From Heisenberg to Old Yeller, and everything in between -- our guide to the series' many pop culture references
It's no coincidence the 19th-century poet and Walter White have virtually the same name. Whitman has been incredibly influential to Gilligan. Gale gets his science nerd on, reciting ''When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer'' in season 3's ''Sunset''; Hank name-checks Whitman after finding the initials ''W.W.'' in Gale's notes in ''Bullet Points''; a copy of Leaves of Grass turns up in ''Hazard Pay,'' and season 5's eighth episode ''Gliding Over All'' is directly named after a poem from that collection.
Willy Wonka, Woodrow Wilson
Two more ''W.W.'' names Hank throws out in ''Bullet Points'' an eccentric Roald Dahl-created chocolate tycoon and the United States' 28th president, respectively. Yeah…we're thinking the Whitman guess was more on-target.
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