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Lost’s Hurley and Breaking Bad’s Gus: Know Your Chicken Moguls

Fans of Lost and Breaking Bad know the two dramas have plenty in common this season: unforeseen plot twists, gripping near-death sequences, and, most important, fast-food-chicken entrepreneurs. On Lost, sideways Hurley (Jorge Garcia) is the proud owner of the Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack dynasty, while on Breaking Bad, drug kingpin Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) carefully trains fry cooks at Los Pollos Hermanos. With such similar cuisines, how does one tell them apart? A cheat sheet, so you can keep abreast:

  Hugo “Hurley” Reyes
Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack
Gustavo “Gus” Frings
Los Pollos Hermanos
Leadership Style A goof. Aloof.
Work Attire Hairnet. Shirt and tie.
Occupational Hazards Falling meteorites. The DEA.
Notable Moral Transgressions Using garden gnomes to spell out “CLUCK YOU” on a co-workers’s lawn. Using fry-batter buckets to smuggle methamphetamine across the Southwest.
Typical Customer Sideways-flashing Scots. Machete-wielding Mexicans.
Most Potentially Hazardous Franchise Location Australia Arizona
Endquote “Gimme a bucket. Family size.” “May his death satisfy you.”
Photo: Hurley: Mario Perez/ABC; Gus: AMC