It's common practice, in a show of this sort, to deliberately fudge the chemistry a bit to avoid liability (legal or moral)... just as spy shows never show actual lockpicking, and so on, and on.
I had a high school chem teacher who would gladly explain how to make LSD -- almost. And he'd warn you that the "almost" was likely to kill you if you tried following those instructions in real life, so DON'T. If you were clever enough to debug it, you were clever enough to have found out elsewhere. If you weren't, he was teaching organic synthesis with an engaging example but drawing a not-unreasonable line in the sand.
There are people I've refused to teach locksmithing because I didn't trust them not to abuse the skills. They may learn elsewhere, but I don't want them on my conscience.