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Madrigal

5x02 Madrigal

SeasonEpisode

52

Air dateJuly 22, 2012

Running time47 minutes [?]

Written byVince Gilligan

Directed byMichelle MacLaren

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"Madrigal" is the second episode of the fifth season of Breaking Bad and the forty-eighth episode altogether.

Teaser

At a test kitchen in Germany, Madrigal Electromotive executive Peter Schuler glumly tastes a variety of dipping sauces. His secretary interrupts to inform him the police have arrived. On his way to face his fate, Schuler grabs an automatic defibrillator and locks himself in the bathroom. As the authorities pound on the door, Schuler places one of the AED contacts in his mouth and electrocutes himself.

Summary

Panicked, Jesse Pinkman tells Walter White over the phone that the ricin cigarette is still missing, fearing an innocent bystander might find it. After promising to help Jesse look for it, Walt fills a similar vial with salt and creates a duplicate cigarette. He then stashes the real ricin — which he retrieved from Saul Goodman previously — behind a wall outlet cover in his bedroom at the White house.

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Jesse finds the fake Ricin cigarette

Walt and Jesse toss his house, searching desperately for the cigarette. On the verge of giving up, Jesse heeds Walt's suggestion to check the Roomba — where he finds the fake ricin cigarette. Devastated and broken, Jesse apologizes for accusing Walt of poisoning Brock Cantillo.

Walt and Jesse visit Mike Ehrmantraut and announce plans to start cooking again, but Mike refuses to partner up. "You are a time bomb," he tells Walt, "and I have no intention of being around for the boom."

Hank Schrader, Steven Gomez, and George Merkert meet with several Madrigal executives, recently flown in from overseas. The head of Madrigal is shocked at Schuler's death, and remorseful. He insists that Schuler was a "lone anomaly" and pledges Madrigal's cooperation with the DEA investigation.

Hank and Gomez share a drink with Merkert, who has been quietly pushed out of the DEA for his personal relationship with Gustavo Fring and for failing to sniff out Gus' drug empire. Hank says he managed to peek at the laptop before the evidence room debacle, but it was encrypted and he doubts they'd have gotten much off it anyway. "So Hector Salamanca killed Fring, but who gave Salamanca the bomb?" Merkert asks. Gomez mentions APD's discovery of Gus's secret offshore bank accounts as a possible lead. Merket mentions how Gus was close to him, yet somebody else completely (similar to Walt in Hank's situation).

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Lydia Rodarte-Quayle meets with Mike

Mike meets Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, one of the Madrigal executives, at a diner. She hands him a list of eleven men who were on Gus's payroll and surreptitiously suggests Mike kill them before they can implicate Mike or herself. Mike shoots down the idea, vouching for the integrity of his men.

At home, Skyler White refuses to get out of bed, insisting Mariano can open the car wash for her. Walt suggests she take a shower to feel better, and she wordlessly obliges; after his eerie absolution, she seems like a shadow of herself.

Mike walks into the DEA offices as Duane Chow, the proprietor of Gus's chemical warehouse, walks out. "You know they talked to me," Chow says nervously. If Mike is unnerved by that news, he doesn't show a hint of it.

In an interrogation room, Mike tells Hank and Gomez that he worked for Los Pollos Hermanos as head of corporate security. Hank doesn't buy his story, but admits he doesn't have enough evidence to arrest Mike. As Mike leaves, Hank mentions that they traced Gus's offshore accounts to eleven benefactors — including a $2 million account in Mike's granddaughter's name. Mike pauses, but then says he has no idea what they're talking about, apparently resistant to their pressure even with the knowledge that the DEA has seized his money.

Walt and Jesse visit Saul to discuss finding a new venue for the lab, preferably nearby and not in an RV. Saul says an in-town venue will be difficult, but Walt snaps, "If Gus can manage it, then so can we."

Jesse reports that he was able to find all the precursor chemicals except for methylamine. Walt encourages Jesse to keep looking for it, but Jesse doubts he'll be able to scare any up. When Saul advises they pull out of the meth business, Walt snaps back, explaining that he's broke: "Does that seem like an acceptable stopping point to you?"

Mike is playing a game with his granddaughter when Chow calls to say the DEA threatened to take his money, and insists that Mike come talk with him at his home, to which Mike agrees. Chow hangs up and looks at Chris Mara — one of Mike's former henchmen — who's holding him at gunpoint: someone is setting a trap for Mike.

From inside Chow's house, Chris watches Mike walk toward the front door and puts his gun muzzle to the peephole. He hears a strange sound and looks through the peephole, where he sees an animatronic toy pig suspended from the door frame, which Mike borrowed from Kaylee's old toys at his apartment. Suddenly, Mike appears behind Chris and orders him to drop his gun.

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Mike kills Chris

Chris admits that Lydia was going to pay him $30,000 to kill Mike and $10,000 for each man on the list, starting with Chow — who's already dead on the couch. Mike shoots Chris dead with a sigh.

Later, Mike travels to Houston, sneaks into Lydia's house, and pulls her into a bedroom at gunpoint. Lydia begs him to leave her body in the house so that her daughter won't think she was abandoned. On the verge of shooting her, something stops him. He hesitates and asks if she can still get her hands on methylamine. "Maybe," she says. "Why?"

Clearly in a corner, and not happy about the decision he's about to make, Mike calls Walt and agrees to a partnership. "Good," Walt says and hangs up. He washes the dishes and then climbs into bed with Skyler, who refuses to face him.

"What you're feeling right now, about Ted, everything. It'll pass," he says, caressing her arm and kissing her. "When we do what we do for good reasons, then we've got nothing to worry about," he continues. "And there's no better reason than family."

Skyler, shellshocked and unable to bring herself to stop him, stares silently ahead, but wears a look on her face as if she wants to say something.

Credits

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Trivia

  • Marie Schrader does not appear in this episode.
  • First appearance of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH (besides only being mentioned).
  • This is the first episode to feature a location outside of the United States or Mexico. It is also the first episode to feature characters speaking German. The German-speaking actors have an English accent and are clearly not native speakers of German.
  • When Walt and Jesse sit down with Mike in his kitchen, a drawing made by Kaylee Ehrmantraut, which says "Blue is Good," is seen over Walt's shoulder.
  • After Walt hides the ricin vial inside an electrical outlet and replaces the table in front of it, the novel The Bastard (1974) is prominently visible on the table.
  • The film Mike is watching on TV is The Caine Mutiny (1954). 
  • One of the fast food restaurants seen at the Madrigal offices is called "Burger-Matic", which is a reference to the film written by Vince Gilligan Home Fries (1998), which also featured the burger chain.
  • Madrigal has been mentioned before in Seasons 3 and 4.

Featured Music

  • "Stay On The Outside" by Whitey (as Walt & Jesse search for the cigarette)
  • "I Can't Hide It" by The Coachmen (in the diner where Lydia meets Mike)
  • "Somebody Just Like You" by Mack Owen (in the diner where Lydia meets Mike)
Breaking Bad -- Season 5
#01 "Live Free or Die"#07 "Say My Name"#13 "To'hajiilee"
#02 "Madrigal"#08 "Gliding Over All"#14 "Ozymandias"
#03 "Hazard Pay"#09 "Blood Money"#15 "Granite State"
#04 "Fifty-One"#10 "Buried"#16 "Felina"
#05 "Dead Freight"#11 "Confessions"
#06 "Buyout"#12 "Rabid Dog"<< Season 4

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