Not that we'd ever, you know, cook meth. But it was great educational fun watching Walter White and Jesse Pickman go through the step-by-step process. Like, for scientific research purposes.
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Junior’s breakfast obsession
Why did Walt Junior always have to talk to his dad over breakfast? Was Junior obsessed with poached eggs or something? Either way, it always made us hungry, usually for bacon--real bacon, of course--or raisin bran.
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OK, so the character's name was Todd Alquist. But everybody called this most helpful of sidekicks Meth Damon because, look at him. Also, his obsession with the untouchable corporation drug runner Lydia was hilarious.
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Saul Goodman’s all-American office
The strip-mall chic! The inflatable Lady Liberty! The Constitution-as-mural! TV's most beloved sleazy lawyer really knew how to decorate. We can't wait for the spinoff series, Better Call Saul.
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Jesse Pinkman talking
Walt's thug-lite sidekick could get extremely creative with a vocabulary limited to little more than "bitch" and "yo." The resulting patois became the stuff of pop culture history.
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All of Marie’s purple stuff
Boy, Walt's uptight sister-in-law sure did like to get her purple on. Everywhere: Her house, her clothes. The show's production designers must never want to see that color again.
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He had a head shaped like a sharpened pencil and the body of an orbiting satellite, and when Saul's lone security guard finally got a chance to lie on a pile of drug money, he did what any of us would do.
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The one in Tuco's kingpin den. The one that wasted nasty old drug lord Tio Salamanca and turned Gus Fring's face into the Grand Canyon--in a single boom. The one that blew up that obnoxious guy's car in the first season. Take your pick. Every explosion was an interesting explosion.
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Every single minute of Gus Fring
It was his supposed ordinariness--his day job as the owner of a chicken franchise, his glasses, his facade of utter blandness--than made this secretive drug kingpin one of the most unnerving and memorable adversaries in TV history.
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Nobody did deadpan like professional fixer Mike Ehrmantraut. The seen-it-all expression was part ex-cop, part hired killer, part besotted grandfather and part private dick.
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Badger and Skinny Pete
The Bert and Ernie of the series, these two whiled away the hours playing with crossbows, arguing about the science of Star Trek, slingin' mad volume and fat stackin' benjis.
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The “I am the one who knocks” speech
We can't do it justice by quoting it piecemeal in here. But do yourself a favor and take a look at the uncut monologue given by Walter in a moment that defines his metamorphosis from jobless high school teacher to fully-formed drug kingpin: Season four. Episode six.