Though it seems weird to some, there are many people who claim they do their best thinking in the bathroom. It’s a part of the home that’s designed to be private and peaceful, so it makes sense that many people have good ideas while in the shower or sitting on the commode.
Plenty of TV characters also have their eureka moments while in the bathroom. That’s not surprising, since the original eureka guy himself, Archimedes, had his famous moment of clarity while sitting in his bathtub. Harry Potter also has a bathroom epiphany in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Here are some prime examples of TV characters who clearly do their best thinking while in the bathroom.
Hank, “Breaking Bad”
The Season 5 midseason finale of “Breaking Bad” ends with Hank’s discovery that his brother-in-law was an associate of known meth cook Gale Boetticher. This revelation comes to Hank while sitting on Walter White’s toilet. Hank grabs a bit of reading material from the back of the commode.
The book he chooses is Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” which bears the following inscription: “To my other favorite W.W.– It’s an honour [sic] working with you. Fondly G.B.”
Hank’s moment of realization while seated on the john was quite amusing to TV fans.
Dr. Elliot Reid, “Scrubs”
In the episode “My Porcelain God,” the janitor installs a toilet on the roof of the hospital. The toilet is quickly dubbed “the epiphany toilet” because every staff member who sits on it is able to think their way through a problem that has been bugging them.
In this episode, Elliot had been struggling with intubating patients. After sitting on this porcelain throne, she has a daydream that helps her to get over her fear of intubation. Sadly, the toilet had to be moved from the roof to a supply closet by the end of the episode.
Councilman Jamm, “Parks and Rec”
It’s never stated outright that Jamm does his best thinking in the bathroom. However, his penchant for using Leslie’s office toilet in the middle of the day and his boast that his home has five bathrooms makes some fans think Jeremy Jamm enjoys private bathroom sanctuaries.
The Professor, “Futurama”
Professor Hubert Farnsworth has been repeatedly shown mulling over problems in the bathtub. In the episode “Benderama,” a bath allows the Professor to realize that nano-sized Bender robots have gotten small enough to move around the very building blocks of matter, turning all the fresh water on the planet into alcohol.