Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal 

Walt and Jesse try to up their game by making more of the crystal every week for Tuco. Unfortunately, some of the ingredients they need are not easy to find. Meanwhile, Skyler realizes that her sister is a shoplifter.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Peter Gould
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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.
Raymond Cruz ... Tuco Salamanca
Carmen Serano ... Carmen Molina
Beth Bailey ... Realtor
Geoffrey Rivas ... Police Officer
David House David House ... Dr. Delcavoli
Cesar Garcia ... Gonzo
Jesus Jr. ... No-Doze (as Jesus Payan)
Mike Miller ... Jewelry Store Owner
Lorri Oliver ... Concerned Parent
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Storyline

Having made a deal with Tuco to provide him with two pounds of crystal meth the following week, Walt learns from Jesse that they may have problems getting a key ingredient. Enjoying his new Heisenberg persona, Walt delivers only half a pound to Tuco but demands the entire amount of cash with the promise that he'll deliver four pounds the following week. Jesse reels, but Walt has a plan. They will have to break into a pharmaceutical supply warehouse however. Skyler's sister Marie throws a baby shower for her and her gift is a baby's tiara. Deciding that it's too extravagant, Skyler tries to return it to the store with surprising results. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

This episode debuts Walter's hat which further expands his new alias, Heisenberg. See more »

Goofs

In the scrapyard when Walt is waiting with Jesse for Tuco, there are two light reflections visible in Jesse's sunglasses when there should be just one from the setting sun. See more »

Quotes

Skyler White: [after intense sex in the car] Where did that come from? And why was it so damn good?
Walter White: Because it was illegal.
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Connections

Referenced in Better Call Saul: Mijo (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Who's Gonna Save My Soul
Written by CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse
Performed by Gnarls Barkley
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The End of a Great First Season!
9 November 2017 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

Well, here we are! The season one finale of what is so far the greatest television series on this planet. This first season came to an abrupt end as there are only seven episodes. But these episodes are high-powered pieces of art, and this episode is no exception. This episode did not act like a finale and the high-charged megawatts were kept to a minimum. But this episode finely sets up the next season as we should expect bigger and badder things to come. There are many things I loved about the episode. But I liked the chances it gave Jesse and Skylar to shine. It has essentially been "The Walt Show" since day one so it was nice to see the producers shine a light on these characters. That being said, Walt remains an excellent character as he basks in his Heisenberg persona and Tuco remains to be a crazy villain who may have something up his sleeves.

Lets get to it! After the events of the past episode where Walt and Jesse made a deal with Tuco to supply two pounds of meth the following week, Jesse breaks it to Walt that they may not be able to get an essential ingredient for that amount of meth. So Walter comes up with a plan. He only delivers half-a-pound to Tuco, but he promises four pounds the following week only if he gets the entire amount of cash right away. Nice scam, Walt! In order to get the proper ingredients, they will have to break into a pharmaceutical warehouse. Meanwhile, Skyler's sister Marie gives a baby shower for her. Her gift was a rather expensive tiara. When Skyler tries to return it to the store after deciding it was too much, Skyler realizes that her own sister may be a kleptomaniac.

Acting remains to be a focal point in this series. Everyone delivers amazing performances yet again. Bryan Cranston continues to impress as Walter White. I actually found Anna Gunn's performance to be decent. She and Cranston have good chemistry. One of my favorite scenes with the two is when Walt fondles his wife at a PTA meeting. Good camera-work and great facial expressions make this scene go a long way. Aaron Paul delivers a fine performance as Jesse Pinkman. This may be Betsy Brandt's first memorable performance as Marie. This episode is where we realize she likes to steal things, thus getting her family into trouble.

Overall, this is a very good episode of Breaking Bad. It was a different finale than I expected, but it works very well. There is a very tense sequence as Walt and Jesse break into a supply warehouse. Despite the tension, I love how the script teaches us science amidst that tension. That sequence was very well done. There is an abundant supply of dark comedy too. After Skylar is accused of stealing, I just couldn't stop laughing as she fakes her pregnancy in the back office scaring the manager. That's what I like about this first season. The ability to mix humor and painstaking reality in a believable way.

My Grade: A


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