Breaking Bad

Season 4 Episode 8


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 04, 2011 on AMC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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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