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‘BREAKING BAD’ REVIEW: Season Two, Episode Two

Anna Gunn and Betsy Brandt in 'Breaking Bad' — Photo courtesy of AMC

Review of “Grilled” (02:02)


In the second episode of Breaking Bad’s second season, Walt (Bryan Cranston) is “missing” and his brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris) is on the hunt. Coincidentally, as Hank personally explores Walt’s mysterious life, he also is professionally looking for Tuco (Raymond Cruz), the badass drug dealer who has escaped the authorities time and time again. Little does the DEA agent know that both his searches will wind up in the same place: Tuco has imprisoned Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul) in a middle-of-nowhere house owned by his invalid father.

‘BREAKING BAD’ REVIEW: Season Two, Episode One

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Review of “Seven Thirty-Seven” (02:01)


The difficulties continue to mount for Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the season-two premiere of Breaking Bad. He’s still in need of money. His partner, Jesse (Aaron Paul), is still a blithering idiot. His wife (Anna Gunn) and son (RJ Mitte) look at him like he’s a stranger. Tuco (Raymond Cruz), a menacing drug dealer with a violent streak, is getting crazier and crazier. Oh, and he’s still dying of lung cancer.

When’s a man supposed to breathe?

‘BREAKING BAD’ REVIEW: Season One, Episode Seven

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Review of “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal” (01:07)


After only seven episodes, the season one finale of Breaking Bad has arrived. Walt (Bryan Cranston), Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte), Skyler (Anna Gunn), Jesse (Aaron Paul), Hank (Dean Norris), Marie (Betsy Brandt) and Tuco (Raymond Cruz) have been good company. Their lives are interesting; their drama is intense; and their humanity is evident.

Much of the finale episode, titled “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal,” surrounds Walt and Jesse’s botched plans to deliver two pounds of product to Tuco. The dealer wants the stuff bad, but because of unforeseen circumstances, the teacher and student are unable to make good on their promise.

‘BREAKING BAD’ REVIEW: Season One, Episode Six

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Review of “Crazy Handful of Nothin'” (01:06)


Episode six of Breaking Bad’s inaugural season introduces a character who is the definition of frightening. Tuco Salamanca is brought to life by Raymond Cruz with a performance that is scary and intense. It’s one of the strongest guest-starring roles I’ve seen in years.

Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) start cooking again as if all is right with the world. As usual, Walt produces high-quality crystal meth that most users only dream about. Jesse, the man tasked with the sales end of the operation, still has difficulty moving the product on the streets. When he brings back a paltry sum for the first batch, Walt wants answers.