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* A mysterious drug dealer named Heisenberg begins selling the purest meth ever cooked. You are Hank Schrader. You are the DEA agent in charge of catching the guy. Your brother-in-law is Walter White. He happens to be a brilliant chemist who works as a high school teacher despite being a genius and suffers from terminal lung cancer (and is very likely dying). Meanwhile, some chemistry equipment from aforementioned school is stolen and being used to cook meth.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' Hank to connect the dots and realize Walt is probably the only person to fit Heisenberg's profile perfectly.\\
'''Instead:''' Hank never suspects a thing... until Walt's own what an idiot moment.
* In "Peekaboo", Walter wants Jesse to recover $1000 of meth from a pair of addicts who stole it from one of Jesse's distributors, preferably without violence.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'd tell Jesse this explicitly, or come up with a plan for getting it back.\\
'''Instead:''' He tells Jesse to take care of business and to bring a gun.
* About halfway through "Peekaboo", Jesse finds the addicts, pulls a gun on them and coerces them into handing over what they stole.\\
'''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\\
'''Instead:''' He plays peekaboo with their son after they fall asleep.
* In "Better Call Saul", Badger realizes he's being set up as part of a drug sting when he notices what clearly look like surveillance vans parked nearby.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'd walk away and go back later for the drugs.\\
'''Instead:''' He falls for the old "undercover cops can't deny that they are cops when asked directly" urban legend, goes through with the deal, and is promptly busted by the undercover cop.
* In the Season 3 finale, [[spoiler:Walt has Jesse kill Gale.]]\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He'd destroy any evidence that [[spoiler:he knew Gale.]]\\
'''Instead:''' He keeps a book [[spoiler:from Gale, with a note from the guy,]] in his bedroom where anyone could find it.
* In early season 4, Hank is at a dinner party with the Whites when he announces that "Heisenberg" has been found dead and was actually [[spoiler: Gale Boetticher]].\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Walt would congratulate his brother-in-law for nailing a dangerous criminal, or at least keep quiet.\\
'''Instead:''' He derides [[spoiler:Gale]] as an amateur who couldn't possibly have been smart enough to be Heisenberg.
* Ted has been cooking his accounting firm's books with Skyler's help since Season 2, and the IRS begins to investigate them in late season 4 for embezzlement.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' He and Skyler would get their stories straight, and maybe even hire an attorney.\\
'''Instead:''' He doesn't tell Skyler about the indictment until the day before he meets with the IRS.
* After Skyler helps him avoid criminal charges, Ted still owes the back taxes, when he receives, from Saul, an inheritance check for the exact amount he owes from a relative he didn't know he had.\\
'''You'd Then Expect:''' He'd use the check to pay the IRS because that was obviously the intent of whoever sent it.\\
'''Instead:''' He buys a Mercedes, figuring he'll eventually get a better offer.