Live Free and Beyond Your Ego’s Constraints, Learn from Walter White in BREAKING BAD, Season 1, Episode 7 – “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type-Deal”

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Walt and Skyler attend faculty and parents meeting to give the latter an update on the chem-lab thefts, and Walt surprises Skyler by rubbing her thigh underneath the table. Later they have wild six in their car that’s parked on school grounds. Skyler: “Where did that come from? And why was it so damn good?” Walt: “Because it was illegal.”

Walt and Jesse meet Tuco, end up with agreement whereby Walter-Jesse Meth Inc. will make four pounds of meth for Tuco (instead of two like before) but they must pay the drug dealer 25%/week until they reach the production target. Walt improvises different production level so they don’t have to buy hundreds of packages of sinus pills to use for pseudo. Then instead of hiring two guys (at $10K price), they extract powder from sketch toys to create thermite that they use to blow off door at a warehouse that’s got the key missing chemical to cook Walt’s blue crystal.

They lock the security guard in a Port-a-Potty, use thermite to perfection and make off with the desired chemical. But the RV won’t start so the two choose to cook in Jesse’s basement. In a comical turn of events, unbeknownst to Jesse, his real estate agent has set up an open house for that afternoon. So while the master cooks meth, Jesse plays bouncer/bodyguard to make sure no prospective homeowners come downstairs.

In quite possibly the funniest line of the entire series (to me), in order to keep a man from coming downstairs, Jesse yells, “Occupied”. The man is taken aback, says, “This isn’t a bathroom.” Then Jesse becomes desperate, emerges from the basement and declares the house is no longer for sale.

Walt and Jesse bring the finished product out to what Jesse at their prior meeting calls “a non-criminal’s idea of a drug meet”. Tuco is curious to know why the meth is blue. They used a different process, Walt tells him. Tuco is ecstatic about the results.

“Blue, yellow, pink. Whatever, man. Just keep bringing me that.”

One of Tuco’s henchmen presumes to speak for him, Tuco then goes ballistic, viciously attacks the guy. Walt and Jesse look on, eyes wide open. Tuco finishes up, laughs and tells a bewildered Walt he’ll see him next week.

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This time, I won’t even mention the non-Walter developments. For the purposes of the blog, they’re not relevant.

 Analysis/Comments

You have to give Walter White credit for his improvisation skills. If there’s an obstacle separating Walter-Jesse Meth Inc. from their profits, you can be damn sure they (usually Walter) will find a way around it. When they don’t have ten grand to pay a couple guys to steal the key chemical, Walt says fine, we’ll do it ourselves. I’d never heard of thermite before this episode and I sure the the heck didn’t know you could make something so powerful from an ingredient used to make the Etch-A-Sketch kid’s toy.

A dominant feature in an ego-laden individual’s life is complexity. Because the ego convinces the host they must protect what they have and get more of everything, no matter what, even at the expense of others, the person must use deception to cover up what they’re doing. Think of how many times Walter and Jesse use deception in this episode alone. First they sneak onto the chemical warehouse property, locked the security guard in a Port-a-Potty, blow the door off its hinges with thermite and make off with the target chemical. Then Jesse has to keep people from the open house from checking out the basement, which has become a meth lab. Finally, they have another secret meeting with Tuco to sell him the blue meth. Even when Walter has sex, it’s illegal (Skyler and Walter’s intercourse takes place in on public property inside their car).

It’s one thing to attempt to understand, appreciate and utilize complex subjects like chemistry and physics, that’s the nature of the beast, but quite another when you needlessly complicate your life with convoluted, manipulative and deceptive interpersonal relationships. Honesty means transparency. Your actions speak for themselves.

If you’re a recovering alcoholic or addict and you relapse, honesty, especially with yourself, is important. If you find yourself unable to keep from using, talk to your sponsor (if you have one, which you should) and with a loved one you trust will be non-judgmental. You obviously need to revise your recovery plan. Maybe you need to attend more AA/NA meetings, exercise more often (or for longer periods of time), use Campral or Antabuse (http://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/antabuse.htm), start seeing a therapist, and so on. In my book, the seventh Insight of Enlightenment is “Have a recovery plan but make it flexible”. It’s like Walter White in the meth business. You’ve got to keep an open mind, see which parts of your recovery plans are working and which ones aren’t. Get rid of or tweak the ones that aren’t working and keep the parts that are doing just fine.

 

Note about the author of this blog:

Lee A. Eide is a freelance writer from Red Wing, MN. This blog shows how to free one’s self from any obsession by living beyond the narrow confines of the ego. His book, “Overcome Any Personal Obstacle, Including Alcoholism, By Understanding Your Ego”, is available at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/leewriter and on Amazon.com.

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Also available on Amazon.com and www.xlibris.com:

“Dead Man’s Plan” – spiritual thriller that’s been described as “a unique and fascinating read” by Midwest Book Reviews and “a great, exciting story with well-developed character’s” by Mary E. Dana of SharpWriter magazine.

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Author’s website is http://www.leeeide-thewriter.com. Eide lives in Red Wing with his cat Shaggy II. His wife Amy died on November 24, 2006 after years of abusing alcohol. Eide nearly died a little over a month later from quitting drinking cold turkey. He entered a 21-day inpatient rehab program at Fountain Center in Albert Lea, MN right after the near-death-experience, then moved to the Cochran House in Hastings, MN, a halfway house. Two months later, he moved in with his father Lavern. He’s had periods of sobriety, including 18 months (from Oct. 2010 to March 2012) during which he wrote “Overcome Any Personal Obstacle, Including Alcoholism, By Understanding Your Ego”, since then.

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About The Dr. of Badology

I'm a wildly successful writer and video-game maker trapped in Wal-Mart cashier's clothing. I I enjoy exploring the philosophical realities of my life, biking, bowling, golf, tennis, reading and writing. And watching assorted professional sports, especially the NFL, NHL, MLB professional golf and tennis. My beloved Rat Terrier Indy, who was 17, passed away in May 2013. I still care for and co-reside with a stylish and lovable indoor/outdoor cat named Shaggy II. Just got a new roommate, Peggy W., who is a lovely person. My latest creative adventure is a video golf & and mystery-adventure game called "Paradise City Golf & Mystery-Adventure Game". Project is currently on Kickstarter. I am trying to raise $5K to pay for game-development expenses so I can market the video game to companies like EA Sports.
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One Response to Live Free and Beyond Your Ego’s Constraints, Learn from Walter White in BREAKING BAD, Season 1, Episode 7 – “A No-Rough-Stuff-Type-Deal”

  1. leewriter says:

    Reblogged this on Join the Revolution: Sobriety by Taming Your Ego and commented:

    I accidentally posted this under a different blog title so I am reblogging under the correct one.

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