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->''"So be on notice. We got new players in town. We don't know who they are, where they come from, but they possess an extremely high skill-set. Me personally? I'm thinking Albuquerque just might have a new kingpin."''
-->--'''Hank Schrader'''


* IncrediblyLamePun: Hank tries to name the new DEA investigation "Icebreaker." Gomez points out that it's a breath mint.


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* LamePunReaction: Hank tries to name the new DEA investigation "Icebreaker." Gomez points out that it's a breath mint.

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* CuttingBackToReality: A paranoid and hopelessly methed-up Jesse Pinkman flees through the back yard after seeing two menacing-looking bikers approaching his house with machetes and grenades. A cut to outside the house reveals that they were just Mormon missionaries.


* AssholeVictim: Walt blowing up someone's car would be a strong MoralEventHorizon candidate if the victim wasn't Ken, who engages in behavior like cutting off someone to steal their parking spot, having loud, inappropriate, and borderline sexist conversations in his earpiece, and yelling at an old lady to move faster to get out of his way.

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* AssholeVictim: Walt blowing up someone's car would be a strong MoralEventHorizon candidate morally reprehensible if the victim wasn't Ken, who engages in behavior like cutting off someone to steal their parking spot, having loud, inappropriate, and borderline and sexist conversations in his earpiece, and yelling at an old lady to move faster to get out of his way.

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* AssholeVictim: Walt blowing up someone's car would be a strong MoralEventHorizon candidate if the victim wasn't Ken, who engages in behavior like cutting off someone to steal their parking spot, having loud, inappropriate, and borderline sexist conversations in his earpiece, and yelling at an old lady to move faster to get out of his way.


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* ParkingPayback: Walt circles a parking lot in order to cash a check at the credit union for his cancer treatment. When one finally becomes available, he is about to pull in to it when a red BMW with the license plate "KEN WINS" races into the spot before him. Walt rages indignantly, but the suit wearing driver ignores him completely while obnoxiously talking into his headset. When Walt finally finds a spot, he walks into the bank only to find "Ken" there, still loudly yakking on his phone, to the intense annoyance of everyone there. Later in the same episode, Walt sees the same car parked outside a gas station. He shoves a wet squeegee in between the battery terminals of the BMW and nonchalantly walks away while the car bursts into flames.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto: Walt's shorting out the battery on Ken's car doesn't just cause it to catch fire, it causes it to explode spectacularly.


* UnflinchingWalk: Walt does one after blowing up the engine of Ken's car.

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* UnflinchingWalk: Walt pulls one of these when he loses his patience with Ken and puts a squeegee on his car battery, shorting it out. At first the viewer is amazed at how much White's morals have slipped as he walks away, AND THEN THE CAR EXPLODES. Mr. White, of course, does one after blowing up the engine of Ken's car.not flinch.

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* UnflinchingWalk: Walt does one after blowing up Ken's car.

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* UnflinchingWalk: Walt does one after blowing up the engine of Ken's car.


* DisproportionateRetribution: Walt setting the lawyer's car on fire just for stealing his parking spot (and being a jerk) does seem a bit extreme.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Walt setting the lawyer's yuppie's car on fire just for stealing his parking spot (and being a jerk) does seem a bit extreme.extreme (and dangerous as well, as he does it while the car is parked at a gas pump).



* {{Jerkass}}: "Ken," the smarmy lawyer Walt keeps encountering who steals parking spaces and has loud inappropriate conversations on his headset.

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* {{Jerkass}}: "Ken," Ken, the smarmy lawyer stock broker Walt keeps encountering who steals parking spaces and has loud inappropriate conversations on his headset.



* UnflinchingWalk: Walt does one after setting the lawyer's car on fire.

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* UnflinchingWalk: Walt does one after setting the lawyer's car on fire.blowing up Ken's car.
* VanityLicensePlate: "KEN WINS"


* HiddenWire: Walt accuses Jesse of wearing one when he shows up at the White household. Jesse looks appropriately confused and denies it.

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* HiddenWire: Walt accuses Jesse of wearing one when he shows up at the White household. Jesse looks appropriately confused and outraged and angrily denies it.


Walt goes to the bank the next day. After having his parking space taken by a blowhard named Ken and waiting in line as he bragged loudly into his Bluetooth headset, he gives the bank teller a wad of cash and asks to have a cashier's check made out to the oncology office.

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Walt goes to the bank the next day. After having his parking space taken by a blowhard named Ken and waiting in line as he Ken bragged loudly into his Bluetooth headset, he gives the bank teller a wad of cash and asks to have a cashier's check made out to the oncology office.



As Walt meets with the oncologist to discuss possible treatment for his cancer, Jesse returns back to his parents house, only to learn that they had found a joint of weed in his room and are kicking him out. In truth, the weed was Jake's. Jake thanks Jesse for covering for him, and asks for the joint back, but Jesse disposes of it, claiming that it was "skunk-weed".

When Walt returns home, he and Skyler debate about the treatment the oncologist offered. At $90,000 dollars, Walt is reluctant to commit to treatment that, with his cancer being so advanced, was a long-shot. Junior, overhearing the conversation, interjects, saying "Why don't you just fucking die, already?"

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As Walt meets with the oncologist to discuss possible treatment for his cancer, Jesse returns back to his parents parents' house, only to learn that they had found a joint of weed in his room and are kicking him out. In truth, the weed was Jake's. Jake thanks Jesse for covering for him, and asks for the joint back, but Jesse disposes of it, claiming that it was "skunk-weed".

When Walt returns home, he and Skyler debate about the treatment the oncologist offered. At $90,000 dollars, Walt is reluctant to commit to treatment that, with his cancer being so advanced, was is a long-shot. Junior, overhearing the conversation, interjects, saying "Why don't you just fucking die, already?"



* DisproportionateRetribution: Walt setting the lawyer's car on fire just for him stealing his parking spot seems a bit extreme.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Walt setting the lawyer's car on fire just for him stealing his parking spot seems (and being a jerk) does seem a bit extreme.

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