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In Albuquerque, NM, lives Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher who is trying to make ends meet for his family – pregnant wife Skyler and his son Walter Jr – by working a part-time job at a car wash when he discovers he has terminal lung cancer.

After unintentionally learning about the lucrative field of methamphetamine production from his DEA Agent brother-in-law Hank, and after running into a former student named Jesse, a drugged out dead-beat who knows how to make meth, Walt decides that making, or cooking, meth could provide him with an opportunity to support his family financially without having to ask for help. He teams up with Jesse to teach him about the trade, and soon Walt’s chemically pure meth is the next best thing in New Mexico.

While manufacturing the meth becomes easier – starting with an old camper as a mobile cook station – selling the product becomes an increasingly complicated and dangerous process. Walt and Jesse begin manufacturing for a small-time and psychotic drug lord, Tuco, whose paranoia and short temper ushers the duo into an unwinding tale of avoiding the DEA, drug gangs and cartels, and family, which they do to partial success – but they never avoid the consequences of their actions.

Breaking Bad was created and produced by longtime television writer Vince Gilligan who explains that the idea came from an innocuous and jokey conversation with a friend about better ways to make money. The title comes from a southern expression for “raising hell.”

The show is shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where it is set, and is slated for a five-season run. The show features a second executive producer along with Gilligan, Mark Johnson, and a host of writers. Three-time Emmy Winner for his portrayal of Walter White, Bryan Cranston has also directed a handful of episodes. The show has steadily increased its viewership, and is acclaimed for its writing and filming.

Walter White 

 

Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. To financially support his family, including his pregnant wife, Skyler, and his son, Walter Jr, Walt teams up with former student-turned-druggie Jesse Pinkman to cook and sell methamphetamine. In drug-related business, Walt goes by the name of “Heisenberg,” and as he maneuvers the drug world, changes from the passive nerd to a violent and no-nonsense character. He is the show’s protagonist.


Skyler White

 

Skyler is Walt’s wife and Walter Jr’s mother. She used to work as a bookkeeper, but now tries to help the family stay financially afloat by selling on eBay. She also used to be a short-story writer, and she wants to return to the craft. Skyler is protective of the family and does whatever she can to keep it from harm. She is also smart, and starts to grow more and more curious about her husband’s activities. She has an at-times strained relationship with her sister, Marie.

Jesse Pinkman

 

Jesse Pinkman is a former student of Walt’s whom Walt often accused of not applying himself. After high school, Jesse turned to drugs – both partaking and selling. He cooks methamphetamine under the alias “Cap’n Cook,” and trademarks his meth by adding a dash of chili powder. Jesse has been thrown out of his parents’ house, as they don’t know what else to do with him, and has a younger brother who is a talented high achiever.  Jesse views authority as always against him but has a soft spot for children.


Hank Schrader

 

Hank Schrader is the husband of Marie, Skyler’s sister. He is a DEA Agent in Albuquerque who has been steadily climbing the ranks. Hank is a man’s man who enjoys racist and misogynist jokes and believes that a man should be strong and unemotional, even in the face of danger or trouble. Early on, Hank sees the need to take on a fatherly type role for Walter Jr. Hank also first takes special notice of a new, chemically pure meth in the Albuquerque area.


Marie Schrader

 

Marie Schrader, Hank’s husband and Skyler’s sister, is a radiology technician. Marie is more pessimistic than Skyler, and also tends to pry into Skyler’s life. She shows concern by trying to offer advice, and often gives her opinion more than she listens. Marie supports Hank, but is at times concerned with his safety. She is orderly and perhaps a bit obsessive, and she is a kleptomaniac, for which she goes to therapy.

Walter White, Jr.

 

Walt Jr is the son of Walter and Skyler. He is a high school student at the school where Walt teaches. He has cerebral palsy, but is highly functioning – it primarily affects his speech and his movements. Walt Jr is not very popular, but he has a close friend named Lewis. Walt Jr is enamored with his uncle’s job, but he also respects and admires his father.


Saul Goodman 

 

Saul Goodman is a hack lawyer who is featured on bright billboards and flashy TV commercials in Albuquerque. He will take on any case if he sees the possibility of profit in it, and this greatly affects his professional scruples. Saul first comes into contact with Walt and Jesse by helping a friend of Jesse’s avoid prison, and then becomes Walt’s and Jesse’s primary lawyer. Saul is experienced in the crime world, and often acts as a middle man for his clients.


Gustavo “Gus” Fring 

 

Gus Fring is a local business owner in New Mexico, where he owns a chain of Los Pollos fried chicken restaurants. He is professional and smooth, and has a public figure that he uses to hide his true occupation behind. Gus is the prime meth distributor in the American Southwest, and uses his restaurants as a cover for distribution. His steady distribution leads him into an uneasy understanding with the Mexican cartel.


Mike

 

Mike is Gus’ private investigator who also helps Saul with various odd jobs, such as cleaning up messy situations. Mike is all business, and completely separates his private life from his professional one. A former cop, Mike is experienced with the law enforcement and knows what he needs to do to circumvent proper channels, when need be. Mike becomes a shadow and part time babysitter for Walt and Jesse, ensuring that they stay out of trouble.

Season 1

Episode Title: Pilot

Episode Number: 1
Directed By: Vince Gilligan
Written By: Vince Gilligan
Air Date: January 20, 2008
Synopsis:

The show’s pilot opens on Walter White’s birthday. Walter is working at a local high school as their chemistry teacher, and has a second job at a car wash. Early on, Walter faints while working at the car wash after a bout of violent coughing, and it is determined that he has inoperable lung cancer. The doctor says that with chemotherapy, he could live a couple more years. Walter does not immediately tell his family, worried about the financial burden of treatment. Intrigued by the amount of money a meth dealer seems to make, Walt decides to take his brother-in-law Hank up on an offer to ride with Hank and the other DEA Agents as they try to bust a meth “cooker” nicknamed “Cap’n Cook.” While the DEA apprehend a suspect, Walt sees a former student of his run out of a back window. Recognizing the student, Jesse, Walt blackmails him into teaching him how to cook meth. With supplies from the high school and an RV that Jesse buys with Walt’s money, Walt cooks chemically pure meth in the desert, which amazes Jesse. Jesse contacts a buyer he knows, Crazy 8, but Crazy 8’s brother is Emilio, the man the DEA actually apprehended. The two think Jesse and Walt set them up, so they make a deal with Walt: their lives for his meth recipe. While cooking in the RV, Walt poisons Crazy 8 and Emilio with phosphine gas and tries to drive the camper away after placing gas masks on himself and an unconscious Jesse, but crashes into the brush.

Episode Title: Cat’s in the Bag…

Episode Number: 2
Directed By: Adam Bernstein
Written By: Vince Gilligan
Air Date: January 27, 2008
Synopsis:

Jesse and Walt get the RV running and drive out of the desert, leaving behind a gas mask. At Jesse’s house, which used to be his aunt’s, they discover that Emilio is dead, but Crazy 8 is still alive. They lock Crazy 8 to a pole in the basement. Jesse and Walt split tasks: Jesse must liquefy Emilio’s body to remove evidence using a strong acid, while Walt must kill Crazy 8. Jesse fails to heed Walt’s instructions on a proper bin, and while dissolving Emilio’s body in a bathtub, the acid eats a hole through the entire floor, spilling blood and remains everywhere. Walt stresses over killing Crazy 8, looking for any way to avoid it. He begins bringing Crazy 8 food and water while Crazy 8 is still locked to a basement pole with a bike lock around his neck. Meanwhile, Skyler discovers Jesse’s number by returning a call that Walt received during breakfast from Jesse. She confronts Walt about it and he explains that Jesse sells him pot.

Episode Title: …And the Bag’s in the River

Episode Number: 3
Directed By: Adam Bernstein
Written By: Vince Gilligan
Air Date: February 10, 2008
Synopsis:

While painting a room for Skyler and Walt’s unborn baby, Skyler talks to Marie about marijuana under the guise of writing about it in a short story. Marie wrongly infers that she caught Walt Jr smoking pot, and tells Hank he needs to scare Walt Jr by showing him his job. Hank takes Walt Jr to a motel parking lot and introduces him to a prostitute who moved from marijuana to meth. The prostitute, Wendy, eventually goes back to a room where she is shacked up with Jesse who is giving her some of his meth. Walt still questions killing Crazy 8, making a pros and cons list. He brings Crazy 8 some food but passes out in a coughing fit, and the plate breaks in front of him. When he wakes, he cleans up the plate and makes Crazy 8 another sandwich. Walt talks with Crazy 8 and asks him about his life, eventually hearing enough to decide not to kill him. He gets the key from upstairs, but then pauses and removes the broken plate pieces from the trash can. Piecing the plate back together, he notices a large, shiv like piece is missing, and realizes Crazy 8 has it hidden – Crazy 8 has planned to kill Walt once freed. Walt goes back to the basement and strangles Crazy 8 with the bike lock. The next day, Walt goes to Skyler and says that there is something he has to tell her. Hank and his partner Steven find Crazy 8’s car, and a sample of the pure meth inside. They also find the gas mask left in the desert.

Episode Title: Cancer Man

Episode Number: 4
Directed By: Jim McKay
Written By: Vince Gilligan
Air Date: February 17, 2008
Synopsis:

Hank introduces to the DEA the new, chemically pure meth that he doesn’t know Walt cooked. Then, at a dinner, Walt informs Hank, Marie, and Walter Jr that he has lung cancer. He had told Skyler the night before. Though Walt is worried about the money, Skyler schedules an appointment for a second opinion with a top oncologist who tells them that the cancer is serious, but treatable. Later Skyler and Walt talk about treatment, and Walt admits that he does not want his family to remember him only as a sick patient, and then to die and leave them with debt, but Walter Jr considers this a form of giving up. Meanwhile, Jesse smokes more of the meth but it starts to have serious side effects of anxiety and paranoia. Realizing he is not in good shape, he goes to his parents’ home, and his parents are not happy to see him. He has obviously taken advantage of them before, and now they don’t want to put up with his habits anymore. Jesse’s younger brother is a smart, talented student, but the housekeeper finds a joint of marijuana that belongs to Jesse’s brother. Jesse takes the blame for it.

Episode Title: Gray Matter

Episode Number: 5
Directed By: Tricia Brock
Written By: Patty Lin
Air Date: February 24, 2008
Synopsis:

Jesse tries to get a job, but realizes he is only qualified for menial work. He runs into his friend, Badger, who convinces Jesse to partner with him to cook and sell meth. Jesse agrees and tries to follow Walt’s methods, but fails and is unhappy with the final product – Badger doesn’t care how “perfect” the meth is. Jesse and Badger fight, and Jesse drives the RV away, leaving Badger in the desert. Meanwhile, Walt and Skyler attend a birthday party for Elliot, a former partner of Walt’s who started a successful technologies company. Elliot is married to Gretchen, whom Walt used to date. Elliot offers Walt a job, and then outright offers to pay for Walt’s treatments – Skyler had told him about the treatments already. Walt storms out of the party, upset at being handed “charity,” and this leads Skyler to host an intervention featuring Hank and Marie to convince Walt to get treatment. Finally, Walt changes his mind, and tells Skyler that Elliot will indeed be paying for the costs of treatment. This is a lie, and Walt asks Jesse if he wants to start cooking again.

Episode Title: Crazy Handful of Nothin’

Episode Number: 6
Directed By: Bronwen Hughes
Written By: George Mastras
Air Date: March 2, 2008
Synopsis:

Walt and Jesse begin to cook together again, following Walt’s rules that he is the silent partner in charge of cooking, and Jesse is the public face in charge of selling. The chemotherapy begins to nauseate Walt, however, and he can’t finish cooking and has Jesse do it instead. Jesse also starts selling it, but the money they get back isn’t enough for Walt to pay his treatments. He wants Jesse to contact Tuco, a local drug lord who took all of Crazy 8’s business, and while convincing him to do this, Hank shows up at the school to ask Walt about the gas mask. It was analyzed, and discovered to be school property. On checking Walt’s lab equipment, Hank notices that Walt has been cleaned out by meth cooks. Hank arrests Hugo the janitor on suspicion of stealing the equipment. Jesse meets with Tuco, who is a deranged, meth-fueled psychopath. Tuco refuses to pay Jesse cash upfront and when Jesse tries to leave with the meth, Tuco beats him relentlessly. Walt then goes to see Tuco under the name Heisenberg and brings an explosive material he made. He threatens to kill everyone if Tuco doesn’t pay them upfront. Tuco and Walt agree to two pounds of meth a week for cash upfront.

Episode Title: A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal

Episode Number: 7
Directed By: Tim Hunter
Written By: Peter Gould
Air Date: March 9, 2008
Synopsis:

Walt tells Jesse about the deal for two pounds a week, but Jesse explains that they would need more pseudo-ephedrine, or “pseudo,” a crucial meth ingredient that is usually taken from cough medicine. They don’t fulfill the two pound obligation, but Walt gets Tuco to lend them money so that they can make four pounds for the next week. Walt figures out that instead of pseudo, they can use a different chemical that is difficult to get, but can be stolen in bulk. He and Jesse develop a plan and then steal a large container of the material. They cook in Jesse’s basement after Walt makes up an excuse for Skyler that he will attend a weekend Navajo sweat lodge for healing purposes, and they cook chemically pure meth that the new chemical has made blue. Meanwhile Skyler has a baby shower and Marie gives Skyler a very expensive tiara. Upon trying to return the tiara, Skyler learns that Marie stole it. She is angry, but Marie refuses to admit her kleptomania. Finally, Walt and Jesse give Tuco the meth, but then witness him beat one of his men into a bloody mess.

Season 2

Episode Title: Seven Thirty Seven

Episode Number: 8
Directed By: Bryan Cranston
Written By: J. Roberts
Air Date: March 8, 2009
Synopsis:

Picking up with Tuco’s beating of one of his men, Jesse and Walt watch stunned. Walt goes through the calculations of what exactly he needs to make, financially, and comes up with eleven weeks of dealing with Tuco. As he and Jesse try to leave, Tuco stops them: the man he beat is dying and he wants Walt to save him. Walt can’t, and Tuco has his other man, Gonzo, stuff the dead body in an abandoned car, which Gonzo feels uneasy about. Jesse and Walt think that Tuco is going to kill them since they saw him kill his own man, and so Jesse purchases a gun. Instead, Walt decides they should make ricin-poison to look like meth. Hank is studying a security tape of two masked robbers – Jesse and Walt – stealing the pseudo replacement chemical, and he tries to ease things between Skyler and Marie. While talking to Walt about Skyler and Marie, he sends Walt a picture of a recent drug murder case, which shows both of Tuco’s men, including Gonzo, dead. Gonzo died accidentally, but Walt thinks Tuco killed him. Jesse drives to Walt’s house, and Walt sees that Tuco is in the backseat with a gun to Jesse’s head. He orders Walt into the car, and they drive away.

Episode Title: Grilled

Episode Number: 9
Directed By: Charles Haid
Written By: George Mastras
Air Date: March 15, 2009
Synopsis:

Hank is investigating Tuco, but when the DEA raided his known locations, he was gone. Hank also asks for personal time to look for Walt, whom Skyler has reported is missing. Skyler, Walt Jr, and Marie put up missing flyers, and Hank figures out that Walt had a second cell phone, but doesn’t know what Walt used it for. Tuco forced Jesse and Walt to drive to his uncle’s house out in the desert to wait for his cousins who will drive them to Mexico. Tuco’s uncle is wheelchair bound and cannot speak. He communicates by ringing a little bell on his wheelchair. Walt and Jesse try to get Tuco to try the ricin-meth, but Jesse says the secret ingredient is chili powder, a spice that Tuco hates. Tuco’s uncle sees that Jesse and Walt are trying to kill Tuco and warns Tuco. Tuco beats Jesse, and the three of them fight before Jesse shoots Tuco in the stomach. Walt and Jesse run off, seeing a car approach. They fear it is the cousins, but it is Hank, who was able to track Jesse’s car because of improvements to the car Jesse made. He and Tuco have a shoot out, and Hank kills Tuco. Seeing that it is Hank, Walt and Jesse run the opposite direction of him, unseen.

Episode Title: Bit by a Dead Bee

Episode Number: 10
Directed By: Terry McDonough
Written By: Peter Gould
Air Date: March 22, 2009
Synopsis:

Walt and Jesse develop a plan for returning to town, which involves them returning separately. Later, Walt is found standing stark naked in a grocery store. He acts like he does not remember the last few days and is forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. He tells the psychiatrist, once he is told about the confidentiality agreement, that he had no memory loss, but that he just had to get out of the house. Walt is diagnosed with having been in a fugue state. Meanwhile Jesse has Badger pack up the meth equipment into the RV and then has the RV towed to a safe lot. He has Badger tip the cops that he is in town, and the cops find him in a motel with Wendy, the prostitute. Jesse is interrogated, and says Tuco stole his car. The DEA bring in Tuco’s uncle, but he refuses to testify since he is a hardened criminal. Hank connects the chemical-break-in video to the new, blue meth that he has been finding in Albuquerque. At home, Skyler asks Walt about a second cell phone, and he denies having one.

Episode Title: Down

Episode Number: 11
Directed By: John Dahl
Written By: Sam Catlin
Air Date: March 29, 2009
Synopsis:

Walt and Jesse stay apart to let everything calm down. Walt is working hard to repair his connections to his family, but Skyler knows he has lied about the second cell phone. She stops talking to Walt and starts leaving the house without telling him where she is going. Walt Jr, ashamed, starts going by another name with his friends, Flynn. Jesse’s parents kick Jesse out of his aunt’s house, showing him pictures of the meth lab in the basement and threatening to turn him in if he doesn’t leave. He has nowhere to go and no money, so he breaks into the lot where the RV is and sleeps in the RV. The lot owner finds Jesse and since Jesse can’t pay him for anything, decides to sell the meth equipment. Jesse breaks back into the RV and drives it away, stealing it. Skyler and Walt openly fight about Walt’s lies, but Walt refuses to tell her anything. He sees the RV in the driveway, and after another fight, gives Jesse half of his money since Jesse’s was taken by the DEA.

Episode Title: Breakage

Episode Number: 12
Directed By: Johan Renck
Written By: Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date: April 5, 2009
Synopsis:

Walt finishes his first round of chemotherapy, which went well enough that the doctor advises “cautious optimism.” Walt’s money is starting to run out, but his hospital bills continue coming. He and Jesse meet to cook, but they don’t know how to distribute the meth. Jesse suggests that they become their own distributors and create a network of sellers. He hires three friends of his, Badger, Skinny Pete, and Combo, to move the meth. One of them gets robbed, and Walt wants to know what Jesse plans to do about it. He says Jesse has to look strong so they don’t get taken advantage of. Hank has discovered in his pursuit of the blue meth that it all leads back to one name, Heisenberg. He is promoted to a position that splits his time between Albuquerque and the more dangerous El Paso, and he also starts having brief panic attacks from the shoot out. He doesn’t tell anyone about the attacks. Skyler and Marie finally patch up their relationship as Marie admits to the stealing and apologizes for it.

Episode Title: Peekaboo

Episode Number: 13
Directed By: Peter Medak
Written By: J. Roberts & Vince Gilligan
Air Date: April 12, 2009
Synopsis:

Walt starts working again, but while he is at school, Gretchen stops by his house to talk with Skyler. Skyler thanks Gretchen for her and Elliot’s financial support, but they haven’t given any money. Gretchen covers for Walt and is about to drive away when Walt asks to talk with her alone. They do, and they fight about unresolved past issues – Walt is very bitter. Later, Gretchen calls Skyler to say they can no longer fund Walt’s operations, which Walt blames on the recession, saying she and Elliot are broke. Meanwhile Jesse goes to the house of the meth heads who robbed Skinny Pete, and finds a young child there, living in squalor. Eventually the child’s parents return home, and Jesse demands the meth back, and money for what they used. The husband tries to pay him by opening an ATM machine he robbed, but he can’t get it open. While watching, Jesse is knocked out by the wife. They rob the meth back and use it. When Jesse comes to, the man is trying to open the ATM from beneath it, but he and the wife are fighting. She is addled with drugs and tips the ATM onto him, crushing his head. Jesse, aghast, grabs the child and takes him out of the house, and then calls 911.

Episode Title: Negro y Azul

Episode Number: 14
Directed By: Felix Alcala
Written By: John Shiban
Air Date: April 19, 2009
Synopsis:

Walt goes to Jesse’s new apartment to see him, since Jesse hasn’t been returning his calls, and tries to convince Jane, the apartment manager who is Jesse’s age and attractive, to let him in, saying he is Jesse’s father. Jesse finally opens the door and tells Walt what happened. Walt meets Jesse’s dealers who believe that it was Jesse who killed the man with the ATM machine. Walt tells Jesse to let people believe it, that it makes him look dangerous, “like a blowfish.” Walt convinces Jesse to use this new power to expand into new territory. Skyler gets a job at a company where she used to work, for a man, Ted, who in the past hit on her until she quit. Hank starts his work in El Paso, but he is the only agent who doesn’t speak Spanish. He and the other agents get intel on a drug drop from a snitch named Tortuga, the tortoise. At the drop zone, though, the agents find a giant tortoise in the desert, walking slowly with the informant’s head attached to its shell. Hank freaks out and runs away, and as he does the tortoise explodes as it was loaded with explosives, crippling the other agents. At his apartment, Jesse holds hands with Jane.

Episode Title: Better Call Saul

Episode Number: 15
Directed By: Terry McDonough
Written By: Peter Gould
Air Date: April 26, 2009
Synopsis:

Badger is selling, but he is pretty sure the buyer is a cop. The buyer convinces him he is not, and Badger sells him the meth. The buyer was a cop, and arrests Badger. Walt and Jesse realize Badger hasn’t checked in, and then discover he is in prison. Badger hired an attorney, a hack lawyer named Saul Goodman, and Walt and Jesse talk to Saul about the case. Saul says if they don’t want Badger to talk, and they don’t want him in jail, they should kill him. Instead, they develop a plan to pose a lifelong criminal as Heisenberg, a middle-aged bald man who resembles the descriptions that the DEA has on Heisenberg. The criminal agrees to do it for a price. The DEA arrests the man, but Hank isn’t sure he’s the actual Heisenberg. Walt also talks with Hank about the panic attacks, and tells him that he should attack his fears. Finally, Saul tracks down Walt at the high school, saying he paid his private investigator to follow him. He says if it was so easy for him, it would be easy for others. Saul offers to teach Walt helpful tips to being a successful criminal.

Episode Title: 4 Days Out

Episode Number: 16
Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Written By: Sam Catlin
Air Date: May 3, 2009
Synopsis:

Walt gets a CAT scan at the hospital, and afterwards sees a mass on screen where his lungs are. He thinks he has gotten worse, so he hides his cough and starts cooking more. He tells Skyler that he is going to see his mother for four days, and instead convinces Jesse to cook throughout the weekend with him instead of going to a museum with Jane. Jesse and Walt drive out to the desert and cook over forty pounds of meth, which gives them almost $700K each. They then discover that the RV’s battery has died. Jesse uses Walt’s phone to call Skinny Pete to pick them up, but Skinny Pete gets lost, and the battery on the cell phone dies. Finally, after skirting dehydration, Walt gets an idea to build six single cell batteries from their materials. The battery works, and they drive away, dropping Walt off at the airport to get picked up by Skyler. Jesse, at this point familiar with the cancer, tells Walt his family will get everything they need if he dies. Walt and the family go to the doctor to get the results of the scan, and the doctor explains that the mass is torn tissue from the radiation, which is also the cause of his cough, but that the tumor has shrunk 80%, extremely good news for Walt.

Episode Title: Over

Episode Number: 17
Directed By: Phil Abraham
Written By: Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date: May 10, 2009
Synopsis:

Skyler wants to have a party for Walt’s good news, so she asks Walt to stay home and not go to work. Walt is home alone, but antsy. He meets Jesse for lunch and says he will likely retire after they are done selling their batch. At the party, Walt swerves into depression and anger, taking it out on Walt Jr and Hank. Walt apologizes the next day, and then notices some home improvement issues. He starts working on the house nonstop, to the annoyance of Skyler and Walt Jr. During one of his trips to the hardware store, he sees someone with a cart of obvious meth cooking supplies, and offers the man advice. The man leaves, and Walt finds him and his partner in the parking lot, telling them to stay out of his territory. Jesse and Jane hang out and look at old drawings they have done – she is a tattoo artist. Jane’s dad comes by, and Jane is distant with Jesse around him, not introducing him as anything other than the new tenant. She apologizes later. At her work, Skyler starts to intentionally seek Ted’s attention.

Episode Title: Mandela

Episode Number: 18
Directed By: Adam Berstein
Written By: George Mastras
Air Date: May 17, 2009
Synopsis:

Combo, one of Jesse’s dealers, is being stared at by two men. A young boy on a bike bikes up to him and then shoots him in the chest, killing him. Skinny Pete says that it happened because they were in new territory, and he doesn’t want to deal anymore. People aren’t afraid of Jesse, since the wife admitted to killing her husband. Jesse admits to Jane that he is a drug dealer and talks to her about Combo’s death. He feels guilty about smoking meth around her since she is recovering from heroin addiction. Instead of going with her to a meeting, though, Jesse smokes the meth in his room, and Jane decides to go back and join him. She comes off the wagon and only wants to smoke, later bringing over heroin and shooting a mix of heroin and meth (a “speedball”) and Jesse starts shooting up with her. Skyler figures out that Ted is committing fraud for more money. Walt, meanwhile, has to decide about a surgery to remove the rest of the tumor. It would cost almost $200K. Through Saul, Walt decides to meet a drug kingpin who is known for being professional, but the kingpin doesn’t show – Walt later learns it was because Jesse was there, obviously high. Walt goes back to the meeting place, a restaurant called Los Pollos, and figures out that the kingpin is the restaurant owner, named Gus. He asks for a second chance. Later, he is approached by a man working for Gus who says he has to take the remaining meth that he and Jesse cooked to a truck stop in an hour, and he will receive $1.2 million for it. Jesse is to high to pick up the phone, so Walt breaks into his apartment, takes the meth, and starts driving to the stop when Skyler calls that she is having the baby.

Episode Title: Phoenix

Episode Number: 19
Directed By: Colin Bucksey
Written By: John Shiban
Air Date: May 24, 2009
Synopsis:

Walt drives furiously and drops off the meth, then calling Skyler. She already had the baby, but he eventually gets to the hospital, blaming traffic. Ted is also there, he drove her to the hospital. Walt gets overnight supplies for Skyler and hides the $1.2 million he received from Gus. Jesse is upset because he thinks someone stole the meth, but then figures out it was Walt. Walt tells him he will get his half of the money when he gets sober. Concerned about how to pay for the surgery, Walt Jr sets up a website, SaveWalterWhite.com, which frustrates Walt. Saul thinks it is perfect, though, since he can have someone funnel his money through the website in the form of a lot of small donations. Still getting high with Jane, Jesse tells her he is owed half a million dollars. She thinks he should demand it. Jane’s dad barges in on them and sees Jesse, as well as the drugs. Jane convinces him that she will go back to rehab the next morning, and when he leaves, tells Jesse they need the money now, so they can run away, and they will get clean on their own. Walt grudgingly gives him the money. Later, he gets a drink at a bar and happens to run into Jane’s father. Feeling bad about Jesse’s addiction, he goes back to Jesse’s apartment where he and Jane are sleeping. Jane pukes in her mouth while he is there, and Walt watches her die.

Episode Title: ABQ

Episode Number: 20
Directed By: Adam Bernstein
Written By: Vince Gilligan
Air Date: May 31, 2009
Synopsis:

Jesse tries to revive Jane, who has died. Jesse calls Walt about it, and Walt talks to Saul. Saul has his private investigator go to Jesse’s and clean the place, as well as tell Jesse what to say. Jesse then leaves to a bad part of town, and Walt has the private investigator track him. Walt takes Jesse to a rehab center. Meanwhile Hank is explaining to the DEA that Combo was a dealer of the blue meth, and that he doesn’t think the Heisenberg they caught is the real one since blue meth is being sold all over the southwest, just not in New Mexico anymore. Hank then meets with three local businessmen about a charity event, and one of them is Gus who sees Walt’s picture on a donation jar. He knows Walt’s brother-in-law is a DEA Agent. Walter Jr’s website pulls in a lot of money, and finally it is time for Walt’s surgery. As he is going under anesthesia, Skyler asks him if he brought his cell phone, and Walt says, “Which one?” Three weeks later, the results are good, and Skyler confronts Walt again. She said she is afraid to know what the truth is, but she knows he hasn’t told her the truth. She takes Walter Jr and the new baby to Marie’s and Hank’s and leaves Walt. Don, Jane’s father, is distraught over her death still, but is back at work as an air traffic controller. He gets disoriented, and two planes explode over Albuquerque.

Season 3

Episode Title: No Mas

Episode Number: 21
Directed By: Bryan Granston
Written By: Vince Gilligan
Air Date: March 21, 2010
Synopsis:

The season opens with a cult-like procession to a shrine in a Mexican village. Two well dressed and foreboding brothers join the villagers, and they place a picture of Walt as Heisenberg on the shrine. Later, the men change their clothes to more dirty rags, and they join other Mexicans illegally crossing the border. One of the men in the truck recognizes the men as cartel enforcers, and the brothers kill everyone on board. Albuquerque is abuzz with news about the crash which killed 167 people, and Don, Jane’s father, is blamed for it. Skyler is talking to a lawyer about getting a divorce, and gives Walt divorce papers while Walt is staying at a motel. She says that she knows he is a drug dealer – she pieced it together – and that he workes with Jesse, and he explains it all to her. She leaves. At rehab, Jesse makes some headway and then leaves. He goes to Saul and gets his half of the money. Jesse feels blame not only for Jane, but for the plane crash. Walt gets a text message requesting him to go to Los Pollos and meet with Gus. When he gets there, Walt says he is done cooking. Gus offers him $3 million for three months of cooking, but Walt turns down the offer.

Episode Title: Caballo Sin Nombre

Episode Number: 22
Directed By: Adam Bernstein
Written By: Peter Gould
Air Date: March 28, 2010
Synopsis:

Walt loses his temper with a police officer who is ticketing him for his cracked windshield and is taken into the station. He calls Hank, who believes the homicides that the two brothers committed are tied to cartel-related killings, and talks to Hank about Skyler’s desire for a divorce. Jesse discovers his parents are renovating and selling his aunt’s house, and has Saul make a counter-offer on the home: half of its sale price, since the sellers haven’t informed anyone that the basement was a meth lab. Jesse buys the house, and his parents watch as he walks into it. Saul wants Jesse to get Walt to cook again. The two brothers visit Tuco’s uncle in a nursing home, who spells out “Walter White,” directing the brothers to kill him. The brothers are about to kill Walt when Saul’s and Gus’s PI notices them and calls Gus. The brothers get a text message, directing them to Los Pollos, and they leave. Saul tells Walt that Skyler is bluffing with her ultimatum of sign the divorce or she will tell the cops, telling Walt she would never risk telling the police and hurting the family, so Walt decides to move back into the house without her permission.

Episode Title: I.F.T.

Episode Number: 23
Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Written By: George Mastras
Air Date: April 4, 2010
Synopsis:

Skyler sees that Walt has moved back in and is upset. She calls the police, but doesn’t have any legal grounds for having him removed. Walter Jr is angry about the police involvement and mad at Skyler. The officers leave, and Skyler ends up talking to her lawyer again. She tells her lawyer about Walt’s meth manufacturing, but that she does not want to go to the police about it. Walt finally tells her his reasons for doing everything, and she goes to work. She kisses Ted, and goes home with him to sleep with him. When she gets back to the house, she tells Walt what she did. Meanwhile Saul is still asking Jesse to convince Walt to start cooking again, but Jesse is still distraught over Jane. He eventually cooks a batch himself. Gus meets with the brothers, a cartel leader, and Tuco’s uncle, Don Salamanca, who used to be a cartel leader. The brothers and Tuco’s uncle want Walt dead, but Gus wants them to wait until he is done with Walt. At a bar, Hank goes off the rails and beats up two men with small amounts of meth on them, and his partner covers for him

Episode Title: Green Light

Episode Number: 24
Directed By: Scott Winant
Written By: Sam Catlin
Air Date: April 11, 2010
Synopsis:

Jesse finishes a batch of the blue meth on his own, and uses some to pay for gas for the RV. Hank is asked to go back to El Paso, but before boarding a plane he gets a call that the blue meth has been spotted again. He tracks it to the gas station where Jesse sold it, and tries to get photos from an ATM machine outside. He decides not to go to El Paso, and his partner goes instead. Walt decides to confront Ted, and the PI follows him, alerting Saul. Saul intervenes and fails to get Walt to return to cooking. Walt tries to seduce the principal at the school, and gets suspended. Later Jesse shows Walt the meth he cooked, and Walt is angry that Jesse used Walt’s recipe. Jesse tries to sell the meth to Gus, and finally one of Gus’s men exchanges the meth for cash – but only half of what the meth is worth. While Walt is driving he overhears news on the radio that Don, Jane’s father, shot himself. Then another car pulls up, and Gus’s man throws the second half of the cash into Walt’s car, speeding off.

Episode Title: Mas

Episode Number: 25
Directed By: Johan Renck
Written By: Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date: April 18, 2010
Synopsis:

Jesse wants the other half, since he did all of the work. Walt goes to Los Pollos to ask Gus directly about why he was given Jesse’s money, and Gus drives Walt to an industrial laundromat. In the basement is brand new equipment for cooking meth. He wants Walt to cook 200 pounds a week for 3 months, for $3 million. Gus says it is a man’s job to provide for his family. Later Walt meets with Jesse and Saul and gives Jesse the second half of the money. Jesse offers Walt 10% of the future profits from his cooking, but Walt tells Jesse he was used by Gus. Jesse plans to cook on his own. Hank has no luck tracking down the right RV until he finds one that wasn’t properly listed. It belonged to Combo’s mother, and while at her house he sees a picture of Combo with Jesse. He is obsessing over the case instead of opening up to Marie, and this has caused a rift. Skyler comes home after work and sees that the divorce papers have been signed.

Episode Title: Sunset

Episode Number: 26
Directed By: John Shiban
Written By: John Shiban
Air Date: April 25, 2010
Synopsis:

The brothers are impatient and want to kill Walt, so they begin staking out Los Pollos until Gus decides to meet with them. He tells them that Walt didn’t kill Tuco, Agent Hank Schrader of the DEA did. Though the cartel is not allowed to kill DEA members, Gus says that this is his territory, and they are given the green light. Walt buys a new apartment and goes to the new meth lab, where he meets Gale, an assistant picked out by Gus. Gale and Walt bond over their love of chemistry. Hank stakes out Jesse’s house, and eventually calls Walt to ask him, since Jesse was a former student, if Jesse ever had an RV. Walt, alerted, calls Saul and then drives to the lot where the RV is. They move the RV to a demolition lot, but Badger calls Jesse to tell him about the soon to be destroyed RV, and Jesse leaves to stop them, not knowing he is being tailed. Jesse leads Hank to the RV, with Walt already inside. From inside the RV, Jesse argues with Hank while Walt contacts Saul. Saul has his secretary call Hank, posing as the Albuquerque police, and saying that his wife was injured in an automobile accident. Hank angrily realizes it is a trick, but not until he is at the hospital and the RV is demolished.

Episode Title: One Minute

Episode Number: 27
Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Written By: Thomas Schnauz
Air Date: May 2, 2010
Synopsis:

Hank, still angry over the trick, goes to Jesse’s house and beats him up. Jesse is taken to the hospital, and Hank is investigated by internal affairs when Jesse decides to press charges. Hank refuses to lie about what happened, but he does open up to Marie about his stress. He is suspended without pay, and has his badge and gun taken. Skyler goes to Walt’s apartment and asks him to get Jesse to drop the charges. Walt calls Gus and asks to replace Gale with Jesse, and Jesse takes the offer to work with Walt. He drops the charges. The brothers, intent on killing Hank, track him to a parking lot when Hank gets a mysterious call. The call is in a garbled voice and warns him about the brothers. Hank sees them and backs into one, smashing him against another car. He shoots the other, but the brothers are wearing bulletproof vests. The remaining brother shoots Hank multiple times, but doesn’t kill him. He goes to his car and gets a large ax, but as he is about to kill Hank with it, Hank reloads with his last energy and shoots the man through the head.

pisode Title: I See You

Episode Number: 28
Directed By: Colin Bucksey
Written By: Gennifer Hutchison
Air Date: May 9, 2010
Synopsis:

Jesse is outside the hospital, waiting for Skinny Pete, when he sees Hank brought in after being shot. Walt is in the lab, telling Gale he has to leave, when Jesse enters. Eventually, Jesse realizes Walt doesn’t know what is going on with Hank, so he tells him and Walt leaves for the hospital where he finds the family. Walt comforts Marie, and the doctor tells them that Hank has been moved into recovery, that he is alright and they are waiting for him to stabilize. Walt leaves to get things for the family but is waylaid by Steven Gomez, Hank’s old partner, who takes him up to see the brother whom Hank hit with his car. He is still alive, but only barely. On seeing Walt in the window, he climbs out of the bed – both of his legs are amputated – and crawls toward the door, stopped by two aides who lift him back into the bed. Walt fields calls first from Jesse and then from Gus asking about the delays. Walt lies to Gus, but Gus then comes to the hospital to give food to the officers, and tells Walt he already knew about Hank. Gus also talks with the cartel leader who is upset about the brothers. He says he will wait until the surviving one returns and will get the full story from him. Gus has his investigator secretly kill the second brother, and when the cartel leader calls again, Gus listens as men of his break into the leaders home and assassinate him.

Episode Title: Kafkaesque

Episode Number: 29
Directed By: Michael Slovis
Written By: Peter Gould & George Mastras
Air Date: May 16, 2010
Synopsis:

Jesse has worked the math, and is upset that he and Walt are splitting $3 million of  $96 million of meth. Walt doesn’t care, but Jesse eventually decides to start skimming off of the excess they make for Gus and has Skinny Pete and Badger sell it. They try to sell it by coming to one of Jesse’s rehab meetings and posing as addicts who found out that there is new meth on the market. Walt meets with Gus and talks with him about the brothers. He has discovered that they were originally after him, and wants his family protected by Gus, so they renegotiate to a $15 million a year deal, instead of $3 million for 3 months. At the hospital, Marie discovers that the optimal physical therapy plan isn’t covered by their health insurance, but she wants the best for Hank. Skyler offers to pay for the treatment with Walt’s winnings, and Marie asks how Walt got the money. Walt has no excuse ready, but Skyler does: she says Walt counted cards at blackjack, and that has explained their marital issues and the recent influx of cash. Marie lets them pay for Hank’s bills.

Episode Title: Fly

Episode Number: 30
Directed By: Rian Johnson
Written By: Sam Catlin & Moira Walley-Beckett
Air Date: May 23, 2010
Synopsis:

Walt and Jesse are cleaning the equipment in the lab when Walt discovers they are off by half a pound from what they should have made. Walt continues to go over the math as Jesse leaves, and then he sees a fly. He becomes distracted, and the next morning Jesse arrives to see that Walt never slept or left the lab, but has been trying to kill the fly. Walt becomes obsessive, calling the fly a contaminant. After briefly locking Jesse out, Jesse helps Walt by hanging fly paper and then slips sleeping pills into Walt’s coffee. Jesse is worried that Walt’s cancer has spread to his brain, because his aunt who had cancer acted similarly when she was nearing the end. Walt explains that he is healthy, but that he feels like he “missed his moment” to die and leave his family with money while still being loved by them. Now he feels like he has lived too long. Walt begins to dose off and almost tells Jesse that he watched Jane die, but doesn’t and falls asleep as Jesse kills the fly. When they leave, Walt confronts Jesse about the missing meth, but Jesse denies stealing it.

Episode Title: Abiquiu

Episode Number: 31
Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
Written By: John Shiban & Thomas Schnauz
Air Date: May 30, 2010
Synopsis:

Walt starts measuring the meth to stop Jesse from skimming, and Jesse tells Badger and Skinny Pete that getting product will be more difficult. That’s not an issue to them, since they haven’t been able to sell much. Jesse decides to sell it himself and woos a girl at the rehab group named Andrea. He goes home with her and just as he is about to sell her some, her grandmother comes in with her young boy. She has a son, and so Jesse refuses to get her any meth now. Instead he gets dinner with her and her son. Andrea tells Jesse about her brother, Tomas, who is only ten but in a local gang. She tells him that the gang had him kill someone – it was Combo. Jesse pulls up to the park and meets Tomas, whom he gets meth from, scoping out the area. Walt and Skyler talk about Hank’s payments, and Skyler wants to make sure the money is clean and untraceable. She goes with Walt to Saul’s, and she sees some issues with how Saul runs things. They need to launder the money through a reputable business, one that Walt buys, and Saul suggests a laser tag arena. Skyler says that doesn’t make sense, and instead wants Walt to buy the carwash he used to work at. Skyler suggests she be put in charge as the point person at the carwash, too, and says she hasn’t filed the divorce papers since then she wouldn’t have to testify against Walt.

Episode Title: Half Measures

Episode Number: 32
Directed By: Adam Bernstein
Written By: Sam Catlin & Peter Gould
Air Date: June 6, 2010
Synopsis:

Walt and Skyler haggle over how often Walt can come over to the house and eat dinner as Walt thinks he should be present in the house in order to sell Skyler’s story, which is that Walt bought a business and put her in charge of it. After cooking, Jesse makes Walt get a beer with him after work, and tells him about the drug dealers that are using Tomas. He wants Walt’s help to poison them, but Walt refuses. He says he and Jesse are not murderers, but Jesse still wants to do it. Hank doesn’t want to leave the hospital until he can walk, but he is convinced to go home by Marie who bets that he can still be sexually aroused. Walt wants to stop Jesse from trying to murder the drug dealers and talks to Saul about maybe getting him arrested on light charges. Instead, Jesse is brought to Gus, who makes him shake hands with the two drug dealers and tells the dealers to stop using kids. Later, Jesse is with Andrea who gets a call from her grandmother. Tomas has been killed. Jesse goes to the gang territory with a gun, and is about to shoot at the two gang members when Walt runs over them with a car, finishing one off with a gunshot. He looks at Jesse and tells him to run.

Episode Title: Full Measures

Episode Number: 33
Directed By: Vince Gilligan
Written By: Vince Gilligan
Air Date: June 13, 2010
Synopsis:

Walt meets Gus, the private investigator Mike, and Gus’s right hand man in the desert. Walt explains what happened and says Jesse is out of the picture. Gus agrees not to track him down and says that Walt will now work with Gale. Mike and Gus talk privately, and it is obvious they are still searching for Jesse. Later, Gus meets with Gale and asks him how long he would need to start cooking on his own, in case Walt were to succumb to his cancer. He lets Gale have a few more sessions cooking with Walt to learn the proper techniques. Walt knows that Gus is about to kill him, and he meets secretly with Saul and Jesse in the laser tag place. Saul sent Mike to the wrong place to look for Jesse, buying them a little time. Walt tells Jesse to figure out where Gale lives, and Walt will kill him, making Walt a necessary part of Gus’s drug operation. When he leaves to kill Gale, though, Gus’s man is waiting for him and takes him to the meth lab. Walt offers Mike and Gus’s henchman Jesse’s location, and he calls Jesse, telling Jesse that it is now up to him to carry out the plan. Jesse goes to Gale’s apartment and Gale opens the door as Jesse pulls out a gun. He fires.

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Vin sits in her room, studying the stacks of papers she has there. OreSeur is there with her, and they talk about the religious beliefs of the kandra. They practically worship the Contract above all else, the agreement they have with their human masters. Meanwhile, Elend discovers that some of the wells in Luthadel are being poisoned by someone, probably one of the armies outside. Vin talks to Dockson, and in the conversation, she determines that he can’t be the spy. She and OreSeur turn their attentions toward a new option: Demoux, a captain of the guard.

Elend works to find a way to convince the assembly to name him king again, while Vin wants to tell him her theory about Demoux. Tindwyle gets upset with Sazed when she finds out that he helped write part of the laws Elend put into place a year ago. Vin leaves the group and finds Zane, who immediately attacks her. She thinks he wants to spar, like before, but the fight becomes aggressive and Vin must fight him to survive. Zane tells her that he was ordered to kill her and that this attack was a warning. There are also many refugees coming from the koloss army, on their way to seek refuge in Luthadel. After giving his two warnings, Zane leaves.

Vin tries on another custom-made dress. Tindwyl tells her that Elend has nearly learned as much as he can from her; he’ll now have to learn to be a good leader through experience. Elend prepares his armored escort and carriage to go and see Cett. Breeze decides not to go, since he and Cett have history, which would only make the situation worse. When Elend and Vin actually enter the keep Cett is staying in and talk to the man, they discover just how sincere he is. He doesn’t want his daughter back, trusting that Elend will take good care of her. Cett wants Elend to step down from the election for king, and in return he won’t have Elend killed when he is made king. They also talk about the fact that no atium was found in all of Luthadel. Finally, Cett dismisses the two.

Sazed wanders through warehouse full of refugees from the koloss attacks, trying to help and health where he can. Tindwyl comes in and talks to him. She wants to see what he’s found–the rubbings he’s been transcribing. Meanwhile, Breeze has been listening in on the conversation, soothing both people in a way that would make them more friendly to each other. He walks among the refugees, trying to sooth away bad emotions and make them feel better. Elend and Ham come in, and Elend wants to make sure all the people have the clothes they need. Later, Breeze goes into the keep and has a secret meeting with Clubs. Though they always seem to hate each other, they drink together and talk; they’ve struck up a strange companionship. Allrianne walks in and tries to steal Breeze away. Vin, watching from outside, discovers that Allrianne is a rioter, since she was rioting Breeze’s emotions. She and OreSeur then go to find Demoux, still certain that he is the kandra spy. They find him in a little meeting of the church of the Survivor. He can’t be a spy, Vin decides. Then who is?

Sazed and Tindwyl sit together in the study, pouring over the rubbings, searching their metalminds for any references to the deepness or Hero of Ages. It’s morning, meaning they’ve been at it all night long. Tindwyl knows the course of actions Sazed takes is different from what the keepers want, but she is willing to stay with him and study these things further. Meanwhile, Elend and Ham walk along the wall. Ham comments that Elend looks more kingly than ever. As they walk, Elend announces that he has an idea to help Luthadel’s situation.

Vin, Elend, and the rest of the crew arrive early for the day of the election for king. Before the voting begins, Vin, trying to figure out what Elend has up his sleeve, discovers that he has joined the church of the Savior, in an effort to curry votes from the skaa members of the assembly. Suddenly, a groups of allomancers attack Elend and Cett. Vin manages to fight off the men, getting badly hurt in the process. After the fighting, the vote is moved to a more secure location, and the assembly members each announce their vote. Surprisingly, Penrod, a nobleman from the assembly is chosen the new king. Elend hands over his crown and leaves.

Straff Venture is angry that Zane sent a group of his allomancers to their deaths while Vin still lives. Zane promises that he has a plan to take care of her. Meanwhile, Straff meets with Penrod, the new king of Luthadel. Penrod is planning to give Luthadel to Straff, opening the gates to him and handing over the kingship.  Straff, on the other hand, doesn’t want to enter the city while Vin still lives. Later, Zane tells Straff that he has been poisoned again. Zane leaves, and Straff is forced to ride hard back into the camp so his mistress can make him another antidote tea.

Vin awakes to see that Elend is with her. He tells her that he is not king, and he reports that OreSeur, who was badly hurt in the fight, is currently digesting a new set of bones. Vin feels that Elend is now scared of her somehow because of the way she fought those allomancers. Vin goes back to sleep, and awakes to find Zane there. He accuses her, saying that she could have killed those attackers easily had she not been so distracted with protecting Elend and other innocents. Later, OreSeur visits Vin, in another dog’s body. They talk more about the Contract that binds all kandra. Vin uses brass and duralumin to push strongly on OreSeur’s emotions. Even though he at first does not react at all, with enough force, Vin hurts him very badly, and she felt like she were controlling him for a moment. She apologizes for hurting OreSeur, and he leaves to get some rest. Vin promise to never tell anyone what she’s discovered about kandra.

Sazed and Tindwyl continue to talk about the things they are learning. Something doesn’t make sense about the rubbings, written by Kwaan. It seems that Kwaan did not trust Alendi, but he also knew Alendi was a good man. But if Kwaan knew Alendi was good, why did he have his nephew, Rashek, to mislead or even kill Alendi? Elend comes in and asks for advice. After a discussion, he decides that being king isn’t about a title, but about doing something to help others. He returns to his closet and retrieves the white suite, the one made for a king.

Elend is hard at work, helping the people. He’s sending men out to dismantle the wooden parts of keeps and houses to use as firewood. The many refugees are cold and hungry, and he wants to help them. Someone comes with news that one of the gates under the river has been broken. That is how someone has been getting into the city and poisoning the wells. Also, other reports say that an Inquisitor is lurking about the city. Elend decides to go out and talk to Jastes, with the koloss army, himself. He rides out and meets Jastes, unable to make any kind of deal. On the way out, Elend manages to fight and kill one smaller koloss, earning the sword and pouch as his own. He looks into the pouch and discovers how Jastes is controlling the koloss. He’s paying them.

Vin sees Elend, now returned from his meet with the koloss army, inured and resting. Zanes comes and says that Cett was the one that planed the attack at the voting ceremony. Vin gets angry and decides to attack Cett. Zane and Vin attack the keep that Cett has been staying at in Luthadel. Together, they kill guards and hazekillers. Fueled by rage, Vin kills quickly, working her way to Cett’s room. She realizes that Zane is using atium, while she has none, and yet she’s killing just as easily as he is. They finally get to Cett’s room, where he is with his son. Vin fights them at first, but when she discovers that neither of them is an allomancer and that Cett doesn’t have a single allomancer with him, she leaves them behind, injured and scared.

The crew sees that Cett’s army is now leaving, a result of Vin’s attack on his keep the night before. Elend does not know why Vin attacked Cett like that. Some in the crew think she’s crazy, but Elend just sees her as determined. They also discover that the “coins” Jastes has been using to control   the koloss are fake, wooden coins painted gold. Elend goes to find Vin, who is hiding in the city. He finds her with OreSeur’s help. She says she must leave Luthadel and go north, to Terris. Elend says he trust her to do the right thing. They have one large bead of atium, and Vin gives it to OreSeur to hold for her.

Sazed and Tindwyl compare notes, studying the rubbing and other references they’ve managed to find. Tindwyl admits that she doesn’t believe in these prophecies, her interest in them being purely academic. Sazed, on the other hand, thinks Vin might actually be the next Hero of the Ages. While they talk, they discover that someone–or something–has torn a piece from one of the transcription pages. Vin comes in, while they try to figure out at what point were they both gone or occupied to not have seen an intruder going through their things. Vin asks Sazed how she can know if she’s in love. They talk about trust. After Vin leaves, Elend comes in and starts asking similar questions. Elend thinks he and Vin are too different to make a couple, but Sazed says that, to him, they are more alike than they think. After Elend leaves, Sazed realizes that Luthadel is going to fall soon; he needs to get both Elend and Vin out of the city before that happens.

Sazed calls a meeting with the members of the crew: Dockson, Breeze, Ham, and Clubs. He doesn’t invite Elend, Vin, or Spook. They talk about how the city is sure to fall. Straff apparently is in no hurry to take Luthadel. Instead, he’ll back off and let the koloss attack the city first. The koloss will win and enter the city, pillaging as they go. Then, with the koloss weakened and tired from the fight, Venture will ride in like a hero and save the city, defeating the koloss and taking Luthadel for himself. Sazed says that Elend and Vin need to get out of the city before these things happen. He wants Spook and Tindwyl to go with them. The rest of the group will have to stay and fight and die. Meanwhile, Vin feels she must follow the drumming she hears all the time. In Straff’s camp, Zane is attacked by his father’s men. He defeats them, but spares his father. He leaves, saying that tonight he will take Vin with him and leave Luthadel. He tells Straff that he should wait for the koloss to attack and then take the city.

Vin is in her room with OreSeur when Zane visits. He wants her to come with him, but she says she can’t because she doesn’t want to leave Elend. When Zane sees that she won’t go, he attacks her. They fight. When Zane starts to burn atium, Vin asks OreSeur for the large bead, a bead Zan had given her before. OreSeur doesn’t respond to her command. Vin discovers that OreSeur is not OreSeur. He is TenSoon, Zane’s kandra. Of course! There was no other spy. The bones they found were TenSoon’s and he had killed OreSeur! Zane corners Vin, but Vin uses a massive soothing to take control of OreSeur/TenSoon and attack Zane from behind. She then cuts the bead of atium fro TenSoon. But this is another trick. The bead is lead, with only a thin layer of atium. Soon, Vin is left helpless against a Mistborn killer with atium. Vin decides that Zane can see what she’s about to do, or, rather, what she plans on doing. If she attacks without thinking, though, she can, see in Zane’s reaction what she is going to do, only to change it at the last possible second. The trick works, and Vin defeats Zane. After Zane dies, she thanks OreSeur/TenSoon for helping her win. His contract is void, and he must return to his people. Vin goes to find Elend.

Elend is in his study when Vin comes in, bloody from her fight with Zane. She tells him that she killed him. He calls for Sazed, who comes to help with the wounds. While she is there, on the ground, she asks Sazed if he knows any wedding ceremonies. Of course, he knows hundreds. Vin asks which one is the shortest, and Sazed recalls one that only requires a declaration of love between the bride and groom before an ordained witness. Vin and Elend both say that they love each other, and Sazed declares them married. The wounds are clean, and Sazed sends Vin to get some rest. He also gives them a fake map to find the Well of Ascension. If the couple follows the map, they’ll be gone from Luthadel for a long time.

Elend and Vin prepare to ride out of the city. Tindwyl decides to stay in Luthadel. Spooks gets ready to go, and Allrianne will ride out, at Breeze’s insistence. So the four of them ride out, Vin quickly having to fight pursuers from Straff’s army. Once they are free, Allrianne breaks off to find her father’s army. Meanwhile, some of the crew watch as the escape, now sure of their own coming doom. Straff Venture hears of the escapes, but he has problems of his own now. He’s getting sick, which he knows is the result of poisoning from his son, Zane. He sends for his mistress, Amaranta, to fix him an antidote, but he discovers that she isn’t preparing what she normally does. She is actually killing, as she has for a long time. There never was any poison. Zane never tried to kill his father. But Amaranta, in her constant fixing of teas for Straff, has been causing him to become addicted to a rare drug. Without that drug, Straff will die. Straff, in a rage, kills Amaranta and then swallows as much powder from her medicine cabnet as he can, hoping to accidentally swallow some of the drug he needs before he loses consciousness.

Allrianne has made her way to her father’s camp, with the help of some bandits she’s tamed with her rioting. Her father, Cett, is not happy to see her. She convinces him to go back and join the winning party in the battle that is to come, although Cett promises that will likely be Straff. Meanwhile, Elend wakes up on the third morning out of Luthadel. He and Vin share a tent now, and he finds himself surprisingly comfortable on the hard ground, with Vin next to him. They get up and prepare the fire. It’s just the three of them: Elend, Vin, and Spook. Meanwhile Straff wakes up in bed. His men have taken care of him, and they’ve isolated the plant he needs to stay alive. When he hears that Vin and Elend have left the city, the men ask if they should attack now. Straff says no; they should pull back and wait for the koloss. Sazed meets with the others to plan a strategy for when the koloss attack. They plan to have a group of men at each gate. Saze and Tindwyl get a little time together, but then the warning drums begin to beat.

Vin is thinking about how the mist is staying later and later every day, instead of just disappearing with dawn, when she feels the pulsing of the mist spirit coming from Elend’s tent. She runs in, just in time to see the outline of that spirit lift some kind of knife to attack Elend, who is sleeping on the ground. She attacks the spirit and it disappears. Elend wakes up and never knows what was happening. She leaves Elend to sleep a little more and goes out to speak with Spook. He thinks someone is following them. Meanwhile, Sazed and the crew get ready, since it looks like the Koloss are about to attack. Men are at each gate, with one crewmember there to help. Straff sees that the koloss are attacking, but he tells his men to wait. Vin and Elend attack the camp of people that have been following them. It turns out to be Jastes. He’s lost control of the koloss, so he just left them. Elend kills Jastes because of his crimes against Luthadel. Vin discovers that the drumming sounds are getting softer, meaning the well is to the south, in Luthadel, and not in the Terris mountains.

Breeze works at his assigned gate, soothing soldiers by the dozen, helping them to be brave and fight well. The koloss pound at the door, while men atop the wall rain arrows down on the attackers. The koloss throw rocks up in return, smashing archers. Meanwhile, Vin runs towards Luthadel, burning pewter. She knows she will run out of pewter long before reaching Luthadel, and she wonders if the effect will kill her. But still she keeps running. Breeze and Clubs talk while the koloss continue to beat the gate. They blame themselves for being stupid enough to be in this mess, and they blame Kelsier for getting them into such responsibilities. Just then, the gates burst open. Meanwhile, Sazed gets word that Breeze’s gate had fallen. He doesn’t think he can really help. He notices that there is a crowd of skaa standing behind the defense force. When Sazed confronts them, telling them that they should flee to safety inside the city, the skaa answer that they are there to witness the fall of the koloss at the hands of Vin, who they are sure will return and make her appearance at Sazed’s gate. Then the gate breaks. Sazed musters his stored strength, growing in size, and faces the lead koloss, shouting for the men to fight. Vin, half collapsing and out of pewter, reaching a small village. At first she thinks to ask for pewter, but then she remembers how she used to travel with Kelsier on a path of metal bars in the ground. She asks for horseshoes, using them to “walk” by leaping, placing horseshoes ahead of her and pulling the ones behind to place further. In this way, she uses the horseshoes like stilts to help her travel in the air.

Outside Luthadel, Straff Venture sees that the koloss have now broken into the city gates. His men are ready to attack the koloss from the rear, but Straff decides to wait longer. Sazed, fighting the koloss, realizes that they need to get the gate closed again in order to survive. Using strength and weight, he manages to fight off the koloss and get the gate closed again. While getting a little break, a messenger comes and says that Tindwyl’s gate fell over an hour ago. Meanwhile, Clubs and Breeze are attacked and forced to run. Clubs is killed, while Breeze hides in a building. Dockson contemplates the root of their failure. He attacks a koloss, only to be cut down. Straff decides not to swoop in a save the city while the koloss are weak. Instead, he’d rather wait for the koloss to kill everyone and burn the city. Then Straff will move in. Meanwhile, Sazed fights on, wondering what happened to Tindwyl. He feels he is going to die, but then Vin arrives and starts killing koloss. Breeze is found by Ham and some others. They want to try to escape.

Vin continues killing koloss, several at a time. Sazed, outside Lord Penrod’s keep, begs the newly appointed king to go with them as they try to escape. Penrod insists on staying inside his keep. Vin continues to fight the koloss, but now she is almost completely out of pewter, steel, and almost every other metal. In desperation, to save some skaa from certain death, she super-soothes them, like she’d done to TenSoon, controlling the koloss with her mind. Sazed is standing outside Penrod’s keep when Vin walks up with koloss in tow. She orders Penrod to gather his men and put out the fires in Luthadel. Vin will take care of the koloss throughout the city. Later, Sazed finds Tindwyl’s dead body among the slain soldiers. He feels that all the faith, all the religions, he has always treasured is now useless. His life, he believes, has been a sham.

Straff wakes up and takes a sample of the drug he needs to stay alive. He gathers his men, expecting to be able to take the city now. But the koloss come out with the remaining soldiers of Luthadel. Vin jumps from among the koloss, sailing through the sky with a giant sword, cleaving Straff and his horse in half on impact. Allrianne watches these events from her father’s camp. She charges after them to help Luthadel’s army, forcing her father and his men to ride after her. Straff’s army surrenders, and Janarle, Straff’s general, is named the new Lord of the Venture army. Janarle, Penrod, and Cett all swear loyalty to Elend as their Emperor. Vin, needing rest, leaves Sazed in charge of the Empire until Elend can return to Luthadel.

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