The science of Breaking Bad: Rabid Dog

Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 12 | “Rabid Dog”

What's one more?

What’s one more?

After four and a half seasons of being pushed around, Jesse is finally wresting the rudders back and will get his revenge. Or will he? If there’s one thing that Breaking Bad has been consistent on, it’s cooking up surprises for us.

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

Gasoline is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons, and is notoriously difficult to get out of fabrics. In Walt’s case, if the stuff has soaked into wooden flooring then he really is out of luck – the cleaners may be able to remove some of it with solvents and heat, but the smell would remain. Could Walt have lied his way out of it more effectively? Perhaps he could have faked a petrol bomb (that didn’t ignite) from a disgruntled former car wash employee?

As mentioned on the A.V. Club, Marie pretty much quotes the Wikipedia article for saxitoxin. She doesn’t have Walt’s flair for microbiology to make ricin, though where she’d get shellfish toxins from and how she’d get Walt to eat something she’d handled is also a mystery.

“I’m going to get you where you really live.” What’s Jesse’s new plan? He can’t be talking about a physical location, and probably wouldn’t go after Walt’s family. I think that he’s going to try and undermine the Heisenberg myth; reveal the man behind the meth and destroy the persona that Walt has built up. That is, if Walt doesn’t have him killed first.

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
Laura Fraser Francium
JEsse Plemons Einsteinium
Steven MicHael Quezada Hydrogen
Bill Burr Bismuth
Lavell Crawford Chromium
BRuce McKenzie Ruthenium
Skip MAcDonald Actinium
Mark FreeboRn Radon
MiChael Slovis Carbon
Dave Porter Polonium
Sharon Bialy Sulfur
Sherry Thomas Thorium
BrYan Cranston Yttrium
DiaNe Mercer Neon
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
Sam CAtlin Astatine
Vince Gilligan Vanadium

2 Responses to The science of Breaking Bad: Rabid Dog

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  2. petrol is mostly octane (with impurities of other alkanes and alkenes). I was almost dissapointed that walter didnt have a more scientific way of removing it, hes definately losing his grip, although he certainly has a lot more on his mind. maybe some sought of non polar molecule which would be alkane soluble but easily extracted. love the blog. just wondering who do you think is most likely to survive the events of to’hajiiilee?

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