A: He tried to hang himself in his basement about a month ago.
A: Yeah. Luckily the pipes ______(1) tied the rope to __________(2) under his weight, so nothing happened.
Which of these would you insert in the dialog for it to be natural?
(1) he / he'd
(2) broke / had broken
For me, it would make sense to use 'he'd' as he had tied the the rope before it broke. And for the second, I would guess that 'broke' would be enough.