The 62’nd and final episode of Breaking Bad will air on Sunday, Sept. 29. Although this finale will be compared to the best and worst series enders in TV history, it will also have to take place alongside the other 61 Breaking Bad episodes. Before that can happen, fans can feel free to compare those other 61 and where they rank in show history, if not TV history.
Part 2 of this series lists the 40’th to 31’st best episodes of Breaking Bad. However, this is technically unfair to many of those episodes, which may have been in the top 10 in many other series. Even the worst Breaking Bad episodes are vastly superior to some of the worst hours in other shows – but this show had too many superior hours for these to go any higher.
Obvious spoilers follow
40. Rabid Dog – Season Five, Episode Four
The episode that has gone down in infamy as the only Season 5B outing with mixed reviews. If all goes well on Sunday night, that infamy won’t be threatened.
39. Negro y Azul – Season Two, Episode Seven
Even a Breaking Bad episode this low on the list has two of the show’s more iconic moments, via a jaunty Mexican tune about Heisenberg and the most creative tortoise/human head explosion in TV history.
38. Bullet Points – Season Four, Episode Four
Breaking Bad uses Walt and Skyler to get meta as they review their cover story for the car wash and Walt’s “gambling money.” But the episode’s best performance goes to Gale for his beyond the grave karaoke – not long after a scene that was revisited quite extensively in the Season 5A finale.
37. Live Free Or Die – Season Five, Episode One
The countdown to the end began with the first look at Walt’s 52’nd birthday, the first reluctant Walt/Jesse/Mike pairing, the first creepy look at kingpin Walt, and the first look at Jesse’s second biggest catchphrase.
36. Madrigal – Season Five, Episode Two
Mike takes center stage for the first time, as the unflappable fixer ultimately seals his fate by joining up with Walt, and ignores his most famous piece of advice when dealing with jittery Lydia.
35. Sunset – Season Three, Episode Six
A piece of Breaking Bad history comes to an end as Walt and Jesse hide in the RV one last time, and Hank is closer to Heisenberg than ever before – and closer to a greater wakeup call in more ways than one.
34. 4 Days Out – Season Two, Episode Nine
The first Breaking Bad bottle episode and first showcase for director Michelle MacLaren, which has put this outing higher on many other lists. But the real high points and big bottle episodes were still to come.
33. Down – Season Two, Episode Four
Walt and Jesse’s family lives fall apart at the same time, in one of the first big turning points for Jesse’s character as a whole. Yet their shared struggles give them no sympathy for each other in their first major brawl.
32. Bug – Season Four, Episode Nine
Walt and Jesse’s second massive brawl is a long overdue catharsis for Jesse after killing Gale for Walt. Yet a desperate Walt is in no mood to remember that, triggering a split that takes the poisoning of Brock and many more lies to temporarily heal. In the meantime, Skyler puts on a dumb blonde act to help Ted in a seemingly unimportant IRS dispute.
31. Peekaboo – Season Two, Episode Six
Another major turning point in deepening Jesse’s character comes in his first attempt to bond with a lonely little boy – before his meth addict parents turn an ATM into a weapon. Yet an even bigger turning point comes when Walt lashes out at former partner Gretchen over their past – a moment that may need to be rewatched very closely before the Breaking Bad finale, given the end of “Granite State.”
Tomorrow: Episodes 30-21