Phoenix

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The Whites welcome a new addition. Walter Jr. launches a new website in an effort to aid his struggling family. Jesse’s addiction begins to spiral out of control. Jane and Jesse’s relationship leads to friction with both Walt and Donald.

Breaking Bad Season Two, Episode Twelve “Phoenix” – [Official Text Credit: amctv.com]

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Walt Jr line –

Favourite Skyler line – “Uhoh, that babys hungry. Give me that baby”

Favourite Hank line – “I think this joint gives KFC a run for their money”

Favourite Marie line – “Why don’t we ever get Chinese?”

Favourite Jane line – “Do right by Jesse tonight or I will burn you to the ground”

Favourite Ted line – “Let me get out of your way here so you two, you three, can be alone, ok.”

Favourite Saul line – “Zombies.”

Favourite Walt line – “Like you dropped the ball? When have you ever not dropped the ball, Jesse.”

Favourite Jesse line – “I pay my rent bitch, alright, I got civil rights”

Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –

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Walter: “You are joking, right? If I gave you that money, you would be dead inside of a week.”

Jesse: “Yo man, look, I’m off the heroin. I didn’t even like it, anyway. It made me sick. And the meth, y’know, I could take it or leave it. I’m clean, Mr. White. For real.”

Walter: “Prove it. Pee in that.”

Jesse: “How gay are you seriously?”

Walter: “Pee in it! They’re selling testing kits at the drug stores. If you are clean, I will give you every last dime. [Jesse is silent] No, huh? Well I guess until then, you’ll just have to depend on the kindness of strangers to get high. That and your little junkie girlfriend.”

Favourite Jesse/Jane exchange –

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Jesse: “Is New Zealand part of Australia?”

Jane: “New Zealand is New Zealand!”

Jesse: “Right on. New Zealand, that’s where they, uh, that’s where they made Lord of the Rings! I say we just move there, yo! I mean, you could do your art, right? Like, you could like paint the local castles and shit, and I can be a bush pilot!”

Favourite scenes –

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Los Pollos Hermanos for dinner at the Walt & Skyler house.

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Walt and Saul.

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Jesse, Jane, and Janes Dad. What an amazing scene this was, possibly the best scene of Season 2.

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Water on mars. Walt meeting Janes Dad.

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The look on Walt’s face in the final scene. At one point he is like this solves everything, and then he gets emotional about it.

Notable Music – “Green Grass & High Tides” (on youtube) by The Outlaws (official website)

Ending Song –

Jesse Lightbulb Moment – Checking his voice mail.

Notable Shots – Silence, then the Breaking Bad theme composed by Dave Porter.

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The story of this shot can be found on the podcast for this episode.

Episode Running Time on DVD – 45m 29s

DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Phoenix –

Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 12, “Phoenix” with creator Vince Gilligan and writer/producer John Shiban. Running time 48m48s. 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 –

Long teaser at just over 4:48. During which time Bryan Cranston crashed the Aztec into the motel, for reals. Listen to the podcast for the story of that one. Plus the story of having more than one Aztec, The 7-8 day shooting schedule, and more!

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We should talk about Jane, now. Originally I liked her.. by the time we get to the you all know which scene in Jesse’s bedroom, the writers have done a very effective job of making her someone we can easily dislike, or even hate. The fact that she got Jesse started on Heroin, for one. The way she speaks to Walt, who whatever he has done, we the viewer are still supportive of.. the blackmail.

Do any of us wish Walt had done something for her? That is a question I am not sure I have an answer to. What do you think?

The science of Breaking Bad – Phoenix

Episode Count –

Nineteen episodes down, 43 to go

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