...And the Bag's in the River

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"...And the Bag's in the River"
Breaking Bad episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 3
Directed by Adam Bernstein
Written by Vince Gilligan
Original air date February 10, 2008 (2008-02-10)
Running time 48 minutes
Guest actors
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"...And the Bag's in the River" is the third episode of the first season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad. Written by Vince Gilligan and directed by Adam Bernstein, it aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on February 10, 2008.


Walt and Jesse clean up the bloody remains of Emilio. Meanwhile Krazy-8 regains consciousness in the basement.

Skyler tells her sister, Marie, that she is working on a new short story with a stoner character in it and she asks her about marijuana. Marie thinks that Skyler thinks Walter Jr. smokes pot, but Skyler insists that she was just talking about her story, but Marie doesn't believe it. Marie asks her husband to scare him straight. Hank brings Walter Jr. to a motel to show how meth has corroded the teeth of a prostitute there.

Walt sits on the toilet in Jesse's bathroom, reviewing the pros and cons of killing Krazy-8. He makes a sandwich for Krazy-8, but collapses on the basement floor while bringing it, shattering the plate. After he has regained consciousness he tells Krazy-8 he has lung cancer. Then he cleans the shards of the plate and leaves to make a new sandwich for him. After that he talks to Krazy-8, who advises that this doesn't make killing him any easier.

After talking extensively with Krazy-8, Walt decides to go get the key. Upstairs however, Walt realizes there was one less shard from the broken plate when he threw it in the trash.

Back downstairs, Walt now hesitates to unlock Krazy-8. After telling Walt to unlock him, he asks Krazy-8 if he is going to stab him with the missing shard once he is unlocked. Krazy-8 stabs backward in Walt's leg, while Walt garrottes him in self-defence.


The episode was written by Vince Gilligan, and directed by Adam Bernstein; it aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on February 10, 2008.

Critical reception[edit]

The episode received critical acclaim. Seth Amitin of IGN gave the episode a rating of 8.9 out of 10 commenting: "If you put every episode of every TV show in existence and rolled it up into one giant ball, we doubt you'd come out with anything as intense as that one minute of television where Walt killed Crazy-8."[1] Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave the episode a "A", saying: "All the heavy stuff I loved so much and described above -- yet this was also an episode full of hilarious lines."[2]

Title meaning[edit]

The episode title is a part of a line from the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success, in which a character reports that he resolved an issue. It means that Walt and Jesse capture Krazy-8 and lock him in the basement.

J.J. Hunsecker: That means you've got a plan. Can you deliver?
Sidney Falco: Tonight, before you go to bed. The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river.


  1. ^ Amitin, Seth (February 11, 2008). "Breaking Bad: "...and the Bag's in the River" Review". IGN. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Bowman, Donna (February 11, 2008). "Breaking Bad: "... And The Bag's In The River"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 

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