Breaking Bad

Thursday 17 February, 12:05am on Five USA

The drama series about a terminally ill family man who turns to a life of crime continues its second season. In this instalment, Jesse’s efforts to reclaim his stolen drugs are compromised by a small child, and Walt’s lies continue to unravel. After his associate Skinny Pete is robbed (see last week’s episode, ‘Breakage’), Jesse asks Pete for the name and address of those responsible. It transpires that a drug addict called Spooge and his girlfriend have stolen an ounce of meth. “Those two need to get got,” Pete says. Outside Spooge’s ramshackle house, Jesse draws his pistol. Nobody is in, so Jesse breaks a window and enters the dank living room littered with rubbish, ripped-up furniture and dirty laundry. Waiting on the sofa, Jesse is joined by a halfdressed five-year-old boy. Turning on the television, the child sits on the other end of the couch. “I’m hungry,” he tells Jesse. Jesse fixes the child something to eat and eventually the two addicts return home. Mindful of the boy’s safety, Jesse carries him into a bedroom, then attacks the couple, pistol-whipping Spooge. Jesse gets the thieves to hand over a little of his stolen meth, but no cash. Just as he threatens to shoot their kneecaps, the boy walks back into the living room. Spooge’s girlfriend embraces her son, making it impossible for Jesse to morally do anything while he is in the room. “We got your money, man,” Spooge says. There is, however, a catch – it is inside a locked cash machine that has been stolen from a corner shop. As Spooge pounds away at the ATM with a sledgehammer, Jesse notices that the junkie’s child has once again wandered off. Jesse takes the opportunity to chastise the couple for their poor parenting. “How about you feed the kid a decent meal every now and then, huh?” Jesse says. He is then distracted and is overpowerd by the two addicts. “Call me a bad mother – I’ll show you a bad mother, bitch,” Spooge’s girlfriend says, pointing the gun at Jesse. Will he be able to smooth-talk his way out of this possibly lethal situation?

Thursday 10 February, 12:05am on Five USA

The drama series about a terminally ill family man who turns to a life of crime continues its second season. In this instalment, Hank and Jesse attempt to expand their drug business to help pay for Walt’s escalating hospital bills, but find it difficult to enforce their own rules. Following a chemotherapy session, Walt’s doctor recommends that he be cautiously optimistic about his chances of recovery. But Walt’s optimism fades quickly when he sees the final bill for the treatment. To make matters worse, Skyler tells Walt that his three-day hospital stay (see last week’s episode, ‘Down’) cost the family an additional $13,000. That night, Walt counts his drug money, realising that after everything he has been through, he still has almost nothing. Later, out in the desert, Walt and Jesse cook up a new batch of meth and quarrel about their partnership. Walt wants Jesse to sell small quantities to avoid dealing with a mad man like Tuco again. “The DEA’s up my ass -we gotta be like Tuco and distribute the product ourselves,” Jesse says. Walt rejects this strategy, but Jesse firmly states that he is making all of the business decisions from now on. “I sure as hell didn’t find myself locked in a trunk or on my knees with a gun to my head before your greedy old ass came along,” Jesse says. “You need me more than I need you,” he concludes. Jesse presents a business opportunity to his ne’erdo- well friends Skinny Pete, Badger, and Combo. The plan is that he will front them each an ounce of meth at a time, which they will sell for $2,500, then split the profits with him. “This is the ground floor,” he tells them. Badger, Combo, and Skinny Pete sell Jesse’s drugs all over town. Everything goes well until Skinny Pete is held up by a pair of addicts who make off with an ounce of meth. “What the hell do you want me to do?” Jesse later asks Walt, arguing that they need to accept a little ‘breakage’ as the cost of doing business. “You think Tuco had ‘breakage?'” Walt asks Jesse. “It’s true, he did – he broke bones.”

Thursday 3 February, 12:05am on Five USA

The drama series about a terminally ill family man who turns to a life of crime continues its second season. In this instalment, Walt devises a plan to cover his tracks, but ends up causing an even bigger rift in his family. Meanwhile, Jesse’s parents kick him out of their house, so he takes refuge in an unlikely place. In the face of the problems at home created by his erratic behaviour, Walt insists that Jesse lay low and cease any contact with him. In an effort to overcome Skyler’s scepticism about his actions, Walt works at being the model husband and father. But when he tries to concoct a cover story to explain his secrecy, Skyler is sure he is lying and storms off. Feeling like he is running out of options, Walt decides to confront Skyler about what is bothering her. Thinking that his secrecy has led her to suspect he is having an affair, Walt insists that it is not the case. But when his pledge of fidelity fails to bridge the gap between them, Skyler leaves again. As Walt’s relationship with Skyler continues to deteriorate, relations are also getting worse for Walt and his son. An effort to use a driving lesson to establish a father-son bond ends in disaster. Meanwhile, armed with incontrovertible evidence that he was running a drugs lab in his late aunt’s house, Jesse’s parents and their lawyer order him to vacate the premises at once, threatening him with arrest if he does not comply. When Walt continues to insist they keep some distance between them, Jesse desperately looks to his friends for help. When no one will agree to have him, Jesse seeks refuge in a mobile drug lab which is situated in a towing yard. But after accidentally crashing through the roof of a portable toilet, Jesse has no choice but to steal the RV and its contents. As Walt struggles to put his life back on track, Jesse shows up at his house with the RV to ask for half of the cash he has stashed there. This proves to be the catalyst for an ugly fight between the two partners. Who will relent? And is this the end of Walt and Jesse’s drug-making enterprise?

Thursday 27 January, 12:05am on Five USA

The drama series about a terminally ill family man who turns to a life of crime continues its second season. In this instalment, Walt runs into trouble when a lie he concocts escalates beyond his control, while Hank is hailed a hero. Walt and Jesse bury Tuco’s gun in the desert, then split up, hatching a plan to explain away their days of absence (see last week’s episode, ‘Grilled’). Later in a nearby supermarket, a clerk finds Walt confusedly walking naked down an aisle. Quickly hospitalised and sent back to Albuquerque, Walt joins Skyler and Walter Jr in a tearful reunion. He claims that he cannot remember the last couple of days but that he feels fine now, suggesting that his disappearance and memory loss could be related to his complicated course of medication. However, his ruse hits a snag when he is informed that no matter what the cause, he will not be released until the doctors are confident that his strange bout of ‘amnesia’ was a one-off. Walt asks a psychiatrist how long it may be before he is released. “Days, weeks, months,” the doctor vaguely responds. Walt decides to confess under doctor-patient confidentiality that he made up the amnesia story to cover up spending time away from his family. Finally allowed to return to his house, Walt is relieved. “I can’t tell you how good it feels to be home,” Walt says. In bed that night, he assures Skyler that he will not go missing again. Will Skyler be mollified by such empty promises? Elsewhere this week, Jesse concocts his own story in order to cover up his involvement in the Tuco affair. His scheme, involving his ne’er-do-well friend Badger and a meth-addicted prostitute, also goes awry. Meanwhile, Hank’s colleagues throw him a party to congratulate him for busting Tuco, and give him an unusual gift.

Thursday 20 January, 12:05am on Five USA

The drama series about a terminally ill family man who turns to a life of crime continues its second season. In this instalment, Walt and Jesse find themselves in a jam after being kidnapped by Tuco. In Albuquerque, Hank briefs his DEA team about a raid on Tuco’s headquarters. After rallying the troops, Hank tells Gomez he is taking personal leave to search for Walt, who has gone missing. In the desert, Tuco releases Jesse and Walt from the trunk of Jesse’s car, then takes them to his ailing uncle Tio’s ramshackle house. Tuco orders Walt and Jesse to empty their pockets. Among Walt’s belongings is the ricin-laced methamphetamine and his wallet, which reveals to Tuco his true identity. “I like doing business with a family man – there is always a lot of collateral,” Tuco says. Tuco then divulges that his cousins are coming to smuggle them into Mexico, where Walt will be kept as a drug-making slave. In a desperate attempt to gain their freedom, Jesse and Walt try to poison Tuco with the ricin, but are caught in the act. Walt is unrepentant when confronted by Tuco. “You’re an insane, degenerate piece of filth and you deserve to die,” Walt tells the gangster. Enraged, Tuco takes his eyes off Jesse, who pulls a rock out of the ground and smashes Tuco’s head with it. During the ensuing scuffle, Jesse ends up with a pistol, shooting the drug dealer in his side. “Let him bleed,” Walt tells Jesse. The two run to Jesse’s car, but quickly realise that they do not have the keys. As this realisation kicks in, they notice another car approaching from the distance. Have Tuco’s cousins finally arrived to pick up Walt and Jesse? Elsewhere, at Walt’s house, a detective questions Skyler about the events leading up to Walt’s disappearance. Skyler says that Walt was agitated about something, but that he did not explain what it was. Later, Marie lets slip to Skyler her suspicion that Walt had a second cell phone.

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