After Gustavo Fring turns from his car and leaves the parking garage, Walter White rushes to disarm the bomb and remove it from the vehicle. He then enters the hospital and talks with Jesse Pinkman, asking if he can think of any other place to catch Gus off guard. As they talk, two detectives approach Jesse and take him to interrogate him about the ricin hint.
Detectives Kalanchoe and Munn interrogate Jesse and he asks to call his lawyer, Saul Goodman. At the same time, Walt breaks into Saul's office to try and find a way to contact him since he fled. Saul's secretary extorts him for $25,000 for the information. He returns to his house to get the money but, realizing that Gus may have staked the place out, parks down the street and sends his unwitting neighbor, Rebecca Simmons, to check the house for him (he tells her that the family is on vacation and Walter White Jr. thinks he left the stove on). His suspicions were right; shortly after she enters the house, a pair of gunman quietly sneak out through the back gate. After a few brief minutes, the neighbour leaves, and Walt sneaks in the backdoor into the crawl space to get the $25,000 and narrowly avoids the hitman pair who enter shortly after him.
Back at the police station, Saul enters the interrogation room and confers with Jesse. Jesse gives information to Saul to pass on to Walt—that Gus visits Hector "Tio" Salamanca at the Casa Tranquila nursing home. Walt ponders this information and decides to use Hector's hatred of Gus to his advantage. He meets with Hector. After Walt has left, Hector calls a nurse and spells out a message: "Need DEA". Later, Steven Gomez visits Hank Schrader, who is still under heavy DEA protection, and informs him that Hector has important cartel information and will only speak with Hank. At the DEA office, Hector spells out "S-U-C-K-M-Y" and "F-U-C-" before Hank calls it off and sends Hector back to the nursing home. Tyrus Kitt, who is keeping an eye on Hank, sees Hector being loaded into the van at the police headquarters. Tyrus then informs Gus that Hector was acting as an informant to the DEA, playing into his and Walt's trap. After Hector is returned to the nursing home, Tyrus enters and sweeps the place for bugs and cameras. The police inform Jesse that ricin was not found in Brock Cantillo's blood and that he is free to go.
On the sidewalk, Jesse is abducted by two of Gus's men. Tyrus calls Gus to report both Jesse's kidnapping and Hector's ratting, and suggests that he take care of the situation with Hector himself. Gus says that he'll handle it personally and leaves Los Pollos Hermanos for the nursing home. In Hector's nursing home room, Gus insults him for calling the DEA. Tyrus prepares a syringe and hands it to Gus. As Gus brings the needle closer to Hector's arm, for the first time in many years Hector looks directly at Gus with a gaze of remorse, but changes to a face of wrath. He begins furiously ringing his bell and Gus notices it's rigged to a bomb. As Gus stands up and yells, the bomb detonates, blowing down the door and sending debris into the hallway of the nursing home. Surprisingly, Gus calmly walks out of the destroyed room and adjusts his tie, seemingly unharmed. As nurses run up, shocked, half of his face has been blown off by the bomb, leaving skull, jaw, and brain exposed. He falls to the floor, dead.
In a parking lot, Walt listens to the radio. He hears a news broadcast about the explosion and smiles. Down in the superlab, Jesse cooks meth under heavy guard. The guard receives a buzz for the elevator and handcuffs Jesse to a machine. As the guard unlocks the elevator door, he sees Walt holding the other thug at gunpoint. Jesse hears three gun shots and Walt walks around the corner, informing him that "Gus is dead" and "We've got work to do." The two then open every chemical container in the lab, flooding the floor with a dangerous mix, then rig a Christmas light timer to a frayed wire and leave the lab. They wipe down the machinery for prints and pull the fire alarm as the chemicals ignite downstairs. Walt and Jesse meet on the roof of the hospital's parking garage. Jesse tells Walt that Brock is going to recover, and that it was not ricin, but Lily of the Valley that poisoned Brock - a flower with poisonous berries that children sometimes think to be edible. Walt reassures him that Gus needed to die nonetheless. Walt calls Skyler, who has learned about the nursing home explosion on TV and asks if he had anything to do with it. He replies simply: "I won". Skyler wordlessly reacts with fear and horror, realising what her husband is capable of. Walt hangs up the phone and drives away. As he passes Gus' Volvo which is still parked in the hospital parking lot, he smiles. In Walt's backyard, a flower pot with a white flower growing inside is seen. The label reads "Lily of the Valley."
- Bryan Cranston as Walter White
- Anna Gunn as Skyler White
- Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
- Dean Norris as Hank Schrader
- Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader
- RJ Mitte as Walter White Jr.
- Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman
- Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo Fring
- Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut (credit only)
- Mark Margolis as Hector "Tio" Salamanca
- Steven Michael Quezada as Steven Gomez
- Michael Shamus Wiles as ASAC George Merkert
- Ray Campbell as Tyrus Kitt
- Myra Turley as Caregiver
- Gonzalo Menendez as Detective Kalanchoe
- Tina Parker as Francesca
- Jason Douglas as Detective Munn
- Matt Berlin as DEA Agent
- Kevin Wiggins as Gus' Operative
- Augusta Meyers as News Reporter
- Lorenzita Anaya as Little Old Lady
- Marty Smith as Bingo Caller
- Erica Viking as Radio DJ #1
- Steve Ruiz as Radio DJ #2
- The woman who plays the Whites' neighbor Rebecca Simmons is Vince Gilligan's mother, Gail Gilligan.
- Jesse mentions the medical show House, M.D. whilst he is being questioned by the police. House often featured patients whose symptoms were the result of poison derived from an unusual source - ergot, organophosphates, toad eggs and methyl bromide all featured (but neither ricin nor lily of the valley ever did).
- Gustavo Fring is the first main character to die.
- The episode's title refers to final showdown between Walt and Gus, but can also be seen as a play on words regarding Gus' demise.
- The scene where Walter drops his gun after killing the men in the lab mirrors the scene where Gus drops the boxcutter in Box Cutter.
- While evacuating the laundromat, Walt yells "Vámonos!" which is Spanish for "Let's go!" Vámonos will later be employed for their pest control operation in Season 5.
- The episode was a few minutes too long, and the clip of Gilligan's mother was cut to shorten the time. It was only seen on the original premiere of the episode. The scene was restored on the DVD release and the episode was titled "Face Off (The Extended Version)".
- Many months of preparation took place for the the visual effect of Gustavo Fring's facial wounds, with assistance from the special effects team from the AMC drama The Walking Dead. In order to produce the effect, elaborate makeup was used on Giancarlo Esposito's face, and combined with computer-generated imagery that took two separate shots and combined them in post production.
- Scientific error: When the Hired Goon orders Jesse to incorporate CO2, Jesse turns a gas valve. Solid carbon dioxide might be used as a coolant, but the gas is fairly unreactive. One possibility is that CO2 is being produced and needs to be vented (this happens when neutralising the reaction products of methampetamine made from pseudoephedrine), though why this should happen when a hydrocarbon is added is unclear.
- Erika Viking was a real DJ on Coyote 102.5 at the time of filming.
- "Crawl Space" by Dave Porter (as Walt retrieves some money from his home)
- "Here is Fritz's Polka Band" by Fritz's Polka Band (when Walt visits Hector at Casa Tranquila)
- "Monaco" by Bill McGuffie (while Hector tells the nurse that he wants the DEA)
- "I Wonder" by Erik Janson & Bevan Manson (when Hector returns to Casa Tranquila)
- "Dreams of You" by Alan Moorhouse (while Tyrus inspects Hector's room)
- "Goodbye (instrumental)" by Apparat (as Gus enters Casa Tranquila)
- "Fourth Floor, Ladies Shoes" by Daniel May (as Gus leaves Hector's room)
- "Freestyle" by Taalbi Brothers (while Walt and Jesse prepare to torch the lab)
- "Black" by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (feat. Norah Jones) (after Walt has spoken on the phone with Skyler)
|Breaking Bad -- Season 4|
|#01 "Box Cutter"||#06 "Cornered"||#11 "Crawl Space"|
|#02 "Thirty-Eight Snub"||#07 "Problem Dog"||#12 "End Times"|
|#03 "Open House"||#08 "Hermanos"||#13 "Face Off"|
|#04 "Bullet Points"||#09 "Bug"|
|#05 "Shotgun"||#10 "Salud"||<< Season 3 | Season 5 >>|