History WhatAnIdiot / BreakingBad

27th Jun '16 8:00:10 PM dmcreif
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'''You'd Expect:''' Walt'd realize that Badger, being Jesse's buddy, would tell him about Walt's plan. Thus, you'd expect that Walt'd tell Badger that Hank is staking out Jesse's house and would follow Jesse straight to the RV.\\
'''Instead:''' Walt ignores Badger's question.

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'''You'd Expect:''' Walt'd That Walt would realize that Badger, being Jesse's buddy, would tell him about Walt's plan. Thus, you'd expect that Walt'd tell Badger that Hank is staking out Jesse's house and would follow Jesse straight to the RV.\\
'''Instead:''' Walt ignores Badger's question. As a result, Badger does tell Jesse about Walt's plan, and a furious Jesse drives off to the junkyard to confront Walt, which of course, leads Hank right to the RV.
21st Jun '16 4:03:58 PM SorPepita
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13th May '16 7:48:02 PM dmcreif
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* In "Amarillo," Jimmy comes up with the idea that Davis & Main could build a targeted TV commercial directed at a specific Sandpiper Crossing facility. It's a brilliant idea, and when he pitches it to Cliff, Cliff seems open to the idea. So Jimmy goes to work, hires his camera crew from the billboard stunt, films an ad and even does a dry-run for Kim.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Jimmy would take his completed ad to Cliff first, so that the bosses can see exactly what's about to be put on the air with the Davis & Main brand name.\\
'''Instead:''' Jimmy doesn't go by the bosses first and airs the ad.\\
'''The Result:''' Kim gets demoted to doc review at HHM because she didn't give them a heads-up about the ad. Jimmy gets put under closer scrutiny at Davis & Main.\\
'''Also:''' Davis & Main scraps Jimmy's ad and replaces it with one that uses the successful "white text on blue swirly nebulous background with monotone narrator" formula that Jimmy was not impressed by.

1st May '16 10:56:32 PM SilverSupernova
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'''Instead:''' They target a stationwagon that's a similar model and similar in color to the Kettlemans' car, which happens to be driven by Tuco's grandmother.

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'''Instead:''' They target a stationwagon that's a similar model and similar in color to the Kettlemans' car, which happens to be driven by Tuco's grandmother.
grandmother. Though in their defense, Jimmy trained and encouraged them to do this based on memory alone and even admitted that Tuco's grandmother's vehicle appearing was a stroke of bad luck.
19th Apr '16 1:27:15 PM hamza678
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'''Instead:''' They follow her into the house and continue to try to get money from her, with one of them calling her a "bizznatch". [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMommas For this, Tuco beats them up and]] [[DisproportionateRetribution comes close to using brutal methods of murder/torture on them]] and Jimmy has to talk Tuco into breaking only one leg on each brother.

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'''Instead:''' They follow her into the house and continue to try to get money from her, with one of them calling her a "bizznatch". [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMommas [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas For this, Tuco beats them up and]] [[DisproportionateRetribution comes close to using brutal methods of murder/torture on them]] and Jimmy has to talk Tuco into breaking only one leg on each brother.
2nd Apr '16 11:08:58 AM SilverSupernova
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'''Instead:''' He derides [[spoiler:Gale]] as an amateur who couldn't possibly have been smart enough to be Heisenberg. Now, to be fair, Walt was inebriated, and Walt deriding Gale isn't out-of-character for him, as Walt's pride won't let anyone else get credit for what he sees as ''his'', but still, saying it to Hank's face was enough to prompt Hank to reopen his investigation.

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'''Instead:''' He derides [[spoiler:Gale]] as an amateur who couldn't possibly have been smart enough to be Heisenberg. Now, to be fair, Walt was inebriated, and Walt deriding Gale isn't out-of-character for him, as Walt's pride won't let anyone else get credit for what he sees as ''his'', but still, saying it to Hank's face was enough to prompt Hank to reopen his investigation. Though later on, it's implied that, subconsciously, Walt is trying to get Hank to catch him out of the belief that he would be safe from Gus in prison and could drag Gus down with him.
29th Jan '16 10:31:08 AM dmcreif
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!!''Series/BreakingBad''


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!!''Series/BetterCallSaul''

* In the first episode, Jimmy hires two skaters to jump in front of Betsy Kettleman's car as part of his scheme to get back into her good graces. He gives them information about the car and the route that Betsy takes. He even tells the skaters important information to memorize, like the license plate and the specific shade of brown on the car:\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That the skaters would maybe write this down and maybe even take a picture of the car.\\
'''Instead:''' They target a stationwagon that's a similar model and similar in color to the Kettlemans' car, which happens to be driven by Tuco's grandmother.

* From the above, the car hits one brother and they start their act. But suddenly the car takes off.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' The brothers to just call the police, since even though they were scamming the driver, the driver has committed hit-and-run. There are also lots of witnesses who saw the hit so can provide a license plate. Or alternately, that they wait for Jimmy to show up.\\
'''Instead:''' They follow the stationwagon to another house and end up in Tuco's captivity.

* Add to that, when the stationwagon arrives at the house, the driver, an elderly Hispanic woman, climbs out:\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That the brothers would immediately realize that there's no way this non-English speaking granny could be "Betsy Kettleman" and just go on their way.\\
'''Instead:''' They follow her into the house and continue to try to get money from her, with one of them calling her a "bizznatch". [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMommas For this, Tuco beats them up and]] [[DisproportionateRetribution comes close to using brutal methods of murder/torture on them]] and Jimmy has to talk Tuco into breaking only one leg on each brother.
25th Nov '15 7:02:56 PM dmcreif
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'''Instead:''' He derides [[spoiler:Gale]] as an amateur who couldn't possibly have been smart enough to be Heisenberg. Now, to be fair, it could be justified that Walt might deride Gale, as Walt's pride won't let anyone else get credit for what he sees as ''his'', but still, saying it to Hank's face was enough to prompt Hank to reopen his investigation.

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'''Instead:''' He derides [[spoiler:Gale]] as an amateur who couldn't possibly have been smart enough to be Heisenberg. Now, to be fair, it could be justified that Walt might deride Gale, was inebriated, and Walt deriding Gale isn't out-of-character for him, as Walt's pride won't let anyone else get credit for what he sees as ''his'', but still, saying it to Hank's face was enough to prompt Hank to reopen his investigation.



'''Instead:''' He doesn't tell Skyler about the indictment until the day before his meeting with the IRS.
** Skyler narrowly helps Ted avoid criminal charges, but he still owes the back taxes. Then he receives from Saul Goodman an inheritance check for the exact amount he owes from a relative he didn't know he had.\\
'''You'd Now Expect:''' That Ted use the check to pay the IRS because that was obviously the intent of whoever sent it.\\
'''Instead:''' Ted buys a Mercedes, figuring he'll eventually get a better offer. This forces Saul to send Huell and Kuby to force him to sign the check.

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'''Instead:''' He doesn't tell Skyler about the indictment until the day before his meeting with the IRS.
IRS. And, to be fair, Skyler does seem kinda annoyed that Ted didn't notify her earlier about the audit, but it's still poor planning on Ted's behalf....
** Skyler narrowly helps Ted avoid criminal charges, charges by making it seem like the missing money is the result of ignorance, but he still owes the back taxes. Then he receives from Saul Goodman an inheritance check for the exact amount he owes from a relative he didn't know he had. Money that...\\
'''You'd Now Expect:''' That Ted Expect:''' ...he use the check to pay the IRS because that was obviously the intent of whoever sent it.\\
'''Instead:''' Ted buys '''Instead:''' ...he uses to buy a Mercedes, figuring he'll eventually get a better offer. This forces Saul to send Huell and Kuby to force him to sign the check.



'''Even Worse:''' It gets even more idiotic if you remember how in "Dead Freight," Hank chewed out another agent for planting tracking devices on the methylamine barrels at the Madrigal warehouse that weren't hidden well enough.

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'''Even Worse:''' It gets even more idiotic if you remember how in "Dead Freight," Hank chewed out another agent for planting tracking devices on the methylamine barrels at the Madrigal warehouse that weren't hidden well enough. \n To Hank's credit, though, it was several days before Walt found out about the tracker, meaning he can't remove it at own leisure like Gus did (Gus knew he was being bugged before the fact; by the time Walt found out about his tracker, he'd already visited Saul and Jesse); still, it was a bit of oversight on Hank's behalf where he was putting the tracker.
1st Nov '15 3:11:01 PM dmcreif
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'''Even Worse:''' It's more questionable because Hank had very recently chewed out another agent over a tracking device that wasn't hidden well enough.

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'''Even Worse:''' It's It gets even more questionable because idiotic if you remember how in "Dead Freight," Hank had very recently chewed out another agent over a for planting tracking device devices on the methylamine barrels at the Madrigal warehouse that wasn't weren't hidden well enough. enough.



'''Additionally:''' It's a strange decision since Jack clearly has no loyalties to anyone but himself and his fellow Neo-Nazi crew, so it's all the stranger when he leaves alive a witness who now has a million reasons to want him dead. It's partially handwaved in that Jack says that Todd respects Walt and would be angry with Jack if he were killed. There's also the possibility that Jack left Walt alive to keep the heat on Walt (since killing him would just lead the police to look for Jack's crew), but still, it's enough to qualify for this page.

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'''Additionally:''' It's a strange decision since Jack clearly has no loyalties to anyone but himself and his fellow Neo-Nazi crew, so it's all the stranger when he leaves alive a witness who now has a million reasons to want him dead. It's partially handwaved in that Jack says that Todd respects Walt and would be angry with Jack if he were killed. There's also the possibility Some fans even argue that [[PragmaticVillainy Jack left Walt alive to keep the heat on Walt Walt]] (since killing him would just lead the police to look for Jack's crew), but still, it's enough to qualify for this page.
11th Oct '15 8:04:35 PM dmcreif
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* In "Blood Money," Hank has figured out that Walt was Heisenberg and puts a tracking device on Walt's car.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Hank would remember how he showed a tracking device to Walt when he asked him to put on Gus's car in season 4, and put on a tracker in a location that Walt won't think to look.\\
'''Instead:''' Hank uses the exact same kind of tracking device that he had Walt put on Gus's car, which ensures that Walt knows exactly where to find it.\\
'''Even Worse:''' It's more questionable because Hank had very recently chewed out another agent over a tracking device that wasn't hidden well enough.
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