The Worst Episodes of Breaking Bad: When the Meth Kingpin’s Magic Fizzles.

If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, you’ll know that it’s one of the most intense, thrilling, and addictive shows out there. But let’s face it, not every episode can be a masterpiece. Some fall flat, some miss the mark, and some are just downright disappointing. As a die-hard fan of the show, I’ve watched every episode more times than I care to admit, and I’ve compiled a list of the worst episodes that you should probably skip on your next re-watch. From cringe-worthy dialogue to lackluster plotlines, these episodes will leave you feeling like you just wasted an hour of your life. So grab some blue meth (just kidding, don’t do that), and let’s dive into the worst episodes of Breaking Bad.
Open House

Open House

Release Date: 2011-07-31

Breaking Bad Season 4 – Episode 3, titled “Open House,” is easily one of the worst episodes of the show. The storyline is disjointed, and the pacing is slow, making it hard to stay engaged. The episode revolves around Jesse’s house party, which quickly spirals out of control. Meanwhile, Skyler turns to Saul for help, and Marie goes back to her old shoplifting ways. Hank is also asked for help by a friend, leading to a lackluster and predictable subplot. The most memorable moment from the episode is when Walt confronts Jesse about his drug use, saying, “You’re not thinking, you’re just swinging your fists, hoping to hit something.” Overall, this episode feels like filler and adds little to the overall plot of the show.

Cancer Man

Cancer Man

Release Date: 2008-02-17

Breaking Bad Season 1 Episode 4 is a slow burn that is easily the worst episode of the entire series. It’s an episode where the show is still trying to find its footing and ends up feeling more like a filler than a necessary part of the story. Walter’s cancer diagnosis is reiterated, but not much else happens in terms of plot development. There is a moment where Walter throws a pizza on the roof of his house in frustration, which has since become an iconic scene in pop culture, but it’s not enough to save this episode from being a snooze fest. The only redeeming factor is Jesse’s visit to his parents’ house, which provides some insight into his troubled past, but even that feels like a missed opportunity for more significant character development. Overall, Breaking Bad Season 1 Episode 4 is a forgettable episode that is skippable on any re-watch. As Jesse would say, “Yeah, science!” but not in this episode.

Down

Down

Release Date: 2009-03-29

Breaking Bad Season 2 Episode 4 is definitely one of the worst episodes of the series. The episode titled “Down” shows Walt and Jesse trying to get their lives back on track after the disastrous events of the previous season. Walt is trying to reconnect with his family, but it is evident that his wife Skyler is still distant and suspicious of his behavior. Meanwhile, Jesse is struggling to move on from his drug addiction and rebuild his life. The episode is slow-paced and lacks the intensity that the show is known for. The only notable moment is when Walt and Jesse steal a barrel of a chemical they need to cook meth, but even that scene is not as thrilling as other heists we have seen on the show. The episode also lacks iconic quotes and memorable moments that Breaking Bad is known for. Overall, “Down” is a forgettable and unremarkable episode that fails to deliver the excitement and drama that fans have come to expect from the show.

Fly

Fly

Release Date: 2010-05-23

“Fly” from Breaking Bad Season 3 is undoubtedly the worst episode of the entire series. The entire episode revolves around Walt’s obsession with a fly in the meth lab, causing him to become erratic and paranoid. Jesse, frustrated with Walt’s behavior, tries to snap him out of it. But the episode falls short in terms of plot and character development. There are no significant plot advancements, and the entire episode feels like a filler. The only memorable quote from the episode is when Walt says, “We’re trapped in a cycle. A cycle of fly death.” Overall, “Fly” is an utterly forgettable episode and deserves its spot on the list of worst Breaking Bad episodes.

Thirty-Eight Snub

Thirty-Eight Snub

Release Date: 2011-07-24

“Breaking Bad” Season 4 – Episode 2, titled “Thirty-Eight Snub,” is undoubtedly one of the worst episodes of the series. The episode follows Walt as he tries to find a new partner for his meth business, while Skyler pushes him towards a car wash business to launder their money. However, the episode lacks the thrilling suspense and intense action that fans have come to love about the show. Even the scenes featuring Jesse and Mike, who typically provide some of the most entertaining moments of the series, fall flat. The only redeeming quality of the episode is a brief but memorable scene where Walt trades in his old gun for a new, sleeker model, accompanied by the iconic quote: “I’m in the empire business.” Overall, “Thirty-Eight Snub” is a forgettable episode that fails to deliver the excitement and intrigue that Breaking Bad is known for.

Bit by a Dead Bee

Bit by a Dead Bee

Release Date: 2009-03-22

“Breaking Bad” is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, but not every episode hit the mark. Season 2, Episode 3, titled “Bit by a Dead Bee,” is a prime example of a lackluster installment. The episode sees Walt and Jesse struggling to come up with the money they need to continue cooking meth, and their desperation leads them to make some risky decisions. Meanwhile, the DEA is closing in on the duo, putting them in even more danger. One of the biggest issues with “Bit by a Dead Bee” is that it feels like filler. There’s not much plot advancement or character development, and the few interesting moments are overshadowed by the rest of the episode’s dullness. One particularly cringe-worthy scene involves Jesse buying a giant magnet in an attempt to erase evidence from a police evidence room, leading to a messy and ultimately pointless sequence. Overall, “Bit by a Dead Bee” is a forgettable episode that doesn’t add much to the overarching story of “Breaking Bad.” As Jesse himself says in the episode, “This is just getting ridiculous.”

Breakage

Breakage

Release Date: 2009-04-05

Season 2, Episode 5 of Breaking Bad, titled “Breakage,” is one of the weakest episodes of the series. The episode follows Hank’s recovery after his brutal encounter with Tuco, but unfortunately, it lacks the intensity and depth that fans have come to expect from the show. Jesse hires a new crew to distribute their product, but their incompetence leads to a series of mishaps and mistakes. The episode feels disjointed and fails to move the overall plot forward in a meaningful way. One memorable moment is when Jesse’s new crew accidentally sets a house on fire, leading to a tense confrontation with the homeowners. However, overall, “Breakage” falls short of the high standards set by the rest of the series. As Walter White famously said, “I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger.” Unfortunately, this episode lacks that same level of danger and excitement.

Green Light

Green Light

Release Date: 2010-04-11

“Breaking Bad” is one of the greatest TV shows of all time, but even the best of the best have their off days. Season 3, episode 4 is definitely one of those days. Walt’s losing control of his life as he struggles to deal with Skyler’s news, and his actions are putting his job and relationships with Saul and Jesse in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Hank is throwing himself into his blue meth investigation, which is only making things worse. Jesse enacts a new plan that’s supposed to help, but it only adds to the chaos. The episode is a bit slow, with little action or suspense, and the characters aren’t at their best. The worst part, though, is the scene where Walt tries to get Jesse to kill Gus, and Jesse refuses. It’s a frustrating moment that leaves viewers feeling unsatisfied and wondering where the show is headed. Overall, this episode is a low point in an otherwise incredible series.

Cornered

Cornered

Release Date: 2011-08-21

Breaking Bad season 4 is undoubtedly one of the best seasons of the show, but even the best have their worst moments. Episode 6, titled “Cornered,” is one of those moments. The episode is slow-paced and lacks the usual adrenaline rush that we’ve come to expect from the show. Skyler’s discovery of Ted’s embezzlement is the only exciting thing that happens in the episode, and even that is predictable. Walter, Jr.’s push for his dad to buy a flashy car is cringe-worthy and feels like a filler scene. The only bright spot is Jesse’s unexpected help to Mike, but that too is not enough to save the episode. As Walter says, “I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger.” Unfortunately, this episode lacks that danger and leaves viewers feeling underwhelmed.

Over

Over

Release Date: 2009-05-10

“Breaking Bad Season 2 – Episode 10” is a lackluster episode that fails to deliver on its potential. While there are some interesting character moments, such as Skyler confiding in her boss about her marital problems, and Jane hiding her relationship with Jesse from her father, the episode ultimately falls flat. The highlight of the episode is a heated argument between Walt and Hank at a party, but even that fails to live up to the show’s usual standards. The writing feels forced and the pacing is sluggish, making it one of the worst episodes of the series. As Walt says, “I am the one who knocks,” but in this episode, the only thing that’s knocked is the quality of the show.

No Más

No Más

Release Date: 2010-03-21

Season 3 Episode 1 of Breaking Bad is a slow burn that fails to ignite. The episode primarily focuses on the aftermath of the explosive events of the previous season, with Walt and Skyler dealing with the consequences of their actions. While this introspection is important for character development, it lacks the tension and excitement that the show is known for. Jesse’s storyline is the only one that brings any real interest to the episode, with his self-reflection leading to a shocking revelation. The most memorable moment is the final scene, where a new antagonist is introduced in a dramatic fashion, setting up the rest of the season. While necessary for the overall plot, this episode fails to deliver the excitement and thrills that Breaking Bad is famous for.

I.F.T.

I.F.T.

Release Date: 2010-04-04

“Breaking Bad” is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. However, every masterpiece has a few missteps, and “Breaking Bad” Season 3, Episode 3 is undoubtedly one of them. The episode starts with Skyler demanding Walt to move out of the house after discovering his secret life as a drug dealer. As the episode progresses, we see Skyler’s character devolve into a criminal as she starts money laundering for Walt. Meanwhile, Hank’s PTSD and anxiety continue to worsen, leading him to cross a line at work. While “Breaking Bad” is known for its intense and riveting storylines, this episode feels like a filler. The plotline of Skyler’s descent into criminality is not well developed, and the pacing feels sluggish. The episode also lacks any significant action or suspense, which is a letdown for a show that is famous for its thrilling sequences. One of the standout moments in the episode is when Walt tells Skyler, “I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger.” It’s a memorable quote that demonstrates Walt’s arrogance and self-confidence. However, this scene is not enough to save the episode from being one of the worst in the series. Overall, “Breaking Bad” Season 3, Episode 3 fails to live up to the show’s high standards. It’s a slow-paced episode with a weak plotline that lacks the excitement and thrill that fans have come to expect from the series.

Kafkaesque

Kafkaesque

Release Date: 2010-05-16

Breaking Bad Season 3, Episode 9 is a dud in the otherwise fantastic series. The episode is slow, with no significant plot developments, and a forgettable storyline. The highlight of the episode is a cringey scene where Skyler sings “Happy Birthday” to her boss in a desperate attempt to secure his support for a fake charity. The scene is so awkward that it’s painful to watch. Jesse’s storyline is equally uneventful, as he pursues a new opportunity that doesn’t add anything to the overarching plot. Overall, the episode lacks the tension and excitement that Breaking Bad is known for, making it one of the worst episodes of the series. As Jesse would say, “Yeah, bitch! Magnets!” – but unfortunately, this episode doesn’t have any of that kind of energy.

Abiquiu

Abiquiu

Release Date: 2010-05-30

Breaking Bad Season 3 Episode 11, “Abiquiu,” is one of the worst episodes of the series. The episode focuses on Skyler getting involved in Walt’s business, which is a major turnoff for fans who love to see Walt’s criminal activities kept secret from his family. Hank’s struggles with his recovery are also a major drag, making the episode feel like it’s dragging on forever. The only interesting thing that happens is Jesse’s discovery after meeting a girl at group therapy, but even that is overshadowed by the episode’s overall dullness. To make matters worse, the episode’s pacing is slow, and it lacks the intensity that fans have come to love about Breaking Bad. Overall, “Abiquiu” is an episode that fans of the show could easily skip without missing anything important. As Saul Goodman would say, “We’re done here.”

Cat's in the Bag...

Cat’s in the Bag…

Release Date: 2008-01-27

Breaking Bad Season 1 – Episode 2 is a slow burner that fails to live up to the high expectations set by the series premiere. The episode follows Walt and Jesse as they try to dispose of the body of their former partner Emilio, who died of a drug overdose. The duo’s amateurish attempts at clean up, including melting the body in a bathtub, are more cringe-worthy than thrilling. The episode’s biggest flaw is its reliance on a coin toss to determine the fate of their captive, Krazy-8. The scene, intended to be a tense moment, falls flat and feels like a cheap trick to stretch out the plot. While the episode does offer some insight into Walt’s character and his willingness to break bad, it lacks the intensity and excitement that the series is known for. Skyler’s suspicions about Walt’s behavior are also introduced, but her character is not yet fully developed enough to make her storyline compelling. Overall, Breaking Bad Season 1 – Episode 2 is forgettable and fails to live up to the series’ potential. As Jesse says in the episode, “This is not meth,” and unfortunately, it’s not Breaking Bad at its best either.

Gray Matter

Gray Matter

Release Date: 2008-02-24

Breaking Bad Season 1 – Episode 5 is a snooze-fest that deserves a spot on any list of the worst episodes of the series. The episode revolves around a former colleague’s party that Walter and Skyler attend. Meanwhile, Jesse tries to get rid of his drug addiction, and Skyler plans an intervention. However, the episode fails to deliver any significant plot advancement or memorable moments. The most exciting part of the episode is when Walter says, “Chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change,” but even that quote fails to save the episode from being a forgettable filler episode. Overall, Breaking Bad Season 1 – Episode 5 is a dull and uneventful episode that is easily skippable.

Negro y Azul

Negro y Azul

Release Date: 2009-04-19

“Breaking Bad Season 2 – Episode 7” is widely regarded as one of the weakest episodes of the series. The plot is scattered and lacks the intensity and focus of other episodes. The episode’s title, “Negro y Azul,” which translates to “Black and Blue,” refers to a Mexican drug lord’s song that Jesse and Walt are tasked with distributing. The song’s lyrics are in Spanish, which creates a language barrier for Jesse and Walt, making it difficult for them to expand their business into new territories. Meanwhile, Hank struggles to fit in with his new DEA colleagues in El Paso, while Skyler pursues a new job opportunity. The episode’s most memorable moment is when Jesse meets his landlord, Jane, who becomes a significant character in the series. However, this moment is overshadowed by the episode’s lack of direction and weak writing. Overall, “Breaking Bad Season 2 – Episode 7” is a forgettable episode that fails to live up to the show’s high standards. As Jesse would say, “Yeah, bitch! Magnets!” but unfortunately, this episode lacks any memorable moments like that.

Shotgun

Shotgun

Release Date: 2011-08-14

Breaking Bad Season 4 – Episode 5, titled “Shotgun,” is one of the worst episodes of the show, and for good reason. The episode is slow, dull, and lacks the signature tension and excitement that Breaking Bad is known for. The plot follows Walt’s panic when Jesse goes missing, but the search for Jesse is tedious and uneventful. The episode also features a forgettable subplot involving Skyler’s reunion with an old flame. The only redeeming moment of the episode is when Hank shares some bad news with Detective Tim Roberts, which sets up future events. Overall, “Shotgun” is a forgettable and boring episode that fails to deliver the thrills and excitement that Breaking Bad is known for. As Jesse would say, “Yeah, science!” – but unfortunately, this episode lacks the chemistry to make it a standout.

...And the Bag's in the River

…And the Bag’s in the River

Release Date: 2008-02-10

Season 1, Episode 3 of Breaking Bad is a forgettable mess that deserves a spot on the list of worst episodes. The episode begins with Walter and Jesse arguing about Jesse’s drug use, which leads to Jesse storming out, leaving Walter alone with their captive, Krazy-8. The episode then jumps to a subplot where Hank tries to scare Walter Jr. straight after catching him smoking pot. These two storylines are completely unrelated and do nothing to advance the main plot. The episode’s biggest flaw is that it is uneventful and dull. The only memorable moment is when Walter tries to kill Krazy-8 with a piece of broken plate, but ends up getting stabbed himself. The scene is tense, but it’s not enough to save the episode from being a slog. To make matters worse, Walter’s wife, Skylar, is upset because Walter is away from home. This subplot is tedious and adds nothing to the overall story. The only saving grace is the iconic line, “I am the one who knocks,” which Walter delivers in a later episode. Overall, Season 1, Episode 3 of Breaking Bad is a forgettable and uneventful episode that fails to move the plot forward. It’s a shame that such a great show had to have a few duds, and this episode is definitely one of them.

Seven Thirty-Seven

Seven Thirty-Seven

Release Date: 2009-03-08

“Breaking Bad” Season 2 Episode 1 is a slow and uneventful start to the season, earning it a spot on the list of the worst episodes. Walt and Jesse are still working with Tuco, who is as volatile as ever. They’re trying to find a way out of the partnership, but it’s not going to be easy. Meanwhile, Hank is trying to reconcile with his wife Marie, who is still upset about his involvement in the drug bust. The episode is lacking in the usual action and suspense that “Breaking Bad” is known for, and the dialogue is clunky and uninspired. One of the few memorable moments is when Tuco utters the iconic line, “Tight, tight, tight!” while holding Walt and Jesse hostage. Overall, this episode falls flat and is forgettable in comparison to the rest of the series.