Breaking Bad is clearly one of the greatest American TV shows of all time. This dark, emotional drama about a mild mannered high school chemistry teacher whose terminal cancer diagnosis gradually turns him into an international meth distributor has captivated audiences like no show before it has ever done. The cast is quite possibly one of the greatest ever put together and the show combines brilliant elements of excellent writing, amazing cinematography, and a genius plot that puts all of it's five seasons on par with any of the best movies of the last decade.
What really sets BB apart is its genius ability to combine dark humor with some of the most stark drama television has ever seen. Another hallmark of the show is its incredible set of well-known quotes. The scripts are so devilishly good that people can't seem to stop quoting the show since it's final episode aired back in September of 2013. Now let's look at some of the greatest lines ever uttered on the flawless series.
WARNING! This article will include major spoilers, do NOT read if you're still watching this series or plan to in the future!
15. "TIGHT TIGHT TIGHT"
Said by: Tuco (Raymond Cruz) Season 1 Episode 7
Exact Quote: "Tight! Tight, tight YEAH! Oh blue, yellow, pink. Whatever man. Just keep bringing me that"
Meaning: This was psychopathic meth distributor Tuco's response when first trying Walter White's famous blue meth. This was the beginning of Walt's true transformation into Heisenberg, Walter could have turned away from making meth at this point but decided to keep going for the good of his family; so he says.
14. "Someone has to protect this family"
Said by: Skyler White (Anna Gunn) Season 4 Episode 6
Exact Quote: "Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family"
Meaning: A comment Skyler makes to her husband Walter. By this point Skyler is not only fully aware of her husband's activities but she is also now become an accessory to his crimes. But she isn't going to allow his actions to destroy her family, she still believes she can have some control over a very uncontrollable situation.
13. "I hide in plain sight"
Said by: Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) Season 3 Episode 8
Exact Quote: "I hide in plain sight, same as you."
Meaning: Gus Fring was an extraordinary character who lived a double life. To most of the world he was the owner of a chain of chicken restaurants, behind closed doors he was one of the biggest meth distributors in the Southwest United States. This statement was made to Walter after Walter discovers that Gus has known, for awhile, that Walt has a brother-in-law in the DEA. The quote also shows how similar Gus and Walter White really are. When Walter looks at Gus, he's looking at his future.
12. "Just because you shot Jesse James..."
Said by: Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) Season 5 Episode 3
Exact Quote: "Just because you shot Jesse James, don't make you Jesse James"
Meaning: Mike, the hard-nosed "cleaner" and enforcer for Gus, reminds Walter White that Walt is not Gus Fring, even if he did blow the man in half.
11. "They're Minerals Marie!"
Said by: Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) Season 4
Exact Quote: "No they're minerals, Jesus Marie!"
Meaning: Hank, Walter's DEA agent brother-in-law, was known for his moments of comic relief. During season 4, he became obsessed with minerals. Not rocks, minerals. And he lets this be known several times.
10. "Secondhand Subaru"
Said by: Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) Season 2 Episode 9
Exact Quote: "All right, $16,000 laundered at 75 cents on the dollar, minus my fee, 17%, comes out to $9,960. Congratulations, you just left your family a secondhand Subaru"
Meaning: Saul Goodman, the "criminal" lawyer of Walter White, was a very colorful character known for his blunt way of speaking. Here, he explains that Walter White hasn't been doing nearly enough meth cooking to finance his family's future.
09. "10 Minutes Ago"
Said by: Hank Season 5 Episode 14
Exact Quote: "You're the smartest guy I've ever met. And you're too stupid to see... he made up his mind ten minutes ago."
Meaning: Hank may have gotten the rawest deal in this show. He was a decent man who made a living "chasing monsters." But all the while he was chasing his own brother-in-law. This quote represents some of the last word's Hank ever says and he says them to Walt right as Walt is begging the Neo-nazis not to kill his brother-in-law. Featured in the all-powerful Oxymandias episode, also known as "the Fall of Walter White."
08. "I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner"
Said by: Saul Season 3 Episode 11
Exact Quote: "If you're committed enough, you can make any story work. I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner and it worked because I believed it"
Meaning: Saul Goodman displays his never-ending wit while telling his clients how to sell a lie.
07. "I'm in the empire business"
Said by: Walter White (Bryan Cranston) Season 5 Episode 6
Exact Quote: "Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the empire business"
Meaning: Walter White explaining to his longtime meth partner Jesse Pinkman that he is to determined to make as much money, and become just as powerful, as the chemical business he left after college. Jesse famously replies "is a meth empire really something to be proud of?" To which Walter can't respond to because the conversation gets interrupted by Skyler and leads to the most awkward dinner ever.
06. "Woodrow Wilson? Willy Wonka? Walter White?"
Said by: Hank Season 4 Episode 5
Exact Quote: "It says, 'To W.W. My star, my perfect silence.' W.W. I mean, who do you figure that is y'know? Woodrow Wilson? Willy Wonka? Walter White?"
Meaning: After reading through meth chemist Gale Boetticher's notebook, Hank asks Walt who could Gale be referring to when he writes "W.W." After Hank jokingly asserts W.W. means Walter White, Walt jokingly replies "You got me!" The cat and mouse game continues.
05. "We're done when I say we're done"
Said by: Walter Season 5 Episode 1
Exact Quote: "We're done when I say we're done"
Meaning: Walter letting Saul know just who is in charge. Heisenberg style.
04. "Tread Lightly"
Said by: Walter Season 5 Episode 9
Exact Quote: "If that's true, if you don't know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly"
Meaning: After Hank confronts Walter and let's Walt know, with a bang, that he's aware of who Heisenberg is, Walter gives Hank some friendly advice on what to do next.
03. "You two suck at peddling meth"
Said by: Saul
Exact Quote: "Look, let's start with some tough love, alright? Ready for this? Here it goes: you two suck at peddling meth. Period.
Meaning: Saul gives Walter and Jesse some tough advice regarding their meth business. It's lines like this that are responsible for Saul getting his own prequel spin-off series Better Call Saul coming in fall of 2014.
02. "Yeah Science!"
Said by: Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) Season 1 Episode 7
Exact Quote: "So you do have a plan! Yeah Mr. White! Yeah Science!"
Meaning: This was Jesse's response to Walter's brilliance in coming up with a new way to cook meth without pseudo. Jesse's character went through a huge transformation on the show. He went from being a lost soul trying to be something he wasn't into a deep, tortured soul who desired so much to become a better person. He is also known for his constant use of the word "bitch." This quote is from the good old days. The days before Jesse's life was turned upside down, several times.
01. "The One Who Knocks"
Said by: Walter Season 4 Episode 6
Exact Quote: "Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see? Do you know how much I make a year? I mean, even if I told you, you wouldn't believe it. Do you know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going into work? A business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly up. Disappears! It ceases to exist without me. No, you clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am NOT in danger, Skyler. I am the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!"
Meaning: This may be the greatest speech ever given on TV in the last ten years. Walter is confronted by his wife who tells him he is in over his head and needs to go the police. This quote was Walter's response. It embodies everything this show was about, it shows how far Walter is from his original, normal life. There is no turning back at this point. Heisenberg is here to stay.
Jarmaine on May 28, 2015:
Still, one of the most intense scenes is missing...
"Stay out of my territory" - the one, where he finally let Heisenberg out for good
Arindam Bandyopadhyay from Pune,Maharashtra, India on April 09, 2014:
" Don't drink and drive. But if you do, better call Saul" -- Saul Goodman.
"Say my name. You are Heisenberg. You'll god damn right. " -- Walter
Nice quotes. Liked reading it.
suraj punjabi from jakarta on March 15, 2014:
Great hub. I truly enjoyed breaking bad and watched it from beginning to end it was quite a ride! However, my favourite quote will have to be when Gus explains what it means to be a man and that a man provides. That has to be the wisest dialogue ever made by an antagonist...
Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on March 14, 2014:
Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
Unknown Ink on March 12, 2014:
I really enjoyed revisiting these quotes. Thank you so much :)
Luke Ellis from Nottingham, England on March 12, 2014:
Any hub on Breaking Bad is a win in my book :) Can't think of any quotes missing from this list, good job!
Brenda Thornlow from New York on March 11, 2014:
Awesome hub! Such an incredible show. Thank for sharing! Voted up!