Alas, but unsurprisingly (and rightly so), the video this relates to has been removed by the copyright holder, Sony -- but don't worry: it will re-surface as an extra when the DVD series it's part of is released. But it's funny enough to write about, and a screen shot does still exist.
As you may recall, actress Jane Kaczmarek played the mother on the TV sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, and was the series wife to her co-star Bryan Cranston. During production near the end of the final season of Cranston's landmark show Breaking Bad, Kazczmarek visited the set of her former co-star. She had brought along her 13-year-old son who was to play an extra in a restaurant scene. Having been spotted, the Twitter world exploded with rumors that she was there really to make a guest appearance in the show. But she didn't.
Instead, she did something far better.
You see, among the reasons Kaczmarek was there is so that she and Cranston could film a comic, fake "alternate ending" of Breaking Bad.
It's that footage which was leaked and immediately pulled by Sony. But word of it did get out and has spread widely.
If you want to know what's in the video and see a screen grab from it, keep reading. If you want the surprise kept, however, so that you can watch it in full, when the scene is included as an extra on the DVD it was made for, stop now.
You've been warned. For those still reading, though --
The alternate ending is an homage to the famous spoof, dream-ending of the sitcom Newhart (which in turns was spoofing another MTM series, the drama St. Elsewhere). In the Breaking Bad version, it turns out that that entire series was nothing more than a bad dream that the father on Malcolm in the Middle was having, all due to eating a deep-fried Twinkie.
Hal Wilkerson (the character played by Cranston) wakes up in bed next to his wife, Lois, played by Kaczmarek), and he's all shaken.
Seeing her husband out of sorts, Kaczmarek as wife Lois Wilkerson asks, "You cooking anything?" And Cranston as Hal explains all the strange things that happened in his dream, each of them events out of the Breaking Bad series. These include a "man-child" Jesse Pinkman, so odd that "He would use the b-word a lot. He would say, 'yo, b-word!'" And Hal having having a brother-in-law in his dream named Walt who "looks like the guy from The Shield."
As noted, Sony has had the video pulled from online, but you won't have long to wait before seeing it. It will be part of the the Breaking Bad complete series DVD being released on November 26. Word is that the video got leaked before quickly being pulled, and while that is certainly possible, it wouldn't strike me as outlandish to think that the leak was quite intentional
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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