Walt becomes obsessed with a contaminant in the lab and refuses to finish the cook until it is eliminated. A frustrated Jesse attempts to get Walt back on track.
~ Favourites ~
We’re going to do things a little differently this episode – this is what they call a “bottle” episode and as such, the characters for this episode were only Walt and Jesse –
Favourite Jesse line – “Yo, gatorade me, bitch”
Second Favourite Jesse line – “We’re making meth here, not space shuttles”
Great Jesse lines –
– “Is that your fly sabre”
– “You didn’t happen to try our product”
– “We make poison for people who don’t care, we probably have the most unpicky customers in the world”
– “Did you know that there’s an acceptable level of rat turds that can go into candy bars? It’s the government, jack. Even government doesn’t care that much about quality. You know what is okay to put in hot dogs? Huh? Pig lips and assholes. But I say, hey, have at it bitches ’cause I love hot dogs”
Favourite Walt line – “Say Goodnight” (he says this, to a fly!)
Second Favourite Walt line – ” I mean, I truly believe there exists some combination of words. There must exist certain words in a certain specific order that can explain all of this, but with her I just can’t ever seem to find them”
Great Walt Lines –
– “Is there a discernible point to this story, a point that you will be arriving at sometime in the near future?”
– “No end in sight”
– “You don’t decontaminate by contaminating further”
– “My God, the universe is random, it’s chaos. It’s subatomic particles and endless pings, collision – that’s what science teaches us.”
Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –
Jesse – Exactly what kind of contaminant are we dealing with here?
Walter – …Fly.
Jesse – What do you mean? Fly, like…like what do you mean?
Walter – I mean, a fly. A housefly.
Jesse – Like, uh, one fly? Singular? What’d it do?
Walter – It got into the lab and I’m trying to get it out, okay? Understand?
Jesse – No, man, not really. I can’t say that I’m really following you here. Dude, you scared the shit out of me! When you say it’s contamination, I’m thinking like an Ebola leak or something.
Walter – [scoffs] Ebola.
Jesse – Yeah, it’s a disease on the Discovery Channel where all your intestines sort of just slip right out of your butt.
Walter – Thank you, I know what Ebola is.
Jesse – Uh-huh.
Walter – Now tell me, what would a West African virus be doing in our lab, hm?
Jesse – So, you’re chasing around a fly, and in your world I’m the idiot.
Favourite scenes –
Jesse running through the laundry asking for “El Axo”,
Jesse pulling a sleeping Walt across the lab..
Notable Music – “Simplemente Amame” by Cumbre Norteña when Walt locks Jesse out of the lab.
Ending Song – The Breaking Bad theme composed by Dave Porter
Jesse Lightbulb Moment – Drugging Walt’s coffee – this may be the best lightbulb moment ever, and I think Jesse should do it on a regular basis. 🙂
Notable Shots –
Did you spot this shot? It is right at the end, when Walt is in bed staring at the ceiling smoke detector, it is so quick you could miss it.
Episode Running Time on DVD – 45m 22s
DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Fly –
Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 310 “Fly” with Vince Gilligan, Director Rian Johnson, Visual Effects Supervisor Matt Beck, Bryan Cranston, Running time 52m53s. Click here for the MP3 file. Click here for podcasts via the Apple iTunes store – podcasts are free.
Snoskred Notes –
This is a love it or hate it episode. Me personally, I LOVE IT because it gives us plenty of time with Walt and Jesse – something which has been slightly lacking in Season 3. There are so, so many moments during this episode where I am laughing out loud.
So why is this episode either loved or hated? It is a “bottle episode” which is said to be cheaper to produce, etc. Though Four Days Out was considered to be one as well and that was one of the most expensive episodes of s2.
I did a little googling trying to find some bad reviews of it but so far have been not very successful at finding any – the critics and reviewers in general loved this episode. I do remember reading people posting comments that they did not like it – in comment sections about the place. Here is a good example – Alan Sepinwall gives it a great review, then the comments section has some people who were not great fans of the episode. and people who were great fans of it..
Outfit note – Welcome back to the skull with tongue t-shirt from episodes 1-3 of season 2. Jesse has this time thoughtfully paired it with an army style jacket.
The science of Breaking Bad – Fly
Episode Count –
Thirty episodes down, 32 to go