We begin with an eerie score played to the careful disassembly and melting down, by acid, of the boy’s bike and the usual melting down of the boy himself.
After the process is over, Jesse and Todd go outside for a smoke when Todd brakes the eerie tone with, “You guys didn’t tell me the stuff smells like cat piss. I mean shit happens, right?”
The obviously in disturbed Jesse then proceeds to punch Todd in the face and a deliberation between Walt, Mike and Jesse takes place on the topic of what should be done about Todd.
Since Jesse’s murder of Gale Boetticher to preserve the lives of Walt and himself, Jesse has gone through a very long and dark process of dealing with the emotional repercussions of murder.
Jesse is not a blood-thirsty druglord. He only wants easy money that comes with no one getting hurt.
We all know how Walt’s stance on such matters has drifted farther and farther from the sociological norm, while Mike sits as a happy medium willing to get dirty only if it’s absolutely necessary.
Ultimately, the three come to the decision to let Todd stay on the team as part of the pest control crew and let him walk.
After Todd is eschewed from the hangout, he proceeds to enter his car and stare at the tarantula in the jar the now deceased boy once had.
Take from that what you will. I couldn’t come up with any reason for it that would stand up to scrutinization.
Then we get another glimpse into the life of grandpa Mike at a park with his granddaughter being surveilled by the DEA.
Mike appears to make a “dead drop,” placing something under a nearby trashcan at the park, prompting detective Gomez to investigate the drop.
He uncovers a note reading: “F— you.”
How good is Mike and how did he get that way? What did he do to be kicked off the police force whenever he was back in the day, because he’s a stone cold bad ass.
Mike uses the bug in Hank’s office and listens to them talking about him. It sounds like they’re going to stay on top of him, waiting for a slip-up.
And now for some breaking news on Skyler Watch…
Skyler makes a visit to Marie and Hank’s house to see her children, where she makes reference to the kids not being safe around herself and Walt.
A very tense field that leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering if she would really tell her sister.
Instead, Marie reveals how Walt has told her about about her (Skyler) affair with Ted. A fact which Skyler was not privy to before.
Now back to your regular scheduled recap.
At the next cook, Jesse sees a news report asking for help in find the missing boy Todd shot. Jesse is still visibly upset about the matter and is told to go home and relax by Walt.
Jesse agrees to let Walt finish the cook himself, but appears bothered by him whistling while he works.
When Walt finishes the cook, he brings the meth to the hangout and finds Mike and Jesse there having a meeting.
Mike tells Walt about the DEA following him and says because of this he’s decided to leave the business.
Walt seems all too happy to allow Mike to retire, but is then hit with the sudden news that Jesse would like to “retire” as well.
Mike has found somebody who will buy their two-thirds of the methylamine for $10 million, an amount Walt is disgusted with as the value of cooking the entire batch of chemical is $300 million.
“Pennies on the dollar, Jessie, and that’s what you’re going to sell out for? Pennies? Why?”
Jesse responds by saying that $5 million is not pennies and a posits a question of his own:
“… Are we in the meth business or the money business?”
Mike and Jesse go to meet with their buyers to discuss terms.
The buyer, however, has deduced that there is a third member of their team after wondering to himself why the two would be selling 666 gallons of methylamine.
When his concerns are confirmed, the buyer refuses to buy any of the product unless he gets all 1000 gallons of methylamine, placing the ball in Walt’s court.
Jesse makes a visit Walt’s house to try to convince Walt to sell his share one more time, to which he flatly refuses.
Jesse mentions that originally all Walt wanted was $737,000 in order to leave his family in good shape after he died.
Walt then brings up Gray Matter and says that he sold his share for $5,000 and the company is now worth $2.6 billion.
“Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither … I’m in the empire business.”
Skyler walks in and Walt offers an awkward re-introduction to the two and asks Jesse to stay for dinner.
Poor Jesse does all he can to break the silence of the most awkward and tension-filled dinner ever witnessed.
Eventually Skyler dismisses herself after mentioning her affair with Ted. Walt tells Jesse about her saying that she is waiting for him to die and claims that the meth business is all he has left in life.
Yet another attempt to play mind games with his most loyal partner and friend.
Walt tries to steal the methylamine and finds badass Mike waiting for him, anticipating that very thing happening.
Mike keeps Walt there, at gunpoint, until the following morning, but must leave Walt to attend a prior engagement.
Hethen proceeds to tie Walt to a radiator with a zip tie, which seems like a major under estimation by a typically sharp individual.
I can’t understand how, after all he’s seen Walt do, he thinks that a simple zip tie on one hand will suffice as means of locking him up.
Walt quickly gets to work fashioning a mini-torch to cut his restraints and get lose.
We see Mike and Saul meet with Hank and Gomez. They have filed a restraining order against the DEA and have a backing of a judge.
When Mike returns to the warehouse he finds that the methylamine is gone and is swept into a controlled rage pulling his gun and putting it to Walt’s head.
Jesse is on the scene as well now and is able to stop Mike from shooting Walt by explaining to him that he needs to listen to Walt’s plan.
Walt’s plan allows Mike to still receive his $5 million while Walt keeps the methylamine. We’ll have to wait until next week to find out how.
“Everybody wins.” – Walter White