The first of the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad was, without question, tense. We were all expecting it, but boy, did Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould (the episode’s scribe) ever deliver. Now, I think all fans of the show would be fine with just sitting there, absorbing all the drama as their nerve endings are polished numb. However, the greatest thing about Breaking Bad is that with all of its dark moments, there are a few moments brimming with humour that do exactly what they were intended: put a smile on your face amidst all the craziness. They’re the, “stop and smell the roses” tricks of screenwriting.
In “Blood Money”, that lighter moment manifested in a hilarious debate between Jesse’s friends, Badger and Skinny Pete. Badger had this idea for a Star Trek scene in which a pie-eating contest is hosted aboard the USS Enterprise. I’d tell you more, but that would ruin the following video. Instead, I’ll leave you with this quote from Gould, who lifted most of the dialogue from a heated conversation he had with fellow writer and Star Trek fan Gennifer Hitchison:
I don’t want to go on a transporter because it’s essentially taking you apart and putting you back together. But Genni made a pretty good argument that that would mean there were literally 100 Captain Kirks. [...] It would be the ultimate diet, really. Eat anything you want, and then Scotty beams it out of your stomach. But like with great technology, there are terrible things that can go wrong.