The Cousins (Season 3, Episode 7: "One Minute")
Breaking Bad's most thrilling action sequence? Its answer to the big Dan Dority/Captain Turner streetfight in Deadwood Season 3? The most suspenseful shootout of all time? Yes on all counts. Tipped off by a voice-distorted Gus Fring that the sharp-dressed, silent, stone-cold Salamanca brothers were on their way to execute him for his killing of their cousin Tuco, Hank Schrader fights for his life in a crowded parking lot with any weapon at his disposal, from guns to his SUV. The staging of the showdown – in such a banal suburban environment – made it both nightmarish and, thanks to all those car-obstructed blind spots, almost unbearably tense to watch, even when the badly wounded DEA agent improbably comes out on top.
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