When Walt and Jesse’s crew of dealers begins to dwindle, Saul proposes a new business partner. Meanwhile, Skyler makes a disturbing discovery at work and confronts Ted. Jesse divulges his real profession to Jane, and their relationship takes a dangerous turn.

Breaking Bad Season Two, Episode Eleven “Mandala” – [Official Text Credit:]

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Ted line – “The IRS is grinding me down to a nub”

Favourite Skyler line – “Ted, people go to prison for this.”

Favourite Jane line – “Like you’re a drug dealer? I kinda got that.”

Favourite Gus line – “I don’t think we’re alike at all, Mr. White. You’re not a cautious man at all. Your partner was late. And he was high.”

Favourite Saul line – “Look, let’s start with some tough love, alright? Ready for this? Here it goes: you two suck at peddling meth. Period.”

Favourite Skinny Pete line – “This game we playin. we don’t got the street cred to survive it.”

Favourite Walt line – “It is impeccable. It is the purest, most chemically sound product on the market, anywhere.”

Favourite Jesse line – “We’re on the verge of making some serious coin, Skinny.”

Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –


Walter: “What is it?”

Jesse: “Combo’s dead. Shot”

Walter: “Which one is he?”

Jesse: “You did not just say that to me.”

Walter: “Jesse, listen..”

Jesse: “Yeah, figures.” {Jesse hangs up on Walt}

Favourite scenes –


Obsessed with wax candles Lady.


Jane deciding to stay.


When the packages of crystal are falling from their hiding place.

Notable Music – “Enchanted” by The Platters (on Youtube) plays as Jesse shoots heroin for the first time.

Ending Song – The Breaking Bad theme, composed by Dave Porter.

Jesse Lightbulb Moment – Proving that drugs really are not good for you, Jesse is without any lightbulb moments this week, he’s too busy floating to the ceiling.

Notable Shots –


This one is a beauty. Walt reflecting in the window.


This is a great shot of Combo – did you spot the airplane contrail?


Jesse floating to the ceiling. Make sure to listen to the podcast if you want to hear the story of this shot – about 27 minutes in & there is a big discussion about different songs they tried with this shot.

Episode Running Time on DVD – 45m 26s

DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Mandala –

Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 11, “Mandala” with creator Vince Gilligan, writer George Mastras, music supervisor Thomas Golubic and actor RJ Mitte. Running time 40m54s. 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 –


Most cringeworthy moment – Skyler singing to Ted.. how uncomfortable was everyone standing and watching?


Los Pollos Hermanos = The Chicken Brothers.


Anna Gunn tells a story in one of the season 5 commentary tracks about a fan who told her that he and his wife text Pollos to each other from time to time, for fun. This is the first episode we see Pollos as a text message. It will *not* be the last time we see it.


We meet some characters for the first time – Gus and also, Victor.


We meet Victor at 40 minutes into the episode, and the next 5 minutes and 26 seconds are in.sane.

The science of Breaking Bad – Mandala

Episode Count –

Eighteen episodes down, 44 to go


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