Breaking Bad

Season 3 Episode 10


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 23, 2010 on AMC
out of 10
User Rating
535 votes

By Users Episode Review


    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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    • I liked this episode!

      Sure, it was slow but it was enjoyable and funny. RIP 2 that fly!
    • What was the point

      The weakest of all the episodes walt and Jesse chasing a fly I suppose the resolution at the end was that walt realised that Jesse was responsible for the missing meth next episode is better.
    • What a Joke - Don't Waste Your Time

      If you feel like wasting a portion of your life, then go ahead and watch this episode. (Skip to 35 minutes and you won't have missed a thing, actually just skip to the end of the episode and watch the credits, they are the best part). Filled with tons of POINTLESS stories and metaphors. Poorly written. Walt written out of his normal character (Regardless if he had slept or not), not a great choice. The whole fly concept was STUPID. I felt like I was trapped in this jail cell of a lab with them for 45 minutes straight. Obviously written by first time theme driven writers who try to translate all the characters philosophical thoughts to the screen to give viewers a false sense of meaningful episode. I remember when I was 5 years old and could write an episode like this. I think I did actually see 3 minutes of decently written script in that episode, but THATS IT. And the ending, ARE YOU JOKING?! COME ON, go ahead and slap all your viewers in the face because that's what you just did with this whole episode. I expect MUCH BETTER from such a quality show.moreless
    • Stupidest episode!

      Save your time, skip this episode. Just pointless. Why the hell did they even run this episode let alone shoot this? Why?!!?!
    • Excusez-Moi?

      There's been a lot of buzz (no pun intended) about "Fly", indubitably the least orthodox of all Breaking Bad episodes, and here is my review for this strange two-man show.

      As the title of the episode indicates, "Fly" revolves around just that sort of animal, which has infiltrated Walt and Jesse's lab. That would make for one minute of story, you'd say? Well, writers Sam Catlin and Moira Walley-Beckett mildly embroidered the premise, and what we get is a full-length Breaking Bad episode that serves the purpose of lowering season three's overall costs. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are the only actors with dialog during these some 45 minutes and in that time, we get a much broader look on their characters. But did the Breaking Bad audience need this? This is the thirtieth episode of the series and there are even more than that to come afterwards, so no, the Breaking Bad audience didn't need an extra look on these two characters one gets to know quite well while watching the series.

      "Fly" becomes especially unnecessary through the fact that it doesn't even attempt to show us something new in the relationship that Walt and Jesse have and besides the "I won't be able to save you" at the end of the episode, nothing important is spoken. Walt's ever growing paranoia is not at all new, getting anxious because of a fly merely constitutes the apex of his insanity. Over the first quarter of an hour, the episode appears as an appealing alternation compared to the other episodes, but very soon, it's impossible to not lose interest in the dull and averagely portrayed conversations the series' protagonists are sharing this time around. I rolled my eyes more than once due to the utter pointlessness of "Fly" why couldn't Vince Gilligan take the two minutes that were truly necessary for the story and add them to another episode?

      And now for those who adore this episode: I did see the metaphors and allegories in this episode; I also did find some joy in the great cinematography and editing. However, does that annul all the other flaws? In my humble opinion, it doesn't at all.


    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.