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"Breaking Bad" Pilot (TV Episode 2008) Poster

(TV Series)

(2008)

Goofs

Jump to: Character error (2)  | Continuity (4)  | Factual errors (3)  | Miscellaneous (2)  | Revealing mistakes (1)

Character error 

During the ride-along, right before Hank and Gomey exit the SUV, Hank calls Gomey "Frank". His name is Steve.
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Nothing about Walt cooking meth in his undies and a rubber apron makes the slightest bit of sense, starting with the reason he gives for undressing: "I can't come home smelling like a meth lab". He is a chemistry teacher. He works in a smelly chem lab every day at school. A chemical smell on his clothes is completely normal for him. His family would not notice any difference. Also it is of course a safety hazard to have bare skin showing while working with hazardous chemicals in a lab, especially since this is an improvised lab that does not even have a proper fume hood with a protective sash window. In preceding scenes, Walt's character is set up to be pedantic, fussy and safety conscious. As a chem teacher, he knows the proper precautions, which are to wear normal length cotton trousers, shirt, closed shoes and a lab coat, and maybe an additional apron (and gloves or other personal protective gear) when working with very corrosive substances.
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Continuity 

There are several instances where the seasons change from one scene to the next. In particular, Walt walks into his school and there are no leaves on the trees; when he walks out a short time later, the trees are fully green.
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When Walter vomits outside the RV, he is sick off-screen. However, when we see the whole screen, the ground is clean and dusty.
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When Walter first talks to his class on day one, he starts by asking the fundamental question, "What is chemistry?" and he goes on to discuss that. When he's done, he tells them to turn to Chapter SIX, ionic bonds -- something far too advanced for the first day of a high school chemistry class.
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The two kids are very surprised to see Walter working at the car wash when he's cleaning the wheels of their car. And Walter is surprised to see them. But since Walter had just been inside working the cash register, they all would have seen each other only minutes before at the cash register when they paid for their car wash. They shouldn't have been at all surprised outside.
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Factual errors 

Walt accompanies Hank and Gomez on a bust but civilians are not allowed into DEA vehicles by law. (It is possible that Hank knowingly broke the rule.)
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A 5000 ml. round bottom boiling flask is neither super expensive or hard to come by. Anyone can order glassware, especially if they have a job like a chemistry teacher.
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No pair of underpants in the world is able to hold such a fairly big and heavy handgun if it's just tucked into the waistband. They must have used a hidden holster or other trickery.
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Miscellaneous 

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.
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When Walt walks out of his school and drops the plastic jar, it is very audible that the jar was dropped by a foley artist inside, not outside. There is too much ring.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Walt and Jesse are in the desert standing in the road after Jesse has come out of the toxic RV, Walt bends over hacking. You can clearly see the outline of his wireless mic system underneath his shirt.
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