Vince Gilligan: The Origin Of ‘Franch’ Involves A Scientist Killing God

07.26.12 5 years ago 3 Comments

According to the ever-reliable Urban Dictionary, the word “Franch” either means a terrible slur against homosexuals or “pretending to speak French to fit in as a tourist in France.” (Sidenote: the definition for my last name recently changed. It used to be “the lingering smell that was left on your underwear after you farted”; now it’s “when a male has a sweaty ball rash.” I feel I’ve been robbed of my legacy.) Neither of those associations are probably what Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan was going for when he wrote the half-French, half-ranch dressing into last Sunday’s episode, “Madrigal.” So where did the idea come from?

According to the Huffington Post:

Twenty years ago, I wrote a comedy in which a scientist accidentally kills God and feels really terrible about it. Meanwhile, his former lab assistant goes on to fame and fortune by inventing something called “Franch” — a salad dressing that’s half-French, half-ranch. I confess, I was cannibalizing an idea from an old script…but since it’s clearly never going to be made into a movie, I figured “what the hell?” (Via)

Name the scientist Cajun Kick-Ass, Vince, and I will personally finance this money.

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