Breaking Bad

Season 4 Episode 2

Thirty-Eight Snub

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 24, 2011 on AMC
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Walt worries that Gus might still have it in for him, so he starts planning a new alliance. Skyler tries to persuade Walt to buy into a new business opportunity in order to protect their family.

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  • Technically well-made, but mediocre story-wise.

    6.0
    Without any scenes that could actually be described as bad, "Thirty-Eight Snub" is still a bit of a bummer and again spends too much time on monotonic storylines. Jesse's repetitive parties worked nicely in conveying his devastated and confused sentiment, yet after the first couple of shots, I couldn't help myself but get a bit bored.



    The same applies to the subplots of Skyler and the Schraders, which haven't changed in any way since the midst of the third season. The slight differences were that Anna Gunn appeared a bit more sympathetic this time around while Dean Norris got his character's likeability to a new low. As Walt is plotting to kill his boss Gus, he's switching between Heisenberg and the moustache Walter White, which was nice to see for a moment, but couldn't hold up in all the scenes. The confrontation between him and Mike in a bar was nothing but weird, almost just as much as the critics comparing its directing style to Sergio Leone's. As if!



    And that was already it with the plot the sad remark I have to make is that this isn't even anything new with Breaking Bad, as it almost got me to quit watching it during season three. What kept "Thirty-Eight Snub" interesting, at least partially, were some impressive aspects of the cinematography, such as the Roomba POV or the insanely high crane shot possibly the episode's best moment. Additionally, the editors have concocted another match cut, although far from the inventiveness that the one in "Box Cutter" brought with it.

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  • Tad better than "Box Cutter" but it's still slow for Season 4

    6.5
    I thought that this was an okay episode of "Breaking Bad". It was still boring and disappointing just like "Box Cutter" except I thought that this episode was a TAD better than "Box Cutter". Not too many exciting things in this episode. The plot that was probably mildly entertaining was Jesse having a party and it was mildly entertaining because it had a few funny parts. Jesse's friends were pretty funny as well. It is pretty funny how Jesse is trying to make the party go non-stop and feeds everyone with pizza. Walter's plot on the other hand isn't that good or interesting. There was no basics to what is going to happen. The only interesting thing in Walter's plot was when Mike punched Walter after that long conversation at the bar. However, it was interesting when Walter told Mike to put Gus in the same room with him so Walter can kill him. Hank was pretty good in this episode as well. The storyline is weak and boring but I admit that it was most certainly a tad better than "Box Cutter" in my opinion. I'm sorry if you disagree with me fans but this is my opinion. The very ending of this episode was also a lousy way to end the episode so that made me disappointed as well. Overall, this episode was a tad better than the Season 4 premiere "Box Cutter" but it's still slow for Season 4. 6.5/10moreless
  • Evening the Odds

    8.5
    Walt is concerned with his and Jesse's security after Gus's show of force by killing Victor and then buys an unlicensed revolver from one of Saul's contacts which makes it untraceable in case he has to use it. Jesse embraces hedonism via constant partying with a new sound system embracing the fact that his days may be numbered. Skyler begins surveillance on the car wash and offers a bid of price to the owner (Walt's former employer) but insists that if Walter wants to buy it from him it must be 10 million dollars. Hank shows a bit of two sides as he becomes obsessed with minerals and begins to put himself through physical therapy better but is still nasty and unkind to Marie. Clearly something is going to explode here at some point between them, all she's trying to do is help and he just shoots her down every time. Walt learns that he will never see Gus again after meeting Victor's replacement and after trying to make an alliance with Mike (trying to win him over by revealing Mike's own expandability to someone like Gus) resulting in a bar fight he learns that it may be more difficult to confront Gus head on. Andrea tries to understand an amount of money left by Jesse at her house after her brother's two murderers were killed and when the partying finally stops he finally has to consciously face the fact that his life is shorter even though Walt won them their job back supposedly. Great episode, hopefully something will change in the next few episodes that will utterly shake BB up to a new level since the slogan for this season is "Walt is the trouble" so I can't wait for that to happen now that we've got a solid base of drama to build on.moreless
  • Thirty-Eight Snub

    8.5
    Thirty-Eight Snub was a really great episode of Breaking Bad and though it was a little slow paced at times it still exploded with character and plot development. It was interesting to see Jesse breaking down and zoning out from reality after what he had done to Gale. Walt still insecure with his place thinks he needs to have more insurance against Gus incase Gus feels it is time to get rid of Walt and Jesse. Mike seemed to have mixed feelings but ultimately chooses loyalty for now. Skylar is trying to make moves with little luck. Hank and his obsession are kinda wierd but its very human. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Slow but interesting

    8.0
    This episode may not have had the explosive drama that S4 E01 started off with, but it was a lot more cerebral. Some reviews seem to think that Jesse is living in happy land or that he realizes his life is short, so he's partying it up and enjoying life. Nothing could be further from the truth. The look on his face when he has Badger sit down with him and Skinny Pete and he's crushing the meth...he couldn't be more depressed at that point. We're seeing a different Jesse here. Drugs have always been part of his life but when he starts partying for days we see that it's 100% escapism for him to postpone thinking about what he's done to Gale and the situation he is in. He visibly begins to fall apart after everyone goes home. It's only a matter of time before he cracks. Walt took ballsy to a whole new level. He thinks he can just walk over to Gus' house and put a few bullets in him without Mike knowing? Walt has always shown he is willing to take big risks but this was just stupid on his part. No bullet proof vest or anything, just a 38 snub nose and the Heisenberg hat. Then he has the nerve to approach Mike at a bar and suggest that he get a meeting with Gus, alone, and he'll fix the problem for both of them. Mike gives him a short, sharp beating but never says no. This shows that Mike is just as concerned about his future as Walt. In S04 E01, when Gus slits that dude's throat, Mike is visibly shaken and instantly aims his pistol at Gus. The look on his face says it all. I'm thinking Mike will leave something open for Walt to do the dirty work at some point, without explicitly saying so. Of course, Skyler is annoying as usual. She begins by calling Walt and asking about money for the car wash, then tries to buy the carwash and gets a big hell no from Walt's old boss. Surprised anyone? Nope. At least we don't see her giving Walt the cold shoulder for the entire episode like pretty much all of season 3. Then there's the distraction with Marie and Hank. Not sure what's going on there with his goofy mineral obsession and his physical therapy, but it serves as nothing more than a diversion from what else is happening in Walt's world. Really starting to feel like filler this season since Hank presents no danger in his current state, mentally or physically. I'm betting this is a sleeper problem that will erupt in a few episodes. Overall, an episode for thinkers, with very little action and lots of character exploration.moreless
Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Gun Seller/Lawson

Guest Star

Ian Posada

Ian Posada

Brock

Guest Star

Marius Stan

Marius Stan

Bogdan

Guest Star

Charles Baker

Charles Baker

Skinny Pete

Recurring Role

Matt L. Jones

Matt L. Jones

Badger

Recurring Role

Tyrus Kitt

Tyrus Kitt

Ray Campbell

Recurring Role

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