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Rabid Dog 

Walt discovers Jesse broke into his house and attempted to burn it down. Walt wants to protect his family so he moves them into a hotel for a few nights. Jesse makes plans to take down Walt.

Director:

Sam Catlin

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Sam Catlin
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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.
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Laura Fraser ... Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (credit only)
Jesse Plemons ... Todd (credit only)
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Bill Burr ... Kuby
Lavell Crawford ... Huell
Bruce McKenzie ... Dave
Wray Crawford ... Locksmith
Manny Rey ... Carpet Cleaner
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Storyline

Walt returns home to find Saul's car in his driveway with the door open. He goes in the back way believing Jesse is waiting for him but finds the house empty and gasoline all over the living room. He sets about cleaning the place up but unable to do so completely, he invents a story that Skyler sees through immediately. She tells him there's only one way to resolve the Jesse situation. Unbeknown to Walt, the reason Jesse wasn't in the house is that Hank had been following him and stopped him from setting the house on fire. He gets Jesse to tell his story but Hank still has no hard evidence. He wants Jesse to wear a wire but Jesse thinks there's a better way. 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:

1 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Among the books on Hank Schrader's bookshelf are the titles "Rainbow's End," "The Final Days," "The Money Harvest," "Big Secrets," "Mad Money," and "The Blue Nowhere." See more »

Goofs

When Jesse is near the front door and begins pouring gasoline in the living room, a shadow of a different person can be seen going across the fireplace. See more »

Quotes

Saul Goodman: I never should've left my dojo membership run out.
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Connections

References Deadwood (2004) See more »

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Chaotica
Performed by The Bambi Molesters
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Superb dialogue makes up for a not thoroughly gripping episode
14 February 2014 | by axel-kochSee all my reviews

"Rabid Dog" – as all Breaking Bad episodes with canine references in its title referring to Jesse – is the lull before the storm, preparing the audience for the final quarter of the season. Although lull is quite an understatement, considering that Jesse almost burned Walt's house down just one episode ago and the intensity is still omnipresent.

Yet for these three quarters of an hour, the immensely talented screen writing staff of the series got together to bring about a surprisingly amusing and quote-laden episode, whether it's the really good laughs (Jesse's "Yeah, Mr White is gay for me", Marie's psychiatrist's "Last week you were upset about the new parking rules", Saul's "But you got to understand, deep down he loves me") or the alarming, character-defining ones (Hank's "Pinkman gets killed, and we get it all on tape", Skyler's "We've come this far, what's one more?", Jesse's "Mr White… he's the devil"). Pardon me for listing all of this, but I really noticed this episode's extraordinarily great dialogue and just wanted to bring up these moments again.

With the Whites' hotel and a closer look on the Schraders' interior decoration (Loved to see a Deadwood box on their bookshelf), there was also some wonderful set design to enjoy, while Michael Slovis's cinematography was as impressing as all his other work on the series. Thus, while it is one of the less momentous episodes of the final eight and has a couple of scenes that go on for too long, "Rabid Dog" shows other qualities of Breaking Bad more clearly and furthers the excitement for the grand finale.


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