But why is Walt really here? He thanks Hank and Marie for taking care of his kids during the rough patch. He asks if it’s OK to stop by and see them tonight, and Hank is so gracious, he insists Walt doesn’t even need to ask permission for that sort of thing.
Walt didn’t really come by here just to for some unrequired permission, did he? Walt goes on…he has something he wants to get off his chest. Uh-oh. What will Walt confess?!
“Hey, Hank! I’m Heisenberg!” The whole show is gonna be over!
Or not. Walt tells Hank that Skyler isn’t in love with him any more. He says Skyler’s accused him of being a bad father and a bad example to the kids. Hank, again, is flabbergasted. By all outward appearances, Walt is an inspiring cancer survivor. Walt might have made a bad mistake or two, particularly with the “black jack addiction” (the cover story Walt and Skyler told Hank to explain where Walt was getting money from), but Walt’s a stand up guy in his opinion.
Come on, Walt. Are you really just here to cop some support from your brother in law? Seems like not a strong enough reason to drop by. Walt starts crying. Maybe he’s trying to garner support, to get Hank and Marie on his side, to drive a wedge between Skyler and the rest of the family? Could be…
Hank can’t stand the sight of Walt crying. He closes the blinds on his office windows to give Walt privacy, then excuses himself to get them some coffee. And NOW we get to the real reason for Walt’s visit. Walt wipes the tears away. It was an act and Walt’s surprisingly a good actor. Walt puts a bug on Hank’s computer modem, then slips a second bug inside the picture of Hank and Marie.
He finishes just as Hank returns with the coffee. Hank gives him some words of comfort… “It’s always darkest before the storm is over”. Or some platitude like that…I don’t feel like going back and looking it up. The point is, Walt just played the ASAC of the Albuquerque DEA’s office like a fiddle.
A CONCRETE BASEMENT
Lydia is being handcuffed to a metal table in a basement located god-knows-where. Her assailant turns on the lights. It’s Mike, Walt, and Jesse. Now it’s time to deal with this tracking bug situation.
Jesse is setting up a laptop. Mike is with Lydia. Walt is just watching this all go down. Mike gives Lydia the rundown. She’s going to call Hank on her phone and give him some information. Mike puts a script in front of her for her to read. If she makes Hank suspicious in any way, Mike informs her he will take out his pistol and shoot her in the head.
Lydia looks panicked, but not too panicked, so it could be that she’s feigning panic to draw sympathy. Walt looks like he might be starting to give her just that, but Mike isn’t buying it. He takes out the phone and starts dialing.