Breaking Bad

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 20, 2008 on AMC



  • Trivia

    • In the original script to the pilot episode, Jesse's name was going to be 'Marion Alan Dupree,' and he was always going to be referred to as his last name.

    • Unlike the episode, Walt would never be able to actually ride-along with DEA agents. They have strict rules about this and civilians are not even able to enter the DEA cars.

    • Vince Gilligan admitted in a Season 4 episode podcast that the location of the show was supposed to be set in Riverside, California. The original pilot was filmed there but they learned of the incentive ABQ was giving out for production teams to film there. They ended up staying in ABQ.

    • Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris were interestingly also cast in "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). This movie had a part when the family makes a sleep-over stop in Albuquerque. Both actors showed up in the movie at this point. Therefore, it's possible that they were already scouting or starting production on Breaking Bad as far back as 2005.

    • Casting: Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn have both previously guest starred on Seinfield. Anna played one of Jerry's girlfriends while Bryan was the infamous dentist Dr. Tim Whatley.

    • The chemical formula shown in the intros, C10H15N (149.24 molecular weight), is the real formula for methamphetamine.

    • A plaque on the wall of Walt's home says he did research in proton radiography in 1985 that contributed to someone's Nobel Prize win. According to the Nobel Prize website, the winners in 1985 for Chemistry were Herbert Hauptman and Jerome Karle who won for their development of methods to determine crystal structures.

  • Quotes

    • Walter: Chemisty, it is the study of what?...Ben
      Ben: Chemicals?
      Walter: Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.

    • Jesse: (to Walt) Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, age what? Sixty? He's just gonna break bad?

    • (Walt gets handed a gun)
      Walt: This is heavy.
      Hank: (Referring to the police force) That's why they hire men.

    • (Walt is washing his student's car)
      Chad: Hey, Mr. White! Make those tires shine. Ha! (Takes a photo of Walt washing the wheels)
      Female student: (on the phone) Oh my god! You won't believe who's cleaning Chad's car.

    • (referring to Walt's penis)
      Skyler: What is going on down there? Is he asleep?

    • Walt Jr.: So, how does it feel to be old?
      Walter: How does it feel to be a smart ass?
      Walt Jr.: Good!

  • Notes

    • Featured Music:
      "Come on Home and Have Your Next Affair With Me" by Stonewall Jackson
      "Dirty South Hustla" by Carolina Slim
      "Tamacun" by Rodrigo y Gabriela
      "Mango Walk" by The In-Crowd
      "Dead Fingers" by Working for a Nuclear Free City
      "A Gosar" by SDK (feat. Tori Papa)
      "Get Low" by Pudge
      "Apocalypsh*t" by Molotov
      "Out of Time Man" by Mick Harvey

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: September 28, 2008 on FX
      Czech Republic: January 14, 2011 on Nova Cinema

    • Awards and Nominations:  2008 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (won) 2008 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a One-Hour Series (nominated) 2008 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (nominated)

    • Bryan Cranston studied real chemistry procedures, items, methods, etc via a professor at USC (University of Southern California) for Breaking Bad. As such he had to call the writers to correct some mistakes in scripts.

    • An actual DEA agent was brought on board to show the actors/crew how to make crystal meth.

    • Filming Location: Albuquerque, NM

  • Allusions

    • Jesse: You ain't Welcome Back, Kotter, so step off. No speeches.
      Welcome Back, Kotteris a television show about a former high school Sweathog that returns to his roots as a teacher. The title character, Gabe Kotter, reached out to the current Sweathogs to try and help them through their difficulties.

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