11. Without Pants
Episode: "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
Breaking Bad's first episode wastes no time in establishing the agenda: Walter White's about to get himself into all kinds of heinous, life-threatening shit. First up for him is a dangerous drive through an open desert. In an RV. While wearing tighty-whiteys and a gas mask.
He's riding with a front-seat passenger who's also wearing a gas mask, but who's passed out. Behind the underwear-sporting driver, who's clearly beyond terrified, two dead bodies roll around as the RV careens every which way. Sensing that his time's up, the driver, Walter White, stops the vehicle, grabs a camcorder, and records a farewell to his wife and son. Sirens blare in the background. Once he's done recording, Mr. White steps onto the road, where the sirens are getting closer. The gun in his hand shows that this scared, desperate man isn't about to go down without a fight.
And, yes, that's Breaking Bad's opening scene. Talk about hitting the ground running…without any pants on. —MB