Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Live Free or Die 

Now that Gus is dead, Walt, Jesse, and Mike work to cover their tracks. Skyler panics when Ted Beneke wakes up.

Director:

Michael Slovis

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Vince Gilligan
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Cast

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 (credit only)
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr.
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Christopher Cousins ... Ted Beneke
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Jim Beaver ... Lawson
Larry Hankin ... Old Joe
JB Blanc ... Dr. Barry Goodman
James Harris ... Duty Officer
Monique Candelaria ... Lucy
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Storyline

Flash ahead to Walter's 52nd birthday: he's at a Denny's, disheveled, hair and beard unkempt, using a false name and a New Hampshire driver's license, paying a guy for a car with weapons in the trunk. Back to the immediate aftermath of Gus's death: Skyler is dazed at Walt's murderous success, Walt and Jesse make peace, and Hank visits the burned-out lab. Walt remembers the surveillance cameras Gus used at the lab, so they turn to an angry Mike for help. Can they get rid of the digital evidence in police custody? Is hubris going to trip up Walt? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Old Joe compares the feasibility of Walt's mobile super-magnet to that of "string theories and God particles", in this episode first broadcast July 15, 2012. On July 4th, just eleven days prior, the actual long-sought "God particle" (the Higgs boson) was detected for the first time by the Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border. See more »

Goofs

Old Joe states before the magnet is put to test in the junkyard, "Remove anything metal." How do the officer's gun, belt, badge, et cetera. not get pulled by the magnet's force when he opens the door to the evidence room? See more »

Quotes

Old Joe: Why would anyone wanna put a metal ring through the end of their prick?
Jesse Pinkman: What are you looking at me for?
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Connections

References Hogan's Heroes (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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A season opener to spark excitement
8 January 2014 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

After season four's phenomenal finale, there's a lot of cleaning up to do for the surviving Breaking Bad characters. But who says that can't be thrilling?

After a rather difficult reacquaintance between Walt and Jesse and Mike, creator and screenwriter Vince Gilligan comes up with yet another insane, but totally believable dodge to solve the situation that these three are in and it's quite fun to watch. Reason for that is also the weird yet amazing script that suddenly shifts the conversation's focus on "why some men put a metal ring through the end of their prick" as Larry Hankin's guest starring junkyard owner so eloquently puts it. This series has always had a talent for fantastic dialogue and "Live Free or Die" proves that once again, with the dead-pan hilariousness of the acting cast increasing the entertainment value.

The plot of this episode didn't leave out more serious territory though and can get quite intense in some, as of now, unresolved arcs, which also include the ambiguous flash-forward pre-credits sequence. Tension for the succeeding episodes is definitely secured and "Live Free or Die" did a great job at establishing the premise and already creating gripping scenes in one go. It's not big-time story-wise and through that, the series' slow side becomes sensible here and there, but these 42 minutes were well-made television in all aspects and I very much enjoyed watching them.


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