Down (Breaking Bad)

"Down" is the fourth episode of the second season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad. It was written by Sam Catlin and directed by John Dahl.

Breaking Bad episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 4
Directed byJohn Dahl
Written bySam Catlin
Featured music
Cinematography byMichael Slovis
Editing byKelley Dixon
Original air dateMarch 29, 2009 (2009-03-29)
Running time47 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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Plot summaryEdit

Walt and Jesse meet at a gas station to discuss their next move. Walt says he needs time to reassure his family after his "fugue state" before he can cook again, and gives Jesse $600. The next morning, Walt cheerily makes breakfast, clearly disturbing Skyler and Walt Jr.; Skyler abruptly leaves the house and does not return until much later, not telling Walt where she has been. Meanwhile, Jesse meets with an attorney and his parents, who tell him that they found the meth lab in his basement and are evicting him from his aunt's house. They tell him he has 72 hours to leave, but the next morning Jesse's mother arrives with workmen who take everything in the house to storage. Jesse at first tries to convince his mother that he can change, then angrily tells her that he earned the house by taking care of his cancer-stricken aunt while his mother did nothing. She loses her temper and slaps him.

Hoping to reconnect with his son, Walt offers to give Walt Jr. a driving lesson while Skyler is out again. Walt Jr. shows his skill at driving, but Walt notices that he is using both feet to work the pedals. When Walt tries to get him to only use the right foot, Walt Jr. gets upset and accidentally hits a safety cone. Jesse searches for a place to stay, but all of his friends turn him away. While Jesse is making a call at the gas station, his motorcycle and all his remaining possessions are stolen. Dejected, Jesse breaks into the lot where his RV is being kept, but accidentally falls through a Port-a-Potty, drenching himself in waste. He sleeps in his RV, only able to breathe through a gas mask. The next morning, Clovis, the lot owner, finds him and demands the money he is owed, plus extra for repairs to the RV and the Port-a-Potty. Having no cash, Jesse begs for time to pay him back, but Clovis kicks him out and plans to sell his meth-cooking equipment. Jesse breaks back into the lot, steals his RV, and escapes by driving through the locked gate.

While Walt Jr. is at school, Walt tries to have a conversation with Skyler. He apologizes for how he has been acting lately, but Skyler is still convinced he is hiding something and storms out when he won't tell her what it is. Walt follows her out and sees the RV parked near his house. He confronts Jesse over making contact, and Jesse tells him he only wants his half of the money they've made and will disappear. Walt angrily states that he has done all the work while Jesse has done nothing, ranting that Jesse is a "pathetic junkie" who is too stupid to follow simple instructions. This causes Jesse to lose his temper and attack him, but he stops himself from beating Walt. Walt brings Jesse inside and gives him his half of the earnings, and then offers him breakfast. Meanwhile, back at the gas station, Skyler gets into her car and takes out a cigarette and lighter. She hesitates, thinking about her pregnancy, but starts smoking.

Title meaningEdit

"Down" is the second episode title to foreshadow the Wayfarer 515 incident. When placed together, they read "Seven Thirty-Seven Down Over ABQ".


Sam Catlin wrote the episode.

The episode was written by Sam Catlin, and directed by John Dahl. This was the only episode Dahl directed in the entire series. It aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on March 29, 2009.

Critical receptionEdit

The episode was well received by critics. Seth Amitin, writing for IGN, gave the episode an 8.9/10.[1] Amitin praised Anna Gunn's performance. Donna Bowman, of The A.V. Club, gave the episode an A-.[2]

In 2019 The Ringer ranked "Down" 53rd out of the 62 total Breaking Bad episodes.[3]


  1. ^ Amitin, Seth (March 30, 2009). "Breaking Bad: "Down" Review". IGN. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Bowman, Donna (March 29, 2009). "Breaking Bad: "Down"". A.V. Club. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
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