Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Cat's in the Bag... 

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After their first drug deal goes terribly wrong, Walt and Jesse are forced to deal with a corpse and a prisoner. Meanwhile, Skyler grows suspicious of Walt's activities.


Adam Bernstein


Vince Gilligan (created by), Vince Gilligan





Episode complete credited cast:
Bryan Cranston ... Walter White
Anna Gunn ... Skyler White
Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader (credit only)
Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader (credit only)
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr.
Max Arciniega ... Krazy-8
John Koyama ... Emilio Koyama
Shane Marinson Shane Marinson ... Ob-Gyn
Jason Byrd Jason Byrd ... Ben
Anthony Wamego Anthony Wamego ... Backhoe Operator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Fine ... Larry (archive footage)
Moe Howard ... Moe (archive footage)
Shemp Howard ... Shemp (archive footage)


Walt and Jesse manage to get their RV - the mobile meth lab - pulled out of the ditch but face another problem when they realize that Krazy-8, one of their attackers, is still breathing. They face grim choices and losing the coin toss, Walt is the one who has to get rid of him while Jesse will have to get rid of the dead Emilio's body. Walt's wife Skyler is puzzled by her husband's strange behavior and begins snooping, starting with his laptop. Demanding to know what is going on, Walt tells her her Jesse sells him marijuana. She confronts Jesse - just as he is removing Emilio's body from the RV. The day gets worse when Jesse ignores Walt's very specific instructions on how to get rid of the body. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

27 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Katze ist im Sack See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Picks up exactly where the previous episode left off. See more »


When Jesse bungles Walter White's instructions on how to dissolve a drug dealer's corpse in a bathtub, the entire body is dissolved and the acid eats through the tub. The team from MythBusters tested the science of this scene and found that, while the chemicals and applications used in the episode did cause some dissolving (they used a pig carcass in the test), it would not be able to dissolve an entire human body nor destroy the bathtub and floorboards. See more »


Walter White: So, what'd you end up buying?
Jesse Pinkman: Nothing. No store in town sells a plastic bin big enough for a body.
Walter White: I don't suppose you could buy two bins? And, just, uh...
[he pantomimes cutting up a body]
Walter White: Legs in one, torso in the other?
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References Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »


Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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Awesomeness Continues!
6 August 2015 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

After the fast-paced awesomeness of the pilot episode, I am sure everyone thought they would be in for a disappointment the second time around. I mean, even the simple plot synopsis would call for a big step back. Who would ever think of a simple plot involving a suspicious wife and Walt trying to solve his issues would be better than the pilot episode? Well, guess again folks. The awesome ride continues with this episode for a variety of reasons. The acting remains on point (more of that later), the screenplay is tight and offers some wonderful dialogue, and once again, the show offers educational value. With this episode, you'll learn why it's a good idea to put hydrochloric acid in plastic, and no other material. Once again, the show is dark, but humorous, and is incredibly entertaining to watch.

So in this episode, "The Cat's In the Bag," Walt and Jesse manage to get their RV out of the ditch in the desert, but they have another problem on their hands. The bodies of the distributors in the back of the RV. They find out that one of them, Crazy-8, is still alive. After a coin flip, Walt and Jesse decide on jobs how to take care of this problem. Walt is tasked with killing Crazy-8 and Jesse is supposed to dispose of the other dead body. Meanwhile, Skylar becomes very suspicious of Walt's activities. She decides to snoop around to find out what exactly is Walt is up to.

This episode shows that the show is not a one-episode wonder and it shall stay for another four seasons after this season. A big reason is the acting involved. Bryan Cranston is handling himself to drama quite well. He also manages to be snarky sometimes too. Aaron Paul is excellent and the amount of ignorance he puts in Jesse is just great. He and his hydrochloric acid experiment is one to behold. However, I think Anna Gunn delivers the episode finest moments. My favorite scene is when she encounters Jesse, as he is trying to dispose of the dead body. The way she yelled at Jesse for selling pot to Walt was excellent. For those wondering, pot was an alibi that Walt came up with to explain his disappearances.

Overall, we got ourselves another great episode, on par with the excellent pilot. If you think this will be boring, you are in for a ride. Just watching Walt and Jesse execute their plans is worth watching. Once again, I loved the educational value the show offers. For someone not particularly great at chemistry, I learned some new things. And the key thing is never to dispose of bodies in a bathtub with hydrochloric acid, unless you want to burn a hole through your ceiling, thus spreading body parts and blood all over the house. Yes, that is how fun this episode is to watch.

My Grade: A-

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