Walt isn’t happy with practicality. He thinks Mike owes him a “thank you” for getting him the money, and an apology for chaining him to the radiator. (Boy, Walt’s being a real brat this week, isn’t he?)
Mike just tells him to fuck off, so Walt goes inside Vamonos. Alone now, Mike and Jesse say their own goodbye. It’s a lot more tender than Walt and Mike’s was. Mike warns Jesse to look out for himself, and they shake hands. Walt glares at them through the office window.
THE CAR WASH
Skyler is at the car wash. It’s closed right now. It looks like she’s waiting for someone. Sure enough, there’s a knock, and it’s Walt. He and Jesse have come to collect the 1,000 gallon tank of methylamine, which, turns out, Skyler has been keeping here for him.
Hmm…the one place Walt owns large enough to hide 1,000 gallons of methylamine? Great hiding place
Jesse brings in the Vamonos Pests truck to hitch to the methylamine tank. With his typical charming naivety, he greets Skyler, as if she would want to talk to him in a million years. She just shakes her head.
While Jesse hooks up the tank, Skyler takes Walt aside and asks him what the hell is going on. Apparently he didn’t even tell her what was IN the tank. Obviously Walt is hiding it here, so she knows it’s suspicious. She asks him if he’s hiding it from the cops, or from “someone else”. Someone who would kill for it. Walt just tells her to go back inside the office.
The important thing here is how this ties into Walt and Skyler’s ongoing feud over the safety of the kids. Skyler thinks Walt’s criminal livelihood puts the children at risk, but Walt has maintained he has things under control. But having to hide a tank of a mysterious chemical from a drug dealer? That’s pretty firm evidence in Skyler’s favor. Maybe now she’ll finally grow a pair and do something more permanent about it.
And now, it’s time for a look at a lesser publicized but still vitally important aspect of the drug trade: the legitimate banks who store your illicit earnings.
Dan the Lawyer enters a local Albuquerque bank, wheeling a suitcase behind him. (Dan is the same lawyer Mike was using a couple weeks ago to get into the federal detention centers so he could talk to his incarcerated crew members. Presumably, he’s here to store Mike’s big payout).
Dan has brought cookies to Dot the receptionist. (Banana-bacon cookies that sound disgussssssting). Clearly, he is buttering her up to make her like him so she won’t look too hard at what he does at the bank. She takes him into the safety deposit box room and opens his five usual boxes. making small talk about her husband wanting to buy a boat. But this time, Dan tells her he needs a sixth box, so she opens on up for him. It’s way bigger than the others.
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