The hit Discovery Channel series MythBusters is planning an episode that tests the science used in the hit AMC series Breaking Bad. Series star Aaron Paul and creator Vince Gilligan are both making appearances in the episode, which is being shot this week in San Francisco. Here's what MythBusters host Adam Savage had to say about this intriguing endeavor.
"We've been wanting to do a Breaking Bad episode for awhile. Obviously there's a lot of fertile material to play with, so things that happen on the show have been ending up on our list of stories to tackle for a couple years now. And when Vince said in an interview that he'd love to see a MythBusters/Breaking Bad crossover, we reached out to him directly and the response was overwhelming positive."
Hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will test a scene from Breaking Bad Season 1, where Jesse (Aaron Paul) uses hydrofluoric acid to dissolve a dead body. Instead of using a plastic container like Walter (Bryan Cranston) indicated, Jesse put the body in the bathtub, causing the acid to eat through the tub which collapsed through the floor.
Co-hosts Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara will also conduct a second experiment based on another Breaking Bad Season 1 scene. Adam Savage also revealed the episode will be challenging, since they need to keep it as family-friendly as possible.
"We're going to push the limit of humor about this as far as we can, and it's a difficult line because MythBusters is a family show. A lot of people watch it with their kids, and yet we're doing with a collaboration with pretty much the least family-oriented show on television right now, about a science teacher turned drug manufacturer who kills people. At the same time, they're very committed to getting the scene right on that show. The fact that those guys love science and they want us to test their stuff - and they don't care whether we bust it or not, they want to actually know the answer - that's our favorite kind of collaboration."