What was the point of the Skyler-takes-up-smoking plotpoint? It's established as early as Season 2 and I was sure, following through Season 5, that it was going to pay off in Skyler smoking the ricin cigarette; whether on accident or by Walter. But it amounts to nothing. Absolutely nothing. And it makes all the little moments where characters remark on it a complete waste.
It's a character-thing, not a plot-thing. Things get more and more out of hand around here, and she starts to smoke more regulary. Whether for the relaxation from cigarettes, or to be in control of something,or both, is up for interpretation.
There shouldn't be any strong distinctions between character points and plot points in a show like Breaking Bad. Walter had numerous character traits which reinforce themes in the plot or lead to new developments (like him taking small things from the people he kills and his excessive pride respectively.) Similar with Jesse, like how his special affinity for kids was established as far back as Season 2 and it's that seemingly small thing which later drives major points in every season that follows. And with Hank, in that his panic attacks after shooting Tuco ultimately start the chain of events that lead him to being defenseless during the shooting.
The point being is that, for as great as Breaking Bad characters are, it is ultimately a plot-driven show and there shouldn't have been a character trait introduced, let alone reiterated numerous times, if it wasn't going to have a payoff. Especially not when the character trait ties in with another prominent symbol through the show's run. Think of it as Chekov's Character Trait, if you will.
It does have plot significance, in that it showcases that Walt's desire to help his family is doing the opposite. Connecting Skyler's smoking with the ricin cigarette isn't necessary, as there's smoking all over the show and Skyler's smoking is only emphasized up in regards to the emotional state that drove her there.
I'd agree that this may have very well been initial motivation for including the plot point and to that end, it was fine. However, I hardly think that justifies carrying such a thing through multiple seasons. Especially given how much worse the damage becomes by even Season 3: Walter has destroyed his wife's trust (and love), gotten his brother-in-law almost killed and crippled, torn many others lives apart, and worst of all, got Skyler to take up smoking. It just doesn't fly for me. It's right up there with Hank's mineral collection and Marie's kleptomania. They were unnecessary asides that seemed to be put there simply to give the other characters something to do; dropped as soon as the plot was able to include them again.
It was retained because dropping it wouldn't make any sense in-universe. As for the other two, Marie's kleptomania established why Skyler would have little respect for her (thus making the occasions where Dumbass Has a Point more substantial), and Hank's mineral collecting was a very obvious sign of how much escape he needed from his current situation plus additional evidence that his response to emotional problems is to ignore them.
On a related note, it is incredibly disappointing that the ricin, also around as a motive since Season 2, was just used to kill Lydia in the end. It would've been a nice little gambit on Walter's part had he brewed it on the spot but again, this was something that lasted through years on the show. And, in the end, it was used to kill a minor character; one that didn't even need to die really.
Just because it's not a major plot point doesn't mean it's pointless. The smoking was a demonstration that Skyler was so stressed that she was willing to risk her baby's health, and that Walt's actions were hurting his family. As for Lydia, she very much needed to die, given that she was paranoid and was going to have Walt's family offed at the slightest worry that they'd talk.
It's always puzzled me: Was Walter planning on killing Mike before he did so? I think the commonly accepted interpretation is that it was a mark of utter impulsivity and scorned hubris; showcasing just how far Walter has degraded from his former self but there are a few things I've noticed that might suggest otherwise.
First off, he killed Mike with the gun from his Go-Bag which obviously meant he removed it before confronting Mike. In my mind, there are three broad motives behind this: 1) He had no intention of killing Mike 2) He considered the possibility of killing Mike or 3) He was definitely planning on killing Mike. #1 seems the easiest to dispense with: It's possible Walter removed the gun because he feared for his safety when confronting Mike alone. But if this was the case, then why did he leave it in the car rather than have it on him? A gun is only as useful as it is accessible. The same line of reasoning can used to write #3 off since why would you leave yourself (temporarily) vulnerable to a man you knew you were going to kill. So, this leaves #2 as most likely by process of elimination. And this is my first piece of evidence: The fact that Walter considered the possibility of killing Mike before Mike had a chance to piss him off.
My second point is with regard to the end of the episode, Hazard Pay. It always bothered me why exactly Walter decided to bring up Victor. The first time I watched it, I assumed it was just the writer's answer to a question that fans had been asking since Victor's Death and on technical writing level, I still believe this was the core motivation for including it. However, from a narrative viewpoint, there can't not be significance in Walter saying he understands that Gus killed Victor 'for taking liberties that weren't his to take' immediately after the heated expenditure meeting between him, Jesse, and Mike. It has been established both in and out of the show that, in Season 5, Walter was beginning to think of himself as the New Gus. And if, in Walter's mind, he was Gus, then perhaps Mike was his Victor and the 'liberties' refer to the hazard pay that Walter loathed paying. At the very least, it seems possible that murdering Mike entered his mind then. And this, I say, will be my second piece of evidence.
It's with these two points in mind that their general relationship can be shaped around. It is well-established that Walter resents anyone who challenges his pride and by the first half of Season 5, the only two who do have the cajones to challenge it are Mike and Skyler. It does seem fully possible that Walter grew to loathe Mike through the course of their business dealings because he was, in a way, the last barrier to the peak of Walter's pride. And because so much of Walter's story can already be understood as a series of eventual triumphs over others toward full self-actualization, it remains more consistent with the theme to understand killing Mike as another one of those 'triumphs' rather than simple rash act.
And finally, there was Walter's insistence for the names from Mike during their confrontation. There doesn't appear to be any good reason for Walter to have those names other than the prison assassinations he later executed. From that, it seems likely that Walter was planning on the assassination as or before he asked Mike(possibly as early as the aforementioned expenditure meeting.) Yet, Walter must've known as well as everyone else that Mike would not stand for his men being shanked in prison. It seems very unlikely Walter would even consider the possibility of executing a plan and leaving a huge loose end like Mike in the mix. When Walter finally does execute the plan, in no way is the set-up presented as a 'well, Mike's dead now so I might as well.'
And it's with all this that I believe the most reasonable interpretation is that Walter had intentions of killing Mike before he met with him. Because the circumstances of their meeting were little more than shitluck, it doesn't seem very likely that Walter had this premeditated past the drive to see him. But nonetheless, I feel the trigger may have been pulled even had their meeting gone cordially.
How come no one tares their scales before measuring meth?
Why in the hell was there a raisin in Gus's lab?
I remember Walt packed a lunch to the lab in some other episode..
Hank getting promoted. Yeah, he's done a lot of good at his job—taking care of Tuco and his cousins, suspecting Gus when no one else did, even though he didn't really contribute much to taking him down—but he's also done a lot of not-so-good. However many drug dealers you catch, I feel like you don't get a big promotion so soon after you follow a man into his home to beat him up without a warrant. He was also acting really erratically before that, with the beating the random guy in the bar and whatnot, and while he was right about Gus, he was going about it in a way that is legally suspect, at the least; he got his civilian brother-in-law to drive him around so he can stalk people he's been told are no longer suspects. He has good intuition, but he's pretty awful at everything else. He doesn't even speak any Spanish, which seems like something a DEA agent in New Mexico should be able to do.
It might be a political thing-promote the hero who busted a guy no one else even suspected? That's how he got put on the Juarez taskforce at least. In Breaking Bad-world, Jesse's refusal to go to trial against Hank also got him off the hook with internal affairs. Not speaking Spanish isn't a big handicap when 90% of his work is behind a desk and most Mexican police speak English, if anything it was a bigger problem when he was in the field.
I'm surprised he didn't have any mandatory counselling; he probably could have benefited from it.
What I'm wondering now is how Hank could possibly think it's a good idea to be alone in a room with Jesse when he's not even supposed to be there, with the expressed purpose of making Jesse angry.
Hank's behavior prior to beating up Jesse wasn't known to the DEA since Steve was covering for him. The Jesse situation probably dropped off everyone's radar since Hank got shot right afterwards (and like stated previously, was never officially charged).
When Jesse is throwing those massive, loud, drug-fueled parties at his house, with presumably-under-21 year olds, where the hell are the cops? It's not like he lives in a bad neighborhood where that sort of thing happens every night or the cops are preoccupied with other thiings. He lives in a $200,000 house in what appears to be a nice, middle-class neighborhood. Not to mention his house was covered in graffiti and his lawn went to shit. He didn't even get so much as a single neighbor complaining. How did Jesse get away with throwing these loud raves night after night? Does he live next to a bunch of deaf people?
Huh...that's actually one hell of a good question.
Jessie still holds leverage over Hank, who, in turn, likely told the AQPD to give him a wide berth.
For what it's worth, Jessie's parents were selling it for $800,000, and were coerced into selling it to him for $400,000.
Maybe complaints were made, but he only had to pay fines. He sure as hell had the money to spare at that point. I guess it probably never went too much further or the police probably would have discovered something, which would be strange, but not incredibly unlikely IMO.
Where does Walt get Castor beans? He doesn't have time to order them and they don't grow in the states. Where does he get them?
There are variants grown in North Texas.
He told a story about how old baby rattles contained the beans before people knew what you could make from them. This is probably where he got them, spotting an old rattle at a garage sale or something similiar.
Were the pilots of the two planes in ABQ all asleep? How does one not notice a plane coming towards your plane?
It's actually hardest to see a plane coming right for you - when you're looking at a plane nose-on as it is just a round thing with narrow flat parts coming out of it. Also aircraft travel at high speed so it doesn't leave a lot of reaction time. A real-life example would be the 1986 Cerritos mid-air collision - the aircraft were closing on each other at about 1100km/h (300m/s) and neither pilot was able to react in time to avoid a collision.
They also had confirmation from the control tower that they were both good to go. A controller saying that your flight path is clear is supposed to be the end all, be all for pilots. Even if they had automated warning systems or any sort of fail-safe, it's likely they would have disregarded them in favor of the controller's go-ahead.
Actually, airplanes have a system called Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and it should override any directions from the air traffic controller should there be conflicting directions.
When Brock is poisoned, why does Jesse immediately think that Walt did it? The more obvious conclusion, to me, was that Brock stole Jesse's "lucky cig" and smoked it.
Jesse knew he had it AFTER seeing Brock for the last time, because he swapped it out to a new pack. He says so when he confronts Walt. Walt even suggests perhaps Brock got it somehow. And because only Walt knows it exists and where.
If Brock's mom is a smoker too, he's probably been told many times to keep his hands off other people's smokes. Jesse would know this, so he wouldn't assume Brock stole his poisoned cigarette. As far as Jesse knows he and Walt are the only ones who know about the ricin. So the only logical possibility is that Walt stole it somehow and poisoned Brock to punish Jesse.
Brock wasn't poisoned by ricin, but from some other plant, that Walt had in his backyard.
It's also never established if smoking the cigarette with the ricin capsule in it would even allow the poison to enter the smoker's system. The show presents it more so that one would need to apply the poison in food, which would take planning.
Jesse has already seen that Walt has the skill to make and the guts to give people poison. Suddenly Brock is "sick", so of course the first person Jesse suspects would be the guy he watched put poison in Tuco's food.
"Skyler, it's charity." "Why do you say that like it's some dirty word?" Why does Walt say that like it's dirty word? I admit I've met people who were too prideful to accept charity but only when their money troubles were somehow their fault (bad investments, a gambling problem, whatever). But Walt's cancer and subsequent medical bills aren't his fault at all. So why does he have so much trouble accepting even the slightest bit of help? (Full disclosure: I'm still finishing up season 2 right now so if it's been explained since then I apologize.)
It's just Walter's personality. He has an insane pride, and he feels weak if he can't be self-sufficient. Skyler implies at one point that he was raised that way, and of course the fact that he's never really lived to his full potential (with his chemistry skills, he could have done a lot better than being a high school chemistry teacher) has made his ego easily-bruised. The idea of taking money from his former partner, his falling out with whom caused his current financial condition, is like salt in his wound.
Walt's tragic flaw is very much his pride. This becomes more and more obvious as the series continues. His breakup with Gretchen, the fallout with Schwartz, his refusal of their money, and his decision to cook meth are all these impotent attempts to wrest control of his life from an indifferent universe. He's always felt put-upon and bitter. There's always been this feeling, boiling just beneath the surface, that the world owes him something. And then he got cancer.
Because he's already making way more on meth and doesn't want people to have to sacrifice for no reason?
Some of this is personal: Gretchen and Elliot bought out Walt's shares in Grey Matter when it was a small startup and he feels like they cheated him out of millions. This isn't just charity, it's money that Walt feels is rightfully his-taking their money means he either the buyout was fair or he has to take his own money and let everyone think it was a gift from Gretchen and Elliot.
Walter's really obsessed with the idea of being the provider for his family. Look at his reaction to Saul's plan to launder the money through Walt Jr.'s website; he doesn't even want his family thinking the money is from strangers, he wants them to know that he is the big man and he has it all taken care of.
The series starts with Walts 50th birthday on September 7th, 2009. In season 5, Walt turns 51, making it September, 2010. 4 episodes later (approximately september 9th, 2010), one of the gang members Walt hired complains that "whacking Bin Laden wasn't this complicated" - an event that would happen more than 7 months in the future to them.
The episode was supposed to be set in 2010, Vince Gilligan admits the line was a mistake.
Okay, so in the season 4 finale we find out Brock was poisoned by much less lethal Lily of the Valley berries instead of ricin. Walt conveniently happens to own this species of plant. I'm guessing Walt was still the one who made the ricin cigarette disappear so Jesse would assume that was the source of Brock's sickness and he could turn it around and blame Gus. Now, between Gus constantly watching Walt, Walt being driven to paranoid insanity over getting his family killed, and Walt being terrified to leave his house, how the HELL did he actually do it? How was he logistically able to get the berries from the plant beside his pool (Point A) to Brock's mouth (Point B) in the window of a few hours while remaining completely transparent and not even having a plan before that morning?
Saul and his mooks. They had direct access to Andrea and her kid, since Saul was giving her the money from Jesse himself. Saul is VERY eager to give Jesse his share, even though Jesse is in no real danger. Sure, Saul was in a hurry, but it didn't stop him from meeting with both Jesse and Walt in the finale. Also, pay attention to Huell when he pats down Pinkman - it looks like he hides something in his pocket.
This is proven correct. Huell did indeed steal the ricin from Jesse. Jesse realizes this when Huell steals something else from him in a later episode, as he understands that he pulled this same "bump and snatch" trick before...
the mooks have been consistently developed as nothing beyond bumbling, incompetent comic relief before this event. Yeah, they helped Walt and Skyler get the car wash, but Skyler was the one who did most of the work there. Did these same goons manage to flawlessly pull off Walt's improvised master plan in a split second of time between episodes 11 and 12?
They may not be smart, but Saul is. He's been giving candy to Brock, too. And there was time - it's been at least a couple of hours between Walt's Russian roulette and Jesse getting the phone call from Andrea. Besides, these guys are stupid: the only real time they screwed up was when Ted got crippled, but in that situation would Gus Fring expect Ted to act like such a fucking moron?
But, why would Saul help out Walt? The episode before Saul had to be begged by Walt to make a phone call yet Walt talked him into poisining a kid he has previously showed affection for. Also, this plan doesn't fit Saul's usual motivation of self preservation.
He's a paranoid crook. And Walt's plan fits his motivations perfectly - Gus could easily consider him a loose end, especially after Walt's disappearance plan failed. Also, he's helping in a perfect opportunity to create a power vacuum in the meth business, and Saul's greedy enough to think of becoming Walt's Tom.
Not to mention that Saul was more worried about Gus finding out he called the DEA on him then actually making the call for Walt, once Walt says he doesn't have to mention Gus at all then he has no problem doing it.
Why do people consider this part of the plan some kind of incredible coup? All right, yeah, a lot of the stuff having to do with Jesse and Hector were insane masterstrokes, but come on. Getting a six-year-old to eat something? Anybody over the age of 13 could pull that off, no problem.
You have to remember it's poison. Maybe anyone could, the remarkable thing is that Walt would.
There is a small reference to this early in season 5 that vaguely confirms that Saul helped, though there's never any explanation besides Saul saying something like " I didn't know the kid would end up in the hospital." Basically we have to assume it somehow, since the show never explicitly tells us. Something that probably should have been done in a flashback in season 5 (we see a relatively trivial flashback about how Jesse squanders money for the RV at a strip club, yet the show skimps on a major plot/character development point in the season 4 finale?) It's done for dramatic delivery of the twist at the end of the episode, but that's still a somewhat weak excuse.
How exactly does Gus's organization work? How does he have time to micromanage his fast food restaurant while also running a massive drug operation? How does he run a massive drug organization with what appears to be only two lieutenants- Mike and a random easily-replaced guy? How can Mike have the time to be a "cleaner" and a private investigator for Saul, respectively, if he's also doing all this work for Gus? How can the other guy have time to watch Walt and Jesse all the time they're at work, and Jesse long enough to figure out exactly which of his houseguests stole all his money, since he seems to be Gus' #2 guy? Why does Gus personally negotiate a dispute between a low-level drug crew and Jesse and Walt if he's so high up that barely anybody actually knows him? Given all these apparent limitations on his organization, how does he go up against the freaking Mexican Cartels and win?
To be fair, Mike was a cleaner before Gus got the meth lab running. We now see him being Gus's lieutenant full time.
Maybe this weird, small, tiny crew working inside legal bounds (the laundry, Los Pollos Hermanos) is the reason why this operation works out. And Gus' settling the dispute between Jesse and the two drug dealers makes sense, coming how he wants to give the vibe of a Benevolent Boss all the time. Also, this dispute is crucial - if a lackey of his makes a mistake, it could cost him Walt, his Golden Goose
His organization was never that large to begin with. After S4, we see all of gus's soldiers arrested in jail or in hiding. There was maybe 10 people, it's implied it was small, but, huge and most the workers were illegal immigrants.
Also, real-life criminal organizations aren't huge either. They consist of more or less the same amount of people that Gus has hired, for the same reason Gus had; the smaller the group the easier it is to maintain control and the less of a chance someone going to rat. It was already shown that while Mike was The Dragon, he still did a lot of mundane jobs like dead-drops. It's logical to assume that the rest of his henchmen also had many duties on top of being just muscle.
Actually, we see a lot of Gus's organization; the inspectors and packagers who prepare the meth once Walt and Jesse finish making it, the trucks that distribute it throughout the country inside buckets of batter, the street-level slingers, the drops where Gus's sellers leave the payments they received. Add Madrigal to the equation and we know where the chemicals come from. How did the meth actually get from the Pollos franchises to the dealers? Is there one person in each restaurant who extracts and distributes them? What happens if there's a fire, or if he gets pulled over on his way to a delivery?
In season 3, where Hank starts staking out Jesse's house, why doesn't Hank just show the picture of Jesse to that girl from the gas station? If he gets a positive ID, then he has enough to get a warrant and search Jesse's house.
First off, that picture isn't enough for a positive ID. That's why the police have line-ups. Hank couldn't get a positive ID without tipping Jesse off. And that wouldn't be enough to convict him. MAYBE they could get him for selling, but not producing. Hank needs to connect Jesse to the RV, and he can't do that if Jesse knows he's being watched. Also, a photo lineup would be just as useless. You need much more than just a static 2D visual. That's why TV cops are always telling each person to move forward (to identify gait or body language) and say something the witness heard them say (voice, pronunciation, etc).
So Jesse leaves Badger in the desert after an argument and fight. Then after Jesse and Walter escape from Tuco, Jesse is all of a sudden hiding out with Badger? What gives???
Badger isn't really smart. Like, at all. We're talking about a guy who starts humping a canister of P 2 P. And he does call Jesse out that he was left in the desert, so he could have some slack cut here.
Friends fight. Friends make up. It happens. Badger doesn't seem the type to hold grudges.
So, why doesn't Gus just kill Walter, cut his losses and replace him already? His reasoning is supposedly, with Gale dead, no one else can cook as high-quality meth as Walter can, but why exactly does he need 99% pure meth? Wouldn't Gus rather have an inferior cook that does what he's told instead of a loose cannon master chef who has this history of causing trouble for him? His customers are drug addicts, and probably used to much lower quality drugs. They're not going to stop buying because it's not premium quality.
Explained in Season 4 Episode 8 in a flashback which showed a young Gus pitching the idea of selling meth to the cartels with a very good friend who is a talented biochemist. This friend could have stressed the importance of purity of the drug and he may sell only the best as to not disgrace his memory.
I rather suppose that he has to *absolutely* meet his quota. As Jesse said, he has no Gale left, and the guy who knew how they cooked was seen at the crime scene, and not reliable enough if something went wrong on the chemistry-side of things.
Exactly. I forget the episode, but Gus said that because of the enormous overhead costs of his operation, he can't afford to halt production even for a day. Plus, given the occupational hazards of the job (loss of product due to raids, or the need to pack up and get the hell out of Dodge in order to avoid the DEA) Gus probably needs some "cushion money" to stay safe and afloat.
The trouble of finding someone smart enough or experienced enough to handle the superlab, but who's willing to break the law. Ordinary meth cooks don't know enough chem to run things smoothly, and most chemistry experts aren't criminals. Remember, Gale wasn't just some guy Gus recruited, he knew him through that scholarship thing. And Gus' meth needs to be a certain quality for the operation to be effective, his superior product allows him to charge more and gives him an edge over the competition.
The same reason Walter wouldn't cook with a fly in the lab.
It's revealed in late Season 4 that Gus was originally planning to have Walt come to Mexico to cook for Don Eladio's cartel (ultimately having to use Jesse instead because of the blowout between Walt and Gus), thereby smoothing relations between Gus and Don Eladio enough for Gus to get close to him. That way he gets to enact his revenge-by-poison plan that we see in "Salud." Having the purest possible meth is key to this plan; it's very likely that if Jesse hadn't been able to cook meth at such a level of purity, the cartel would have entirely dismissed Gus (or would not have invited him to their base at all). It's also a form of triumph for Gus to be able to come back so many years later with the knowledge that not only has meth become increasingly more relevant than cocaine, but that he can still provide better quality meth than Don Eladio can. So I'd say that Gus actually does need the highest quality meth to ensure all of his plans will come to fruition, and it's not just a matter of preference.
So, Gus is planning on killing Walter's family if he attempts to interfere in his plans to kill Hank, and he just assumes that Jesse's going to be ok with this? The guy who was planned on getting himself killed to avenge a child's death is just going to be cool with Gus offing an innocent women, a teenager, and an infant?
We don't know that Gus told Jesse the part about killing Walt's family.
In fact, we now know that he didn't tell Jesse about that, since Jesse had to hear about it from Saul.
It's possible that he was only bluffing to keep Walter in line. In season 3, Gus is highly offended when Walter suggests he may have had a hand in the murder of a child.
Okay, he didn't tell Jesse, but still, he couldn't do it. If Walt's family was suddenly wiped out, Jesse would probably figure out that Gus was behind it. He must have been bluffing.
He was probably planning on killing Jesse, too, as soon as he could afford to. He had just manipulated Jesse into revealing Walter's formula and method in Mexico.
What was Gus doing before Walt? He clearly had plenty of money, a distribution network, a chain of Los Pollos Hermanos, and was constructing the lab with the intent of having it run by Gale, but how did he get it to that point? Was Gale working for Gus for a lot longer? It seemed that Gale was going to start working for him, but Walt came in instead and pushed Gale down the ladder.
Gus tells the ABQ police (Hank, Gomi, and the Leut.) that Gale was an aspiring chemist and Gustavo had financed his education. So yes, they went way back.
It's implied that Gus was working with the Mexican Cartel from the beginning, acting only as a distributer in the US. His plan, apparently, was to build his own superlab in the US, then cut ties with the cartel and get the DEA to go to war with them (hence the attack on Hank). That way, he'd control production AND distribution and eliminate his main competition.
The whole conflict between Gus and Walt bothers me. I mean, yes, Walt killed a couple of his dealers, but there were extenuating circumstances. Gus is nothing if not patient. This is a man who saw his best friend murdered in front of him and waited twenty years to take revenge. But he feels the need to kill his best cook over the lives of a couple of street dealers who presumably mean nothing to him? And okay, I can see the need to get rid of unstable and disloyal elements in his organization, especially after Gale's murder. But then why does he try to replace Walt with Jesse? Jesse, who defines the word unstable, who was responsible for the whole thing with the dealers, and who actually shot Gale? Seems to me that Gus should have just forgiven Walt a long time ago and this whole mess wouldn't have happened.
Gus wasn't just angry over Walt killing two lowlife dealers. Walt's actions created a grotesque murder scene and left bodies Mike had to spend the entire night cleaning up. Leaving bodies in a public place jeopardizes Gus's entire operation, making Walt a HUGE liability. Just look at how Gus reacted to Victor letting himself be seen in Season 4. Also, he recruits Jesse because Jesse can basically create Walt's product while still being younger, stupider, and more malleable than Walt. With Walt, all Gus sees is a man who is far too close to being his intellectual equal to ever be trained into serving under him.
Also, "Half-Measures" make it clear Walter and Jesse are loyal to themselves, not to their employer. Jesse was already an unstable element Gus allowed only out of respect for Walt and out of necessity. Gus was already dependent on Walt, letting this slide would give Walter a big mental advantage. Hell, trying to punish it STILL did that: just see how Walt acts in season 4 - he's both paranoid about his life and on a power binge after winning the battle with Gus. There was no way to control him anymore.
I dunno, the more I think about this the less sense it makes. OK, so here's the situation: Jesse wants to kill two low-level dealers who killed his friend, especially because they used a child. Walt rats him out to Gus (so that should be in Walt's favor). Gus calls a meeting, sternly admonishing the two who used the child, telling them to cut it out. They kill the kid, Jesse tries to kill them but Walt does it first. Why does Gus care about this so much? Either 1) the two low-level dealers disobeyed him in killing the kid (so they're at least as unreliable as Walt and Jesse), or 2) he ordered the death of the kid (which considering Season 4 seems more likely, but didn't at the time, to either the characters or us). Only in scenario 2 does it make sense for him to get angry at Walt and Jesse, BUT even then why wouldn't he just lie and say "Uh, hey guys, thanks for taking out those two dudes who totally disobeyed me and weren't supposed to do that, now get back to making me hundreds of millions of dollars"? Seems MUCH easier and more sensible for Gus, especially after he just made a big deal about being offended that Walt would dare suggest he ordered the death of a child. Things go back to how they were, with everyone content and making money—no dead Gale, no Hank on the trail, no dead Victor. Hell, no dead Gus. But that isn't just a mistake in hindsight—I don't think it made any sense at the time. Why was Walt's reaction after killing the two guys "run"? Shouldn't it have been "run...to Gus to tell him we killed two guys who disobeyed him and murdered a child"?
Walt and Jessie are Gus' cooks, not his assassins. Having them go off on their own to kill these two guys is not their job and it's a huge threat to his organization because they did it in such a public way. The killing proved to Gus that Jesse and Walt can't be trusted not to do something incredibly reckless and dangerous when they feel justified, and that makes them a liability. Also, Gus didn't order the death of the kid. He only said "No more children" in the scene, and the two idiots misinterpreted him.
True, but if Gus didn't order the death of the kid, then his killing (a very public child murder) is way worse than what Jesse was planning on doing or what Walt eventually did (a pretty public gang shooting, which is probably relatively routine for the Chicken Man's organization considering how much turf he controls). Considering that this was the first time Walt (or even Jesse) had ever done something like that, and the unique circumstances—Jesse's girlfriend's brother is the one murdered—it just doesn't make sense for Gus to immediately decide that Walt and Jesse need to go. Maybe he decides that they're too unpredictable (though I'd think getting rid of them would be riskier), but if so the obvious thing to do is pretend to forgive Walt and Jesse and get rid of them later down the line. Gus all but announces that he's going to off Jesse and Walt immediately after they take care of a huge problem for him, albeit one that they weren't supposed to solve.
Gus is mad at them because the very last orders he gave to Jesse and Walt were to leave well enough alone and let him handle it from here on out. In fact, Mike had already told Jesse that they were sparing his life in the first place as a favor to Walter. You do not kill a drug lord's dealers: as soon as somebody kills his dealers and gets away with it, it's open season on his men from anyone who wants a piece of his turf, because he's proven he won't defend them. Gus orders everybody to play nice and let him handle things, and the very next evening Jesse and Walt have killed those dealers even though they gave Gus their word that they would never even speak to them again. They've proven themselves both capable of violence and disobedient; Gus cannot afford to abide that.
Season 3 questions regarding the motives of Tuco's Cousins Okay, so I'm just watching this through now and I don't speak spanish so I'm missing a lot of Season 3 dialogue - but why are Tuco's cousins so gungho about killing Walt, and only go after Hank when Gus says they can't kill Walt (at least, I think that's what's going on, again, no subtitles on Spanish dialogue). Tio knows Hank killed Tuco (That's why Tio wouldn't help Hank put away Jesse). Yes Walt did try to poison Tuco (and failed), but Hank is the one that killed him, yet it seems like revenge on Hank is an after thought or a substitute for killing Walt. What gives?
The cousins originally thought it was Walt (Heisenberg) who had killed Tuco. What Gus told them was that it was actually Hank who had done the deed, which was the truth. This made them shift their anger and resolve towards Hank.
Hank is a DEA agent. Killing a government official or law enforcement means a LOT of trouble for organized criminals, so it's a big taboo. The cousins didn't have permission from the Cartel to kill Hank, so they went after the next best target. Gus told them that they were operating in his territory, and that he was willing to give them permission to kill Hank if they laid off Walt.
Also remember that Tuco's death took place outside, Hector only heard what was happening. Walter admitted that they'd tried to poison him, then there was a struggle and a gunshot. Then Hank pulled up and there were a lot more gunshots. Given that Tuco probably had a fatal wound before Hank even arrived, it's hard to say where to place the ultimate blame for his death.
In season 2 Tuco beats one of his boys so hard he starts convulsing and has no pulse. Tuco tells "Heisenberg" to "breath into his mouth" (perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) but Walt refuses, saying "they don't teach that anymore, it doesn't work". Uh, what? Because they taught it to me when I got my CPR certification.
He's lying because he doesn't want to do it. Also, I don't think mouth-to-mouth is going to fix someone who's been beaten to death.
That's the part I was unsure about. I thought he might have been lying, but why? Why not just say "it won't work"? Or even "I'm a chemist, not a doctor"? But instead he makes up a very specific lie that mouth-to-mouth resuscitation doesn't work and isn't taught anymore.
It IS taught, but you're also taught not to do it unless you have the right mask, otherwise you're just asking to catch something deadly. So it's really a lie by omission more than anything.
There is some truth to it. CPR isn't taught as much as it used to be, primarily because of how ineffective it is and how dangerous it can be to perform.
I've heard that they don't do mouth-to-mouth in CPR anymore. If it's untrue, then it might simply be an urban legend getting repeated as fact.
It's one of those last ditch things that they prefer not to do. Emergency responders are prepared for intubation, basically the same thing but without the possibility of catching hepatitis. Some docs complain that it used to be a rite of passage for a patient to vomit in your mouth.
There is an element of truth to it, depending on how up to date you are. So-called 'rescue breaths' are no longer taught as they are deemed to be a waste of time. Instead you are now taught to go straight on to chest compressions, followed by breaths into the mouth (with, as said above, a special mask to prevent transmission of disease).
It actually is not taught anymore for most situations (). Mouth-to-mouth is shown to be unneeded in many situations where hands-on CPR is just as fine, so now the Red Cross offers courses on being both Hands-only trained and full CPR trained. Getting a full CPR certification now features a section on when to and when not to use mouth-to-mouth.
If Gus is so concerned with caution and professionalism, why did he demand Walt have the meth within an hour when he made the first deal? That's just inviting in sloppiness that could draw attention to them for no real reason. It doesn't prove Walt is loyal or competent. It might have proven Walt was eager to do what it takes, but it was shown earlier that Gus values professionalism over eagerness by a long shot. It's possible that Gus' lieutenant set up the deal without bothering to tell Gus specific details, but it's still basically the same problem since Gus shouldn't have people like that in his organization. Besides, Gus knew in advance how good Walt's meth was, he shouldn't have delegated the first deal to someone lower down in any case.
Because Gus doesn't really want to work with Walt. It's a test. He only really got around the idea of hiring Walter for reals when Gale kept prodding and prodding about Heisenberg during the superlab set-up.
How did Hector Salamanca end up in ABQ? He seemed to be based in Mexico. How did Gus find him in the nursing home?
Tuco's safehouse was on the north end of the border. Gus has a network of private detectives and associates in the Cartel that could've told him.
Hector did time in San Quentin in the 80s and 90s, so he was already in the United States before the series began.
I love the show, but I've noticed a strange timeline error. The show mainly takes place in the year 2008, with it having recently had the year turn to 2009. However, Jesse is shown playing Sonic and Sega All-Star Racing on multiple occasions. However, this game came out in 2010, so it doesn't make sense that Jesse would have access to it.
Chalk it up to slightly alternate timeline.
Same goes for the game Rage, which is even more recent (2011). I also wonder how well that '09 Dodge Challenger fits the timeline. One possible motive for anachronisms is promotional value. Both my examples are mentioned in the commentary as paid product placement — the show is expensive to make, so they seize these opportunities when they can.
The raid on Osama bin Laden's compound is also referenced in Season 5, which in real life took place in 2011.
Rewatching season one, was anyone else a little bothered by how the show handled the Krazy 8 scenario? It led to some powerful and intense moments, but it kind of felt like a cop-out to show Krazy 8 being humbled and truly attempting to convince Walt that he wanted to live and had the right to, as well as showing that even street thugs can have heart...then he plans to stab him anyway? I mean, I would understand if Walt ultimately decided to kill him, but there was no indication that he wasn't willing to do so. It just seemed like a convenient excuse for Walt to kill him rather than giving a chance to flesh out an interesting dynamic.
I think it set the mood nicely for what was to come. In this particular show, it's not just a case of being a good guy or a bad guy. Even the most brutal killers have families and histories, and they may seem very charming and very human, because they are. But they're still brutal killers, too. Look at Walt: a major player in the drug world, an unrepentant liar, a murderer, a stone-cold manipulator...but also a chemistry teacher with cancer, a baby daughter, and a physically disabled son. Look at Jesse: He's a wayward kid with a lot of heart who took care of his sickly old aunt until she slipped away...but he's also a murderer, liar, drug dealer, user, and a guy who dissolved entire human bodies into so much bloody red slurry. Gus has his own sob story, too, and so does Mike, and even the Salamancas have their close-knit family. Crazy-8 is just one more in the pattern.
I also doubt anyone would ever forgive Walter if they were placed in the same situation as Crazy-8. He saw his cousin melt through the ceiling after all, the last thing on his mind would be forgetting the whole affair.
I don't think it was a cop-out. Right at the beginning of Walt's long, slippery slope, he wasn't ready to kill in cold blood and was looking for reasons not to. Walt made a connection with Krazy 8 and wanted to let him go with a handshake and a promise, but when he found the missing plate shard that illusion, that hope, was tragically shattered. It was vital to the plot to give Walt an excuse to kill Krazy 8, and a necessary lesson for both Walt and the viewer about what he was getting himself into. You might note that having an excuse doesn't really make the task easy for Walt, or any less impactful.
Gus is smart enough to know to encrypt the incriminating surveillance records on his laptop, but still writes the account numbers down and hides it in a photo frame. So the only thing that can not only bite Gus in the ass, but the entire operation is left un-encrypted and ready to be found. Seems like a big Idiot Ball. Considering this was an insurance to keep other key members of his organization in line if they ever get incarcerated it's a pretty big one.
Hiding a small slip of paper in a photo frame is arguably more hidden than putting it in an encrypted file on a laptop. Any laptop encryption can be broken, and if Gus uses that laptop for web-surfing the possibility becomes even more likely. On the other hand, the only way a piece of paper hidden in a photo frame would be found is if someone knew where to look for it and they had access to the place where Gus keeps it.
If Gus had chosen a proper encryption algorithm, the decryption without knowing the pass-phrase would take a considerable amount of time (centuries at least). But even if you want to have the benefit of hiding an encrypted data storage, just buy a 1Gb micro-SD and hide that. It's even smaller than a piece of paper. If I'd be cooking meth and murdering people, I wouldn't leave anything plain text anywhere.
And it works if he ever needs it quickly. Only he knows where it is and he could have quick access to it. And we don't know if he didn't have a backup or if it wasn't on the laptop - it's safe to assume that such a savvy man as Gus would have that information backed up in many ways.
This. Imagine a scenario where he had only a short time before the DEA were going to come in to bust him. He can fry the info on his hard drive- but he's going to need the numbers, both for himself and for the "retirement funds" he's set up for his top guys- which will keep them from talking.
It's a series of Cayman Islands accounts. Gus is wealthy through legitimate means, the police would probably think those accounts were Gus' way of dodging income taxes-sleazy but legal if they found out about them. Even if they did bust him for meth distribution, a personal photo would probably be left alone. It only wound up in evidence because he's dead, which gives the police way more discretion in searching his home & office.
Two things way back in season one. In an early episode, Skyler berates Walter for spending $15 to buy paper with a credit card that "we don't use". Why have a credit card if you don't use it? Secondly, she found out about that, but never found out about Walter draining all the money from their account to buy the RV?
In these types of scenarios, credit cards like that are usually for emergencies. I got nothing on the other one though.
People usually get bank statements monthly, so she probably wouldn't find out about it until then. By that time Walt would have enough money could replace it and come with an excuse for why he withdrew it. Not a perfect explanation, but it's a small enough issue that I'll be going with it.
The amount of time between episodes on this show is really vague, so he may have charged it the day before they mailed the statement.
Most banks automatically call the cardholder if there's suspicious activity and let the cardholder define "suspicious", so Skyler could have them call whenever the card is used. Albuquerque teacher pay sucks and Skyler's writing career is floundering, so they can't afford the risk of someone fraudulently using that card. They might use it for emergencies, and a good credit score is required for many types of loans.
The credit union account is implied to be Walt's private savings account.
Depending on when they got the card, it could improve their credit score to keep it open, even if they don't use it. As for why they don't use it, it could be any number of things—high interest rate, fewer rewards, etc.
How exactly is Jesse laundering his money? Unless I'm forgetting something, he rejected Saul's nail salon idea and we never heard anything past that, so as far as we know he is unemployed (on paper) but still has enough money to own his own home and pay bills without welfare. Wouldn't that arouse suspicion?
My thought: his parents are extremely well off and as the public perceives it, he got their house in a settlement along with some extra cash.
The house could be in Saul's name: His owning the house wouldn't be suspicious, and he could claim to be letting Jesse stay there for free. Jesse probably wouldn't care if the house was legally his.
The house may not be in Jesse's name- remember, his parents didn't know he was the buyer until after the deal was done. The check probably came from a "mortgage company" Saul set up. Plus, the government usually doesn't notice these sort of "income/outgo" disparities unless a person is already under investigation, or unless their income tax/property tax forms raise red flags. Since the whole series has taken place in about one year, it's unlikely anyone would have noticed anything yet- which is why setting up a money-laundering scheme would be important.
I was rewatching Season 2 and noticed something. After Walt encourages Jesse to expand his dealers' turf, he says they aren't charging enough and suggests they raise the price since they've cornered the market. Later on, after they cook the 40 pounds of meth in "4 Days Out," Walt asks Jesse how much they're charging and Jesse responds $40,000 a pound. Walt seems surprised at the high price and Jesse responds "You said raise the price." But wait a minute. When Jesse first started running his three man crew before any of that happened, he instructed them to sell for $2,500 an ounce. $2,500 an ounce is $40,000 a pound. So did Jesse raise the price or not?
That's by the ounce, not by the pound. It might be $2,500 an ounce and $30,000 for a pound for the bulk discount. At $2,500 ounces, they should be selling teenths at $150, but I vaguely remember a scene where a teenth was $300 or something. But yeah, drugs have price breaks at bulk.
I assumed that when Jesse said $40,000 a pound, he meant that he and Walt got $40,000 a pound after cutting the dealers in, meaning they each got $20,000 a pound. As it stood before, he and Walt got $16,000 a pound each.
Don't most public school teachers get health insurance through their work? Insurance doesn't pay for everything, but I don't recall them saying that Walt got a dime from his own insurance.
Walt was going in for a special, more intensive treatment. Insurance companies don't like paying for terminal illnesses.
His health insurance would have paid for part of his treatment if he'd visited the (less skilled) doctors within his HMO network and stuck to only the (cheaper, less effective, less likely to work) treatment that his HMO covered. The copays would still have been steep, and the chances that it would all be a waste (the chances that he'd be paying all that money for a treatment that wouldn't actually work) would have been much higher. As it is, he went to a better doctor outside his HMO, and — as HMO's do when you visit a doctor outside their network — his HMO didn't cover it.
So Walter White is a genius-level chemist, an absolute master of his craft, correct? Why is it, then, that he was unable to find better work after Greymatter than as a poorly paid High School chemistry teacher? He says himself that he is extraordinarily overqualified for his job and yet apparently never acted on that fact. Certainly a Chemist who has been recognized for work that won the Nobel prize would be able to find a more lucrative position in some chemical company than working in a public school, with part-time work at a car wash.
Walt was an underachiever before the start of the series. He spent his life doing work that was beneath him for people so much less intelligent than he was. That's part of why cooking meth was so intriguing. He was finally his own boss, doing something that only he can do.
Bad luck, pure and simple. Someone like Walt would normally lead a fulfilling and successful life, but due to a series of unfortunate circumstances he ended up stuck in a dead end job way below his qualifications and way below his pay grade. That, in addition to what the above troper said, is why Walt turned to crime. Deep down he feels the universe itself has conspired against him for decades, with lung cancer as the horrible rancid cherry on top of the shit sundae that is his life. So he feels morally justified in whatever he does.
Sooner or later, Walt fucks up everything because of his ego. He walked away from Gray Matter for what we can only assume was petty bullshit, and I seriously doubt that was the only time in his life he ever did something like that. He can't stand working with people who see themselves as his superiors or even his equals — not for long. He can't even deal with his family getting money from outside sources — he needs them to be dependent on him. Deep down inside, he stays with his teaching job because at least it gives him the satisfaction of knowing that he's smarter and more qualified than anyone he works with. He does better in the drug business than in legitimate business because in the drug business, the way that he naturally acts is more acceptable. If a chemist loses his shit over disrespect and demands that everyone acknowledge his superiority, he's insane — but a drug dealer who does that is just a drug dealer.
It's been implied in interviews with creators and such that Walt left Gray Matter (and Gretchen) because he couldn't handle Gretchen's family's extravagant lifestyle. Gretchen is some kind of trust fund baby from the sounds of things (not saying that she's not intelligent or has her own merits), and Walt was overwhelmed by the fact she's never really had to work for anything. Walt hates handouts, and much like how at the start of the series he and Skyler struggle to make ends meet, his family were incredibly poor growing up due to his father's Huntington's disease. He (probably) felt like staying with Gretchen would be marrying into a family of handouts and charity. This is mostly speculation though.
Walt worked at Los Alamos and Sandia, prestigious labs where many jobs require a PhD, after leaving Grey Matter but wound up leaving both for unknown reasons. Walt Jr. was born shortly after the move to Albuquerque, so he probably took a teaching job to avoid uprooting his family.
When Walter first meets Tuco, he uses a chemical compound to cause an explosion. An explosion that he sets off near his feet and is powerful enough to blow out all the windows in the room, yet it leaves Walter almost completely unharmed?
The compound was fulminated mercury. As for the event, chalk it up to Rule of Cool; fulminated mercury, while highly explosive, in such small amounts cannot produce enough force to kill a person. The effect on the building was a bit exaggerated but still cool as fuck.
During his interview with Hank, Mike mentions that he's licensed as a private investigator in "New Mexico, Utah, Arizona; every state where we operate." Hank brings up Colorado, but neither of them mention Texas. But if you go back to Season 4, the opening of 'Hermanos' is a Los Pollos Hermanos commercial which fades into a glimpse of the meth operations, specifically the meth being packaged and hidden in buckets of batter. Two of the shipments of batter are being sent to Lubbock and Brownfield, both of which are in Texas. Does Pollos operate in Texas after all? (Texas does require a license to be a private investigator, so it seems unlikely that both Mike and Hank would forget to mention it.)
Hank was looking for any evidence of Mike's illegal or off-record work for Gus, and Mike was giving just enough information to shut Hank up and prove he was following the law. Hank realized the licensing question wasn't helping the case, so Texas didn't matter. So yeah, they are in Texas, it just didn't come up in the interview.
It might be a partial list of the states, simply omitting an "et cetera" at the end of the list.
It seems like Walter should have been at least suspected of something fairly early on. I understand why Hank wouldn't think his brother-in-law was up to something, but when a bunch of chemistry equipment goes missing, some very chemically pure meth turns up, a robbery is committed using a chemical compound, and this is all connected to the deaths of two major drug dealers. Not to mention that during the second drug dealer's death, Walter, the genius chemist with access to all this stuff, was missing for two days. Not to mention that Jesse was a major suspect in the Tuco case, and it is known that Jesse is an associate of Walter's. Somebody at the DEA should have at least been asking questions.
Hank has an idea of what a meth cook looks like before he investigates the chemistry equipment storage and Walt doesn't fit it, ditto for the parents. Hank also generally writes Walt off as book-smart but dumb at everything else. There are tons of chemists in this country, and even high-school dropout Jesse can turn out high purity meth. Jesse and Walt have alibis for the time they were with Tuco, and Hank thinks Jesse is too cowardly to be Tuco's killer. No one thought Walt's disappearance was drug related, so the APD and DEA would have no reason to talk. Skyler doesn't mention Jesse to the cops, and Hank probably doesn't care about the Jesse-Walt connection since it turned up jack. As far as the DEA knows, Emilio skipped out on bail and Krazy 8 is a missing informant, since their bodies were dissolved. Thermite is available from chemical supply stores and isn't tracked, you don't need to be a chemist to use that stuff. Hank is pushing the blue meth-Heisenberg case at the DEA harder than anyone else, so his biases are going to factor into the investigation.
The fact that Hank doesn't believe Walter when he bluntly states that the duffel bag contains $500,000 in the Season 3 premiere all but confirms this.
That could just be Hank humoring his brother-in-law through the divorce.
Plus, even if they didn't focus in on Walt specifically, they still have a limited pool of suspects in the lab robbery due to no signs of forced entry. There should have been investigation for every one of those people with access, to the degree that discrepancies in how Walt was operating should have shown up.
I think it might partially be because Hank's killing Tuco and subsequent promotion and reassignment puts the chain of command for the investigation on hold, and by the time Hank is firmly reestablished as running the blue meth case there's a combination of the trail being assumed to be cold, and Hank's own distraction and uncertainty in his investigation.
So, I might be missing something, here, but how exactly does Badger not get off scot-free due to entrapment in "Better Call Saul"?
Badger would have to show that if not for the police officer's behavior, he wouldn't have tried to sell meth to anyone. US criminal law has a really high standard for entrapment, and entrapment allegations would have to be made to a judge to get the charges dismissed. Given the circumstances, claiming entrapment would force him to admit meth possession without guaranteeing acquittal on the other charges. Cooperating gets Hank and Gomez to drop the charges.
If those circumstances were valid criteria for entrapment, then sting operations would be worthless.
I'd have to rewatch the scene to be sure, but I don't think the cop ever actually says, "Could you please sell me some crystal meth?" The whole deal was done on a wink-wink/nudge-nudge basis, where they both know they're talking about meth, but don't say so out loud. So long as the cop doesn't explicitely ask someone to do something illegal, it can't be entrapment.
I assume it probably wasn't an important plot point, but does anyone know what Mike did with Chow and Chris' bodies?
Most likely broken down with acid the same way they did with Victor and others.
Walt, Jesse, and Mike were awfully lucky the train car they needed to rob happened to stop on the bridge above the tanks they buried. They only knew which car carried the methylamine a few hours before, long after the tanks were already in the ground. And they couldn't control where the train stops, since there was only one road for the decoy truck to break down on. What was their plan?
They had a lot of extra tubing and could have just run the hoses a few extra cars up/down as needed.
According to Vince Gilligan, a tanker full of a hazardous material like methylamine would have to be kept on the rear of the train. You see Jesse running a wheeled device over the tracks of the trestle before the robbery; he's measuring to figure out exactly where the car will be.
What was the point of having Lydia bring up 'Dark Territory' in Dead Freight? It's somewhat of a clumsy conversation over a topic that turns out to be completely irrelevant - the engineer and conductor make no attempt to call for help.
Trains are GPS equipped, so an unscheduled start or stop outside of dark territory automatically gets reported to Homeland Security, even if it's due to something completely mundane. Post-9/11, standard policy has been to treat any unscheduled stop as an emergency.
It seems safe to assume they make no attempt to call for help because they've done this route a number of times and they already know cellphones will be useless in that area.
In "Buried", Saul recommends assassinating Hank. Wouldn't that cause way more problems than it solves? Skyler knows that Hank knows, and killing Hank would lead to a crackdown.
Maybe, but if they got to Hank before Hank brought his concerns to the police, they wouldn't know to trace it back to Walt. The DEA would surely swarm all over looking for the killer, but if they didn't have any evidence, they'd be out of luck. It's a risky suggestion, but not a completely unreasonable one.
The Cousins. Can't they just book a plane to enter the United States?
And bring in guns with hollow-point bullets through customs? Uh uh.
*Sigh* Take the plane and buy the bullets in the States.
Right, because that wouldn't arouse suspicion at all.
*Sigh* If you're a Mexican national coming to the USA with the intention of murdering someone, maybe you would want to avoid Customs and Immigration? Especially if you know an easy way in?
I thought you pretty much needed a spotless criminal record to get into the States, especially from Mexico. What's the likelihood those two have clean records?
No, no, and no. First, buying weapons in the States is less suspicious than blowing up a truck of migrants. Second, are you going to tell ICE that you come to the States to murder someone? Third, it's not impossible. Juan Bolsa gets to the States without problem.
Yes, yes, and yes. First, they're nutjobs who love their obviously custom-made axe, and probably their guns. Second, whatever you tell the ICE, there's now a record of you coming into the states. Third, we have no clue as to how Bolsa got into the States, so your point is moot.
Coming into the States is not a crime, and records are useless if cops can't link you to any crime. And yes, we have a clue as to how Bolsa got into the States. He said the day he could no longer cross the border is the day he retires. Either he is willing to be reduced to sitting along a bunch of illegals in a coyote's truck, or his record is clean. Take your pick.
What makes you think the cops wouldn't end up being able to link them to a crime? They weren't exactly subtle- they left the body of the woman whose house they took over outside- didn't even bury it. And they attacked Hank in broad daylight , in a public place. I imagine they're probably known killers, even if no one specifically knows their faces- remember how the one kid reacted to their boots when he realized exactly what design was on them? I don't think that was just a "ooh, they're bad guys' response- he knew something about two guys wearing boots with skulls on their toes. They knew they either were already or would be on the cops' radar- why call attention to themselves by travelling in public, when there are trips across the border every day- trips where it's easy to get rid of any trace that they were ever there?
In "Blood Money" and "Buried" both Jesse and Saul correctly think Walt killed Mike. For Jesse it's the logical conclusion considering that Mike has disappeared without a trace and Walt had Mike's men killed. Does Saul think the same or does he actually know?
Saul knows. He made the comment about "sending Hank to Belize."
How does Hank know, or rather correctly suspect Walt bombed the nursing home? even if he knew about the connection between Heisenberg and Gus, Declan's thinking that Gus' death was engineered by the cartel makes more sense, even if it is wrong. Hank knows there are several people who were involved in Gus' illegal business, so why would he think that the maker of blue meth and the person responsible for killing Gus, Mike's men, and probably Krazy-8 and maybe even Gale (even if that one was Jesse) as well would be one and the same?
Anyone who was anyone in the cartel died before Gus did. With that in mind, Hank's assumption probably makes more sense than Declan's. Even if there were a few stragglers left over, like Hector, it would be a hell of an effort to pull off that kind of move from so far away with your manpower already crippled. Plus, Hank probably thinks it's too coincidental that Gus died exactly as the DEA was starting to move in on him. It reeks of someone allied with Gus, i.e. Heisenberg, taking him out to cover their tracks.
Hank also remembers how Walt was insisting on staying at the car wash when the DEA took the White family to Hank's house for protection. In hindsight, Hank realizes that Walter had something to do with planning Gus's death.
If Vince Gilligan's "juice-box man" theory regarding how Walt poisoned Brock is canon, How does Saul know Walt poisoned Brock? Why would Saul think there's a connection between the cigarette box Walt got Saul to steal from Jesse using Huell and Brock getting sick unless Walt told him so? And if that's the case, why would Walt do that?
For the record, the "juice-box man" theory is that Walt put the ricin in a juice-box and gave it to Brock at his school.
From what was said in one of the last scenes of "Live Free or Die", Saul had no idea that Brock would end up poisoned, possibly thinking that the ricin was for Gus or one of his men. So, the best that we can extrapolate is that Saul must have put two and two together after news of Gus' death spread around.
What was Mike actually trying to convince Walt to do with the "half measure" speech?
Give up on Jesse. Not kill him or anything, but stop trying to save him.
OK, so Brock was poisoned with Lily of the Valley and not ricin... so why exactly did Walt steal the ricin from Jesse in the first place? Back-up plan? Unconnected desire to keep him safe by taking it off him? Given Jesse's Right for the Wrong ReasonsEureka Moment in "Confessions", that could turn out to be a major goof.
The plan was for Jesse to think Walt poisoned Brock, so Jesse would go after Walt. Then Walt could convince Jesse it was Gus who poisoned Brock. Then Jesse would find out that it wasn't ricin, but Lily of the Valley, but by then Gus would already be dead and Jesse convinced that killing Gus was the right thing to do and that Brock getting poisoned was an unrelated matter. Also, consider the relationship between Walt, Gus and Jesse at this point. Walt is disconnected from Gus and Jesse so it's not like Walt could have poisoned Brock then called Jesse to tell him Gus did it. Walt doesn't know what Gus is doing at any given time. At the same time Walt knows that Jesse wouldn't stand a chance against Gus on his own. What Walt needed was a situation that would turn Jesse against Gus, and want him to team up with Walt. And Walt couldn't approach Jesse with this, he needed Jesse to come to him. But not thinking Saul and Huell would ever use the same steal an item technique again was an oversight, though it could be attributed to Walt's state of mind.
A whole episode revolves around Walt's inability to cook with a fly in the room contaminating the process. But in series 5, he and Jesse start cooking in houses undergoing pest control - that is, buildings that will be filled with insects. And this was Walt's idea. How does that work?
They were cooking inside a little plastic tent area, separated from the rest of the house by its walls. Presumably, Walt made sure the tent area was immaculate, even if the rest of the house was bug-infested. And as far as I can remember, it was in the middle of the main living area, away from your typical major infestation cites like walls, corners, and the kitchen.
Walt never genuinely cared about contamination. Whenever Walt is feeling pressured and out of control, he tends to focus on small, practical problems (usually problems that absolutely nobody cares about but him). Remember when Hank was shot, and there was that scene where Walt fixes that wobbly table? Walt gets his sense of self-worth from solving problems. The events of Fly were essentially Walt grasping at something to make him feel in control.
Are the webisodes canon? Things like Walt talking to Hank before the wedding and Walt and Badger breaking into the old lady's house.
They don't contradict anything said in the show proper, so there's no reason to assume they aren't canon.
In the season 4 finale, Gus sees Hector leaving the DEA and assumes he gave them information. So he doesn't think Hector turning up dead within a few hours of telling the police he's a criminal would be suspicious?
Suspicious, sure. But presumably the needle he was going to shoot him with would make it look like Hector died of natural causes, and if there was no hard evidence to link Gus to Hector's death, there wouldn't be a lot the cops could do.
Well Gus did go to see Hector many times, including the time before Gus was planning to kill him, which the nursing home would have a record of. So there's that.
But if Hector told the DEA about Gus, wouldn't they put him into protective custody, so Gus couldn't kill him? How come this didn't occur to Gus?
Organized crime culture absolutely forbids talking to the cops-Gus' disgust with Hector's actions, and fear that he might have said something incriminating, trumped his instincts. Notice that he went from deliberate and patient to wanting Hector dead the second he heard about the meeting with the DEA.
Gus wasn't completely blinded by rage. He first sent Tyrus to Hector's room to see if it's bugged. It wasn't, so Gus thought it's not a trap. But why would Hector break that important rule of crime culture and talk to the DEA if he's not saying anything important and not setting up a trap?
Not everyone who goes to the DEA qualifies for protective custody-Hector would need to show that his life would be in imminent danger if he's not given DEA protection, and that's assuming everyone at the DEA bought Hector's story. Much like Walt's confession tape, the truth is stranger than fiction here.
Hank and Gomez don't show their badges when confronted by the Neo-Nazis?
They knew damn well the Nazis didn't care about seeing the badges, they just wanted to trick Hank and Gomie into putting their guns down so they could shoot them.
This might be a dumb question, but how much danger would Saul be in exactly that he had to use his extractor? I'm sure he's had clients before that went belly up in the judicial system, so to speak (as well as being involved in the exposed Gus empire).
With Gus, Saul was a bit player and was mostly protected by his role as a lawyer. Mike was probably the only one who could seriously incriminate him. With Walt, Saul is knee deep in the entire mess. The feds will have enough probable cause to go through his life and finances with a fine tooth comb. As an accomplice he can't claim lawyer-client privilege. Huell already talked to Hank so he will probably spill everything to the feds which will link Saul directly to the money. Plus, the neo-Nazis might want to silence him permanently.
Gus' empire is legally irrelevant since everyone who knows the details is dead or refusing to talk. Saul's definitely looking at charges of money laundering and conspiracy because he knowingly handled Walter's drug money. If he's considered a leader of the drug empire, then under racketeering laws he could also be charged with anything he ordered Huell and Kuby to do, which includes fraud and impersonating a federal agent. While he's awaiting trial for all of this, his home and office are probably under 24-7 surveillance, including wiretaps, so his vaguely respectable lawyer job also collapses in the process. Saul's clients have presumably gone to prison before, but this might be the first time where he's at risk of prison.
In Full Measure, why did Walt recite Gale's address when Mike had him at gunpoint after he ordered Jesse to kill Gale? Doesn't seem useful to his plan to possibly have Mike or Victor save Gale before he can get shot.
They already know Gale's address. Walt is proving he is not bluffing.
Tuco's HQ had a CCTV on it. The DEA should have known who Heisenberg is sooner, then?
I don't think the DEA investigated the building explosion, just local police (based on the sirens at the end of that episode). So either Tuco's surveillance equipment was also damaged in the explosion or Tuco lied to cover Walt if he was questioned about it.
I'm talking about DEA raid in Season Two (the episode's "Grilled", yeah). Anyway, Tuco's CCTV is on the first floor, and Tuco had fled his HQ before the DEA arrived. So?
I think the CCTV was simply for security, see who's coming up the steps in the next five minutes. Tuco is crazy, but he isn't dumb enough to record his interactions during the course of his drug business, not to mention, it probably wouldn't occur to him to record anything.
In the same episode, Tuco has Walt and Jesse's driver's licenses and other ID—remember how he said he likes family men. He left all that on the counter, and Walt and Jesse didn't have time to take it with them when they escaped. Yet Walt isn't connected to the incident at all, and Jesse's only link is his car.
Actually, Tuco let Walt and Jesse pick their stuff up after he's done going through them.
In "Say My Name", why didn't Mike let Jesse bring him the bag when Jesse offered to do so? Mike has firmly established a pretty solid relationship with Jesse by this point. By contrast, he utterly despises Walt and pretty much does not trust him with anything. Why then let Walt bring him the bag? I can't help but get the feeling that things would have gone a lot better, at least for Mike...
Probably because Mike has a fatherly care for Jesse and didn't want to involve him in any further business knowing that Jesse, too, wanted out. It was obvious to Mike that Walt would do whatever it took to keep Jesse under his control, so Mike probably just wanted to leave Jesse out of it and deal with Walt himself. Obviously he wouldn't have died if he'd just let Jesse get him the bag, but on the other hand he did say some well-deserved truths to Walt.
What is with Walter Jr's choice of the name Flynn?
It might not have any specific meaning, but the fact that the name is heavily associated with Errol Flynn, the legendary swashbuckling badass and ladykiller, makes it evoke the kind of image that a teenage boy would like to assume.
Why did Walter attempt to save Jesse in the first place? The last time they saw each other, Walter was the one who intentionally got Jesse captured in the first place. Walter stood by as Jack and Todd discussed how they would torture and kill him. And finally, he told Jesse he watched Jane die for the sole purpose of causing him as much pain as possible. So what changes between that and the finale? It's a complete 180 for Walt to go from trying to cause him as much pain as he can to trying to save him.
He didn't go there to save Jesse, he went there to eliminate Jack and his gang, as they were a lingering threat to his family. As for why he pushed Jesse down to avoid the bullets, seeing how Jesse looked after months of torture may have made him feel like the kid had suffered enough.
I didn't have any problem with that, Walt had really tried to keep Jesse alive throughout most of the series (at times even hinting he actually thought of Jesse like a son). Walt's arc towards the last 2 episodes or so is closure; accepting he's been an a-hole. Wanting to kill/hurt Jesse was part of his a-hole days. It stands to reason he would not want to do that anymore now that he's left his a-holeness behind to die peacefully.
Despite the narrative implying otherwise, isn't Jesse still completely screwed? The cops are after him. They're sure to be watching his house. He has no money. He's homeless. The tape of Jesse confessing all the things he did is still probably in the clubhouse the cops are sure to search. And to top it off, the last time an innocent was indirectly killed because of him, Jesse pretty much broke down. Is he likely to do any better with Andrea dead? How could things possibly go well for him?
It's not supposed to be a happy ending. Jesse has done terrible things and hasn't earned one. What he gets instead is the chance at a happy ending.
One could also argue that Jesse is presumed dead, he has been missing for several months, and the last living person to see him is Marie, who probably assumes that he died along with Hank and Gomez.
As for the tape, it's likely Jack's gang destroyed it to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
It would look terrible if the police publicly prosecuted Jesse after he spent the last ~4 months in a Neo Nazi dungeon, especially if he said he got coerced into working with Hank and Gomez. He might be able to get a settlement and even therapy since the media would be more likely to portray him as a victim at this point.
For a hired goon with god only knows how many murders under his belt and not the most pleasant personality Mike sure seems popular.
Despite his murders, he's one of the more morally upstanding characters in the series. He's also got an extremely mature and professional attitude (only being unpleasant to people who are giving him trouble), and is more or less Walt without the pride.
"Despite his murders, he's one of the more morally upstanding characters in the series." Then there's some pretty immoral people, then. The head scratcher for me is how pride seems to be the worst sin here (I guess it is a deadly sin after all.) You can be shown to go around shooting and killing as many people as you like so long as you have no pride?
Well, yeah, there's some pretty immoral people. This is a show where main character sold his best friend into torture/slavery (and eventually, death), kicked it off by rubbing his girlfriend's death in his face, and did this all out of spite. Mike never killed anybody (or did anything) for petty or stupid reasons, and often took a more moral route when a purely pragmatic decision was available. In contrast, many of Walt's actions in the final season (continuing to cook meth when he could just retire, killing Mike) were mostly pointless and done purely for self-satisfaction.
There's no way Walt knew Jesse would be a meth cook slave and he actually saved him in the end (and gave him the chance to kill him, which Jesse turned down) so he didn't eventually sell him into death. But even if that were the case murder is still murder and whether you're killed by a man too proud of his creation or by a highly professional Punch Clock Villain you're still dead.
Walt knew Jesse was going to be tortured for info, intended for him to die, revealed his responsibility for Jane's death out of pure cruelty, and honestly the story would suggest that he didn't intend on saving Jesse until he saw how he looked. And motivations are a big deal. A guy who steals a sandwich so that his friend can eat it is more sympathetic than a guy who steals a sandwich just so that the original owner can't have it.
I think the whole "I watched Jane die" thing was his way of getting back at Jesse for Hank's death as the Nazis weren't going to kill him any more. That's why he said it at that point (as he could have said it at any other time after all.) No matter what his family thought of Walt he seemed to keep caring about them until the end (surrender to arrest and give all his money away instead of let his brother in law get hurt, send money back to his family, etc) so he was obviously hurt at Hank's death (the muted scene of him wailing on the ground kind of suggested that.) He had to have some way of getting back. How nasty a way of doing that was is debatable, but it doesn't seem like much compared to what he's done so far (what was his murder count alone by then?)
He very much expected Jesse to die, seeing as he was surprised and upset when he found out he was still alive in the finale. And you're dead-on for why he was so pissed at Jesse, but that's exactly why it's so terrible - it's absolutely petty and accomplishes nothing beyond deeply hurting someone who's not really responsible in the first place. I would also argue against the idea that Walt always put his family first, because he turned down multiple opportunities to retire with plenty of money for them.
He's a pretty great character. He's probably the single most professional and effective criminal in the series, even more so than Gus. But at the same time, he's incredibly sympathetic, very affable, and even kind of funny. He's kind of the character every other character dreams of being — the one who manages to keep "business" and family separate.
So Walt can rig a bomb to blow when a bell gets rung, he can help hook up a giant magnet to a truck to wipe out a laptop, and he can jury-rig a machine gun and a garage door opener into a Gatling gun and hook it into his remote keyless system, but he can't hotwire a car?
It does not seem that he cannot do it, but rather he thinks of an easier solution after he shocks himself.
What kind of restaurant is Los Pollos Hermanos? I assume it's fast food but the commercial explains they slow cooked their chicken like Kenny Roger's Roasted so which is it?
It's a fast food place. The real life version of the place is. The chicken is probably cooked way ahead of time and then held in a warmer.
Was Walt really as "grossly overqualified" for teaching as he claims? We know he's a brilliant chemist. We know he's both book smart and street smart. We also know he spent his twenties and early thirties getting his master's degree(s). But it's never stated that he has a PhD, and given Walt's incredible pride it's hard to imagine he'd tolerate being called Mr. White instead of Dr. White. More than half of all teachers, and esspecially those Walt's age, have their master's degree(s). Many are also very skilled at their subject matter as well. They enter teaching accepting that they'll never make as much as they potentially could. So while Walt is underachieving in his mind. Calling himself grossly overqualified is likely just his pride.
It's definitely a point of pride for him, but that doesn't mean it's not also true. I think it's safe to say that most high-school chemistry teachers can't do half the things Walt can, up to and including co-founding a company that's now worth billions. If skills like Walt's could be found on half the teachers in the country, Walt never would have been as valuable to Gus or the meth industry as a whole as he was. And on a purely professional level, depending on just where you're working and how long you've been there, even a single master's degree can make you overqualified for a teaching position. I'm an aspiring teacher myself, and it's something my professors have repeatedly warned me about.
OK, really minor question, but it'll bug me for days if I don't ask. In "Cornered," what was Jesse digging for (or, probably more accurately, pretending to dig for)? Is it just that he knew Tucker was high and would get curious?
Yeah, that's what he meant with 'I know how meth-heads think'. Not very clear-thinking, paranoid, and easy to distract.
What's a "car-wash professional"? And for that matter, what's the disc with the car-wash logo that the Whites tell their customers to give to their car-wash professional for?