Breaking Bad: Season 4 (2011)

Season 4
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Breaking Bad's fourth season continues to evolve and subvert expectations, and it's never been more riveting to watch.



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Air date: Jul 17, 2011

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

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Air date: Jul 24, 2011

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.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2011

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.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Breaking Bad Season 4

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (18)

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.

Jul 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Jul 17, 2011 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

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

Jul 17, 2011 | Full Review…

That so much of this material was, by Gilligan's admission, written on the fly (no season-three pun intended!) is amazing. It all fits together better than it has any right to.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the best single seasons of television in the last twenty years.

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Breaking Bad is dark and almost dormant... with most of the main characters mired in depression, anger, fear and/or apathy. That doesn't mean it's not compelling.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a real glee about the way Breaking Bad is plotted that is hard to articulate; it's this element of playfulness that means that its payoffs, when they come, are satisfying in a way that I've never experienced in a television show before.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Welcome back to hell, also known as Season Four of Breaking Bad... The show has evolved into a modern underworld Western -- there's nothing else like it.

Jan 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

With it's absolutely flawless, game-changing Season Four, Breaking Bad inches closer and closer to becoming one of the greatest television shows of all time, full stop.

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

The writers of the show are relentless in their ability to continually surprise without ever seeming contrived or cliched.

Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's the culmination of one of the most exciting seasons in television history, but it has one final shocking moment even after the dust settles.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Every note of these opening episodes is pitch perfect, building a slow crescendo of what looks to be an impressively strong season.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 4

  • 2d ago
    The show continues to become better and better at each different seasons. The season 4 is no exception. Even though it becomes more violent at times, it has the same qualities as the first three seasons. It is a true masterpiece!
  • Mar 17, 2021
    Season 4 of Breaking Bad is everything you could hope for in a show and more.
  • Feb 27, 2021
    Season 4 of this show is AMAZING! The final episode of this season with Gus getting half of his face blown off was CRAZY. I can't wait to start Season 5 soon, and be even more amazed than before. The acting this season was even better than seasons 1, 2, and 3, and the characters are even better. Everything is now really starting to hype up for Walt and Jesse, and I can't wait to see what more OUTSTANDING things they accomplish together as the fantastic duo they are!
  • Feb 25, 2021
    The fourth season of Breaking Bad has way more gripping drama, and improved writing and performances, and it gets way more interesting as the season goes on.
  • Feb 20, 2021
    And so ends the greatest rivalry in television history. We see Walt finally become the villain as he destroys Gus's empire. Pinkman is slowly turning against Walter, and I can't wait for that to happen. The ending to Crawl Space has some the best acting I've ever seen, and Face Off was one of the best season finales of all time. Can't wait to see the final season. My Rating - 9.5/10.
  • Feb 14, 2021
    No es mi favorita pero es la mejor
  • Feb 01, 2021
    This may very well be television's finest hour.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    One of the greatest seasons of any television shows ever created. The season starts off at a break-neck pace, and never lets up. From Box Cutter to Face Off, Season 4 is absolutely incredible. The last three episodes especially make for some of the most nerve-wracking moments ever put to film, notably the ending to Crawl Space, which may be the greatest display of acting, editing, sound design, and writing ever created. Season 4 solidifies Breaking Bad as not only one of the greatest television shows ever created, but an incredible work of art. The acting is always on-point, Bryan Cranston and Arron Paul are amazing as always, and Giancarlo Esposito gives a very underrated performance as Gus Fring, who may be the greatest villain in a series full of the greatest villains [and/or anti-heroes]. If you aren't watching Breaking Bad, you truly are missing out. Simply incredible in every way.
  • Jan 08, 2021
    One of, if not the best TV show ever made in every conceivable way. It's perfect.
  • Jan 07, 2021
    Definitely one of the best season if not the best, things aee getting complicated for our chemistry teacher and his bad student. But the realest thing this seas did is that it started to reveal Walt's true persona, his alter ego.

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