Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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ABQ 

Walt's lies have pushed Skyler to her limit. She leaves with the kids. Meanwhile, Jesse blames himself for Jane's death and goes into rehab.

Director:

Adam Bernstein

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Vince Gilligan
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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.
Jonathan Banks ... Mike Ehrmantraut
Giancarlo Esposito ... Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
Krysten Ritter ... Jane Margolis
John de Lancie ... Donald Margolis
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Sam McMurray ... Dr. Victor Bravenec
Michael Shamus Wiles ... ASAC George Merkert
David House David House ... Dr. Delcavoli
Phil Howell Phil Howell ... O.M.I. Attendant (as Philip Howell)
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Storyline

Walt's operation is all set to go forward but under sedation, he tells Skyler something that she did not want to hear. As a result, all of his lies - getting money from the Schwartz's, visiting his mother for four days, having a second cell phone - unravel before him. Once recovered from his operation, Skyler tells him to leave. At the DEA, Hank is convinced that Heisenberg is still on the loose but has become much more sophisticated in the way he is distributing his now infamous blue meth. A chance encounter reveals to someone Walt's connection to Hank. Jesse learns the true cost of his drug habit when girlfriend Jane overdoses. Her distraught father returns to work too soon and the result is a tragic, massive accident. 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:

31 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Aaron Paul, when Mike is smacking Jesse, Jonathan Banks was really smacking him without holding back. See more »

Goofs

In the bedroom scene between Skyler and Walt, the clothes that Skyler is folding and putting into the suitcases changes between shots from different angles. See more »

Quotes

Skyler White: Flynn, get your butt in here!
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Connections

References Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Afterglow
Written by Steve Gorn
Performed by Steve Gorn
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Pushed to the limit
6 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.

"ABQ" is yet another amazing episode of a consistently great season, for me it's in the top three of Season 2 along with "Grilled" and "Phoenix" and couldn't have been a better season finale. It has intensity but is also one of the show's most emotionally devastating episodes.

Visually, "ABQ" 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 "ABQ" 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 taut.

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 characters are compelling in their realism.

Overall, amazing and powerful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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