Fifty-One

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Walt celebrates another birthday. Skyler considers her options. An associate complicates Walt and Jesse’s plan.

Breaking Bad Season Five, Episode Four “Fifty-One” – [Official Text Credit: amctv.com]

~ Favourites ~

Favourite Lydia line – “Please tell me thats not what I think it is.”

Favourite Walt Jr line – “You drive like a geezer.”

Favourite Skyler line – “For the cancer to come back”

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Favourite Marie line – “Skyler, isn’t that freezing?”

Favourite Gomez line – “Too uptight, too together”

Favourite Gus line – “She was wearing mismatched shoes. How together can she be?”

Favourite Mike line – “You don’t know this woman like I do. I had a chance to deal with this before and I gave her a pass. That’s what I get for being sexist. Now excuse me.”

Favourite Walt line – “See this watch? It’s a birthday present. The person who gave me this wanted me dead, too. Not that long ago, he pointed a gun right between my eyes right here and he threatened to kill me. He changed his mind about me, Skyler. And so will you.”

Favourite Jesse line – “I’m the guy”

Favourite Jesse/Walt exchange –

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I love Jesse giving Walt the present.

Favourite scenes –

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The mismatched shoes of Lydia.

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Hank – “Whoah, hey ho, pool party”

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Walt appearing in the pool.

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The scene with Mike, Walt and Jesse is great.

Notable Music – “Bonfire” by Knife Party (on Youtube) plays as Walt and Walt Jr. arrive home with their new cars)

Ending Song – The Breaking Bad theme composed by Dave Porter

Jesse Lightbulb Moment – Talking Mike out of killing Lydia. This was an important moment for multiple reasons which will become clear soon.

Notable Shots –

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Aztek Mirror Cam

Episode Running Time on DVD – 47m 26s

DVD Extras – Inside Breaking Bad – Fifty-One; Inside Breaking Bad – Making of Fifty-One; Commentary with Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Rian Johnson and Sam Catlin; Deleted Scene: “I’m Just Tired”

Insider podcast – Breaking Bad editor Kelley Dixon discusses Episode 504 “Fifty One” with Vince Gilligan, Anna Gunn, Rian Johnson and Michelle MacLaren Running time 1 hour 23 minutes 54 seconds. 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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Emmy Nominations for this episode – Anna Gunn for best supporting actress

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Some people do not love the teaser for this episode. They say it is too much product placement and/or various other reasons. I am not one of those people. I love this teaser. First of all I love that Walt Jr gets the challenger. He should have had it all along, in my opinion. Drat Skyler and her stick to the story thingy.

Second, this teaser says so much about where Walt is at. He doesn’t care what Skyler thinks anymore. He doesn’t care about the story anymore. He is gonna do whatever the heck he wants to do. And if he wants a flashy car, he is going to have it. Even if he has to lease it to keep Skyler in line. Walt has gone full Heisenberg, and nothing stops the Heisenberg train.

Thirdly, this car is SO HEISENBERG. You could not come up with a more Heisenberg vehicle. The car is a Chrysler 300 SRT-8. Here is a nice article about the cars of Breaking Bad – The Cars of Breaking Bad – And what they symbolise.

Finally, I love the piece of music they used. “Bonfire” by Knife Party.

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It is a sad goodbye to The Aztek

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Ooh, remember those bee barrels they wasted back in Face Off? Ironic that this is what they need now, and they have GPS trackers attached.

The science of Breaking Bad – Fifty-One

Episode Count –

Fifty episodes down, 12 to go

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