A mild mannered teacher of high school chemistry learns he has contracted lung cancer and decides to undertake a new career in the manufacture of crystal meth as a way of guaranteeing financial solvency for his wife and son after his death.
Songs: Molotov -- Apocalypshit, Working for a Nuclear Free City -- Dead Fingers Talking, Mick Harvey -- Out of Time Man
After the incident in the desert, Walter and Jesse are left with several problems to solve, and neither are anxious to begin. Skyler becomes suspicious of Walter due to his recent unusual behavior.
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.
Walter breaks the news to the whole family about his lung cancer. Evidence from the desert convinces the DEA that a new big time drug dealer has come to Albuquerque. Walter's anger boils over against a obnoxious yuppie. Jesse's paranoia sends him home to visit his parents.
Songs: Darondo -- Didn't I
Walter is offered a new job while attending a birthday party for a successful former science colleague. Jesse finds himself unsuccessful at finding a legitimate job and ends up back to cooking up meth, and an inferior product at that. Skyler tries to get Walter into chemotherapy by gathering his family for an intervention, but he is worried about their financial difficulties and what his quality of life will be like.
Songs: Bronx River Parkway -- Deixa Pra La, Bronx River Parkway -- Mas y Mas, Fujiya & Miyagi -- Uh
Walter cooks up even more crystal meth than ever with Jesse as he needs money for his chemotherapy treatments. Meanwhile, Skinny Pete gives Jesse a new important contact, as the DEA beefs up its investigation of Albuquerque's new drug kingpin.
Songs: The Silver Seas -- Catch Yer Own Train, Paul Rothman -- Scoobidoo Love
Production problems arise immediately as Walter and Jesse do business with a new partner in crime, causing them to attempt to steal from a chemical supply house. Meanwhile, Marie shows a different side of herself as she throws Skylar a baby shower and gives her an unusual gift.
Walt and Jesse decide to end their business dealings with Tuco after bearing witness to his incendiary disposition in regards to Gonzo. But how can they do this? Meanwhile, Hank helps smooth things between Skylar and her sister Marie by acting as a go-between.
Songs: J.J. Cale
-- Any Way the Wind Blows, Holy Fuck -- They're Going to Take My Thumbs
Walt and Jesse try to disassociate themselves from the volatile Tuco, but find themselves in deep trouble when they trapped withe the dealer. Meanwhile, Skylar is worried about her missing husband and seeks comfort from her sister and brother-in-law. Elsewhere, Hank visits Jesse's mother on a business call.
Walt and Jesse continue to put distance between themselves and Tuco, but soon discover they are losing both customers and money. Meanwhile, Hank and his DEA meth ring investigation gets a shot in the arm which may just put Walt and Jesse within their sights.
Songs: Bob James (1)
-- Feel Like Making Love (Instrumental), The Be Good Tanyas -- Waiting Around To Die
A suspicious Skylar keeps Walt at arm's length, despite his attempt to reconnect with the family, as Skylar worries what Walt has been doing while he was away. Meanwhile, Jesse once again finds himself on the streets and attempts to find a way to improve his lot in life.
A confrontation with Tuco has Hank dealing with some aftereffects. Meanwhile, tensions are running high as bills mount at the White home; and Jesse rounds up a crew of dealers to get their product on the streets.
Songs: Big Jack Johnson & The Oilers -- By Myself, Johnny Ringo -- Hook 'Em Horns, Alvin "Red" Tyler -- Peanut Vendor
Walt's secret is in jeopardy when Skyler thanks Gretchen for paying for his treatment.
Songs: John Coltrane -- By the Numbers
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.
Songs: Federal Civil Defense Administration -- Duck and Cover, Miguel Enriquez y Sus Torrenciales -- Nariz Inquieta, Los Cuates de Sinaloa -- Negro Y Azul: The Ballad of Heisenberg
When Badger finds himself in trouble with the law, Walt and Jesse seek the legal advice of a shady attorney, Saul Goodman. The DEA believe they may have finally caught up with the elusive 'Heisenberg.' Hank returns to Albuquerque, but his troubled mental state and demeanor cause Marie to worry.
-- Banderilla, F.Cavalos & Leo Rodriguez -- El Ruso, Far East Movement
-- Holla Hey, Pat Boone
-- Oh Beautiful, The Lions -- Thin Man Skank, (Unknown artist)
-- Island Bounce, (Unknown artist)
-- The Star Spangled Banner
After Walt undergoes a PET-CT scan, he and his family wait for news about his cancer treatment progress. Fearing the worst, Walt follows Saul's advice to cook as much product as he can with the time he has left. Jesse's relationship with Jane develops, but is put on hold when he and Walt retreat to the desert for their marathon cook.
Songs: Blue Mink -- Good Morning Freedom, The Black Seeds -- One by One
A party for family and friends is thrown by the White's to thank those who supported Walt through his trying times, but it grows ugly when Walt and Hank get into a bitter argument. Later, Walt tries to occupy his fed up pent up feelings by doing some home-improvement projects. Skyler confides in her boss about being worried about Walt's physical and emotional state. Jane keeps her relationship with Jesse a secret from her father.
When unforeseen circumstances cause Walt and Jesse to lose some dealers, Saul suggests they add a new business partner. At work, Skylar confronts Ted about the unnerving information she had uncovered. Jane learns what Jesse does for a living when he opens up to her, which ends in disastrous results.
The High Plane Drifters -- Electricity in my Bones, The Platters
-- Enchanted, Anna Gunn
-- Happy Birthday Song
Skylar has her baby; Walter Jr. launches a new website in an effort to contribute to the family income; and Jesse's addiction begins to cause problems.
Songs: Susie Boehm -- Desperate Time, Desperate Measures, The Outlaws -- Green Grass & High Tides
In the season two finale, Skylar confronts Walt about his secrecy; Jesse falls apart; and Jane's grief-stricken father becomes instrumental in causing further tragedy.
Songs: Steve Gorn -- Afterglow, Chocolate Genius -- Life
Following the horrific mid-air disaster that closed season two, Albuquerque is in collective shock. Walt's life is in pieces as well. Skyler has left him over his lies. The kids have been taken from him. Jesse is in rehab. All Walt wants to do is get out of the drug trade. Unfortunately, the mysterious Gus Fring has other ideas.
Walt is having major trouble adjusting to being a "normal guy" again. For the sake of his marriage and family, he knows he has to stay out of the meth business. That doesn't change the fact that he misses the excitement and power of being a drug kingpin. Elsewhere, Jesse seeks Saul's help with an investment, and the identical cartel enforcers pursue Walt.
Tight Phantomz -- Black Seas at the Crib, America
-- Horse With No Name, Timber Timbre -- Magic Arrow, Ambros Seelos Orchestra -- Morning Sun
Fed up with Skyler's demands, Walt forcibly moves back into their home. While Walt Jr. is thrilled to have his dad back, Skyler is furious, leading her to make a bad decision of her own. Meanwhile, Jesse prepares to get back to business, Gus tries to protect Walter for his own reasons, and Hank gets in trouble at work.
The Amboy Dukes -- Loaded for Bear, ZZ Top
Walt discovers Skyler's betrayal, leading him to spiral out of control both personally and professionally. Hank isn't exactly in a great emotional place himself. He becomes more and more obsessed with locating 'Heisenberg' by the day. Elsewhere, Jesse makes business overtures to Gus Fring.
Songs: Buddy Stuart -- In The Valley of the Sun
Gus continues his attempts to lure Walt back into the meth business, even constructing a state of the art super-lab for him to work out of. This doesn't sit well with Jesse, who has ambitions of his own. Skyler finds herself conflicted about her affair with Ted Beneke. Hank throws himself even further into his investigation, worrying Marie.
Walt accepts Gus' offer, and returns to work cooking meth. Gus also provides Walter with a new assistant, a helpful, intelligent man named Gale. Things don't go right for long though, as Walt Jr. begins to demand answers about his parents' marriage. Even worse, Hank tracks the RV lab to Jesse, putting both he and Walt's futures in jeopardy.
Songs: Vince Guaraldi
-- Ginza, Los Zafiros -- He Venido, Buddy Stuart -- Sun Shine On Me
Hank has a violent confrontation with Jesse, leaving the latter in the hospital. Jesse initially wants to press charges against the DEA for the attack, but Walt quickly realizes that this could endanger his whole operation. He offers Jesse a spot beside him at the super-lab, but Gus and Gale aren't necessarily on-board with the idea.
Songs: Bader Ali Khan -- Black Night
After a near-fatal assassination attempt by Tuco's identical cousins, Hank is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Marie is on the warpath, lashing out at anyone and everyone. Jesse finds himself working alone at the lab while Walt is at the hospital with his family. Gale finds himself unemployed entirely. Walt wonders if he'll be the twins' next target.
Songs: Prince Fatty -- Shimmy Shimmy Ya, Left Lane Cruiser -- Waynedale
With Hank's medical bills piling up, Skyler invents an unusual way to explain how Walt can afford to pay them. Back at the lab, Walt and Jesse are working like the team of old, easily producing the required 200 pounds of meth a week. Also, Walt realizes that Gus' interference is what saved his life from Tuco's murderous cousins.
Jimmy Dunn Band -- Bossa For Laura, Rod Taylor -- Mr. Money Man, Howard Jones
-- New Song, Chuy Flores -- Veneno
A sleepless Walt becomes obsessed with why his formulas aren't adding up, unaware that Jesse has been skimming a few pounds of meth off the top of each batch. When a fly is seen in the usually sterile lab, Walt gets even more paranoid that the product will be contaminated. Jesse desperately tries to get Walt back on track, but his efforts may just reveal more about Walt than he ever wanted to know.
Songs: Cumbre Nortena -- Simplemente Amame
Skyler becomes worried about the possibility that Walt's ill-gotten gains could be traced back to his criminal activities. She demands to become a part of the financial side of the business. Elsewhere, Hank is unsure about the prospect of leaving the hospital, and Gus invites Walt to dinner at his home.
Songs: Stan Getz
-- Lee, Grupo Fantasma
-- Sabado En El Parque, Son of Dave -- Shake A Bone, Zoraida Beato -- Tus Ojos
Furious over his friend's death, Jesse prepares to go to war against local drug dealers. Walt advises against this, but takes steps to ensure Jesse's safety. Things aren't any rosier at the White house, as Walt and Skyler continue to battle for dominance. Also, Marie tries to convince Hank to leave the hospital and come home.
Red Garland -- Softly Baby, Primrose Music -- Waltz Trio Session, The Association
Walt's life reels from the drastic action he took to save Jesse. Gus is fed up, and sends Mike off to find the missing half of the team. Gus assigns Gale as Walt's lab assistant once again, but Walt quickly surmises that Gus might be planning to get him out of the way altogether.
Quartetto Cetro -- Crapa Pelada, The Beastie Boys
-- Shambala, (Unknown artist)
-- Man Chang Fei
Walt and Jesse fear for their lives after taking Gale out of the picture. Gus reluctantly agrees to let them continue working, but later relays a deadly message. Meanwhile, Skyler is worried about Walt, Saul becomes paranoid, and Hank becomes absorbed in a hobby.
Songs: Tee Double -- Bringing It Back, Alexander -- Truth
Walt buys a gun, and formulates a plot to kill Gus. Unfortunately, Mike is none too keen on helping him do that. Emotionally distraught over killing Gale, Jesse turns his home into an endless party full of booze, drugs, and women. Hank continues to give Marie the cold shoulder. Skyler attempts to purchase the car wash that Walt used to work at.
Honey Claws -- Digital Animal, 2 Live Crew
-- Hoochie Mama, Dub-Boro -- I'm Down, D/R Period -- Money, Mash Out Posse -- Raise Hell, Public Enemy
-- Unga Bunga Bunga, The Trak Kartel -- Up In the Club
Walt is angered after Gus installs a surveillance camera in the lab. Skyler uses trickery and deceit in order to get the car wash owner to accept her offer. Jesse continues his downward spiral. Stressed out over Hank's behavior, Marie renews her old kleptomania habit.
The cartel invades Gus' territory, leading Mike to deal out some retribution. Walt and Skyler concoct an explanation for how they purchased the car wash, but Hank complicates things by by revealing that Gale is a suspect in the 'Heisenberg' case. Thousands of dollars are stolen from Jesse's house, causing warnings from Gus and Mike.
Crown City Rockers -- Break, Melani L. Skybell -- Days Like This, El-P
-- Flyentology (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix), David Costabile
-- Major Tom, Bassnectar -- The 808 Track
Walt is frantic after Jesse disappears. Gus won't give him answers, but Mike assures Walt that Jesse is safe. Walt and Skyler purchase the car wash, and get intimate for the first time in many months. Gus and Mike play to Jesse's pride in an attempt to win him over. Hank's investment in the case is renewed by an unlikely source.
Ana Tijoux -- 1977, Arturo Salas
-- Corrido de Tiburcio Calderon
Walt blows up at Skyler, causing her to drive away from the house in disgust. Walt buys his son a new car, despite knowing that he shouldn't be waving his money around. Hostilities between Gus and the Cartel heat up. Walt tells Jesse that he thinks Gus is trying to turn them against each other for his own gain.
James Hand -- Here Lies a Good Old Boy, Conway Twitty
-- I Can't Believe She Gives it all to Me, Tinie Tempah
-- Till I'm Gone
Skyler demands Walt return the expensive car, sending him into a rage. Skyler is unsure how to launder the enormous amounts of money Walt brings in every month. A fearful Walt concocts a plan to kill Gus, but Jesse is unsure if he can go through with it. Hank zeroes in on the connection between Gale and the 'Los Pollos Hermanos' restaurant.
Gus is questioned by the DEA, but remains cool under pressure, and is released. Hank is unconvinced however, and enlists Walt's help to track Fring's movements. Nervous about the investigation, Walt urges Jesse to poison Gus soon. Also, flashbacks reveal the events that made Gus the cold, calculating man he is today.
Songs: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
-- Concerto in C For Flute & Harp, K-299 Andantino, Walter Wanderley -- Crickets Sing for Ana Maria (Os Grilos), Fritz's Polka Band -- Grandparents Polka
Walt and Gus' plan to throw Hank off the scent backfires. Skyler is shocked when Ted Beneke tells her that the IRS is auditing his cooked books, most of which have Skyler's signature all over them. Hank discovers a big part of Gus' meth operation. Walt and Jesse engage in a violent confrontation that threatens to end their friendship.
Songs: Dean Norris
-- Eye of the Tiger, Thomas Dolby
-- Hyperactive!, Patrick Prouty -- Remembering Section 403, Nat Adderley -- Scrambled Eggs
Skyler buys Walt Jr. a car for his birthday, but he's still fuming about the loss of the expensive one his dad gave him. Walt doesn't even bother to show up for the celebration. Skyler's plan to get Ted's back taxes paid off doesn't work out. Jesse, Mike, and Gus fly to Mexico to work out a deal with the cartel, one that could have tragic consequences.
Songs: Bang Data -- Bang Data, Thee Oh Sees -- Tidal Wave
Jesse drives the wounded Mike and Gus to a secret medical clinic. Gus recovers, but Mike must stay behind to heal. Gus urges Jesse to take full control of the lab, but Jesse refuses to okay Walt's murder. Skyler resorts to desperate measures to solve Ted's tax issues. Fearing for both his freedom and his family's safety, Walt makes plans to disappear.
With Skyler, Walt Jr., Marie and Hank all in DEA protective custody, Hank pressures Steve Gomez to keep pursuing the 'Heisenberg' case. As the DEA gets closer to the truth, Jesse still refuses to allow Gus to kill Walt. That is until Jesse's young friend Brock is poisoned, with Walt as the primary suspect. Walt insists that Gus is behind the whole thing, but is he telling the truth?
Songs: Pistolera -- Nuevos Ojos, Apollo Sunshine -- We Are Born When We Die
Walt's initial attempt to kill Gus fails, leaving him scrambling for an alternative. With Jesse and Saul's help, Walt seeks out an unlikely ally in Tuco's uncle Hector. Hector may hate Walt, but he hates Gus even more. It all comes down to a final battle between Gus and Walt, with multiple lives hanging in the balance.
Songs: Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi -- Black (featuring Norah Jones), APM Music Library -- Dreams of You, Firstcom Music Library -- Fourth Floor: Ladies Shoes, The Taalbi Brothers -- Freestyle, Apparat -- Goodbye (instrumental), Fritz Ritz and His Polka Band -- Here is Fritz's Polka Band, Crucial Music Library -- I Wonder, APM Music Library -- Monaco
Eliminating Gus does nothing to calm Skyler's fear for her family's safety. In fact, she now fears her own husband most of all. With Walt, Jesse, and eventually Mike now on the same page, the three set out to get rid of any remaining evidence of Gus' operation. Also, Ted awakens from his coma.
Songs: David Castle -- Conversations, Frank Shelley and Ian West -- Running Through Me
Walt and Jesse want to get their meth business booming again, but to do that they need help. They approach Mike with hopes that he'll become a partner, only to be flatly rebuffed. Meanwhile, a former business associate of Gus Fring's becomes paranoid of being tied to the DEA's ongoing investigation, and resorts to drastic measures to protect herself.
Songs: The Coachmen -- I Can't Hide It, Mack Owen -- Somebody Just Like You, Whitey -- Stay On The Outside
Walt forcibly moves back home, sending Skyler into an emotional tailspin. Walt, Jesse, and Mike get back to business, choosing an unlikely cover operation for their meth cooks. Mike assures his former compatriots that they'll be protected from the DEA and taken care of financially. A worried Marie demands answers from Walt.
Songs: The Peddlers -- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Alarm Music Library -- The Galvez's & the Contrera's, Alarm Music Library -- You Got the Guts
Walt celebrates his fifty-first birthday, and decides to do so in style. He buys himself and Walt Jr. new sports cars, and generally flaunts his wealth. Walt's new associate Lydia freaks out when the DEA searches the offices of Madrigal. Skyler insists the children stay with Hank and Marie. Hank is offered a promotion to ASAC.
Songs: Knife Party -- Bonfire, Easterling & Gildersleeve -- Good and Lonely, Pier Branch -- My Good Thing's Gone
Walt uses covert tactics to place a bug in Hank's office, with plans to monitor the ongoing DEA investigation into Madrigal. The business is also in need of a large quantity of methylamine in order to cook. Lydia proposes a novel idea: get the chemical via a good old fashioned train robbery. Also, Walt Jr. grows increasingly sick of staying with his aunt and uncle.
Following the tragic end to the train robbery, Walt, Jesse, Mike, struggle with how to continue. Walt wants to get back to business and usual, but a shaken Jesse wants out. Mike soon also wants out, once he realizes the DEA is watching his every move. Also, Skyler, Walt and Jesse have an awkward, hostile meal together.
Walt, Jesse, and Mike meet with a Phoenix based meth dealer named Declan. The group hashes out a new distribution deal, but Jesse and Mike still want out. Mike leaves, but Walt refuses to pay Jesse what he's owed. Meanwhile, Hank closes in on Mike, leading Walt to warn him and suggest he skip town. Sadly, Walt and Mike's final meeting doesn't at all go according to plan.
Paul Abler -- Clear Waters, The Monkees
-- Goin' Down, Duke Ellington
-- Overture from "Nutcracker Suite", Southern Library -- Return to Summer
With one less variable in the equation, Walt sets out to tie up any remaining loose ends. He strikes a deal with Lydia to expand his reach to the Czech Republic, and puts a hit out on all of Mike's remaining associates. Business is booming again, but Skyler decides to make one last ditch effort to save her family. Also, Hank comes to a shocking realization about 'Heisenberg'.
Still reeling from his realization that Walt is Heisenberg, Hank suffers a panic attack while driving home. While he recuperates, Hank demands that all the materials on the Gus Fring case be brought to his house for review. Jesse has trouble facing all that he's done, and worries that Walt has had Mike killed. Walt's cancer comes back, and he returns to chemo. He also discovers a tracking device on his car, leading to an explosive confrontation with Hank.
-- If I Didn't Love You, Mr. & Mrs. Yellowman -- Where Is Santa Claus, Jim White -- Wordmule, (Unknown artist)
-- The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Following Walt's heated confrontation with Hank, he leaves and attempts to call Skyler. To his horror, she's already on the phone with Hank. Hank begs Skyler to give a statement about Walt's activities, but she realizes he has no proof, and clams up. Meanwhile, Walt buries his money in the desert, and Lydia takes drastic measures to alter her business relationship with Declan. Also, a distraught Jesse gets himself arrested, opening a new door for Hank.
Alone with Jesse in the interrogation room, Hank tries to get him to flip on Walt. Jesse refuses, and Saul gets him released. Elsewhere, Marie tries to lure Jr. over to her home, causing Walt to hold a public meeting involving he, Hank, Marie, and Skyler. Hank refuses to give up the chase, leading Walt to unleash a bombshell of epic proportions. Finally, Walt talks Jesse into leaving town, but a shocking revelation throws a wrench into the plan.
Walt returns home to find that Jesse decided not to burn the place down. Unbeknownst to "Heisenberg", Jesse's plan was actually thwarted by Hank's intervention. Jesse agrees to help bring down Walt, while an unassuming Mr. White tries to mend fences. Skyler urges her husband to take drastic action, but Walt won't listen. Walt then prepares to meet with Jesse, unaware that the DEA is ready and waiting to pounce.
Things heat up for Walter White in unexpected ways.
Everyone copes with radically changed circumstances.
Events set in motion long ago move toward a conclusion.
The series finale.