Breaking Bad

Season 3 Episode 1

No Mas

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 21, 2010 on AMC
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Episode Summary

The aftermath of the crash clearly affects the entire community. Walt Jr. adjusts to a new home life. Walt receives a new offer after picking up Jesse from his stint in rehab.

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  • It's called "No Mas", but it will make you want "Mas"

    "No Mas", Spanish for "not anymore", is the start of Breaking Bad's third season and surprises with one of the weirdest pre-credits sequences to ever be on television. The two tortoise-mimicking Hispanic fellows we get introduced to there also don't get much clearer in the two other scenes they have in this episode, however, it's still very interesting to watch them.

    With the characters we know already, there's of course the troubled situation between Skyler and Walt after she commanded he move out at the end of season two as the last resort. That decision issued in a lot of confusion with the whole White family, but sadly didn't make for any good scenes. RJ Mitte overacted his part a bit and Dean Norris and Betsy Brandt had a sub-par script to work with. As Skyler and Walt then sat down and had a talk, it managed to awake my interest, if only in terms of plot and acting.

    Fortunately, "No Mas" also included appearances of Jesse and Gus, which were both remarkably good. Aaron Paul just gets better and better in his role and seeing him in rehab was one of the show's deepest moments yet. Giancarlo Esposito on the other hand, may have even been more impressing as he succeeded in outshining Bryan Cranston in the scene they shared together. Never has calmness felt as intense as in his mostly wordless and unblinking acting.

    That's about it for this episode one that works perfectly well as an introduction for a new season, but easily could've been more thrilling. As he wrote a screenplay himself again after quite a while, Vince Gilligan seems to not have had the best of days, but that's excusable as long as the story is as great as it currently is.moreless
  • The cold open was made of long wide shots, slow pace, few dialogues. This is not TV, it's good Cinema!

    The first scene reminded me of Sergio Leone's movies. The desert, the silences, an anonymous guy crawling... Who was that and why people were passing by without helping? Than we realize that he was crawling along with a bunch of other people in what seems to be some kind of religious ritual to the Santa Muerte. The 3rd season bad guys are introduced to the audience by a single close shot of their boots... and what a creepy bad guys! Evil twins in the best Tarantino's way!

    Finally Walter realized that he must stop, but now it's too late and I think this season will be more nerve wrecking than the previous two, since it will be just impossible for him to just quit cooking as if it was really a "kitchen" business.

    Everything is this episode was built with very strong images. I'm really pleased that television has reached such a grade of distinction.moreless
  • Awesome premiere, and a couple of new creepy villains that Walt will undoubtedly see before the end of the season. (some definite spoilers, so beware..)

    Breaking Bad is off television for so long that I sometimes forget how great it is. As one of AMC's only shows right now (Mad Men being the other, although Mad Men is the show that unfortunately gets all the fame), it has come to represent how AMC seems to breed superior television shows. I could care less about anything going on in Mad Men, but Walt's life is endlessly entertaining. The season premiere tonight focused on the aftermath of the plane crash from Season 2, and seems to be setting Walt up to face some incredibly scary adverseries.

    Every commercial tonight focused on driving into people's brains how Bryan Cranston is a two time consecutive Emmy winner, and with good reason too. He was incredible in the premiere, appearing paranoid, nervous, twitchy and sort of depressed. He knows he's guilty of murdering all those people on the plane, and that Jesse is ultimately taking the blame on his own shoulders. Watching Walt cheat and connive his way through life is fun to watch, as awful as it sounds to say it. He's just one of television's great characters.

    As for the supporting cast, they were, as usual, nothing to write home about, although Anna Gunn did step up her game as Skyler. Now that Walt has finally admitted to her that he's a meth distributor, she's being given some great material to work with. I'm curious to see how this will affect their relationship. Obviously, it'll be destroyed, but I wonder how long it'll be before Hank is off looking for Walt, on the scent of his trail.

    Finally, these twins who are seemingly mute are bringing a whole new level of creepiness to the show. Where Tuco was insane, off-the-wall and had a proclivity to snort coke off the tip of his knife, these two twins are eerie, silent and capable of killing as many as twenty people in just under a minute. Oh yeah, and they don't so much as flinch at an explosion not even twelve feet behind them. They're tough, and based on tonight's premiere, they're out to see Walt as dead as the skeleton in the first scene.

    Tonight's episode was slow, but it was filled with those great scenes between characters that Vince Gilligan has perfected; it also had a lot of surreal and spooky images, as well as a few shots of adreneline that reminds us that Breaking Bad brings intensity that Mad Men doesn't come close to rivaling and characters that continue to grow and become more and more interesting with each week. Next week, we get to see Saul, more of these creepy brothers, and a possible man-hunt set up by Hank into the appearence of said creepy brothers. Overall, this was just a great hour of TVmoreless
  • Slow but good.

    This episode was good, with good scenes and good acting. Skyler confronting Walt, two misterious man with one goal, and I don't care what Mr. Cranston says, there was comedy in this episode. Spoilers ahead.

    The first scene was a huge WTF for me. I didn't know what the hell was going on and it was kinda creppy also.

    Walter feels guilty about the plain crash, he spend time researching airplane crashes, which lead to an awesome talk with the school students.

    Jesse is feeling guilty about his girlfriend...I honestly can remember her name...Jane? Well, I don't know. And he also knows that "Jane"'s father was the one who made the two plane crash, so he's feeling guilty about that too. He's out of rehab, and he's clean.

    Skyler confronts Walt. She go to Walt's new house and told him "I know what you are, you are a drug dealer"...that was pretty awesome. And more awesome was Walt telling her it wasn't cocain, it was meth.

    Pretty much what everybody was waiting for but I'm not sure about the timing.

    Pretty good start. Slow but good.

    Can't wait to next week.

    Greetings from Argentina.moreless
  • Mexican Gothic? Cormac McCarthy meet David Lynch...

    First off I will admit that I have not always been "blown away" or "amazed" by everything that Breaking Bad has done. In fact sometimes I have been disappointed, and wanted to to stop watching.

    I have continued to watch Breaking Bad for the show that I knew that it could be, and finally in No Mas it has fulfilled the promise that the first season hinted at.

    The opening scene was like something left out of No Country for Old Men, but double the creepy killer, and inflect some serious oddity, what with people crawling across the desert. Not only do the writers not explain why these people are crawling, it is clear that as unusual as it may seem for the viewer it is the everyday for those that live in that small town. I'm calling this Mexican Gothic because I have no other title to give it, it's Cormac McCarthy's darkness, and sense of doom, mixed with the eerie oddity of the Mexican hit men, and their dialog-less journey, that might have walked out of a David Lynch screenplay. Conveying a sense of doom is what Breaking Bad has done so well when it is peaking, whether it be the death of Jesse's girl (pun intended), or the inevitable sense that cancer would get Walt. There was in the beginning of the series a sense of malaise glossed over with happy suburbanite contentment, which the show has finally done away with in this episode. Make no mistake the viewers, I believe, are in for a story that would vie with anything McCarthy or the Cohen Brothers might have produced.

    Walt is "not a criminal" is a self delusion, clearly he is and will be, he took a step down that path and will inevitably be bound to complete that journey, he will have to be redeemed. For the first time in this show Jesse is the only character with a grip on reality of any sort. The following dialog is telling: Jesse

    "It's all about accepting who you really are. Walt Sr. "And who are you?" Jesse "I'm the bad guy."

    What this means for the future is like everything else about this season, unclear. Hopefully he will embrace his role as the bad guy, not in the ghetto-fabulous, fifty-cent, pop culture way but in the dark bad-guy without a soul type of way. The rest of the characters are out of touch and this is mostly due to their failure to face each of their realities in the face; Walter Jr. refuses to believe, and accept that his family is done, Walter Sr. refuses to accept that his wife is leaving him, it's simply as he states a rough patch, and Skyler thinks she can simply walk away after 16 years of marriage. Skyler wants it to be as "quick and painless as this type of thing can be". With a twist we come to find that the most ominous, potentially evil men don't wear cowboy boots with skulls, but instead are middle aged men who wear glasses, men that teach high-school or work at a fast food joint. That when we come to face who we really are we may not like the reality of what we find, some of us embrace it, others refuse to accept it. The future for these characters is a best bleak, at worst doomed, and is that not what has always attracted viewers to this show.moreless
Jere Burns

Jere Burns

Group Leader

Guest Star

Julie Dretzin

Julie Dretzin


Guest Star

Taylor Cranston

Taylor Cranston

Sad Faced Girl

Guest Star

Carmen Serano

Carmen Serano


Recurring Role

John de Lancie

John de Lancie

Donald Margolis

Recurring Role

Luis Fernando Moncada

Luis Fernando Moncada

Marco Salamanca

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • While filming the scene where the truck explodes, Bryan really only had one chance to pull it off due to the expensive nature of the shot. Bryan placed a line in the ground and told the brothers Luis and Daniel Moncada that once they crossed this line, the explosion would be triggered and to not flinch. They were a safe distance away, but with the long distance camera lens, they appeared closer.

    • Bryan Cranston stated that Luis Moncada turned his own life around from one of crime. Luis has visible tattoos that had to be covered up during filming. One on each eyelid, with "F***" and "You" had to be carefully covered. When Bryan asked if these eyelid tattoos hurt, Luis stated that it wasn't the needle that hurt, but the metal spoon that they had to place over the eyeball in order to actually do the procedure.

    • Daniel Moncada had never acted before starting his recurring role on Breaking Bad.

    • The two Mexican men are assumed to be relatives of Tuco, but it's not explicitly stated. One additional clue seen in this episode were the boots one of the relative's wears. They are the same skull-and-bones boots as Tuco wore.

    • As stated in an interview, Bryan Cranston usually includes a clause in his contracts that has him direct episodes. He has previously directed episodes for Malcom in the Middle and the episode "Seven Thirty-Seven" from Season 2 of Breaking Bad.

    • Goof: When Walt is playing with the pink teddy bear's eye he drops it and it rolls under the bed. Walt reaches down under the bed to get it and the camera shot looks back towards Walt from under the bed behind the eye as Walt is reaching in, and shows the pupil and iris of the eye facing to Walt's right (the viewer's left). Walt is interrupted by Skyler knocking on the door, and the camera follows Walt (this time from behind him looking back under the bed), and as he pulls his hand away the pupil and iris of the eye have now turned to face him. As he gets up to answer the door the pupil and iris have turned back to how they were first seen.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Walt: You come in here and you wave these papers in my face, when there's a whole other entire side to this thing. There's your side and there's my side and you haven't heard my side yet. You haven't heard any of it at all.
      Skyler: You're a drug dealer.
      Walt: No! What... how, what?
      Skyler: Yeah. How else could you possibly make that kind of money? Marijuana. That Pinkman kid...
      Walt: No!
      Skyler: Oh, my god, Walt. Cocaine?
      Walt: Methamphetamine. But, I'm a manufacturer, I'm not a dealer. Per se. It doesn't mean –-
      Skyler: I'm gonna make you a deal, Walt. I won't tell Hank, and I won't tell your children, or anybody else. Nobody will hear it from me. But only if you grant me this divorce and stay out of our lives.
      Walt: No, Skyler -
      Skyler: I mean it. Now let me the hell out of here before I throw up.

    • (Walt tries to help the students cope with the air disaster, but ends up trying to minimize his sense of responsibility regarding the event.)
      Walt: Well, at any rate, what you're left with, casualty-wise, is just the 50th worst air disaster – actually, tied for 50th."

    • Jesse: You either run from things, or you face them, Mr. White.
      Walt: And what exactly does that mean?
      Jesse: I learned it in rehab. It's all about accepting who you really are. I accept who I am.
      Walt: And who are you?
      Jesse: I'm the bad guy.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 7, 2013 on Nova Cinema

    • Filming Locations: Cabezón ('Big Head' in spanish) Peak is about 75 miles northwest of Albuquerque. It is a prominent landmark. The village of Cabezón was apparently used to depict a 'Mexican' village south of the border. Cabezón Peak, simply called 'Black Rock' by the Navajo, is believed to be the head of a giant killed by the Twin War Gods. The coagulated blood of this giant is believed to be the magnificent lava flow south of Grants, New Mexico, known as El Malpais, "the Badlands."

    • Casting Notes: Jonathan Banks (Mike the clean-up guy), Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman), and Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Frings) are added to the main cast. However, Jonathan Banks and Bob Odenkirk do not appear in this episode.


    • Title.

      The words "No Mas" are Spanish meaning "no more". This is referring to when characters in this episode decide to stop being what they are.