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Face Off 

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Jesse is brought to the FBI for questioning on his knowledge of ricin. In a last effort to kill Gus, Walt must ask for help from an old enemy.

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... Walter White
... Skyler White
... Jesse Pinkman
... Hank Schrader
... Marie Schrader
... Walter White, Jr.
... Saul Goodman
... Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
... Mike Ehrmantraut (credit only)
... Tio Salamanca
... Steven Gomez
... ASAC George Merkert
... Tyrus Kitt
... Caregiver
... Detective Kalanchoe
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Having failed to blow up Gus Fring's car, Walt has to come up with a new plan. Unable to find Saul Goodman, he turns to a surprising source to help him out. Jesse meanwhile is taken in for questioning by the police who want to know how and why he told doctors that Brock was poisoned with ricin. Still under DEA protection in his home, Hank learns that former Cartel member Hector Salamanca is at the DEA office but will only speak to Hank. When Hank goes to the office, Salamanca has little of use to say. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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9 October 2011 (USA)  »

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The writing on the page in the notebook that the agent flips past says: WANT SCHRADER SCHRADER WHERE SCHRADER. See more »

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The agent flips the top page of his notebook twice during the meeting with Tio Salamanca and Schrader. See more »

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Hank Schrader: Well, at least this time he didn't shit himself... guess that's progress.
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References House M.D. (2004) See more »

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Epic facing off
18 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

'Breaking Bad' is one of the most popular rated shows on IMDb, is one of those rarities where every season has either been very positively received or near-universally acclaimed critically and where all of my friends have said nothing but great things about.

Very few shows in recent memory had me so hooked from the very start that before the week was over the whole show had been watched, especially when for a lot of shows now airing watching one episode all the way through can be an endeavour. 'Breaking Bad' had that effect on me, and its reputation as one of the best, consistently brilliant and most addictive shows in many years (maybe even ever) is more than deserved in my eyes. Its weakest season is perhaps the first season, understandable as any show's first season is the one where things are still settling.

Actually everything is established remarkably from the very start, but once the writing and characterisation becomes even meatier the show reaches even higher levels.

"Face Off" not just replaces "Crawl Space" as the magnum opus of Season 4, but also one of the crowning achievements of the whole show. It is an intensity-filled, powerful, exciting and rich in complex emotion episode, with one of the show's most unforgettable endings that scared the pants off me.

Visually, "Face Off" is both stylish and beautiful, with photography and editing that are cinematic quality and put a lot of films today to shame, where there are a lot of visually beautiful ones but also some painfully amateurish looking ones. The music always has the appropriate mood, never too intrusive, never too muted.

The writing in "Face Off" is a fine example of how to have a lot of style but also to have a lot of substance. The dialogue throughout is thought-provoking and tense, while also have a darkly wicked sense of humour, nail-biting tension and heart-tugging pathos. The story is texturally rich, intimate, tense and layered, with the pace of it consistently deliberate but taut. The Casa Tranquila moments have one biting their nails.

Can't say anything bad about the acting. Bryan Cranston is phenomenal as one of the most fascinating anti-heroes, or even of any kind of character, in either film or television. Aaron Paul has never been better and Anna Gunn is affecting. Giancarlo Esposito is once again perfectly cast as Gus. The characters are compelling in their realism, likewise with their chemistry, and the episode is superbly directed.

Altogether, absolutely amazing and a must watch. As perfect a season finale as one can get. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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