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In season 1 of Breaking Bad, Jesse visits Tuco in order to make a drug deal. Tuco takes Jesse's meth, beats him pretty severely, and doesn't pay him.

Later, Walt visits Tuco to make a deal and get the money he owes. While there, he throws mercury fulminate on the floor. It causes an explosion that blows out the windows. How come Walt wasn't harmed?

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Actually Tuco and his two henchmen don't get harmed either (watch the scene on YouTube). Unlike Walter they don't even have a nose bleed. So the explosion didn't (seriously) hurt anyone, not just Walter. –  Oliver_C Oct 23 '13 at 17:36

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Basically, he was...

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The visible effects are the blood dripping from his nose and his ears, but this is symptomatic of possibly more serious (although obviously not life threatening) internal injuries.

If you're asking why he wasn't as badly injured as the rest of Tuco's crew, it's because they had no idea what was about to happen and he was entirely aware (being the propagator of the attack)..

Walt wasn't disorientated, confused or alarmed, unlike everyone else in the room who just experienced the physical effects of a surprise explosion!

Not to mention he was all jacked up on adrenaline..this is the more or less the beginning of his Heisenberg persona.

I miss Walt ... I'm Breaking Sad.

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It's already made clear in MythBusters (Episode 207) that its a myth and scientifically inaccurate scene, with the bathtub scene which is also scientifically inaccurate.

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I am not so sure about the quality of this myth-busting. For instance, they only used one ceramic-coated cast iron bathtub. This is not the only kind actually being used, nor the most common one. Most bathtubs are made of cheap lightweight plastic, which might be less chemically resistant than ceramics. –  A-K Oct 23 '13 at 15:16
@AlexKuznetsov - whilst I agree with you entirely that Mythbusters often manipulates details of their 'Myths' to better suit the shows agenda, Walt does explain to Jessie that the reason the listed chemical was suitable was specifically because it won't react with ceramic, implying that the bath-tub was indeed ceramic... –  John Smith Optional Oct 23 '13 at 23:13
@JohnSmithOptional I recall that Walt sent Jesse to buy a plastic bin in a store to dissolve the body in, and they were discussing on cell phone which bin to buy, how the bin should be marked. Eventually Jesse refused to buy a bin, claiming that it is too small. In other words, Walt did not think that a bathtub will hold up, and insisted on buying a thing made of one specific kind of plastic. I am not sure in which episode this has happened. –  A-K Oct 24 '13 at 0:44
@AlexKuznetsov I think you may be right there, my memory is clearly muddled. Apologies. –  John Smith Optional Oct 24 '13 at 0:59

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