4 Days Out

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After Walt undergoes a PET-CT scan, he and his family wait for news about his cancer treatment progress. Fearing the worst, Walt follows Saul’s advice to cook as much product as he can with the time he has left. Jesse’s relationship with Jane develops, but is put on hold when he and Walt retreat to the desert for their marathon cook.

Breaking Bad Season 2 Episode 9 “4 Days Out” – [Official Text Credit amctv.com]

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Skyler line – “I need you to stay positive with me here.”

Favourite Hank line – “We’re going to be here, you kidding me?”

Favourite Marie line – “Doctors like people to think that they’re so much smarter than the technicians.”

Favourite Jane line – “Boy, you need some educating.”

Favourite Walt line – “How about something with some protein, maybe? Something green, huh? How are you even alive?”

Favourite Jesse line – “You need to cut out all your loser crybaby crap right now and think of something scientific!”

Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –

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Jesse: Yo, you wanna go shopping, go do it yourself, alright? I got plans.

Walter: Smoking marijuana, eating Cheetos and masturbating do not constitute plans in my book.

Favourite Saul/Walt exchange –

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Saul – Look, let’s crunch some numbers. How much money are we laundering?

Walter – At this time…$16,000.

Saul – How long you been doing this?

Walter – We’ve had some extenuating circumstances.

Saul – Yeah, apparently. All right, $16,000 laundered at 75 cents on the dollar, minus my fee, which is 17%, comes out to $9,960. Congratulations, you’ve just left your family a second hand Subaru.

Favourite scenes –

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I love this sunshiny scene with Jane and Jesse. Such a happy moment. 🙂

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Seems like the ice is thawing a little between these two, doesn’t it?

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Hear me now, bitches! Jesse made a little antenna contraption. Walt is not the only scientist! 😉

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I wanted to leave them on the counter, bitch. Wow, the way Aaron Paul coils Jesse up and lashes out verbally here, what a thing of beauty. Jesse is becoming more outspoken with Walt, more willing to stand up for himself, as time goes on.

Notable Music – “Good Morning Freedom” (on youtube) by Blue Mink (Wikipedia) for the driving the RV timelapse and montage.

Ending Song – “One By One” (on youtube) by The Black Seeds (Band Website) – this song also plays during the cooking montage.

Jesse Lightbulb Moment – Methylamine doesn’t spoil.

Notable Shots –

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This shot they almost did not get, according to the commentary. So glad they did, how beautiful is this!

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This shot where the camera stays locked and the RV gets closer is gorgeous, the blue sky, the gold foliage, the mountains just over there. What a picturesque place New Mexico is.

Episode Running Time on DVD – 45m 26s

DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – 4 Days Out –

DVD Commentary – with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, director Michelle MacLaren, and Michael Slovis

Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 9, “4 Days Out” with creator Vince Gilligan, Director Michelle MacLaren, writer Sam Catlin and composer Dave Porter. Running time 43m09s. 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 –

This episode is awesome From the minute Jesse picks up Walt at the airport, everything that follows is wonderful. Every line is amazing, the acting is incredible, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are on.fire. and at one point almost literally!

So let us talk for a minute about a “bottle episode“. Four Days Out is considered to be a bottle episode, where there are not a lot of locations and not a lot of cast – for the most part this episode is just Jesse and Walt in the RV.

In an interview here, which I do not recommend you read unless you have seen *all* of Breaking Bad because there are spoilers for season 3 – Vince Gilligan says re a bottle episode in Season 3 –

“..the reason for doing a bottle episode is to help keep your schedule and stay on budget. Having said that, even if that weren’t the case, even if financial realities didn’t enter into it, I feel as a showrunner that there should be a certain shape and pace to each season, and the really high highs that you try to get to at the end of a season—the big dramatic moments of action and violence, the big operatic moments you’re striving for—I don’t think would land as hard if you didn’t have the moments of quiet that came before them. The quiet episodes make the tenser, more dramatic episodes pop even more than they usually would just by their contrast. That’s the way we perceive it, and that’s the way we try to shape our season.”

If we do not include establishing shots – eg out the front of Saul’s office, out the front of Jesse’s place – There are just 3 locations for this episode.

Albuquerque International Sunport – the actual airport for Albuquerque, New Mexico (Location 1)

Driving the RV montage – (various locations but done from inside the RV)

The RV out in a field (Location 2) – not very far from Q studios where the Breaking Bad sets are, according to the commentary track

Back to Albuquerque International Sunport – Location 1 again

The science of Breaking Bad – 4 Days Out

Episode Count –

Sixteen episodes down, 46 to go

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