Back to Walt and Jesse.
Walt is doing some maintenance on their mobile cooking equipment when Jesse walks in. Apparently Jesse left some chemicals in one of the tanks for too long and it needs to be cleaned, so Walt asks Jesse to hop to it.
Except that Jesse still wants out of the business. He’s come to ask for his $5 million payout. So let’s see how this all plays out…
Walt’s first tactic is to give Jesse a promotion. He wants to double their meth production to 100 lbs a week. Jesse will get to run his own lab. Jesse doesn’t bite.
So Walt turns ugly. He challenges Jesse to tell him what his backup plan is. Walt knows how empty Jesse’s life is without cooking meth. And now Jesse’s broken up with Andrea. Jesse basically has nothing. Oh, and on top of that, Walt speculates that without structure and routine, Jesse will start using drugs again. Walt forbids Jesse from leaving.
Walt is basically running the shittiest cult ever
Then it turns more philosophical. Walt knows WHY Jesse wants to leave the business. It’s because of the dead kid. Jesse accuses Walt of not being all that bothered about it, so Walt makes sure to look good and outraged. He claims he’s torn up inside about it, that he’s a father so this hits close to home, blah blah blah.
Jesse reiterates his position. He just wants the money and he’ll be on his way. So Walt makes one last play. Isn’t the money “blood money”. By accepting, that proves Jesse isn’t as pure as he says he is! Jesse can stomach the shabbier aspects of the business, so he should stay.
Oh, Walt. Classic “I don’t understand people’s behavior”. You’re never gonna win an emotional argument with logic. Jesse isn’t sold and he walks out, leaving Walt alone
Hank is in a meeting with other DEA higher-ups. A man is running the show via teleconference, talking about budgets on a national lever. Only, Hank is preoccupied with Mike. He’s got surveillance photos right in front of them and he’s obsessively looking them over.
Back when Hank got promoted, the DEA warned him that he wouldn’t be doing field work any more and would have to learn how to run an office. And it looks like Hank is blowing it.
The head DEA guy dismisses everyone else and asks Hank to stay behind so they can talk. He warns Hank of just this problem: Hank is spending too much time on the Mike/Gus case and neglecting all the other cases on his desk. Their work is suffering as a result. Hank promises to fix it, but the DEA guy has some bad news: he’s cutting surveillance budget for Mike. It’s over. Poor Hank.
Well, it’s supposed to be over. Hank’s not giving up. Gomez comes into the meeting room to see what the call was about, and Hank gives him a new assignment. They don’t have any leads on Mike or on Mike’s nine associates who are in jail—because the associates haven’t given up any information. Hank assumes someone is paying off the associates. And he thinks it’s weird how all nine of them have the same lawyer: Dan.
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