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Peekaboo

Peekaboo

SeasonEpisode

26

Air dateApril 12, 2009

Running time47 minutes [?]

Written byJ Roberts & Vince Gilligan

Directed byPeter Medak

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"Peekaboo" is the sixth episode of the second season of Breaking Bad and the thirteenth episode altogether.

Teaser

Jesse Pinkman stands alone on a sidewalk, examining a large beetle as it wanders the pavement. Skinny Pete approaches and gives Jesse the name and address of the junkie that robbed him.

"Let me get this straight," Jesse says. "You got jacked by a man named Spooge." Pete doesn't know the name of Spooge's accomplice, "She's just his woman," he says, but he tells Jesse that these two "need to get got."

Summary

Outside the junkies' ramshackle house, Jesse draws his pistol and tries to psych himself up. Spooge and his woman aren't around, so Jesse breaks a window and enters the dank living room littered with garbage, ripped-up furniture and dirty laundry.

Waiting on the couch, Jesse is joined by an unbathed, half-dressed five-year-old boy. Turning on the television to a home shopping channel — the only station it gets — the child sits on the other end of the couch. "I'm hungry," he tells Jesse.

Skyler White calls Gretchen Schwartz to offer her a belated thanks for paying Walt's hospital bills. Gretchen starts to respond but can't find the words. When Skyler says that they should get together sometime, Gretchen proposes a visit that afternoon.

It's Walter White's first day back at teaching. The school's assistant principal, Carmen, sits in on his lecture, afterwards telling him he should come to her if he ever has any "issues." At the end of the day, Walt heads to his car with Walter White Jr., where he finds one of his "Missing" posters stuck on the windshield. A student has defaced the flyer so it now reads, "I'm MISSING My Pants!"

Back at the junkies' place, Jesse plays peekaboo with the little boy while he eats. The two addicts — grimy, bloodied, and arguing with each other — finally return home. Jesse carries the boy into a bedroom, then attacks the couple, bashing Spooge's head with the gun.

Walt arrives home to find Gretchen's Bentley parked in the driveway. Entering the living room, Walter Jr. thanks Gretchen for her generosity. "You're very welcome," Gretchen replies before heading out. Walt follows Gretchen to the driveway and asks her not to say or do anything until they have a chance to talk. She drives away without a word.

Jesse gets the junkies to hand over a little of his stolen crystal, but no cash. Just as he threatens to shoot their kneecaps, the boy walks into the living room. Spooge's woman embraces her son, making it impossible for Jesse to do anything while he's in the room. "We got your money, man," Spooge says, but it's inside an ATM they boosted from a convenience store.

Spooge claims the ATM heist was a "victimless crime" that "went smooth as silk." In fact, it resulted in a dead cashier and a baggie of Walt and Jesse's meth left at the scene.

Spooge pounds away at the ATM with a sledgehammer to no avail, calling his woman a "skank" when she challenges his competence. Jesse notices the kid is missing, and takes the opportunity to chastise her: "How about you feed the kid a decent meal every now and then, huh?" Jesse says. "Give him a bath. Put some baby powder on him."

Walt meets Gretchen at a fancy restaurant and pleads for time to "clear this up." When she asks why he lied to Skyler and how he's paying for his treatments, he says that he owes her an apology but not an explanation.

"This isn't you," she tells Walt, who says that waving her checkbook around won't make him forget how she and Elliott Schwartz made millions off his research. She reminds him that he was the one who left her without explanation — not the other way around. "That's your excuse?" he asks. "I feel so sorry for you, Walt," Gretchen says. "Fuck you," he replies, prompting Gretchen to leave the restaurant.

Back at the junkies' house, the boy encourages Jesse to play peekaboo again. Jesse relents, and while his eyes are covered Spooge's woman knocks him out. When Jesse comes to, his gun is in her hands. "Call me a bad mother. I'll show you a bad mother, bitch," the woman says while Spooge rifles through Jesse's pockets.

After Walt returns home, Skyler reveals that Gretchen called to say she and Elliott can't pay his medical bills anymore. Walt admits he drove to meet Gretchen and says that he deduced from their chat that she and Elliott are broke.

Back at the house, Spooge has leaned the ATM against a chair and positioned himself underneath it to drill into its base. While drilling, he gets into a fight with his woman over their drugs and calls her a skank. "I ain’t no skank," she whispers, pushing the ATM upright and crushing Spooge's head. She grabs some dope off his body, crosses the room, and passes out on the couch. Jesse retrieves his gun from Spooge's body and begins wiping his fingerprints off the ATM. As he does, its door swings open and cash spills out.

Jesse grabs a wad of cash and calls 911. Telling the boy to close his eyes like they're playing peekaboo, Jesse carries him outside past Spooge's body. "Just don’t go back inside," he tells the boy.

"You have a good rest of your life, kid," Jesse adds, slipping away while the sound of approaching sirens grows louder.

Credits

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Trivia

  • Aaron Paul was nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for this episode on 2009 Emmys.
  • Spooge's woman still has not been named, and neither she nor her son has been seen since this episode, only mentioned.

Featured Music

  • "By the Numbers" by John Coltrane (in the restaurant when Gretchen and Walt talk)
Breaking Bad -- Season 2
#01 "Seven Thirty-Seven"#06 "Peekaboo"#11 "Mandala"
#02 "Grilled"#07 "Negro y Azul"#12 "Phoenix"
#03 "Bit by a Dead Bee"#08 "Better Call Saul"#13 "ABQ"
#04 "Down"#09 "4 Days Out"
#05 "Breakage"#10 "Over"<< Season 1 | Season 3 >>

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