Just days after his 50th birthday, chemistry teacher Walter White's life of quiet desperation completely transforms when he's diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. To support his pregnant wife and son, he partners with Jesse, a former student, to turn an old RV into a mobile meth lab. But their first attempt at unloading their product takes a deadly turn when Jesse introduces Walt to his unstable business associates. Written by
Bryan Cranston sat in on numerous classroom sessions at Rio Rancho High School to develop his character. See more »
The names (in the opening credits) contain capitalized letter(s) shown in a different color, referring to the chemical symbols of elements of the periodic table of the elements. In the opening credits of the first two seasons, one of them mistakenly implies that Ch is an element. This mistake is corrected in the following seasons. See more »
Walter H. White:
My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 87104. To all law enforcement entities, this is not an admission of guilt. I am speaking to my family now.
[covers camera momentarily]
Walter H. White:
Skyler, you are the love of my life, I hope you know that. Walter junior, you're my big man. There are... there are going to be some things, things that you'll come to learn about me in the next few days. I just want you to know that, no matter how it may look...
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Well, I'm on the journey. With many series, it's just too much of an investment. But this has become a cultural icon and now that the whole thing is available, I decided to jump in. The opening episode (pilot) really does a great job of introducing us to the principles. The poor science teacher with the death sentence of inoperable lung cancer, his partner, a former student, and the sad state of affairs he must face each day with a disabled son and a pile of bills. I asked myself the question: How can you care about someone who is producing a deadly drug that has devastated our culture, and yet one sees the desperation. I'm a former teacher. I'm surprised that at 50 he has so little, but his son has probably been a draw on his bank account and his wife probably can't work outside the house. The most tragic scenes are when he has to work in the pit at the car wash and have his students taunt him and take cellphone pictures of him. We are also made privy to the dangerous world of the meth trade and the types of people he is going to be facing. This is a very good opening episode.
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