Here's What You Need To Know Before Season 5 Of 'Breaking Bad' Premieres

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A new season of “Breaking Bad” will air on July 15 and we couldn’t let you watch the award-winning drama without getting you up to speed.

Here’s a recap of season four to get you pumped up for new tales of a high-school chemistry teacher who turned to cooking meth.

The summary is a condensed version of AMC‘s own summary.

Episode 1: Box Cutter

The show opens after Walt's sidekick and former chemistry student Jesse assassinates Gale, the likable and bookish assistant meth cook.

The killing leaves the drug boss Gus no choice but to keep Walt alive so he can keep producing meth.

Victor, a gruff-looking man who works for Gus, initially tries to prove that they don't need Walt because he can cook the meth himself. But Gus slits Victor's throat with a box cutter, telling Jesse and Walt to keep concocting the drug themselves.

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Episode 2: 30-Eight Snub

Walt buys himself a .38 snub handgun and begins to practice drawing it.

Meanwhile, he and Skyler continue talking about buying the car wash where he used to work in order to launder their drug money. However, the old owner of the car wash, and Walt's old boss, says he'll only part with it for $20 million.

At the end of the show, Walt talks to Gus's guard Mike at a bar, telling him that they are in 'the same boat' and asking him to arrange for Walt to be alone with Gus.

Mike knocks Walt to the floor and kicks him in the gut, proving to Walt that they are not allies.

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Episode 3: Open House

Walt discovers a surveillance camera at the meth lab watching his every move, leaving him a little shaken up.

Meanwhile, Walt's sister-in-law Marie, who's married to a DEA agent, goes back to her kleptomaniac ways. She attends various real-estate open houses, using aliases and swiping random objects.

Marie's sister Skyler, for her part, executes a plan to get the car wash, dispatching a bogus government inspector to claim its owner is out of compliance with various environmental regulations. The plan works!

The surly car wash owner agrees to sell the place to Skyler and Walt, and they officially have a way to clean up their dirty drug money.

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Episode 4: Bullet Points

Skyler and Walt have dinner with their son Walter, Jr. as well as Sklyler's sister Marie and her DEA agent husband, Hank.

Walt continues talking about his made-up gambling addiction, which Skyler invented to use as an excuse for their having so much money around.

Over at the meth operation, Mike meets with Gus and tells him that Jesse is becoming a liability and that something has to be done.

When Walt returns to the lab, Jesse is gone and Walt screams at the security camera, asking where he is. Mike is then seen driving on a highway with Jesse.

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Episode 5: Shotgun

Walt rushes to Gus's restaurant Los Pollos Hermanos with his handgun. He leaves Skyler a message saying he loves her.

Gus isn't at Hermanos and Walt eventually gets a call from Mike saying that Jesse is with him for a day.

Walt returns back home to sign papers to finish the car wash purchase. Skyler plays back her voice messages and hears Walt's message. They rush into the bedroom, kissing.

Walt is back at the lab, struggling to cook the meth without Jesse. He yells at the security camera that he won't do anything unless Jesse returns.

Meanwhile, Jesse is riding along with Mike, picking up drug money. Jesse saves the stash when a couple of thugs try to rob them, but a later conversation between Mike and Gus implies they were just setting Jesse up to look like a hero.

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Episode 6: Cornered

Walt tries to tell Jesse that Mike and Gus were trying to set him up, but Jesse doesn't believe him.

Jesse goes off on another assignment with Mike, taking down two meth heads who are supposedly selling stolen blue meth.

At the meth heads' house, Mike and Jesse find a stolen container of Hermanos batter with a message written on it in Spanish.

We later discover the message came from the cartel and said: 'Ready to talk?'

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Episode 7: Problem Dog

Walt keeps nagging Jesse about how close he is becoming with Gus, reminding him that Gus had wanted them both dead.

But Jesse cuts him off, saying that he will kill Gus the first chance he gets.

In the lab, the two try to hatch that plan when Walt makes a batch of the highly toxic substance ricin for Jesse to slip into Gus's food.

The next day, Jesse and Mike go to Gus's factory farm. Jesse makes coffee but starts shaking and isn't sure if he should pour the poison in or not.

Members of the cartel arrive and Gus offers them $50 million in return to severe their ties with him.

When Walt asks Jesse about the poisoning, Jesse lies, saying that he didn't see Gus.

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Episode 8: Hermanos

Gus is summoned to police headquarters where he's questioned about why his fingerprints were at the apartment of Gale, the murdered assistant meth cook.

Gus says that Gale won a chemistry scholarship that he established, and that the two had reunited recently over dinner at his place.

Meanwhile, things become a little awkward for Walt and his DEA brother-in-law when the two go for a drive. The two stop outside Gus's restaurant, and Hank asks Walt to plant a GPS tracker on Gus's car.

Walt returns to the superlab and rushes to the security camera to persuade Gus not to harm Hank.

The former chemistry teacher then meets with Jesse to say they need to kill Gus this week.

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Episode 9: Bug

Hank continues to try to get a lead on Gus and asks Walt to drive him to Gus's factory farm.

Walt fakes illness and asks to postpone it. Then he calls Mike and warns him about Hank's plan.

At the farm, Jesse talks with Mike about the consequences of killing Hank when a sniper shoots down one of Mike's operatives.

Gus steps outside, with bullets hitting around him, but not hitting him. Gus knows the cartel won't kill him because they need his distribution network.

At the lab, Walt removes a locator he planted on Jesse's car that reveals he was at Gus's house. Meanwhile, Walt receives a message from Jesse saying that he needs to speak to him.

When Walt arrives, Jesse tells him that Gus is sending him to the cartel to teach them Walt's meth formula to prevent a full-blown drug war with the cartel.

Walt reveals that he bugged him, accusing Jesse of avoiding killing Gus, and the two men get into a terrible brawl.

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Episode 10: Salud

Jesse, Mike, and Gus go to Mexico where Jesse makes Walt's meth in a very pure form.

The cartel tells Jesse that he belongs to them.

They go to Don Eladio's estate to celebrate, and Gus gives them all a very expensive but poisoned tequila. Eladio's men start dying. But Mike ends up getting shot, forcing Jesse to leave him at a hospital.

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Episode 11: Crawl Space

Hank tells Walt to drive to a mineral show but unexpectedly asks him to stop at an industrial laundry that's linked to Gus and Gale.

Walt gets paranoid and deliberately causes an accident that ends up giving Hank whiplash.

Walt then goes to Jesse's house asking him for help and expressing his fears for his life.

However, Jesse refuses to help Walt, and one of Gus's men drives the older man out to the desert. Gus tells him he's fired, and threatens to kill him and his family if he interferes with his plans to kill Hank.

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Episode 12: End Times

Jesse's ex-girlfriend Andrea calls him to the hospital, saying her son Brook has come down with a strange illness that left him in critical condition.

Jesse then accuses Walt of trying to poison Brock with the unused ricin originally intended for Gus. However, Walt convinces him that Gus is behind Brock's poisoning, and the two finally agree to kill their boss.

Their attempt to kill Gus with a car bomb is foiled when he becomes suspicious and walks away from his vehicle.

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Episode 13: Face Off

Walt comes up with a last-ditch effort to get rid of Gus before he kills his family. He straps a bomb to the wheel chair of elderly drug lord Tio when Gus is visiting him, blowing off Gus's face and killing him.

Later on in the episode, we learn that Walt may actually have been responsible making Brock ill.

Source: AMC

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