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Breaking Bad: Season 4 (2011)

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Average Rating: 9.4/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 0

Breaking Bad's fourth season continues to evolve and subvert expectations, and it's never been more riveting to watch.


Average Rating: 9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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Season Info

Informed he has terminal cancer, an underachieving chemistry genius turned high school teacher uses his expertise to secretly provide for his family by producing the world's highest quality crystal meth.

Genre: Drama

Network: AMC



Air date: Jul 17, 2011

Box Cutter

Walt and Jesse are held captive for Gus, after Gale's death. Meanwhile, Skyler tries to find out what happened to Walt.

Air date: Jul 24, 2011

Thirty-Eight Snub

Shaken by Gus's calm violence, Jesse cokes up; bleary-eyed and jittery, he throws a party. Walter, believing it's kill or be killed, buys a snub-nosed .38 on the black market, intent on shooting Gus and Mike. Skyler looks to launder money at a car wash, and, to Hank's increasing irritation, Marie insists on cheering his every step. Men deliver boxes of minerals and pick up boxes of crystal.

Air date: Jul 31, 2011

Open House

Skyler finds a way to pressure the car-wash owner into selling, while Marie goes on a series of visits to realtors' open houses. Her antics get her in trouble, and Hank has to pull a few strings. One of his cop friends helps Marie out and, in turn, asks Hank to look at a notebook found at the scene of a murder. Meanwhile, Jesse's round-the-clock open houseparty brings no mirth.

Air date: Aug 7, 2011

Bullet Points

Walt and Skyler have decided to use gambling to explain how Walt has made all of his money. It's not to be a happy story and Skyler insists that Walt admit to a gambling addiction and express deep shame for what he has done. At dinner with Marie and Hank Schrader, they tell their rehearsed story. Hank has a story for Walt however, one of a dead wannabee singer who had lab notes describing a super-processing meth lab. Hank is convinced the dead man is Heisenberg, the drug manufacturer he has been looking for for over a year.

Air date: Aug 14, 2011


In his attempt to save Jesse, Walt visits Gus' fast food restaurant but isn't quite prepared for what he learns. Nor is Jesse for that matter. In fact, he proves to be quite useful though not everything is as it seems. Hank is convinced that Gale Boetticher was Heisenberg and tells the local police detective that he really has no further interest in the case. He mentions that Jesse Pinkman could have been involved but is not likely the shooter.

Air date: Aug 21, 2011


It's the morning after the night before and Walt has a major hangover. Skyler is now convinced that Walt is in danger but he makes sure she understands exactly how important he is to the criminal organization. He's a little too blunt as Skyler's reaction is to take the baby and disappear for a few days. One of Gus' trucks has been hijacked so Mike and Jesse are tasked to get the blue meth back. Once again, Jesse proves to be unexpectedly useful.

Air date: Aug 28, 2011

Problem Dog

The car wash is now in operation but Skyler isn't prepared for the amount of money Walt is bringing in. She also arranges for Walt to return the car he bought Walt Jr. but in the end decides he has other plans for it. Walt still believes his life is in danger as long as Gus is alive and speaks to Saul about how he wants to hire a hit man. He finds someone closer to home. Hank and Walter Jr. visit Gus Fring's chicken restaurant and Hank has something very specific in mind. He's slowly putting the facts together in his quest for Heisenberg.

Air date: Sep 4, 2011


Hank's discovery of Gus Fring's fingerprint in Gale Boetticher's apartment is enough for DEA and Albuquerque PD to bring Gus in for an interview. He seems to have an answer for everything, including why his fingerprint was found at the crime scene. Everyone but Hank seems to be satisfied and they decide not to pursue the matter. Hank isn't so sure. Gus realizes how close he's come to being caught and in flashbacks, his entry into a world of crime and his work with the Mexican drug cartel is revealed.

Air date: Sep 11, 2011


Hank is like a dog with a bone and keeps digging into Gus Fring's business dealings despite Walt's attempts to get him to stop. When Hank learns that Gus has a warehouse operation, Mike and a crew have to get rid of any trace of drugs on the premises. The Cartel however is lying in wait. When Jesse expresses concern over his future well-being Gus asks him over for dinner and asks him one question: can he cook Walt's recipe without Walt's assistance. Skyler meanwhile gets a visit from her old boss who reveals that he's about to undergo an IRS audit.

Air date: Sep 18, 2011


Jesse, Gus, and Mike fly to Mexico where Jesse will cook a batch of crystal meth for Don Eladio's skeptical team. If Jesse succeeds, then what? Walter is recovering from a beating and misses his son's 16th birthday; Walter Jr. comes to his dad's place to find out what's wrong. Skyler discovers that Ted Beneke is not using an anonymous windfall to repay the IRS; she calls on Ted. By the end, we're back poolside at Don Eladio's villa where they toast each other's health with well-aged tequila.

Air date: Sep 25, 2011

Crawl Space

Hank has Walter drive him to the chicken ranch for regular stakeouts then suggests a detour to check out an industrial laundry. How can Walter get out of this one? Ted refuses to pay the IRS, so Skyler turns to Saul who sends his A team. Although Walter has continued to cook while getting no word on what's happened in Mexico to Jesse, Jesse has had his own six-mile walk with Gus through the desert to the Texas border. When circumstances prevent Walter from cooking for four days, he realizes that someone has been doing the job without him.

Air date: Oct 2, 2011

End Times

With the DEA now aware of the threat against Hank, Skyler and the children move into protective custody. Walt refuses to do so, barricading himself in his house determined to face whatever fate now awaits him. Jesse again refuses to let Gus get rid of Walt, even after the DEA visits the laundry to have a look around. When his girlfriend's son, Brock, falls seriously ill he realizes that the poison Walt had given him is missing.

Air date: Oct 9, 2011

Face Off

Jesse is brought to the FBI for questioning on his knowledge of Ricin. In a last effort to kill Gus, Walt must ask for help from an old enemy.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (0)

We've all witnessed greatness tonight, but we're still left with one huge question: Where do we go from here.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

It was a very good opener to what should be a fantastic season.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Just truly amazing stuff all around.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

The first three episodes set up the show's latest sweatily tense arc.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Breaking Bad is one of the most stylish shows on TV, sometimes to the point of being show-offy.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Kudos to Vince Gillligan for deciding to change it up.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

As a fan, it's what you wait for: those moments when potential turns into production, when raw talent gets harnessed and put to consistent, brilliant use.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

What's most fascinating about "Breaking Bad" is that it's the rare prime-time television series that has yet to make a misstep three full seasons into its run.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A stunning, brilliant, terrifying launch to TV's best series.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday

All I can say is: I want more.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: RedEye

At this point, it's just not possible to look away.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

For those who prefer a more riveting, nail-biting variety of TV, one of cable's darkest masterpieces of mayhem is back after a long absence, having lost none of its sinister allure in its fourth season.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad finds nuance and drama within this compromised world, and in the process suggests intriguing and sometimes unsettling parallels to the world in which the rest of us live.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

This is one of the rarest finds on television: a show where cast and character are so perfectly matched by a creator who understands exactly what journey he wants take his audience on.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Either appropriately or ironically for a show about meth cookers, "Bad" is simply one of TV's great addictions.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety

It's like being home again, where chain-link fences, crumbling adobe, rusted motel signs and sketchy characters abound beneath all that amazing sky.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

One of television's greatest dramas goes unflinchingly into the continued transformation of its lead character from likable to something beyond despicable. It's one of the most fearless and selfless gambits ever hatched in the name of enduring art.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

A taut exercise in withheld disaster, "Breaking Bad'' is riveting.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Breaking Bad is back, and bent on upending every expectation you bring to it.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

This seemingly paradoxical idea-perpetual change-allows Breaking Bad to be different and even surprising each season.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 4

Probably the best season of the bunch, the conflict between Walt and Gus is one for the ages. This could've easily been a cat and mouse season but it gives a whole new depth to the characters that develop into new and great directions. Everyone will change once this ends, leaving some closure but plenty of questions to where and what our antiheroes will transform into next.
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