The science of Breaking Bad: Gliding Over All

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 8 | “Gliding Over All”

Walt and Skylar come to the end of their journey (for now).

Walt and Skylar come to the end of their journey (for now).

Just as Walt finally gets his stable meth empire established, he realises that it isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be. He gets out and goes back to his family, presumably sweeping the legacy of the trail of bodies and addicts aside in the highly selective amnesia he’s become so good at. Then, into this suburban idyll crashes something he overlooked when he first started playing the game at the highest level and Hank knows.

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

Not much science in this one. Another great cooking/meth empire montage though – but if the meth’s hidden in barrels of oil (or some oily chemical) then it’d probably be transported by sea rather than air.

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
JonAthan Banks Astatine
Laura Fraser Francium
JEsse Plemons Einsteinium
Steven MicHael Quezada Hydrogen
Michael Bowen Boron
Kevin Rankin Radium
Mike BaTayeh Tantalum
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
Moira Walley-Beckett Tungsten
Michelle MacLaRen Rhenium
Vince Gilligan Vanadium

5 Responses to The science of Breaking Bad: Gliding Over All

  1. vore says:

    good to hear from you again…was wondering where you’ve been.

  2. Same here! I somehow missed this post though. Been a bit out of the blogging world the last few weeks, but glad to find this :) I always enjoy your posts!

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  4. Vore tex says:

    hi Emilia…I read all your posts as well…great stuff!

  5. Excellent idea for a blog. Always have wondered about how much ‘TV Science’ is in Breaking Bad. Looking forward to reading more.

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