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Breakage 

Walt and Jesse decide to start their own little empire with the help of Jesse's friends: Skinny Pete, Combo, and Badger. Meanwhile, Hank tries to pull himself together after his encounter with Tuco.

Director:

Johan Renck

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Moira Walley-Beckett (as Moira Walley-Becket)
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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.
Krysten Ritter ... Jane Margolis
Matt Jones ... Badger
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Michael Shamus Wiles ... ASAC George Merkert
Dale Dickey ... Spooge's Woman
David Ury ... Spooge
Tom Kiesche ... Clovis
Charles Baker ... Skinny Pete
Rodney Rush ... Combo
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Storyline

Walt continues his treatment and is starting to feel better but is concerned at the growing medical bills. Jesse begins to re-establish himself paying off his debts and getting a new place to live. He's interested in the renter however, Jane Margolis, who lives next door. Walt and Jesse soon rev up the RV and are cooking again. Jesse's not keen on selling the stuff on the street and suggests he and Walt take over Tuco's role as a distributor. Hank and the DEA have come across the name Heisenberg and aren't sure if he's real or just an urban legend. Hank is promoted and soon appointed to a tri-State drug task force. He may have health issues of his own however. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

In this episode, we are introduced to Krysten Ritter's character Jane Margolis. Jane Margolis shares a last name with the actor who plays Tio Salamanca (Mark Margolis) who first appeared in season 2 episode 2 titled, "Grilled". See more »

Goofs

Early in the episode we see Walt arrive at the house during the day with Skylar on the phone at the dining room table, the patio doors letting lots of sunshine into the room. When we see Walt at an angle with the kitchen behind him, that room is completely dark and not visible - since the kitchen has it's own window it should also be bright with sunshine. See more »

Quotes

Hank Schrader: So, things are quiet, you know. Not a lot of crystal on the streets now.
ASAC George Merkert: Good.
Hank Schrader: Of course, that's not gonna last. Waiting to see who rallies the roaches now that turf's up for grabs.
ASAC George Merkert: No takers so far?
Hank Schrader: Well, we keep hearing a name. Heisenberg. Lately, pretty much every dime-bagger we come across.
ASAC George Merkert: Heisenberg?
Hank Schrader: Yeah, I know. Maybe it's a tweaker urban legend. Still, somebody somewhere is cooking that big blue we keep finding.
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Peanut Vendor
By Alvin Tyler aka Alvin "Red" Tyler
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A Slight Betterment, But Parts of This Episode Were Still Unnecessary
29 October 2013 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

After I was rather disappointed by the previous episode, "Breakage" is a notable improvement in quality while still not coming close to the outstanding episodes at the end of season one/beginning of season two. Maybe this is due to the ever changing writers and directors of Breaking Bad's episodes, but I seriously felt a genuine change of style between this and the last episode – and that as there weren't any major changes plotwise.

Cue plotwise, "Breakage" deals with the new style of drug contribution Walt and Jesse attempt, Hank becoming scatterbrained after a long- awaited promotion, and Skyler still having immense troubles with the lies of her husband and her sister. Of those three parts, I only really enjoyed the first one as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul once again impressed me with their wonderful on-screen chemistry, one of the show's biggest assets that is additionally promoted by the excellent writing. In fact, the writing was so good that I didn't even mind seeing Badger and Skinny Pete again, which in my opinion are the two worst characters on the show. For the one and only time in all five seasons, my favorite scene of the episode actually involved these two characters: a consummately shot and edited drug dealing montage. I remember writing something similar for my reviews on earlier episodes, but I can't help myself: whenever it comes to scenes like that (or also the drug cooking process), I'm gazing at the television screen in awe.

As with the contras, I was annoyed by yet another puking scene I had to endure in this episode. Of course, it adds to the realism the show wants to convey, but seeing such things is just utterly disgusting and I didn't find any necessity in including that scene. That also applies for a couple of other scenes in "Breakage"; some others weren't executed as well as they could have been (Hank's promotion). Possibly, just two episodes for the episodes 3, 4, and 5 of this season could've helped to sort out some of the really useless parts and would've made them less boring when you watch them for a second time.


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