Breaking Bad

Cancer Man - S1-E4

Factual error: Walt places a squeegee on the battery of a car to blow it up. This car is a BMW e36, which has the battery in the trunk.

Grilled - S2-E2

Factual error: Hydrofluoric acid is so dangerous that no high school chemistry lab in the US would have a thimble full of the stuff around, let alone gallons. While it's incredibly toxic it's also a very poor choice for getting rid of bodies, which Walt would know.

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Suggested correction: Walt also has never had to dump a body before. Hydrochloric acid would dissolve enough of the body to make it unrecognizable and easier to move, especially in a proper container where it can be transported. Plus this acid was more readily available to Walt and Jesse at this point in the series.

This isn't a valid correction. First, hydrofluoric acid was used, not hydrochloric acid. Second, just because Walt never had to dissolve a body doesn't mean he thinks it would. He should know as a chemist that it wouldn't. Third, you missed the point that no high school would have hydrofluoric acid on hand. So how can that be more readily available than something common and effective like lye.



ABQ - S2-E13

Factual error: When the planes crash over Albuquerque, when the bear is falling towards Walt's house, there is a quick shot of Albuquerque suburbia and mountains. Two major streets are visible, the one on the right is Eubank Blvd and the one in the lower left is Wyoming Blvd, both which run north and south through the city. This means the shot is facing north. There are no mountains immediately north of Albuquerque as shown. The closest mountain range, the Sandia Mountains, are on the east side and wouldn't be in that shot. The closest mountain range in the north are the Jemez Mountains, which are 40 miles away. They would barely be visible in that shot (they would look like blue hills in the distance).


ABQ - S2-E13

Factual error: On the radar screen, a flight, SAA332 is seen. SAA is the icao code for South African Airways, which did not serve any city near Albuquerque in 2009.

No Mas - S3-E1

Factual error: The final scene of the episode, the cousins are hiding with other migrants amid a farm truck's bales of straw. One of the migrants claims they are in Texas. However, the mountains in the distance are the Manzano Mountains which are just several miles southeast of Albuquerque, more than 200 miles away from the border with Texas and Mexico. The migrant claims he has gone through this route 3 times, so it is unlikely this would simply be a character mistake.


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Suggested correction: He could have just been boasting, whilst not actually knowing where he is. He is just a kid after all.


Worse than all of that, is the fact that you can't get directly from Mexico into Texas without traversing a river. There are no land routes.

One Minute - S3-E7

Factual error: As demonstrated in the earlier scene where Leonel shot the truck driver/arms dealer, bulletproof vests do not make the wearer immune to bullets. Bulletproof vests are only designed to stop penetrating injury- they do not counteract the high energy of an impacting round, which can easily break ribs and cause internal injury. When Hank empties Leonel's dropped gun into Marco, Marco is barely staggered despite the fact that he just took five rapidly fired bullets in quick succession to his upper chest. That many hits at such close range in such a small zone would have, at minimum, shattered several of Marco's ribs and potentially punctured one or both of his lungs - both critical and incapacitating injuries on their own. As a result, Marco should have been unable to lift his gun to shoot Hank twice in the chest, much less swing an axe. Additionally, at least one bullet appears to strike Marco's clavicle and upper shoulder- both areas that are not protected by the vest. (00:44:00 - 00:45:00)


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Suggested correction: Bullet proof vests disperse the energy of projectile impacts. Bad bruising can result but certainly not broken bones or punctured lungs.

Bug - S4-E9

Factual error: Walt and Jesse are fighting and Walt dislodges a copy of the videogame Rage from a cupboard. Rage was released more than 2 years after the time this episode was set. (00:44:30)

Crawl Space - S4-E11

Factual error: When the doctor is reciting Jesse's medical information, he states that he is 1.87 meters, which would make Jesse 6ft 3 in. Aaron Paul is only 5ft 8 in. (00:07:42)

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Suggested correction: First, the doctors says 180 centimeters, not 1.87 meters. 180 cm is 5'10." But it's not a mistake if characters are a couple inches taller or shorter than the actors that play them. Just like often characters can be older or young than actors that play them.


Madrigal - S5-E2

Factual error: In the opening scene for the episode, a character commits suicide by electrocuting themselves with a defibrillator. The device used was an AED (automated external defibrillator) which analyses the electrical rhythm of the heart and only delivers a shock when the heart rhythm is ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. In this case, the device would not have delivered a shock as the person did not have both ECG electrodes attached and therefore would not have detected a cardiac rhythm. The person would also have had a normal heart rhythm.

Fifty-One - S5-E4

Factual error: The temporary paper license on the back window of Walt's new car has an expiration of 12 August 2012, the year the episode was released in our time. However, in the Breaking Bad world, it should still be 2009. (00:08:10)

Gliding Over All - S5-E8

Factual error: When going over the logistics of the plan to kill the ten men in prison, Jack tells Walt that killing Osama Bin Laden was less complicated. Breaking Bad takes place over a period of two years, beginning with Walt's birthday in 2008, and ending on his birthday in 2010. Bin Laden wasn't killed until May of 2011. (00:15:23)

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Question: Just how does Walt intend to explain the presence of all that meth money, even posthumously? Just how does he think his heirs will react to that, how is he going to launder it? How does he think his wife and kids will explain it? If they knowingly inherit and use such money, they could face charges of accessory after the fact. Is this ever addressed in the show?


Chosen answer: I'm not sure how far you are into the show but he does eventually come up with a way to launder it (wont spoil it for you but rest assured, when he gets a lawyer the show gets much better!) and in the final season he also comes up with a way to give his children his money without the cops or the DA knowing it came from him.


Answer: Walt decided to buy a car wash to launder his money, which makes a profit without the dirty money. At the end he blackmailed Elliot and Gretchen in to giving his money to junior and Holly. However 90% of his $80m is stolen.

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