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** Walter Jr. eats the first of many breakfasts.

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->''"Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, age what - 60? He’s just gonna break bad?"''
-->-- '''Jesse Pinkman'''


The first scene we see is several landscape shots of desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Suddenly, a pair of khakis falls from the sky and is quickly run over by a speeding RV, driven by the owner of the khakis, Walter Hartwell White. He's driving the RV in his white underpants and wearing a gas mask. A young man in the passenger seat has a gas mask as well, but appears to be unconscious. In the back, broken glass, liquids, and two more un-moving bodies are careening around. Walter's mask becomes foggy, and he goes off the road and crashes. He emerges, flinging the gas mask from him in frustration, before donning his shirt and re-entering the RV to retrieve a videocamera and a handgun. He records a tearful message saying goodbye to his family and then stands on the road pointing the pistol toward the sound of oncoming sirens. Cue title sequence!

After the credits, we flash back to three weeks earlier. Walter is exercising and staring at a plaque commemorating his contributions to Nobel Prize-winning research. At breakfast, his wife Skyler makes him a plate of eggs with veggie bacon spelling out "50". It is Walter's 50th birthday today. His son, Walter Jr., who has cerebral palsy, mocks the veggie bacon and his mother's healthy food crusade. Walter and his son then drive to the JP Wynne High School, where Walt Jr. is a student and Walt Sr. is a chemistry teacher. Walter is also shown working as a carwash cashier, his second job to make ends meet. One of his students happens to spot him wiping down car tires and takes a picture. Humiliated, Walter returns home late to find a surprise birthday party for him, with many guests. His brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, a DEA agent married to Skyler's sister Marie, is making an unsafe demonstration of his Glock pistol, and hands it around to Walt, who has his drink taken from him as the party toasts him, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments leaving him holding the firearm instead]]. Hank also features on the television busting a local meth lab. Walt is astounded at how much money the criminals have made.

Next day at the carwash, Walt collapses outside by the cars, and is rushed to the hospital, where a doctor tells him he's been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Walt takes the news well, hides it from Skyler, but explodes at his carwash supervisor, Bogdan, and angrily quits his job there. He then calls Hank to take him up on an offer to ride along with him for a drug bust. The DEA busts Emilio Koyama's meth lab, while Walter sits in the car and witnesses Emilio's partner, Jesse Pinkman, escaping from a next door house while a naked woman throws his clothes out of the window. Walt recognizes Jesse as a former student of his at the High School. Later that evening, Walt stops by Jesse's house to make him an offer: they go into business making meth together, Jesse handling the business and Walter handing the chemistry. He subsequently threatens to turn Jesse in if he doesn't agree.

Their partnership settled, Walt steals a box full of chemistry equipment from his own classroom at the high school, while Jesse purchases an RV for them to use as a lab. They drive into the desert and cook, with Walt in his underwear to keep the smell out of the clothes. Jesse declares Walter "an artist", and is clearly impressed with his technical abilities. Jesse takes a sample to his acquaintance Krazy-8, cousin of Emilio. Emilio then walks out of the bathroom, out of jail on bail. The two threaten Jesse for turning them in and ask where he obtained the excellent sample. The three drive out to the RV where Walt is, and when Emilio recognizes Walter from the bust, the two pull their guns on Jesse and Walt. Jesse tries to run away, but falls on a rock and is knocked out, as Emilio and Krazy threatens to kill them both, but Walter, picking on Krazy's admiration of his craft, talks them into sparing him and Jesse, if he teaches them his recipe. He begins cooking, but deliberately mixes the wrong chemicals to cause an explosive cloud of gas and runs out of the RV, holding the door shut as the two inside are poisoned. Walter suddenly notices that the prairie is on fire from Emilio's stray cigarette butt, and frantically puts gas masks on himself and Jesse and drives off.

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The first scene we see is several landscape shots of desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Suddenly, a pair of khakis falls from the sky and is quickly run over by a speeding RV, driven by the owner of the khakis, Walter Hartwell White. He's driving the RV in his white underpants and wearing a gas mask. A young man in the passenger seat has a gas mask as well, but appears to be unconscious. In the back, broken glass, liquids, and two more un-moving bodies are careening around. Walter's mask becomes foggy, and he goes drives off the road and crashes. He emerges, flinging the gas mask from him in frustration, before donning his shirt and re-entering the RV to retrieve a videocamera and a handgun. He records a tearful message saying goodbye to his family and then stands on the road pointing the pistol toward the sound of oncoming sirens. Cue title sequence!

After the credits, we flash back to three weeks earlier. Walter is exercising and staring at a plaque commemorating his contributions to Nobel Prize-winning research. At breakfast, his wife Skyler makes him a plate of eggs with veggie bacon spelling out "50". It is Walter's 50th birthday today. His son, Walter Jr., who has cerebral palsy, mocks the veggie bacon and his mother's healthy food crusade. Walter and his son then drive to the JP Wynne High School, where Walt Jr. is a student and Walt Sr. is a chemistry teacher. Walter is also shown working as a carwash car wash cashier, his second job to make ends meet. One of his students happens to spot him wiping down car tires and takes a picture. Humiliated, Walter returns home late to find a surprise birthday party for him, with many guests. His brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, a DEA agent married to Skyler's sister Marie, is making an unsafe holding a casual demonstration of his Glock pistol, pistol and hands it passes around to Walt, who has then takes his drink taken from him as the party toasts him, toasts, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments leaving him Walt holding the firearm instead]]. Hank is also features featured on the television news busting a local meth lab. Walt is astounded at how much money the criminals have made.

Next day at the carwash, car wash, Walt collapses outside by the cars, and is rushed to the hospital, where a doctor tells him he's been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Walt takes seems to take the news well, hides it from Skyler, but explodes at his carwash car wash supervisor, Bogdan, and angrily quits his job there.quits. He then calls Hank to take him up on an offer to ride along with him for a drug bust. The DEA busts Emilio Koyama's meth lab, while Walter sits in the car and witnesses Emilio's partner, Jesse Pinkman, escaping from a the house next door house while a naked woman throws his clothes out of the window. Walt recognizes Jesse as a former high school student of his at the High School.his. Later that evening, Walt stops by Jesse's house to make him an offer: they go into business making meth together, Jesse handling the business and Walter handing the chemistry. He subsequently threatens to turn Jesse in if he doesn't agree.

Their partnership settled, Walt steals a box full of chemistry equipment from his own classroom at the high school, while Jesse purchases an RV for them to use as a lab. They drive into the desert and cook, with Walt in his underwear to keep the smell out of the his clothes. Jesse declares Walter "an artist", and is clearly impressed with his technical abilities. Jesse takes a sample to his acquaintance distributor Krazy-8, cousin of Emilio. Emilio then walks out of the bathroom, unexpectedly shows up, out of jail on bail. bail, and falsely accuses Jesse of ratting him out to the cops. The two threaten Jesse for turning them in and ask where he obtained the excellent got his sample. The three drive out to the RV where Walt is, and is still cooking, but when Emilio recognizes Walter from the bust, the two assume he's working with the DEA and pull their guns on Jesse and Walt. Jesse tries to run away, but falls on a rock and is knocked out, out as Emilio and Krazy Krazy-8 threatens to kill them both, but both. Walter, picking on Krazy's Krazy-8's admiration of his craft, meth, talks them into sparing him and Jesse, Jesse if he teaches them his recipe. He begins cooking, but deliberately mixes the wrong chemicals to cause an explosive cloud of gas and runs out of the RV, holding the door shut as the two inside are poisoned. Walter suddenly notices that the prairie is on desert grass has caught fire from Emilio's stray cigarette butt, and frantically puts gas masks on himself and Jesse and drives off.before driving off in the poisoned RV.


* PapaWolf: Don't make fun of Walter Jr. Just don't.

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* PapaWolf: Don't make fun of Walter Jr.Jr in front of his father. Just don't.



* RightForTheWrongReasons: The punk that Walt attacks had no idea how right he would turn out to be when he called Walt a “psycho” for attacking him.

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* RightForTheWrongReasons: The punk that Walt attacks had no idea how right he would turn out to be when he called Walt a “psycho” "psycho" for attacking him.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Hank is the one who originally offered to take Walter on a ride-along to a meth lab, claiming he should get a little excitement in his life. If he hadn't, Walter probably wouldn't have asked to go on one, he wouldn't have been reunited with Jesse and begun to cook meth.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Hank is the one who originally offered to take Walter on a ride-along to a meth lab, claiming he should get a little excitement in his life. If he hadn't, Walter probably wouldn't have asked to go on one, he wouldn't have been reunited with Jesse Jesse, and he wouldn't have begun to cook his long, dark road into trafficking meth.


* FanDisservice: Creator/BryanCranston makes the first of many appearances in his tighty whiteys, and it is not pleasant...

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* FanDisservice: Creator/BryanCranston makes the first of many appearances in his tighty whiteys, whitey briefs, and it is not pleasant...


** Walt is told by the doctor when he got cancer in his birthday, that in the best case scenario, he has only two years to live. Walt dies exactly two years later, just not by cancer.

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** Walt is told by the doctor when he got cancer in his birthday, that in the best case scenario, he has only two years to live. Walt dies exactly two years later, just not by cancer.live...



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Hank is the one who originally offered to take Walter on a ride-along to a meth lab, claiming he should get a little excitement in his life. If he hadn't, Walter probably wouldn't have asked to go on one, he wouldn't have been reunited with Jesse and a lot of death and destruction wouldn't have happened. Perhaps Walt would have settled for grudgingly working for Elliot to pay his cancer bills. This includes both of Hank's fatal shootings. Poor Hank's own BoisterousBruiser tendencies helped pave the way for Heisenberg.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Hank is the one who originally offered to take Walter on a ride-along to a meth lab, claiming he should get a little excitement in his life. If he hadn't, Walter probably wouldn't have asked to go on one, he wouldn't have been reunited with Jesse and a lot of death and destruction wouldn't have happened. Perhaps Walt would have settled for grudgingly working for Elliot begun to pay his cancer bills. This includes both of Hank's fatal shootings. Poor Hank's own BoisterousBruiser tendencies helped pave the way for Heisenberg.cook meth.


* StressVomit: Walter ends up throwing up when he realizes that he’s killed Krazy-8 ([[Recap/BreakingBadS1E2TheCatsInTheBag citation needed]]) and Emilio.

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* StressVomit: Walter ends up throwing up when he realizes that he’s in all likelihood killed Krazy-8 ([[Recap/BreakingBadS1E2TheCatsInTheBag citation needed]]) and Emilio.

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* CompartmentShot: Used when Walt fishes laundered money out of a washing machine.


* FromNobodyToNightmare: Walt begins his baby steps to become a Nightmare in this episode.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Hank is the one who originally offered to take Walter on a ride-along to a meth lab, claiming he should get a little excitement in his life. If he hadn't, Walter probably wouldn't have asked to go on one, he wouldn't have been reunited with Jesse and a lot of death and destruction wouldn't have happened. This includes both of Hank's fatal shootings. Poor Hank's own BoisterousBruiser tendencies helped pave the way for Heisenberg.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Hank is the one who originally offered to take Walter on a ride-along to a meth lab, claiming he should get a little excitement in his life. If he hadn't, Walter probably wouldn't have asked to go on one, he wouldn't have been reunited with Jesse and a lot of death and destruction wouldn't have happened. Perhaps Walt would have settled for grudgingly working for Elliot to pay his cancer bills. This includes both of Hank's fatal shootings. Poor Hank's own BoisterousBruiser tendencies helped pave the way for Heisenberg.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: Walt is told by the doctor when he got cancer in his birthday, that in the best case scenario, he has only two years to live. Walt dies exactly two years later, just not by cancer.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Walt is told by the doctor when he got cancer in his birthday, that in the best case scenario, he has only two years to live. Walt dies exactly two years later, just not by cancer.cancer.
** The amount of vindictiveness Walt shows to the bullies in the clothing store shows just how sadistic Walt can be, which becomes more and more apparent as the show goes on.


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* RightForTheWrongReasons: The punk that Walt attacks had no idea how right he would turn out to be when he called Walt a “psycho” for attacking him.

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* FailedASpotCheck: Hank and Gomez are supposedly elite DEA agents and yet somehow fail to notice that the car with the license plate 'The Capn' parked right next to their van despite knowing that the suspect's alias is 'Cap'n Cook'. As such, they arrest Emilio, believing him to be the suspect.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: When Hank and Gomez are about to go into Jesse's meth lab, Hank calls Gomez 'Frank' while it will be later established that Gomez's first name is 'Steve'.


* StressVomit: Walter ends up throwing up when he realizes that he’s killed Krazy-8 and Emilio.

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* StressVomit: Walter ends up throwing up when he realizes that he’s killed Krazy-8 ([[Recap/BreakingBadS1E2TheCatsInTheBag citation needed]]) and Emilio.



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%%* VomitDiscretionShot* VomitDiscretionShot: StressVomit or no, you still don't actually ''see'' Walt vomit.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: To deal with the punks making fun of Walt Jr., Walt exits the store from the back and then enters it through the front to sneak up on them, as though Walt is exiting and Heisenberg is entering.


* SuicideByCop: Walter initially wants to do this, until he decides that he is {{Driven to Suicide}} instead. Neither one works.

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* StressVomit: Walter ends up throwing up when he realizes that he’s killed Krazy-8 and Emilio.
* SuicideByCop: Walter initially wants to do this, until he decides that he is {{Driven to Suicide}} DrivenToSuicide instead. Neither one works.

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