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08.12.2013by: Chris Bumbray

Top Ten Baddest Breaking Bad moments

Itís finally here, the final season of BREAKING BAD. Iím of two minds about this. One, Iím really sad that the show is coming to an end, as itís my pick for the greatest TV show of all time (yes, even better than THE WIRE- slightly). However, Iím also really happy that the show will go out on a presumably high note, as very few shows have been as consistent as this over the years (cough-THE SOPRANOS-cough), and Walter Whiteís journey from Mr. Chips-style teacher to Scarface should end in a satisfying, possibly mind blowing way. To celebrate this final season, we here at JoBlo.com have decided to count down the showís 10 BADDEST (as in the Michael Jackson- Shímon! sense of the word) moments. Agree or disagree, strike back below.

Note: This top ten obviously contains plenty of SPOILERS for the first five seasons so if you're not caught up, you better skip this. However, the episode which aired last night is not covered here. This only goes up to Season Five, Episode 8.

10. Jesse kills Gale

For all the acclaim Bryan Cranston deservedly gets, Aaron Paulís performance as Jesse is also excellent. In the first season, I found his ďyeah BITCH!Ē character to be totally annoying, but heís evolved into the conscience of the show. Jesseís too soft for the bloody business him and Walter have gotten themselves into, and the scene where Walt makes Jesse kill Gale in order to save themselves from Gus is Jesseís turning point. By the end of season five, heís absolutely desperate to get out of the business, as the collateral damage is just too much to handle. Jesse has a heart, and in the world of BREAKING BAD, thatís a dangerous thing indeed.

9. Acid Bath

The acid bath sequence is arguably the first truly great moment in the series, which occurs in episode 2. Itís the first of many darkly comedic moments on the show, culminating in the great episode where the junkie that ripped Jesse off gets killed by the ATM machine. The bathtub sequence was the moment when I realized that BREAKING BAD, for all the promise the pilot showed, was going to be one of the truly great TV shows of our era. Also- now you know what not to do if you have to dispose of a body.

8. The Airplane Crash

The airplane crash was teased throughout season two. Earlier in the episode, Walter allows Jesseís junkie lover Jane to die, thinking that somehow this would put Jesse on a sober path. He didnít count on her death affecting her air traffic controller father (played by John de Lancie- aka Q) to the extent that heís unable to concentrate on work, and causes a crash that kills a plane load of people, with human debris falling right into Waltís backyard (poetic justice). It proves that Walt, while constantly justifying his actions as providing for his family (an argument that soon proves moot), is causing a ton of collateral damage, and the airplane victims will not be the last ones to get caught in the crossfire.

7. I am the one who knocks

Walterís relationship with Skyler has divided fans since day one. My own mother told me (only half-joking) last week that Walt should do her in, as sheís so sick of Skylerís whining. To be fair, watching your kindly husband transform into a blood-thirsty drug-lord canít be easy. Skyler is sure someoneís eventually going to come knocking on her door, planning to kill Walt, and Junior. With this exchange, Walter sets her straight about exactly what kind of man his is now. ďI am the one who knocks!Ē And with that, her relationship with Walter, a man she now despises and fears, is never the same.

6. Hank vs The Cousins

Itís funny that when BREAKING BAD started off, Hank was portrayed as some kind of rube-DEA agent, with him being a kind of macho asshole. However, show-creator Vince Gilligan admits that he didnít realize what Dean Norris was capable of until the season progressed. Eventually, Hank turned into one of the best, and brightest characters on the show, and his violent, desperate showdown with the "cousins" is one of the showís most thrilling moments, and an event Hank, two seasons later, is still recovering from.

5. Leaves of Grass

Season five part one ends with Hank finding the copy of Walt Whitmanís ďLeaves of GrassĒ that Gale innocently inscribed for Walter back in Season 3, leading to his long-awaited revelation that Walter and Heisenberg are one and the same, and that all of this time heís been chasing his brother-in-law. Itís a moment thatís been long overdue, with Hank proving himself time and time again to be a brilliant DEA agent, but blind to the treachery right under his nose. Itís ironic that despite Walterís increasing recklessness, itís an innocent mistake thatís going to be the catalyst for his (presumed) downfall.

4. Say My Name

Season five saw a newly emboldened Walter White, fresh from his victory against Gus, with him more and more embracing his Heisenberg persona, which began as a ruse, but has slowly taken over his personality. In the first few seasons Walt would have cowered in the presence of the two dealers that want his methylamine, but not anymore. Walt tears a strip off them but good demanding ďsay my name!Ē Heisenberg. ďYouíre goddamn right!Ē

3. Lily of the Valley

The revelation that Walter poisoned Jesseís girlfriendís son Brock, in order to turn Jesse against Gus is one of the most shocking in the showís history. Up to this point, Walter was a sort of anti-hero, but here heís turned into a full-on villain. Hell, even Tony Montana had his limits and wouldnít kill kids. Thereís no telling what Walter will do when heís pushed into a corner. Jesse still doesnít know that Walter did it, and Iím curious to see if he figures it out by the end of the show.

2. Jail Killings

As bad as Walterís been getting over the course of the show, season five has shown him turn into a monster thatís just as bad, if not worse, than his former nemesis Gus Fring. At this point heís already killed Mike, but hiring skinheads to orchestrate the deaths of nine prisoners and Mikeís lawyer is cold-blooded even for him. Itís a scene reminiscent of when Michael Corleone orchestrates the assassinations of his enemies at the end of the first GODFATHER.

1. I Won

The season four finale stands as one of the tensest episodes of television ever made. My heart was literally racing around my living room when I watched it. Walterís final battle with Giancarlo Espositoís Gus Fring ends in an ingenious way, with him convincing his former enemy Hector Salamanca to kill himself in a blaze of glory and take Gus with him, by allowing Walter to rig an explosive to his wheelchair, activated by the bell Salamanca communicates with. That shot where Gus emerges from the explosion in profile, and straightens his tie, only to turn and reveal that literally half of his head has been blown off is a killer. The best is Walterís phone call to Skyler, when he says, in a moment of victory, ďIt's over. We're safe. I won.Ē Damn f**king right he did!

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2:51AM on 08/15/2013
its a reall good show full of dynamics.
its a reall good show full of dynamics.
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8:04AM on 08/14/2013
Huell's respiratory issues always make me smile.
Huell's respiratory issues always make me smile.
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9:53PM on 08/13/2013
Great list, but could use more Mike scenes. Dude was pure bad ass.
Great list, but could use more Mike scenes. Dude was pure bad ass.
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8:46PM on 08/13/2013

On so many levels

This was a fantastic scene. Not just for badassery but the whole episode was bringing Hank low and then lower and poor guy couldn't catch a break. And just like how he handles life he doesn't give up and ultimately he wins.
This was a fantastic scene. Not just for badassery but the whole episode was bringing Hank low and then lower and poor guy couldn't catch a break. And just like how he handles life he doesn't give up and ultimately he wins.
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3:19PM on 08/13/2013
The baddest part of Breaking Bad, is Walt owning that Pontiac Aztek.
The baddest part of Breaking Bad, is Walt owning that Pontiac Aztek.
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12:23PM on 08/13/2013
As annoying as she sometimes can be, I'm glad they didn't take the easy route of making Skyler a Lady Macbeth-type. What's made this show stand out is the way that it upends our expectations.
As annoying as she sometimes can be, I'm glad they didn't take the easy route of making Skyler a Lady Macbeth-type. What's made this show stand out is the way that it upends our expectations.
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11:35AM on 08/13/2013
Good list, but how did "RUN!" not make the cut? And yeah, Gus slashing the throat was also sorely missed. I would have cut the jail killings and "Say my name" from this list and inserted those two.
Good list, but how did "RUN!" not make the cut? And yeah, Gus slashing the throat was also sorely missed. I would have cut the jail killings and "Say my name" from this list and inserted those two.
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9:55AM on 08/13/2013
Awesome list for an awesome show.

You did forget the scene where Gus Fring strolls into the meth lab, calmly changes into work clothes, slit's a guy's throat, changes back to his regular clothes and leaves. Absolutely chilling scene.
Awesome list for an awesome show.

You did forget the scene where Gus Fring strolls into the meth lab, calmly changes into work clothes, slit's a guy's throat, changes back to his regular clothes and leaves. Absolutely chilling scene.
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12:31PM on 08/13/2013
Gus deserves his own best-of list. Like ingesting poison to coerce his enemies into doing likewise.
Gus deserves his own best-of list. Like ingesting poison to coerce his enemies into doing likewise.
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4:28AM on 08/13/2013
Good list. Makes me realize that I will need to re watch the series once its over.

Unrelated, but I hope the pop up EVERY OTHER CLICK is a temporary thing. Not good. (mobile)
Good list. Makes me realize that I will need to re watch the series once its over.

Unrelated, but I hope the pop up EVERY OTHER CLICK is a temporary thing. Not good. (mobile)
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4:24AM on 08/13/2013
No show in the history of television has ever moved me on so many levels as this this show has. The next list should be scenes that move you. My fav moment is in Season 3 when Jesses in hospital after being beaten by Hank and Jesse is telling Walt he has nothing and regrets meeting up with the great Heisenberg. Kills me EVERY time.
No show in the history of television has ever moved me on so many levels as this this show has. The next list should be scenes that move you. My fav moment is in Season 3 when Jesses in hospital after being beaten by Hank and Jesse is telling Walt he has nothing and regrets meeting up with the great Heisenberg. Kills me EVERY time.
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2:51AM on 08/13/2013
Great list, though "Say my name" tops the list for me. Also, I wouldve tossed in Walt walking away from Tuccos' burning office, exploding "meth" in same, and Walt running down those gang members in his car. Boom! Aztec baby!
Great list, though "Say my name" tops the list for me. Also, I wouldve tossed in Walt walking away from Tuccos' burning office, exploding "meth" in same, and Walt running down those gang members in his car. Boom! Aztec baby!
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12:37AM on 08/13/2013

Salud

One of the high points of this series didn't involve Walt at all, it was when Gus got his revenge on the Eladio drug cartel in season 4. It was such a masterful scene, my favourite part being when Gus calmly walks out of the bathroom after puking up the poisoned tequila as people run by him in a panic to see Jesse by the pool with his gun drawn looking freaked out, Eladio on the verge of death and Mike strangling one of Eladio's men with a wire in his watch. The way Eladio looks at Fring and
One of the high points of this series didn't involve Walt at all, it was when Gus got his revenge on the Eladio drug cartel in season 4. It was such a masterful scene, my favourite part being when Gus calmly walks out of the bathroom after puking up the poisoned tequila as people run by him in a panic to see Jesse by the pool with his gun drawn looking freaked out, Eladio on the verge of death and Mike strangling one of Eladio's men with a wire in his watch. The way Eladio looks at Fring and says "you" while Fring just stares, it was a perfect example of what made Gustave Fring one of the most imposing villains on TV; the dude was cool, quiet, very calculating and incredibly vicious. "Don Eladio is dead!, all his capos are dead! Take what you want and leave or face me and die!"
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11:26PM on 08/12/2013
My top moment will be when someone/ANYONE finally kills that whiny bitch Skylar!!!! GEEZ!!!!!
My top moment will be when someone/ANYONE finally kills that whiny bitch Skylar!!!! GEEZ!!!!!
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8:59PM on 08/12/2013

No Season 1 Love?

When Walt avenges Jesse and takes on Tuco solo in episode 6. How did that NOT make this list? This was the first moment, Walt rocks a pair of stones, in his weakest hour of cancer so far, and uses his brains to show Tuco up. He blows up his pad, takes the money and makes his demands. If you are trying to get anyone into Breaking Bad, this is that episode: "Crazy Handful of Nothin'"
When Walt avenges Jesse and takes on Tuco solo in episode 6. How did that NOT make this list? This was the first moment, Walt rocks a pair of stones, in his weakest hour of cancer so far, and uses his brains to show Tuco up. He blows up his pad, takes the money and makes his demands. If you are trying to get anyone into Breaking Bad, this is that episode: "Crazy Handful of Nothin'"
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6:07PM on 08/12/2013
This should have been #1. Easily the most intense & flawlessly executed scene ever put on television.
This should have been #1. Easily the most intense & flawlessly executed scene ever put on television.
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6:07PM on 08/12/2013
One of those moments that made me jump from my seat and yell "FUCK YEAH!".
One of those moments that made me jump from my seat and yell "FUCK YEAH!".
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6:06PM on 08/12/2013

Major props to Hank

He took those two crazed killers on like a damn man. Hank is an awesome character.
He took those two crazed killers on like a damn man. Hank is an awesome character.
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6:05PM on 08/12/2013
The picture here should had been Skyler's face. The look of terror on Gunn's face sells this scene. She becomes both aware and afraid of who her formerly meek husband has become.
The picture here should had been Skyler's face. The look of terror on Gunn's face sells this scene. She becomes both aware and afraid of who her formerly meek husband has become.
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6:03PM on 08/12/2013

Loved it

Especially the whole teddy bear thing
Especially the whole teddy bear thing
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6:03PM on 08/12/2013

This is when I knew this was going to be something different

I just remember the red gore mixed with the acid pouring down the ceiling. I was both grossed out and pleased at the same time.
I just remember the red gore mixed with the acid pouring down the ceiling. I was both grossed out and pleased at the same time.
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4:24PM on 08/12/2013
Great list, although I'd have to throw the end of last nights episode in there. It was one of the best moments I've seen in the show and it very clearly shows that Walt will always be Heisenberg, even if he's not in the meth business. It's a side of him he can never just eliminate and seeing him just change into Heisenberg at the drop of a dime is not only intimidating but sent waves through me.
Great list, although I'd have to throw the end of last nights episode in there. It was one of the best moments I've seen in the show and it very clearly shows that Walt will always be Heisenberg, even if he's not in the meth business. It's a side of him he can never just eliminate and seeing him just change into Heisenberg at the drop of a dime is not only intimidating but sent waves through me.
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5:27AM on 08/15/2013
"Tread lightly". Ooo! It gives me shivers!
"Tread lightly". Ooo! It gives me shivers!
2:25PM on 08/12/2013

So many moments...

This is a great list, but there are so many moments in this show that you could make a fair amount of lists. I could count three moments from last night that could make the list. Crawl Space, Ending of the episode of half measures, Jane dying, the exploding crystal, Walt's first kill, I mean there are so many that ten moments just isn't enough, but again it's still a great list.
This is a great list, but there are so many moments in this show that you could make a fair amount of lists. I could count three moments from last night that could make the list. Crawl Space, Ending of the episode of half measures, Jane dying, the exploding crystal, Walt's first kill, I mean there are so many that ten moments just isn't enough, but again it's still a great list.
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3:01PM on 08/12/2013
omg, the half measures ending. How could I forget that. It's definitely my favorite episode.
omg, the half measures ending. How could I forget that. It's definitely my favorite episode.
2:18PM on 08/12/2013

Goodfellas

I always equated this scene with Goodfellas and that is certainly not a bad thing!
I always equated this scene with Goodfellas and that is certainly not a bad thing!
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2:15PM on 08/12/2013

I am The One WHO KNOCKS!

That is without question the greatest scene in BB history; it was the tangible turning point in Walt's character and just amazing on all levels.
That is without question the greatest scene in BB history; it was the tangible turning point in Walt's character and just amazing on all levels.
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1:45PM on 08/12/2013
This was one of my favorite scenes. As Walt looks out the window and starts the timer on his watch and we see the seconds tick away as each of the prisoners were taken down. Very dramatic.
This was one of my favorite scenes. As Walt looks out the window and starts the timer on his watch and we see the seconds tick away as each of the prisoners were taken down. Very dramatic.
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1:41PM on 08/12/2013
Great list, but no exploding crystal ("This... is not meth") on the count-down? He literally used science as a weapon. [link]
Great list, but no exploding crystal ("This... is not meth") on the count-down? He literally used science as a weapon. [link]
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9:00PM on 08/12/2013
EXACTLY!
EXACTLY!
1:37PM on 08/12/2013
Great list, but no exploding crystal ("This... is not meth") on the count-down? He literally used science as a weapon. [link]
Great list, but no exploding crystal ("This... is not meth") on the count-down? He literally used science as a weapon. [link]
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1:49PM on 08/12/2013
That was an awesome scene. Although when you think about it, it kind of backfired on them. Then they get into business with Tucco and he nearly kills them. Very badass scene.
That was an awesome scene. Although when you think about it, it kind of backfired on them. Then they get into business with Tucco and he nearly kills them. Very badass scene.
1:30PM on 08/12/2013

You're goddamn right.

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1:29PM on 08/12/2013
Well either Walter will admit it or Jesse will never find out since Walter got rid of the plant.
Well either Walter will admit it or Jesse will never find out since Walter got rid of the plant.
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1:26PM on 08/12/2013
I feel sorry for Skylar and her fear is justified. Imagine if she found out that Tuco's cousins were actually inside her home. She told Walter to accept help from his colleagues despite their past. If Walter had just swallowed his pride, none of this would have happened.
I feel sorry for Skylar and her fear is justified. Imagine if she found out that Tuco's cousins were actually inside her home. She told Walter to accept help from his colleagues despite their past. If Walter had just swallowed his pride, none of this would have happened.
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3:42PM on 08/12/2013
The problem with that is that she was a whiny bitch from Day 1 and I agree with Chris' mom!
The problem with that is that she was a whiny bitch from Day 1 and I agree with Chris' mom!
1:23PM on 08/12/2013
And you actually learn something at the same time. :)
And you actually learn something at the same time. :)
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1:19PM on 08/12/2013

Jesse has to find out by the end of the show.

For Walt to have technically killed Jane, kill Mike, and poison Brock? All things that deeply affect Jesse's character arc? There's no way the show will end without Jesse finding out. I wonder how he will find out, but it will happen. It has to.
For Walt to have technically killed Jane, kill Mike, and poison Brock? All things that deeply affect Jesse's character arc? There's no way the show will end without Jesse finding out. I wonder how he will find out, but it will happen. It has to.
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1:40PM on 08/12/2013
Jesse thinks that Mike got away. So that hasn't reall had an effect on him. I do think that he will find out eventually. I haven't watch last nights episode yet but I hope we start seeing the lead in to how season 5 started with Walt at the Dennys on his 52 birthday.
Jesse thinks that Mike got away. So that hasn't reall had an effect on him. I do think that he will find out eventually. I haven't watch last nights episode yet but I hope we start seeing the lead in to how season 5 started with Walt at the Dennys on his 52 birthday.
1:17PM on 08/12/2013

One of my favorite moments, for sure.

I think if someone you show Breaking Bad to is not a fan after the first episode, you should show them this episode solely for this scene. Masterfully done. I love the silence other than the car alarm in the distance. And of course it is one of the most tightly-wound scenes of suspense I've ever seen on a television show before. When Hank finally gets that gun, but then drops the bullet, and is fumbling around with it on the ground... God.

So amazing.
I think if someone you show Breaking Bad to is not a fan after the first episode, you should show them this episode solely for this scene. Masterfully done. I love the silence other than the car alarm in the distance. And of course it is one of the most tightly-wound scenes of suspense I've ever seen on a television show before. When Hank finally gets that gun, but then drops the bullet, and is fumbling around with it on the ground... God.

So amazing.
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1:14PM on 08/12/2013

My friend's such a dumbass. He hates this plane part.

My friend told me Breaking Bad has since lost a lot of steam, and the finale for season two is what soured it for him. He thought it was stupid, and has a vendetta against the writers for "thinking they're so dang clever with all that foreshadowing. So stupid. The series sucks now."

He has tried a few episodes of season three, but still maintains that he doesn't like the show at all anymore. All because of... THIS?

Ridiculous. He's a total dipshit sometimes.

Thankfully, I
My friend told me Breaking Bad has since lost a lot of steam, and the finale for season two is what soured it for him. He thought it was stupid, and has a vendetta against the writers for "thinking they're so dang clever with all that foreshadowing. So stupid. The series sucks now."

He has tried a few episodes of season three, but still maintains that he doesn't like the show at all anymore. All because of... THIS?

Ridiculous. He's a total dipshit sometimes.

Thankfully, I thought this scene was powerful and an amazing representation of Walt's continuing decline into insanity.
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