Breaking Bad

Season 4 Episode 6

Cornered

22
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 21, 2011 on AMC
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8.5
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Episode Summary

Walt meets up with Bogdan, the disgruntled car wash owner. Walter Jr. pushes the purchase of a car. Jesse, meanwhile, continues to team up with Mike after putting in his hours at the superlab.

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  • More in the style of this episode, please.

    9.0
    As is unusual for Breaking Bad, the IMDb user ratings for "Cornered" do not at all indicate how good of an episode this is. And with that I'm not only thinking of Walt's famous "I am the one who knocks" speech (which is outstanding, nevertheless), but about the whole 46 minutes, throughout filled with excellent performances, hugely entertaining character interaction, and a great atmosphere, especially in the scene, in which a meth den is visited by PI-ing buddies Jesse and Mike.



    What I enjoyed most about this episode and I honestly never believed I would ever say this is Anna Gunn's acting, which she would've been ill-advised not to submit for consideration for the Emmy Awards. At the beginning of the episode it's merely good, as her reaction to Walt going HAM on her doesn't manage to outshine the unforgettable scene Bryan Cranston has just delivered, but later on, she gets two moments to show all her talent and, oh boy, she does. The coin flipping at the Four Corners Monument may not be that spectacular, but I adore how simple yet momentous it is. And then, her showing her husband who's the man in the house is sheer acting brilliance. Actually, this scene comes ironic in an episode, in which Walt is the most badass since that one time when he partially destroyed Tuco's "office". Him owning Bogdan was the most relieving to see and this time around, he doesn't even need to grab his crotch to do so.



    Going through all the scenes of "Cornered" in my head again, I can't think of one I didn't like and that has been as rare as Bogdan shaving his eyebrows in recent Breaking Bad history. The episode isn't perfect and could have profited from a bit more thrill or the eerie mood TUCKER!'s abode had to offer, but all in all, I was just happy to see a really good Breaking Bad episode once again.

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  • Came off the rails

    6.0
    This episode hit too many false notes. Form the drunk talk by Walt to Hank, the bragging to Skylar, the Bizarre roadtrip by Skylar to Walt buying the hotrod. Just one idiotic turn to another. I hope they return to form next week.
  • 406

    7.5
    "Cornered" was a pretty good episode of Breaking Bad. It did not really move the story forward that much, but I think that it accomplished most of what it set out to do. They are going to have Jesse get back to being confident as they want to create that rift between the two with Gus then choosing either Walt or Jesse to live. That's where it looks like they are heading, but then again with the stagnant development week to week who knows at this point.

    There was a lot of filler tonight though, something that has been very prevalent in this season as a whole. We deserve better writing from Breaking Bad because we know it's there.moreless
  • Superb but this episode was a little weak in my opinion

    9.0
    Well... this episode was a little weak and not the best Season 4 episode I've ever seen but it's better compared to the first two Season 4 episodes and that third episode of Season 4 which was good but still slow. Anyways, the storyline wasn't my favorite. The Jesse and Mike scenes still manage to be my favorite scenes in this episode. The thing that disappoints me though is how Walter and Jesse don't interact with each other a whole lot in this season. I really loved their interaction in the first 3 seasons but it kinda disappoints me how they don't interact with each other a whole lot. Oh well, the Jesse/Mike scenes are interesting and well developed. Skyler still continues to be my least favorite character in this show. She just doesn't interest me in anyway and is probably the most boring and uninteresting character in this show. Walter's part in this episode was very good. I was laughing hard when Walter was asking those three ladies to come help in the laboratory and the three ladies didn't want to do it. It was interesting that Gus deported those three ladies because they were helping Walter... probably the best part of the episode. The ending was sorta disappointing as well. Overall, a superb episode of "Breaking Bad" but it's a little weak in my opinion. 9/10moreless
  • Many viewers are losing patience, this season, with the lack of story progression that we saw in the first seasons. I still love it, but I'm getting frustrated.

    7.5
    Now let me start by saying I'm NOT asking for more action. BB has always been about slow pacing and character development with sudden (but fairly regular) episodes where everything just explodes.

    Think back to season 1 for a moment. By episode 3 Walt had started making Meth, killed 2 people (one of which in the best episode of all of them, where he tries to get to know the person he has to kill). By the end of the season, Heizenberg is born, the DEA become aware of Walt's product, Walt's cancer gets worse to the point where he seems like he's dying, Tuco hospitalizes Jesse, we get that "this is not meth" moment which will live forever, and the pair get involved in the Tuco partnership, with the 7-episodes season ending at a point where you think there's no way out for them.

    This season, though, we are 6 episodes in but nothing has really changed. I mean, not really. Sure we've had some AMAZING scenes, insanely good acting and cinematography, and some small character development, but the plot hasn't advanced. They are still stuck in the same business deal they were at the start, they are still trying to launder money, Walt and Jesse still fight a lot, Walt is still just about the same level of badassery as he was at the end of last season, and Hank is still trying to track Heizenberg (after taking a little detour from episodes 2-4).

    I love BB so much, and that's why I'm complaining. I liked the old BB, where the pace seemed slow, but every few episodes something insane happened which changed the entire plot, and in between those episodes you had one really quite, sollem episode, like the one where they were stuck in the desert.

    It used to go family drama episode, isolated atmospheric episode, action episode, repercussions episode. NOW it goes family drama episode, family drama episode, family drama episode, family drama episode.

    Admit it, we're all waiting for Walt to get full on Bad, it's the reason we come back every week (asidefrom the masterful acting and production, but I'm talking plot-wise). Yeah we get those scenes every episode where you see the big H come out and his expression changes ("I AM the danger", gotta love that scene), but I wish the plot would advance at 1/15th of the pace that his moods change.moreless
Blake Berris

Blake Berris

Tucker

Guest Star

Maurice Compte

Maurice Compte

Gaff

Guest Star

Henry Herman

Henry Herman

Pollos Truck Guard 2

Guest Star

Ray Campbell

Ray Campbell

Tyrus Kitt

Recurring Role

Marius Stan

Marius Stan

Bogdan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Regarding the "Four Corners" location, they had to send a member of the team to the preserve to talk to the natives where the monument stands on. They also sent a double for Anna Gunn and they did a second shot with Anna and a replica monument on a soundstage and outside the studios to get some sky shots.

    • During the podcast, Jonathan Banks had to compliment the show's crew, he said it's has been a real privilege to work on the show.

    • Episode Title: This season, the episode titles allude to multiple scenes within the episode. In this episode, Jesse was cornered by someone with a shotgun and Skyler also visited the 4 corners monument.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Walt: (To Walt Jr.) Listen, what is going on with me is not about a disease, it's about choices. It's about choice that I stand by.

    • Walt:(To Skyler) Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see? Do you know how much I make a year, even if I told you, you wouldn't believe. You know what would happen if I didn't show up to work one day?... I am not in danger, I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, you think that of me? I am the one who knocks.

    • Skyler: Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Cast: Bob Odenkirk (Saul), Betsy Brandt (Marie), and Dean Norris (Hank) are credited but do not appear.

    • Featured Music:
      "I Can't Believe She Gives It All to Me" by Conway Twitty
      "Till I'm Gone (feat. Wiz Khalifa)" by Tinie Tempah
      "Here Lies a Good Old Boy" by James Hand

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