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Abiquiu 

Skyler gets more involved in Walt's business, much to his chagrin as Hank struggles with his recovery. Meanwhile, Jesse takes an active role in his new enterprise, leading him to a startling discovery.

Director:

Michelle MacLaren

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), John Shiban | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Walter White
Anna Gunn ... Skyler White
Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader
Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr.
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Giancarlo Esposito ... Gustavo 'Gus' Fring
Krysten Ritter ... Jane Margolis
Matt Jones ... Badger
Jere Burns ... Group Leader
Emily Rios ... Andrea Cantillo
Charles Baker ... Skinny Pete
Ian Posada Ian Posada ... Brock Cantillo
Angelo Martinez Angelo Martinez ... Tomas
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Storyline

Skyler gets the first of Hank's hospital bills and decides the time has come to get more involved in Walt's business affairs. She's particularly concerned that the money is laundered correctly and that it absolutely cannot be traced back to Walt's illegal activities. Walt introduces her to Saul the lawyer but she thinks the investment he's lined up is ludicrous and has a better idea. Jesse meanwhile is still trying to peddle the meth he been skimming at the lab and fed up with the slow pace, decides to show how it's done. At the hospital, Marie is thrilled at the prospect of Hank returning home but he doesn't seem anywhere near as pleased. Walt's employer, Gus, invites him to dinner and dispenses sage advice. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

When Walter and Skyler visit the lawyer, the scene cuts to a shot that displays a Master of Arts degree from the University of American Samoa presented to Saul Goodman. In the prequel series Better Call Saul (2015) we learn that a law degree was earned by Saul, but at the time still went by his real name, James McGill. See more »

Quotes

Saul Goodman: [Talking to Skyler after Walt introduced his wife to Saul] Walter never told me how lucky he was. Clearly his taste in women is the same as his taste in lawyers : only the very best... with just a right amount of dirty!
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Connections

References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

America The Beautiful
(uncredited)
Written by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward
Performed by The American Military Band
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9 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Breaking Bad' is one of the most popular rated shows on IMDb, is one of those rarities where every season has either been very positively received or near-universally acclaimed critically and where all of my friends have said nothing but great things about.

Very few shows in recent memory had me so hooked from the very start that before the week was over the whole show had been watched, especially when for a lot of shows now airing watching one episode all the way through can be an endeavour. 'Breaking Bad' had that effect on me, and its reputation as one of the best, consistently brilliant and most addictive shows in many years (maybe even ever) is more than deserved in my eyes. Its weakest season is perhaps the first season, understandable as any show's first season is the one where things are still settling.

Actually everything is established remarkably from the very start, but once the writing and characterisation becomes even meatier the show reaches even higher levels.

"Abiquiu" is not a Season 3, or 'Breaking Bad, high-point, it is not a "taut" episode strictly speaking and other episodes of the season and show have more intensity. All that aside, "Abiquiu" is still a great episode that in no way disgraces the show at all (far from it).

Visually, "Abiquiu" is both stylish and beautiful, with photography and editing that are cinematic quality and put a lot of films today to shame, where there are a lot of visually beautiful ones but also some painfully amateurish looking ones. The music always has the appropriate mood, never too intrusive, never too muted.

The writing in "Abiquiu" is a fine example of how to have a lot of style but also to have a lot of substance. The dialogue throughout is thought-provoking and tense, while also have a darkly wicked sense of humour, nail-biting tension and heart-tugging pathos. The story is texturally rich, intimate, tense and layered, with the pace of it consistently deliberate but taut.

Can't say anything bad about the acting. Bryan Cranston is phenomenal as one of the most fascinating anti-heroes, or even of any kind of character, in either film or television. Aaron Paul has never been better and Anna Gunn is affecting. Bob Odenkirk is once again terrific, he and the character of Saul add a good deal. The characters are compelling in their realism and the episode is strongly directed.

Overall, great as expected. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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