Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 10

Buried

79
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 18, 2013 on AMC
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8.4
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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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  • Very Good

    8.0
    When you compare it to the previous episode, this episode seems rather tame. Very good parts to it, just didnt mesh well completely.
  • 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.
Gonzalo Menendez

Gonzalo Menendez

Detective Kalanchoe

Guest Star

Morse Bicknell

Morse Bicknell

Declan's Driver

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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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