*A yellow school bus drives in front of the meth lab* Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

This would probably be inconsequential if we only saw this image once in the series, but we see this again later in the episode when the yellow fire engines drive by the RV at a very similar angle. It’s likely that this is an allusion to a scene in Scarface where a yellow truck drives in front of the car Tony’s friends are sitting in — which makes sense since in each case the yellow vehicle foreshadows bad news.

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*Walt is lighting matches then throwing them in the pool. Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

This activity seems to be relaxing for Walt as we see him do it a few times during the series when dealing with difficult situations. It appears to have something to do with the cycle of life — Walt is lighting a match, giving it “life”, then “killing” it by tossing it in the pool. This makes sense given his recent diagnosis.

The second time we see Walt do this is in the Season 3 premier, while he is debating his role in the Wayfarer crash that led to 167 deaths, so it does appear the match scenes are associated with mortality.

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*Walt walks out of the store, blue and red lights flashing overhead* Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

Very interesting. Right after Walter White releases his anger for the first time in a long while, red and blue lights flash over his head — the colors of police sirens. It appears things are going to get dangerous now that the cat is out of the bag.

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WALT: Wipe down this! Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

This is the first of many “____ this” jokes made during the series, usually followed by a vulgar gesture.

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WALT: Fuck you Bogdan!

BOGDAN: What?

WALT: I said fuck you! And your eyebrows!
Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

While the eyebrows part solely provides some well-needed comic relief, the scene is a whole is hugely important and shouldn’t be taken as a joke. This is the first time Walt ever stands up for himself, and he does it in dramatic fashion. 50+ years of built up anger is finally being released on those that Walt feels are responsible for the current state of his life.

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SKYLER: Did you use the Mastercard last month, $15.88 at Staples? Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

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WALT: Best case scenario, with chemo, I’ll live maybe another couple years. It’s just… You’ve got mustard on your… Mustard there… Right there…. Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

Walt’s fixation on the mustard stain instead of his cancer diagnosis is intended to show two things. One, that Walt is so dead and empty inside that he can be given a death sentence without being phased in the slightest. And two, this news is so much to process that Walt is deflecting rather than addressing the reality of his situation.

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*The camera starts off at the reflection of Walt’s face in the table, then pans up to show his face. Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

Mirrors/reflections are a huge meme in Breaking Bad, generally used to show the duality of the characters. In this instance, Walt is getting the cancer diagnosis which sets him of the path to becoming Heisenberg, so we see the first glimmer of a second side to Walt.

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The doctor’s lips are moving, but all that we can hear is a ringing noise, getting louder and louder. Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

Walt can’t even process the information he is being given. He’s acting calm, but all he can think about is his inevitable demise — as well as the countless medical bills he is about to burden his struggling family with. So rather than listen intently, he blocks the doctor out.

The same technique is used much later in the series (spoilers!).

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*The camera is looking down at Walt as he lays there silently* Pilot: Part I by Breaking Bad

We see a few aerial shots like this of Walt throughout the series, generally when he is at a vulnerable low point such as this one.

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