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Breaking Bad - S02E09

Thriller . Crime . Drama
 

After Walt undergoes a PET-CT scan, he and his family wait for news about his cancer treatment progress. Fearing the worst, Walt follows Saul's advice to cook as much product as he can with the time he has left. Jesse's relationship with Jane develops, but is put on hold when he and Walt retreat to the desert for their marathon cook.

 
Episode Title: 4 Days Out
Airs: 2009-05-03 at 10:00 pm
  • Doug Elfman

    Breaking could be a good study of acting, since Cranston and Aaron Paul (as his partner, Jesse) get under the grimy skin of their characters. But there's not enough of the good stuff, like writing, directing, mood, cinematography--you get the point.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Its achievement rarely matches its ambitions, but the effect is still pretty dope.

    Slate Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    You can feel creator Vince Gilligan (of "The X-Files") straining to build an emblematic American fable and forgetting to fill in his story with particularities and believable motivations.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    Breaking Bad is a show constructed around a self-conscious edginess. You have to push past this edge and be willing to step inside before discovering any depth.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Nancy Franklin

    Breaking Bad is very well done, but it has a bleakness that seems to be manufactured for no good reason. In its spiral down toward nothingness, Breaking Bad pulls viewers down with it, just because it can.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Based on Sunday's opener, Breaking Bad falls around the middle of the pack in the new wave of cable dramas. It's no "Mad Men."

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Viewers who like to tiptoe over to the dark side now and then--at least once a week--are bound to find Walt White's wonderland of woes worth a visit or two, or many more.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • John Leonard

    Not enough of Breaking Bad was available for preview to decide whether the supporting cast will eventually satisfy as much as "Weeds" regulars like Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Nealon, Tonye Patano, and Justin Kirk, but Cranston’s Walter is already a winner.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    In such rare instances [in the second episode], Breaking Bad achieves a perfect moment of nerdy believability, but too often the series fails to provide details that would help explain its characters' illogical choices.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It’s the pacing that makes Breaking Bad more of a hard slog than a cautionary joy ride. It has good acting, particularly by Bryan Cranston (“Malcolm in the Middle”), who blends Walt’s sad-sack passivity with glints of wry self-awareness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Cranston's performance alone is enough to keep me watching for a while, but I'd like to see something resembling a completed formula, and soon.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Breaking Bad is a bit of a load, more weighted than wacky, and surprisingly predictable for a show whose main character is first discovered wearing a gas mask but no trousers.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The show, so far, doesn’t have quite the right ingredients--it could use something more combustible in the mix.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Breaking Bad promises seven compelling and unique hours of drama.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Julie Hinds

    It sets up a scenario that sends Walt, played by Bryan Cranston ("Malcolm in the Middle"), on an unpredictable, surprisingly fun-to-watch journey that frees him from his law-abiding past.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    It's unpredictable and stimulating, like the drug that White manufactures, but it produces a much safer high.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's very good, although as sad and disturbing as the mustache implies.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    It's an uneven Coen Brothers--like mix of dark comedy and darker moral drama, but Cranston is amazing as a desperate, conflicted gangsta-nerd.

    Time Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Grisly and wacky, suspenseful and sorrowful, this darkly compelling cautionary fable of very abnormal chemistry is infused with a Coen Brothers-like flavor of macabre humor.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Series creator Vince Gilligan brings a quirky sensibility to the pilot, and the show grows increasingly rich and absorbing in the second and third hours.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    What this sharp if unsettling show wants to meet head on is middle-class angst, the quiet desperation that starts to unravel in the upstanding when their obligations suddenly seem insurmountable--or what happens when the folly of controlling one's destiny starts to resemble the riskiest of lab experiments.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Creator Vince Gilligan ("The X-Files") never loses touch with the mundane reality that so brilliantly magnifies its absurd horrors.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    Occasionally, something will pop up to remind us of just how good television can be when smart writers come up with an intriguing concept and execute it well. A case in point is Breaking Bad, an edgy, challenging new series.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Give Gilligan credit for a pilot, written mostly as one long flashback, that is suspenseful and surprising. Cranston is always fun to watch and Bad is no exception. What's more, a strong supporting cast suggests there is a lot of room for this series to grow.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Bad brings new life and depth to an old one: Malcolm in the Middle's Bryan Cranston, riveting and remarkable as a chemistry teacher who finds a more commercial use for his skills.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Breaking Bad mixes desperation and deviousness to yield a volatile, valuable product.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The acting is as good as you'll see on TV (take a hard look at the genius of RJ Mitte, who really does have CP). And the script and plot are as out-there as creator/writer/producer Vince Gilligan's other series, "The X-Files."

    New York Post Full Review
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