"Breaking Bad"
January 08, 2012, 10:20 AM
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I finally got around to watching Vince Gilligan`s Emmy-winning AMC TV showBreaking Bad, and I like this dialoguefrom the first season. Two DEA agents in Albuquerque, one white and one Mexican-American, are searching drug dealer Krazy-8`s lowrider car and discover the control box for making it bounce up and down:
Hank: "Ay yi yi, Gomey. It`s a culture in decline." 
Gomez: "It`s a rich and vibrant culture." 
Hank: "It`s a car that jumps up and down. What the hell, you people used to be conquistadors, for Christ`s sake."


It`s a theme of the show that whites also are in cultural decline, as suggested by character names. The two meth cookers are Cal Tech grad turned high school chemistry teacher Walter White and an old student he flunked named Jesse Pinkman, who calls himself "Cap`n Cook" in burlesque of that most admirable of middle class Englishmen.