Breaking Bad

Season 4 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 14, 2011 on AMC
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Episode Summary

When Jesse goes missing, Walt fears the worst. Skyler has an unlikely reunion. Hank shares some bad news with Detective Tim Roberts.

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  • More "Small Arm" than "Shotgun", but still an enjoyable episode.

    Continuing the trend of weapon-named episodes, "Shotgun" reveals that the cliffhanger of the previous episode had the sole purpose of misleading viewers and that audiences will have to wait just a little longer for season four to pick up pace. However, the disappointment in the fact that Mike is not about to kill Jesse and that we are not about to see a possibly phenomenal shoot-off between those two, Walt, and Gus turned out not to be of long endurance, as the aforementioned two provide for some of the best bickering scenes the series has had up to that point (and we've had a lot of them, the number of those involving Skyler alone has to be in three figures). Jonathan Banks did an awesome job in reprimanding bored Jesse while Aaron Paul revoked some nice memories of his punk band's magnum opus "Fallacies" with humming the song.

    The other major part of "Shotgun" was focused on the Whites' family life, now that all and sundry are aware of the false truth about the origin of Walt's accumulated dinero, but besides the outstanding cliffhanger realization that a much more likeable Hank came to at the end of the episode, not a lot occurred that was of interest to me. I also wasn't that impressed about Walt attempting to ice Gus yet another time and the overly dramatic opening sequence that involves the most unlikely race car in television history breaking each and every existing traffic regulation.

    That's about it for "Shotgun", an enjoyable episode with at least some rememberable moments here and there that nonetheless leaves one waiting for some real peril in this season.

  • They shoulda ended this show last season, it is drifting without direction, like a housewives soapie. Unless new characters r brought in, ones that are truly different from any before, it is impossible to see this show lasting teh seasonmoreless

    So walt is gonna manipulate until he gets facetime with chicken man? Puhleeze - who even cares? We already have a good handle on these two - how they operate, their total committment to being in control, because that was what last season was about. Walt 'showing' that he has better controlling skills. Except he doesn't. Surely the writers can come up with something else this season and I don't mean more rubbish about lurve or whatever passes for motivation to sustain a relationship among these infantile grown ups.

    TV has nearly as many dramas covering that worn out ground as it has reality shows about food. cooking or dieting.

    But lets face it, three seasons was more than enough to canvass everything about a meth maker/ dealermoreless
  • Jesse and Mike go on a mission.

    "Bullet Points," the episode before this one, was one of those episodes that leaves your entire body on pins and needles. I don't think anybody expected Jesse to actually be killed by Mike, but Vince Gilligan and his team of writers are pretty great at what they do, and for a week, I was expecting an early departure for Jesse Pinkman.

    Maybe he didn't die, but "Shotgun" is an equally intense episode, one that finds Jesse regaining his confidence and Walt continuing to lose his. But for the first five minutes of the episode, Walt is in kamikaze mode, driving like a bat out of hell towards Los Pollos Hermanos, gun in hand, ready to shoot Gus in order to find out where Jesse is. Dave Porter's score is superb here; once again, his music perfectly fits the tone of the episode. However, as soon as Walt gets there, it's clear as day that he won't be shooting anybody. For a few brief moments, Walt appeared ready to go into Heisenberg mode to get what he wants, but once again, he's incapacitated by fear. Ever since Gus cut Victor's throat with the box cutter, he's been afraid to do anything wrong.

    A large portion of the episode revolves around Mike driving Jesse around to various locations to pick up hidden money. We learn right away that Mike isn't planning on killing Jesse but instead seems to be using him as a bodyguard of sorts. Things take a turn after a couple of guys wielding shotguns threaten Jesse. Jesse narrowly escapes and gets respect from both Mike and Gus.

    It's fascinating to watch Jesse slowly rise into the good graces of Gustavo Fring while Walt's stock with him plummets. It's clear Gus is trying to seperate Jesse and Walt so he can kill Walt and have Jesse cook. It's a chilling thought, but there's still eight episodes left in the season. It could go either way.

    The episode ends with Walt being Walt: he hears Hank praising Gale for being a great cook and being a genius and Walt's pride kicks in; instead of keeping his mouth shut, he has to go ahead and make Hank believe that Gale wasn't the person in charge of everything. Instead, he tells him that there was probably a person that made the recipe and that Gale was simply following orders. This puts Hank back on the hunt. That scene sums up Walt easily.moreless
  • Best episode of Season 4 so far

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "Breaking Bad". This episode is the best of Season 4 so far in my opinion. The beginning of this episode was pretty intense as well. I know that there will be better Season 4 episodes than this in the future but this episode is definitely one of the best. The scene with Skylar listening to Walter's message and than they have sex was pretty interesting but kinda pointless to me. Honestly, all of the scenes with Jesse and Mike are my favorite parts of this episode. The scenes with the two of them were are pretty intense and just so developed very well. Hank giving out some bad news was also very interesting. This whole entire episode was just devloped very well but all of the Jesse/Mike scenes are the ones that captivated my attention. If you love this show then I think that you should go all out and watch this episode. If you're not a fan of "Breaking Bad" then you're probably going to find this episode to be boring. This epsiode wasn't boring to me. Okay, the Walter/Skyler thing is a little bit boring to me but the rest was very good. Overall, an excellent episode of "Breaking Bad" that all of the fans should be watching and just go all out with this episode... the storyline was fantastic, the premise had a smooth touch, and the characters were really good here. 10/10moreless
  • 405

    "Shotgun" reminds us why we love Breaking Bad and really why we love television all at the same time. While I hope that the show would one day mundify us of Skylar, her presence was really limited tonight, which is part of the reason I loved the episode. For the most part it was a well-told story about Mike and Jesse, that once again featured a twist ending, something that is slowly becoming the norm on this program. The scenes with Jesse and Mike were dramatic, they were funny, at times confusing, but they accomplished the goal tonight of showing the structure and hierarchy of this organization and how manipulation plays into that.

    Very good episode tonight. This showed why people adore this program so much.moreless
Rutherford Cravens

Rutherford Cravens

Mortgage Broker

Guest Star

Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

Tim Roberts

Guest Star

Ashley Kajiki

Ashley Kajiki

Pollos Manager

Guest Star

Ray Campbell

Ray Campbell

Tyrus Kitt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Tyrus: (after unexpectedly using a forklift to pick up a barrel with ease) Where do you want it?

      This is an allusion to a scene in the movie Aliens where Ripley unexpectedly shows great skills controlling a power loader. After picking up a crate with it, she says the same line.

    • For the time-lapse part that lasted about 20 seconds on screen, Aaron Paul had to do every behavior for 1 minute straight to get the lapse right. Michelle and some of the other producers told him what to do but they were also laughing so hard off-camera. They shot for 15 minutes, and they kept it all in.

    • Regarding the various drop locations, the one with the windmill was the hardest to shoot. It was actually near a lot of buildings and a street. Michelle MacLaren fought to keep the short shots with the windmill in.

    • Episode Title: This season, the episode titles allude to multiple scenes within the episode. In this episode, Jesse sees a man with a shotgun, but the more subtle reference is that Jesse rides shotgun with Mike all day long.

    • Los Pollos Hermanos won a "Best Burrito" contest for 2010 in ABQ, as seen in a poster in the restaurant. This is in honour of the real restaurant set they use, which is a really famous burrito joint.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Gus: Questions?
      Mike: More than a few, yeah, but I know better than to ask. But anyways, just like you wanted, the kid's a hero.

    • Jesse: It's finally hitting me what the plan is here; it's to bore me to death. Well, mission accomplished because it's totally working. Great job. It'd be nice if you clued me in a little. I'm here to do a job and like yo, if I'm the guy you should just tell me what the hell's up. What?
      Mike: (Pulling over) You are not the guy, you are not capable of being the guy. I had a guy, but now I don't. You are not the guy.
      Jesse: Then what the hell am I doing here?
      Mike: I don't know. It's not my call, so you're gonna sit here and shut up until we finish our pick ups. You got it?

    • Mike: You don't have to do that (i.e. protect Mike).
      Jesse: This is why I'm out here right? To be your backup... So if I'm out here. I need like a gun right?
      Mike: Nope.
      Jesse: I mean isn't that completely idiotic to be out here without a gun, when you haven't said dick. Me being here without a gun, that doesn't make any sense.

    • Mike: You coming? We gotta do this six more times today with alot of miles in between. I'd like to finish before dark.

    • Jesse: You thinking of leaving me in some ditch?
      Mike: What do you care?
      Jesse: I don't. But I'm telling you right now you better shoot straight, or I'll slice off your other ear before this is over.

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