Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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In the aftermath of the train heist, Jesse and Mike decide to quit the business, leaving Walt to handle things on his own. Mike is being followed by the DEA.

Director:

Colin Bucksey

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Gennifer Hutchison
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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
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr. (credit only)
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Jesse Plemons ... Todd
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Louis Ferreira ... Declan
Kaija Bales ... Kaylee Ehrmantraut (as Kaija Roze Bales)
Sam Webb Sam Webb ... Drew Sharp (as Samuel Webb)
Morse Bicknell ... Declan's Driver
Phil Duran ... DEA Agent
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Storyline

With blood on their hands, the Walter, Jesse, and Mike partnership must first decide what to do about Todd. After that's settled, Walter is ready to cook again, but Jesse and Mike have another idea. Skyler spends some time with her daughter and with Marie, and Walter's invitation that Jesse stay for dinner adds to Skyler's misery. Hank and his team put nearly round-the-clock surveillance on Mike, and a meth producer in Phoenix has a plan. 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:

19 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scenes before the opening credits roll, after the boy and his motorcycle are "barrelled": Jesse, played by Aaron Paul, is standing next to a white tanker truck, lighting and smoking a cigarette. The light bouncing off of the tank makes the buzz-cut hair on the side of Jesse's head look grey, as though this lifestyle is prematurely ageing him. See more »

Goofs

When Jesse is having dinner with Walt and Skyler, the fork in Jesse's hand changes position each time the camera angle changes from his left to his right or forward. See more »

Quotes

Walter White: Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the empire business.
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Connections

References Happy Days (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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Heist aftermath
27 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.

"Buyout" may not have the tight pace, being more of a slow burner (nothing wrong with that, 'Breaking Bad' does slow burners well), and red-hot intensity of the best episodes or the Season 5 opener and "Dead Freight", but everything that makes 'Breaking Bad' as a show so great is present. It may be something of a calmer and slower episode, but it's a great one and does this approach excellently.

Visually, "Buyout" 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 "Buyout" 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 not meandering.

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. The supporting cast are both intriguing and entertaining, especially Dean Norris. The characters are compelling in their realism, likewise with their chemistry, and the episode is superbly directed.

In conclusion, great even if not as taut or intense as other 'Breaking Bad' episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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