The Worst Episodes of Breaking Bad

Last Updated: May 30, 2019

Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine accompanied by a former student, Jesse Pinkman, with the aim of securing his family's financial future before he dies.

Fly

#1 - Fly

Season 3 - Episode 10

Walt becomes obsessed with a contaminant in the lab and refuses to finish the cook until it is eliminated. A frustrated Jesse attempts to get Walt back on track.

star 7.34
4,241 votes
Directors: Rian Johnson
Writers: Sam Catlin, Moira Walley-Beckett
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Down

#2 - Down

Season 2 - Episode 4

Walt tries to reconnect with his family. Still suspicious of her husband's actions, Skyler keeps her distance. Jesse finds himself without a place to live and struggles to cope.

star 7.83
4,256 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Sam Catlin
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Open House

#3 - Open House

Season 4 - Episode 3

Events spiral out of control at Jesse’s place. Skyler reluctantly asks for Saul’s help. Marie returns to an old pastime and a friend asks Hank for help.

star 7.85
4,028 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Sam Catlin
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Thirty-Eight Snub

#4 - Thirty-Eight Snub

Season 4 - Episode 2

Walt attempts to form a new alliance as he plans his next move. Skyler pushes Walt towards a business opportunity, in hopes of protecting the family.

star 7.88
4,149 votes
Writers: George Mastras
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Green Light

#5 - Green Light

Season 3 - Episode 4

Walt loses control as he reacts to Skyler's news, endangering his job and relationships with Saul and Jesse. Hank throws himself into his blue meth investigation. Jesse enacts a new plan.

star 7.92
4,040 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Sam Catlin
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Breakage

#6 - Breakage

Season 2 - Episode 5

Tensions and bills mount at the White household. Hank makes progress at work, but struggles with some residual effects from his encounter with Tuco. Jesse takes charge and assembles a crew of dealers to get their product out on the streets.

star 7.94
4,297 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Moira Walley
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Bit by a Dead Bee

#7 - Bit by a Dead Bee

Season 2 - Episode 3

Walt and Jesse cover their tracks, but as a result, both of their financial situations suffer. Meanwhile, Hank and his DEA colleagues may have a break in their meth investigation.

star 7.95
4,446 votes
Directors: Terry McDonough
Writers: Peter Gould
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Cornered

#8 - Cornered

Season 4 - Episode 6

Skyler makes an unsettling discovery. Walter, Jr. pushes his dad into a questionable purchase. Jesse offers Mike some unexpected help.

star 7.96
3,996 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Gennifer Hutchison
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Gray Matter

#9 - Gray Matter

Season 1 - Episode 5

Walter and Skyler attend a former colleague's party. Jesse tries to free himself from the drugs, while Skyler organizes an intervention.

star 7.96
4,927 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Patty Lin
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Cancer Man

#10 - Cancer Man

Season 1 - Episode 4

Walter finally tells his family that he has been stricken with cancer. Meanwhile, the DEA believes Albuquerque has a new, big time player to worry about. Meanwhile, a worthy recipient is the target of a depressed Walter's anger, and Jesse makes a surprise visit to his parents home.

star 7.98
5,045 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Abiquiu

#11 - Abiquiu

Season 3 - Episode 11

Skyler gets more involved in Walt's business, much to his chagrin. Hank struggles with his recovery. Jesse takes an active role in his new enterprise, leading him to a startling discovery.

star 7.98
4,039 votes
Writers: John Shiban, Thomas Schnauz
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Bullet Points

#12 - Bullet Points

Season 4 - Episode 4

The Cartel takes steps to gain the upper hand. Walt and Skyler share an embarrassing secret with the rest of the family. Jesse’s activities draw unwanted attention.

star 7.99
4,062 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett
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Negro y Azul

#13 - Negro y Azul

Season 2 - Episode 7

Rumors fly about Jesse's recent actions as he and Walt discuss expanding their business into new territories. Hank struggles to fit in with his new co-workers in El Paso. Skyler pursues a new job opportunity that reconnects her with a former colleague. Jesse gets to know his landlord, Jane.

star 8.00
4,280 votes
Writers: John Shiban
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I.F.T.

#14 - I.F.T.

Season 3 - Episode 3

Walt ignores Skyler's demands, furthering the rift between them and pushing her to break bad. Still suffering from panic and anxiety attacks, Hank crosses a line at work.

star 8.01
4,094 votes
Writers: George Mastras
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...And the Bag's in the River

#15 - ...And the Bag's in the River

Season 1 - Episode 3

Walter fights with Jesse over his drug use, causing him to leave Walter alone with their captive, Krazy-8. Meanwhile, Hank has a scared straight moment with Walter Jr. after his aunt discovers he has been smoking pot. Also, Skylar is upset when Walter stays away from home.

star 8.02
5,219 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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No Mas

#16 - No Mas

Season 3 - Episode 1

As Walt copes with the aftermath of the plane crash and Skyler's anger, Jesse comes to a new realization about himself. A new adversary tracks the elusive Heisenberg, Walter White's kingpin alter ego. Skyler seeks advice on the state of her marriage and confronts Walt.

star 8.03
4,298 votes
Directors: Bryan Cranston
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Mas

#17 - Mas

Season 3 - Episode 5

Gus increases his efforts to lure Walt back into business, forcing a rift between Walt and Jesse. Skyler doubts her new relationship. Marie confides in Skyler about her concern for Hank's well-being.

star 8.06
4,038 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett
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Madrigal

#18 - Madrigal

Season 5 - Episode 2

Walt and Jesse seek out an unlikely partner for a new business venture. The DEA follows up new leads in its investigation.

star 8.07
4,342 votes
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Over

#19 - Over

Season 2 - Episode 10

Walt and Hank get into a heated argument at a party the Whites host to thank friends and family for their support over the last few months. A stir-crazy Walt consumes himself with home improvements. Skyler is emotional and conflicted about Walt's treatment and opens up to her boss, Ted. Jane hides her relationship with Jesse from her father.

star 8.08
4,184 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett
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Fifty-One

#20 - Fifty-One

Season 5 - Episode 4

Walt celebrates another birthday. Skyler considers her options. An associate complicates Walt and Jesse's plan.

star 8.08
4,249 votes
Directors: Rian Johnson
Writers: Sam Catlin
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Kafkaesque

#21 - Kafkaesque

Season 3 - Episode 9

As Hank's hospital bills stack up, Skyler hatches a plan. Walt and Gus come to a better understanding. Jesse, looking for more independence, pursues a new opportunity.

star 8.08
4,010 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Peter Gould, George Mastras
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Cat's in the Bag...

#22 - Cat's in the Bag...

Season 1 - Episode 2

Walt and Jesse attempt to tie up loose ends. The desperate situation gets more complicated with the flip of a coin. Walt's wife, Skyler, becomes suspicious of Walt's strange behavior.

star 8.10
5,798 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Seven Thirty-Seven

#23 - Seven Thirty-Seven

Season 2 - Episode 1

Walt and Jesse are vividly reminded of Tuco’s volatile nature, and try to figure a way out of their business partnership. Hank attempts to mend fences between the estranged Marie and Skyler.

star 8.11
4,718 votes
Directors: Bryan Cranston
Writers: J. Roberts
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Peekaboo

#24 - Peekaboo

Season 2 - Episode 6

Walt returns to work. Skinny Pete gets ripped off and when Jesse steps in to "handle it," he gets more than he bargained for. Skyler finally gets to thank Gretchen for paying for Walt's treatment.

star 8.11
4,323 votes
Directors: Peter Medak
Writers: J Roberts, Vince Gilligan
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Shotgun

#25 - Shotgun

Season 4 - Episode 5

When Jesse goes missing, Walt fears the worst. Skyler has an unlikely reunion. Hank shares some bad news with Detective Tim Roberts.

star 8.13
4,096 votes
Writers: Thomas Schnauz
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