Breaking Bad

Season 3 Episode 9

Kafkaesque

15
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 16, 2010 on AMC
8.8
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Skyler hatches a plan. Walt and Gus come to an understanding, Jesse pursues a new opportunity.

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  • How dare you name such a poor episode after such a great writer?

    4.5
    What a shame that this episode uses Franz Kafka's name in its title. Comparing one of the best writers this world has ever seen to one of the most boring Breaking Bad episodes is not just audacious; it's quite outrageous, in my opinion. To be clear, this isn't necessarily a bad episode and I had a fine time watching it. However, when compared to the grandeur this series reaches from time to time, "Kafkaesque" is like an Adam Sandler movie.



    Contrary to some episodes before it, "Kafkaesque" didn't bother me with flaws or bad writing/acting; it's just that this whole episode feels mostly useless. The story is evolving extremely slowly and we didn't even get to see Walt and Jesse cooking again! In addition, there are even more dull scenes at the hospital and way too much screen time for Skyler, Marie, and these addict meetings Jesse partakes in. On the bright side though, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, and Aaron Paul did a praiseworthy acting job and helped me not to fall asleep during all the overlong conversations. That especially goes for Skyler's ginormous lie at the end of the episode that was one of the most unnecessary things to have ever happened on Breaking Bad.



    Was there anything Kafkaesque about this episode? Well, not really, but I found the fact that this show's quality can differ so extremely from episode to episode to be rather shocking. This time, I surely was unfulfilled with what I got to see and not even singular good scenes such as the opening commercial for Los Pollos Hermanos or the ridiculous conversation Jesse and Saul shared in the nail salon could make me enjoy "Kafkaesque".moreless
  • Kafkaesque

    5.5
    Just like the title of this episode I really do not know what this was supposed to be. The often gritty, well-written AMC drama was plagued by an uneventful hour of television tonight.



    I have no interest on a political commentary regarding health insurance in this country, and I certainly have zero interest in how that affects Hank and his bride.



    No drug wars, no shooting, no escaping the police, nothing that makes Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad, was in tonight's show and I just can't believe that such a great show could leave me so bored. Not a good episode tonight.moreless
  • Skyler White worlds best liar.

    9.0
    Skyler White worlds best liar. I'm impressed, that lie was....impressive on a whole new level for her. I never really liked her all that much before but now...damn girl you sure have broken bad haven't you? You and Walter sure do make a pair. A match made in....meth heaven.



    Oh and Jesse, listen to your lawyer, but somewhat impressed with your new plan. Selling meth to ex-addicts. Clever. Then again, Jesse strikes me as a guy who would sell his best cow for a handful of magic beans...then again we all know how that story turned out. When all is said and done, he may be the last man standing. The Hank and Marie stuff was good too. Are they going to turn Hank into an addict? Bad idea I like him as a good guy and Marie is starting to appeal to me too. The show does need white hats and they are all we have left. Not bad for two people who started the show as complete a$$hats.moreless
  • Skyler comes up with a plan while Jesse and her friends come up with a new way to get their product out

    8.3
    Another episode that is pretty slow moving but builds up to a couple of key moments. The show has the tendency to drag its feet for awhile, and while it's impossible to wish that a show can remain action packed for fifty minutes an episode, it helps that the writing is superb.



    One of the conclusions we arrive at is that Skyler seems ready to get involved in Walt's plans. Who would've thought that that Skyler would go from unknowing wife in Season 1 to a woman who is willing to get her hands dirty to help her ex-husband and keep making money? It's strange but believable, as most of the things in the show is.



    I also like the idea of Jesse getting involved with a Narcotics Anonymous group just to find people they can sell the meth to. It's a slimy idea and shows how awful of a person Jesse can be in certain circumstances, but it also makes for good storytelling, something that can potentially lead to great results.



    Overall, this was a pretty good episode, but as long as we were focusing on the main characters.. I still find it hard to get invested in Hank and Marie's plots, but the other plots will do for now.moreless
  • 309

    9.0
    After the last filler episode, things started to pick up. Of course, it had it's same slow paced style to it but it was rather eventful and I found myself at the edge of my seat in some scenes of this episode, not to mention, it was wildly intriguing.



    Anna Gunn was just amazing here, brilliant acting. Skylar hasn't been likable in weeks with too much screen time and her dreadful story line with Ted. But as soon as she gets in the court with Walt, her true acting abilities are shown, and this episode was a perfect example of that.



    Everyone is still hanging around the hospital waiting for Hank to recover only to find out he may never walk again. Marie has some bills to pay because of it so Skyler lies and tells Marie that Walt gambled to get over one million dollars to help Marie. That scene was absolute perfection.



    Some memorable scenes would have to be Walt speeding up on the free way and almost getting hit by a huge truck, and Jesse's friends trying to get recovering drug addicts to buy their product. A great episode, we got some slow burning action here, and the payoff was amazing at the end.moreless
Matt L. Jones

Matt L. Jones

Brandon "Badger" Mayhew

Recurring Role

Charles Baker

Charles Baker

Skinny Pete

Recurring Role

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Gomez

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Skyler: Walt, we could always pay their bills.
      Marie: Please, it's tens of thousands of dollars.
      Skyler: We have the money. More than enough. Walt earned it.
      Walt: Skyler --
      Skyler: I think Marie should know the truth.
      Walt: Skyler, I really don't think this is a good idea. I... think that –-
      Skyler: He earned it gambling. We have the money.
      Marie: How much money?
      Skyler: Walt?
      Walt: Well, it's into seven figures.
      Marie: Oh, Holy Mary mother of God.
      Walt: What can I say? I did very well.

    • Skyler: Somehow, something tells me Hank is here because of you. And I'm not forgetting that.

    • Jesse: What good is being an outlaw when you have responsibilities?
      Badger: Darth Vader had responsibilities. He was responsible for the Death Star.
      Skinny Pete: Yeah. Two of them bitches.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: March 4, 2013 on Nova Cinema

    • Featured Music:
      "Veneno" by Chuy Flores
      "Bossa For Laura" by Jimmy Dunn Band
      "New Song" by Howard Jones
      "Mr. Money Man" by Rod Taylor

    • Los Pollos Hermanos: Although this wording is grammatically possible in Spanish, a more correct translation to "The chicken brothers" should be "Los Hermanos Pollo".

    • Episode Title: Kafkaesque means that something is disturbing. According to The New Yorker, the term has also been described as "marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies" and "marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger: Kafkaesque fantasies of the impassive interrogation, the false trial, the confiscated passport ... haunt his innocence".

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Rain Man (1988)
      When explaining how Walt raised money by gambling and counting cards to win at blackjack, Marie says "What, like Rain Man?", an allusion to the Oscar-winning film.

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