Breaking Bad

Season 2 Episode 7

Negro Y Azul

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 2009 on AMC
8.8
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Rumors fly about Jesse's recent actions as he and Walt discuss expanding their business into new territories. Hank struggles to fit in with his new co-workers in El Paso. Skyler pursues a new job opportunity that reconnects her with a former colleague. Jesse gets to know his landlady, Jane.moreless

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  • Danny Trejo's Cameo Is at Least Partly Responsible for This Episode Being One of Season Two's Best

    9.0
    "Negro Y Azul" is hands down a great episode and one of the factors that helped me to sustain my faith in the show during this generally rather disappointing second season. All story parts deal with aftermaths in some way: Skyler having to find a job to get money for Walt's cancer treatment since there've been some complications in the last episode, Jesse's sort-of involvement in the killing of a drug junkie yielding unexpected improvements of his reputation, and Hank's success in finding and killing Tuco at the beginning of this season leading him to uncomfortable conditions in his new office.



    And let's just start with the last of these three as it provides with what is, at least in my humble opinion, the show's best scene up to that point. The Danny Trejo turtle tragedy is what I'm talking about. It totally blew me away, which actually is unfortunate phrasing in consideration of the things happening, and is a pure stroke of genius by Vince Gilligan. And not only that, I also found it really interesting to see how Hank was the most amicable guy at his old office, but suddenly seems out of place in El Paso.



    Jesse, on the other hand, has already had his traumatic incident in the last episode, in which some crazy meth hag liquefied her husband's head with the help of an ATM machine, lest you forget. Understandably, such a thing leaves an impression on you and Jesse's response is to return to the lackadaisical attitude we've become used to something that Aaron Paul has been a master in portraying in since the very beginning of Breaking Bad. But, of course, this can't be the only thing happening with him in this episode and so he gets closer to his landlady Jane. Not that much is happening in for now, but the relationship that starts with this episode gets quite entertaining.



    Skyler's arc is less awesome, yet a pleasant look at another, more sympathetic side of her character while also introducing Ted Beneke. He's nothing to get really excited about, yet still a nice part-time addition to the cast that will make for some very good scenes in the future. Also, Walt. Although he's usually the center of attention, there's really not a lot to say about him in that episode despite him getting megalomaniac in the drug business once again. At least the scene at the beginning where he flunks a fibbing student of his was great.moreless
  • Jesse buys a TV, Skylar goes back to work, and oh yeah....a head on a tortoise.

    7.5
    In one of my many overly critical blogs of today's television scene I noted how unappealing and uninteresting the supporting cast of Breaking Bad. After watching this episode I still feel that same way, but it seems like the show is making an effort to change things. Double B is attempting to make us care about Hank and Skylar as both characters have been given new jobs, with new relationships and new coworkers. I will take a wait and see approach to see if this develops, but my opinion is still that these two are as dull as dirt.



    The song at the beginning of the episode was pretty funny, but it ran for too long. The same could be said about this show as the 47 minute run time (versus 42 minutes on a broadcast drama) leads to some utterly useless scenes.moreless
  • Jesse Pinkman (or Jackson...) puts his power to use while Hank deals with troubles in Mexico.

    8.5
    Besides having one of the weirder and more random cold opens of any episode the show has ever had (and the show has its fair share of strange moments), this episode also came as close to "filler" as possible. If anything, the episode had all the signs of the writers rearranging the pieces on the board, preparing for the head-long drive into the final episodes, which are as good as anything the show has done. Of course, it'd be a shame to overlook any episode of the show, and this one has some nice moments that are at least worth acknowledging.



    The basic premise of the episode is that Walt and Jesse are preparing to start selling again, but with Jesse being well known for supposedly crushing Spooge's head with an ATM machine, nobody wants to cross him or the elusive "Heisenburg" anymore. Walt decides that this new found fear in other dealers means that they can expand and increase the price of their product. It's a bit alarming to watch Walt turning into this money-crazed drug distributor, especially considering the way he was in Season 1. He's quickly learning what it takes to be a drug dealer.



    Meanwhile, Hank is sent to Mexico to deal with the cartels that are responsible for distributing meth further south. For most of the show at this point, Hank has acted as little more than a source of laughs and the occasional hint that he will eventually discover what Walt's doing. Honestly, if he wasn't a DEA agent, would he be worth watching? But I digress; Hank proves with this episode that he's a character at least worth watching. His (I assume) PTSD seems to be affecting him, and it's disheartening to watch some a jovial man become so distraught by the stuff he sees in Mexico. The scene with the head on the turtle was insane, the type of imagery and shots that Breaking Bad pulls off with flying colors, and Hank's plot seems like something that should be nice to watch unfold.



    Skyler's plot, however, risks descending into typical "oh crap, will the wife cheat on the husband?" drama territory that too many shows have gone into before. But I have faith in the show, and since I've already seen up to Season 3 at this point, I know that the show is going to move in a great direction.moreless
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    8.5
    An honest to god filler if you ask me, but sometimes it's good to take a break from high octane action, and regardless it was still an enjoyable episode. I mean not a lot happened here. This episode was focused on the side characters if anyone else.



    We have Skyler rehashing the past with an old co-worker as she gets a job where she used to work with him, and now he is the boss. Apparently they had a one night thing. To be honest, Skyler alone is not very interesting. Her and Walt's scene are great, but she simply is not that much of an interesting character when she gets shoved center stage with no help from any of the other characters. Then we've got Hank, surprisingly his plot was quite interesting, and we got quite a payoff in the end. With a head on a turtle, a very disturbing scene but that just lets me know that I'm watching a good episode of Breaking Bad. As for Walt & Jesse that seemed to be side characters in this episode, nothing much happened either. Jesse gets a new TV and connects with his neighbor, everyone thinks he killed the guy from the last episode, so now everyone is paying up in fear. Walter takes this to his advantage.



    Was it a filler? Definitely. Was it an enjoyable episode of Breaking Bad? Most definitely.moreless
  • I am the Blowfish! Walt sees business opportunities, Skyler takes matters into her own hands and Hank gets a taste of El Paso

    9.5
    There were so many things to like in this episode, ranging from jolly to horrific.

    The opening with Los Cuates de Sinaola singing about the Heisenberg legend and his inevitable run-in with the big players of the Cartel gave a nice insight were this season might be heading. As his illness worsens, his transformation to an aggressive businessman speeds up: “Corner the market, the raise the price.” He looks like he’s actually enjoying the trade now.

    Skyler takes actions of her own to secure the family’s financial situation, putting herself at risk of some grabby hands. Has she given up on Walt? She didn’t tell him about her plans, and even comes up with an inanely retarded lie about “green welding” to convince him. He lets it go. The family’s falling apart, and neither of them are determined enough to actually do something about it.

    Hank’s being more than uncomfortable in El Paso, not familiar with the idiom (why didn’t his supervisors recommend him to take some Spanish courses?) or the tactics of Shun Tzu. He manages to gets away relatively unscathed after the Cartel retaliates against their stooge and the DEA. Now I wouldn’t put it past people who rig a tortoise to try and fry a fluffy purple bunny as well. Yes, I think the 2 flashforwards show us the aftermath of the Cartel taking action against their new competitor Heisenberg.

    Jesse finally gets his flatscreen, and shares a tender moment with Jane. I’m happy for him. For now.moreless
Todd Terry

Todd Terry

SAC

Guest Star

Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo

Tortuga

Guest Star

Rio Alexander

Rio Alexander

Federale

Guest Star

Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter

Jane Margolis

Recurring Role

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

Ted Beneke

Recurring Role

Matt L. Jones

Matt L. Jones

Brandon "Badger" Mayhew

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Agent: What's the matter Schrader? You act like you never saw a severed head on a tortoise before.

    • Tortuga: Hey white boy, my name's Tortuga. Do you know what that means?
      Hank: If I had to guess, I'd say that's Spanish for asshole.
      Tortuga: Tortuga means turtle, that's me. I take my time, but I always win.

    • Walt: Jesse, you are a blowfish.
      Jesse: A what?
      Walt: A blowfish. Small in stature, not swift, not cunning. Easy prey for predators. But, the blowfish has a secret weapon, doesn't he, doesn't he. What does the blowfish do, Jesse?
      Jesse: … I don't even know what-
      Walt: --The blowfish puffs up, okay. Puffs himself up, four, five times larger than normal, and why, why does he do that, so that it makes him intimidating. So that the other, scarier fish, are scared off. And that's you, you are the blowfish.

    • Walt: Can this woman… can she identify that you were there?
      Jesse: She couldn't even identify her own left ass-cheek.

    • Walt: Jesse Jackson… did you even… (Shrugs and gives up). Well I see you have a telephone at least. You know that blinking thing I've been calling you on.
      Jesse: Whatever man. (Walt takes his bong away) Hey, give me my-
      Walt: I will break this, I will break this! Damn druggie idiot. Is this what you've been doing the whole time I've been trying to reach you.
      Jesse: No. I've been taking care of business.
      Walt: What business?
      Jesse: The business you put me on, asshole. What, you already forgot? (Goes to pull out the gun Walt gave him) This business! Huh, that ought to jog your memory. Son of a bitch. I handled it. Walt: I said handle it – I mean fear and intimidation. I meant get your money back, I certainly never meant it --
      Jesse: What to kill somebody?
      Walt: --No!
      Jesse: Well, too late, yo. 'Cause dude's dead. Oh and here's your money.

    • Student: I stayed up… like all night. I studied… hard. I'm so into chemistry like the concepts, but I think I might have the attention… deficit. Could you please just let this slide?
      Walt: … Don't bullshit the bullshiter. The answer is no, next time apply yourself.

    • Los Cuates de Sinaloa: Singing "Negro y Azul"
      The city's called Duke, the state's called New Mexico, among the gangsters, the gringo's fame is inflated because of the new drug they created. They say the color is blue and the quality is pure, this potent drug's runnin' through the city and no one could stop it if they wanted to. The cartel's runnin' not because they weren't getting respect, talking 'about some Heisenberg who owns the market now. No one knows the man since they've never seen his face. The cartel's about respect and they ain't forgiving but that homie's dead, he just doesn't know it yet. Heisenberg's fame has got down to Michoacan, from way far away they want to taste that meth. The blue stuff has crossed the border. Now New Mexico's living up to its name, looks just like Mexico in all the drugs it's hiding. Except there's a gringo boss and he's known as Heisenberg, the cartel's running hot because they weren't getting respect, talking about some Heisenberg who owns the market now. No one knows the man since they've never seen his face. The fury of the cartel, ain't no one escaped it yet. But that homie's dead, he just doesn't know it yet.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: March 19, 2011 on Nova Cinema

    • Featured Music:

      "Negro Y Azul: The Ballad of Heisenberg" by Los Cuates de Sinaloa
      "Duck and Cover" by Federal Civil Defense Administration
      "Nariz Inquieta" by Miguel Enriquez y Sus Torrenciales

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