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"Buried" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of Breaking Bad and the fifty-sixth episode altogether.



An elderly man leaves his house in the still dark early hours of the morning and starts his pickup truck, parked in his driveway. He notices something in front of his car and investigates, discovering that the unknown object is actually a stack of cash. After inspecting the money in his headlight, he inspects further and notices there are more stacks scattered across his neighbors' yards. He follows the trail of money, collecting wads of cash as he goes, and finds an abandoned car, driver's door wide open, and a duffle bag in the passenger seat half filled with bundles of cash. Bewildered, half salivating and growing suspicious, he then hears an odd squeaking sound; which he follows and leads him to find Jesse Pinkman, listlessly spinning on a playground merry-go-round, lying on his back, staring up to the stars.

Act I

Skyler talking with Hank.

After leaving Hank's garage, Walter tries to call Skyler but Hank already has her on the line. Walt rushes to the car wash and finds that Skyler has already left. Skyler meets with Hank at Perea's New Mexican Restaurant, where after a brief chat, he slyly asks to record everything she knows about Walt's criminal activities "while it's still fresh in her mind". Uncomfortable by Hank's eagerness she says nothing and reluctantly tells Hank she thinks a lawyer should be present for her protection before she says anything. Hank tells her that their interests are the same — to keep Marie, Skyler, Holly, and Walt Jr. safe. Skyler tries to leave but Hank desperate for her not to leave without first implicating Walt, stops her, grabbing her wrist. Coming to her senses, she begins to repeatedly shout if she's under arrest, attracting attention in the diner. Eventually, accusing Skyler of not thinking straight, Hank regretfully releases his grip and lets her leave.

Act II

Huell Babineaux and Patrick Kuby visit the storage locker to move the stash and Huell, eyes as large as saucers, can't resist lying down on the massive pile of cash, savoring the moment and fighting the temptation. Huell suggests 'Mexico' and Kuby reminds him that Walt had 10 men killed - in jail - in under 2 minutes. Meanwhile, Walter who's angry and hurt that Skyler went directly to Hank and believing she's talked, is going over his options with Saul Goodman, who asks if Walt has considered sending Hank to 'Belize'. Walt is outraged Saul would think he'd do that to a family member and rules that out as a possibility. Huell and Kuby soon show up with the many barrels of cash.

Walt gives them a duffel bag of cash in return for their services then drives the van out to the Tohajiilee reservation, where he spends the rest of the night, alone, burying the cash at the GPS coordinates +34° 59' 20.00", -106° 36' 52.00" - which he then sets to memory.

Walter buries the money.

Marie visits Skyler at the White Residence and questions Skyler about how long she has known about Walt's criminal activities. Skyler sits and cries, and Marie infers that Skyler had known about Walt's crimes before Hank was shot on duty. When Skyler reluctantly nods that it's true, as she apologises Marie slaps her then attempts to leave with Holly. As the sisters argue and Skyler tries to take back Holly, Hank enters to the commotion of all three screaming; he tells Marie to leave the child with her mother. In the car, Marie tells Hank he has to get him.


Walt drives home in the early morning hours. Covered in dirt and exhausted, he's surprised to find Skyler home. Skyler follows him into the bathroom pleading for him to speak to her and telling him that she didn't tell Hank anything. Halfway through undressing Walt collapses to the bathroom floor.

Hours later, he wakes up to a worried Skyler wiping his brow. He tells Skyler he will turn himself in if she promises to not give back the money, so as to not make all that he has been through and done meaningless. She tells him that Hank has no evidence and their best course of action is to remain silent.

Jack kills Declan.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the Arizona desert Lydia Rodarte-Quayle is driven to Declan's gang's meth lab — a buried bus under a make-shift junkyard. She inspects the facility and demands that they improve the quality of their meth because her buyer in the Czech Republic expects a better product. She suggests they take Todd back, but Declan scoffs at her. Lydia looks at her watch, presses a button on it, and soon Declan and his cook are called to the surface.  Lydia then looks at her phone and preemptively hides in a corner of the bus while gunfire breaks out. A man calls for her to come out. It is Todd, who suggests she keep her eyes closed while he helps her navigate through Declan's gang's scattered corpses. Todd's uncle's, Jack, and the White Supremacist gang (who previously helped Walt commit the ten prison murders in "Gliding Over All") have crushed and raided Declan's own meth operation in order to take over; taking Declan's cooking equipment for themselves.

Act IV

Marie takes the next day off from work and urges Hank to take his evidence against Walt to the DEA. Hank tells her that the minute the DEA finds out Walt is "Heisenberg", his career is over but that he wants his last act to be the bringing of evidence to light incriminating his brother-in-law. He finally returns to work at the Albuquerque DEA office where Steven Gomez tells him that Pinkman has been tossing out stacks of money from his car and has been pulled in. Hank visits an interrogation chamber and asks the officers questioning a silent Jesse to give him a couple of minutes with him. He then walks into the interrogation room alone.

Official Photos


  • Walter buries his money in the Tohajiilee Navajo reservation in New Mexico, and the site of his first cooking session with Jesse. ("Pilot")[1]
  • As Skyler enters the diner to meet with Hank, the word "Alibi" can be read on the magazine rack.
    • The Alibi is an alternative weekly newspaper that's been running in Albuquerque since the early-to-mid '90s. Shots showing the Alibi have been visible in previous episodes, as well.
  • The GPS coordinates +34° 59' 20.00", -106° 36' 52.00" point to the Albuquerque Studios lot. There is a D.E.A. office  about a mile up the road from the lot.
    • The lottery ticket in the kitchen has these numbers disguised as lottery number selections, with zeros in front of the less-than-one-hundred numbers.
  • A shot in the montage where Walt buries the drums bears resemblance to the closing shot from "Crawl Space". In both shots, Walt is framed by props, he looks exasperatedly to the camera, which is a long distance away, and he's on a backdrop of dirt.
  • Saul suggests sending Hank to 'Belize'. In the movie "Drive" Bryan Cranston's character Shannon is asked where the protagonist is hiding. He suggests Mexico or Belize.
  • According to director Michelle MacLaren in the Breaking Bad Insider Podcast, this episode was planned to have a gunfight other than the white supremacists massacre in Arizona, but did not make it past the end of the writer's room for unspecified reasons. 
  • The shot of Jesse shown spinning on the merry-go-round resembles Walt getting his CAT scan in "Gliding Over All". 
  • RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr.) does not appear in this episode.
  • Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) has no lines in this episode despite appearing, which makes Bryan Cranston (Walter White) the only actor to have lines in every episode of the series. 
  • This episode was dedicated to Thomas Schnauz Sr., the writer's father.



Featured Music

  • "Loving You (aka Being with You)" by The Country Six Stringers (in the restaurant where Hank meets Skyler)
  • "Tomorrow's Gone" by Floyd Cramer (in the restaurant where Hank meets Skyler)
  • "(These Are) The Young Years" by Floyd Cramer (in the restaurant where Hank meets Skyler)
  • "Quimey Neuquén (Chancha Via Circuito Remix)" by José Larralde (when Walter is burying the money)

Memorable Quotes

Skyler: "Am I under arrest?"
Hank: "No. Sky– sh."
Skyler: "Hank, are you arresting me?"
Hank: "Sky..."
Skyler: "Am I under arrest?!"
―Hank and Skyler at the restaurant

"Jesus. Send him to Belize. I’ll send you to Belize."
―Walt furious after Saul had speculated to send Hank to Belize, meaning to kill him.

Walter: "How–how long was I out?"
Skyler: "Oh, about four or five hours. How are you feeling? It’s true. The cancer’s back. Is this it?"
Walter: "Does that make you happy?"
Skyler: "I can’t remember the last time I was happy."
―Walter and Skyler after Walt collapsed in the bathroom.

Walter: "No, no one talked. It was me. I screwed up."
Skyler: "The way Hank talks he’s got his suspicions–not much else. You can’t give yourself up without giving up the money. It’s the way this works, Walt. So maybe our best move here is to stay quiet."
―Walter and Skyler about Hank's discovery.

"Look, the day I go in with this, it's the last day of my career, Marie. I'm going to have to walk in there, look those people in the eye and admit that the person I've been chasing the past year is my own brother-in-law. It's over for me. Ten seconds after I tell this story, I'm a civilian. Then how can we help Skyler when she comes to her senses? When I go in there, I'm bringing proof. Not suspicion. I can be the man who caught him, at least."
―Hank talking to Marie.