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Face Off

Walt Jesse 4x13

SeasonEpisode

413

Air dateOctober 9, 2011

Running time50 minutes [?]

Written byVince Gilligan

Directed byVince Gilligan

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"Face Off" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of Breaking Bad and the forty-sixth episode altogether. It is also the season finale.

Teaser

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.

Summary

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The policemen interrogate Jesse.

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 betrayal to the DEA. He willingly offers to take care of the situation with Hector himself, but Gus vetoes his suggestion, saying "No, I do this". Fring leaves for the nursing home.

He arrives shortly thereafter and waits in the parking lot while Tyrus checks the room for unexpected surprises. Upon getting the "all clear" signal, Gus walks into the nurse home and enters Hector's room. Gus berates Hector for his supposed "cowardice", calling him "a crippled little rata (rat)". Tyrus prepares a syringe and hands it to Gus. "Last chance to look at me," Fring pridefully says, before letting out a sarcastic sigh. As he brings the needle closer to Hector's arm, Hector actually, for the first time in many years, looks dead into Gus's eyes with a gaze of remorse. Gus is shocked, though Hector's expression soon changes to a face of wrath and starts sounding his bell repeatedly.

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Gus Fring's demise.

Gus, at first, is bewildered but soon realizes that Hector has a bomb fitted to the wheelchair, rigged to blow up by ringing the bell. He shoots up out of his seat and yells, but the bomb explodes, blowing down the door to Hector's room and sending debris into the hallway of the nursing home. Miraculously, Gus has survived and he calmly walks out of the destroyed room then adjusts his tie, seemingly unharmed. But then nurses run up, shocked with horror: the camera swings to Gus' right side, and we see that the right half of Gus's face has been blown off by the bomb, leaving skull, jaw, and brain exposed. He falls to the floor, dead.

In a long-term parking lot outside the Albuquerque airport, Walt is listening to the radio news report which is breaking the story about the explosion. The only salient detail at the time is that "as many as three people may have been killed." Smiling, Walt pulls out of the lot.

Down in the superlab, Jesse prepares for another batch while one of the thugs who kidnapped him sits around monitoring him with a gun. The lab's elevator sounds and the thug forces Jesse to handcuff himself to one of the chemical tanks while he goes to check it out. Upon unlocking the elevator door, the thug's partner appears with Walt popping up from behind him and shooting both men. Jesse hears three gun shots and sees Walt walk around the corner; the blood of the two thugs spattered on his face. "Gus is dead," he says to Jesse. "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 exit the lab. They wipe down the machinery for prints and pull the fire alarm as the chemicals ignite downstairs. Walt yells "Vamonos" to the laundry workers and as they flee, the superlab lab below explodes.

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"I won."

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, realizing what her husband is capable of. Walt hangs up the phone and drives away. As he passes Gus' Volvo, 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."

Credits

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Trivia

  • The woman who plays the Whites' neighbor, Rebecca Simmons, is Vince Gilligan's mother, Gail Gilligan.
  • Jesse mentions the medical show House, M.D. while 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 were all featured, but neither ricin nor Lily of the Valley ever were.
  • Gustavo Fring is the first main character to die.
  • The episode's title refers to the 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.

Production

  • 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.

Featured Music

  • "Crawl Space" by Dave Porter (as Walt retrieves some money from his home)
  • "Here is Fritz's Polka Band/The Party's Just Begun [From "The Big Joe Polka Show"]" 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)
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Start a Discussion Discussions about Face Off

  • Face Off Walter White's car?

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    • What is the Toyota WW is in when he hears about the Casa Tranquila explosion?
    • It's a 2009 Toyota Yaris: http://breakingbad.wikia.com/wiki/2009_Toyota_Yaris
  • Face off

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    • The pink teddy bear is totally foreshadowing gus' death. Thoughts?
    • Both the Bear and Gus are introduced during season two...Vince Gilligan mentioned in the Season 4 DVD extras that Gus' death had been planned "...

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