Peekaboo (Breaking Bad)

"Peekaboo" is the sixth episode of the second season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad. It was written by J. Roberts and Vince Gilligan, and directed by Peter Medak.

Breaking Bad episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 6
Directed byPeter Medak
Written by
Featured music"By the Numbers" by John Coltrane
Cinematography byMichael Slovis
Editing byKelley Dixon
Original air dateApril 12, 2009 (2009-04-12)
Running time47 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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Plot summaryEdit

Jesse gets the address of the couple who ripped off Skinny Pete and goes to their dilapidated house. Upon breaking inside, he finds and tends to their young neglected son. When the couple returns home, Jesse holds them up and demands that they return his meth and his money. They give him part of the meth, claiming to have lost the other portion, and show him an ATM they have stolen from a convenience store. The husband, Spooge, works unsuccessfully to open the ATM. While Jesse is busy playing with the son, the wife knocks him unconscious, stealing his gun and drugs. Jesse wakes up to see Spooge trying to open the ATM from the bottom. His wife, angry that he keeps calling her a "skank", knocks the ATM over, crushing him; she then takes his drugs and gets high on the couch. Jesse hurriedly takes back the gun, takes what money he can when the ATM pops open, and calls 9-1-1. He then brings the boy out of the house, tells him not to go back inside, and runs away.

On his first day back teaching after finishing chemotherapy, Walt teaches his class about Dr. Tracy Hall, the inventor of synthetic diamonds, who earned only a pittance for his invention while General Electric made an incalculable profit. At home, Skyler gets a call from Gretchen Schwartz, whom she still believes is paying Walt's medical bills. Skyler invites Gretchen over that afternoon, but Gretchen quickly leaves when Walt arrives home. Walt asks Gretchen if Skyler told her anything; she does not answer. Walt then drives up to Santa Fe to apologize to Gretchen for lying, but Gretchen demands to know why Walt did it and how he has been paying for his treatment. Walt, angry at being cut out of Gray Matter Technologies, denies her any right to that information; Gretchen insists that Walt was the one who left by walking out of their past relationship. Walt curses at her. When Walt gets back home, Skyler tells him that Gretchen called to say that the Schwartzes will no longer be paying for Walt's treatment. Realizing his cover has now been blown, Walt claims that the Schwartzes have gone broke, but promises that he and Skyler will be able to find the necessary money.


The episode was written by J. Roberts and Vince Gilligan, and directed by Peter Medak. It aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on April 12, 2009.

Critical receptionEdit

The episode was universally acclaimed by critics, with some calling it one of the best in the series. Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave the episode an A°, praising the episode for reversing the roles of Jesse and Walter.[1]

In 2009, TV Guide ranked "Peekaboo" on its list of the 100 greatest television episodes of all time.[2]

Aaron Paul was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for this episode.

In 2019 The Ringer ranked "Peekaboo" as the 26th best out of the 62 total Breaking Bad episodes.[3]


  1. ^ Bowman, Donna (April 12, 2009). "Breaking Bad: "Peekaboo"". A.V. Club. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time". TV Guide. June 15, 2009. pp. 34–49.
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