|"Bit by a Dead Bee"|
|Breaking Bad episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2|
|Directed by||Terry McDonough|
|Written by||Peter Gould|
|Cinematography by||Michael Slovis|
|Editing by||Skip Macdonald|
|Original air date||March 22, 2009|
|Running time||47 minutes|
Having gotten away from Tuco, Walt and Jesse now have to get home and explain where they have been. Walt has a plan for both of them and they split up. Walt goes to a supermarket and takes off all of his clothes while walking around the aisles. He is hospitalized and claims to have no memory of where he has been for the last few days. The hospital is unable to find anything wrong with him, and Walt suggests that it was a combination of medication and chemotherapy that could have caused the episode. The hospital believes Walt is at risk for another fugue state and forces him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Walt admits to the psychiatrist after receiving assurances regarding patient confidentiality that he remembers everything and just wanted to get away for a while. They eventually agree to release him.
Jesse returns to his house to clean out the basement and get rid of the RV where he and Walt have been making methamphetamine. When the DEA agents track him down, he claims that he has been with a prostitute, Wendy, for the weekend. The DEA does not believe him and bring in Tuco's uncle Hector to identify him, but Hector refuses to cooperate with the authorities. They have to let Jesse go. Jesse tries to contact his parents, but they refuse to help him. That night, Walt convinces Jesse to continue cooking meth. Later, Hank gets a present at the station: Tuco's teeth grill encased in a clear acrylic cube.
The episode received very positive reviews from critics. Donna Bowman, writing for The A.V. Club, gave it an A rating. Seth Amitin, writing for IGN, praised that the episode emphasized the "psychological impact that everything Pinkman and Walt have been through, for them, for their families". He gave the episode a 9.8/10.
- Bowman, Donna (March 22, 2009). "Breaking Bad: "Bit By A Dead Bee"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
- Amitin, Seth (March 23, 2009). "Breaking Bad: "Bit by a Dead Bee" Review". IGN. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
- Jack McCluskey (September 30, 2019). "The Ringer's Definitive 'Breaking Bad' Episodes Ranking". The Ringer.