Breaking Bad

Season 4 Episode 8

Hermanos

21
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 04, 2011 on AMC
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8.7
out of 10
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10

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Episode Summary

Skyler develops a solution for her money troubles; Hank enlists Walt to investigate a theory; Walt grows impatient with Jesse.

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  • Still not a hint on how season four could end, but still quality entertainment

    8.0
    Season four's main plot comes to a bit of a halt in "Hermanos", but that doesn't diminish the importance of the episode as it adds a lot to the Breaking Bad universe (or whatever you'd like to call it) with a hugely interesting flashback and the writers digging up some sub-interesting characters and showing audiences how their lives are currently looking. Thus, "Hermanos" was a slow episode and was a bit sparse on rememberable moments compared to the two preceding ones, but was very well-made and entertaining nevertheless.



    Skyler and Marie are out of focus this time, with the first getting barely more noteworthy than a wordless scene pushing her story arc forward and the second at least getting her trademark ridiculously awkward dialogue, which makes the two men in their families come into focus, especially in a short spin that turned out to be more uncomfortable for Walt than that one time where he stood in a supermarket in his birthday suit. Reason for that is Hank putting out his feelers to Gus even more, even though the hermano that makes for one half of the episode's title passes his APD/DEA questioning with flying colors. Dean Norris and Bryan Cranston are superb when the subject of blue meth comes up that Hank is still unaware is coming from his brother-in-law. The latter one of them additionally gets the chance to once again show off his Heisenbergness as he encounters a fellow cancer patient in his monthly examination and gives him an insight into his philosophy, which was the coolest you can get while wearing one of these unflattering patient dresses.



    After him blowing away all Breaking Bad audiences in "Problem Dog", Aaron Paul took a step back in "Hermanos" and only said hello for visiting Andrea for the first time since season three's season finale (we didn't see them talking and I don't mind that at all) and further impairing his relationship with Walter while taking a leak. And then there's the really long flashback sequence giving a bit of an insight into Gus' past, but only as much as to show us that he hasn't always been the hardened stoic he is now. Besides the distracting yellow color tone and the most factitious Spanish, that scene was nice as well.

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  • Sloppy Walter is supposed to be paranoid! Ain't he?

    8.0
    Like all Breaking Bad episodes, this is a good one, with Walt panicking and stressing over his increasingly dangerous relationship with Gustavo. However, this episode shows Walt turning up at Jessie's house and talking freely for a second time. (The same happened in the last episode) I'm moaning about this because I'm pretty sure, if this show was real, Walt wouldn't dare talk so openly inside Jessie's house. Anyone as paranoid and as stressed as Walt clearly is, would think the house might have been bugged without Jesse knowing. He definitely wouldn't start talking about ricin and assassinating Gustavo so openly like this, I know I wouldn't and Walt is a lot smarter than me. To make it even worse, his own house was bugged in the first season so he knows how easy it is and because he is fully aware of how much his employers resent him and Jesse, and how much they want to kill them at the first opportunity, it seems more likely than not, that they would have bugged Jessie's house and his own apartment.

    This is just a small criticism that I believe the writers should have considered. Maybe they did consider it, maybe It's just be me being a bit pedantic and over critical and the writers decided to ignore this likely scenario to give them some good locations to shoot important scenes. Well, I just thought I'd share what I was thinking while watching this episode.

    Anyway, as I said, this is a great episode overall as it had me on the edge of my seat as usual.moreless
  • Walter and Jesse didn't huge roles in this episode but this episode was still excellent

    10
    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "Breaking Bad". Walter and Jesse's role in this episode wasn't too huge or anything like that but this episode still managed to be excellent and pure awesome. Definitely nothing slow or boring. Even the ending wasn't boring, slow, or rehashes. The ending of the episode was even exciting and intense. Walter going on his doctor appointment was pretty interesting and really good. Jesse's part in this episode was very good. Althought, you can tell that Walter and Jesse's partnership is starting to fall apart since Jesse has been with Mike lately and since Jesse didn't kill Gus yet. The best part about this episode was how Skylar barely appeared in one or two scenes. I guess you can say it's more like Skylar's cameo appearance which I really like since I don't find that character to be very interesting. The beginning of this episode had me wondering why there was blood on the water but the very ending of this episode totally explained why. I really loved the last 10 minutes with those foreign people talking about the Gus and all that stuff. The exciting and intense when that man was shot and then the other man was getting upset because he got shot definitely blew me away... one of my favorite parts of this episode and an exciting way to end this episode. Overall, one of the bestepisodes of "Breaking Bad" that I have ever seen this season. 10/10moreless
  • Hermanos

    10
    Hermanos was perfect episode of Breaking Bad and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it focused a lot on Gus as he has become under suspicion of drug dealing by Hank, he must deal with the Mexican Cartel, and we viewed memories of his past adding to his character depth and development. There were some great scenes in this episode like when Saul was dropping money off for Jesse, Skylar hiding money away, and Walt being put into a difficult situation. I look forward to watching the next episode of Breaking Bad!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • yea, this was awesome

    10
    It's episodes like this that make this one of my favorite shows, um, ever. It was so amazingly done. The entire flashback, at first, I did not like, but I realized the significance of it, and it was amazing. Gus' friend/partner dying was great and him shouting over it, as the blood dripped into the pool, was such a haunting scene. And this i na way being foreshadowed at the end of the cold open, was so, so great. This episode was full of great scenes, like the ending, Hank questioning Gus on his real name (So Gustavo Fring could be a fake name? Nice), Hank and Walt at Los Pollos Hermanos, every scene with Jesse (I wonder if he is going to go through with murdering Gus? I still have a feeling Gus will die before the end of the season). Great episode. I can only hope that the show keeps it up for the rest of the season. It took them a while but this season is finally becoming really intense and interesting, and i simply can't wait to see what is to come next. A+ grade, definitelymoreless
James Martinez

James Martinez

Maximino "Max" Archinega

Guest Star

Ian Posada

Ian Posada

Brock

Guest Star

Michael Sheets

Michael Sheets

Gary

Guest Star

Steven Bauer

Steven Bauer

Don Eladio

Recurring Role

LaVell Crawford

LaVell Crawford

Huell

Recurring Role

Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

Time Roberts

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Steven Bauer acknowledged that Giancarlo Esposito did an amazing job during the flashback scene in the episode because he was not fluent in Spanish and had the most complex lines. Three of the 5 actors in this scene were fluent in Spanish (all except Giancarlo Esposito and Mark Margolis).

    • Don Eladio's estate location is a former bed and breakfast. Vince Gilligan mentions that the folks who lived there "could not have been nicer" and Steven Bauer played guitar for them routinely. It's about 20 miles from Albuquerque and the property in the area was apparently home to a coal mine back in the civil war times.

    • George Mastras, the writer of this episode, used to be a defense attorney and before that he was a prison guard. He also wrote a novel called "Fidali's Way".

    • Although the nemesis standing between Gus and Hector is shown more explicitly in this episode. Back in Season 3, during a flashback, Hector is not too keen on Gus "the chicken man".

    • Steven Bauer and Mark Margolis both also starred in the classic drug-related film "Scarface" (1983).

    • The full name of Max's character is Maximino Arciniega. Interestingly, back in Season 1, an actor named Maximino Arciniega played the character Domingo "Krazy 8" Molin.

    • Bryan Cranston and Javier Grajeda were once roommates when they were first starting out.

    • Gus established a scholarship at the University of New Mexico in honor of Max (Maximino Arciniegra). The symbolism is fitting: Gus left Mexico and settled in his own New Mexico, continuing his manufacturing operation there.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Juan Bolsa: (In a flashback to the 1980s) You're not going to offer our guests anything?
      Hector: Who says they are guests? If the boss wants them to drink, they drink.
      Juan Bolsa: So, the chicken brothers. I like your restaurant.
      Gus: Gracias.
      Max: Gracias.
      Hector: Dark meat and white meat. Don't look like no brothers to me.

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