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  • Season 4 Episode 8: Hermanos

  • Steven Bauer and Mark Margolis both also starred in the classic drug-related film "Scarface" (1983).

  • The full name of Max's character is Maximino Arciniega. Interestingly, back in Season 1, an actor named Maximino Arciniega played the character Domingo "Krazy 8" Molin.

  • Bryan Cranston and Javier Grajeda were once roommates when they were first starting out.

  • Gus established a scholarship at the University of New Mexico in honor of Max (Maximino Arciniegra). The symbolism is fitting: Gus left Mexico and settled in his own New Mexico, continuing his manufacturing operation there.

  • Season 4 Episode 7: Problem Dog

  • 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.

  • Season 4 Episode 6: Cornered

  • Regarding the "Four Corners" location, they had to send a member of the team to the preserve to talk to the natives where the monument stands on. They also sent a double for Anna Gunn and they did a second shot with Anna and a replica monument on a soundstage and outside the studios to get some sky shots.

  • During the podcast, Jonathan Banks had to compliment the show's crew, he said it's has been a real privilege to work on the show.

  • Episode Title: This season, the episode titles allude to multiple scenes within the episode. In this episode, Jesse was cornered by someone with a shotgun and Skyler also visited the 4 corners monument.

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Shotgun

  • 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.

  • Season 4 Episode 4: Bullet Points

  • When Walter is outside Jesse's house and calls him, leaving his fourth message, Jesse's phone goes straight to voice mail. However when Walter breaks into the house and calls Jesse from in his room the phone rings before going to voice mail. There is no one in the house to have turned on the phone between the calls.

  • There really is a poet named Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819-1892). He was a humanist and worked in free verse. He was controversial because his work often focused on overt sexuality.


  • Season 4 Episode 3: Open House

  • The scene where Jesse rides go-karts alone was inspired by Aaron Paul and some of the other cast and crew. One of Aaron's favorite pastimes when not filming was heading to the go-kart tracks around ABQ.

  • There was an open house at Jesse's aunt's house in the season one episode "A No-Rough-Stuff Type Deal". This lead to some hilarious consequences as Jesse and Walt were cooking in the basement and had to keep people from heading down there.

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Drama, Suspense

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coping with death, parents and children, quest for hope, Medical, Crime