Breaking Bad

Season 2 Episode 2

Grilled

16
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 15, 2009 on AMC
9.2
out of 10
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441 votes
10

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Episode Summary

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With Walt and Jesse trapped with Tuco, Marie and Hank comfort Skyler over his disappearance.

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  • Even Though It's Season Two, Episode Two, I Prefer to See "Grilled" as a Fantastic Finale for Season One

    9.0
    "Grilled" is every bit as hot as its title suggests in fact, it's most definitely the show's most intense episode up to that point. One could likely have reasoned that from the unexpected cliffhanger in season two's opener, in which Walt was trapped in Tuco's car at the point of the pistol. And as the mysterious pre-credits shots already indicate, Seor Salamanca has chauffeured Walt along with Jesse to the back of beyond, one of the many deserts in New Mexico.



    Walt's pregnant wife Skyler finally talks to her sister again, but only due to her husband's absence, which prompts the two along with Walter Jr. to gild Albuquerque with pictures of the smiling family father turned star rated crank chef Heisenberg. Walt's bad-ass brother in the DEA also helps the three in a freelancing mission to find the involuntarily vacationing troublemaker. These three partly intertwining story parts make "Grilled" one of season two's best episodes, if you can fully accept the unrealistic shootout at the end, even the best. And if not, that part isn't of much consequence since the creeps-giving scenes at Tuco's leisure residence will be the parts you remember most. Four consummate actors (the mute Mark Margolis will knock your socks off) give these scenes a unique touch and will make you bemoan the fact that this constellation only exists in this single episode. The other two story parts are no match for that, but they too are written and staged excellently, especially when Dean Norris's Hank comes into play.moreless
  • It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

    10
    Take a group of interesting characters, put them in an unpredictable situation, add a great script and you have the receipt for near-perfect drama. In this episode, Walt and Jesse deal with their predicament as captives of the psychopathic Tuco. The addition of the character Theo as Tuco's wheelchair-bound mute father is brilliant. He can only ring a bell to communicate, but he rings it at the most critical times. The suspense is masterful in scenes that rival the best of Hitchcock. It all builds to a climactic last scene that is brilliantly imagined and perfectly staged. One of the best episodes of this great series.moreless
  • Still the best episode IMHO

    10
    I know there's been some darker episodes in Season 4, but I still think this was the perfect Breaking Bad episode. Just pure, unadulterated tension. One of those times you start to laugh nervously because you have no idea what's going to happen next.

    Ding!
  • Tuco goes ape crazy.

    7.7
    Bryan Cranston did not appear on screen until about 10 minutes into this episode. I know they were building up his "disappearance", but to be frank the supporting cast of Breaking Bad is weak, and that's generous. But when we got the scenes with Walt and Jesse and Tuco things picked up.



    We had a great action scene resulting in Tuco getting shot, and finally shot again for dead by Hank. The moments with Tuco's father were really intense and the bell bit was absolutely awesome.



    Another great episode of Breaking Bad, but the writers need to realize this is Walt's show, and just let him dominate, instead of trying to build up the other characters.moreless
  • Ding!

    9.5
    If the first episode of Season 2 was the build-up to the confrontation between Walt, Jesse and Tuco, than this is the ultimate payoff. I usually hate it when shows make us believe that the hero will die off when we know it's obviously not going to happen, but with Breaking Bad, I wasn't even thinking about whether Walt or Jesse would die.. all I could think about was how the first two minutes would connect with the rest of the episode. Breaking Bad does an incredible job of screwing up the chronology of an episode the way most shows do and doing it in a way that doesn't scream "This is what happened, now let's go back a few days and see how we got there!"



    There were so many great elements going on here. There was Tuco's uncle Theo who has no way of communicating except for a bell that he rings when something's bothering him. We also have the poisoned meth from the previous episode that Walt and Jesse attempted to use on Tuco before he kidnapped them. There's also Hank who's slowly discovering more and more things about Walt's relationship with Jesse, and add to the fact that Skyler has learned about Walt's second cell phone, and you have an episode bursting at the seams with development. Forget about Mad Men and its slow burning drama; Breaking Bad somehow finds the ability to move slow and fast at the same time. It takes its times with certain scenes and explodes with action and drama when you least expect it.



    Definitely one of the best episodes of the show to date. And that's saying something, seeing as just about every episode of the show is superb.moreless
Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

Sgt. Tim Roberts

Guest Star

Dana Cortez

Dana Cortez

TV Reporter

Guest Star

Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz

Tuco Salamanca

Recurring Role

Mark Margolis

Mark Margolis

Tio Salamanca

Recurring Role

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Gomez

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The B&W movie Hector Salamanca is watching when they arrive at his house is Cantinflas' "El Mago" (1949)

    • At one point, Mark Margolis (Tio) starts using his bell to spell out SOS in morse code dings. This was suggested by Bryan Cranston.

    • Vince Gilligan admitted in an interview that Jesse was originally supposed to die around the end of season 1 (which technically includes the first two episodes of season 2).

    • Hank used the lowjack on Jesse's car to track down it's location in the desert. This is not said but strongly implied during the conversation with Jesse's mother with how much he spent on the car.

    • In this episode, Walter's second name is revealed to be Hartwell. This is actually a reference to executive producer Vince Gilligan's girlfriend, Lucy 'Holly' Hartwell Rice.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Tio looks sternly at Walt)
      Tuco: You don't like them Tio.
      DING. (Bell ringing, Tio can't talk)
      Tuco: Why don't you like them Tio? You don't trust them?
      DING.
      Tuco: Why don't you trust them Tio? Did they do something to you Tio, something that you don't like?
      DING.
      Tuco: What did you do to my TIO?! My Tio does not lie!

    • Jesse: …You just crack him over the head with something, I'll grab his gun.
      Walt: Crack him over the head with something? (Grabs only thing near him, a fly swatter and sarcastically suggests it to Jesse)

    • (While Tuco is cooking, whispering)
      Walt: Chili powder, did I not already tell you how moronic that was.
      Jesse: Whatever, man. At least I tried something and it almost worked too. How's about you leaving my gun. First you boot it then you leave it – in your house. My gun.
      Walt: How was I supposed to know that you were chauffeuring Tuco to my doorstep.
      Jesse: Well obviously he wants you alive.

    • (Tuco tells Jesse and Walt about moving to Mexico)
      Tuco: We'll set you up in a super-lab. We'll do nothing but cook 24/7… I got my people there, connections. You're going to make cuckoo bucks, Heisenberg.
      Walt: Tuco, I, I have a wife and family.
      Tuco: So what, you'll get another one
      Walt:I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but I can't just uproot my life and just…
      Jesse: Yeah man, me neither.
      Tuco: Who's talking to you.
      Jesse: You need me man, 'cause I cooked that sconte right there in your hands. I'll tell you man, you've never had anything like it. One bump and you be up for days. Careful when you hit it, it kicks like a 12 gauge. It's got a secret ingredient.
      Tuco: What secret ingredient.
      Jesse: Chili powder.
      Tuco: (Tosses packet of ricin back). I hate chili powder.

    • Marie: Chemotherapy and marijuana go together like-- like apple pie and Chevrolet.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lojack:

      After talking with Jesse's mother, Hank picks up on her comment of how much money Jesse put into his car. This lead's him to state that anyone who puts that much time into their car has to have Lojack. 'Lojack' is an after market car tracking system to help police track cars that have been 'hijacked', if you see the play on words here.

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