This feature originally ran on October 1st, 2013.
In the last episode of “Talking Bad,” Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan revealed that one key scene in Breaking Bad’s finale, “Felina”, was originally around 30 seconds longer. In the cut footage, Walt instructs Badger and Skinny Pete – the show’s tweaker odd-job equivalent to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – to quit watching Babylon 5 and do something with their life, by opening Albuquerque’s finest “Third Wave” cafe.
Gilligan said that his hope was that these lines would spawn a spin-off. Here’s our pre-cap, featuring many of the surviving characters from Breaking Bad.
Skinny Pete and Badger will use the money from Walt to open up a brand new cafe in the ABQ called “Go Get Em Badger”, inspired by the popular Los Angeles cafe, “Go Get Em Tiger“.
With his considerable woodworking skills and newfound freedom, Jesse Pinkman will be integral in the GGEB build-out process.
The countertops and manual pour-over stands will be made with Peruvian walnut with inlaid zebrawood. Mr. Pinkman rubbed the wood down with tung oil; it even smells good.
Sullen, handsome, and with no shortage of angst, Flynn White will be GGEB’s star barista.
After all, he already drinks his coffee black.
Smooth talking Kuby will work the pour-over bar, a natural placement given his considerable people skills.
Skyler White will work as the accountant. She’ll insist on serving triple shots rather than doubles.
Huell will serve as both security guard and green coffee buyer.
Free from the wrath of the Aryan Nazi gang, Saul will return to represent the company, advising them on navigating the vagaries of small business law. After all, when you’re running a coffee bar, you don’t want a criminal lawyer – you want a criminal lawyer.
Detective Getz will be almost certainly be a regular. He and Badger will finally get to hang out under less strenuous circumstances.
Wendy will come in for the craft root beer.
Aside from an array of specialty coffee offerings, GGEB will also serve uncut pizza (they pass the savings along to you).
And with Saul’s connections, they’ll get the hook-up to some quality dipping sauces.
If a customer refuses said dipping sauces, Badger will be furious.
Will they serve quality coffee?
Will coffees from Colombia sometimes be spelled with a “U”?
In the end, it doesn’t really matter. Badger and Skinny Pete have finally achieved legendary status: they’re the two best shot men west of the Mississippi.