Breaking Bad | Season 4 | Episode 13 | “Face Off”
Season four of Breaking Bad goes out with a bang and a hideous knife-twist, setting a new standard for serialised drama. To my knowledge, nobody has even thought about writing season five yet, so we may be in for a long wait until meth chemistry is back on the small screen again.
It’s hard to see what Jesse is pouring into the reaction tank (partly due to my low-definition broadcast) – it could be C3H4O3 or C2H4O2; the most likely candidate is acetic acid (H3CCOOH).
When the Hired Goon mentions CO2, Jesse turns a gas valve. I’m not sure what place this has in a methamphetamine cook – solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) might be used as a coolant, but the gas is fairly unreactive. One possibility is that CO2 is being produced and needs to be vented (this happens when neutralising the reaction products of methampetamine made from pseudoephedrine), though why this should happen when a hydrocarbon is added is unclear.
Elements in the credits
|Steven MicHael Quezada||Hydrogen|
|Michael ShAmus Wiles||Americium|
|StewArt A. Lyons||Argon|