Breaking Bad

Season 4 Episode 3

Open House

17
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 31, 2011 on AMC
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Events spiral out of control at Jesse's house. Skyler asks for Saul's help regarding the carwash. Marie returns to an old pastime and in the process a friend asks Hank for help.

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  • I'd recommend you drink a coffee before watching this episode.

    4.5
    It's only the third episode in this season of Breaking Bad, but it already feels as if we've been served the same plot for ages. Besides more and more character development in Skyler and Jesse, "Open House" is sparse on new ideas and difficult to enjoy.



    As Jesse's parties grow bleaker and bleaker, Aaron Paul impresses me even more through his almost wordless, yet still so deep acting especially the go-kart scene near the end of the episode was a small, but mentionable gem. The bigger part of this episode was definitely focused on either the Schraders or the Whites though, and while these also had some nice parts here and there, the average was rather low. Especially Marie bringing out the kleptomaniac side of hers was overly long and resulted in a ridiculous and redundant crying scene of Betsy Brandt.



    Skyler got a tad more interesting in "Open House" as she is willing to passively participate in Walt's crime by becoming a (different sort of) criminal herself, yet that doesn't say a lot for a character that bored and annoyed me for pretty much all three seasons up to that point. This story part had some blatant stupidities in it, such as the "It's been six hours, he won't call he calls" and the "Giving a random guy instructions over headphones so he can manipulate someone else in your favor" clichs. At least Bob Odenkirk was able to uplift both the humor aspect and the quality of it with some trademark stupid jokes.



    As you see, there really were only few things for me to appreciate in "Open House", an episode that proves yet another time that Breaking Bad is weak when the story is evolving slowly.moreless
  • Season 4 is still slow but it's starting to pick up the pace

    7.5
    Good news is that my favorite crime drama show "Breaking Bad" is starting to pick up the pace for Season 4. The bad news is that this episode is still slow. Still, not a bad episode and it's better than the first two Season 4 episodes "Box Cutter" and "Thirty-Eight Snub". This episode is GOOD but there were still some moments where it got to be slow but I hope Season 4 starts to get better which I know it will. As a fan of "Breaking Bad", I have faith that this season will get better. Walter was actually pretty funny in this episode. Hank was really good in this episode as well. Jesse's party still continues on from the previous episode "Thirty-Eight Snub" which was good with some funny parts along the way. The scene with Jesse riding on the go-kart is also very interesting and kinda exciting. Fans like us are delivered a good story but still with slow moments. The premise is good here and I wasn't that disappointed in this episode. It was still disappointing but it's a good episode compared to the first Season 4 episodes. This episode is defintely recommend to all of the fans that love this show though. I probably call the ending the best I've seen but it's pretty good. Overall, this was a good episode of "Breaking Bad" but I hope Season 4 begins to have better episodes than this installment and the other two Season 4 episodes. 7.5/10moreless
  • Car Wash Blues: A Walter White Story

    9.0
    With the last two episodes focusing primarily on Walt and his reaction to what the business is now becoming because of what he and Jesse did and Gus's reaction and how would come to live with it we now turn to more broad stories. We see Skyler worrying about the car wash possibility and how they need to get the owner to sell it without using violence or tipping anyone off about suspiciousness in a scene between Walt, Saul, and Skyler that brought our favorite lawyer back into the fold. It was also funny how he brought up the nail salon idea again when Jesse clearly passed on it last season. Speaking of Jesse, he sinks deeper into the chaos and his house has become ground zero for addicts and fights now that he can't bear to be alone and his quiet desperation when he asks Walt out for go carts is palpable. Marie goes back to being a clepto for a habit at a bunch of open houses as a cry for help from Hank's negligence to acknowledge her and she finally gets to be sincere to her through getting her out of jail. Skyler manipulates her way into getting the owner to get her to sell the car wash for cheaper than she originally intended and Hank gets the file on Gale's lab from a DEA buddy who helped Marie get out of jail and wants his eyes on it to give him some hints. No doubt this will bring him closer to getting back on his feet and working to find Heisenberg again who is no doubt inside that notebook somewhere. Good job BB, way to bring the more minor characters into the forefront especially since next week looks like Gus will be back to bring Walt in line, uh oh.moreless
  • Open House

    9.0
    Open House was a superb episode of Breaking Bad and I really enjoyed watching this episode because Skylar really took charge and made things happen which was awesome. Jesse continues to party away and descend as Walter is displeased with new security measures at the lab. Marie goes back to her old ways but with a new and fun twist. I love going to open houses too, as they make you feel like you are some one else and it is fun to pretend, however Marie took it to another level getting her in trouble. Hank is asked to look over some lab notes found at the crime scene of Gale's murder which puts him back onto Walter and Jesse. I look forward to watching the next episode of Breaking Bad!!!!!!!moreless
  • Better than almost everything else currently on television, but below par for Breaking bad.

    8.0
    Better than almost everything else currently on television, but below par for Breaking bad. I'm dying to hear Jesse vocalize his reaction to the last two murders, and after this episode I'm still waiting. As is often the Breaking Bad case, I think the anticipation will make the resolution better in the end. Mostly I want to sound off against all the hate for the Marie scenes. There was some choice acting during those moments that I think we need to appreciate, even if it wasn't action packed or suspenseful. And what I really think we should all pay attention to here is the set up. Marie while being arguable the most screwed up character in the cast, also hides an immoral kleptomaniac streak, and most importantly of all, is one superb liar. She didn't miss a beat did she? Someone that smooth would really be an asset to Walt's growing criminal family. Currently she is poised to become an excellent criminal, and I'm hoping the story progresses to the point where we can see her put those skills to use.moreless
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