7. Season 1 Episode 6 — “This is not meth”
This is one of my personal favorite scenes in Breaking Bad ever. It was when I knew I was going to love this show and where I really got addicted. It was Walt’s first big “badass” moment.
This scene is so good because of the setup. Right in the cold open of the episode we see flashes of the havoc Walt wreaks and the whole time we’re watching we’re waiting for this scene to unfold.
Earlier in the episode we’ve already established that Tuco is an actual insane person. Then for Walt to approach him with such confidence, the audience is really waiting to see what he has up his sleeve. When he picks up one of the pieces of fulminated mercury and says it’s not meth, just…wow. Again with the foreshadowing too as Walt is teaching his chemistry class about explosions and fulminated mercury earlier.
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