Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Walt and Jesse are held captive for Gus, after Gale's death. Meanwhile, Skyler tries to find out what happened to Walt.


Adam Bernstein


Vince Gilligan (created by), Vince Gilligan


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.
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Giancarlo Esposito ... Gus Fring
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
David Costabile ... Gale Boetticher
Jeremiah Bitsui ... Victor
Lavell Crawford ... Huell
Tina Parker ... Francesca
John Lawlor ... Locksmith
John Barbour ... Neighbor




Jesse takes out the competition, causing a crisis in Gus's multi-million-dollar basement lab. Mike holds Walter and Jesse hostage and Victor shows off his cooking skills as they wait for Gus to arrive, change clothes, and render judgment. Meanwhile, Hank's recovery is slow and humiliating; and, Skyler tries to keep Walter Jr. from getting his hopes up. Remorse is in short supply. Written by <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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The box cutter sequence lasts almost fifteen minutes; one third of the episode's entire runtime. See more »


When neighbours (and Victor) visit Gale's house, there's a line of blood from the entry wound on Gale's face. It flows back towards his left ear. When the forensics team is in the house, the entry wound and line of blood is missing from Gale's face. See more »


Jesse Pinkman: At least we all understand each other now.
Walter White: What do you mean?
Jesse Pinkman: I mean, him and us, we get it.
[Makes cutting motion on his neck]
Jesse Pinkman: We're all on the same page.
Walter White: And what page is that?
Jesse Pinkman: The one that says if I can't kill you, you'll sure as shit wish you were dead.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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Breaking Bad is still TV's finest!
17 July 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

It finally came! Breaking Bad's fourth season premiere! And boy, what a premiere it was!

First off, it was great that a flashback opened the show. It turns out that Gale was a big part in convincing Gus to let Walk cook for him back at the end of the second season. Anyways, back to the conclusion of the finale last year. Well, it certainly wasn't disappointing. In fact, I want to call it perfect but I always hesitate to do that. I just want to point out that this show's tension is unbearable. I don't think I have ever seen this much tension rising in any other show. The writing and directing in this episode are incredible. Also, while I did guess who was the character that was going to be killed (since I read the spoilers about someone getting the axe), the way it happened was a complete shock to me. What's even more incredible is how Gus, the intimidating boss, did not speak even more than five words in the episode.

I also want to point out that the show still has a knack for providing comedy. Anna Gunn (who has gained weight because of a baby) is brilliant in her attempt to get in her husband's apartment. But like always, I will probably see some hate here on IMDb. Overall though. fantastic opener!

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17 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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