Breaking Bad

Season 3 Episode 7

One Minute

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 02, 2010 on AMC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Hank's increasing volatility forces a confrontation with Jesse and trouble at work. Skyler pressures Walt to make a deal. Gus' actions have severe consequences.

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  • Overrated, but not bad

    In "One Minute", the story zeroes in on the character of Hank who really gets into trouble this time. This sort of trouble also involves Jesse and Walt and makes for some outstanding conversations to be seen in these 47 minutes, but also has writer Thomas Schnauz exaggerating it on multiple occasions.

    Firstly, there'd be the scenes with Jesse in the hospital, in which Aaron Paul gives an overly and gratuitously dramatic performance. Then, there's the ridiculous final parking lot shoot-out that is so filled with flaws that I wasn't able to take it seriously. And another negative point, although not as grave as the two others, is that the calmer scenes in "One Minute" are mostly dull and sub-interesting conversations. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh and I'm not denying that I considered the pre-credits scene to be outstanding and loved Bob Odenkirk's and David Costabile's acting, yet altogether, this is not as good of an episode as the IMDb average may lead you to believe.

    It's also not only that I found flaws in the aforementioned parts of "One Minute", the episode also brings the show in a direction I personally don't really approve of. What happens in this and the next episode is mostly just a cheap way to get the story forward, in my opinion, and I absolutely disagree with the characters' decisions, which additionally makes it less fun to watch.moreless
  • Truly Awesome!

    The best episode so far. I was on the edge of my seat all the way through, and when Hank is told he has "one minute"!!!! Can't wait to watch the next ep.
  • The episode that finally put me on the edge of my seat.

    Breaking Bad is by far one of the better shows on television. It has been a great season thus far, but it lacked the tension at the beginning when it came to the drug ring. But now that the drug ring has been brought back into the situation, we can get back to the tense moments that come with it.

    This episode absolutely blew me away. This is some creativity that I never would have thought could occur on television. The creativity of the lone bullet in the one cousin's jacket pocket falling out and Hank using that bullet to take him out was absolutely genius. It's a direction that provided the audience with a lot of tension. I haven't been on the edge of my seat like this since the earlier seasons of 24. This show absolutely had my heartbeat pumping, my blood pressure rising, and sweat was literally pouring down my face (granted I'm in a hot residence hall). But I felt a feeling that I haven't felt in a long time while watching television, and Breaking Bad had that moment for me.

    I can't wait until next week's episode to find out what happens to Hank. I think it's up in the air, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was in a coma or didn't appear until the end of this season again. There's no telling what they'll do with him, but I'll be interested to find out.

    Thank you, Breaking Bad, for an incredible episode and a great bang at the end. You really put a lot of time and effort into that scene, and I really enjoyed it. One of the best scenes that will ever appear on television...EVERmoreless
  • As good as anything the show has ever done, if not better

    I'm not sure why I never got around to reviewing this episode, or most of Season 3 for that matter, but this was just amazing television. The fact that Mad Men continues to win over this show boggles my mind.. both are good, but at least Breaking Bad takes the slow tendencies of Mad Men and combines them with high octane (and believable) action.

    From start to finish, the episode was filled with surprising moments. The episode is book-ended with violent scenes, beginning with Hank beating the living crap out of Jesse (to the point where we think he's dead) and the ending, where Hank finds himself attacked by the two twins. That ending was insane, something I didn't think the show would do this early in the season. It's the kind of insanity that Mad Men doesn't do, and while some shows stumble over scenes like this, Breaking Bad does it in a way that is completely real.

    This was just great acting all the way around and amazing build-up. It was obvious (at least for me) who was on the other line of the call, but it changes the entire game and shows how smart of a guy Gus is. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty to keep him and his family safe.

    The rest of the season was amazing, but this was one of the high points for sure.moreless
  • one minute

    This episode was titled one minute, but it featured 60 minutes of high-octane action like only Breaking Bad can provide. We saw Hank snap and beat down Jesse, but in the end for all the breaks that Walt and Jesse have gotten, in true poetic justice, Hank got away with his one mistake.

    I liked the episode because things finally got back on track with Jesse and Walt cooking again. I have said this was the way the show needs to be, and the months with them apart were pointless. Finally, the mistake has been rectified.

    I cannot believe the twins are gone though. That was another mistake in my opinion, but I suppose they won't be necessary as I am predicting the season finale will end with Hank finally catching Walt in the act and realizing what he has done.moreless
Nate Mooney

Nate Mooney


Guest Star

Ruben Munoz-Soto

Ruben Munoz-Soto

Young Marco (Cousin #2)

Guest Star

Victor Munoz-Soto

Victor Munoz-Soto

Young Leonel (Cousin #1)

Guest Star

David Costabile

David Costabile

Gale Boetticher

Recurring Role

Mark Margolis

Mark Margolis

Tio Salamanca

Recurring Role

Daniel Moncada

Daniel Moncada

Leonel Cousin #2

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode was nominated for two technical Emmys: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Michelle Maxwell MacLaren). Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series (8 co-nominees from the editing department).

    • Gus is revealed to be from South America. Gus has been active for at least 20 years as Tio (Don Salamanca) has had contact with him for about this long as per the flashback in this episode.

      However, in reality, it's very unlikely that Gus is from anywhere from Latin America, since his Spanish, although fluent, is not grammatically correct and most of the times what he says is a literal translation of the English phrase rather than a proper Spanish sentence. Moreover, his accent is the one of a English-speaking person, not one of any of the South American countries. Young Don Salamanca also seems not to be a native Spanish speaking person, although his Spanish not as awkward as Gus'.
      This is very noticeable when you compare what Gus or Tio says with the cousins sayings (truly Mexican).

    • The cousins are revealed to be cousins of Tuco. Their names are Marco and Leonel.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Discussing Hank's future after he beat up Jesse)
      Hank: I'm not gonna go in there and lie.
      Marie: It's some lowlife degenerate versus you, doing the job you're supposed to. Why should you be the one who pays for doing the right thing?
      Hank: Oh, baby, it wasn't the right thing. It's not what the job is. I'm supposed to be better than that.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Saul: "Yo Adrian, rocky called he wants his face back" (After taking a picture of Jesse's bruised face in the hospital). Referencing Rocky (1976) which stars Sylvester Stallone as a boxer.