Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 9

Blood Money

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 11, 2013 on AMC
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Episode Summary

Walt tries to adjust to life outside of the "business" and meets with Jesse to hopefully talk through some of it. Hank grapples with a troubling lead that still requires real evidence to pursue further. (Written by Peter Gould. Directed by Bryan Cranston.)

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  • Opening further possibilities, but not using all of its potential

    8.0
    Foreshadowings at the beginning of a new Breaking Bad season are something audiences of the show have got accustomed to by now, and "Blood Money" has one just as fantastic as the pink teddy moistening in the Whites' pool in season two or the, at this point in this series still unsolved, birthday party a hirsute Walt holds in a diner in season five's first half. The message the desolate house, now used as a skater park by some teenagers, conveys is unequivocal: things aren't going to stay nice after Walt's retirement from the drug business.



    Of course, the charismatic criminal functioning as the protagonist of the series has already had his new adversary introduced to be exact, since the pilot and the forward-thinking Breaking Bad fans will have expected that a DEA agent in the family of a drug kingpin is sure to make for a little hiccup sooner and later. As we come close to the finale of the series, push comes to shove and some major domestic violence commences its first act in an extraordinarily tense confrontation, including what is possibly the best acting performance Dean Norris has given in his career up to that point. The decisive factor in this scene, however, is the phenomenal screenplay by Peter Gould, making the more or less mundane moments in "Blood Money" an intense experience as well. The series's customary comical relief comes through Jesse sparking some L in Saul Goodman's anteroom, Saul Goodman himself, and a desperate Lydia stopping by at the Whites' carwash to chat about meth distribution you know, the usual topic in seller-costumer conversations at such places.



    Nonetheless, "Blood Money" isn't a perfect episode, in my opinion, lacking tension and entertainment in the middle part and stretching its believability with the conclusion Walt comes to near the ending. In terms of score/soundtrack, cinematography, or set design, the episode doesn't accomplish anything noticeable either, thus I'll spare better ratings for some of the following episodes.moreless
  • Blood Money

    10
    I was as excited as ever to watch this, the final season premiere to my favorite show. After the cliffhanger they ended with, I'm sure almost everyone was anxious to see what was going to come next. They did this as perfectly as they could have. Which is pretty much perfection in and out of itself. Picking up immediately after the last episode's ending, Hank knows what Walt has been hiding from him for so long now. He knows who Walt is, but he can't be sure. He doesn't want to just assume. But, by the end of the episode, all Hank cares about is pinning everything on Walt to make sure he does not get away with his various crimes. Hank vs Walt. IT IS ON.moreless
  • Blood Money

    6.5
    Blood Money filled our insatiable need for Breaking Bad, but I just do not think it lived up to the hype. Hank's panic attack and collapse just felt like a colossal waste of 15 minutes. And they delayed the actual confrontation between Hank and Walt far too long.
  • Intense

    9.5
    Jumping right into where we left off, BB is wasting no time reminding its users where we left of in the first part of the 5th season. Hank vs Heisenberg, Walt vs Heisenberg. All cards are on the table with the directing, writing , acting and story hitting on all cylinders, the last part of this great season is sure to please.
  • No time wasted!!!

    10
    I love how much ground they cover in this episode!
Chad Brummett

Chad Brummett

DEA Agent Artie

Guest Star

Wayne DeHart

Wayne DeHart

Shopping Cart Man

Guest Star

Pedro Garcia

Pedro Garcia

Mariano

Guest Star

Matt L. Jones

Matt L. Jones

Brandon "Badger" Mayhew

Recurring Role

Charles Baker

Charles Baker

Skinny Pete

Recurring Role

Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser

Lydia Rodarte-Quayle

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The chemotherapy lounge was actually the hallway of the production offices the writers and crew rented in Albuquerque.

    • Bryan Cranston made the last scene more physical than was originally scripted. This added to the degree of drama. He worked with Dean Norris and used the feeling of betrayal to play this out on screen.

    • The Star Trek episode was related to this idea Vince cooked up about an episode that revolved around a pie eating contest. They were worried about humor breaks in the episodes for the last eight episodes, so this was one of the few scenes where they could work in some humor.

    • The original idea for the teaser at the beginning of the episode was to have the skateboarders but the entire White household would be completely destroyed. But the logistics of this (i.e., the inside of the house is a set but the outside is a real location owned by home owners) did not fare well.

    • Peter Gould, Thomas Schnauz, and Vince Gilligan first started working on this episode in July 2012 right after Episode 8 was completed. They wanted to start coming up with storylines and breaking each episode down to plan the final eight episodes.

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