Hello, Breaking Bad-ders. Welcome to the recap for Season 5 Episode 6, “Buyout”. As you might remember, earlier in the season I was complaining about the show using heist-y stories while sacrificing character moments. This week pretty much makes up for all of that.
The episode boils down to this: Walt has a chance to cash out of the new Walter White and Associates meth business started after Gus’s death. He could make a tidy sum and retire for good. But, of course, he doesn’t. It’s never really been about the money for Walt, but this week we finally start to learn, if not money, then what?
Let’s see what the show wants us to keep in mind for this episode…
-The four amigos robbed a train. (That’s Walt, Jesse, Mike, and Todd). This is the least necessary reminder from the showrunners they’ve ever done. If you watched last week and forgot they robbed a train, you’ve had a death in the family and were thus preoccupied. If you’re just joining us now, you need to learn how to watch TV shows better.
-Walt and Skyler continue to war over their kids. When we last left off, Skyler had managed to get Hank and Marie to take the kids off their hands while she wand Walt “sort out their marital problems”, which unbeknownst to Hank and Marie includes Walt makin’ meth.
-Walt and Mike continue to war over Mike having to pay hush money to Gus’s old associates. This hush money partly comes out of Walt’s share of the take, which is really chapping Walt’s ass.
-And Todd shot a kid. In case you forgot, which you didn’t. See #1.
-Also, this last one was not included in the pre-show reminders, but I’ve been worrying about it myself. The kid Todd shot had just collected a tarantula and put it in a jar. What happened to the tarantula? Is it OK? I hope so!
On to the recap…
Picking up where we left off last week, the question of the cold open is, how are the guys going to get rid of the kid’s body?
Walt and Todd (but not Jesse) bring a dump truck back to the pest control building late at night, while Mike supervises. Inside the bed of the truck is all the various equipment from the train heist, plus a large pile of dirt.
Grade A body-concealin’ dirt, that is
Todd climbs into the truck and starts pawing away at the pile of dirt. And yes, the kid’s dirt bike has been hidden inside the pile of dirt. We can assume the kid’s body is under there too, but mercifully it’s not shown. There’s no dialogue or ambient sound over this part either, just eerie music.
The guys begin dismantling the bike and placing the bike parts into a plastic drum of the type they use to dissolve bodies in acid.