Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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There is a fly loose in the lab. Walt and Jesse must do whatever they can to kill it before it contaminates the meth.


Rian Johnson


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Episode cast overview:
Bryan Cranston ... Walter White
Anna Gunn ... Skyler White (voice)
Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader (credit only)
Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader (credit only)
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr. (credit only)


Walt is suffering from insomnia, worried about the choices he has made and the direction his life has taken. Unaware that Jesse has been skimming a bit of their product, he also worried that the numbers in his formulas don't add up and that they always seem to somewhere between 4 and 8 ounces short of what the batch should have produced. The meticulous Walt is also concerned - to the point of paranoia - when he discovers a housefly in the lab. Worried about contamination, he goes to extreme lengths to kill it. Jesse comes to his rescue in an interesting way. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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This episode has a similar story to the play "Bug" by Tracy Letts (and its film adaptation). Two people together in a confined space, one of whom is obsessed with the presence of bugs as a sign of contamination. The other of the two (Jesse in this case) gradually comes to share the obsession, leading to a state of shared near-insanity. See more »


Jesse talks about a TV show on hyenas that he saw. He says the head hyena was "the Man" and how gross it was that the other pack members had to "lick his junk" to show respect. Either Jesse or the script writer didn't realize that among hyenas the females are actually dominant, including the leader of the pack. They are larger than the males and have other marked masculine physical traits due to a naturally high level of testosterone. If Walter knew that, he didn't bother to correct Jesse's mistake. See more »


Walter White: I've been to my oncologist, Jesse. Just last week. I'm still in remission. I'm healthy.
Jesse Pinkman: That's good. Great.
Walter White: No end in sight.
Jesse Pinkman: That's great.
Walter White: No. I missed it. There was some perfect moment that passed me right by, but I had to have enough to leave them. That was the whole point. None of this makes any sense if I didn't have enough. And it had to be before she found out. Skyler. It had to be before that.
Jesse Pinkman: Perfect moment? For what? To drop dead? Are you saying you want to die?
Walter White: I'm saying that I lived too ...
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References Breaking Bad: Phoenix (2009) See more »


Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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I hated this I love this episode.
3 December 2014 | by ScottNicholsSee all my reviews

When I watched Fly the first time I thought, "Man, what were they thinking? An entire episode devoted to killing a fly!" I thought it was nothing more than a mind fart on the part of the writers. I just couldn't see a point to it. The numerous times I've re-watched the series Fly is the one episode I'd skip.

Then I read the comments here. At first I couldn't fathom what some of you were thinking calling it one of the best, or even the best, episode so far. I got the symbolism, metaphors, etc. but still didn't see the point. But your comments convinced me to give Fly another shot. So I watched it two more times.

Now I realize that Fly gives me an entire episode of scenes I value the most in Breaking Bad—the interactions between Walt and Jesse. I appreciate the other actors as well, for sure, but Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are genius. Their remarkable on-camera chemistry allows them to play off each other in a manner that truly sells each of their scenes together as a genuine encounter between this prodigal father and son…this mad scientist and his apprentice…these two friends.

In Fly I can enjoy 47 straight minutes of their banter, slapstick, arguments, and at times moving revelations. I especially enjoyed some of Jesse's comedic lines. Those writers are generous to give him those, and Mr. Paul delivers them flawlessly. Consider a couple:

"I'm gonna go out on a limb and say…yeah."

"It makes it sound Irish." (I thought of O'Brien, O'Toole, O'Leary… O'Possum!)

Thanks, OPs, for clearing the fog that prevented me from recognizing the value of Fly.

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23 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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