The science of Breaking Bad: Thirty-Eight Snub

Breaking Bad | Season 4 | Episode 2 | “Thirty-Eight Snub”

Walt takes inadvisable advice from Lawson.

Walt takes inadvisable advice from Lawson.

Walt and Jesse adjust poorly to their new circumstances – Walt by trying to assassinate Gus and Jesse by retreating into drugs and other distractions. All this character development, gripping as it is, unfortunately leaves little room for science.

You can read more about this episode at AMC, IMDb and the A.V. Club.

Random thoughts

Hank’s late-night mineral examination involves blue corundum, commonly known as sapphire. The other minerals he mentions are igneous biotite and mica schist.

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
Giancarlo Esposito Einsteinium
JonAthan Banks Astatine
Jim BeavEr Erbium
MAtt Jones Astatine
Emily RiOs Osmium
Charles Baker Barium
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
StewArt A. Lyons Argon
GeorGe Mastras Germanium
Michelle MacLaRen Rhenium
Vince Gilligan Vanadium
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