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Open House 

While Walt worries about Gus's interference and Jesse's increasingly fragile state of mind, Skyler steps up the pressure to get what she wants.

Director:

David Slade

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Sam Catlin
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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. (credit only)
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Giancarlo Esposito ... Gustavo 'Gus' Fring (credit only)
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut (credit only)
Nigel Gibbs ... APD Detective Tim Roberts
Jennifer Hasty ... Stephanie Doswell
Bill Burr ... Kuby
Jeremy Howard ... Sketchy
Marius Stan ... Bogdan Wolynetz
Lavell Crawford ... Huell
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Skyler finds a way to pressure the car-wash owner into selling, while Marie goes on a series of visits to realtors' open houses. Her antics get her in trouble, and Hank has to pull a few strings. One of his cop friends helps Marie out and, in turn, asks Hank to look at a notebook found at the scene of a murder. Meanwhile, Jesse's round-the-clock open houseparty brings no mirth. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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The title 'Open House' references the self-destructive ways in which Marie Schrader as well as Jesse Pinkman try to distract themselves from facing their deteriorating lives: Marie by her role playing / kleptomania during actual Open Houses; Jesse by 'opening' his house to derelict meth heads and partying non-stop. See more »

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The level of champagne in Walt's glass stays the same even though he takes three drinks out of it. See more »

Quotes

Skyler White: What I'm saying is, the devil is in the details.
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Referenced in Vikings (2013) See more »

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Spasm
by Dave's True Story
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Interference, fragility and pressure
11 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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.

"Open House" is not one of the best 'Breaking Bad' episodes and there is better in Season 4. Still consider it great with a good deal of what makes the show so good present. It is a slow-burner and could have been tighter at times, but there is less of a filler episode feel than the previous episode and there are touches of light levity that balanced well with the episode's overall tone.

Visually, "Open House" 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 "Open House" 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 entertaining. The story is generally interesting and absorbing, with the pace of it consistently deliberate but not dull.

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 his and Cranston's chemistry is a delight. Anna Gunn is affecting and Bob Odenkirk provides some welcome levity. The characters are compelling in their realism and the episode is strongly directed.

In summary, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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