Breaking Bad 12 Most Ingenious Plans: One could say that “Breaking Bad”, in which Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, turns to meth-cooking crime after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, is a story about evil geniuses competing for supremacy. Walt is surrounded by other criminals while he rises to the top of the southwest US meth trading. He also dodges Hank Shrader’s DEA investigation.
Walt is better at concocting schemes than the show’s characters. Characters use clever tactics throughout the series. From Jesse and Saul forcing Jesse’s parents to sell their house to him at a significant discount using his own undisclosed crime activity in it as leverage to Skyler and Kuby tricking Bogdan to sell her his car wash by pretending a code violation issue to Skyler creating a fake gambling story to explain Walt’s fortune — they all fit right on this list. We tried.
The final cut included some of the most bizarre and creative plans ever seen on the series. Even though they are often criminals without any remorse it is still a fascinating experience to witness their actions.
1. Walt taking out Lydia, and Jack’s gang
The series finale, “Felina,” sees Walt return to Albuquerque to grieve his family, make sure his money reaches them, settle old debts, and finally die from his recurrent cancer. His targets include Lydia RodarteQuayle (the Madrigal Electromotive executive, who played an important role in the post Fring meth operation that we saw in Season 5’s first half), and Jack Welker and his gang, which murdered Hank Schrader, Steve Gomez, and stole most his money.
First, Lydia. Todd and Lydia meet her at their favorite cafe. He sneaks poisonous ricin into the Stevia packet he knew she would be using for her tea. He then pretends to have a desperate need and arranges a meeting for Jack. He claims that he wants to show them an easier way to make marijuana. In truth, Walt is plotting to kill Jack in secret.
Naturally, Walt wins. He defeats Jesse, who he did not know was Jack’s meth-cooking hostage. Next, he activates the machine gun that he kept in his trunk with his key fob. The Walt-designed, swiveling platform of metal supports the weapon and sprays gunfire across the room. It kills Todd and Jack, Jesse then finishes the job in a satisfying manner with Walt.
2. Walt framing Gus to get Jesse on board
Season 4 features Gus Fring negotiating with the Juarez cartel. Then he turns his attention towards Hank Schrader, whose investigation is growing more alarming. However, he can’t kill Hank without first dealing Walter White, his brother in law, who is his meth-cook. Fring can’t kill Walt without also destroying Jesse Pinkman. Instead, Fring drags Walt into the desert and threatens his family with death if he attempts to save Hank.
After Saul Goodman warned DEA about Hank’s imminent threat, Walt refuses Hank to go. He can’t win by himself. He is dependent on Jesse, who he has not been able to get along with throughout the season.
Walt is desperate to save Brock and uses Lily of the Valley, which is a poisonous plant, to bring Brock back. To hospitalize Brock (the son of Jesse’s girl), he uses Lily of the Valley, a poisonous plant. He then convinces Jesse Gus poisoned the child using Jesse’s stolen ricin cigarettes, which was an extremely lethal device they had originally intended to use on Gus. Jesse accepts it and works together with Walt to bring Gus down. This particularly evil scheme is ultimately Walt’s downfall. When Jesse figures it out in Season 5, Fring is no match for him.
3. A magnet can destroy evidence
After orchestrating Gus Fring’s death at Season 4, Walt rises to new heights before realizing he isn’t out of the woods yet. Detectives would undoubtedly sweep any location Gus, now well-known as a meth kingpin, was found to collect as much evidence as possible in order to close the case. Walt and Jesse set on fire the superlab beneath the laundromat, but don’t forget the security cameras Gus had installed to monitor them until authorities seize the laptop.
Jesse and Walt plan their next move. Mike suggests that they move out of town because the evidence facility in which the laptop is stored is almost like a fortress. Walt claims that they could commit another crime only for the purpose to steal an unspecified device to prove that it could irreparably damage the laptop. Jesse finds the perfect solution: a huge magnet.
Old Joe, an intelligent and disarmingly smart man from the junkyard, is recommended to the trio. He connects them to a truck and large magnet that can be used to destroy the evidence room (and contents of the laptop). The long-term plan works, even though Mike is skeptical. The evidence room (and the laptop’s contents) are destroyed by the cops before Walt and Jesse arrive.
4. Hanks can be a deceiving lure
Season 3: Hank’s Heisenberg investigation finds him both Jesse Pinkman, and the RV Jesse (and Walt) used to cook meth during the early seasons. Hank approaches Walt to get his opinion. Walt learns that Hank is moving closer. The RV is also covered with fingerprints and other clues. Hank drives to Old Joe’s junkyard in order to have the RV scrapped. Jesse spots this and rushes in, trying to stop Hank’s destruction of his vehicle. He didn’t realize Hank was watching him and led the detective to the RV. Hank is very close to opening the RV, and Jesse is arrested in one of the most exciting scenes on the series. If he’d done that, he would have found his brother-in-law inside.
He doesn’t succeed. Jesse and Old Joe delay Hank by claiming the RV is legally a residence that can’t be accessed without warrants. Walt is shocked to learn that Hank claimed he would deliver the warrant while Walt waits. Hank receives a text from Saul. His secretary informs Hank Marie was in serious harms way. Hank panickedly rushes for the hospital, only to find it was a fraud. Hank returns to his junkyard and finds that the RV has vanished.
5. Walt plants Hector’s wheelchair bomb
Gus Fring was on a high after eliminating Juarez’s cartel. But it wasn’t enough. He couldn’t help but slap the face of Hector Salamanca, the last remaining cartel rival. Jesse watches Gus visit Hector, a wheelchair bound bell-ringer in a nursing home and informs him of his family’s departure. Gus now has the ability to focus on two threats: Hank Schrader’s investigation was becoming too close and Walter White, the troublesome, brilliant cook who keeps getting in his way. Jesse is irritated that Walt can’t kill him, so he threatens Walt’s family with death if he interferes in the assassination attempt on his brother-in law Hank.
The board has been established. The board has been established. Hector is offered a suicide option to avenge himself and his parents. Hector will organize a meeting with Gus and DEA. Gus will be allowed to return to the nursing facility to be executed for his snitching. Hector will then explode the bomb Walter made, which is hidden in his wheelchair. Fring is then freed. Hector will give Fring an additional year of degrading care in return for delicious revenge.
6. In tented homes, you can cook meth
In Season 5, Mike’s ill-gotten funds are confiscated by the Feds as part of their ongoing Fring investigation. In an attempt to recover the money, he reluctantly teams up with Walter White, his archnemesis. They set out to find a new place for their meth laboratory with the assistance of Saul. Multiple locations are rejected as they are too risky. Just as Saul is about giving up, Walt finds a fumigation tent that has been laid in the ground. He then suggests that the pests can be cooked in gassed homes.
It’s brilliant. It’s brilliant. It also reduces the likelihood of being caught. They have never been to the same place twice. Vamonos Pest, termite control specialists, would set up a tent, kill termites, and sell their client information. Walt and Jesse would then enter the house without anyone being present and set up a laboratory. They also cooked a few batches and then leave before the family returned.
Even after Mike & Jesse have moved on, Walt Alquist & Todd Alquist continue to run this scheme for months. They make money hand in hand.
7. Walt tricks Gretchen & Elliott
The show’s final episode, “Granite State,” ends with Walter White, a depressed man, seeing former Gray Matter associates Gretchen Schwartz and Elliott Schwartz who, while he struggled in a low-paying job, became rich. In a TV interview, he then discredits his contribution to their success. Walt is furious, and decides to pay his old debts back before his cancer kills. Walt seems to have only been able to lift himself from his stupor through his wounded pride.
First, give as much money to his family as possible. It’s not easy because his family hates him and the Feds just hope he’ll arrive at Skyler’s with cash bags full of cash. Walt has to think outside of the box. The series finale, “Felina,” shows Walt breaking into the Schwartz house, having Gretchen (and Elliott) help him pile money on the table. He tells them that Walt Jr. will get it as an irrevocable trust and Holly. They also explain to anyone who asks why they are so envious of Walt’s children. They would be assassinated if they didn’t. In reality, Badger with laser pointers and Skinny Pete without laser pointers are the same.
This scenario is far from realistic. Gretchen, Elliott or both could have called the police. Or someone might have rightfully suspected that this random cash injection had Walt’s fingerprints all across it. It was great television, and it provided a satisfying conclusion to the Gray Matter subplot.
8. Gus gets rid of the cartel
The subplot about Gus Fring, the Juarez cartel and other characters was the best thing about the show. The characters of Hector and Tuco Salamanca have great personalities. However, the feud was an entertaining backdrop for the main story and Gus had strong motivations. It was even more entertaining when Walt and Jesse were in the series.
The Season 4 finale, in which Gus contacts a cartel under false-flag truce to spring a deadly, vengeful trap, was “Breaking Bad.” Gus offers Jesse to go to the cartel and cook Walt’s favorite recipe for them. Gus invites Mike and Gus back to his villa after Don Eladio is named the Juarez cartel’s chief. Gus then makes them drink poisoned Tequila. Mike and Mike almost lost their lives, but Fring, who waged a bloody battle against them for many decades, prevails.
The show’s writers have done a great job of positioning the main antagonist as an underdog hero for just a few episodes. It also serves to remind viewers of how dangerous Fring is, and how difficult it was to convince Walt to let him go as the season ended.
9. Mike and his men were shot to death in prison.
Gus Fring’s murder left his associates and DEA in a race against time to get any evidence to aid the investigation. Detectives arrive first in both cases and then criminals sneak in to destroy any evidence (using a giant magnet).
They have more problems than just the laptop. Mike’s enforcers were all arrested. He insists to Lydia Rodardte Quayle and Walt that they are solid men who were “paid for to stand up against the heat,” but the Feds have taken their cash. They are now facing harsh sentences and they don’t have the money promised to their families. It’s only a matter time before one of them collapses under the pressure and sings like an ogre.
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After Walt kills Mike in an argument he is free and unassisted to deal with them. Walt sees indefinite hush-money payments as an unnecessary expense and contacts Todd’s uncle Jack Welker. He is a white supremacist terrorist criminal with ties to prisoner-gangs. To prevent any survivors being rushed to untouchable protective custody, Jack’s contacts will simultaneously kill Mike’s enforcers.
Hank believes that the case can be solved. Hank is certain that all those he wanted to flip are dead in prison.
10. Hank, Jesse and Steve catch Walt using a ruse
Hank discovers that Walt, his brother in law, is the Heisenberg he’s been searching for. He needs to prove that he is the Heisenberg he has been searching for before he can arrest him. Jesse Pinkman, who is remorseful for his crimes but motivated to bring down Walt for poisoning Brock’s blood, is happy to help.
Hank and Steve suggested that Jesse use a wire to talk with Walt. Walt wants to make things easier and doesn’t realize he’s working for the DEA. Jesse is skeptical about meeting Mr. White in public, but he has a better idea: he will go after Walt’s cash.
They don’t know where Walt placed it. They know where it is. Huell Babineaux tells them that Patrick Kuby had helped Walt stuff cash into 55-gallon drum barrels. Jesse sends Walt a picture of the cash in such a container. He calls Walt, telling him that he has his money and will begin burning $10,000 per hour until Walt arrives.
Walt flew to the desert, panicking. He realises he has been tricked and flies out to the desert in search of cash. Steve, Jesse, and Hank had all followed the phone’s route to the desert. Busted. Jack Welker’s arrest was unfortunately thwarted (and sets up the series finale), but it was a genius plan nonetheless.
11. Walt and Jesse buy time by killing Gale
Gus Fring is a meth kingpin, humble restaurateur and is careful to keep a low profile. There are also dark sides to being clean. You don’t just need to tell the truth and avoid discussing criminal activity in public. You must also address loose ends. Walt and Jesse are dangerous time bombs who can be just as reckless meth-chefs as they can be.
Jesse discovers that Combo, his friend, was killed by a child working for Fring’s enforcers. This feud escalates. We won’t go into the details. Walt kills Jesse before the enforcers can execute him. Jesse hides while Gus plans to quietly kill Walt once Gale Boetticher (Jesse’s replacement) can manage the cook.
Walt soon realizes how long Gale takes and asks many suspicious questions. Gale then tells Jesse that Gale must be killed in order for Fring to stop meth cooking. Gale shooting Jesse is a sad moment in this episode. However, it does buy them valuable time which Walt uses to get Fring’s drop one season later.
12. Pulling a train heist
Walt and Jesse don’t have to worry about supply issues while working for Gus. Critical methylamine is now in short supply after they started their own meth-cooking business following Fring’s fall. Madrigal Electromotive executive Lydia RodarteQuayle offers the trio valuable information in exchange for her life. Mega amounts of methylamine can be transported by train across desert. Because there is no reception, the train crew can’t call the police for a portion of the route. These geniuses are able to pull off the greatest train theft in history.
Patrick Kuby, Saul Goodman’s enforcer/conman, will have problems with the car on a particular section of tracks. This will place the train car in front of a small bridge. Kuby is then assisted by conductors to fix it. Mike watches over the situation. Walt, Jesse, and Todd Alquist attach hoses on the train car to empty the methylamine beneath the bridge. The methylamine is then replaced with water of equal weight so that no one will be able to notice that it was ever lifted.
Despite near misses, it works. Todd unfortunately kills a child after seeing them. This is the best plan in a show that’s full of brilliant ideas.