From: Breaking Bad
Who said it?: Mike Ehrmantraut
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes widely acclaimed AMC television drama, Breaking Bad. The show has received rave reviews from both critics and audiences alike for the stories and also for the acting, especially for Bryan Cranston’s performance as the anti-hero, Walter White.
The quote comes from the 3rd episode of the 5th season, Hazard Pay. Walter White had just eliminated his former “boss,” Gustavo Fring in the previous season and is now finding a new way to make his signature blue crystal meth. He comes up with the idea of using houses that are being fumigated as no one would look there. He calls Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks) to set up the deal. While Mike does come true, Walter realizes his cut is much smaller than when he worked with Gus. This is when Mike delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Just because you beat the top man, that doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get the recognition that you’re now the best. That still needs to be earned through hard work and, more importantly, consistency on being the best.
From: Breaking Bad
Who said it?: Walter White/Heisenberg
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the critically acclaimed AMC crime drama Breaking Bad. The show is all about a high school chemistry school teacher named Walter White who contracts cancer. In the hopes of making enough money for his family before he passes, he decides to enter the illegal business of making a special kind of crystal meth. However, as the series progressed, the mild mannered Walter White (played by Bryan Cranson) turns more devious and brutal and constructs the persona of Heisenberg in order to keep his normal family life safe.
The quote comes from the 4th season episode entitled “Cornered.” Walter’s wife, Skyler, tries to convince him to turn himself over to the police as the business seems to be getting too dangerous. However, by this time, Walter has become more like his Heisenberg persona and, as he’s really good at making the illegal drug, his pride will not have him stop now. This is when Water gives one of the most memorable and powerful monologues from the show…
Geek wisdom: Everyone has a dark side to themselves. A lot of the times, we try to keep it hidden. But there are going to be times when this side of ourselves will come out. Now, whether it’s right to keep this part of ourselves locked up depends on the situation. There are going to be times when we have to become “the danger” to let everyone know that we can’t be pushed over so easily.
From: Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul
Who said it?: Saul Goodman
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from not one, but two television shows. These shows being the phenomenal Breaking Bad and its spin-off, Better Call Saul. Breaking Bad follows Walter White, a nerdy chemistry teacher who gets cancer and decides to manufacture and sell meth in the hopes he will secure his family’s financial future. This starts his downward spiral into a life of crime. One of the more popular characters of Breaking Bad is Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk), a smarmy lawyer who is familiar with the criminal underworld.
In Breaking Bad, Saul uses the quote as a catchphrase for his commercials.
While it remains to be seen if the quote/catchphrase will be used in the new show or if we’ll see how Saul Goodman comes up with it, it is the title of the show…
Geek wisdom: Everyone needs a little help nowadays but there are times when we can be stubborn and try to tough it out. There is no shame asking for assistance, especially if you know another person will be better at resolving your issue for you.