The science of Breaking Bad: Blood Money

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 9 | “Blood Money”

Walt surveys his life that was.

Walt surveys his life that was.

After an agonising wait, Breaking Bad returned to our screens last weekend to wrap up season five and remind us why we started watching it in the first place. As Hank pieces together the true picture behind the Heisenberg meth empire and Walt brazenly confronts him about it, Jesse starts to break down over the things he’s been party to.

This episode is reviewed at Emilia Jordan and the A.V. Club, and you can read more about it at AMC and IMDb.

Random thoughts

It’s been a long almost-year since we last saw a new episode of Breaking Bad, and several months since I last updated this blog (partly due to Fringe moving more into pure sci-fi territory). Increasing work and family commitments have left me with relatively little writing time, and when this season wraps up I will be taking a thorough look at what I want to do with this project (suggestions welcome). Broad options will be to leave it as an archive and cease updating, find other science/television/film things to write about, or start writing about something else.

Gale’s case number is 10-5450192. No significance comes to mind.

Here’s Gale and Walt’s key innovation in methamphetamine manufacture, as seen when Hank compares the handwriting to that in Leaves of Grass.

The reaction on the front page of Gale's lab book.

Reductive amination – the reaction on the front page of Gale’s lab book.

Elements in the credits

Breaking Bromine
Bad Barium
Created Chromium
Bryan Cranston Bromine
AnNa Gunn Sodium
AAron Paul Argon
DeaN Norris Nitrogen
Betsy Brandt Beryllium
RJ MitTe Tellurium
BOb Odenkirk Oxygen
Laura Fraser Francium
JEsse Plemons Einsteinium
Matt JoNes Neon
Charles Baker Barium
Lavell Crawford Chromium
Kelley Dixon Potassium
Mark FreeboRn Radon
MiChael Slovis Carbon
Dave Porter Polonium
Sharon Bialy Sulfur
Sherry Thomas Thorium
BrYan Cranston Yttrium
Diane MerCer Cerium
Moira Walley-Beckett Molybdenum
Thomas SchnAuz Gold
George Mastras Germanium
PeTer Gould Tellurium
Sam Catlin Calcium
Melissa Bernstein Beryllium
MicHelle MacLaren Helium
Mark JOhnson Oxygen
Vince Gilligan Vanadium
StewArt A. Lyons Argon
PetEr Gould Erbium
Bryan CRanston Radium

One Response to The science of Breaking Bad: Blood Money

  1. thedavidryan says:

    Hi great article! I love Breaking Bad and wrote an article on Walter White’s worst moments http://thedavidryan.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/walter-whites-worst-moments/ would love your thoughts.

    Thanks,

    Dave

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