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 episode. 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 50’th to 41’st best episodes of Breaking Bad. However, this is technically unfair to those episodes, which are mainly all the way down here because of process of elimination. 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 hold up by comparison.
Obvious spoilers follow
50. Better Call Saul – Season Two, Episode Eight
The debut episode of Saul Goodman, along with his catchphrase/title for his own Breaking Bad spinoff.
49. Problem Dog – Season Four, Episode Seven
Jesse begins his hesitation to kill Gus and murder another “problem dog” – albeit one less innocent than Gale – while Hank makes much more progress at the end in his own pursuit of Gus.
48. I See You – Season Three, Episode Eight
A necessary come down from the breathless events of “One Minute” as the Whites and Marie wait for news on Hank, the Cousins take their last breaths and Gus wastes no time taking their place as Breaking Bad’s arch-villain for good.
47. Thirty Eight Snub – Season Four, Episode Two
Walt buys his first illegal gun from guest star Jim Beaver, which is easier to carry around than a giant M60. But it does Walt no good in trying to recruit Mike – although maybe things would have turned out different if Mike just got him in a room with Gus.
46. Open House – Season Four, Episode Three
A look at happier times in the White and Schrader houses, as Marie only has to worry about Hank’s lashing out and falling off the kleptomaniac wagon, while Walt and Skyler actually work in sync for the first and last time in purchasing their car wash.
45. No Mas – Season Three, Episode One
The Cousins make a big opening smash, Walt retreats towards denial about the plane crash – although that tactic doesn’t work with Skyler anymore – and Jesse accepts who he is and refuses to let it go for three seasons straight.
44. Shotgun – Season Four, Episode Five
Jesse and Mike’s odd couple pairing starts taking shape, while Walt commits one of his more blatant acts of ego-driven self-sabotage in reawakening Hank’s search for Heisenberg – essentially killing him right then and there at the Schrader dinner table.
43. Hazard Pay – Season Five, Episode Three
Walt acquires a pest service and has Jesse leave behind pesty sources of guilt in Brock and Andrea, yet he lets in the most psychotic pest of all in Todd.
42. Over – Season Two, Episode 10
Heisenberg makes his very first public appearance in the White house and in front of Hank, then pops up again at the end of a shopping trip.
41. Seven Thirty Seven – Season Two, Episode One
After surviving the first season and the writers strike, Breaking Bad begins its rise to greater power in Bryan Cranston’s directorial debut – and begins an ongoing four-year countdown to actually poison someone with ricin.
Tomorrow: Episodes 40-31