Negro Y Azul

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Rumors fly about Jesse’s recent actions as he and Walt discuss expanding their business into new territories. Hank struggles to fit in with his new co-workers in El Paso. Skyler pursues a new job opportunity that reconnects her with a former colleague. Jesse gets to know his landlord, Jane.

Breaking Bad Season 2 Episode 7 “Negro Y Azul” – [Official Text Credit amctv.com]

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Walt Jr line – “This is raisin bran, not raisin bran crunch”

Favourite Skyler line – “Big lunch”

Favourite Hank line – “Your snitch has really earned his nickname, are we just on manyana time?”

Favourite Skinny Pete line – “And thats church yo, for real”

Favourite Marie line – “As big as you are!”

Favourite Jane line – “That’s way too big of a commitment”

Favourite Vanco line – “What’s the matter, Schrader? You act like you’ve never seen a severed human head on a tortoise before!”

Favourite Walt line – “The blow fish puffs up, okay? The blow fish puffs himself up four, five times larger than normal but why? Why does he do that? Because it makes him intimidating, that’s why.”

Favourite Jesse line – “The game has changed, yo. This is our city, alright? All of it. The whole damn place. Our territory. We’re staking our claim. Yo, we sell when we want, where we want. We’re gonna be kings, understand? Well, I’m gonna be king and you guys will be, like, princes or dukes or something.”

Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –

Jesse: “Well, we’re set. Boys are ready. Gonna make some mad cheddar, yo. [Walter looks at Jesse] Cheddar, Mr. White. Fat stacks. Dead Presidents. Cash money. We’re gonna own this city.”

Walter: “We’re not charging enough.”

Jesse: “What?”

Walter: “Corner the market, then raise the price. Simple economics.”

Favourite scenes –

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All the scenes at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History were a feast for the eyes – you almost wanted to be viewing the exhibits more than watching the show.

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I need to make mention of a Jesse outfit. In the scene where he leaves his cave on the way to Costco to snag a big screen.. check out the amazing t-shirt and jacket Jesse is wearing. A skull with a crown and bling, on the t-shirt. And he is wearing that t-shirt when he gives the King speech. 🙂 Is there a significance, the fact that the crown is on a skull? I’m not certain, but I really love the outfit.

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I love that Hank’s nausea = his safety in the end. And I think what happened to Vanco is a little bit of karma there. But Hank, the good guy, goes to help him and doesn’t hold a grudge for the unpleasantness Vanco has shown towards him.

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Oh, and Jane likes Jesse. Awww.

Notable Music – “Negro y Azul: Ballad of Heisenberg” (on youtube) by Los Cuates de Sinaloa

Ending Song – We started with it, might as well finish with it, too! “Negro y Azul: Ballad of Heisenberg” by Los Cuates de Sinaloa

Jesse Lightbulb Moment – The kings and princes speech. “The game has changed, yo. This is our city, alright? All of it. The whole damn place. Our territory. We’re staking our claim. Yo, we sell when we want, where we want. We’re gonna be kings, understand? Well, I’m gonna be king and you guys will be, like, princes or dukes or something.”

Notable Shots –

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Talk about wide shots, this may well be the ultimate wide shot. What an amazing image.

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I love this shot for so many reasons.

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One wonders if there is a deeper message in this shot. 😉

Episode Running Time on DVD – 45m 26s

DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Negro Y Azul –

Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 7, “Negro y Azul” with creator Vince Gilligan, writer/producer John Shiban, editor Lynne Willingham, actor RJ Mitte (Walter Jr), and music supervisor Thomas Golubic Running time 47m31s 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 –

Negro Y Azul = Black and Blue

If you will like to know the translation for the song at the start of the episode – click here for Negro Y Azul on Breaking Bad Wikia.

It is a bit of a disadvantage Hank not speaking spanish. And of course for the rest of us, the viewers, who do not have a working knowledge of spanish, the lack of subtitles can sometimes be a bit of a problem.

A huge shout out to the The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History where the scenes with Heisenberg, Skinny Pete, Badger and Combo, and Jesse with the same crew, were filmed. What a visually spectacular location! An especially fascinating location choice given the history of the “real” Werner Heisenberg.

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It is a big welcome to Christopher Cousins as Ted Beneke.

And some Skyler history coming to us as a surprise – she used to work at Beneke Fabricators as an accountant, and she once told Marie that Ted was “Mr Grabby Hands”.

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Also a note that the “blowfish” scene features somewhat prominently in the season 2 gag reel where Bryan Cranston keeps calling Jesse “Jeff”.

I will put a link to the gag reel here but Please Do Not Watch if you have never seen season 2 in full before, as it may contain spoilers. Said spoilers may make no sense to you as yet so if you’re ok taking the risk, or if you have already seen Season 2 in full, click here for the Season 2 gag reel on youtube.

The science of Breaking Bad – Negro Y Azul

Episode Count –

Fourteen episodes down, 48 to go

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