"Más" is the fifth episode of the third season of Breaking Bad and the twenty-fifth episode altogether.

Summary

Teaser

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In a flashback to the pilot, Walt hands Jesse all of his remaining life savings to purchase an RV. Instead, Jesse heads to a strip club with Skinny Pete and Combo and spends the cash on a night-long bender filled with lap dances and champagne. Come morning, Jesse panics when he realizes that only $1,400 remains. However, Combo sells him an RV at that price in "a no paperwork-type deal," stealing the vehicle from a driveway.

Act I

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After another round of sex, Skyler basks in the luxury of Ted's heated bathroom floor, wondering about its cost. Ted offers to let her keep a few things at his house, obviously growing attached.

That evening, Walt sits in Holly's closet, talking on the phone with Jesse. Walt denies dealing with Gus behind Jesse's back, but Jesse demands that Walt hand over his missing other half of the cash payment. Walt counters that it's his formula and he never gave him permission to use it before angrily handing up.

At a campground, Hank ignores Gomez's suggestion to wait for a warrant before searching an RV. He scales the vehicle and peers through its roof vent, startling an older couple playing canasta in their underwear. After mollifying the outraged couple, Hank suggests following up a few more leads, but Gomez says that he can't as he still needs to pack: he's leaving for El Paso.

Hank returns home to shower. Marie urges him to share his feelings about Gomez taking the promotion that Hank refused. Marie tells him that his past experience in El Paso makes it understandable for him not to go back, Hank angrily replies that he's only staying in Albuquerque to pursue important leads in his Heisenberg investigation.

Act II

Walt and Gus at Los Pollos Hermanos.

Walt visits Los Pollos Hermanos and chides Gus for pretending to collaborate with Jesse, someone clearly below Gus' high standards, just to compel Walt to begin cooking again. Gus apologizes for being "so transparent" and invites Walt to take a drive with him, saying that he has something he wants to show Walt. Meanwhile, Skyler receives a call from Marie, who is worried that Hank's brush with death is causing him to change as a person. Skyler contemplates on the truth of her words.

The new state-of-the-art superlab.

Gus drives Walt to Lavandería Brillante, an industrial laundry facility, where a huge washing machine conceals the entrance to a secret basement beneath the building. Inside is a vast state-of-the-art superlab for Walt to use. Although very impressed with the equipment Gus has collected for the lab, Walt again declines his offer, saying that he's already made too many bad decisions. Gus counters that if his decisions were made for his family's welfare, they were not bad. "A man provides," Gus tells Walt. "And he does it even when he's not appreciated, or respected, or even loved -- because he's a man."

Act III

After another tryst with Ted, Skyler fixes her makeup in his bathroom. Ted suggests they head out for some Thai food, but she declines his invitation. Suddenly uncomfortable with the luxurious surroundings of Ted's house, she looks down at the insulated floor, grabs a towel and stands on it. That night, at the White residence, Skyler moves to comfort a fussy Holly. She notices Walt looking at their daughter longingly but not daring to touch her. Skyler reluctantly allows Walt to pick up and comfort the baby; Walt is elated with the peace offering.

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At the DEA field office the next day, Hank is dismayed when his final RV lead hits a dead end. He asks his secretary Janice to check again with the DMV to see if any RVs were overlooked during their first search. At the farewell party for Gomez, Hank hands him a statuette of Jesus Malverde, the patron saint of drug dealers, alluding to his experiences in Gomez's new beat of El Paso. Janice informs Hank that the DMV has indeed discovered an additional RV; its registration wasn't renewed, but the vehicle was never reported as non-operational, destroyed or stolen.

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At home, Skyler notices Walt's duffel bag in Holly's closet, finding a pile of drug money inside. She meets with her divorce lawyer, admitting to her affair with Ted and to finding the cash. Skyler's lawyer asks if she is looking for permission to keep the drug money, and warns her that if she will be become an accessory after the fact if she doesn't leave Walt.

Act IV

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When Skyler returns home, she's surprised to find that Walt has removed his money and belongings from Holly's room, and has left the signed divorce papers in her crib. Skyler is taken aback, not quite sure how she feels now that she's gotten what she wanted.

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Meanwhile, at his office, Saul attempts to calm an agitated Jesse. When Walt arrives, Saul offers him ten percent of Jesse's future meth profits as a goodwill gesture, then asks that Walt turn over the other half of the money from Jesse's deal with Gus. Walt hands Jesse the cash, telling him that it will be the last money he will ever earn in the drug business, informing Jesse that Gus was only using him to entice Walt to start cooking again. Saul quickly turns on Jesse and negotiates a fee for laundering the $3 million Walt will earn from Gus. Jesse storms out of Saul's office and smashes Walt's windshield with a chunk of concrete.

Hank collecting evidence at Combo's house.

Hank visits the house the RV was registered to and asks its former owner, Mrs. Ortega, why she never reported it stolen. Mrs. Ortega states that she wanted to spare her son, Combo, from being charged for theft. In Combo's bedroom, Hank spots a photograph of Combo and Jesse, taken the night Jesse blew Walt's money at the strip club.

Official Photos

Trivia

  • Uncensored on home video. In the beginning of the episode, when Jesse is seen at the strip club, several nude women are shown, breasts visible. See a detailed analysis of the differences here.
  • Last appearance of Combo.
  • Mike Ehrmantraut does not appear in this episode.
  • First appearance of Skinny Pete after an absence of 7 episodes.
  • The opening episode of Season 3 was called "No Más". This is Spanish for "no more" and was indicative of Walt's desire to remain out of the meth-cooking business. As this is the episode in which he decides to cook again, the episode is named "Más".  "Más" could also refer to Hank looking for "more" RVs, and his plea for one more as he reaches the end of his list.
  • This episode is dedicated to Gwyn Savage who cast extras for 15 episodes of Breaking Bad and died on January 21st, 2010.[1]

Production

Credits

Co-Starring

  • Erin Elliott as Stripper #1
  • Portia Cline as Stripper #2
  • Micheal McCormick as Pa Kettle
  • Kathy Rose Center as Ma Kettle

Filming Locations

Featured Music

  • "Alpaca" by Luke Walker & DJ Loki (in the strip club during the teaser)
  • "Rocket Scientist" by Teddybears (feat. Eve) (during the party montage in the teaser)
  • "Satin Lover (A)" by Norman Candler and Jeff Newmann (playing in the kitchen as Hank arrives home)
  • "Timetakesthetimetimetakes" by Peder (as Gus shows Walt the superlab)

Memorable Quotes

Gustavo: "Why did you make these decisions?"
Walter: "For the good of my family."
Gustavo: "Then they weren’t bad decisions. What does a man do, Walter? A man provides for his family."
Walter: "This cost me my family."
Gustavo: "When you have children, you always have family. They will always be your priority, your responsibility. And a man–a man provides. And he does it even when he’s not appreciated or respected or even loved. He simply bears up, and he does it because he’s a man."
―Gus trying to convince Walter to work for him.

Jesse: "What in the hell just happened? You're MY lawyer, not his!"
Saul: "It's the way of the world, kid. Go with the winner."
―Saul explaining his worldview to Jesse.

Notes

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