History WhatAnIdiot / BreakingBad

22nd May '18 3:44:34 PM AHI-3000
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* In the flashback teaser from "I.F.T.", Tortuga, [[TheCartel a high-ranking cartel member]] ([[TheRat and DEA informant]]), not long after selling information to Hank Schrader, decides to meet with his boss Juan Bolsa in a [[BadGuyBar dingy tavern]] somewhere out in Mexico.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Tortuga, having snitched on his gang to law enforcement, would sooner-or-later realize that he's probably not going to survive if his superiors learn about his treachery, and would flee into hiding (or maybe even enter WitnessProtection) for his own safety.\\
'''Instead:''' Not only does Tortuga meet up with Juan Bolsa in that bar, they have a seemingly-friendly chat where [[FauxAffablyEvil Bolsa offers to give him a late birthday present]]. Tortuga, [[TooDumbToLive still not feeling wary or suspicious at all]], decides to accept Bolsa's "gift": a pet tortoise.\\
'''As a Result:''' Tortuga expresses his thanks and gratitude for receiving the new turtle, up until Bolsa writes a message on its shell: "Hola DEA". Marco and Leonel Salamanca then walk in and [[OffWithHisHead decapitate Tortuga with a machete]].
5th Apr '18 9:42:05 PM WaywardTotodile
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'''As a Result:''' [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Tuco beats them up,]] [[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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'''As a Result:''' [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Tuco beats them up,]] 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.
5th Apr '18 9:38:17 PM WaywardTotodile
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'''You'd Then Expect:''' He'd keep them at a safe distance using the gun, or just shoot them on the spot so they couldn't identify him to the police\\

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'''You'd Then Expect:''' He'd keep them at a safe distance using the gun, or just shoot them on the spot so they couldn't identify him to the police\\police.\\



'''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]]. 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]]. So \\
'''As a Result:'''
Badger goes through with the deal, deal and is promptly arrested.



'''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.

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'''Instead:''' Walt ignores Badger's question. As \\
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a result, 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.



'''Instead:''' Marco decides, "No, too easy," and walks back to his car to grab his axe. In the time it takes him to return with axe in hand, Hank manages to load the spare "Black Death" bullet that Marco dropped while reloading into Leonel's gun, and is able to shoot Marco in the head right when Marco prepares to swing the axe. To be fair to Marco, it's possible that he didn't notice that he'd dropped the "Black Death" bullet, but it still fits this....

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'''Instead:''' Marco decides, "No, too easy," and walks back to his car to grab his axe. \\
'''As a Result:'''
In the time it takes him to return with axe in hand, Hank manages to load the spare "Black Death" bullet that Marco dropped while reloading into Leonel's gun, and is able to shoot Marco in the head right when Marco prepares to swing the axe. To be fair to Marco, it's possible that he didn't notice that he'd dropped the "Black Death" bullet, but it still fits this....



'''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.

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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, still...\\
'''As a Result:''' ...
saying it to Hank's face was is 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.



'''Instead:''' Jack acts all offended, and then has [[spoiler:the chained-up Jesse dragged into the room]] just to let Walt know how wrong he is. Walt then [[spoiler:actives a home-made automatic turret in his car's trunk, which ''kills the entire gang'' (and mortally wounds Walt), leaving Jesse as the only survivor]].

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'''Instead:''' Jack acts all offended, and then has [[spoiler:the chained-up Jesse dragged into the room]] just to let Walt know how wrong he is. \\
'''As a Result:'''
Walt then [[spoiler:actives a home-made automatic turret in his car's trunk, which ''kills the entire gang'' (and mortally wounds Walt), leaving Jesse as the only survivor]].



'''Instead:''' They follow her into the house and continue to try to get money from her, with one of them calling her a "bizznatch". [[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.

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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". \\
'''As a Result:'''
[[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas For this, Tuco beats them up and]] up,]] [[DisproportionateRetribution comes close to using brutal methods of murder/torture on them]] them,]] and Jimmy has to talk Tuco into breaking only one leg on each brother.
17th Feb '18 4:18:04 PM CrowTR0bot
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'''Instead:''' He keeps a book [[spoiler:from Gale, with a note from the guy,]] in his bedroom where anyone could find it. Come season 5A, guess what happens.

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'''Instead:''' He keeps a book [[spoiler:from Gale, with a note from the guy,]] in his bedroom bathroom where anyone could find it. Come season 5A, guess what happens.
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 \\
'''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.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.
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