Aaaaand right then, Junior comes out of his room to get a soda. Hank and Marie hope he didn’t hear them, but of course, he did. Oops.
Mike and Walt are arguing, while Jesse sits on the couch, absorbed in the straw from his iced tea. He’s sucking a little tea into the straw, then letting it drip back out.
But Mike and Walt’s argument is this: Walt wants to do the heist. But not only does Mike think the heist is folly, he also wants to discontinue using methylamine and return to the old-school method: rounding up some skid row types and hiring them to buy cold pills from drug stores.
Neither method is ideal. Walt’s method will result in innocent men dying. Mike’s will result in fewer raw materials, a reduced output, a lower-quality product, and the meth they make won’t be blue, which is their trademark. The third option, which is to put the operation on hold until they find a new methylamine supplier, is off the table because they have to keep making money to pay off Mike’s old associates.
And then Jesse speaks up. He has an inspiration. What if…just what if…they could rob the train WITH NOBODY KNOWING IT WILL BE ROBBED?
Prediction: Dirtbike Boy will stumble upon their heist…and they’ll adopt him! And totally not kill a kid.
Also, do you realize Jesse’s inspiration is basically “I drink your milkshake”? Pretty clever, Jesse!
Walt, Mike, and Jesse are standing by some train tracks intersecting the road in the desert. They’re here to prepare for the train heist. Walt’s got the Heisenberg hat on. They determine the direction the train is going to be coming from and start walking towards it. Jesse has a distance measuring wheel to measure off how far they are from the road.
When they get to “814” (meters?), they stop. There’s a small bridge over a ravine. This spot will be perfect to set up.
Near the bridge, Walt and Jesse supervise a backhoe operator who is digging a hole in the desert ground. Walt is in contact with Mike via walkie-talkie…Mike’s some distance away keeping an eye on the train tracks ahead, to warn them of oncoming trains.
The backhoe finishes digging. The operator then puts two huge plastic drums into the ground and begins covering them up. By the time the drums are covered, Todd the pest control guy arrives with a liquid-freight truck.
Todd attaches a hose to one of the buried tanks and starts pouring water into it. At this point, emboldened, he asks Walt and Jesse what’s going on. And they tell him…and us…thanks Todd. I was confused.
The plan is as follows. One of Mike’s guys will park a dump truck on the bridge and pretend to have engine trouble, which will cause the train to stop. (I’m guessing they measured the distance because they needed to know how long it takes a train to stop once it hits the brakes).