Breaking Bad

Season 4 Episode 7

Problem Dog

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 28, 2011 on AMC



  • Trivia

    • The original DEA office area with desks and cubicles was a leased floor of a building in downtown ABQ. When Hank was shot, they didn't need the offices as much, so they let this set go. In this episode, the crew had to reconstruct the look of the DEA building so they came up with a new set: a meeting room for the DEA.

    • The crew had to buy the Dodge to blow it up, even thought it was product placement. But the crew stripped it down to a shell and sold the parts.

    • The videogame that Jesse is shown playing in the opening scene of the episode is Rage.

    • Episode Title: There are several allusions to the phrase "Problem Dog": Jesse becomes one to Gus, but he may be rethinking his options. Hank emerges as a problem dog to Gus as well. Jesse describes Gale as one in the past.

  • Quotes

    • Jesse: The thing is, if you just do stuff and nothing happens, what's it all mean? What's the point? Oh right, this whole thing is about self-acceptance.
      Group Leader: Kicking the hell out of yourself doesn't give meaning to anything.
      Jesse: So, I should just stop judging and accept?
      Group Leader: It's a start.
      Jesse: So, no matter what I do, hooray for me because I'm a great guy? It's all good? No matter how many dogs I kill, I just do an inventory and accept? I mean, you backed your truck over your own kid and you like, accept that? What a load of crap!
      Group Leader: Hey, Jesse, I know you're in pain...
      Jesse: No you know what. Why I'm here in the first place, is to sell you meth. You're nothing but customers to me. I made you my bitch! You okay with that? You accept?
      Group Leader: No.
      Jesse: About time.

    • Hank: (After meeting with Gus) I mean, what do we know about Gustavo Fring? This whole friend of law enforcement thing? Could be a case of keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer. I mean, he's got the money to finance this thing, maybe he's got the connections, too. Maybe, just maybe, he's our guy.
      ASAC Merkert: Hank, no offense, but I think you're really reaching here.
      Gomez: If your guy had his meeting at KFC, you wouldn't immediately assume that he's sitting down with Colonel Sanders.
      Hank: You know, I couldn't agree more guys. Gustavo Fring, blue meth... Whole thing is off the map nuts. I'd have to be wearing a tinfoil hat. Except I can't seem to wrap my mind around this one little thing, and that is, what are Gustavo Fring's fingerprints doing in Gale Boetticher's apartment?

    • Walt: A month ago, Gus was trying to kill both of us, and now he pulls you out of the lab and employs you as... what exactly? An assistant gunman? A tough guy? Does that make any sense to you? He says he sees something in you. What kind of game is he playing? Does he think you're that naive? He can't truly think that you'd forget. Let alone Gale, let alone Victor, and all the horror that goes along with all of that, what about this girlfriend of yours? And her little brother? I mean, the man looked you straight in the eye and told you no more children, but that very night, that little boy... he just, he winds up... I mean, Gus can't possibly think that you would forget that. All I'm saying is that is it possible that he would think that you're that weak-willed.
      Jesse: Drop the sales pitch. I'll do it.
      Walt: You'll do what?
      Jesse: I'll kill [Gus]. First chance I get.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Lost

      When Hank examines the model number on the air purifier, the numbers are 4-8-15-16-23-42, the numbers featured over and over again in Lost.