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George Mastras ’88: 'Breaking' up

George Mastras ’88 doesn't practice law these days, but his criminal-law background came in handy when he got mixed up with a major meth operation.

Don't worry, though—it's all behind him now. Mastras spent the last five years as a writer and producer of Breaking Bad, the wildly popular AMC series that aired its final episode on September 30.

Mastras, with a law degree from UCLA, recalls an episode in season three where he researched the circumstances under which a DEA agent would need a warrant to search an RV. (The answer: if it's a "domicile.") In a less scholarly vein, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan relates Mastras's contribution to a memorable scene in which one character finds another's severed head on top of a desert tortoise: “And then the head should blow up,” Mastras said.

Breaking Bad won an Emmy for best drama series last week, and Mastras was nominated for his writing of the "Dead Freight" episode. But he didn't write the final episode. So while millions of viewers watched to see how the whole series would end, Mastras may have been scrutinizing it for plot holes.

“In the writer’s room," he admits, "I’m one of the people that gets hung up on logic and plausibility more than most."

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