Buried (Breaking Bad)

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"Buried"
Breaking Bad episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 10
Directed by Michelle MacLaren
Written by Thomas Schnauz
Produced byDiane Mercer, Stewart A. Lyons
Featured music
Cinematography by Arthur Albert
Editing by Skip Macdonald
Sharidan Williams-Sotelo
Original air dateAugust 18, 2013 (2013-08-18)
Running time47 minutes
Guest appearances
Episode chronology
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"Blood Money"
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"Confessions"
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"Buried" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad , and the 56th overall episode of the series. Written by Thomas Schnauz and directed by Michelle MacLaren, it aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on August 18, 2013.

Plot

Late at night, an elderly man, collecting the money which Jesse has thrown away, [lower-alpha 1] discovers him parked in a playground and absentmindedly spinning on a roundabout. Meanwhile, after his confrontation with Hank, Walt frantically tries calling Skyler, but cannot get through as Hank is already on the phone with her. Walt rushes to the car wash, but Skyler has already left to meet Hank at a diner. Believing Skyler to be a victim, Hank unwittingly reveals that Walt's cancer has returned and unsuccessfully tries enlisting her help in building a case against Walt. Skyler panics and leaves the diner.

Walt goes to Saul's office, angered that Skyler went to Hank before talking to him. When Saul asks whether Walt has considered having Hank killed, Walt admonishes him, reminding him that Hank is family. Rushing to hide his money, Walt has Kuby and Huell deliver it to him in seven container drums. He then drives to the Tohajiilee Indian Reservation and spends the day burying it. Meanwhile, Marie confronts Skyler about Walt's criminality. After learning that Skyler knew about Walt’s activities before Hank was shot, Marie slaps her, despite a tearful Skyler's attempts to apologize. Marie tries to leave with Skyler’s daughter Holly, but Hank enters the house and tells Marie to give Holly back. In the car, Marie tells Hank that he "has to get" Walt.

Walt returns home late and posts a lottery ticket on the refrigerator door; its numbers correspond to the GPS coordinates of the buried drums. Unresponsive to Skyler's questioning, an exhausted Walt collapses. When he awakens, Walt offers to surrender himself on the condition that the money be kept for their children. Instead, Skyler tells Walt that they should keep quiet, telling him that Hank has no real evidence. Elsewhere, Lydia confronts Declan, now in charge of cooking and supplying meth, at his desert lab. She is critical of the poor standards and working conditions, but Declan rejects her suggestion to hire Todd, Walt's former protégé. At Lydia's behest, Todd and his uncle Jack arrive and massacre Declan and his men in a one-sided shootout before taking over the operation.

Believing his career with the DEA will end if he reveals his unsubstantiated suspicion that Heisenberg is actually his brother-in-law, Hank needs evidence to apprehend Walt. Marie insists on putting the DEA on the case, expressing concern over how they might respond if they learn that Hank did not share his discovery with them immediately. Hank returns to work, where Agent Steven Gomez reveals that Jesse is currently detained and under questioning. Hank, realizing Jesse's connection to Walt, asks for time with Jesse alone before entering the interrogation room.

Production

Walt's burial scene is on Navajo land, the same spot where Walt and Jesse did their first batch in the RV. [1] The latitude and longitude displayed on Walt's GPS receiver and on the lottery ticket are in fact the coordinates of the Albuquerque Studios location where Breaking Bad is filmed. [1]

Dedication

The episode is dedicated to Thomas Schnauz, Sr., father of the writer of this episode. [2]

Music

The song played over Walt's digging is Chancha Vía Circuito's remix of Argentine José Larralde's "Quimey Neuquén". [3]

Reception

Viewership

The episode was watched by 4.77 million people on its original broadcast, [4] down from the series-high 5.92 million of the previous episode.

Reviews

The episode received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. [5] TVLine gave Anna Gunn an honorable mention in their "Performer of the Week" feature for her performance in this episode. [6]

In 2019 The Ringer ranked "Buried" 52nd out of the 62 total Breaking Bad episodes. [7]

Accolades

Thomas Schnauz was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama for this episode. [8]

Notes

  1. As depicted in "Blood Money".

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