“Breaking Bad” Wink-and-Nod to Elizabeth Bishop?
23 August 2011
So we’re finishing up Season 2 of “Breaking Bad” here, and it just gets better and better. If you haven’t watched it yet, run don’t walk. I often find myself saying out loud, “Wow.”
In the most recent episode we watched, Season 2 Episode 13, I think I may have “discovered” a literary reference. It seems impossible to discover anything these days, with so many fan sites and discussion boards and most people being much more current than myself (I mean, here I am, still on Season 2, for goodness sake); but after googling several different combinations of words, I was only able to come up with one discussion page (and the thread is so long I couldn’t find what I was looking for). What I googled was “Breaking Bad Elizabeth Bishop.”
A character named Jane falls off the wagon (heroin), and her father enters her bedroom to dig around. There is a photographic portrait on the wall, and the prominence of it gives an impression that the portrait might be Jane’s dead mother. The woman in the portrait looked very familiar, and I soon recognized her as Elizabeth Bishop. Later, after Jane overdoses and the father is asked by the police for Jane’s mother’s maiden name, he says, “Bishop.” Hmm… Perhaps writer and creator Vince Gilligan is an EB fan.