Larry followed the TV show Breaking Bad from start to finish. I gave up after season 3. It creeped me out. But now, having taken the Breaking Bad Experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I’ll get through the last two seasons on DVD with a lot more interest. Hey, I’ve seen the CAR WASH now!! The show lost me when it was getting excessively over the top weird. And violent. That is exactly why Larry kept watching, however.
Breaking Bad was shot around Albuquerque, surrounding desert and Native American reservations. And at the Albuquerque studios.
It is the story of a high school math teacher who contracts lung cancer. With not enough money to provide for his family’s future, he secretly turns to “cooking” meth with a former student. Due to the fact that he’s a brilliant chemist, his product is the best in the market, and sales really take off. Then… five seasons of creepy, crawly bizzare experiences, characters, story lines.
So, we ended up NOT taking the tour featured on the flyers in the hotels. Larry discovered The Candy Lady Breaking Bad Experience Tour (the lady was the maker of crystal meth candy used early in the show to replicate the real stuff). Debbie made the candy and appears to be a very savvy businesswoman. Her brother, Harold, owns a limousine. For $75 a person, you get a comfortable tour with maximum six people and hit all the places any other tour takes you.
For Breaking Bad aficionados, you’ll recognize the sites first, and can probably visualize EXACTLY what happened in each spot. NOTE — not all the owners of these properties are thrilled with tourists constantly trespassing for photos. Most are fine with it, but you will notice a handful of pix shot from inside the limo. That is because those property owners have already muscled Harold about the intrusion. He grew up in these parts and isn’t easily scared away.
The sites we hit are listed here first, then the photos:
- Spooge’s house – the “ATM episode.” Turning point in Jesse’s street cred when he took credit for someone else’s “work”
- Jesse’s parents’ home – he got stuck in the lawn chair, remember?
- The laundromat where Jesse gave a clerk some meth
- Jesse’s house – that garage is new. The homeowner isn’t too keen on visitors
- Dog House where Jesse got his first gun
- Tuco’s hideout – those top windows didn’t last long. KAPOWEE
- Adobe Insurance – Jesse didn’t ace the job
- DAMN, I FORGET THE REFERENCE TO THIS PLACE — HELP ME OUT. THE ONE WITH THE VIRGIN MARY ON THE OUTSIDE, because… across the street
- Where the kid was shot dead
- Twisters is the real name of the Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant
- And lots of things went down in that parking lot
- Two things happened in another parking lot – Walt Jr. learned to drive and Walt Sr. blew up the car
- Albuquerque Studios, Studio #8 made a TON OF MONEY on this show
- Crossroads Motel – Jesse and Wendy romance launched here — the real owners really hate these tours
- Jesse and Wendy’s apartment
- Car Wash. Kinda cute that the real name is the Octopus. “Have an A-1 Day!”
- Walter White’s house. This real family has visitors all day long. Apparently, people have tried several times to throw a pizza on the roof. Nobody feels too sorry for them considering five years of fees for using the house for production
- Saul’s place is actually a strip mall bar named Hooligan’s
- Where they “picked people up” to go for new identities
- Andrea’s house
- Banner at The Candy Lady store, 524 Romero Avenue West, Old Albuquerque, NM http://thecandylady.com/breakingbad/