Breaking Bad

Season 1 Episode 3

...and the Bag's in the River

31
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 2008 on AMC
9.0
out of 10
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10

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Walter is left to deal with Krazy-8 alone following an argument with Jesse. After Marie raises concerns that Walt Jr. is smoking cannabis, Hank shows him the dangers of drug use.

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  • Walt and His Captive Befriend While Jesse Is Doing Nothing

    8.0
    In the last episode, Jesse didn't exactly ace his task when he went beyond simply dissolving the body of the corpse in his RV, but also dissolved his bathtub and his floor, which resulted in him and Walt having to clean up lots of intestines an extraordinarily appetizing scene. The other thing that's still left to do is the disposal of Krazy-8, the surviving drug dealer that now involuntarily dwells in the cellar of Jesse's house. And that's the part our protagonist Walt has been assigned for.



    Max Arciniega plays Krazy-8, or as he's actually named, Domingo, and although this man isn't a well-known actor, he's actually a great addition to the small cast Breaking Bad has at this point. Sadly and with spoilers ahead he isn't there anymore after this episode. And with this, I did find some flaws: we've observed that Walt and Jesse were able to hear it when Domingo was only remotely coughing in the cellar down below, but in Vince Gilligan's mind, this process functions unidirectional, as Domingo appears to haven't heard anything the other two were talking upstairs. And if he did, then he would've been aware of Walt searching the trash can for the plate shards and also that Walt didn't find one piece as he audibly uttered "Y u do dis" a couple of times. And Walt discovering that Domingo does plan to kill him through the help of a trash can was a really cheap and unbelievable trick already. But there are positive aspects about this story part as well, for example the long conversation between those two.



    In general though, I consider "And the Bag's in the River" to be significantly worse than the first two episodes of the series. Reason for that is that you discover how important the writing is for this show for the first time. And what I mean with that is that once the screenplay isn't flawless, the overall picture deteriorates as well. The episode is still very good simply due to the great story and the fact that most parts of Mr. Gilligan's screenplay are excellent, yet a fall-off in quality is obvious in my opinion.moreless
  • Growing a Pair

    7.5
    It was obvious from the moment the heart-to-heart started that Walt was going to kill Krazy 8 this episode. You don't do that in this kind of show without it making the murder worse on the character. The female appearances were either nags, vain or addicts, making my loathing of how this show portrays women all the worse. I did like that we didn't go back in time for once, but also have that sinking feeling that the next episode will open once again with a flashback because we didn't see how Walt dealt with Mr. 8 and the show's all about showing everything. In between the pilot and the second episode.moreless
  • breakingbad123

    9.0
    Great
  • Walter finally deals with Krazy-8

    8.5
    When Walter has an argument with Jesse he is left alone to deal with Krazy-8 and it is clear that Walter doesn't want to kill him and he even comes up with a list of why he should or shouldn't kill him but Walter was still persuaded by Krazy-8 to set him free I never did trust Krazy-8 to stick to his word in the end and it just gave Walter a reason to kill him Walters brother in law Hank is starting to become a problem for Walter and Jesse now that he has found their meth site from the first episode This episode was left on a cliffhanger that makes you more eager to watch the next episode.moreless
  • Jesse leaves the house while Walt is left to deal with Krazy-8 (it goes without saying there's spoilers here.. but I'll say it anyways)

    9.5
    There seems to be at least one or two moments per episode of Breaking Bad that comes to define that particular episode and acts as a symbol of growth for Walt or Jesse or other main characters. For this episode, it was both the discussion that Walt and Krazy-8 shared in the middle of the episode and the moment when Walt finally is forced to kill him. Vince Gilligan is so methodical with the way he sets up each and every scene leading up to the ending that when you rewatch it again, you can just sit back and marvel at how each scene connects to the next, how certain scenes that might seem inconsequential in other television shows are actually defining moments here.



    It's difficult for me to figure out what my favorite Bryan Cranston moments are, but I'd say this entire episode is in the top three, at least. It finds Walt getting caught in a lie for the first time, murdering somebody with his own hands for the first time and pondering the morality of his decisions for the first and what will certainly not be the last time. And Aaron Paul has a very understated role in the episode; he grows to be a much more important character over time, but his addiction to meth, coupled with his paranoia, makes him a downward spiral type of TV character that's fascinating to watch, despite how awful he is at times.



    As I mentioned before, Walt gets caught in his first big lie (this time, he tries to claim he was at the car wash place when his wife already knew he had quit.. oops!) The thing that works so well about the show (well, one of many things) is that Bryan Cranston sells every single moment that he's in Walter White's shoes. To go from a comedy show like Malcolm and the Middle to something like this takes an enormous leap from genre to genre, and he does it like nobody else I've ever seen. That scene where he kills Krazy-8 and muters "I'm sorry.." over and over was heart-breaking and you can truly feel how bad he feels about it.



    Maybe I'm overanalyzing tiny little things, but with the show in hiatus until this July, I'm finding these older episodes to be just as exciting, if not more so, than the new ones. That's the sign of a good show.. it doesn't peak because every season is its peak.moreless
Anna Felix

Anna Felix

Sales Girl

Guest Star

Daniel Serrano

Daniel Serrano

Meth Drug Dealer

Guest Star

Maximino Arciniega

Maximino Arciniega

Domingo Gallardo "Krazy 8" Molina

Guest Star

Carmen Serano

Carmen Serano

Carmen

Recurring Role

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Gretchen Schwartz

Recurring Role

Julia Minesci

Julia Minesci

Wendy

Recurring Role

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