Breaking Bad: Season 1, Episode 6

Crazy Handful of Nothin' (2 Mar. 2008)

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With the side effects and cost of his treatment mounting, Walt demands that Jesse finds a wholesaler to buy their drugs, which lands him in trouble.



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Walt begins his chemotherapy and returns to cooking crystal meth with Jesse. Soon Jesse is selling their superior product on the street but he only manages to sell an ounce making each of them only $1300. Walt pushes him to be more imaginative and find a distributor to whom they can sell in bulk. Against his better judgment, Jesse approaches Krazy 8's replacement as a drug wholesaler, a big time operator named Tuco who doesn't quite do business the way he had expected. It's left to Walt to sort it all out, telling Tuco his name is Heisenberg. Walt's having a hard time dealing with his chemo and is frequently ill. DEA agent Hank traces the gas mask they found in the desert to Walt's high school and makes an arrest. Written by garykmcd

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Walter White tells drug kingpin "Tuco" his name is "Heisenberg". Werner Heisenberg was one of the most important physicists of the 20th century and won the Nobel Prize for developing the theory of quantum mechanics. He is best known for the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which states that one can't precisely know both the exact location and the momentum of a particle at the same time. See more »


During the game of Texas hold 'em the sequence is wrong. After Hank deals the turn Walt Jr checks, Skyler checks and Marie bets. Then Walt and Hank call. Without either Walt Jr or Skyler having to call Marie's bet, Hank deals the river. Then Walt Jr, Skyler and Marie all fold when they simply could have checked, also with Marie opening the previous bet it is strange that she all of a sudden folds without reason. See more »


Walter H. White: We have to move our production bulk wholesale now. How do we do that?
Jesse Pinkman: What do you mean? To, like, a distributor?
Walter H. White: Yes. Yes, that's what we need. We need a distributor now. Do you know anyone like that?
Jesse Pinkman: Yeah. I mean, I used to until you killed him.
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A Bit Nauseating and not Really a Nine, Yet Still Quite Terrific
8 October 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Looking at ratings, reviews, and internet forums, "Crazy Handful of Nothing'" 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 clichéd 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 Nothing'" 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.

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