Breaking Bad : Season 3 : Episode 7 : “One Minute”
Tensions reach a climax in this episode, and then leave us almost back to square one: Walt and Jesse working together relatively unmolested, and no hitmen wandering around with axes. Events have conspired to make other characters and situations more important, so this episode contains little of note. Check back soon!
Gale isn’t wearing sandals this week – he’s right in saying that it’s more professional, but it’s also common sense when you’re using machinery and pouring dangerous chemicals.
Walt asks about solvent filtering – this is a little unusual, as filtering is normally used to remove solid particles whereas solvent is normally contaminated with liquids (i.e. other solvents). Our cook team may be re-using solvent that had had aluminium pieces in it, or perhaps some solid drying agent such as magnesium sulfate.
When Walt looks at the temperature gauge, we can see that Gus has provided him with the SCR-5990 Meth Module. SCR stands for selective catalytic reduction, normally used to reduce NOx emissions from exhaust gases but here (presumably) used to perform the reductive amination.
Walt’s perhaps-planned rant at Gale has a solid foundation – temperature control is often critical in synthesis, and a difference of ten degrees could very well ruin a delicate reaction. In particular, the temperature will affect reaction equilibria and reaction rates, which in turn affect the reaction products.
Elements in the credits
|Michael ShAmus Wiles||Americium|
|StewArt A. Lyons||Argon|