Walt has done some research into Declan’s operation, and he’s learned that not only is Declan selling an inferior product—Declan’s meth is 70% pure whereas Walt’s is 99.1%—Declan has ALREADY BEGUN RIPPING WALT OFF by dying his meth blue so it resembles Walt’s. Walt tosses a bag of Declan’s inferior product at Delan’s feet.
Basically, it’s the knockoff Simpsons merch of the meth world
Or as Walt puts it, (brilliantly), Declan’s operation is grade school tee ball, while Walt is the New York Yankees. Or another way, Declan makes knockoff soft drinks while Walt makes Coca Cola Classic.
Declan puts up some token resistance, like you’d expect from an alpha underworld type…Declan doesn’t see the point of making better meth for junkies to get high off of. But Walt patiently points out that a) you can charge more for purer meth, and b) it has a higher yield. Declan has an amazing opportunity: the rights to sell meth from the world’s premier meth cook. (Actually, the world’s TWO premier meth cooks, because Walt mentions Jesse is part of a package deal. Got that, Jesse?) Declan’s not dumb enough to let this deal slip away, and Walt knows it.
One last thing. Declan and his crew have never seen Walt before. They don’t know who he is. How can they trust him? Walt just smiles. Oh, they know exactly who he is. Who else could speak with so much authority about Heisenberg’s meth other than Heisenberg himself. They know who he is and Walt knows they know. He just wants to hear them say his name. So he makes them. Say his name.
Great job, Walt! You just lost any mystique you might have had!
Declan and his crew drive away from the meeting place, leaving Walt, Mike, and Jesse. Mike packs his $5 million in cash into the trunk of his car. Even he’s impressed with how Walt handled the situation. It looks like Walt and Mike can finally go their separate ways without further incident.
Jesse’s not happy, though. Last week he, too, wanted out of Walter White’s Homemade Meth and Associates.
Mainly because of Walt’s lax employee conduct policy when it comes to killing children
He doesn’t appreciate how Walt included Jesse in the Declan deal without even asking him. He wanted the same payout Mike got. Walt promises he’ll talk about it with him eventually. A typical brush off. Walt needs help with the transition to Declan’s distributorship. He won’t entertain the thought of Jesse leaving.
Jesse doesn’t push back. Mike gives him a disappointed look. As do we.
The guys return to Vamonos. Mike’s time with the operation has come to an end and he has two things to say to Walt and Jesse, both of them practical. One, as he mentioned before, Walt and Jesse no longer need to worry about hush money for Gus’s old associates. Mike will pay his guys out of the $5 million. And two, Mike warns them to get the bug out of the DEA’s offices. The DEA does periodic sweeps, so the bug will be found soon.
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