The Breaking Bad pilot laced different types of humor into what essentially could have been a heartrending drama of a man, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), finding out he has a cancerous death sentence—if it weren’t for his unorthodox and decidedly criminal stab at providing for his family. Series creator Vince Gilligan didn’t stop with the opener. As the writer of the first three episodes of season one, he continued to stir Walter’s life deep into a black-comedy cauldron in episode two’s “Cat’s in the Bag.”
The episode begins with Walt and his new sidekick Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) amazed by their incredible luck. A passing Good Samaritan (albeit a hulking, poker-faced man who accepts a wad of dripping cash) pulls their RV back on the road and the engine finally coughs over after first appearing to be flooded. Not to mention, they’ve just bested two killers. But you can’t have your yang without the yin—as Walt drives away from the crash site, our miscreants hear rustling from under the tarp in the back of the RV. One of the drug dealers that Walter had “snuffed out” with a toxic mix of chemicals that created phosphine gas is still alive. Against Jesse’s vehement disapproval, they take the RV to his house to dispose of the dead Emilio (John Koyama) and figure out what to do with Krazy-8 (Max Arciniega) who somehow survived.