Todd, Jesse, and Walt will wait by the bridge. This is where the methylamine tank will be when the train finally stops. Jesse will drain the methylamine from the train into one of the buried tanks. Then, Todd will replace the stolen methylamine with water from the OTHER tank—this is because the train is frequently weighed along the journey, so this is to ensure the theft goes unnoticed.
But still, replacing the methylamine with water gets you diluted methylamine, which Todd points astutely points out. Won’t someone notice? But Walt thought of that, too: they’ll blame China. See, the methylamine originally comes from China, so whoever notices the diluted chemicals will assume China was trying to give them an inferior product. Done, done, and done.
I’m sure nothing whatsoever will go wrong.
WALT AND SKYLER’S HOUSE
Walt comes home to a mess. Junior has locked himself inside his room and won’t go back to Hank and Marie’s house. Skyler pleads with him to go, but she’s not getting anywhere. It looks like Walt has gotten what he wanted all along. All Walt has to do is shrug and let his son dictate the situation, and the kids stay under his roof.
But, surprise, Walt knocks on Junior’s door and tells him to get going to his aunt and uncle’s. Junior is distraught. The kid wants to know why all of this is going on. Walt COULD blame this on Skyler—“Your mother did some things that she regrets and we’re working through it”—but he won’t even do that. He plays hard ball, tells Junior that he’s the parent and Junior is the son and that’s that. The end.
If Walt was trying to soften Skyler’s resolve it didn’t work, because after Junior leaves, she tells Walt things haven’t changed. She knows she’s trapped in this marriage with Walt, and she’ll continue laundering the money, but she’s not Walt’s wife any longer.
But she’ll pretend to be, as long as Walt agrees to keep the kids at Hank and Marie’s for as long as possible. Those are Skyler’s terms. And when she goes into her reasons for wanting to keep the kids away, they’re pretty compelling. Walt’s secret life naturally attracts danger. One day, someone could come to their door with a gun to kill Walt. (Which is plausible because we’ve already seen this happen with the Twins). At Hank’s house the kids are relatively safe.
Walt has been beaten. He gives in. He’ll take a façade-marriage in exchange for not having his kids at home all the time. Skyler notices the dirt on Walt’s pants and saucily asks him whether he’s been burying bodies all day. Walt just smirks. “Been robbing a train”.
Ahh, spousal bickering. Sometimes Breaking Bad is just like The Jeffersons but with a little more meth
THE DESERT/LYDIA’S APARTMENT
It’s go time. Lydia gets the cargo manifest in her email and learns which car the methylamine is in. She passes the info to Mike.