Breaking Bad: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (20 Jan. 2008)

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A high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and resorts to selling methamphetamine to provide for his family when he is dead.



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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 Anonymous

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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. The winners of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Chemistry were Herbert Hauptman and Jerome Karle who won for their development of methods to determine crystal structures. 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 »


[first lines]
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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Changing Attitude
21 January 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the high-school chemistry teacher Walter White lives with his pregnant wife Skyler and his handicapped teenage son Walter Jr. Walter works also in a car wash to support his family. On the day of his fiftieth birthday, Walter faints and is diagnosed with lung cancer and the doctor gives the maximum of two years to live. Walter asks his brother-in-law Hank Schrader, who is a DEA agent and married with Skyler's sister Marie, to go with him in a drug raid. He discovers that his former student Jesse Pinkman is a drug dealer but he keeps the secret. Later Walter seeks out Pinkman and tells that he wants to cook and sell crystal meth with the intention of securing his family in the future. Walter changes his attitude in the beginning of a criminal life.

"Pilot" is the promising beginning of "Breaking Bad" in a show that combines drama, crime and comedy in right doses. The black humor is great, and the last scene is witty to show how Walter changed his behavior, with Walter and Skyler on the bed. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Pilot"

Note: On 12 April 2015, I saw this episode again.

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