Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Thirty-Eight Snub 

Walt attempts to form a new alliance as he plans his next move. Meanwhile Skyler pushes Walt towards a business opportunity, in hopes of protecting the family.


Michelle MacLaren


Vince Gilligan (created by), George Mastras

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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 (voice)
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Jim Beaver ... Lawson
Matt Jones ... Badger
Emily Rios ... Andrea Cantillo
Charles Baker ... Skinny Pete
Marius Stan ... Bogdan Wolynetz
Ray Campbell ... Tyrus Kitt


Shaken by Gus's calm violence, Jesse cokes up; bleary-eyed and jittery, he throws a party. Walter, believing it's kill or be killed, buys a snub-nosed .38 on the black market, intent on shooting Gus and Mike. Skyler looks to launder money at a car wash, and, to Hank's increasing irritation, Marie insists on cheering his every step. Men deliver boxes of minerals and pick up boxes of crystal. Written by <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

24 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital


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The first of two episodes to feature Jim Beaver as the gun dealer, Lawton, who would also appear on Better Call Saul. See more »


Walt parks his car and walks towards Gus's house. In one shot, the shadow of his car extends beyond the corner of the sidewalk. next, his car casts no shadow to its front, then when viewed from Gus's house, the car is close to and has a shadow which extends beyond the corner of the sidewalk. See more »


Walter White: So how does it look?
Lawson: You mean as in, do I see it?
Walter White: Yes. Do you see it?
Lawson: Basically, any lawman worth his salt's going to spot that, yeah. Assuming that's a deal breaker?
Walter White: Yes. It's a deal breaker.
Lawson: Well, if stealth is what you're aspiring to, you best go with something more compact - .38 Special, snub nose. Got a concealed hammer so it doesn't catch on your belt when you draw. Tried and true, no nonsense about it.
Walter White: Five shots?
Lawson: Yep.
Walter White: Automatic has how many?
Lawson: Ten in the mag, one in the chamber. If you ...
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A Filler Episode!
13 January 2015 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the second episode of the fourth season of Breaking Bad. From what I see, this may be the weakest episode this season. It's not bad or anything, it's just that this is a filler episode and nothing that exciting happens. However, I loved the opening where Walt buys a gun for some plans he cooked up. Jesse's subplot is kind of annoying and overlong, but I was enthralled by Walter, Hank, and Skylar.

In this episode, "Thirty-Eight Snub," Walter buys a gun from a gun dealer as he cooks up plans to assassinate Gus. Meanwhile, Jesse decides to throw parties to help take his mind off what he did to Gale. Marie throws on a positive attitude much to Hank's irritation. Skylar wants to purchase the car wash in order to launder money.

Overall, this is a pretty good episode even if it doesn't reach full potential. With a series this good, I guess it's okay to have a weaker episode every once in awhile. In Breaking Bad's terms, weak means still good. So this is still a watchable episode with quite a few interesting story lines. I rate this episode 8/10.

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