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I say we cap 'em both.
― Emilio to Krazy-8 about Walt and Jesse.[src]

Emilio Koyama is the cousin and right-hand man of Krazy-8, who worked as Jesse Pinkman's original partner in the methamphetamine business in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He and Jesse met when they were still in elementary school, and later became low-level meth distributors.


Warning, the following may contain spoilers.
When faced with two separate jail sentences, Emilio sought the services of Saul Goodman, who got Emilio's charges dropped, impressing Jesse, whom had previously been told about Saul's abilities as a lawyer by Kim Wexler. In 2008, Emilio was arrested during a DEA raid on a house (at which Walter White is present during a "ride along" with his brother-in-law Hank Schrader) in which the DEA is looking for a meth supplier who goes by the street name "Cap'n Cook" (Jesse himself). As Jesse proposes Krazy-8 to manage the distribution of the superior quality methamphetamine he produced with his new partner, he realized that Emilio made bail.


Suspicious that Jesse ratted him out to the police (although it is later revealed Krazy-8 was in fact a DEA informant), Emilio and Krazy-8 force Jesse to lead them to his new partner. Emilio recognizes Walter from the time of his arrest and suggests killing both Walter and Jesse. Walter convinces them to spare their lives if he teaches them his meth formula. While the three are in the RV, Walt deliberately causes a chemical explosion and flees, trapping Emilio and Krazy-8 inside the RV with deadly phosphine gas. Emilio dies and Jesse subsequently disposes of his body by dissolving it in hydrofluoric acid, albeit disastrously as it also dissolves Jesse's bathtub and the floor below.

History[]

Background information[]

Emilio Koyama met Jesse Pinkman when they were still in elementary school.

Better Call Saul[]

Season 6[]

Emilio in Saul's office

Emilio at Saul Goodman & Associates as one of Saul's clients.

As Kim Wexler leaves Saul Goodman's office after signing their divorce papers, Francesca Liddy calls Emilio in as Saul's next client and asks where his paperwork is. Emilio tells Francesca that "I don't do no paperwork" which she reiterates to Saul as he enters the office, but Saul doesn't care. Meeting Kim outside, Jesse Pinkman tells her that Emilio is facing some serious jail time and that he had chosen Saul based off of a TV commercial against Jesse's advice. ("Waterworks")

Breaking Bad[]

Jesse mentions that Saul provided Emilio legal representation on at least two occasions, getting him acquitted both times despite much evidence against him ("Better Call Saul"). According to a mugshot which Hank has in an evidence file, one of his arrests occurred on November 8, 2002 ("Cancer Man") and another occurred at some point in 2004. ("Waterworks")

Season 1[]

1x01 - Pilot 112

Emilio in his meth lab, shortly before being arrested by the DEA.

Emilio is arrested during a raid on a house in which the DEA is looking for meth supplier who goes by the street name "Captain Cook". Emilio makes bail and mistakenly suspects that his partner, Jesse Pinkman, ratted him out to the police. He forces Jesse to lead him and Domingo "Krazy-8" Molina to his new partner, Walter White, in Krazy-8's 1980 Buick Regal. Emilio recognizes Walt from the time of his arrest and suggests killing both Walt and Jesse. Walt convinces them to spare their lives if he teaches them his meth formula.

While the three are in the the RV in the desert, Walt deliberately causes a chemical explosion and flees, trapping Emilio and Krazy 8 inside the RV with deadly phosphine gas and leading to Emilio's death. ("Pilot")

Emilio confronting Walt and Jesse

Emilio confronting Walt and Jesse.

Emilio's corpse is subsequently disposed of by being dissolved in hydrofluoric acid in Jesse's bathtub. However, the corrosive acid eats through the bathtub and the floor, splattering Emilio's bloody, liquefied remains on the floor. ("Cat's in the Bag...") Walt and Jesse later clean up the mess, which is then flushed down the toilet. ("...and the Bag's in the River")

While talking with gathered DEA agents about the new meth in Albuquerque and the disappearance of Krazy-8, Hank Schrader reveals that Krazy-8 had been the one to rat out Emilio. Another DEA agent asks if Emilio could've been the one to presumably kill Krazy-8, but Hank admits that while that is a possibility, Emilio is also missing. Later, Skinny Pete and Combo ask Jesse about losing his partner Emilio who they have heard is either in jail or was bailed out by his cousin and skipped town. Uncomfortable, Jesse quickly brushes off the questions about Emilio. ("Cancer Man")

1x02 - Emilio

Emilio's corpse is being dissolved by Jesse in the bathtub.

When Walt asks about selling their meth to a distributor, Jesse tells him that Krazy-8 was his distributor and Emilio had been his in since Jesse knew Emilio since about third grade. However, they can't use Emilio as an in with Tuco Salamanca as he is also dead. ("Crazy Handful of Nothin'")

When Walt discovers that Jesse is selling his house, Jesse comments as a reason that he's got "two dudes that turned into raspberry slushy and flushed down my toilet," referencing Emilio and Krazy-8. ("A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal")

Season 2[]

A mugshot of Emilio appeared during Hank's briefing on Tuco Salamanca. ("Grilled")

When Walt and Jesse drive to Saul Goodman's office to look into hiring a lawyer, Jesse mentions to Walt that Saul got Emilio off twice. ("Better Call Saul")

Mugshots of Emilio and Krazy-8 appeared on the DEA's board during a meeting which Hank presided over, who both had large red question marks over them to signify their unknown whereabouts. ("ABQ")

Season 5[]

As Hank is going through old evidence documents, he briefly comes across a picture of Emilio's mugshot. ("Blood Money")

While driving to save his money from being destroyed by Jesse, Walt rants at Jesse that he killed Emilio, Krazy-8, and the Rival Dealers to save both his life and Jesse's. ("To'hajiilee")

Appearances[]

Better Call Saul[]

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Season 4
Season 5
Season 6

Breaking Bad[]

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Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5A
Season 5B

Trivia[]

  • Emilio was the first character to die in Breaking Bad and the first character to die in the Breaking Bad Franchise in broadcast order.
  • Emilio was Walter White's first kill.
  • Emilio shares the same surname as the actor that portrays him.
  • All the tattoos Emilio bears are the actor's own.
  • Emilio's actor John Koyama has the most time between appearances in the Breaking Bad universe, with fourteen years spanning his last Breaking Bad and first Better Call Saul episodes.
  • When Jesse puts Emilio's corpse in the bathtub to dissolve, the perspective is that of a close up view from below. Emilio can be seen blinking in this scene, despite being dead.
  • Considering that the father's side of Domingo's family is of Mexican descent and Koyama is a Japanese name, it can be assumed that the mother's side of Emilio's family is also Mexican.
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