Face Off

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Walt and Jesse team up to take on Gus. With Saul’s help, Walt finds an unexpected ally.

Breaking Bad Season Four, Episode Thirteen “Face Off” – [Official Text Credit: amctv.com]

There is no real way to talk about some parts of what happens in this episode without spoiling people who have not seen it yet. So, just be warned, spoilers for the end of Season 4 exist within this post.

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Walt Jr line – “Look, this is a serious situation, and it is like you are not taking it seriously.”

Favourite Skyler line – “Jesus Walt, the news here..”

Favourite Hank line – “You mean the old crippled guy with the bell rather crap on our floor than talk to us? Nah I don’t remember him at all, why?”

Favourite Marie line – “Well I hope you sell plenty of air fresheners. I hope you just have a banner day over there, ok Walt? Dont worry about a thing here. Goodbye.”

Favourite Gus line – “A crippled little rata. What a reputation to leave behind. Is that how you want to be remembered? Last chance to look at me, Hector.”

Favourite Saul line – “Christ, you two. All I can say is if I ever get anal polyps, I know what to name them.” – “You two wanna go stick your wangs in a hornets nest.. its a free country, but how come I always gotta get sloppy seconds, huh?”

Favourite Bingo Lady line – “The next number in this cover all game, where you cover the whole she mole” -how does one even spell this word, lol.

Favourite Nurse line – “You need to go poopy? Huh? Did you go poopy already?”

Favourite Walt line – “I won.”

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Favourite Jesse line – “Could I just ask my own question right now, at this point. Did you just bring a BOMB into a hospital?”

Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –

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Walter: “Thank god. Oh, thank god.”

Jesse: “You know, they’re still saying it wasn’t the ricin.”

Walter: “I don’t understand. Then what was it?”

Jesse: “Saying it was most likely a flower called Lily of the Valley. Its like common, got these red berries on it that, i guess, taste sweet and little kids eat it and wind up poisoning themselves. That’s it, nothing more.”

Favourite scenes –

Every line is incredible. Every scene is incredible. There is pretty much no way to differentiate between the awesomeness of one scene, and the awesomeness of another scene. So no favourite scenes today.

Notable Music – Apparat, “Goodbye (instrumental)” (on youtube)

Ending Song – The Breaking Bad theme composed by Dave Porter

Jesse Lightbulb Moment – Remembering Uncle Tio.

Notable Shots –

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Family Cam.

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Jesse Cam

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Lab Cam

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Alphabet Cam

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Bell Cam

Episode Running Time on DVD – 50m 23s

DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Face Off; Inside the Explosive Finale; Face Off commentary with Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Giancarlo Esposito, Greg Nicotero and Bill Powloski

Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 413 “Face Off” with Kelley Dixon, Vince Gilligan, Melissa Bernstein, Bill Powloski, Tom Schnauz, Skip Macdonald, Andrew Ortner. Running time 1h00m14s. 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 –

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What a waste of the chemicals in the bee barrel. If only they had put them in their car, instead.

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That last final shot.. incredible. I remember when I saw this the first time, I was so shocked. The lengths to which Walt will go. I would not have believed it, but this is the roller coaster ride we are on.

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And so it is a sad goodbye to Gus. What an amazing character he has been!

The science of Breaking Bad – Face Off

Episode Count –
Forty-six episodes down, 16 to go


One thought on “Face Off

  1. “What a waste of the chemicals in the bee barrel. If only they had put them in their car, instead.”

    Yeah – but that’s only phenylacetic acid. We synthesize it ourselves. All the ingredients are here. Any sophomore chemistry student can make it.

    Of course, how long that takes? I don’t know. I have no idea. Several hours, at least.


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