Problem Dog

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"Problem Dog"
Breaking Bad episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 7
Directed by Peter Gould
Written by Peter Gould
Original air date August 28, 2011 (2011-08-28)
Running time 47 minutes
Guest actors
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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.

Plot[edit]

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 strands the car on a cement parking divider, 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 approximately $274,000 — his biweekly profits — to Skyler, she is stunned by the amount, unsure how she'll launder his annual meth-lab earnings of over $7 million, in mostly $50 bills no less, through their car wash. Meanwhile, Hank (Dean Norris) visits Los Pollos Hermanos with Walter, Jr. and manages to get Gus (Giancarlo Esposito)'s fingerprints on a cup.

Walter convinces Jesse (Aaron Paul) to use his new position as a henchman in the organization to kill Gus 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 can act. Mike (Jonathan Banks) 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 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 he shot a "problem dog" that otherwise did nothing wrong. Jesse angrily disagrees when the group leader tells him not to judge himself, and reveals that he had used the group as forum to peddle meth and should be judged for doing something so wrong. Hank meets with Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) and Merkert (Michael Shamus Wiles) and explains 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, Hank reveals that Gus' fingerprints on the cup Hank had earlier obtained from Los Pollos Hermanos match fingerprints found in Gale's apartment.

Reception[edit]

The episode was critically acclaimed. For example, Matt Richenthal of TV Fanatic awarded the episode a 4.5 out of 5,[1] Seth Amitin of IGN rated it 9.5 out of 10, praising both the episode and calling Aaron Paul's acting in this episode "the performance of the series".[2] Donna Bowman of the The AV Club gave the episode an "A-".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richenthal, Matt (August 28, 2011). "Breaking Bad Review: Is Gus a Goner?". TV Fanatic. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Amitin, Seth (August 29, 2011). "Breaking Bad: "Problem Dog" Review". IGN. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Donna (August 28, 2011). "Problem Dog". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 

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