Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Bit by a Dead Bee 

Walt and Jesse try to come up with alibis for their disappearances.


Terry McDonough


Vince Gilligan (created by), Peter Gould | 4 more credits »




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.
Mark Margolis ... Tio Salamanca
Harry Groener ... Dr. Chavez
Michael Shamus Wiles ... ASAC George Merkert
Matt Jones ... Badger
Tom Kiesche ... Clovis
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
David House David House ... Dr. Delcavoli
Julia Minesci ... Wendy
Todd Terry ... SAC


Having gotten away from Tuco, Walt and Jesse now have to get home and explain where they have been. Walt has a plan and they split up. He goes to a supermarket and takes off all of his clothes while walking around the aisles. He's hospitalized and claims to have no memory of where he's been for the last few days. Jesse returns to his house to clean out the basement and get rid of the RV. When the DEA also track him down, he claims that he's been shacked up with a prostitute for the weekend. The police don't believe him and think they know how to nail him: they bring in Tuco's uncle to identify him. With some of his problems now behind him, Walt is keen to start cooking again. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


On the DVD extras for season 2, Vince Gilligan says that the scriptwriters told him the title was from a line in the Humphrey Bogart film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). This is incorrect - the title is a line from the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film To Have and Have Not (1944). However a reference to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) would be more relevant to the plot of Breaking Bad (2008). See more »


When an IV is inserted, the needle is removed and only a plastic catheter remains. Walt would not have a needle left in his hand and would therefore be unable to reestablish IV access without new equipment. Also, the angle he inserted the needle would have pierced completely through the vein and the IV fluids would not flow through the tubing. See more »


Marie Schrader: Well, which supermarket? Is it like a big one? Like a chain?
Skyler White: Marie...
Marie Schrader: Don't get me wrong. I think it's just great that he's, y'know, back and he's feeling better. I just, I mean, he... naked. He was NAKED, naked in a supermarket! It wasn't Whole Foods, was it?
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Referenced in Breaking Bad: Fly (2010) See more »


Feel Like Makin' Love
Written by Gene McDaniels
Performed by Bob James
Muzak playing in the Hi-Lo Market
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Very, Very Good!
5 May 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The third episode in the second season of Breaking Bad is a step down from the previous episode, but it's still an incredible, fast-paced episode. This is an episode which I like to call a bridge episode. This is the connecting episode which connects one big event to another big event. That being said, it's still truly an entertaining episode.

In this episode, "Bit by a Dead Bee," after Walt and Jesse were able to escape Tuco, Walt has come up with a plan to explain their disappearance. Walt was decides to strip naked in a supermarket and claims he has dementia. Jesse returns to his house to get rid of all their equipment. Eventually, Jesse gets taken in and the cops don't believe his alibi of his connection with Tuco.

Overall, I've seen better episodes in this series but still, this episode is almost perfect. A great and a very much realistic episode especially when it comes to the suspicions of Skylar. This episode ends in a very good cliffhanger which foreshadows of what is to come. I rate this episode 9/10.

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