I think it does refer to people who are generally 'good' who 'break' from that lifestyle. Jessie uses it that way in Season 1.
This is from the pilot episode:
Jesse: "Nah come on... man, some straight like you giant stick up his ass all of a sudden at age what 60 he's just going to break bad."
Walt: "I'm 50."
Meaning, you are dying of cancer (broken, breaking) : what are you going to do? cook meth (bad).
Edit:Reed beat me to it.
Last edited by Chuck; 09-07-2012 at 02:53 PM.
I kinda see it like Papageno -- you're making a break for it, breaking from society. But I'd never heard it before I saw the show.
I really don't think the 'breaking' part refers to his cancer.
I think we see the book and Walt in the guest bathroom, earlier in the series, as Walt cleans up from disposing of Mike.
Yes, thanks for that clip, it's so clever how the writers planted that so far back, how Walt explained it away. This is a really fantastic show, it's been consistently great from the beginning and I am very excited to watch the final 8 epsiodes. Can you imagine what's going through Hank's head as he realizes that his meth king is his b-in-law? The pain he's suffered is thanks to Walt, the stress on his family and his rehab expenses...Walt. How the hell is Hank not going to come yelling out of the bathroom, going after Walt?
So Walt's watch that ticks past 51 before fading to black was resting atop the same Whitman book. Neat.
Nice watch Walt has.....
"No breakfast after 11 am at Los Pollos!"
OMG, just finished the last episode of season 4 and I don't think I've so thoroughly enjoyed a tv series...like EVER. I think I watched every single episode in under a month (via Netflix). This show totally deserves the praise. DAMN.
EDIT: FUCK, there's a season 5!? Damn it Netflix!
Really, none of you guys ever heard that expression before?
I remember hearing it in high school back in the 80's.
"You breakin' bad wit me?"
I did what you did a while back and decided that I could not wait while season 5 started going live. You can get them, episode by episode from Amazon Instant. Other venues as well probably. Money well spent in my opinion.
And they've shown the first eight episodes of season 5 to this point; the final eight are not coming until next spring I think.