I guess in the world of ‘Breaking Bad’, gasoline doesn’t smell

With only a few episodes of Breaking Bad left, the show’s normal level of quality has been suffering a drop off. Last night’s episode, Rabid Dog, is no exception.

Walter White rushed home after getting a warning about Jesse Pinkman to find Jesse’s car parked on the gravel front lawn with the driver’s door open. Inside the car, Walt found a CD covered in meth dust, as if Jesse needs to be under the influence of crystal meth to do something spontaneous and stupid.

Once inside the home, Walter pulls out his tiny revolver and starts to look for Jesse. When he steps into the livingroom, he discovered the carpet is soaked with gasoline. He discovered this not by smelling the gas fumes as soon as he walked in the door, but by the squishiness he felt under his Hush Puppy clad feet. With that much gasoline spilled in the White home, not only could you immediately smell the gas, you would actually be able to see the fumes with your eyes.

When I see something as ridiculous as this, gasoline that doesn’t produce obvious noxious fumes, it makes me wonder what else is not factually accurate. That’s a real shame. Now I wonder if I don’t really know how to make crystal meth from watching Walt and Jessie in the RV. I may have to grab some Sudo, find an old RV, and crank out a batch just to see if I know how to do it.


  1. says

    You’re right, Bentcorner Dude. When Jesse first clicked the lighter it should have set off an explosion, as would Hank’s gun if he fired it, from the fumes alone. Reality trumped by drama.

    As a retired DEA Senior Forensic Chemist, I can also tell you that high-purity meth isn’t blue; it’s white.

    I hate to frustrate your desire to cook to Walter’s formula, but back in the 70’s and 80’s when I was going on meth lab raids using P2P and Methylamine, the P2P was harder to get than CH3-NH2. [Phenyyl-2-propanone]

    I’d love to help you get started, but sadly all the Sudafed I buy OTC goes to suppressing nasal drip and decongesting for my allergies.

    Without expert instruction from someone like me, using today’s methods, you’re more likely to generate phosphine gas and kill yourself as in episode 1/1. Or wind up with a bike lock around your neck or as slush on the lower floor as in 1/2.

    So my advice? Don’t try it. I didn’t live to 72 by violating laws of physics and chemistry [tho I’ve pushed the envelope with 101st Airborne, Vietnam, DEA Chemist, Scuba instructor and worldwide dive travel.] But running meth labs? No way.

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