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Hank’s secretary connects Lydia to Hank. Let’s see what they want Lydia to say to him…
Lydia, feigning ignorance, tells Hank she found a tracking bug on a barrel and asks him if he placed it there. So now we get to the reason for the call…Walt, Mike, and Jesse are determining whether the DEA placed the bug or whether Lydia did it herself. Depending on Hank’s reaction, Lydia will live or die.
Hank tells her he’ll call her back. Then, on Jesse’s laptop, they listen to the bugs Walt placed in Hank’s office. Hank asks Gomez if he put a bug on the methylamine and Gomez says he didn’t. Busted. Looks like Lydia put the bug there herself
Walt, Mike, and Jesse walk away to talk this over. Clear evidence Lydia tried to scare them off, and more important, evidence she’s treacherous. Mike wants to kill her and Walt is behind him. Lydia pleads with them to reconsider, and Jesse believes her, but as Mike points out, “Everyone sounds like Meryl Streep when they have a gun to their head”.
But hang on a second. Through the bugs, they hear Hank call the Houston DEA’s office. He asks the Houston DEA agent if THEY placed any bugs in the warehouse. The Houstonian fesses up. Lydia is saved!
So this changes everything. Mike still doesn’t trust Lydia but now he doesn’t have the ironclad proof to justify whacking her. Desperate, he tells Walt and Jesse how Lydia tried to have him killed. Apparently Mike was saving this tidbit for a rainy day.
Jesse and Walt sound convinced. Maybe Lydia really is too much of a liability. And on top of the treachery, it now looks like the DEA will be paying closer attention to Lydia’s warehouse. Mike starts making plans for a raid on the methylamine warehouse, which would be a short-term solution and would only keep them in business for a couple more weeks.
But Lydia has an ace up her sleeve: access to “an ocean of methylamine”. Mike, Walt, and Jesse are intrigued.
Actually it’s an abandoned metal fabricating warehouse in Houston, a sign tells us outside. Mike and Jesse are waiting while Walt and Lydia converse inside.
No explanation given for why it’s just Walt. Since he’s the only one of the three Lydia’s never seen before, maybe they think she’ll be more cooperative with him than with Mike or Jesse.
But Walt doesn’t ask about the methylamine, not at first…he asks her why she put out a hit on Mike. She explains how Mike’s eight or nine associates are all in jail, and all of them know the details of Gus’s operation, and how any of them could blow her cover, but that Mike wasn’t doing anything about it. So Mike became a threat.
Walt almost seems…interested? Sympathetic? Like he’s trolling for pointers for when HE decides to bump Mike off? A couple weeks ago he mused to Jesse that he understood why Gus gutted Victor in front of them to kick off Season 4. Victor was taking liberties with the business, and Walt has begun to think Mike is doing the same thing by forcing them to pay hush money to his associates