...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 appearance(s)
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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 while Krazy-8 regains consciousness in the basement. Meanwhile, Skyler tells Marie that she is working on a new short story with a stoner character in it and she asks her about marijuana. Marie assumes that Skyler thinks Walt Jr. smokes pot, but Skyler insists that she was just talking about her story. Marie asks Hank to scare him straight, leading him to bring Walt Jr. to a motel to show how meth has corroded the teeth of a prostitute Jesse later gets service from.

Walt phones Skyler to apologize for being late, falsely claiming that he's working over at the car wash. Skyler informs Walt that she knows he quit his job at the car wash two weeks previously and angrily tells him to not come home. Walt weighs the pros and cons of killing Krazy-8, then collapses on the basement floor while bringing him a sandwich, shattering the plate. After he regains consciousness, Walt tells Krazy-8 he has lung cancer. After engaging in conversation with Krazy-8 and seemingly forming a bond with him, Walt decides to go get the key to the bike lock keeping him captive. However, Walt realizes that there is a shard missing from the broken plate. He reluctantly garrotes Krazy-8 with the bike lock while he stabs backward into Walt's leg with the broken plate. Walt goes back to home to find Skyler sitting on the bed, crying. He says he has something to tell her.


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 an "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 kills Krazy-8.[citation needed]

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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