History WhatAnIdiot / BreakingBad

8th Jun '17 11:10:22 AM TywinIsGod
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Walter White is a genius, but ''man'' does he make a lot of stupid decisions. Here are just a few.

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Walter White is a genius, Hank Schrader is a brilliant investigator and the drug dealers they go up against are highly competent in their own right, but ''man'' does he do they make a lot of stupid decisions. Here are just a few.
18th May '17 8:44:07 AM dmcreif
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'''Instead:''' After finishing work for the day, he goes around to Chuck's home, smashes in the front door, assaults Chuck, finds and destroys the tape, and makes further threats of violence against his brother. All of this ends up being witnessed by a private investigator whom Chuck had hired for just such an occurrence, along with Howard, who had just arrived to tell Chuck how his plan likely ''wouldn't'' work. Even Chuck himself had lampshaded just moments beforehand how unlikely it was that Jimmy would try breaking into his house in broad daylight. Incidentally,

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'''Instead:''' After finishing work for the day, he goes around to Chuck's home, smashes in the front door, assaults Chuck, finds and destroys the tape, and makes further threats of violence against his brother. All of this ends up being witnessed by a private investigator whom Chuck had hired for just such an occurrence, along with Howard, who had just arrived to tell Chuck how his plan likely ''wouldn't'' work. Even Chuck himself had lampshaded just moments beforehand how unlikely it was that Jimmy would try breaking into his house in broad daylight. Incidentally, \n



'''Instead:''' Out of sheer pride, Chuck dismisses Howard's concerns, saying that meting out justice against Jimmy is more important than protecting HHM. It turns out then that this is what Jimmy and Kim had anticipated, as it allows them to put their antics (bringing in Rebecca to unsettle Chuck, and hiring Huell to plant a charged cell phone battery in Chuck's pocket) into play, causing Chuck to break down on the stand when Jimmy cross-examines him and exposes his "illness" as fake.

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'''Instead:''' Out of sheer pride, Chuck dismisses Howard's concerns, saying that meting out justice against Jimmy is more important than protecting HHM. It turns out then that this is what Jimmy and Kim had anticipated, as it allows them to put their antics (bringing in Rebecca to unsettle Chuck, and hiring Huell to plant a charged cell phone battery in Chuck's pocket) into play, causing Chuck to break down on the stand when Jimmy cross-examines him and exposes his "illness" as fake.\\
'''End Result:''' Jimmy gets a one year suspension of his law license, not the disbarment that Chuck had hoped for.
15th May '17 8:08:37 AM dmcreif
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'''You'd Expect:''' Jimmy to just sit tight and wait and see what happens. About the only thing Chuck could use it for is blackmail, and even if he tried that Jimmy could probably turn his own scheme back on him. Alternatively, hire Mike -- who Jimmy had met for an unrelated matter just the day beforehand -- to break into Chuck's home and either damage the tape or swap it for a blank one.\\
'''Instead:''' After finishing work for the day, he goes around to Chuck's home, smashes in the front door, assaults Chuck, finds and destroys the tape, and makes further threats of violence against his brother. All of this ends up being witnessed by a private investigator whom Chuck had hired for just such an occurrence, along with Howard, who had just arrived to tell Chuck how his plan likely ''wouldn't'' work. Even Chuck himself had lampshaded just moments beforehand how unlikely it was that Jimmy would try breaking into his house in broad daylight.

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'''You'd Expect:''' Jimmy to just sit tight and wait and see what happens. About the only thing Chuck could use it for is blackmail, and even if he tried that Jimmy could probably turn his own scheme back on him. Alternatively, hire \\
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Mike -- who Jimmy had met for an unrelated matter just the day beforehand -- to break into Chuck's home and either damage the tape or swap it for a blank one.one, since they have a ''quid pro quo'' agreement.\\
'''Instead:''' After finishing work for the day, he goes around to Chuck's home, smashes in the front door, assaults Chuck, finds and destroys the tape, and makes further threats of violence against his brother. All of this ends up being witnessed by a private investigator whom Chuck had hired for just such an occurrence, along with Howard, who had just arrived to tell Chuck how his plan likely ''wouldn't'' work. Even Chuck himself had lampshaded just moments beforehand how unlikely it was that Jimmy would try breaking into his house in broad daylight.
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* In light of the above, Jimmy is arrested, then gets put before the New Mexico State Bar who seek disbarment. Prior to the Bar hearing, Chuck and Howard tour the room where the hearing will be held. Howard asks Robert Alley, the Bar's attorney, to leave the room so he can have a moment to talk strategy with Chuck. Howard suggests that as he and the private investigator were there for Jimmy's break-in, it's unnecessary for Chuck to testify against Jimmy.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' That Chuck would realize Howard is making some good points and agree to let Howard and the private investigator carry all the weight, that their testimony alone will be enough to guarantee Jimmy's disbarment. Not only that, it would also protect HHM, because as Howard points out, the fact that Jimmy accessed documents that should have been locked up securely might very well come to light and cause the firm to lose clientele.\\
'''Instead:''' Out of sheer pride, Chuck dismisses Howard's concerns, saying that meting out justice against Jimmy is more important than protecting HHM. It turns out then that this is what Jimmy and Kim had anticipated, as it allows them to put their antics (bringing in Rebecca to unsettle Chuck, and hiring Huell to plant a charged cell phone battery in Chuck's pocket) into play, causing Chuck to break down on the stand when Jimmy cross-examines him and exposes his "illness" as fake.
20th Apr '17 8:35:18 AM HBarnill
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Walter White is a genius, but ''man'' does he make a lot of stupid decisions. Here are just a few.
19th Apr '17 12:55:10 AM OlfinBedwere
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* At the end of the second season, Chuck records Jimmy confessing his tampering with paperwork in order to cause HHM to lose the Mesa Verde account. In the third season episode "Witness," Jimmy finds out about the tape through Kim, who after some research finds that the chances of it ever being accepted as evidence in any court case are close to non-existent. However, Jimmy is still clearly very concerned about the tape, and what Chuck intends to do with it.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Jimmy to just sit tight and wait and see what happens. About the only thing Chuck could use it for is blackmail, and even if he tried that Jimmy could probably turn his own scheme back on him. Alternatively, hire Mike -- who Jimmy had met for an unrelated matter just the day beforehand -- to break into Chuck's home and either damage the tape or swap it for a blank one.\\
'''Instead:''' After finishing work for the day, he goes around to Chuck's home, smashes in the front door, assaults Chuck, finds and destroys the tape, and makes further threats of violence against his brother. All of this ends up being witnessed by a private investigator whom Chuck had hired for just such an occurrence, along with Howard, who had just arrived to tell Chuck how his plan likely ''wouldn't'' work. Even Chuck himself had lampshaded just moments beforehand how unlikely it was that Jimmy would try breaking into his house in broad daylight.
9th Apr '17 11:17:56 AM PeaceAndLove
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'''Instead:''' Badger being [[TooDumbToLive Badger]], the undercover cop manages to get him to fall for the old "undercover cops can't deny that they are cops when asked directly" urban legend. So Badger goes through with the deal, and is promptly arrested.

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'''Instead:''' Badger being [[TooDumbToLive Badger]], the undercover cop manages to get him to fall for the old [[MustStateIfYoureACop "undercover cops can't deny that they are cops when asked directly" urban legend.legend]]. So Badger goes through with the deal, and is promptly arrested.
10th Nov '16 10:24:02 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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'''Instead:''' Hank never suspects a thing... until Walt's own what an idiot moment. However, Hank also generally writes Walt off as book-smart but dumb at everything else, considering him to be a mild-mannered underachiever who "who wouldn't know a criminal if he was close enough to check you for a hernia," meaning his biases are obviously going to factor into the investigation. These biases might attribute to why Hank doesn't think Walt is Heisenberg until Season 5B.

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'''Instead:''' Hank never suspects a thing... until Walt's own what an idiot moment. However, Hank also generally writes Walt off as book-smart but dumb at everything else, considering him to be a mild-mannered underachiever who "who wouldn't "wouldn't know a criminal if he was close enough to check you for a hernia," meaning his biases are obviously going to factor into the investigation. These biases might attribute to why Hank doesn't think Walt is Heisenberg until Season 5B.
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.

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