Breaking Bad

Season 3 Episode 10


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 23, 2010 on AMC
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    Breaking Bad: A Fly in the House of Walt

    Something's bugging Walt, and it isn't just the uninvited six-legged pest; metaphors run deep in this week's well photographed episode.

  • Episode Summary

    Walt, obsessed with a contaminant, refuses to cook and Jesse tries to get Walt on track.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Symbolism: At one point Jesse is standing on top of an unstable and rocking stepladder trying to swat the fly up high while Walt is trying to hold it steady. The stepladder can be construed as representing Jesse and Walt's current relations -- strained. Then Walt almost confesses about the fate of Jane: this could have been envisioned as a toppling of the ladder, but this doesn't happen.

      • Symbolism: When Jesse grabs a gas mask and plans to defy Walt's orders not to start cooking, the mask is clearly spray painted in certain areas with red paint, resembling the anatomy of a fly. Jesse's clothing also adds to the charade, as he's wearing a dark brown-greenish shade. Then Walt swats him with his lab-made swatter, further pushing this analogy.

      • Symbolism: The smoke detector light blinks red in the distance while Walt wakes up. Jesse often wears clothing with red in it. At the end of the episode, the same red light is super-imposed with an image of a fly.

      • This episode features the fewest cast members of any episode produced. Only Jesse and Walt appear. Only a few other laundry workers are featured.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Walt: I should never have left home – never gone to your house. Maybe things would have... Oh, god I was, I was at home watching TV. It was some, some nature program about elephants. Skylar and Holly were in the other room. I could hear them on the baby monitor. She was singing a lullaby. Ah, if I had just lived right up to that moment, and not one second more, that would have been perfect.

      • (Jesse is trying to swat the fly on top of an unstable ladder, Walt is trying to hold it steady.)
        Walt: Jesse…I'm sorry.
        Jesse: Sorry for what? Being a lunatic?
        Walt: Sorry about Jane.
        Jesse: Yeah. Me too.
        Walt: No, I mean I…I was very sorry.
        Jesse: It's not your fault. It's…not mine either. It's no one's fault. Not even hers.

      • Walt: I feel like I'm running out of ways to explain this to you, but once more I shall try. This fly is a major problem for us, it will ruin our batch and we need to destroy every trace of it so we can cook. Failing that, we're dead. There is no more room for error. Not with these people.

    • NOTES (4)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • When Jesse puts on the gas mask for the first time in the episode he says to Walt "It's the government, Jack". An allusion to Jack Bauer from 24.