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The Crossroads Motel, nicknamed by Hank Schrader "The Crystal Palace", is a place mostly populated by junkies.

The location itself is most notably synonymous with the character of Wendy, a prostitute who lives here and "works" the parking lot during the day hours providing sexual favors for money.

History

Breaking Bad

"The Palace" has been featured many times throughout the series. It is first intoduced in season one when Hank takes Walter Jr. to the motel to witness the deterioration of its denizens due to drug abuse. Hank verbally harasses Wendy and points out to Walter Jr. that her drug abuse has led her to provide "Wendies" or rather, sexual acts to provide for her drugs. ("...and the Bag's in the River")

1x03 - Motel Crossroads

The Crossroads Motel ("...and the Bag's in the River")

In the season two, the motel serves as an alibi for Jesse he uses it to explain his whereabouts in connection to his vehicle being tracked to Tuco's safehouse. He enlists the help of Wendy to assist in the coverup. DEA agents storm the room, busting down the door, and apprehend Jesse and Wendy where they are taken into custody. ("Bit by a Dead Bee")

In season three, the "Palace" is again the background for a musical montage featuring the day-to-day life of Wendy as she works and lives. ("Half Measures")

Trivia

  • It is not clear if the Crossroads Motel is supposed to reflect the actual location in Albuquerque or is only used as a set.
  • There is also another motel with the same name in Alberquerque according to Google Maps, called the CrossRoads Motel, note the CamelCase spelling.


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