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One would be careful when cooking meth, a dangerous operation that can draw you enemies. Yet people from every side keeps making dumb mistakes.

Breaking Bad

Season 1

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  • In "Cat's in the Bag", after killing Emilio Koyama (and imprisoning Krazy-8), Walt and Jesse decide that Jesse must corrode Koyama's corpse as while Walt must kill Krazy-8 himself and then corrode his corpse later on. Walt specifically orders Jesse to buy a polyethylene bin so that the corrosive hydrofluoric acid won't eat through it.
    You'd Expect: Jesse to get the polyethylene bin and if it's not in one store then try another.
    Instead: He forgoes the whole plastic bin failing to find it after trying in only one store (of course getting jumped by Skyler's threat to arrest him on false marijuana-dealing accusations by Walt didn't help), and proceeds to use his own porcelain bathtub as the cesspool of hydrofluoric acid thinking that a sooner solution is better than a sturdier one.
    Result: The acid dissolves Emilio's body... along with the bathtub itself and the floor underneath it. Jesse's house becomes a toxic wasteland uninhabitable for human life, leaving him with nowhere to sleep and making him flee for a motel.

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  • A mysterious drug dealer named Heisenberg begins selling the purest meth ever cooked. Hank Schrader is the DEA agent in charge of catching the guy. His 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 Walt's 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 Hank's defense, he did write Walt off as "book-smart but dumb at everything else", considering him to be a mild-mannered underachiever who "wouldn't know a criminal if he was close enough to check you for a hernia." Thing is, even that should've pushed Walt to the top of Hank's suspect list, because Heisenberg's activities are characterized by its amateurish approach and lack of "street" skills.
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Season 2

  • In "Down", after finding evidence that Jesse's been cooking meth in his basement, Jesse's parents decide to eject him from his Aunt Ginny's former house in order to sell it, having their lawyer tell him in no uncertain terms that they are disowning him, that he has three days to vacate the house, and that they have no interest in helping him secure somewhere else to live.
    You'd Expect: Jesse to immediately start planning to find somewhere to live, and at the very least, to immediately ask Walt for his share of the meth profits so that he can book into a motel for the next couple of weeks while he works out a long-term plan.
    Instead: He assumes that his parents are just trying to scare him into cleaning himself up, and does nothing in the way of preparing for the impending eviction, even when it comes to basic stuff like hiding his stash and drug paraphernalia.
    Result: Jesse ends up being totally unprepared when his mother shows up on eviction day and makes it very clear that she's prepared to call the sheriff to physically remove him from the property if need be, forcing him to leave at short notice with no backup plan. This leads to a Humiliation Conga over the course of the next two days, ultimately leading to a fistfight with Walt — whose marriage to Skyler is by now starting to seriously fall apart — before he can get hold of the money he's owed. Afterwards, Jesse is forced to take housing assistance from Jane Margolis, a drug addict herself who agrees not to charge Jesse a fortune for rent. This may seem like a good thing, though Jane puts Jesse back on course of becoming addicted to much harder stuff than crystal meth.

  • 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.

  • Jesse finds the addicts (Spooge and his wife), 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 won't pose any danger to him.
    Instead: He plays peekaboo with their son after they fall asleep.

  • Earlier, Spooge decided to break into an ATM from the bottom. Only using a chair to keep it upright.
    You'd Expect: Spooge would just lay it on the ground while he's drilling into it. Also, since he's in such a vulnerable position. He'd keep quiet and try not to provoke anyone.
    Instead: He follows the plan and gets into an argument with his wife. After he calls her a "skank" one too many times, she pushes the ATM causing it to fall and crush his head.

  • In "Better Call Saul", Badger realizes he's probably getting set up as part of a drug sting when he notices what look like surveillance vehicles parked nearby, and the customer he's selling to is a little confident in himself.
    You'd Expect: He'd walk away and go back later for the drugs.
    Instead: Badger being Badger, the undercover cop manages to get him to fall for the old "undercover cops can't deny that they are cops when asked directly" urban legend.
    As a Result: Badger goes through with the deal and gets arrested.

  • In "4 Days Out", Walt and Jesse have to go into a desert far from surveillance and city eyes with their RV to cook hundreds of pounds of Blue Sky to recoup the $80,000 spent on fixing Badger's screw-up with the law back in "Better Call Saul". Jesse decides to put the RV keys on the counter, but Walt objects to that being the work station.
    You'd Expect: Jesse to either just hang onto the keys in his pockets, or inside one of his junk food bags so that the keys can stay inside the RV and still be secured.
    Or Better Yet: Place the keys on the driver seat.
    Instead: He puts them in the worst place imaginable - inserts them right back into the ignition lock. For two days straight.
    Result: The RV's battery drains.
    Walt: "Did your mother drop you on your head when you were a baby??!"
    Jesse: "I WANTED TO LEAVE THEM ON THE COUNTER, BITCH!"

Season 3

  • "Caballo Sin Nombre": At the start of the episode, a police officer sees Walter driving to work with his windshield broken and pulls him over. Walt tries to explain that this is a result of recent Wayfarer 515 collision, the heavy debris of which broke his windshield, but the officer still writes him a ticket, saying that the cause of the damage does not exempt him from having to abide by driving safety regulations, and tells him to wait in his vehicle.
    You'd Expect: Walt to shut his mouth, cooperate with the police officer and accept the ticket. The officer has made it clear that he is not interested in excuses and arguing with him about it will not resolve anything. Plus disregarding an officer's orders to stay put can easily be perceived as a threat, leading to even more trouble. If Walt still feels he has wrongfully been cited, he can file a dispute about it later, especially seeing how Saul could probably fight off a traffic violation in his sleep.
    Instead: Walt cockily maintains his belief that the officer has no right to cite him considering how his car was damaged, and gets out of the vehicle to belligerently chew the officer out for it, disregarding the officer's warnings to calm down and return to his vehicle.
    The Result: After one too many warnings, Walt gets pepper sprayed and arrested for his behavior. Hank has to step in to smooth the matter over.

  • In the flashback teaser from "I. F. T.", Tortuga, a high-ranking cartel member (and DEA informant), not long after selling information to Hank Schrader, decides to meet with his boss Juan Bolsa in a dingy tavern somewhere out in Mexico.
    You'd Expect: Tortuga, having snitched on his gang to law enforcement, would sooner-or-later realize that he's probably not going to survive if his superiors learn about his treachery, and would go into hiding (or maybe even enter Witness Protection) for his own safety.
    Instead: Not only does Tortuga meet up with Juan Bolsa in that bar, they have a seemingly-friendly chat where Bolsa offers to give him a belated birthday present. Tortuga, still not feeling wary or suspicious at all, decides to accept Bolsa's "gift": a pet tortoise.
    Result: Tortuga expresses his thanks and gratitude for receiving the new turtle, and Bolsa writes a message on its shell: "Hola DEA". Marco and Leonel Salamanca then walk in and decapitate Tortuga with a machete.

  • 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: That Walt would realize that Badger, being Jesse's buddy, would tell him about Walt's plan. Thus, you'd expect that Walt would tell Badger that Hank is staking out Jesse's house and would follow Jesse straight to the RV.
    Instead: Walt ignores Badger's question.
    Result: Badger does tell Jesse about Walt's plan, and a furious Jesse drives off to the junkyard to confront Walt, which of course, leads Hank right to the RV. It's only thanks to some quick thinking to get Hank to leave (by having Saul's secretary call Hank claiming that Marie has been involved in a car accident) that Hank doesn't end up busting Walt right there and then.

  • In "One Minute", the Cousins ambush Hank in a parking lot. Hank disables Leonel, and then there's a brief exchange of gunfire between him and Marco, which ends with Marco shooting Hank twice in the chest, wounding him. Marco then steps up to Hank, pistol drawn:
    You'd Expect: Marco would shoot Hank in the face, since Hank is now incapacitated and clearly in no condition to fight back. Both for that reason, and because since Marco killed a bystander earlier and almost killed another (but couldn't because he had to reload his gun), the police are likely on their way and could show up any second.
    Instead: Marco decides, "No, too easy," and walks back to his car to grab his chrome axe.
    Result: In the time it takes Marco to walk back to his car, pop the trunk, grab the axe, and walk back to Hank while dragging the heavy axe along the pavement, Hank manages to grab the spare "Black Death" bullet that Marco had dropped earlier when he reloaded, loads it into Leonel's gun, and shoots Marco in the head right when Marco prepares to swing the axe. While Marco probably didn't realize he'd dropped the "Black Death" bullet, the extra time taken likely would've reduced the chances of him getting far before the police arrived.

  • In "Full Measure", 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 bathroom where anyone could find it.
    Result: Come season 5A, Hank finds the book.

Season 4

  • In "Shotgun", 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. Now, to be fair, Walt was inebriated, and Walt deriding Gale isn't out-of-character for him, as Walt's pride won't let anyone else get credit for what he sees as his, but still...
    As a Result: ...saying it to Hank's face is enough to prompt Hank to reopen his investigation. Though later on, it's implied that, subconsciously, Walt might be trying to get Hank to catch him out of the belief that he would be safe from Gus in prison and could drag Gus down with him.

  • "Bug": Ted Beneke has been cooking his accounting firm's books with Skyler's help since Season 2, possibly earlier, and the IRS begins to investigate him for embezzlement.
    You'd Expect: He and Skyler would meet together and work to get their stories straight, and maybe even hire a couple of good attorneys.
    Instead: He doesn't tell Skyler about the indictment until the day before his meeting with the IRS.
    Result: And, to be fair, Skyler does seem kinda annoyed that Ted didn't notify her earlier about the audit, but it's still poor planning on Ted's behalf....
    • In the next episode, "Salud", Skyler has only narrowly helped Ted avoid criminal charges by making it seem like the missing money is the result of ignorance. He won't go to jail, but he still owes the IRS back taxes. Ted receives from Saul Goodman an inheritance check for the exact amount he owes from a (fictitious) relative he didn't know he had. Money that...
      You'd Now Expect: ...he'd use to pay the IRS because that is obviously the intent of whoever sent it.
      Instead: ...he uses to buy a Mercedes, figuring he'll eventually get a better offer.
      Result: Saul is forced to send Huell and Kuby to strongarm him into signing the check. Knowing he was forced to sign a bad check that will bounce and put him through even more court trouble, Ted makes a dash - only to trip on his carpet and break his back.

  • In the same episode, Jesse desperately arrives at Walt's place wanting tips to fulfill his assignment in Mexico.
    You'd Expect: Walt would actually help him in this, and then "accidentally" let slip that Gus is targeting his family. It would have been a lie at this point in time, but later it's suggested Gus was indeed planning to target his family anyway. Jesse might surely have helped Walt kill (or incapacitate) Gus because harming innocents is one of Jesse's major Berserk Buttons. Then covertly removing the bug once he gains Jesse's full support.
    Instead: Walt reveals he has been bugging Jesse to track Gus, and spitefully curses Jesse to die in Mexico, "rotting in a Mexican barrel in the desert", clearly incensed.
    Result: They both brutally get into a fist-fight at which point Jesse breaks off with Walt and fully becomes Gus's accomplice. When Gus actually threatens Walt's family later, Jesse coldly brushes Walt off when he asks for help because of the aforementioned fight. Walt is so desperate to bring Jesse back to his side and gain any edge over Gus that he decides to poison Brock (non-fatally) just to make Jesse think, first that Walt knew about the ricin cigarette and poisoned Brock (half-correct, as Walt uses Lily of the Valley), and then Gus poisoned him to 'motivate' Jesse into killing Walt.
    Even Worse: Jesse eventually figures out that Walt poisoned Brock when he tries to skip town and tries to smoke his cigarette, and turns definitively against Walt. Jesse then helps Hank, almost arresting him in the process. Even though the plan doesn't work out, the consequences are so shattering that the masquerade is blown wide-open, leading to the fall of Heisenberg. In short, Season 5B happens the way it did because of Walt's needless pettiness.

  • Walt has just killed Gus in a truly impressive Batman Gambit in "Face Off", and the explosion is reported on national radio. Skyler phones Walt to ask if he was all right, as the last time she saw Walt, he was immensely afraid that Gus will get him.
    You'd Expect: Walt to not answer her, or to even lie to her that he wasn't responsible for anything at all. He's lied to her before, and it wouldn't be the last.
    Instead: Walt basically confesses to Skyler that he was behind the explosion on the radio, confirming Skyler's worst fears that Walt has slipped from a man trying to provide for his family to a man who doesn't think twice before killing someone.
    Result: Skyler and Walt basically make each other's lives a living hell in Season 5A. Skyler tries to attempt suicide to frame Walt, and even gets him to send their children to Hank and Marie for safekeeping. It's even shown that Skyler would have turned on him long before "Ozymandias", had she not been an accomplice to Walt, and therefore not in a safe position.

Season 5

  • Mike (by his standards, at least) in "Buyout": 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 "Blood Money", Hank has figured out that Walt was Heisenberg and puts a tracking device on Walt's car.
    You'd Expect: Hank would remember how he showed a tracking device to Walt when he asked him to put on Gus's car in season 4, and put on a tracker in a location that Walt won't think to look. Like the gas cap (like Gus's guys used in Better Call Saul).
    Instead: Hank uses the exact same kind of tracking device that he had Walt put on Gus's car...
    Result: ...which ensures that Walt knows exactly where to find it.
    Even Worse: This shortsightedness is even more idiotic if you remember how in "Dead Freight", Hank chewed out another agent for planting tracking devices on the methylamine barrels at the Madrigal warehouse that weren't hidden well enough. The only saving grace in Hank's favor is that it took several days before Walt found out about the tracker, meaning he can't remove it at own leisure like Gus did;note  still, it was a bit of oversight on Hank's behalf where he was putting the tracker.

  • In "To'hajiilee", 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 and cops in SWAT gear, or at the very least, phone his findings in to other men at his office so that if the worst should happen, his investigation won't die with him and someone else takes Walt down.
    Instead: He shows up with Gomez and a couple of guns and tells no one where they're going or why.
    Result: Enter a militia of 6 heavily-armed neo-Nazis, who kill both of them and take Jesse prisoner.

  • Speaking of that, in "Ozymandias", 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 to also shoot Walt, a man he knows must despise him, or even turn him to his side for good, as even Jack knew Walt would be a wanted man within a few moments.
    Instead: He lets Walt go.
    Result: Walt eventually comes back, and massacres Jack's crew sometime later, saving Jack to die the exact same way he killed Declan and Hank.
    Additionally: It's a strange decision since Jack clearly has no loyalties to anyone but himself and his fellow Neo-Nazi crew, so it's all the stranger when he leaves alive a witness who now has a million reasons to want him dead. It's partially handwaved in that Jack says that Todd respects Walt and would be angry with Jack if he were killed. Some fans even argue that Jack left Walt alive to keep the heat on Walt (since killing him would just lead the police to look for Jack's crew), but even that was clearly a shortsighted idea.

  • In the same episode, Walt arrives with a barrel of his remaining money to evacuate his family. By now, Skyler and Junior have definitively turned against him, and Skyler realizes Hank is dead because Walt is free and Hank is nowhere to be seen.
    You'd Expect: Skyler to talk down Walt into surrendering for their family, as there's no way a DEA agent's death will be forgiven, and surrendering gives Walt a chance to take down Jack and his crew for good.
    Instead: Skyler, furious that Hank is dead, charges him with a knife.
    As A Result: A brutal knife-fight occurs between Walt and Skyler, which results in Walt overpowering her and taking the knife back, threatening to kill her. If Junior didn't get between them at the right time, Skyler would have been dead.
    Even Worse: Walt, realizing that his family hates him now, flees with Holly as she is unaware of her father's secret. If Holly didn't cry for her mama, there's a possibility the rest of the Whites would never have saw her again.

  • In "Felina", Walt confronts Jack and his white supremacist gang, intending to kill them and Jesse with a home-made automatic turret in his car's trunk. Jack quickly decides to kill Walt, who then accuses him of having violated their earlier agreement to kill Jesse and having instead gone into partnership with him.
    You'd Expect: Jack to reply that he's holding Jesse prisoner and then shoot him dead. Or heck, just lie to Walt and claim that he did eventually kill Jesse, once Todd had been trained up to produce Blue Sky at the requisite quality. 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 already knows exactly what's going on.
    Instead: Jack gets offended by the accusation, and then has the chained-up Jesse dragged into the room just to let Walt know how wrong he is.
    As a Result: The time it takes to fetch Jesse to Jack's quarters gives Walt the chance to sneakily retrieve the activation key for his turret, which had previously been confiscated at gunpoint. Once Jesse is there, and Walt realizes he's been the prisoner of Jack's gang this whole time, Walt knocks Jesse to the ground and activates the turret, which kills the entire gang (except for Jack and Todd, who are quickly finished off by Walt and Jesse respectively) and mortally wounds Walt, leaving Jesse as the only survivor.


Better Call Saul

Season 1

  • In "Uno", Jimmy hires two skaters to jump in front of Betsy Kettleman's car as part of his scheme to get back into her good graces. He gives them information about the car and the route that Betsy takes. He even tells the skaters important information to memorize, like the license plate and the specific shade of brown on the car:
    You'd Expect: That the skaters would maybe write this down and maybe even take a picture of the car.
    Instead: They target a stationwagon that's a similar model and similar in color to the Kettlemans' car.
    Result: Said stationwagon which happens to be driven by Tuco's grandmother. Though in their defense, Jimmy trained and encouraged them to do this based on memory alone and even admitted that Tuco's grandmother's vehicle appearing was a stroke of bad luck.

  • From the above, the car hits one brother and they start their act. But suddenly the car takes off.
    You'd Expect: The brothers to just call the police, since even though they were scamming the driver, the driver has committed hit-and-run. There are also lots of witnesses who saw the hit so can provide a license plate. Or alternately, that they wait for Jimmy to show up.
    Instead: They follow the stationwagon to another house.
    Result: They end up in Tuco's captivity.
    • Add to that, when the stationwagon arrives at the house, the driver, an elderly Hispanic woman, climbs out:
      You'd Expect: That the brothers would immediately realize that there's no way this non-English speaking granny could be "Betsy Kettleman" and just go on their way.
      Instead: They follow her into the house and continue to try to get money from her, with one of them calling her a "bizznatch".
      As a Result: Tuco beats them up and comes close to using brutal methods of murder/torture on them, and Jimmy has to talk Tuco into breaking only one leg on each brother.

  • Not long after the aforementioned incident, one of Tuco's henchmen, Nacho, decides to try ripping off the actual Kettleman family. After Jimmy refuses to help out, it's left to Nacho himself to do surveillance on the house prior to his attempted heist.
    You'd Expect: Nacho to use an inconspicuous burner vehicle, or ideally a different vehicle each night he watches the house.
    Instead: He uses a highly conspicuous white van... which also happened to be the vehicle used to transport the two aforementioned brothers to the site where Tuco originally intended to execute them, and contains their blood stains.
    Result: While his attempted robbery is foiled anyway thanks to Jimmy tipping off the Kettlemans, he ends up being easily spotted and arrested when the family is reported missing. It's subsequently left to Jimmy to get him out of trouble, and also to point out that his assumption that the bloodstains in his van wouldn't matter because they didn't belong to the Kettlemans is kinda flawed considering that the two Lindholms are in the hospital for broken legs, and this would tie Nacho directly to their "accident."

Season 2

  • In "Amarillo", Jimmy comes up with the idea that Davis & Main could build a targeted TV commercial directed at a specific Sandpiper Crossing facility. It's a brilliant idea, and when he pitches it to Cliff, Cliff seems open to the idea. So Jimmy goes to work, hires his camera crew from the billboard stunt, films an ad and even does a dry-run for Kim.
    You'd Expect: That Jimmy would take his completed ad to Cliff first, so that the bosses can see exactly what's about to be put on the air with the Davis & Main brand name.
    Instead: Jimmy doesn't go by the bosses first and airs the ad.
    The Result: Kim gets demoted to doc review at HHM because she didn't give them a heads-up about the ad. Jimmy gets put under closer scrutiny at Davis & Main.
    Also: Davis & Main scraps Jimmy's ad and replaces it with one that uses the successful "white text on blue swirly nebulous background with monotone narrator" formula that Jimmy was not impressed by.

Season 3

  • At the end of the second season, Chuck records Jimmy confessing his tampering with paperwork in order to cause HHM to lose the Mesa Verde account. In the third season episode "Witness," Jimmy finds out about the tape through Kim, who after some research finds that the chances of it ever being accepted as evidence in any court case are close to non-existent. However, Jimmy is still clearly very concerned about the tape, and what Chuck intends to do with it.
    You'd Expect: Jimmy to just sit tight and wait and see what happens. About the only thing Chuck could use it for is blackmail, and even if he tried that Jimmy could probably turn his own scheme back on him.
    Alternatively: Hire Mike — who Jimmy had met for an unrelated matter just the day beforehand — to break into Chuck's home and either damage the tape or swap it for a blank one, since they have a quid pro quo agreement.
    Instead: After finishing work for the day, he goes around to Chuck's home, smashes in the front door, assaults Chuck, finds and destroys the tape, and makes further threats of violence against his brother.
    Result: All of this ends up being witnessed by a private investigator whom Chuck had hired for just such an occurrence, along with Howard, who had just arrived to tell Chuck how his plan likely wouldn't work. Even Chuck himself had lampshaded just moments beforehand how unlikely it was that Jimmy would try breaking into his house in broad daylight.

  • In light of the above, Jimmy is arrested, then gets put before the New Mexico State Bar who seek disbarment. Prior to the Bar hearing, Chuck and Howard tour the room where the hearing will be held. Howard asks Robert Alley, the Bar's attorney, to leave the room so he can have a moment to talk strategy with Chuck. Howard suggests that as he and the private investigator, David Brightbill, were there for Jimmy's break-in, it's unnecessary for Chuck to testify against Jimmy.
    You'd Expect: Chuck would realize Howard is making some good points and agree to let Howard and the private investigator carry all the weight, that their testimony alone will be enough to guarantee Jimmy's disbarment. Chuck's testimony as it were would just be "gilding the lily". Not only that, it would also protect HHM, because as Howard points out, the fact that Jimmy accessed documents that should have been locked up securely might very well come to light and cause the firm to lose clientele.
    Instead: Out of sheer pride, Chuck dismisses Howard's concerns, saying that meting out justice against Jimmy is more important than protecting HHM.
    Result: They play right into Jimmy and Kim's strategy, as it is based around the assumption that Chuck would never in a million years pass up the opportunity. They are able to put their antics (bringing in Rebecca to unsettle Chuck, and hiring Huell to plant a charged cell phone battery in Chuck's pocket) into play, causing Chuck to break down on the stand when Jimmy cross-examines him and exposes his "illness" as fake. Everyone sees Chuck as a vengeful man with a petty grudge against his brother, and Jimmy gets a one year suspension of his law license, rather than the disbarment that Chuck had hoped for. This breach of document security means Howard is forced to do damage control to retain HHM's clients, and eventually, the insurance company raises the malpractice premiums on HHM's attorneys when they find out from Jimmy about Chuck's condition, forcing Howard to fire Chuck.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

  • After managing to escape to Todd's former apartment and tracking down where he hid his share of Walt's drug money, Jesse is caught by two of the gang's former associates, Neil and Casey, who are posing as cops. While Casey keeps a Nosy Neighbor distracted, Jesse offers up the location of where Todd was hiding the money in exchange for his freedom. After he actually reveals it to Neil, however, Jesse starts taking some of the money for himself, saying that Neil can't shoot him because everyone in the building, especially said neighbor, would hear it.
    You'd Expect: Neil to pistol-whip Jesse into unconsciousness — the sound of which could be far more easily explained away than a gunshot, seeing how Neil's disguised as a cop and appears to be searching the apartment — restrain him again, then take all the money while leaving Jesse for the cops to find.
    Instead: Neil just shrugs, agrees to let Jesse take a third of the money — equivalent to about $200,000, which Casey later calls him out on — and even ends up indirectly reminding Jesse of exactly who he is, and where he works.
  • As a direct result of the above, Jesse confronts Neil and Casey — who have spent an evening on cocaine and prostitutes — at their business, and demands $1,800 that he needs to pay Ed the vacuum cleaner guy for a new life. He promises that they'll never see him again, though is clearly armed with what appears to be a pretty weak pistol.
    You'd Expect: Neil and Casey to just give Jesse what he wants, considering it's such a miniscule fraction of the half-million or so that they've got. Or heck, ask Jesse for something in return for the $1,800 — maybe his and Walt's crystal meth formula, which would be worth its weight in gold seeing how Walt and Todd are both dead, Gus Fring's operation is long-defunct, and Jesse's about to skip town for good.
    Instead: In a bout of cocaine-induced insanity, Neil challenges Jesse to a duel for the money, and in their drug-addled state, neither he nor Casey notice that Jesse has concealed a second, much more powerful gun in his jacket. He accepts the duel, promptly kills them both, takes all of their money, and for good measure blows up their workshop.


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