Breaking Bad

Season 2 Episode 4

Down

20
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 29, 2009 on AMC
8.8
out of 10
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418 votes
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Walt attempts to reconnect with his family, while Jesse struggles to rebuild his life.

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  • The Title Reflects the Direction in which the Show's Quality Goes with this Episode

    6.5
    As he's already had a slight lack of story material, screenwriter Sam Catlin shouldn't have left out two of the six main actors, especially since Hank's political incorrectness may have helped to make things a bit more entertaining. However, he did, and therefore "Down" disappoints.



    Walt's and Jesse's encounters in the episode were always very good, but sadly, these scenes were a minority group in an episode overcharged with unneeded insights into the family lives of the show's two protagonists and poorly written script. Some parts of that just aren't realistic and made me question the writer's intelligence while others were simply unnecessary. I highly dislike Jesse's parents (mostly because these two actors just aren't good) and unfortunately, this also merged with Aaron Paul giving a subpar performance. Bryan Cranston was the only really good actor in "Down" while Anna Gunn was over the top.



    Now while it isn't a really bad episode just due to the show's general style being very good, I found myself bored while watching it, which is never a good attribute for anything that's made for the purpose of entertainment.moreless
  • Walt and Skyler face troubles and Jesse goes homeless.

    9.0
    There was a moment here, like many moments later and before this one, where Walt could've made everything easier on himself and cleared up all sorts of issues by just saying a few simple words. Skyler was on his case and was clearly furious with Walt for how closed off he is and she can read through all of his weird attempts to seem normal again. She knows he's hiding something, and near the end of the episode, she straight up asks him what it is he's hiding. And he stands there, teary-eyed, likely pondering what would happen if he were to admit to being a meth dealer. It's little subtle moments like this that make Breaking Bad so much better than other dramas on television right now. It's such a small moment, but for us and for Walt, it proves that cooking meth isn't necessarily something he's doing for his family anymore, although it may have been his excuse at first. It's come down to the fact that this is what he's best at: chemistry. People love his product, and instead of simply being a high school teacher, he's the creator of something amazing, something people get use out of. The fact that it's meth doesn't mean much to a man who wants to something significant with his last remaining years.



    Does this make him selfish? A bit, but Bryan Cranston is just so GOOD at doing it. This episode had some of the best scenes between characters I've seen all year.. Walt and Skyler, Jesse and his parents, Walt and Jesse.. just a lot of stuff to like here. Especially Walt and Skyler. They clearly love each other, but the state of their relationship at this point is simply a testament to how far Walt has gone and how much he's screwed up. He's letting his excuses and lies build up, and over time, it'll topple over.



    I honestly think this was Jesse's episode though. Aaron Paul is incredible in this role, and this was his chance to really make us feel some sympathy for him. Much like Walter, there's much to dislike about the man, but the acting sucks us in and forces us to like him and root for him.moreless
  • 204

    9.5
    This season continues to amaze me, I am so impressed with Breaking Bad, that it has easily become one of the best dramas on television, better than any network drama, I can tell you that much. This episode was wildly eventful, and we even got a pretty big cliffhanger.



    Jesse hits rock bottom as he gets kicked out of his own home, his RV is gone, he gets his bike stolen, he owes someone money, and he has no one to stay with. He desperately keeps turning to Walt only to get rejected since Walt has other things to worry about. His crumbling relationship with his wife and his son distancing himself from him.



    He tries to become closer to his family and tries to reconcile with his wife, but fails miserably. The reason why this episode was so good was we got some top notch intense scenes here, between Jesse and his mom to the very intense scene between Walt & Jesse in the RV. The end was complete perfection.



    Jesse gets the money, and even though Jesse almost choked Walt to death, each other is all they have, which we see when Walt offers him breakfast. The last scene was disturbing. Skyler smoking while she's pregnant, wow. We have a woman on the verge here, and I'm definitely excited for next week's Breaking Bad.moreless
  • Very intense episode emotionally. This show is not for the faint of heart!

    9.5
    In this episode, the tension between Walt and Skyler is shown to be through the roof. It is agonizing to watch, because so well done. Skyler is acting out in a passive agressive fasion, but only because she has no other way left to cope. She knows Walt is lying but what can she do when he refuses to tell her what is behind the lies. On the other side of town, Jesse reaches an unbearable state of desperation. the escalation with each of Jesse's scenes is so well done - first getting the news of being evicted, then the day he is thrown out of the house, then getting more and more desperate as he realizes he has no money, basically no possessions and no one to turn to, and things get even worse from there. Great acting - painful to watch the characters get so beaten down. Finally, the scene at the end with Skyler in the car in the convenience store parking lot ... what she did at that moment - it shocked me and also was hard to watch. so...much...damage.....moreless
  • Jesse and Walt clash.

    8.0
    How intense was the scene with Jesse and Walt in the trailer? Bryan Cranston is certainly showing that he deserved that Emmy and this show is proving that it is as brilliant as anything else on TV.



    Breaking Bad is the quintessential antithesis of the hero's journey showing that good things do not always happen to people. Very programs portray life as realistically as Double B does.



    The dialogue is just outstanding as nothing feels scripted and this feels almost like a documentary of a troubled family rather than an episodic drama. But it is the latter and is unambiguously one of the best things about Sundays.moreless
Tom Kiesche

Tom Kiesche

Clovis

Guest Star

Shauna McLean

Shauna McLean

Sara Tyree

Guest Star

Drew Waters

Drew Waters

Paul Tryee

Guest Star

Michael Bofshever

Michael Bofshever

Mr. Pinkman

Recurring Role

Tess Harper

Tess Harper

Mrs. Pinkman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Homeless Guy: (to Jesse) Someone took your bike man... Not cool.

    • Walter: Our son doesn't know who Boz Scaggs is. We have failed as parents.
      Skyler: Come to think of it, I don't know who Boz Scaggs is.

    • Jesse: Look I'm really sorry, okay. It starts with my parents being greedy kleptomanic douchebags- Walt: Are you actually this stupid?
      Jesse: No, look I know this isn't an optimal situation-
      Walt: To come to my house with this vehicle and park on the street. What the hell is wrong with you? I'm really asking!

    • Skyler: Okay, not having an affair, congratulations.
      Walt: No, you know what, congratulations to you Skyler. Great job. I mean what is this, what do I have to do, I'm trying to talk to you, and you just sit-
      Skyler: Okay, so talk! Walt, shut up and say something that isn't complete bullshit! You want to know what you have to do. You have to tell me what's really going on – today. No more excuses, no more of these obvious desperate breakfasts. You don't want to lose contact Walt, then tell me, now.
      Walt: …Tell you what?
      Skyler: (In disbelief, grabs her purse, leaves again)
      Walt: What is it that you want me to tell you?

    • (Jesse calls Walt for help)
      Jesse: I need my money.
      Walt: I just gave you $600.
      Jesse: Yeah but that was before my housing situation went completely testicular on me, okay.
      Walt: You smoked the entire 600, didn't you?
      Jesse: No! No!
      Walt: Look your problems are just your problems. No contact, do not call here, alright… (hangs up)

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Walter Jr.: I didn't know you were allowed to touch the stove.
      Walt: Hilarious, Groucho.
      Walt is referring to comedianGroucho Marx, who along with his brothers was part of a comedy troupe called The Marx Brothers.

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