Breaking Bad

Season 2 Episode 1.1

Seven Thirty-Seven

17
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 08, 2009 on AMC
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Episode Summary

Walt and Jesse try to end their deal with Tuco. Meanwhile, Hank attempts to repair Marie and Skyler's relationship.

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  • Hank's Hilarious, Tuco's Tough, and Breaking Bad's Bodacious

    8.5
    Picking up exactly where season one's finale left off in fact showing (or staging, I'm not entirely sure) the ultimate scene again for further emphasis "Seven Thirty-Seven" as well includes some absolutely outstanding scenes, yet doesn't exclude some unnecessary flaws.



    The plot centers both around Walt and Jesse's increased fear of their new colleague in drugs after they've experienced him pulpifying his associate basically just for kicks and the suspicion Skyler develops both on her husband and her shoplifting sister. The first thing you see of season 2 is a mysterious monochrome montage before the credits turns out to be just as fantastic as a conversational highlight between Skyler and Hank about half an hour later. Next to that, "737" impresses with the already mentioned extended season one finale that gets even more rememberable through Tuco's whispering of "You're an ambiguous screenplay gem that sent shivers down my spine. In less dramatic matters, Dean Norris absolutely steals the show with hilarious dark humor and Aaron Paul is great once again as his character gets more and more paranoid. The not-so-nice parts mostly were the moments that Walt and Skyler shared together (a trend that sadly hangs over the whole season) and some irrational choices of Heisenberg and his little compaero that bothered me.



    Bryan Cranston's first directorial effort on Breaking Bad is just as well-done as the show's first seven episodes and might include even more stylistic plus points. If it weren't for a handful of weaker parts, this could have even been the best episode at that point.moreless
  • How do they do it?

    10
    I am just knocked off my feet by the writing and acting of the people involved with this show. Last night's episode was very creative, and definitely adds up to the intenseness of the first season premiere. I hope each season begins with something as shocking as this.



    Walter was great as usual and I can definitely tell that the walls are going to come down on him very soon. The fact that he is dodging Skyler even more, and the fact that he just got kidnapped are big indicators that he is going to be exposed in some way. This isn't going to be easy for him to conceal.



    Just the creativity of the people involved with this show amazes me. The fact they could come up with a creative death for Gonzo the way they did just amazes me. This show definitely jumps the shark and then some in every episode.



    I am glad I bought the first two seasons of this show, and I am in a hurry to get the episodes done so I can get into this third season. I am so blessed to be able to watch such a great show as Breaking Bad. I hope this show lasts a long time, or at least as long as it has too. But when it comes down to it, I enjoy watching these characters interact, and I hope they do so for many years to come.moreless
  • Things pick up right where they left off with Walt and Jesse making a plan to escape Tuco.

    8.8
    Season 1 ended on a moment of realization for Walt: perhaps he's not meant for the world of dealing with psychotic drug dealers. After seeing Tuco beat his crony to death for nothing at all, the looks on Walt and Jesse's face says it all: they need to get out from underneath Tuco's thumb or else risk being dead just like them.



    For me, the Season 2 premiere was similar to the Season 3 premiere in that there's not a whole lot that happens, there's some slower moments that put the brakes on the momentum the show had picked up earlier, but both episodes end with great moments that send us flying forward into the new season.



    I really am finding it hard to justify why the stupid Marie stuff should be here, and I don't think I'll figure out a good reason. It's a waste of space, and while I like Hank as a character, Marie seems like an irritation to everybody as opposed to actually being a good character worth watching. We also see that Hank and Gomez are slowly starting to get closer to investigating Walt and Jesse, even though neither of them know that they're being looked into.



    And Tuco's insanity here makes him one of the most fascinating, albeit one note characters on TV. The look in his eyes after his crony dies tells us that Walt and Jesse are next in his crosshairs. An all around great premiere, and a perfect kick-off to what will end up being an amazing season of TV.moreless
  • Season 2 Premiere

    10
    I am in awe at how amazing this show is, after a year of being off the airwaves, this show returns with just a big a bang as it's finale. The main ensemble of this show is golden, the writing is terrific, and the acting is brilliant. The show manages to own up to it's great potential, and do it amazingly.



    The season 2 premiere of Breaking Bad was absolute perfection, and it will probably be one of my favorite episodes of this show. We got all what we could ask for from a television drama: Enticing characters, intriguing story line, and an amazing cliffhanger.



    In continuation from last season, we learn that Tuco has beaten one of his employees to death, and Walt & Jesse are now witnesses. They realize they are way over their head when Tuco starts stalking them, they plot to murder Tuco with poison, not only that but the DEA is catching on to them, meanwhile Skyler continues to be suspicious. The story line with Marie shop lifting and her seeing a psychiatrist was very interesting, and Skyler's breakdown was a perfect example of terrific acting from Anna Gunn. The cliffhanger, all I can say is I can't wait for the next episode. This season looks promising, and I can't wait to see how it plays out.moreless
  • So Bryan Cranston got an emmy for this did he? I'll tell you who else should get an emmy the actor that plays TUCO!

    9.2
    I couldn't quite work out what was going on and the beginning of this episode, first we are treated to some very sombre shots of an outdoor pool and then it seems we are right back at the season 1 finale; Walter and Jesse are in the scrap yard making deal with Tuco selling him their blue meth.



    Little did I know that that this would make PERFECT sense. So we see the deranged Tuco severely beat up his henchman again only this time as Walter and Jesse try to drive off Tucos car stops them head on. Tuco pulls the beaten man out from the back seat of his car and he is convulsing. Tuco demands that Walter and Jesse do something because "he couldn't take a little beating". But there is nothing Walter and Jesse can do the man dies. And so it begins...



    As always I have to say that my favourite scenes were the Walter and Jesse scenes, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul play brilliantly off eact other and their paranoid and agitated rapport is a delight to watch.



    The Marie/Skyler story took a bit of a back seat in this ep and that's just as well with Walter and Jesse fearing for their lives. Hank was as stupid as ever though.



    I love how this show ties in with the web content offered on the AMC website. One of the minisodes "Marie's confession" was referenced when Hank told Skyler that Marie has a therpist called Dave.



    I can't wait to see what happens next week!moreless
Cesar Garcia

Cesar Garcia

Gonzo

Guest Star

Jesus Payan

Jesus Payan

No-Doze

Guest Star

Isaac Kappy

Isaac Kappy

Rowdy Prisoner

Guest Star

Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz

Tuco Salamanca

Recurring Role

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Gomez

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • By the end of the season, we know what the title in this episode means. However, after the deal with Tuco at the beginning of this episode, Walt calculates how much he needs to make to keep his family afloat. He calculates that amount as "737" or $737,000.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hank: (after Gonzo's body was freed) Damn, Ricky, leave something for the coroner.

    • Skyler: (to Hank) I need support. Me, the almost 40-year-old pregnant woman with a surprise baby on the way. And the husband with lung cancer that disappears for days on end and I don't know where he goes. And a moody son who does the same thing. And an overdrawn checking account, and the lukewarm water heater that leaks rusty looking crap and is rotting out the floor of the utility closet, and we can't even afford to fix it. But, oh, now I'm supposed to go, "Hank, please, what can I possibly do to support my spoiled, kleptomaniac, b**** sister who somehow always manages to be the center of attention cause God knows she's the one with the really important problems. (Skyler sobs, Hank holds her)
      Hank: You want me to take a look at that utility closet?

    • Marie: (leaving a message for Skyler on the answering machine) Hey it's me, just thought I'd try you earlier, you know, before you went out. I know it takes you a little longer to get to the phone, you know, because of all the baby weight.

    • Tuco: Do something! You're smart! Do that… do that thing! (Motions CPR with hands. Walt tries CPR)

    • (Talking about how to kill Tuco)
      Jesse: Well you know how he likes to sample the stuff, right. As his head is down, sorting, just pop, pop, pop.
      Walt: Pop, pop, pop – so three shots?
      Jesse: Yeah, three shots or I don't know, two?
      Walt: Well is it two or is it three?
      Jesse: Okay two will probably work, yeah.
      Walt: Okay, two shots, two shots. Two shots in the chest, two shots in the face?
      Jesse: Oh come on!
      Walt: I'm just trying to understand how this works. … Gonzo's a pretty big guy. How many shots does that take?
      Jesse: I don't know, three shots?

    • (Thinking about how to get rid of Tuco)
      Jesse: Look, it holds 5 bullets. And I finally – finally figured out how to open it. Just for you. I say we get a second gun, for you. Don't we, you know, double our chances, mathematically.
      Walt: I've got a better idea.
      Jesse: Thank God! What is it, Mr. White. Lay it on me
      Walt: Castor beans
      Jesse: So, what are we going to do with them? Are we just gonna grow a magic beanstalk? Huh? Climb it and escape?
      Walt: We are going to process them into ricin.
      Jesse: Rice 'n Beans.
      Walt: Ricin. It's an extremely effective poison.

    • Walt: How many bullets does that gun even take.
      (Jesse struggles to even open the gun to check)
      Walt: How can you suggest that we kill a man, and you can't even open the gun?

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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