Day 6 & 7: Most Favorite and Least Favorite Episode of Breaking Bad

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #10

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Start by reading the summary of Breaking Bad from Day 4 because Day 6 and 7 incorporates my favorite show and asks to name the most favorite and least favorite episode of the series.

First off, that's impossible. Even a shitty episode of Breaking Bad is still better than a lot of the crap that TV has to offer these days. Most shows are incredibly predictable, even some going as far as intelligence insulting, but Breaking Bad always kept you guessing even if you thought you had the situation figured out.

Entertainment Weekly did an awesome job summarizing and ranking all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad. While I don't totally agree with a few of their list placement's justifications, it did provide a great episode guide for me to go back and really hone down on which episode I loved and hated. So here it goes...

Most Favorite: "Face Off" (Season 4, Episode 13)

Entertainment Weekly's Rank: 2 out of 62

EW's write up: "Gustavo Fring pushed Bad to new heights in its third and fourth seasons. He's one of the great television antagonists: A character who seemed to come out of myth (or somewhere in Chile anyhow) and who seemed to have a near-mystical invulnerability by the end of season 4. But he has one weakness, and in ''Face Off,'' Walt exploits that weakness for a Hail-Mary counterattack. The writers didn't know if there would be another season, and the climactic moments of ''Face Off'' feel, in hindsight, like they could be the end of a certain version of the show: A series about Gus Fring and Tio Salamanca, two old enemies tearing each other to pieces. Even more terrifying are Walt's closing words to Skyler: ''I won.'' All it took was a bomb, some murder…and sending one innocent kid to the hospital." —Darren Franich

This season 4 finale was the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers and the definitive shift in power from Fring to Walt. At the time we didn't know if Fring survived. I mean, he did walk out of that room before collapsing. Could he have made it to season 5? Who knows; only months and months of waiting would relieve our confusion.

While most people saw this episode as Walt finally taking everything from Fring and becoming the most influential kingpin this side of Mexico, it was really the beginning of his eventual downfall. After all, if The Notorious B.I.G. taught us anything, the lesson would be the unquestionable relationship between "money" and "problems." DonDoes30.com - Mo Money Mo Problems Chart

Least Favorite: "Fly" (Season 3, Episode 10)

Entertainment Weekly's Rank: 5 out of 62

EW's write up: "The most controversial episode in our top 10. Some people despise ''Fly'' for its artsy pretensions and its go-nowhere plot arc. Others (like yours truly) frankly think it belongs much higher on this list. But we can all agree that ''Fly'' is one of the great bottle episodes of the new golden age of TV. In a long, dark night of the soul, Jesse and Walt try to rid the superlab of the titular insectile intruder. It's a showcase for Cranston and Paul, by turns funny and scary and quietly philosophical: It's like watching the Marx Brothers perform Waiting for Godot with a ticking time bomb onstage. It's also a brilliant episode directed by Rian Johnson (you'll see his name again soon)." —Darren Franich

Entertainment Weekly got one thing right: This WAS a controversial episode. Mostly because these 45 minutes of television divided Breaking Bad fans in half — you either liked the episode or hated it. And I hated it. For me, this was a time waster, a filler episode. Nothing new was revealed and could have been solved by using a fucking fly swatter. Nevertheless, contrarians have found a deeper meaning that demonstrations Walt's particularity for the work he does. I think the series would have been perfectly fine without this episode.

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