Breaking Bad

Season 2 Episode 13

ABQ

13
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 31, 2009 on AMC
9.0
out of 10
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Skyler's frustration with Walt's secrecy boils over; Jesse is dealt a devastating blow that leads him down a path of self-destruction, and only Walt is willing to help him; and a grief-stricken Donald experiences more tragedy.

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  • Pretty lame for a season finale.

    6.0
    Let me be clear: I don't like season finales cliffhanging the hell out of you, lefting you starving for another season. That's just catfish bait, and I hate when writers do this just "for fun".

    But this... This has been one seriously boring episode. Walt gets busted by the wrong question asked at the wrong time (boring). Jane's father works at the airport but clearly he hasn't recovered yet and fucks up (boring). The b\w opening scene with the red teddy bear, higly anticipated and hyped turns out to be very disappointing and lightly pertinent.

    This is not the Breaking Bad I used to love, with strong acting and solid writing. This looks like they're trying to impress the audience with suspense and twists, but they end up with a dumb, unbeliavable plot.

    I expect much much more from a show and a cast with this potentialmoreless
  • It's Not That Huge of a Season Finale Compared to Future Season, But Still Ends Up Being a Flawless Episode

    10
    Sorry for leaving out the introduction, but I just have to say in my first sentence that "ABQ" is an unexpectedly great season finale. Not that it has any really groundbreaking events as the final episodes of further seasons do, but simply how Vince Gilligan and Adam Bernstein realized these 45 minutes is magnificent. I'm adapting a slightly abridged review style so I can point out all the great things about "ABQ" as shortly as possibly.



    - the extended edit of the terrific black and white opening scene of "Over" that gives you chills in the first minute already. A perfectly shot foreshadowing and a perfect way to engage the audience's interest.

    - the introduction of Jonathan Bank's character who shares a fantastic scene with the devastated Aaron Paul.

    - being able to get a look at the DIA standpoint again was nice and having a donation box for Walt going through the room while they are talking about his alter ego Heisenberg was just a brilliant directorial idea.

    - another scene at Hank's office that has a huge surprise was Walt's new colleague Gus stopping by. Besides an outstanding conversation between Dean Norris and Giancarlo Esposito, the two coming to talk about Walt is what makes the scene really awesome.

    - Walt's interesting reaction to Walt Jr. succeeding with his safewalterwhite-website.

    - the scene Walt and Jesse share at the rehab facility. Their talk isn't really worth to single out, but the weird set design is reminding me of 2001: A Space Odyssey is a remarkable achievement.

    - Skyler's momentous decision at the end of the episode and the build-up to it. Surprisingly, even her explanations were interesting to hear while I consider it a great idea to for once dress Walt in bright colors just for this scene. And, do I even have to mention it? Bryan Cranston's and Anna Gunn's acting is top-notch.

    - how excellently Jane's father Donald is integrated in the story and how perfectly made the last minutes of "ABQ" are. Admittedly, the VFX aren't the best, but the scene itself is enough to blow you away.



    And for the bad parts of this episode: well, there weren't any. "ABQ" is just an amazing season finale and, in my humble opinion, the best Breaking Bad episode up to that point.moreless
  • Season 2 Finale.

    8.8
    A pretty great finale here, but one of the things about this episode left me wondering, and not in the way season finales should. Everything about this episode was really great, and we were going to see a tie in to the glimpses of the future with the teddy bear that we've seen since the premiere.



    But for some reason, it was a bit too played out here. Jane's father, distraught over his daughter's death is coincidentally works at the airport command center. He messes up causing two planes to crash right above Walt's house, a teddy bear falls in to the pool. It just seemed a bit too played out and not very realistic.



    This finale still left us wondering about the body bags and how much damage the debris from the planes are going to cause. Jesse goes to a "rehab" called Serenity, after Walt gets him from ABQ. I still hope that bond hasn't died out between them, Jesse thinks he is the reason Jane died, when really it was Walt's.



    Other than those things, we've got Walt's surgery which completely destroys his web of lies all season, which really was a great way to tie in everything together. And I got to say, Anna Gunn has some serious acting chops, I was really impressed. She leaves him after finding out Elliot & Gretchen didn't pay for the treatment, Walt was never at his mom's, and he has 2 cell phones.



    Now all I'm wondering is what the writers are going to do next. Walt got all the money he needed, Jesse is traumatized by girlfriend's death, and Walt has already been caught. So interested to see where the writers will take this show. But pretty much to sum it up, a great finale to a very commendable superb second season.moreless
  • Can't believe that Breaking Bad is already done for the season! Season 2 finale thoughts after the jump. If you need me I'll be joining Jesse in rehab for withdrawal from Walt & co,moreless

    10
    Can't believe that Breaking Bad is already done for the season! I think this season has been simply stellar! Sure a lot of fans have had their reservations about the fiery plane explosion over Walt's head via the butterfly effect. But after reading an interview with writer/creator Vince Gilligan…I get it. I don't have to like it as much as the ridiculous and fantastical things that were spinning around online (kudos to those who actually saw this coming by the way) and in my head, but I still get it.



    This season has been a helluva ride in the evolution of Walter White into his new alter ego Heisenberg. I think this season pretty effectively answered some questions about our conflicted lead. Let's review:



    1) Walt has some more time left than he thought. This season his cancer went into remission AND he had surgery to aggressively cut out what was remaining.



    2) Walt is NOT happy about this.



    3) Walt likes his new profession. Let's face it if we've learned anything from this season it's that Walt could leave it all behind, and really never needed to start, but his pride has lead to this new life. A life he struggles to let go of now that he's made all his riches. The scene where he tells those two amateur meth cooks to get off his turf at Home Depot? Pretty much sealed the deal for me.



    4) Jesse really just a lost soul that's gotten in way over his head when he decided to get into business with Mr. White. He's really kind of sweet (the ATM to the skull episode with the cute redhead kid showed us that).



    5) Skylar is a smart cookie, and now that she's chosen to leave Walt she can go Beneke it up all she wants. That's if her drug lord husband is ok with it ;)



    This season also gave our other actors more of a showcase. Jesse got his own storyline, a love story with a tragic ending AND Q to boot. Jane was a good addition to the cast, and I'm glad it was temporary because although she was a good influence when she was on the wagon, she quickly became the worst kind of influence after Jesse tempted her off.



    Hank really is smarter than we give him credit for. He figured out that Heisenberg is still out there, he might definitely be the one to figure it all out first. That's if the newly introduced Gus (who seems like a very dangerous man) doesn't take Hank out first.



    Overall this season has been stellar, even better than the first. The evolution of Walter White as drug lord and criminal master mind is such an interesting story to see unfold, not to mention a bit terrifying. Bryan Cranston is just brilliant, I'm hoping he gets the emmy nod this year, because he deserves that plus more for the stuff he's put out this year. More at www.theplurp.commoreless
  • Great end to the season.

    10
    You can definately say they left us with alot of loose strings.



    The plane crash - Well I can say I didnt see that coming, nor did anyone else I expect. My idea on those black and white video clips was much different, I was thinking a bomb or a lab explosion in his basement or something.



    Skylar moving away - Dont know if she will come back or not, but I do believe Walt is willing to tell her the truth.



    Jesse - Will he even be there when Walt goes back. And it was a good ep for Jesse and Walts relationship, Walt sees him as family and definately cares about him.



    All in all brilliant, and MORE people should watch this show, it is definately better than anything else out there currently.moreless
Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito

Gus Frings

Guest Star

Sam McMurray

Sam McMurray

Dr. Victor Bravenec

Guest Star

Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks

Mike

Guest Star

Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter

Jane Margolis

Recurring Role

John de Lancie

John de Lancie

Donald Margolis

Recurring Role

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Gomez

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