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For the burning of the lab, the crew rented a technocrane that is apparently very expensive because it can be controlled remotely. The crew put down water over everything that was going to be burned and then added white gas. This provided a fire but not necessarily damage to the set, which was made of wood and paneling.
The title of this episode came as the suggestion from AMC's Vice President of Production, Susan Goldberg, probably as a joke, but Vince actually went with it.
One of the writers pitched this line for Jesse at the end of the episode: "Mike is going to be pissed!" But it did not make it into the script.
In the episode podcast, Vince admitted that they were thinking of a "ding-boom" (a bomb connected to Tio's bell) between Tio and Gus since the middle of Season 3. But the writing team objected since they didn't want to kill off Gus in season 3.
Vince Gilligan felt guilty about the season finale synopsis, known several weeks in advance while in the writing stage. He phoned Giancarlo Esposito and Mark Margolis in advance and swore them to secrecy. In an interview, Vince said he had felt like he let Giancarlo down, but Giancarlo took the news in stride, saying whatever was necessary for the story was good enough for him.
In an interview with the New York Times, Vince admitted that there was help from The Walking Dead special effects' staff for the explosion scene.
The friendly neighbor that checked in on Walt's house to prevent a 'fire hazard' is actually Vince Gilligan's mom.
The hospital scenes were all shot at a hospital that was closed down in Albuquerque for a number of years. All of the rooms were real hospital rooms and areas, including the chapel. According to the podcast, they may not be able to shoot there anymore because it might be refurbished back into a hospital.
Steven Michael Quezada hosts a talk show in Albuquerque and many of the cast has appeared on the show. During the podcast, Vince and Aaron stated they had appeared.
As per the insider podcast, a scene was planned where Jesse goes to Saul first before going to see Walt, trying to see if the ricin was indeed lifted. But it was nighttime and there was no reason why Jesse would go to the office during the night when Saul wouldn't be there.
In the podcast, Aaron Paul mentions that he hated driving the RV. It was so sensitive to the wind he says, swaying with the direction of it.
When the writing team were coming up with Saul and Walt's frantic interaction near the end of the episode concerning the man who could make Walt disappear, Vince decided that it might be slightly better to have Saul mention this previously. Luckily, the fourth episode was in filming and it was running a bit short, so they had Moira (one of the writers) add in a short scene with Saul telling Walt about this option.
When Ted hits his head, the oranges that are on the counter roll off. The color orange has been used to symbolize death before.
Goof: Skyler tells Ted to make the cheque payable to the IRS, but for business taxes, the money is actually sent to the United States Treasury and then mailed to the IRS.
Mike's full name is Michael Ehrmantraut. His blood type is mentioned to be O negative. Jesse's blood type is A negative.
Steven Bauer says in the insider podcast that he had to psyche himself up for the scenes with Mike (Jonathan Banks)in this episode because when Jonathan is in character, he has this scary presence that is very serious and somewhat intimidating.
At the end of the episode where Jesse shoots the last member of Don Eladio's gang, Vince Gilligan asked editor Kelley Dixon to make Jesse's shots appear faster, so she spliced out the milliseconds in between shots to make them feel overlapping and faster. You may not have noticed it while watching the first time, but if you review the scene, the slices are clearly evident when taking a closer look. However, it's barely noticeable if you are taking in the full scene. Kelley Dixon also couldn't do the effect with sound, so they later re-added the sounds in.
Regarding the pills that Gus takes, the team researched and found "activated charcoal" tablets that apparently can soak up poison and help delay the actions of it.
No tequila company would let them use their booze as poison. The tequila bottle was an antique that the prop crew found at an antique store. The crew hand-crafted a box for it. According to Steven Bauer, the bottle was also incredibly dangerous, he cut his hand three times with it while filming. They only had one bottle and they couldn't replicate it.
Michelle MacLaren notes in the insider podcast that the Mexican drug lab was a closed down power station and the production designers worked to transform it into the large methlab scene. The crew only had one day to film there.
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