The pretend “Demon Pass” vote in the House looks like it will pass Sunday. All the ifs, ands, buts and maybes seem to be breaking the Democrats’ way. It is fitting that AMC’s award winning Breaking Bad series has its season opener Sunday night. The show’s protagonist, average and ordinary high school chemistry teacher Walter White, has lung cancer. I always thought public school teachers had the best possible health insurance. Apparently there was some kind of glitch in his. Or New Mexico’s education board assumed he had a pre-existing condition.
The plot line for the first 32 episodes has centered on White’s desperate attempt to get money. He needs to pay for his treatments and leave some money for his family in the event of his death. What can he possibly do? He has a sudden insight. He will become a crystal meth dealer. But not just any crystal meth dealer; White uses his chemistry background to produce the finest and purest methamphetamine the DEA (who is led by White’s brother in law) has ever seen in the Southwest. Ultimately, White bungles his way toward a million dollar score. The fact that he needed to permit the choking death of his drug-addled partner’s girlfriend, (which in turn lead to a catastrophic airplane crash in the last season’s final episode) did lead to some misgivings. But not much.