"No Más" is the first episode of the third season of Breaking Bad and the twenty-first episode altogether.

Summary

Teaser

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In a remote village in Mexico, men and women crawl on their bellies up a dusty, adobe-lined desert road. A Mercedes sedan stops alongside the crawling procession. Two men exit the car; both wear well-cut suits and cowboy boots tipped with silver skulls. The men begin to crawl with the others. The procession winds to a candlelit shrine to Santa Muerte, a Mexican folk deity representing death. The two men rise to their feet. One makes an offering, while the other pins something to the shrine: a crude sketch of Heisenberg.

Act I

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In Albuquerque, coverage of the Wayfarer 515 disaster dominates television news. In the week since the crash, Donald Margolis has been identified as the air traffic controller who, distracted by grief over his daughter's recent drug overdose, allowed the airliner to collide with a charter plane in midair. At the pool behind the White residence, a contrite Walt -- fully aware of his culpability in the crash -- dumps his drug money onto an outdoor grill and sets it ablaze. Seconds later, he second-guesses his decision and hurls the flaming grill into the pool. His robe sleeve having caught fire, he too jumps in after.

Meanwhile, Skyler meets with a divorce attorney who advises her that maintaining residence in the house will strengthen her position in a custody case. Skyler explains that Walt is moving out that day. Questioned about the family's finances, Skyler momentarily freezes. "You'd be amazed what I've seen partners hide from one another," the lawyer says.

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Hank arrives to help with the move just as Walt fishes the last of the cash — and the plastic eyeball belonging to the pink teddy bear from the crash — out of his pool. Wrestling a duffel bag full of drug money away from his brother-in-law, Hank asks, "What have you got in there? Cinder blocks?" After a thought, Walt replies, "Half a million in cash". Hank laughs, congratulating Walt on keeping a sense of humour.

Jesse learning self-acceptance at rehab.

Act II

Jesse remains in the Serenity rehab program, and participates in a meeting in which the group leader describes self-acceptance and a desire for self-improvement as essential to transformation. The next day, Walt calls home from his new apartment. Junior picks up the phone and complains that no one is telling him what is going on concerning his parents' marriage. Over Skyler's objections, Junior arranges for Walt to drive him to school. Later, Walt receives a one-word text: "POLLOS."

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At Walt's high school, a student assembly is called to discuss the recent tragedy. Walt is visibly uncomfortable as a student describes finding the remains of a Wayfarer passenger on his lawn. Noticing this, Carmen encourages Walt to express himself. Walt tries to assuage his guilt by telling his increasingly incredulous audience to "look on the bright side", using the higher death toll from the Tenerife disaster to suggest that the Wayfarer crash isn't so bad by comparison. Carmen, finding Walt's words inappropriate, cuts his speech short.

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Outside a dilapidated desert farmhouse, the two men approach a clothesline. A young girl and her parents watch as the men exchange their well-cut suits for worn workclothes, keeping only their guns and their distinctive boots. They deposit the keys to their Mercedes on a goat's horn and walk away.

Act III

Walt Jr. confronts his mom.

When Walt drives Junior home, his son asks why he doesn't come in the house. Inside, Junior angrily lashes out at Skyler, under the impression that she is persecuting him. Marie, who is present, reasons that Junior is anxious to learn why his parents have separated, which she wants to know herself. Skyler tells Marie that she needs to be supportive without prying.

During another talk session in rehab, a despondent Jesse asks the group leader, "Have you ever really hurt anybody?" He's shocked when the group leader admits that he killed his daughter, explaining that he accidentally killed her with his car while intoxicated. "How do you not hate yourself?" asks Jesse. "I did, for many years," admits the group leader. But guilt and self-hate, he explains, stand in the way of true change.

Skyler visits Walt at his apartment and surprises him with divorce papers. When Walt resists, Skyler bluntly accuses him of being a drug dealer. Drawing a connection with Jesse, Skyler accuses Walt of paying for his medical treatment by dealing marijuana. Shocked at how much she has figured out, Walt reluctantly admits that he is a meth cook. Refusing to hear Walt's rationalizations, Skyler promises not to tell Hank or anyone else what Walt is doing — but only if he grants the divorce and stays away from their kids.

Act IV

A preoccupied Walt picks up Jesse at rehab.

After Walt picks up Jesse from rehab, Jesse intimates that he is responsible for Jane death and, by extension, the plane crash. Walt tries to make Jesse not blame himself for the tragedy, listing off a host of minor factors that he insists contributed more to the crash. "You either run from things, or you face them," Jesse replies. He's learned to accept about himself what Walt cannot: "I'm the bad guy."

Walt and Gus at Los Pollos Hermanos.

Walt visits Los Pollos Hermanos and meets with Gus. Despite his great respect for Gus, Walt has decided to stop cooking meth. In response, Gus offers Walt $3 million for three months of his work. Walt still declines, stating that his family means more to him than any money he can make from continuing in the drug trade.

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Meanwhile, hidden amid a farm truck's bales of straw, the two men sit with a group of undocumented immigrants being smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border. A young man brags to the men about painting cars for gangsters in Michoacan, but quickly clams up when he notices the skulls on their boots. Hearing gunshots in the back, the truck driver stops to investigate. He flees when the men emerge from the back in the truck, and is subsequently shot in the back. The two men then set the truck and its murdered passengers ablaze. They silently walk away as the vehicle is explodes.

Official Photos

Trivia

  • This is the second premiere episode to be directed by Bryan Cranston. The first was "Seven Thirty-Seven".
  • When Barry is referring to how colleges grant students an automatic A if their roommate commits suicide, he is making a reference to an old but incorrect rumor that has circulated though college campuses for decades that also formed the basis of the film Dead Man on Campus.
  • Taylor Cranston, who plays "Sad Faced Girl" in this episode, is Bryan Cranston's daughter.
    • Also, the "Emotional Woman," Robin Dearden, is Bryan Cranston's wife.
  • "No Más" is Spanish for "no more", Walt's current stance on his meth-cooking.
  • In the scene in which Walt decides to burn his money, Bryan Cranston is literally on fire before he jumps in the pool. 
  • Following the devastating plane crash the city of ABQ is in a state of grief. Seemingly all the characters are depicted in this episode wearing the blue ribbon in support of the victims. All except Walter White and Jr.. Illustrating Jr's desire for closeness with his father after Skyler kicks him out. And illustrating Walt's desire to wash his hands of it as justification.
  • A direct flight from Saint George, UT to Amarillo, TX wouldn't take the plane directly over Albuquerque, NM; especially at the altitude at which the two planes collided. There would also be no reason to make a stop under normal circumstances as the flight is only 4 hours long
  • In the scene where the cousins blew up the truck, the footage of the explosion was filmed from far away using a long-focus lens. This had the effect of shallowing the perspective, and making the explosion appear much closer to the actors than it really was. They did it all in one take, and literally set the truck ablaze.
  • The news footage of a building on fire (ostensibly from being struck by Wayfarer 515 debris) was taken from televised footage of a real life fire that broke out at the Huning Castle Apartments at 15th & Central on August 4, 2009.
  • The number of Walt's temporary residence is 221, an homage to Sherlock Holmes' famous apartment number 221b. This homage is quite common, as seen in House M.D. and more.
  • Walt is shown having the impulse to cut the crusts off of his sandwich, something he'd done for the sandwiches he made Krazy-8. ("Cat's in the Bag...",  "...and the Bag's in the River")
  • This is one of four episodes (along with "Crawl Space" "Dead Freight", and"Buyout") with no licensed music (only the original score by Dave Porter)

Production

Credits

Co-Starring

Uncredited

  • Erik Beacham as Rehab Patient
  • Kathryn Dove as Teacher
  • Will Ontiveros as High School Student

Featured Music

  • "The Cousins" by Dave Porter (during the episode teaser and when the cousins change their clothes)

Memorable Quotes

"I guess what I would want to say is to look on the bright side. First of all, nobody on the ground was killed. And that–I mean, an incident like this, over a populated urban center…? That right there–that’s just got to be some minor miracle. Plus, neither plane was full. You know, the 737 was–what–maybe two-thirds full, I believe? Right, yes? Or maybe even three-quarters full? Well, at any rate, what you’re left with casualty-wise is just the fiftieth-worst air disaster. Actually, tied for fiftieth. There are, in truth 53 crashes throughout history that are just as bad or worse. Tenerife… Has anybody hear of Tenerife? No? In 1977, two fully loaded 747s crashed into each other on Tenerife. Does anybody know how big a 747 is? I mean–it’s way bigger than a 737, and we’re talking about two of them. Nearly 600 people died on Tenerife. But do any of you even remember it at all? Any of you? I doubt it. You know why? It’s because people move on. They just move on. And we will too. We will move on, and we will get past this. Because that is what human beings do. We survive. We survive and we overcome. Yeah. We survive, we survive. OK? Good."
―Walter at the high school assembly about the air crash.

Skyler: "You’re a drug dealer."
Walter: "No. What? How? What?"
Skyler: "Yeah. How else could you possibly make that kind of money? Marijuana. That Pinkman kid. No? Oh, my God, Walt. Cocaine?"
Walter: "It’s methamphetamine. But I’m a manufacturer. I’m not a dealer per se. It doesn’t mean–no, Skyler! Listen to me. Skyler, listen! No, no! There are a lot of angles to this, okay? It’s complicated, all right? So please, let’s–please, let’s just sit back down and talk it through."
―Skyler confronting Walter on his inexplicable sudden financial resources.

Jesse: "You either run from things or you face them, Mr. White."
Walter: "Now what exactly does that mean?"
Jesse: "I learned it in rehab. It's all about accepting who you really are. I accept who I am."
Walter: "And who are you?"
Jesse: "I'm the bad guy."
―Walter and Jesse's conversation.

  

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