Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 2 | “Madrigal”
Through a series of lies and with blinkered overconfidence, Walt succeeds in getting the core of the Fring meth operation back together. Will we be back to industrial-scale cooking next week, or will it all fall apart sooner than expected?
The Brix number is a weight percent measure of sugar content used in the food industry.
As other commenters will already have pointed out, you probably can’t kill yourself with an automated external defibrillator like we see in the cold open. AEDs are designed to be used by untrained members of the public and are therefore fairly idiot-proof. They will not work if the chest pads are incorrectly placed (as they most certainly are here), and may prompt the user with voice and visual commands to place the pads properly. They also analyse the patient’s heart rhythm and determine automatically whether a shock is required. If the heart is not in fibrillation then the unit will not be able to deliver a shock. Also, I’m not entirely sure if a shock as shown would have been lethal – the electric current would have travelled the shortest distance from the mouth to the upper left shoulder, largely missing the heart and brain.
In a call all the way back to season one, Walt is still planning to cook using the phenylacetone-methylamine method. It’s probably more sensible than the smurf-and-fry-cook pseudoephedrine route, but a chemist of Walt’s calibre should be able to come up with something less attention-calling.
Elements in the credits
|Steven MicHael Quezada||Hydrogen|
|Michael ShAmus Wiles||Americium|
|StewArt A. Lyons||Argon|