In the Breaking Bad episode titled “One Minute” from Season 3, the idea of family is particularly strong. The episode opens with a family scene between Tuco’s twin cousins as they learn about family before we see Hank charging like a bull toward Jesse at Jesse’s house and proceeding to beat him to a pulp, prompting Syler to ask Walter to intervene in the name of family. How the family bond is acted on differs from one group (Tuco’s cousins) to another (Walter and Jesse). Compare Tuco’s cousins’ response to the family call to Walter’s response in dealing with Jesse. Why do you think Tuco’s cousins react with violence first while Walter reacts with politics first? Is it strictly a difference of culture (keep in mind, Tuco’s cousins are well-dressed and potentially well-educated, we don’t really know anything about them)? Is it possible that the show has some built-in stereotyping regarding Tuco’s group of people or regarding the nature of teachers?
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