Becoming Breaking Bad?

I have made a conscious decision and now must face the music.

Hold up!  Relax!  No laws were broken.

I have just discovered Breaking Bad on Netflix.  (Yes, I know that I am late to the party.)  I may be a season in, but I’m in too deep now and cannot turn back.

  • Quick sidenote: Does anyone else find it interesting that Bryan Cranston playing Tim Whatley on Seinfeld indulged on the Nitrous Oxide but as Walter White he doesn’t touch the narcotics?  

Now I am fully aware that I am not Walter White, but at what point should I be concerned that my Breaking Bad viewing experience is drawing parallels to the life of Heisenberg?

Walter White Breaking Bad

Is this the life that I have chosen for myself?

First, I too am a teacher.  Don’t get any ideas here…I don’t teach chemistry and would have the slightest clue on how to run a lab.  I am clean shaven; however, if I were to try to grow a mustache, it would be as creepy and pathetic as Mr. White’s.

I am fully addicted to the show the way someone would be addicted to Blue Sky.  The conclusion of an episode only triggers my desire to fire up another one.  I simply cannot get enough!  Who cares if it is another 47 minutes?… even if it’s midnight!

Then there are those weekend day/night marathons which feel like Walt and Jesse’s cooking sessions.  You know what I am talking about, where countless hours are spent making real progress even though I’m being a totally unproductive member of society.

Did I mention that the ringing of a bell conjures up this image?

Did I mention that the ringing of a bell conjures up this image?

Finally, there is my wife who has no interest or desire to get involved in this lifestyle choice of mine.  My sneaking away to catch an episode or two on the iPad (or even iPhone) haven’t been the wisest decisions; therefore, I shouldn’t be surprised when she wants to go out to do something….without me!  I can’t really blame Skyler, I mean, my wife, now can I?

Skyler White Breaking Bad

Let’s just say that my wife isn’t a happy camper.

As I said, I am in too deep and nothing good can come out of me abandoning this decision of mine.  After all, this is only temporary and once I am done with my job, I can get back to my wife and family.  Until then, let’s cook!

It’s amazing how life imitates art, isn’t it?

The Best (Under The Radar) Seinfeld Characters

Forget Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer!  What made Seinfeld such an amazing show were the memorable supporting characters…Newman, Helen Seinfeld, Uncle Leo, Frank Costanza, yada, yada, yada.

But what about the “under the radar” characters?  No, I am not talking about Jackie Chiles, J. Peterman, Kenny Bania, Justin Pitt, Mr. Kruger, Crazy Joe Davola, David Puddy, or even George Steinbrenner.

By under the radar, I mean characters that only appeared in an episode or two.  We tend to forget about them but their presence on the show was pure comedic brilliance!

 

1.)        Rabbi Glickman

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“Elaine, shiks-appeal is a myth, like the Yeti, or his North American cousin, the Sasquatch.”

 

2.)        Aaron (the “close talker”)

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3.)        Bruce ( the Chinese restaurant maître d’)

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Cartwright?!?!

4.)        Doorman

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“What makes you think I wasn’t reading the Wall Street page? Oh, I
know, because I’m the uneducated doorman.”

 

5.)        Tony (Jerry’s mechanic)

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“I don’t understand you. It’s your own car we’re talking about. Ya know you wrote the wrong mileage down on the form? You barely know the car.”

 

6.)        The Mandelbaums…all of them!

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7.)        Tor (the herbalist)

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“You should have been born in August.”

8.)        Kevin, Gene, and Feldman

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9.)        Janet (George’s “Jerry look-alike” girlfriend)

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10.)      Tom Pepper (Kramer in the pilot)

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“So if you got any other problems whether it’s raisins, prunes, figs, or any other dried fruit, just keep it to yourself and stay out of my way, OK?”

Did I miss anyone?  Let me know in the comments.