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

Summary[]

Teaser[]

In the early hours of the morning, as an elderly man starts his pickup truck, he discovers a stack of cash on his driveway. Investigating further, the man finds more money scattered across his neighbors' yards. Following the trail, he finds an abandoned car at a park, its driver's door wide open, and a duffel bag in the passenger seat still half-full with cash. He then follows a squeaking sound and finds Jesse, listlessly spinning on a playground merry-go-round, lying on his back, staring into the sky.

Act I[]

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Skyler talking with Hank

Immediately after the confrontation in Hank's garage, Walt tries to call Skyler, only to learn that Hank has reached her first. Walt rushes to the car wash and finds that she has already left. Skyler meets with Hank at a restaurant, where he asks to be allowed to record everything she knows about Walt's criminal activities. He also informs her that Walt's cancer has returned. Skyler tries to leave but Hank, desperate for her to implicate Walt, grabs her wrist. She causes a scene by repeatedly demanding to know whether she's under arrest, forcing Hank to allow her to leave.

Act II[]

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Walt buries the money

Huell and Kuby visit the storage unit to move Walt's money. Huell can't resist lying on top of the massive pile; Kuby reluctantly joins him. Meanwhile, Walt, assuming that Skyler has talked to Hank, goes over his options with Saul. When Saul suggests sending Hank to "Belize" — i.e. to have him murdered — Walt is outraged that he would propose killing a family member. Huell and Kuby show up at Saul's office with the money, now contained in seven plastic barrels in a van. Walt gives them a duffel bag of full of cash in return for their services, then drives the van to the Tohajiilee Indian Reservation, where he spends the night burying the barrels. He records the GPS coordinates by marking the location of the barrels on a lottery ticket.

Meanwhile, at the White residence, Marie questions Skyler about how long she has known about Walt's criminal activities. She eventually infers that Skyler had known since before Hank was shot. When Skyler reluctantly nods in the affirmative, Marie slaps her and attempts to leave the house with Holly. As the sisters fight over the baby, Hank enters the house to intervene and tells Marie to leave the child with her mother. In the car outside, Marie tells Hank that he has to get Walt.

Act III[]

A dirty and exhausted Walt arrives home and is surprised to find Skyler there. She follows him into the bathroom pleading for him to speak to her, telling him that she didn't tell Hank anything. Halfway through undressing, Walt collapses to the floor. When he wakes up hours later, he promises to turn himself in if she promises not to give back the money and make his efforts all for nothing. Skyler tells Walt that Hank has no evidence and that their best course of action is to remain silent.

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Jack kills Declan

Lydia is driven blindfolded to a meeting with Declan at a remote junkyard. She complains about the low quality of Declan's meth and demands to know how he plans to fix it. He tells her that it's fine for his clientele, but she counters that the Czech market isn't satisfied. She suggests they take Todd back, but Declan scoffs at the suggestion. Lydia then asks to see Declan's meth lab, which is located in a bus buried beneath them. There, she surreptitiously presses a button on her watch. Declan and his cook are called above-ground due to approaching vehicles. Lydia hides in a corner of the bus while gunfire breaks out on the surface. Afterward, Todd helps her out of the lab and suggests that she keep her eyes closed while he helps her navigate through the scattered bodies of Declan's men. Jack executes a wounded Declan with a single gunshot.

Act IV[]

At the Schrader residence, Marie urges Hank to take his evidence against Walt to the DEA. Hank tells her that the minute his superiors find out that "Heisenberg" is Hank's own brother-in-law, his career will be over; at the very least he wants his last act as a lawman to be personally bringing Walt to justice. Hank finally returns to work at the Albuquerque field office, where Gomez tells him that Jesse has been taken in after tossing away his drug money. Hank goes into the interrogation room and asks the detectives to give him a couple of minutes alone with Jesse.

Official Photos[]

Trivia[]

  • Walter buries his money in the Tohajiilee Indian Reservation in New Mexico, which is the same site as 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 numbers that are less than 100.
  • 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 Jack Welker's Gang massacre in Arizona, but did not make it past the end of the writer's room for unspecified reasons. 
  • The scene where Marie says "you're sorry", mirrors the scene in "Breakage", where she says "I'm sorry".
  • 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) has no lines in this episode despite appearing, which makes Bryan Cranston (Walter) and Anna Gunn (Skyler) the only actors to have lines in every episode of the series.
    • Ironically, Paul and Gunn have inverse stats in this sense—Paul stars in every episode but has no lines in this one, while Gunn's voice is featured in every episode but she does not physically star in one (a recording of her voice from a previous episode is used).
  • This episode was dedicated to Thomas Schnauz Sr., the writer's father.

Production[]

Credits[]

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)

Errors[]

  • When Jesse is spinning on the merry-go-round, it shows two shots. One that follows Jesse as he spins around and another where it is fixed on his face. In both of these shots he is lying down in a different position, even though the scene doesn't really establish any meaningful passage of time. This leads to the assumption that both shots were done at different times in production.

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.


Notes[]

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