Breaking Bad

Season 1 Episode 6.1

Crazy Handful of Nothin'

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2008 on AMC
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The side effects of chemo begin to plague Walt, who is also cooking meth again. Jesse's friend, Skinny Pete, introduces him to a distributor named Tuco, but things go awry and Jesse ends up hospitalised.

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  • A Bit Nauseating and not Really a Nine, Yet Still Quite Terrific

    Looking at ratings, reviews, and internet forums, "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" is often regarded as the best episode of Breaking Bad's first season. Here's why I don't agree:

    After more talking than doing in the last three episodes, the penultimate episode of season one not only provides more scenes than usual, but also more important and genuinely game-changing scenes than usual. After "Gray Matter" got every audience member excited with Walt and Jesse adumbrating to team up again in meth business, this is precisely what happens in this episode plus some changes in the protagonist's appearance (Mr. White activates bad-ass mode!) and the introduction of the series' most f'd-up character yet. George Mastras' screenplay skillfully balances calm chats with intense action sequences, yet that doesn't diminish the issues I had with some really clichd plot ideas. Those include the Hank/Walt situations (Hank joking about Walt doing crime, while he doesn't know that the man is actually spending his leisure time with the concoction of crystal), the Skinny Pete character (similarly as moronic as Badger in the last episode and he, sadly, will make further appearances as well), and, most of all, the way Jesse finds out about Walt having cancer I really couldn't take that seriously. I mean, Walt unbuttons his shirt, Jesse sees some staining on his chest, and just through that, he can reason pretty much everything we've found out about Walt's illness so far.

    Now maybe other people overlooked these aspects of "Crazy Handful of Nothin'" or simply don't agree with me on them, but in my opinion, this episode is slightly overrated, especially in comparison to season four or five episodes. However, it's still really great and the final ten minutes are sheerly terrific there's no need to even talk about that; just watch the episode and marvel at it. Other great, yet not that talked about parts of it, are definitely the fantastically edited montage of Jesse's night of drug dealing and the realistic (though sometimes gross) way the side effects of Walt's chemotherapy are shown.moreless
  • Walt made sure he got the money.

    Despite Walt saying all he wanted to do was cook I think he does a little more than that in this episode when Jesse fails to get the money off Tuco and Walt comes in asking for more At first I thought he was crazy walking in alone but exploding mercury crystals can be very persuasive and with Walt shaving his head nothing can stop him now as he walked out of the crib like he is invincible.moreless
  • Bad physics and morrally objectionable.

    I can't overlook the exploding mercury crystals. 1. From the blast of the explosion and fire that we see coming out of the windows - it tells us that realistically anyone withing 30 feet of that blast would have been killed. Yet the people at ground-zero and unharmed.

    2. the first time the distributer is broght the crystal he smashes it up to snort it. He didn't do it this time, and would have died in an explosion if he did.

    And morally speaking, I believe that putting one's pride ahead of ruining hundreds of lives is despicable. I lost respect for the character in this episode because now he has an option of taking the job with his ex-partner to get some $ to leave behind for his family and his treatment costs. But he puts his pride above that option and decides to cook meth and ruin lives.

    I still love the twisted dark style of the show tho - and will continue to watch.

    Where else can you see someone continually vomitting and see a chemo-tainted-pee action shot.moreless
  • Walt is forced to take charge after Jesse has trouble with a new distributor.

    Has there been anything more awesome in the show than Walt walking into Tuco's apartment with some Fulminated (?) mercury, asking him for 50,000 dollars and then blowing up the entire apartment when he doesn't follow through? Okay, maybe there has been, but I think this was the first time I was watching the show and thinking to myself, "Walter White is one of the best characters I've ever seen on television."

    We get our first glimpse at Tuco, the absolutely insane distributor of meth in the South. Vince Gilligan and the writers do an incredible job of letting us slowly learn how crazy Tuco is. However, it's also nice to see the respect he has for Walt, who seems to be just as insane as Tuco, just in a different way. Also, we have a pretty great symbol of Walt's further descent into the criminal world: the shaving of his head. So far, three seasons into the show, the shaved head has remained and with good reason; it gives Walt the look that he has the ability to do anything at all. Also, this is our first glimpse at the Heisenberg identity. Heisenberg will become more prevalent in his life over time, but boy.. it was just amazing the way we were introduced here.

    Unlike the previous two episodes, this episode had nothing in the way of filler. Every moment was great, and we even get some tense moments between Walt and Hank as over a poker game. Overall, everything was amazing and a great way to lead into the Season 1 finale.moreless
  • Man, I like this show ...

    Breaking Bad is definitely the best show on TV since Dexter. Yep, it's that simple. I see it pretty much as a combination of 'The Riches' and 'Weeds', with some sparks of Californication (the very realistic atmosphere and camera shots), 3 of my favorites shows as well. It's brilliantly scripted and acted. This episode really impressed me, and man, the twist at the drug dealer's office was really stunning. I like how this show treats mid-life crisis( combined with cancer fight), a bit like Michael Douglas performance in 1993 movie "Falling Down". I'm 39 and sometimes feel the same and think I could easily cross the line.moreless
Pierre Barrera

Pierre Barrera

Hugo Archilleya

Guest Star

Jesus Payan

Jesus Payan


Guest Star

Vivian Nesbitt

Vivian Nesbitt

Mrs. Pope

Guest Star

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Michael Quezada

Steven Gomez

Recurring Role

Carmen Serano

Carmen Serano


Recurring Role

Charles Baker

Charles Baker

Skinny Pete

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) was a German physicist who is best known for his uncertainty principle in quantum theory. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states that certain pairs of physical properties, like position and momentum, cannot both be known to arbitrary precision. That is, the more precisely one property is known, the less precisely the other can be known. This is, perhaps, a metaphor for Walt. The more we see the bad Walt, the less we know about the good Walt.

    • Walt says he used mercury fulminate as a decoy for meth in this episode. However, several sources report that mercury fulminate is highly explosive and agitating it as seen when Walt gets frisked and when Tuco is opening the bag with his knife would have most certainly set it off.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Tuco: What's your name?
      Walt: Heisenberg.
      Tuco: Have a seat Heisenberg.
      Walt: I don't imagine I'll be here very long.
      Tuco: No, al'ght. It's your meeting. Why don't you start talking and tell me what you want.
      Walt: $50,000.
      Tuco: (Laughs) 50 g's! How do you figure that?
      Walt: 35 for the pound of meth you stole and 15 for my partner's pain and suffering.
      Tuco: Oh yeah. I remember that little bitch. So you must be daddy. Let me get this straight. I steal your dope, I beat the piss out of your mule boy, and you bring me more meth? That's brilliant.
      Walt: You got one part of that wrong. This is not meth. (Throws a piece to the opposite side of the room. An explosion blows out the windows on the second floor, glass shattering down to the street).

    • Tuco: (Sampling the meth) Woo, this kicks like a mule with his balls wrapped with duct tape. Where'd you get it.
      Jesse: I cooked it.
      Tuco: Bullshit. Who you working for.
      Jesse: No one. I have a partner I cook with but that's it.

    • (Heading over to Tuco's "headoffice")
      Jesse: Are you sure you're tight with this guy?
      Skinny Pete: Two nuts in a ballsac, bro!

    • Walt: What we need is a distributor. Do you know anybody like that?
      Jesse: Yeah… I mean until you killed him.

    • Jesse: Hey man I've been out there all night moving crystal. You think it's cake moving it out a bit at a time.
      Walt: So why are you selling it in such small quantities. Why don't you just sell the whole pound at once.
      Jesse: To who? What do I look like, Scarface?...
      Walt: … I thought you'd be ready for another pound today.
      Jesse: You may know a lot about chemistry man but you don't know jack about slinging dope.

    • Jesse: When were you going to tell me?
      Walt: Tell you what.
      Jesse: Cancer. You got it right?
      Walt: How did you know?
      Jesse: My aunt had one of those dots on her…(Points to Walt's chest) to target the radiation. I'm your partner man, you should have told me. What stage are you in?
      Walt: 3A.
      Jesse: It got into your lymph nodes…
      Walt: Your aunt, how bad was she when they caught it?
      Jesse: Pretty bad, she didn't last long.
      Walt: How long?
      Jesse: Seven months. I get it now, all of this. You wanna make some cash for your people before you cash out.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 18, 2011 on Nova Cinema

    • Featured Music:

      "Scoobidoo Love" by Paul Rothman
      "Good Times" by That Click Gang
      "Te Rompo" by Max One
      "Suntan Lotion" by Bernie Leadon
      "Los Pistoleros" by Jonaty Garcia
      "Catch Yer Own Train" by The Silver Seas


    • Jesse: What do I look like, Scarface?

      Jesse, arguing that he cannot sell off large quantities of meth, makes reference to Scarface (1983), in which Al Pacino starred as Tony Montana - a man from Cuba who became the biggest drug trafficker in Miami.