a lot of style but also to have a lot of substance. The dialogue throughout is thought-provoking and tense, while also have a darkly wicked sense of humour, nail-biting tension and heart-tugging pathos. The story is texturally rich, intimate, tense and layered, with the pace of it consistently deliberate but taut.

Can't say anything bad about the acting. Bryan Cranston is phenomenal as one of the most fascinating anti-heroes, or even of any kind of character, in either film or television. Aaron Paul has never been better, love the chemistry between them, and Anna Gunn is affecting. The characters are compelling in their realism.

To conclude, wonderful. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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