Description of “Breaking Bad” episodes that were first released on AMC March 8, 2009 – May 31, 2009; ganre – crime.
Breaking Bad overview of episodes (season 1)
1(8) episode Breaking Bad description
Having completed their deal with Tuco in the junkyard, Walt and Jesse realize how unhinged and violent he can become. Both Walt and Jesse are shaken by an ominous, black SUV. Jesse’s solution is to shoot Tuco before he kills them, but Walt has a more clandestine plan using ricin. Panic sets in when they think Tuco is killing his own associates. Hank reviews the security surveillance footage of the warehouse break-in without realizing it’s Walt and Jesse. Skyler tells Hank about Marie’s shoplifting, and learns she is getting therapy for kleptomania. Tuco kidnaps Jesse and Walt.
2(9) episode Breaking Bad description
Having been kidnapped by a crazed Tuco, Walt and Jesse are held prisoner by him in a desert shack where he often hides out and takes care of his sick uncle, who was once a drug kingpin but now is incapacitated because of a stroke, but can communicate with a bell. Walt’s brother-in-law Hank and the DEA have rolled Tuco’s entire organization, and Tuco thinks that one of his associates ratted him out. Walt unsuccessfully tries to feed Tuco the poison he prepared. Hank, meanwhile, takes a bit of time off to look for Walt. Skyler is sick with worry and has been distributing handbills with Walt’s photo. Hank remembers that Jesse Pinkman was Walt’s source of marijuana and tries to track him down. Using his bell to communicate, Tuco’s mute wheelchair-bound uncle alerts him to the fact that his prisoners are up to something. Tuco takes them outside and plans to kill them. Walt and Jesse manage to wound Tuco and escape. Hank shows up looking for Jesse, and is confronted by a wounded Tuco. A brief firefight ensues and Hank shoots Tuco dead.
3(10) episode Breaking Bad description
“Bit by a Dead Bee”
Having gotten away from Tuco, Walt and Jesse now have to get home and explain where they have been. Walt has a plan and they split up. He goes to a supermarket and takes off all of his clothes while walking around the aisles. He is hospitalized and claims to have no memory of where he has been for the last few days. Jesse returns to his house to clean out the basement and get rid of the RV. When the DEA track him down, he claims that he has been shacked up with a prostitute for the weekend. The police don’t believe him and think they know how to nail him: they bring in Tuco’s uncle to identify him, but he refuses to cooperate with the authorities.
4(11) episode Breaking Bad description
Walt and Jesse appear to be in the clear, but Jesse has no money and Walt can’t leave the room to cook meth without Skyler’s wondering where he is. Jesse’s parents are still fed up with him and his drug use, so they order him out of the house—it turns out they own it, not Jesse. He finds himself without a place to stay or any friends who will put him up for the night. He ends up tracking down his RV and spends the night in it. Walt’s overly correct behavior sets Skyler off on a binge of not telling him anything about what she is up to or whom she is seeing. She is fed up with Walt’s behavior and wants to know what is really going on.
5(12) episode Breaking Bad description
Walt continues his treatment and is starting to feel better but is concerned at the growing medical bills. Jesse begins to re-establish himself, paying off his debts and getting a new place to live. He develops an interest in his new next-door neighbor and landlord Jane Margolis. Walt and Jesse soon rev up the RV and are cooking again. Jesse’s not keen on selling the stuff on the street and suggests he and Walt take over Tuco’s role as a distributor. Hank and the DEA have come across the name Heisenberg and aren’t sure if he is real or just an urban legend. Hank is promoted and soon appointed to a tri-state drug task force, however he may have health issues of his own. Skinny Pete (one of Jesse’s dealers) has been ripped off by a drug-addicted couple, and Walt has made it known to Jesse that unless he does something about it, word will get around pretty quickly that Jesse and his crew are an easy mark.
6(13) episode Breaking Bad description
Jesse decides to confront the couple who ripped off Skinny Pete, but he soon realizes that he isn’t a very effective enforcer, and soon finds himself in over his head. Walt goes back to work, but not all is going smoothly. Walt’s story starts to unravel when Skyler gets a call from Gretchen Schwartz and Skyler thanks her for paying for Walt’s treatment. Gretchen doesn’t reveal the truth, but Walt’s bitterness at their past relationship—personal and business—comes out. Jesse has been overpowered and held hostage by the drug-addicted couple, but the female addict kills her partner, Spooge, by unbalancing a stolen ATM he is working on, crushing his head in retaliation for his repeatedly calling her a “skank”. Jesse recovers the meth and cash from the ATM, calls the police and flees the scene.
7(14) episode Breaking Bad description
“Negro y Azul”
Walt has trouble getting in touch with Jesse, who’s been avoiding him since his encounter with Spooge. Jesse is also not providing product to his dealers, so Walt arranges to deliver it. He learns that the word on the street is that Jesse killed Spooge and, due to his new reputation as a cold-blooded killer, they’re having no problem at all collecting payment. Walt decides the time has come to expand their territory and put Jesse’s new reputation to good use. Skyler decides to get a job and goes back to her old employer. Hank starts his new job on the task force. He has told his wife Marie it’s just a desk job, but he is on the front lines and very soon learns just how dangerous it can be.
8(15) episode Breaking Bad description
“Better Call Saul”
Walt and Jesse have yet another problem to deal with when one of their dealers, Jesse’s friend Badger, is arrested by the Albuquerque police. They end up hiring a shady lawyer, Saul Goodman, who has a unique way of ensuring that Badger gets off with a light sentence without having to give away Jesse or Walt’s identity. As Walt learns however, it may come at a very high price. Following the bombing in Juarez, Hank returns to his old job as a DEA Agent and is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. He puts on a brave face but is having trouble just getting out of bed in the morning. Walt decides to cheer him up and tells him to move on. Through a private investigator, Saul tracks down Walt at the school and offers his services for a cut of the profit.
9(16) episode Breaking Bad description
“4 Days Out”
Walt is convinced that his medical condition is deteriorating. He continues to have coughing fits and is now coughing up blood. After his attorney/adviser Saul crunches the numbers, Walt realizes that there isn’t much money left for his family. With an excuse of meeting his mother, he and Jesse set off for the desert for a marathon cooking session over an extended weekend. Jesse continues to cause trouble for them, this time by leaving the keys in the ignition and inadvertently draining the RV’s battery. They find themselves stuck in the middle of the desert, cold and without food and water. Walt’s knowledge of chemistry again saves the day.
10(17) episode Breaking Bad description
Despite the good news about his condition, Walt is feeling out of sorts and is generally unhappy, verging on anger. Skyler decides to throw a party to celebrate the news and thank all of their friends for their support, but Walt gets drunk and then into an argument with Hank that puts a damper on things. He is embarrassed about his behavior and tries to make amends all around, but it’s proving to be a challenge. He tries to channel his energies but eventually realizes what the problem is. Walt also tells Jesse the good news and tells him that he is finished with their little enterprise. Jesse’s relationship with Jane continues to grow, but he is taken aback when her father drops in to see her and she doesn’t introduce him as her boyfriend. The ensuing confrontation clarifies their relationship.
11(18) episode Breaking Bad description
After one of their dealers is murdered by a rival gang, Saul proposes new distribution method for Walt and Jesse’s product. Under stress, Jesse tells Jane what he does. Saul puts Walt in touch with a meth distributor named Gus, who agrees to purchase Walt’s product. However, Gus expresses concern about Jesse’s drug problem, which has escalated into heroin use due to Jane’s relapse. Skyler finds out that her boss at work, Ted, has been stealing from the firm, but due to their past relationship, she decides not to report it. Walt receives a large offer for the short-notice delivery of the remainder of their inventory, but at the same time receives a call from Skyler, notifying him of her imminent labor.
12(19) episode Breaking Bad description
Walt delivers the inventory in time, but misses his daughter’s birth. Jesse confronts Walt about his share of the payment, but Walt refuses to disburse the funds until Jesse can prove his sobriety. Jesse and Jane’s addiction is discovered by Jane’s father, Donald, who agrees to give her one day to settle her affairs before going to rehab. In an effort to minimize the cost of Walt’s upcoming surgery, Walt Jr. sets up a website to gather donations for his father’s medical expenses. It is quickly used by Saul as a way to forward Walt’s earnings without raising suspicion. After discovering Jesse’s payday, Jane blackmails Walt into delivering Jesse’s share. By chance, Walt goes to a bar and meets Jane’s father. Later, Walt returns to Jesse’s to attempt to make amends and to help him break his addiction. He finds Jesse and Jane passed out in bed after a drug binge, both lying on their sides. He tries to shake Jesse conscious and as he does so, Jane flops over onto her back. Jane vomits and begins to suffocate. Although the episode has established that Walt knows exactly what to do in such an emergency, he simply stands and watches his would-be blackmailer die.
13(20) episode Breaking Bad description
Jesse awakens, discovers Jane is dead, and contacts Walt. Walt contacts Saul, who sends his PI/cleaner Mike (Jonathan Banks) to mitigate Jesse’s involvement with Jane’s death. Thinking Jane’s death was his fault, Jesse gets depressed and runs away. After finding him in a crack house, Walter takes Jesse to rehab. Walt’s funds are funneled into his son’s website, which attracts the attention of the media, causing Walt to be overcome with guilt. Walt’s secretive behavior is made prominent once again when he accidentally references a second cell phone while under the initial effects of anesthesia moments before his surgery. This prompts Skyler to investigate deeper, thereby revealing many of Walt’s lies, which spurs her to leave him. Jane’s father, an air traffic controller, distraught from his daughter’s death (which Walt deliberately refused to prevent), causes a mid-air collision, resulting in debris and human remains raining down onto the Whites’ residence, as well as the rest of Albuquerque.
Breaking Bad overview of episodes (season 3)