Air date: 28/08/2011
Synopsis: Jesse still faces consequences of Gale’s murder, as well as doubts regarding Walt and Gus. Walt tries to get Jesse back in his corner, with a radical proposal, but will Jesse take it? Skyler is taken aback when she finds out how much money Walt makes from his work. Gus’ enemies make an ultimatum. And Hank’s siege closes in.
From her on, heavy spoilers.
I have no doubt that this was, at least so far, the least interesting episode of Breaking Bad’s fourth season. Which doesn’t mean it was bad, proving just how good the season has been. The prologue has some good concepts, with Jesse playing a first person shooter videogame and mentally associating that to Gale’s death. Then comes one of those “badass Walt” moments, but this one is neither as fresh nor as impacting as other such moments, and is possibly the least relevant part of the episode. Skyler chooses to get more and more into the business, which will certainly bring consequences in the future. The triangle Walt-Jesse-Gus seemed to take a turn halfway through the episode, but by the end the situation had gotten practically back to the starting point. On the other hand, if Hank didn’t show up on the previous episode, in Problem Dog it’s he who really moves the plot forward. And in such a way that the future begins to unfold. The way he’s been investigating, finding leads and connecting the dots are the highlight of the season so far. The last 5 minutes of the chapter, dedicated to him, are excellent. The episode’s cliffhanger is one of the best of the season, one of those that make you think “oh, I have to wait a week now”.
Top character: Hank. The others thing, feel, try, but he who really takes it home in Problem Dog is Hank. And that was inevitable, as he’d been the key piece (in the background) for a while, sooner or later he’d come to the center of it all.
Best scene: the NA meeting, with the lady criticizing Jesse for killing a dog. The subtlety of the situation, combined with the intensity of the conversation, is priceless.
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