Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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It's Walt's 51st birthday. His return to the drug business causes Skyler to go into depression.


Rian Johnson


Vince Gilligan (created by), Sam Catlin

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Episode cast overview:
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 (credit only)
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Laura Fraser ... Lydia Rodarte-Quayle
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Todd Terry ... SAC Ramey
Russ Dillen Russ Dillen ... Ron Forenall
Melissa McCurley ... Secretary


Walter, his confidence up, leases two muscle cars - one for himself and one for Junior. He's turning 51 and would like a party, Hank and his team visit Lydia in Houston, Jesse flies there to pick up the accelerant, Mike makes a decision that Jessie wants reversed, Hank is offered a promotion, Walter explains Skyler's behavior to Marie and Hank with references to Ted, and Skyler, coming slowly out of her funk, hatches a makeshift plan to protect her children. Written by <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

5 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Skyler doesn't speak for the first 10 minutes of this episode. See more »


A big deal is made about the GPS tracker on the outside of the barrel being a bad location. In fact, if the tracker was inside, it would be completely shielded from the GPS satellites to calculate its location and the cellular network to report back to the person who placed it there. See more »


Hank Schrader: Slow down.
Walter White, Jr.: Never.
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References Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) See more »


Bonfire (Original Mix)
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The Zombie and the Pupet Master
8 August 2012 | by scott677See all my reviews

This episode is a slow one. I was never a great fan of Skyler, as i suspect other fans of the show must feel; she must have been written to annoy people as i cannot imagine anyone that likes Walt and Jesse also liking the neurotic/complaining/moody Skyler. Every other character in the show has either grown on me or i liked from the start, even her crazy sister now seems more normal somehow. Although i realize she may need more story time now and again to push the story along, but, in the end i think every episode that focuses on Skyler ends up a neurotic boring drudgery; although i still gave it an 8 because i felt it had enough pushing it along apart from the crazy woman.

We are also left to wonder exactly what extent Walt runs his life and how much time Hiezenburg is spending running the show; is he an alter ego or has he become a split personality, or even scarier, is he now Hiezenburg? One thing is for sure, Walt seems to like running the show now, and he doesn't like taking no for an answer. There doesn't seem to be any more Mr Nice Guy, and even though Walt was always an "ends justifies the means" kind of guy he always seemed to have a bit of nice guy underneath.

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