Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 10

Buried

74
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 18, 2013 on AMC
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Skyler's past catches up with her while Walt needs to cover his own tracks. Jesse continues to struggle with guilt. (Written by Thomas Schnauz. Directed by Michelle MacLaren.)

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  • An episode not exploiting the full potential of the current storyline

    8.0
    With Breaking Bad, there are a lot of things you just can't predict, and having one of the most hilarious and rememberable moments of the entire series appear in the final eight episodes is indubitably one of them. The scene I'm referring to is what else could it be? Huell and Kuby's Scrooge McDuck impersonation, which is actually my favourite moment of "Buried", another episode of the series not exploiting the full potential of the current storyline, by far.



    Jesse, having not a single line of dialogue over all 47 minutes, sinks into one of his all too frequent depression states once again, which wasn't exactly a brilliant or original idea, but at least serves as a half-decent reason to get him involved in the big plot currently going on. This big plot is, highly understandably considering the occurrences in the previous two episodes, still centred on Walt and Hank and the increasingly different situation their families are facing. But while Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt, and Dean Norris share some intense and well-acted scenes, there isn't anything to special about them in this episode and I wouldn't have minded if one or two minutes of their screen time were reduced. One really good part about "Buried" comes most unexpected, as Lydia, with a little help of Todd(ler, in comparison to his colleagues) and his evil-looking gang, employs her trademark mixture of unscrupulousness and sensitivity in an enthralling and entertaining scene.



    Walt takes a slight step back in this episode and also has fewer lines than usual, but participates in a beautifully looking desert scene that has Breaking Bad proving yet for another time how creative one can be with cinematography. Those are the aspects of "Buried" I care to mention as the remainder doesn't serve much a greater purpose than establishing future storylines, which I'll discuss in future reviews.

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  • Buried

    9.0
    It was kind of slow at times, but the ending gives me a lot of hope for what is to come in the last 6 episodes. The only downside, besides it being slow in my opinion, is that Jesse didn't talk once, which felt... odd.
  • I can believe it.

    9.0
    Thomas Schnauz and Vince Gilligan said that one of the hardest things to write this season was the confrontation and consequences of Skyler meeting with Hank to discuss Walt. The writing team went through hundreds of scenarios in the process of selecting the most dramatic course of



    I can believe it!



    It was the first thing that came to mind as I watched the scene unfold. "How are the writers going to handle this? The Miranda Warning says "... anything you say can be used against you in a court of law... "



    What can Skyler possibly say? How can she respond? How can she possible give Hank any response as a sister in law that doesn't dig a legal hole for Walt, herself, and put her family in jeopardy?



    The writers really pulled it off though.moreless
  • Buried

    7.0
    Interesting, entertaining at times, but this is not the kind of Breaking Bad we know and love. This felt more like Boston Legal with the attempts at legal maneuvering. I just don't have confidence in the direction they headed here tonight, but hopefully I am wrong.
  • The First Crusade

    8.5
    Things definitely heated up this week in ABQ with the episode picking up right where we left off last week with the garage door opening. The sequence follows Walt panicking trying to call Skyler to let her know that Hank knows and discovers that Hank is on the phone with her. He immediately jumps to the conclusion that she will talk and he goes to bury his money in the storage locker out in the desert in barrels, since it's the only thing that Skyler can point the authorities to if she did flip. Hank meets up with Skyler telling her that he knows in what is possibly the best scene of the week as he straight up tries to record her in the restaurant to give up Walt. But she is hesitant and wants a lawyer to cover her but without her Hank has no proof and this will surely end his career. Skyler leaves but later Marie shows up and tries to take Holly away with her in a tense sequence where Hank tells Marie to put Holly down. The thing that Hank doesn't get is that Walt's kids aren't in direct danger from him, at least not at the moment. Only his enemies pose a threat to his children, which is just as bad. But Walt gets back from the big task of putting the barrels into the ground and collapses on the bathroom floor and Skyler treats him like when they were still in love. He begs her to take the money if he turns himself in so that everything that he did "wouldn't be for But she says the best thing is to lay low with Hank not having any evidence so he agrees. Jesse is found at the top of episode after his angry generosity money toss sequence by a lonely looking old man. He is remanded into custody and questioned by the two cops who had questioned him about the risin poisoning of Brock back in Season 4. Meanwhile, Lydia visits Declan in his out of the way base of operations where he has been cooking the substandard meth. Lydia says that her Czech Republic business associates aren't happy with their output and wants them to res-instigate Todd who at least cooked in the mid 70's in terms of purity. When they refuse a band of armed thugs come around and kill all of Declan's guys. Turns out it's Todd's uncle who manages to be so badass to kill at least 13 or so professional criminals in the middle of the desert without taking a single casualty of his own. But the cake-taker is Lydia not wanting to see anything in terms of the carnage she caused and is lead over the dead bodies by Todd while Todd's uncle tells his boys to clean out the lab and everything else of value. Hank decides that he will not bring up the Walt is Heisenberg thing until he has proof and goes to Jesse's interrogation room to grill him as the episode ends. Very tense episode that continued the strain on the family dynamic as Hank and Walt try desperately to find ways closer to their respective goals. With Hank on his warpath and determined at all costs to get Walt, things look as if the flashforward when we get to it will be well earned.moreless
Gonzalo Menendez

Gonzalo Menendez

Detective Kalanchoe

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Morse Bicknell

Morse Bicknell

Declan's Driver

Guest Star

Pedro Garcia

Pedro Garcia

Mariano

Guest Star

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Gomez

Recurring Role

Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser

Lydia Rodarte-Quayle

Recurring Role

Jesse Plemons

Jesse Plemons

Todd

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The production team had to rent the storage unit for over a year just to keep the same unit for use in the brief scene in this episode. The money pile had to be rebuild and according to Vince Gilligan and Michelle MacLaren, it was quite expensive to get that scene.

    • The decision not to film the shooting spree near the end of the episode was not to save money and/or time. Vince and Michelle note on the podcast that the scene is really about Lydia and it actually looked better on the script to not show the shooting spree. Interestingly, the bus was found at a junkyard and brought to the stage set. The production team created the inside of the bus and a large structure to film it from all angles. The outside shot was filmed at a location and was another concrete basin.

    • According to the podcast, both Thomas Schnauz and Vince Gilligan said that one of the hardest things to write this season was the confrontation and consequences of Skyler meeting with Hank to discuss Walt. The writing team went through hundreds of scenarios in the process of selecting the most dramatic course of action.

    • The crew had to create the playground that Jesse ventured off to in this episode because there was actually no park there. Also the location with a hill was actually surprisingly hard to find in the city because ABQ is really flat. Michelle MacLaren used brought in the technocrane again to get another interesting camera angle: filming Jesse straight down while he lay on the turning glider.

    • Entering the GPS coordinates into Google (+34° 32' 57.00", -106° 36' 52.00") appears to be located on an abandoned street. 24 Recato Loop, Belen, NM, 87002. According to Vince in the podcast, they were originally going to use a To'hajiilee location, but didn't want fans to go over to the reservation where they filmed the scenes. Therefore, the GPS coordinates are said to be Q Studios in New Mexico.

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