One of the cutest mommies you’ll ever see. Skyler White (played by the beautiful adorable Anna Gunn) comes off at least what I believe as a ‘babe in the woods’ (great Goodfellas line) in Breaking Bad. At least in the first season. I didn’t become a regular viewer of this show until the third or fourth season. And Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) doesn’t start off as a criminal. He’s someone who get into the meth business to save his life and get the treatment that he needs for his cancer, as well as to support his family. He’s a woefully underpaid middle-age science teacher in New Mexico. And goes into the meth business to again save his life and support his family. Skyler, his wife starts off this series as a homemaker. Who other than her husband’s cancer believes he’s a good honest man. Living a normal life.
As the first season moves along the White Family, Walter, Skyler and their son, is essentially broke. Walt, is bringing in the only income to the family. Forty-thousand-dollars a year as a high school science teacher. 2008-09, the start of the Great Recession and when it was at its worst. No economic or job growth. Even with Baby Boomers retiring, so Skyler goes back to work as an accountant. She’s an accountant, not some former stripper bimbo married to one her former clients that she fell in love with. She’s an educated an intelligent person and knows her family is going to need money and a lot of it. Especially with her husband in the hospital on a regular basis getting treatment. The accountant part is key here, because she figures out her husband has extra money here. Which is where this series gets very interesting.
This is when Walt is getting is meth business going and becoming successful with his high school dropout partner. She figures out that he’s in the drug business, but doesn’t turn him in. Maybe she’s worried about what will happen to her if she does that. Maybe she’s worried about what will happen to the father of her son who has cancer. Maybe she doesn’t want to lose his income from his business, because again they need the money. But their family which was pretty normal pre-cancer, now becomes very stressful and Skyler and Walt, now are arguing on a regular basis and even separate, but never actually divorce. This is really a great and funny crime drama with all sorts of great characters. And Skyler White played by Anna Gunn, is a huge part of that.