Breakage

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Tensions and bills mount at the White household. Hank makes progress at work, but struggles with some residual effects from his encounter with Tuco. Jesse takes charge and assembles a crew of dealers to get their product out on the streets.

Breaking Bad Season 2 Episode 5 “Breakage” – [Official Text Credit amctv.com]

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Skyler line – “Perhaps I smoked them in a fugue state”

Favourite Hank line – “Well, we keep hearing a name. Heisenberg. Lately pretty much every dimebagger we come across.”

Favourite Marie line – “Let me get this straight. You call in sick the day after receiving a long awaited, career boosting promotion so you can play Oktoberfest in your man cave”

Favourite Gomez line – “Oh hell yeah cos you’re buying.”

Favourite Jane line – “Really? Does it inspire awe?”

Favourite Dr. Delcavoli line – “I prefer to think of it as streamlined”

Favourite Combo line – “The ladies, they cream up real nice for some candles and shit.”

Favourite Skinny Pete line – “Feng Shui yo, I can dig it”

Favourite Badger line – “They got 3d coming out like any day now, that’s what I’m waiting for. Porn! Like 3d tatas right in your face, yo”

Favourite Walt line – “So you’re going to what? Snort meth off a bowie knife? You’re gonna beat your homies to death when they “dis” you?”

Favourite Jesse line – “Like Kmart, shit breaks”

Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –

Jesse: “Keeping things on the DL”

Walter: “I’m guessing this one doesn’t bounce.”

Favourite Jane/Jesse exchange

Jane – “And in addition to first and last, I want two more months. D.B.A.A. fee, non-refundable.”
Jesse – “Yeah, of course. Non-refundable. D.B.A.A. Obviously. Yeah. Alright…so, uh…what’s D.B.A.A?”
Jane – “Don’t Be An Asshole.”

Favourite scenes –

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The scene with Jesse and Jane.

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Also the scene where Hanks boss asks him to update him on the status of Tuco.

Boss : Bring me up to speed on Tuco Salamanca.
Hank : Dead.
Boss: Still?
Hank: Completely.
Boss: Ok then, Well, thanks for stopping by.

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Jesse setting up his crew.

Notable Music – “Peanut Vendor” by Alvin “Red” Tyler for the selling meth montage.

Ending Song – Yet another version of the Breaking Bad theme composed by Dave Porter

Jesse Lightbulb Moment # – “We got to be Tuco. Alright, cut out the middle man, run our own game”

Notable Shots –

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A lovely wide shot. The thing I love most about the wide shots is we get to enjoy the spaciousness and beauty of New Mexico.

Episode Running Time on DVD – 45mins 26secs

DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Breakage –

Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 5, “Breakage” with creator Vince Gilligan, writer Moira Walley-Beckett, and star Dean Norris (Hank Schrader) Running time 34m49s. Click here for the MP3 file. Click here for podcasts via the Apple iTunes store – podcasts are free.

Links to other reviews of this episode – AV ClubAlan SepinwallThe TV Critic

Snoskred Notes –

Once again we start out with some of that non-linear storytelling Vince Gilligan talks about. We don’t really know what we are looking at or why we are looking at it, but by the end of the episode all has been made clear to us.

Another fantastic episode where a lot happens. For just Jesse – he fixes things up with the storage guy, gets a new car, gets a new house, cooks some more meth, sets up his friends as dealers, moves some crystal, counts some cash.. and then.. Spooge and his giggling meth skank enter the picture.

Hence, breakage. And this leads us to the next episode “Peekaboo” which is by far one of my all time favourite Breaking Bad episodes – and it scored Aaron Paul an Emmy nomination, as well.

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At the same time there is much going on elsewhere, most importantly Hank is having a little meltdown. That scene at the end is intense – we are not sure to begin with – are the bangs Hank is hearing real, or just in his mind?

Another montage to add to our list of montages – Jesse and crew slinging meth – blind dropping, and counting cash.

The science of Breaking Bad – Breakage

Episode Count –

Twelve episodes down – 50 episodes to go.

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