Breaking Bad (season 2)

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Breaking Bad (season 2)
BreakingBadS2DVD.jpg
Season 2 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Broadcast
Original channelAMC
Original runMarch 8 – May 31, 2009 (2009-05-31)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)
Region 2July 26, 2010 (2010-07-26)
Region 4February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)
Blu-ray Disc release
Region AMarch 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)
Region BNovember 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)
Season chronology
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List of Breaking Bad episodes
 
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Breaking Bad (season 2)
BreakingBadS2DVD.jpg
Season 2 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Broadcast
Original channelAMC
Original runMarch 8 – May 31, 2009 (2009-05-31)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)
Region 2July 26, 2010 (2010-07-26)
Region 4February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)
Blu-ray Disc release
Region AMarch 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)
Region BNovember 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 1
Next →
Season 3
List of Breaking Bad episodes

The second season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on March 8, 2009 and concluded on May 31, 2009. It consisted of 13 episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes in length. AMC broadcast the second season on Sundays at 10:00 pm in the United States. The complete second season was released on Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray on March 16, 2010.[1]

Plot[edit]

Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) are kidnapped by Tuco after the DEA raids Tuco's Albuquerque operation. Tuco brings them to the dilapidated home of his uncle, Hector, with the intent of moving them to Mexico. After an unsuccessful attempt to poison Tuco, the two manage to incapacitate him and escape. Hank (Dean Norris), in his search for Walt, comes across a wounded Tuco and kills him in a shootout. Walt manages to return home, claiming to have been in a fugue state, but this excuse has numerous holes and creates distrust with Skyler (Anna Gunn). The DEA seizes Jesse's "drug" money, straining his partnership with Walter after he demands half of Walt's meth profit to sustain himself.

Jesse rents a new place and becomes romantically involved with his landlord's daughter, Jane (Krysten Ritter), a recovering heroin addict. With Tuco dead, Walt and Jesse decide to move their business into new territory, but more problems arise as their enterprise expands with dealers working for them. One of them, Skinny Pete, is mugged, and Walt forces Jesse to confront the perpetrators, a man and his wife. The man is killed by his wife, but Jesse receives the credit, earning him fear and respect and further solidifying "Heisenberg's" reputation in the area. Another dealer, Badger, is arrested by the APD, forcing Walt to deal with Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), a crooked lawyer who offers a solution to keep Badger from snitching while also keeping him out of prison. Walt and Jesse attempt to intimidate Saul, but Saul makes a deal with Walt for a cut of the profit in return for being Walt and Jesse's legal advisor in their drug operation.

Considered a hero for killing Tuco, Hank is promoted and sent to El Paso. In private, he suffers panic attacks due to the unexpected shootout with Tuco. The El Paso job further unsettles Hank after he witnesses the death of a Federale and the wounding of fellow DEA officers by an IED attack. Hank is immediately sent back to Albuquerque by his superiors. Gretchen (Jessica Hecht), Walt's former lover and Elliot's wife (Adam Godley), discovers Walt has been lying to his family about receiving money from them. She is taken aback when a bitter Walt blames her and Elliott for profiting from his research, although she doesn't disclose Walt's secrets for his family's sake. Skyler goes back to work for Ted Beneke (Christopher Cousins), a former boss who once drunkenly groped her and caused her to quit her bookkeeper job as a result. She increasingly relies on Ted for emotional support due to Walt's frequent absences and unexplained behavior.

Walt becomes worried when he sees a bright white patch within the generally dark hues on the latest PET/CT scan of his lungs. With only $16,000 remaining of the meth money after the numerous setbacks, he and Jesse spend several days in the desert cooking 38 pounds of meth to sell off before Walt dies. Later, at the doctor's office, Walt discovers his cancer has not spread and his tumor has actually shrunk by 80%; the bright area on his scan was only inflammation. Walt plans to end the meth operation after the 38 pounds are sold, but soon finds normality boring.

When one of Walt and Jesse's dealers, Combo, is killed by rivals, Jesse is sent spiraling into a drug addiction which also drags Jane out of her sobriety. With their remaining dealers backing out, Walt and Jesse turn to Saul for help. Saul uses his connections to arrange a meeting at a fast food restaurant with Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), a discreet, cautious, yet successful drug distributor. Gus owns and manages a number of fast food restaurants and has purposely scheduled the meeting at one of them in order to observe Walt and Jesse. Gus reluctantly offers to buy Walt's product for $1.2 million and offers him only one hour to deliver the drugs. Walt frantically attempts to contact Jesse to complete the exchange, but Jesse and Jane are incapacitated after injecting heroin. Walt breaks into Jesse's house and collects the stash, choosing to complete the deal rather than be with Skyler as she goes into labor.

Walt loses trust in Jesse and promises to give him his share of the payout only if he agrees to get sober. Upon learning of the money and Jesse's relationship with Walt, Jane blackmails Walt into giving Jesse his share of the money. Walt reluctantly complies and the two agree to go their separate ways, but Walt returns to Jesse, only to discover that he and Jane have taken heroin again. During an attempt to awaken Jesse, Walt accidentally moves Jane out of the recovery position and onto her back, and witnesses her choking on her own vomit. Walt lets Jane suffocate and leaves. When Jesse wakes up, he tries to revive Jane without success. Unaware of Walt's visit, Jesse believes he is responsible for her death and spirals into a depression. Walt attempts to help Jesse by taking him to rehab. Meanwhile, Gus discovers that Hank is Walt's brother-in-law and that Walt has cancer.

As Walt undergoes anesthesia for surgery, he accidentally confirms to Skyler the existence of his secret second cell phone. This prompts her to leave him several weeks later, after she systematically investigates and uncovers his lies. Walt offers to explain everything to Skyler, but she responds that she is too afraid to know the truth. After Skyler leaves, Walt sees an explosion in the skies above his home. Jane's father Donald (John de Lancie), an air traffic controller, overcome with grief at the loss of his daughter, has accidentally directed two airplanes into each other in the sky above Albuquerque. In an image foreshadowed throughout the season, a charred pink teddy bear lands in the Whites' pool and floats there until it is collected as evidence by NTSB agents.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
81"Seven Thirty-Seven"Bryan CranstonJ. RobertsMarch 8, 2009 (2009-03-08)1.66[2]
Having completed their deal with Tuco in the junkyard, Walt and Jesse realize just how crazy and violent he can be. Jesse is convinced that he has seen Tuco's black SUV going up and down his street. Walt puts it down to paranoia—until he sees a black SUV parked just down the block from his house. Jesse's solution is to shoot Tuco before he kills them, but Walt has a better idea using ricin. Panic sets in, however, when they think Tuco is killing his associates. Hank reviews the security surveillance footage of the warehouse break-in without realizing it's Walt and Jesse. Skyler tells Hank about Marie's shoplifting, and learns she is getting therapy for kleptomania. Tuco kidnaps Jesse and Walt. 
92"Grilled"Charles HaidGeorge MastrasMarch 15, 2009 (2009-03-15)N/A
Having been kidnapped by a crazed Tuco, Walt and Jesse are held prisoner by him in a desert shack where he often hides out and takes care of his sick uncle. Walt's brother-in-law Hank and the DEA have rolled Tuco's entire organization, and Tuco thinks that one of his associates ratted him out. Walt unsuccessfully tries to feed Tuco the poison he prepared. Hank, meanwhile, takes a bit of time off to look for Walt. Skyler is sick with worry and has been distributing handbills with Walt's photo. Hank remembers that Jesse Pinkman was Walt's source of marijuana and tries to track him down. Tuco's mute wheelchair-bound uncle alerts him to the fact that his prisoners are up to something, he takes them outside and plans to kill Jesse, Walt and Jesse manage to wound Tuco and escape. Hank shows up looking for Jesse, and is confronted by a wounded Tuco. A brief firefight ensues and Hank shoots Tuco dead. 
103"Bit by a Dead Bee"Terry McDonoughPeter GouldMarch 22, 2009 (2009-03-22)1.13[3]
Having gotten away from Tuco, Walt and Jesse now have to get home and explain where they have been. Walt has a plan and they split up. He goes to a supermarket and takes off all of his clothes while walking around the aisles. He is hospitalized and claims to have no memory of where he has been for the last few days. Jesse returns to his house to clean out the basement and get rid of the RV. When the DEA track him down, he claims that he has been shacked up with a prostitute for the weekend. The police don't believe him and think they know how to nail him: they bring in Tuco's uncle to identify him, but he refuses to cooperate with the authorities. 
114"Down"John DahlSam CatlinMarch 29, 2009 (2009-03-29)1.29[4]
Walt and Jesse appear to be in the clear, but Jesse has no money and Walt can't leave the room without Skyler's wondering where he is. Jesse's parents are still fed up with him and his drug use, so they order him out of the house—it turns out they own it, not Jesse. He finds himself without a place to stay or any friends who will put him up for the night. He ends up tracking down his RV and spends the night in it. Walt's overly correct behavior sets Skyler off on a binge of not telling him anything about what she is up to or whom she is seeing. She is fed up with Walt's behavior and wants to know what is really going on. 
125"Breakage"Johan RenckMoira Walley-BeckettApril 5, 2009 (2009-04-05)1.21[5]
Walt continues his treatment and is starting to feel better but is concerned at the growing medical bills. Jesse begins to re-establish himself, paying off his debts and getting a new place to live. He develops an interest in his new next-door neighbor and landlord Jane Margolis. Walt and Jesse soon rev up the RV and are cooking again. Jesse's not keen on selling the stuff on the street and suggests he and Walt take over Tuco's role as a distributor. Hank and the DEA have come across the name Heisenberg and aren't sure if he is real or just an urban legend. Hank is promoted and soon appointed to a tri-state drug task force, however he may have health issues of his own. Skinny Pete (one of Jesse's dealers) has been ripped off by a drug-addicted couple, and Walt has made it plain to Jesse that unless he does something about it, word will get around pretty quickly that Jesse and his crew are an easy mark. 
136"Peekaboo"Peter MedakJ. Roberts & Vince GilliganApril 12, 2009 (2009-04-12)1.41[6]
Jesse decides to confront the couple who ripped off Skinny Pete, but he soon realizes that he isn't a very effective enforcer, and soon finds himself in over his head. Walt goes back to work, but not all is going smoothly. Walt's story starts to unravel when Skyler gets a call from Gretchen Schwartz and Skyler thanks her for paying for Walt's treatment. Gretchen doesn't reveal the truth, but Walt's bitterness at their past relationship—personal and business—comes out. Jesse has been overpowered and held hostage by the drug-addicted couple, but the female addict kills her partner, Spooge, by unbalancing a stolen ATM onto his head in retaliation for his repeatedly calling her a "skank" and in order to take the meth in his pocket. Jesse calls the police and flees the scene. 
147"Negro y Azul"Felix AlcalaJohn ShibanApril 19, 2009 (2009-04-19)N/A
Walt has trouble getting in touch with Jesse, who's been avoiding him since his encounter with Spooge. Jesse is also not providing product to his dealers, so Walt arranges to deliver it. He learns that the word on the street is that Jesse killed Spooge and, due to his new reputation as a cold-blooded killer, they're having no problem at all collecting payment. Walt decides the time has come to expand their territory and put Jesse's new reputation to good use. Skyler decides to get a job and goes back to her old employer. Hank starts his new job on the task force. He has told his wife Marie it's just a desk job, but he is on the front lines and very soon learns just how dangerous it can be. 
158"Better Call Saul"Terry McDonoughPeter GouldApril 26, 2009 (2009-04-26)1.04[7]
Walt and Jesse have yet another problem to deal with when one of their dealers, Jesse's friend Badger, is arrested by the Albuquerque police. They end up hiring a shady lawyer, Saul Goodman, who has a unique way of ensuring that Badger gets off with a light sentence without having to give away Jesse or Walt's identity. As Walt learns however, it may come at a very high price. Following the bombing in Juarez, Hank returns to his old job as a DEA Agent and is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. He puts on a brave face but is having trouble just getting out of bed in the morning. Walt decides to cheer him up and tells him to move on. One day Saul meets Walt at the school and offers his services as an adviser for a cut of the profit. 
169"4 Days Out"Michelle MacLarenSam CatlinMay 3, 2009 (2009-05-03)N/A
Walt is convinced that his medical condition is deteriorating. He continues to have coughing fits and is now coughing up blood. After his attorney/adviser Saul crunches the numbers, Walt realizes that there isn't much money left for his family. With an excuse of meeting his mother, he and Jesse set off for the desert for a marathon cooking session over an extended weekend. Jesse continues to cause trouble for them, this time by leaving the keys in the ignition and inadvertently draining the RV's battery. They find themselves stuck in the middle of the desert, cold and without food and water. Walt's knowledge of chemistry again saves the day. 
1710"Over"Phil AbrahamMoira Walley-BeckettMay 10, 2009 (2009-05-10)N/A
Despite the good news about his condition, Walt is feeling out of sorts and is generally unhappy, verging on anger. Skyler decides to throw a party to celebrate the news and thank all of their friends for their support, but Walt gets drunk and then into an argument with Hank that puts a damper on things. He is embarrassed about his behavior and tries to make amends all around, but it's proving to be a challenge. He tries to channel his energies but eventually realizes what the problem is. Walt also tells Jesse the good news and tells him that he is finished with their little enterprise. Jesse's relationship with Jane continues to grow, but he is taken aback when her father drops in to see her and she doesn't introduce him as her boyfriend. The ensuing confrontation clarifies their relationship. 
1811"Mandala"Adam BernsteinGeorge MastrasMay 17, 2009 (2009-05-17)N/A
After one of their dealers is murdered by a rival gang, Saul proposes new distribution method for Walt and Jesse's product. Under stress, Jesse tells Jane what he does. Saul puts Walt in touch with a meth distributor named Gus, who agrees to purchase Walt's product. However, Gus expresses concern about Jesse's drug problem, which has escalated into heroin use due to Jane's relapse. Skyler finds out that her boss at work, Ted, has been stealing from the firm, but due to their past relationship, she decides not to report it. Walt receives a large offer for the short-notice delivery of the remainder of their inventory, but at the same time receives a call from Skyler, notifying him of her imminent labor. 
1912"Phoenix"Colin BuckseyJohn ShibanMay 24, 2009 (2009-05-24)N/A
Walt delivers the inventory in time, but misses his daughter's birth. Jesse confronts Walt about his share of the payment, but Walt refuses to disburse the funds until Jesse can prove his sobriety. Jesse and Jane's addiction is discovered by Jane's father, Donald, who agrees to give her one day to settle her affairs before going to rehab. In an effort to minimize the cost of Walt's upcoming surgery, Walt Jr. sets up a website to gather donations for his father's medical expenses. It is quickly used by Saul as a way to forward Walt's earnings without raising suspicion. After discovering Jesse's payday, Jane blackmails Walt into delivering Jesse's share. By chance, Walt goes to a bar and meets Jane's father. Later, Walt returns to Jesse's to attempt to make amends and to help him break his addiction. He finds Jesse and Jane passed out in bed after a drug binge, both lying on their sides. He tries to shake Jesse conscious and as he does so, Jane flops over onto her back. Jane vomits and begins to suffocate. Walt does nothing to help and allows her to die. 
2013"ABQ"Adam BernsteinVince GilliganMay 31, 2009 (2009-05-31)N/A
Jesse awakens, discovers Jane is dead, and contacts Walt. Walt contacts Saul, who sends his PI/cleaner Mike (Jonathan Banks) to mitigate Jesse's involvement with Jane's death. Thinking Jane's death was his fault, Jesse gets depressed and runs away. After finding him in a crack house, Walter takes Jesse to rehab. Walt's funds are funneled into his son's website, which attracts the attention of the media, causing Walt to be overcome with guilt. Walt's secretive behavior is made prominent once again when he accidentally references a second cell phone while under the initial effects of anesthesia moments before his surgery. This prompts Skyler to investigate deeper, thereby revealing many of Walt's lies, which spurs her to leave him. Jane's father, an air traffic controller, distraught from his daughter's death, causes a mid-air collision, resulting in debris and human remains raining down onto the Whites' residence, as well as the rest of Albuquerque. 

Production[edit]

The writers of Breaking Bad planned the storyline for the entire season in advance of filming and knew how the season would end right from the beginning. That differed from subsequent seasons, in which the writers did not have a complete plan and developed the storyline as the episodes progressed. Series creator Vince Gilligan said of season two, "That came about through many, many hours of beating our heads against the wall – very laborious work, which is probably why we haven't repeated that formula since."[8]

Music[edit]

Breaking Bad's original score is composed by Dave Porter. The show also uses music from other recording artists with music supervision by Thomas Golubić. Select songs from Season 2 are featured on the Breaking Bad Soundtrack available through iTunes and Amazon.com.[9]

Home video releases[edit]

The second season was released on DVD in Region 1 and Blu-ray in Region A on March 16, 2010.[1] It was released on DVD in Region 2 on July 26, 2010[10] and in Region 4 on February 8, 2010.[11] Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include four audio commentaries—"Seven Thirty-Seven" by creator Vince Gilligan, and cast members Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, and RJ Mitte; "Better Call Saul" by Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, writer Peter Gould, and director of photography Michael Slovis; "4 Days Out" by Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, director Michelle MacLaren, and Michael Slovis; and "ABQ" by Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, and John de Lancie. Behind-the-scene featurettes include "Inside Breaking Bad" on all 13 episodes. Other featurettes include "The Cast on Season 2", "Season 2: What's in a Name?", "Making of Negro y Azul Music Video", "The Tortoise Scene", "A Look Ahead", "The Special Effects", "The Props", "The Sets", "Locked in the Trunk", "Inside the RV with Aaron Paul" and "The Crew". Also included are deleted scenes from various episodes, a gag reel, six original minisodes, season 3 sneak peek, "Better Call Saul" commercial, "Negro y Azul" music video, "Cop Talk with Dean Norris", and "Walt's Warning", a look at the viral video. Exclusive to the Blu-ray release is "The Writer's Lab: An Interactive Guide to the Elements of ABQ".[12]

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

The second season of Breaking Bad received universal acclaim from critics, scoring 85 out of 100 on Metacritic.[13] Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker stated "Bad is a superlatively fresh metaphor for a middle-age crisis: It took cancer and lawbreaking to jolt Walt out of his suburban stupor, to experience life again—to take chances, risk danger, do things he didn't think himself capable of doing. None of this would work, of course, without Emmy winner Cranston's ferocious, funny selflessness as an actor. For all its bleakness and darkness, there's a glowing exhilaration about this series: It's a feel-good show about feeling really bad."[14] San Francisco Chronicle's Tim Goodman claimed "The first three episodes of Season 2 that AMC sent out continue that level of achievement with no evident missteps. In fact, it looks as if Gilligan's bold vision for Breaking Bad, now duly rewarded against all odds, has invigorated everyone involved in the project. You can sense its maturity and rising ambition in each episode."[15] Horror novelist Stephen King lauded the series, comparing it to the likes of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet.[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The second season received numerous awards and nominations, including five Primetime Emmy Award nominations with two wins. Bryan Cranston won his second consecutive award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lynne Willingham won her second consecutive award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series for "ABQ". The series received its first nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, Aaron Paul received his first nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and Michael Slovis was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series for "ABQ".[17]

Cranston won the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, with the series being nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. Cranston won his second consecutive Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, with the series winning the award for Best Drama Series. Aaron Paul won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television, with the series winning the award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series. The series received two Writers Guild of America Award nominations, for Best Drama Series, and John Shiban for Best Episodic Drama for "Phoenix".[17]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (March 10, 2009). "iCarly, Burn Notice and WWE RAW top cable charts". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gorman, Bill (March 30, 2009). "Sunday Ratings: NCAA Tourney Lifts CBS To Victory, Fox Captures Youth Demo". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (April 1, 2009). "My Wednesday viewing dwindles with finales of Life on Mars, Damages and Life". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (April 7, 2009). "Damages season finale draws few, WWE RAW, NCIS lead cable viewing". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Seidman, Robert (April 14, 2009). "WWE RAW and Nora Roberts Tribute bookend cable top 20, Rescue Me premieres". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (April 28, 2009). "Updated: WWE RAW, NFL Draft and Yankees / Red Sox Lead Weekly Cable Viewing". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (October 10, 2011). "Vince Gilligan walks us through season four of Breaking Bad (part 1 of 4)". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Music From Breaking Bad Season 2". AMCTV.com. January 18, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Breaking Bad - Season 2". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Breaking Bad - The Complete 2nd Season (4 Disc Set)". EzyDVD. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season (Blu-Ray)". DVDVerdict.com. March 8, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Breaking Bad: Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  14. ^ Tucker, Ken (March 8, 2009). "Breaking Bad review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ Goodman, Tim (March 6, 2009). "TV review: 'Breaking Bad' proves anything but". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ King, Stephen (March 6, 2009). "Stephen King: I Love 'Breaking Bad'!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Awards for "Breaking Bad" (2008)". IMDB. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 

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