When we last saw Walter White, the high school science teacher turned drug kingpin was seemingly or dying, to the sounds of Badfinger’s “Baby Blue.” However, more than three years later, we know that was but a minor setback on Heisenberg’s path to something bigger. Say, a position as administrator of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Emmy winner Bryan Cranston reprised his “Breaking Bad” role as the One Who Knocks in the cold open of this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” where he was introduced as President-Elect Trump’s pick to head the DEA. He was presented as only the latest in a series of controversial Trump nominees — Carl’s Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA — which Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway as “not bad” picks, but rather “alt-good.”
Cranston’s Walter White, wearing his signature Heisenberg hat, acknowledged that he’s been “kind of off the grid for a while,” but argued he’s uniquely positioned to oversee federal drug enforcement. “Oh, trust me,” he told Beck Bennett’s Jake Tapper, “I know the DEA better than anyone, inside and out.”
Although he doesn’t know Trump, White said he’s a big fan of the president-elect’s style. “He acts first, and then asks questions later,” he said. “I also like that wall he wants to build: Nothing comes in from Mexico, meaning a lot less competition for the rest of us.”
Still, White concedes he may not cruise through the Senate confirmation process. “They might get hung up on the fact that I faked my own death,” he said. “I’m only the third person in the Trump cabinet to do that.”
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