What An Idiot: Breaking Bad
- 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). On top of that, after spending well over a decade showing zero interest in Hank's line of work, he suddenly became very interested in how lucrative meth could be, and even asked to see an actual lab right after said diagnosis. 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, or at least is involved in his gang in some way.
Instead: Hank never suspects a thing... until Walt's own what an idiot moment.
- In "Peekaboo", Walter wants Jesse to recover $1,000 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 "Sunset", Walt finds out that Hank knows about the RV and that he is surveilling Jesse's house. After consulting Saul he rushes to the yard where the RV is stored and orders its destruction. So far so good, but Badger is at the yard at the moment and asks Walt about Jesse.
You'd Expect: Walt'd realize that Badger, being Jesse's buddy, would tell him about Walt's plan. Thus, you'd expect that Walt'd tell Badger that Hank is staking out Jesse's house and would follow Jesse straight to the RV.
Instead: Walt ignores Badger's question.
- In the Season 3 finale, Walt has Jesse kill Gale.
You'd Expect: He'd destroy any evidence that he knew Gale.
Instead: He keeps a book 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 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 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.
- Mike (by his standards, at least) in early Season 5: all right, tying up someone to a radiator by one hand with temporary handcuffs is perfectly reasonable.
You'd Expect: That as Mike is doing it to someone he just called out for being a loose cannon and who is a genius at escaping, either use a second set of handcuffs, or clear the immediate area of objects that could be used to break these handcuffs.
Instead: He leaves Walt unattended long enough for Walt to undo his restraints.
- In the fourth to last episode, Hank finally has Walt right where he wants him: blinded by rage, irrational, and leading Hank right toward a mountain of irrefutable evidence of Walt's wrongdoing.
You'd Expect: Hank to immediately call for backup and bring the full force of the DEA down on Walt, complete with choppers and squadrons of agents in full riot gear, or at the very least, phone his findings in to other men at his office so that if the worst should happen, someone else can bring Walt down.
Instead: He shows up with Gomez and a couple of guns and tells no one where they're going or why. Enter a bunch of heavily-armed neo-Nazis, and well, we all know it ends for them.
- Speaking of that, in the antepenultimate episode, Jack Welker has killed Hank and Gomez, captured Jesse, and stolen every barrel but one of Walt's millions of dollars.
You'd Expect: Having stolen his money and killed his brother-in-law, Jack just kill Walt, a man he knows must despise him.
Instead: He lets Walt go, and we all know how that turns out.
Additionally: It's a strange decision since Jack clearly has no loyalties to anyone but himself, so it's all the stranger when he leaves a witness with a grudge alive. It's partially handwaved in that Jack says that Todd respects Walt and would be angry with Jack if he were killed, but still, it's enough to qualify for this page.
- In the series finale, Walt confronts Jack and his white supremacist gang. Jack quickly decides to kill Walt, who then accuses him of having gone into partnership with Jesse.
You'd Expect: Jack to just laugh at Walt, tell him that he's holding Jesse prisoner and then shoot him dead. Whether or not Walt knows the truth of the situation isn't going to matter a whole lot when he's dead, and everyone else there knows exactly what's going on.
Instead: Jack acts all offended, and then has the chained-up Jesse dragged into the room just to let Walt know how wrong he is. Walt then 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.