"Breaking Bad" Pilot (TV Episode 2008) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman to cook and sell crystal meth.

  • 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 their 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.

  • In Albuquerque, New Mexico, high-school chemistry teacher Walter White lives with his pregnant wife Skyler and their handicapped teenage son Walter Jr. and has a second job at a car wash. On his 50th birthday, he faiths and is diagnosed with lung cancer, and the doctor gives the maximum of two years to live. When he asks his brother-in-law Hank Schrader, a DEA agent married to Skyler's sister Marie, if he can come with him on a drug raid, he discovers that a former student, Jesse Pinkman, is a drug dealer but he keeps the secret. Later Walter seeks Pinkman out and tells him that he wants to cook and sell crystal meth to secure his family's future, thus beginning a criminal life.

  • Unassuming high-school chemistry teacher Walter White discovers he has lung cancer. Desperate to secure his family's financial future, and finally free from the fear that had always inhibited him, Walt teams up with a former student to turn a used RV into a mobile drug lab.

  • Walter White is a high-school chemistry teacher who holds down a second job at a car wash to make ends meet. Talking to his brother-in-law, a DEA agent, Walt is amazed at how much money can be made in selling drugs. When he learns that he has inoperable lung cancer, he teams up with his former student Jesse Pinkman, now selling crystal meth, to make as much money for his family as he can before he dies. They set up a mobile meth lab in a Winnebago mobile home and Walt's attention to detail results in a top-notch product, but their first attempt at marketing the stuff doesn't quite go as planned.


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