|Breaking Bad episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Peter Gould|
|Written by||Peter Gould|
|Original air date||August 28, 2011|
|Running time||47 minutes|
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"Problem Dog" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad, and the 40th overall episode of the series. It originally aired on AMC in the United States on August 28, 2011.
After Skyler (Anna Gunn) tells Walter (Bryan Cranston) that she's negotiated the return of Walter, Jr. (RJ Mitte)'s Dodge Challenger to the dealership, Walter angrily drives the Challenger to a parking lot, burns donuts, and crashes into a parking block, then stuffs the ownership papers in the gas tank, lights them afire, and blows up the car. Saul (Bob Odenkirk) covers up the outburst, which costs Walter $52,000.
When Walter later drops off more than $250,000 — his biweekly profits — to Skyler, she became stunned by the amount, unsure how she'll launder his annual meth-lab earnings of over $7 million through their car wash. Meanwhile, Hank (Dean Norris) visits Los Pollos Hermanos with Walter, Jr. and manages to get Gus' fingerprints on a cup.
Walter convinces Jesse (Aaron Paul) to use his new position as a henchman in the organization to kill Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) and concocts a ricin poison in the lab that Jesse hides in one of his cigarettes. At the sitdown with the cartel, Jesse is told to make coffee and contemplates poisoning the coffee, but he is interrupted before he comes to a decision. Mike is surprised when the cartel only sends one man, who simply delivers to Gus a flat ultimatum from the cartel with no room for negotiation, which Gus rejects. Jesse contemplates shooting Gus, but relents. Mike (Jonathan Banks) later tells Jesse that Gus is impressed by his loyalty, but thinks it's "for the wrong guy".
Jesse returns to his twelve-step group; during his turn, he shares his feelings about killing Gale (David Costabile), saying that he shot a "problem dog" that otherwise did nothing wrong. Jesse angrily disagrees when the group leader tells him not to judge himself, revealing that he had used the group as potential meth buyers and he should be judged for doing something so wrong. Hank meets with Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) and Merkert (Michael Shamus Wiles), explaining his belief that Gus leads a large meth operation. Although Hank's investigation into Madrigal Electromotive GmbH - the German parent company of Los Pollos Hermanos - was stopped by its attorney, he reveals that Gus' fingerprints on the cup that he earlier obtained match fingerprints found in Gale's apartment.
The episode received critical acclaim. Matt Richenthal of TV Fanatic gave the episode a 4.5 out of 5. Seth Amitin reviewing for IGN awarded the episode 9.5 out of 10 praising the episode as well as Aaron Paul's performance calling it "the performance of the series". Donna Bowman of the The AV Club gave the episode an "A-".
- Richenthal, Matt (August 28, 2011). "Breaking Bad Review: Is Gus a Goner?". TV Fanatic. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
- Amitin, Seth (August 29, 2011). "Breaking Bad: "Problem Dog" Review". IGN. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
- Bowman, Donna (August 28, 2011). "Problem Dog". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
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