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8th Mar '17 9:08:50 PM the7joker7
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** So Declan was selling for, what, 200k a pound? Who could even afford that? Even if that's possible, unless Lydia is price gouging to a similar degree, the math's still not there.
14th Feb '17 11:50:14 PM dmcreif
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** The safest assumption at any time is that Walt is acting deliberately, particularly where it involves manipulating Jesse.

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** The safest assumption at any time is that Walt is acting deliberately, particularly where it involves manipulating Jesse. It's the same manipulation as when he was trying to manipulate Jesse's suspicions about Brock.


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**As [[https://emiliajordan.com/2012/07/31/breaking-bad-how-walter-white-poisoned-brock-and-what-happened-to-the-ricin-cigarette/ this blog notes]], Jesse's realizing that Walt really ''was'' behind Brock's poisoning the whole time is like someone confronting their spouse over infidelity:
-->''"You find something that makes you think your spouse/partner/lover/sex friend/whoever is cheating. They give you a plausible (maybe not 100% convincing but plausible) story that explains things away. They appeal to your emotions and swear that they would never do that, they love you and you are their one and only sex friend or whatever. You believe them because you want to believe them, because they seem like the kind of person who would never cheat. And maybe they orchestrate some corroborating evidence to their story (ricin decoy in the roomba equivalent). But all it takes is one tiny little hole in their story–a receipt in a pocket, something out of place in the house, another person who was involved in the cover story (the boss they were supposedly working late for, let’s say) saying something just the slightest bit out of sync with the story, catching a wayward look in a crowded room, a whiff of mysterious cologne or perfume–and suddenly you KNOW. All of it. You were played."''
2nd Feb '17 7:24:40 PM seanfish
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** Same reason as people almost never go to the toilet onscreen. It happens but it doesn't advance the plot in any real way.
2nd Feb '17 7:20:15 PM seanfish
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** The safest assumption at any time is that Walt is acting deliberately, particularly where it involves manipulating Jesse.
1st Feb '17 8:02:30 PM evilwillhunting
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[[folder: The murder of Don Eladio and his capos]]
* This always bothered me. Gus' plan was to poison Don Eladio with the tequila, along with all of his other capos. It works to perfection. But does this strike anyone else as one hell of a very chancy Batman Gambit? How did he know that EVERY one of the capos would be drinking? There didn't seem to be nearly enough for 10-15 men. Plus, how did they know only Gaff would be there as a guard? The mansion base of a bloodthirsty, murderous cartel (doubtlessly with many enemies) certainly should have been swarming with guards who would not have touched a drop of liquor on duty. The whole plan seems absolutely silly and sloppy.
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24th Jan '17 2:02:45 PM dmcreif
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*** Hank is not searching the property. He already found the R.V, which is in plain view and was reported stolen before Combo's mom asked the search to be dropped. A stolen vehicle in a place where they scrap vehicles for cash ought to be enough for Hank to seize the R.V if he could.

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*** Hank is not searching the property. He already found the R.V, which is in plain view and was reported stolen before Combo's mom asked the search to be dropped. A stolen vehicle in a place where they scrap vehicles for cash ought to be enough for Hank to seize the R.V if he could. Had Walt and Jesse not used the "Marie's in a car accident" phone call to send him away, Hank probably would have gotten that warrant.


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**Mike is a fairly loyal guy. As long as you abide by the terms of your agreement with him, he'll do the same for you. He believes in getting a dollar's payment for a dollar's worth of work. But here's the thing: The drug world and the underground is made up of snitches, despite what anybody would want to believe. Every now and again you get a stand-up person who accepts that a prison sentence is a likely possibility for them at some point in their life, but you can never really know who that person is until they're free (in fact, a common tactic some investigators use involves repeatedly questioning a person they suspect of having information. Even if the person never divulges anything, the fact that they're repeatedly called in is noticed by other prisoners and the rumor that the person is a snitch will get spread really quickly). Mike believed that he had a group of guys who were dependable, and for the most part they were, as long as they had enough money to guarantee their families would be taken care of for the duration of their sentences.
**Mike was loyal to his men and he expected them to be loyal to him in return. If it got out that the other guys were getting killed off, then it wouldn't be long before somebody started talking in hopes of getting witness protection. They'd turn over Mike, and Mike would most likely turn over Walt (it's not like he was particularly devoted to Walt or even liked Walt; Walt killed Mike's boss, who was also Mike's best friend). To Walt and Lydia, the incarcerated nine were thorns in their asses, but to Mike, the nine were friends.
24th Jan '17 1:53:39 PM dmcreif
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[[folder:Why was Mike so intent on keeping his men alive?]]
* It would have been so much easier and cheaper to just have those guys killed rather than try to recuperate their hazard pay. Going out of his way to pay these guys off just seemed like more trouble than it was worth. And who's to say they wouldn't eventually talk anyway? The whole thing seemed very selfish of Mike. Especially when his crooked lawyer got busted and Mike had to go on the run, knowing that without the hush money and him being out of the picture they would likely turn state's evidence.
21st Jan '17 1:53:16 PM dmcreif
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** [[https://emiliajordan.com/2012/07/31/breaking-bad-how-walter-white-poisoned-brock-and-what-happened-to-the-ricin-cigarette/ Here's a detailed analysis suggesting how it most likely happened.]]
12th Jan '17 9:33:27 PM dmcreif
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* In Season 3, Walt is able to convince Gus to get rid of Gale so he can use Jesse as his lab assistant. His argument is that Gale 'isn't working out' and that Gus promised him he could run the lab any way he saw fit. However, this ''particular'' demand strikes me as something Gus would consider unreasonable and be very unlikely to accept. Gus' interests lie in not only producing the 99% pure meth, but also training someone he can trust to continue producing that meth at that same quality when Walt is gone, which (given Walt's lung cancer) is something that he needs to prepare for immediately. Gus has known Gale for years, even put him through school, and can have justified confidence in both his skill at chemistry and his loyalty. He can feel confident that, once Gale knows the recipe, he'll be prepared to take up running the lab the moment Walter no longer can. None of that applies to Jesse, so why would he so meekly allow Walter to replace his own trained chemist with a "worthless junkie"?
** Because at this point if it's all it takes for Walt to stop bitching and start working he was fine with it. Gus already has not one but ''two'' chemists that can make pure meth sweet enough to get Cartel's attention with Gale and Walt so if he has to keep a junkie for a while until he kills Eladio he is fine with it, especially since Walt being his cook helps his BatmanGambit if someone asked why the Cousins went after a fed instead of Walt, he was under Gus protection and if Don Eladio is pissed about it he can have a demonstration of Walt's cooking at his place and "Salud" happens earlier with Walt. After the Cartel is off he can fire or kill Walt and Jessie and have Gale taking back the lab.

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* In Season 3, Walt is able to convince Gus to get rid of cut Gale loose so he can use Jesse as his lab assistant. His argument is that Gale 'isn't working out' and that Gus promised him he could run the lab any way he saw fit. However, this ''particular'' demand strikes me as something Gus would consider unreasonable and be very unlikely to accept. Gus' interests lie in not only producing the 99% pure meth, but also training someone he ''he'' can trust to continue producing that meth at that same quality when Walt is gone, which (given Walt's lung cancer) is something that he needs to prepare for immediately. Gus has known Gale for years, even put him through school, and can have justified confidence in both his skill at chemistry and his loyalty. He can feel confident that, once Gale knows the recipe, he'll be prepared to take up running the lab the moment Walter no longer can. None of that applies to Jesse, so why would he so meekly allow Walter to replace his own trained chemist with a "worthless junkie"?
** Because at this point if it's all it takes for Walt to stop bitching and start working he was fine with it. Gus already has not one but ''two'' chemists that can make pure meth sweet enough to at a quality that will get Cartel's attention the cartel on notice with Gale and Walt Walt, so if he has to keep a junkie for a while until he kills Don Eladio he is fine with it, especially since Walt being his cook helps his BatmanGambit if BatmanGambit. If someone asked why the Cousins went after a fed Hank instead of Walt, he Gus can truthfully claim that they settled on Hank as a next-best option because Walt was under Gus protection and protected by Gus. And if Don Eladio is pissed about it he can could have a demonstration of Walt's cooking at his place and "Salud" happens would have happened earlier with Walt. After the Cartel is off he can fire or kill Eladio was gone, Gus could then cut Walt and Jessie Jesse out of the picture and have Gale taking back the lab.



** Yes, he is a fed and reservation are not international waters, it's just a problem if Walt doesn't say where the money is so they'll have to build a team, dig the area blindly and that needs some talk with the natives but arresting someone (a white dude unknown of the community) isn't a problem.

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** Yes, he is a fed and reservation reservations are not international waters, it's waters. It's just a problem if Walt doesn't say where the money is so they'll that they'd have to build send in a team, dig the area blindly blindly, and that needs would need some talk with the natives but arresting just going there to arrest someone (a white dude unknown of the community) isn't a problem.problem since even municipal cops can travel out of their jurisdiction to make arrests when need be.



** To keep his family safe, Walt didn't plan on dying and Lydia is crazy enough to threaten Walt's family so she can keep selling blue meth in Serbia.

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** To keep his family safe, safe. Walt didn't plan on dying and Lydia is was crazy enough to threaten Walt's family so she can could keep selling blue meth in Serbia.



* Regardless of whether or not an RV can be called a residence and therefore fall under the protection of the Fourth Amendment, Hank was still trespassing on Old Joe's property. Why then didn't Joe just threaten to report Hank to the police or the DEA unless he left.
** It's a junkyard during open hours, Hank isn't trespassing.

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* Regardless of whether or not an RV can be called a residence and therefore fall under the protection of the Fourth Amendment, Hank was still trespassing on Old Joe's property. Why then didn't Joe just threaten to report Hank to the police or the DEA unless he left.
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** It's a junkyard during open hours, hours. Hank isn't trespassing.



*** He is not searching the property he already found the R.V, which is in plain view and was reported stolen before Combo's mom asked the search to be dropped. A stolen vehicle in a place where they scrap vehicles for cash would is enough for Hank to seize the R.V if he could.

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*** He Hank is not searching the property he property. He already found the R.V, which is in plain view and was reported stolen before Combo's mom asked the search to be dropped. A stolen vehicle in a place where they scrap vehicles for cash would is ought to be enough for Hank to seize the R.V if he could.
8th Jan '17 8:23:03 PM trixus
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*** He is not searching the property he already found the R.V, which is in plain view and was reported stolen before Combo's mom asked the search to be dropped. A stolen vehicle in a place where they scrap vehicles for cash would is enough for Hank to seize the R.V if he could.
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