It’s probably a combination of interest, sympathy, and information-gathering, because he doesn’t say much after Lydia tells him, he just nods and moves on to the “ocean of methylamine”.
They bring Mike and Jesse back in so Lydia can tell them her plan, and here’s the crazy part. There is a train that brings 24,000 gallons of methylamine to Houston every Wednesday. Mike, Walt, and Jesse can rob it!
(Side note: this probably explains the cold open now. That kid on the dirt bike heard a train whistle. Uh-oh).
Yes, it’s train robbery. And now we get the standard “planning the heist” scene. Mike, Walt, and Jesse asks Lydia for all the particulars. First of all, as you might have guessed, trains are heavily guarded after 9/11. (And if you didn’t know that, Mike fills us in).
But no matter! Lydia knows a secret. When the train is traveling through New Mexico it travels through in a three-mile dead zone where there’s no alarms and no cell phone coverage. Homeland Security probably doesn’t like people knowing that, but Lydia knows it because it’s her job to secure methylamine for Madrigal.
So…maybe this could work. MAYBE. There are other things to consider. How will they know which train car has the methylamine in it? Easy. Lydia gets a cargo manifest every Tuesday night before the train takes off. She’ll forward it to them.
But another issue is, what about the train crew? There might not be cell reception, but they know the moment the train gets back into coverage, the crew is calling the cops. Mike knows the truth: they’ll have to kill the crew. Because there are only two kinds of heists: the ones you get away with, and the ones where you leave witnesses.
“Killing innocent bystanders? Nah, we crossed that bridge like two seasons ago, Lydia. Please, continue.”
So, we have a modern-day train robbery, to be carried out by non-professionals except for Mike, who is in his 60’s and still recovering from a gunshot wound. This won’t go badly AT ALL. Actually, I would like to go on record.
I also liked how during this scene Lydia still tried to get a higher percentage of the take, since she was providing them with this top secret information. Smart gal, that one.
HANK AND MARIE’S HOUSE
Hank and Marie sit in the living room. Hank plays with Holly. He’s a natural!
This is great news for Holly and Junior. They’ll have a place to stay when their mother commits a murder-suicide with their Pops!
Hilariously, Hank is trying to get Holly to learn to say his title, “ASAC”. Then, he and Marie talk about Junior, or as Hank calls him, “Emo McGee”. Since coming to his aunt and uncle’s house, Junior has been mopey and sullen and hasn’t come out of his room. Hank remarks that Walt and Skyler over-parent him too much.