Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Crawl Space 

Hank asks Walt to drive him to the laundry where the meth lab is hidden. Ted still won't pay the IRS so Skyler asks Saul for help, and Saul sends in his A-Team. Gus and Jesse return from Mexico, and Walt fears he is in trouble with Gus.


Scott Winant


Vince Gilligan (created by), George Mastras | 1 more credit »

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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 ... Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Mark Margolis ... Tio Salamanca
Christopher Cousins ... Ted Beneke
Emily Rios ... Andrea Cantillo
Bill Burr ... Kuby
JB Blanc ... Dr. Barry Goodman
Ray Campbell ... Tyrus Kitt


Hank has Walter drive him to the chicken ranch for regular stakeouts then suggests a detour to check out an industrial laundry. How can Walter get out of this one? Ted refuses to pay the IRS, so Skyler turns to Saul who sends his A team. Although Walter has continued to cook while getting no word on what's happened in Mexico to Jesse, Jesse has had his own six-mile walk with Gus through the desert to the Texas border. When circumstances prevent Walter from cooking for four days, he realizes that someone has been doing the job without him; Gus confirms Walter's suspicions with a nasty set of threats. Now Walter is truly desperate. Written by <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

25 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The electronic pulse in the last scene is the sound of the invisible Id monster's footfalls from Forbidden Planet (1956). See more »


When Gus visits Hector at the nursing home, you can see Gus's (Giancarlo Esposito) mike transmitter bulging through the rear of his sport coat at the waist line as he pulls a chair over to sit near Hector. See more »


[Kuby and Huell barge into Ted's home to shake him down]
Ted Beneke: [nervously] What's this about?
Kuby: I'll tell you what this is about, Mr. Beneke. This is about you and me doing our best to keep Huell happy.
Kuby: Huell? Who's Huell?
Kuby: [points] This is Huell. Huell, you happy?
Huell: [dryly] Reasonably.
Kuby: What would make you unhappy?
Huell: This li'l mofo not doin' what he's told.
Kuby: lf you were to become unhappy, Mr. Beneke wouldn't care for that?
Huell: I'm gonna say no.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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The series' best episode up to that point, hands down.
21 December 2013 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

I don't suppose any sane person thought anything else than "WOW" when the credits for "Crawl Space" began to roll. Hands down, the ending sequence is one of the best things to ever happen on television and I don't suppose that I have to point out what it is that makes it that brilliant. But, contrary to its episodic predecessor, there's not only one amazing scene that you won't forget, but a whole episode you won't forget.

Opening with the ramifications of "Salud" taking place in a portable, so to say, Mexican hospital, where Gus and Mike are treated, this episode cuts right to the chase, which is especially pleasant if you're watching the season in a row on DVD/Blu-Ray (and I guess there's no other way to go if you watch it on DVD/Blu-Ray for the first time). But very soon, we're north of the border again and are confronted with lots of trouble as well. For one, Ted Beneke's bitchiness reaches a new apex and in such a situation – Better call Saul! That's what Skyler does and that's what provides for the funniest scene over the course of four seasons of the series, if you ask me. Bill Burr and Lavell Crawford excel themselves in their roles and, guess what, I don't have anything to criticize Christopher Cousins about. To that novelty comes an abrupt ending to Hank and Walt's investigation joyrides, something that may not have been the greatest scene, but something very important to the plot that is also a partial reason for the unforgettable episode finale (something that great has to be called finale, right?).

Jesse gets something else to do as well in "Crawl Space", as we firstly see that he now has a wonderful relationship with Andrea and Brock (knowing the series, this is highly unlikely to last long), but secondly get further proof that Walter has lost all of his rationality due to the admittedly uncomfortable situation he is in currently. Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have another paramountly acted confrontation that leads to a desert scene even better than the one we've had pretty much exactly one season ago. Giancarlo Esposito shows his intimidating side once again and now we're already at the final moments of "Crawl Space". Whoever had the idea for this should win a Nobel Prize or be canonized because that is sheer perfect. Oh, and same goes for Bryan Cranston who has now officially ascended to the highest tier concerning acting skills.

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