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The Five Best X-Files In-Jokes In Breaking Bad
How Breaking Bad creator and X-Files writer Vince Gilligan paid tribute to the classic show

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Before he was widely hailed as the most genius genius working in TV today, Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan was a member of the X-Files writing team, devising such classic episodes as Field Trip, Bad Blood and Small Potatoes. Accordingly, he’s peppered his own show with nods to Mulder and Scully. Here are, in our opinion, the best ones…

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The Five Best X-Files In-Jokes In Breaking Bad | 1. The Cigarette
1. The Cigarette

Morley’s are a fictional brand of cigarette seen in many films and TV shows — they’ve been puffed on by such icons as Jack Bauer in 24, Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Chandler in Friends. But most famously, they are the poison of choice of The X-Files’ scheming Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). So when a Morley is glimpsed in Breaking Bad’s pilot, being flicked out of the RV window by thug Emilio (John Koyama), it’s a deliberate reference to that other, much higher-level villain. If you’re not convinced, Vince Gilligan titled another Season 1 Breaking Bad episode Cancer Man, another name for CSM.

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