Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Gray Matter 

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Walt rejects everyone who tries to help him with the cancer. Jesse tries his best to create Walt's meth, with the help of an old friend.

Director:

Tricia Brock

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Patty Lin
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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.
Adam Godley ... Elliott Schwartz
Jessica Hecht ... Gretchen Schwartz
Matt Jones ... Badger
William Sterchi ... Manager
Marc Mouchet Marc Mouchet ... Farley
Kiira Arai Kiira Arai ... Server (as Kiira Arai Sniegowski)
Bill Allen ... Scientist (as William Allen)
Loren Haynes ... Music Producer
Kyle Swimmer Kyle Swimmer ... Louis
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Storyline

Jesse tries to get a regular job and put his drug dealing behind him but he finds that there are few opportunities for someone with his education and experience. Jesse tries to cook a new batch of meth but can't come anywhere near Walt's standard. After attending a birthday party at a now very rich friend's house, Walt reconnects with his one-time business partner Elliott who offers him a job. It turns out Skyler told Elliott about his condition and Walt is not very pleased. Walt Jr. tries to get someone to buy him a six-pack but is busted in the process. He calls his uncle Hank to pick him up and Hank learns from Skyler that it's Walt senior who admitted smoking marijuana. Finding his behavior bizarre, the family sets up a intervention where they all get to tell Walt what they think about the situation. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2008 (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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Trivia

In this episode, Jesse turns down a job as a mascot for a local bank. When Aaron Paul was about 14, he took a job as a furry frog mascot for the radio station where his mom worked at the time. See more »

Goofs

During the "talking pillow" scene, the afghan on the couch behind Walt Jr and Marie changes position several times while Marie is talking. See more »

Quotes

Walter H. White: These doctors, talking about "surviving". One year, two years, like it's the only thing that matters. But what good is to just survive when I'm too sick to work? To enjoy a meal? To make love?
[long pause]
Walter H. White: For what time I have left, I wanna live in my own house. I wanna sleep in my own bed. I don't wanna choke down thirty or forty pills and lose my hair, an lie around, too tired to get up, and so nauseated that I can't even move my head.
[looks at skyler]
Walter H. White: You cleaning up after me.
[...]
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Mas y mas
Performed by Bronx River Parkway
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Dialog-Based, But Still Excellent!
5 December 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The fifth Breaking Bad episode is another wonderful episode in a brilliant collection of episodes. I don't know how they keep making this so addictive, but with each passing episode, I have come to respect this show more and more. This episode is more dialog-based, but that doesn't stop it from being excellent. The dialog is important as we see what complications Walt has to deal with and also, the dialog is really amazing as well.

This episode, "Gray Matter" is about how Walt refuses help from anybody including his ex-business partner. Jesse tries to get a real job, but realizes there is more money to be had in selling meth. Walt Jr. gets in trouble from the law but is lectured by Hank.

Overall, this is a very solid episode that is essentially all dialog, no action. But I don't care since this is one of those episodes that sets the story in motion. Thanks to some strong character interplay, this episode is very, very good. I rate this episode 9/10.


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