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Hello, Breaking Bad boys and Breaking Bad girls. Gonna keep this week’s intro short because, well, to be honest, this is my first day of vacation. And besides, this week is a pretty straightforward episode: Walt and Jesse start setting up their new meth business, and Skyler has a nervous breakdown because of Walt. That’s what we got. Let’s get to it!
-There’s no “Previously On” this week, because since I’m on vacation I could only watching this on iTunes. I’m flying blind! I don’t know what backstory we’re supposed to remember for this week’s episode! I guess I’ll have to fill us in as we go. Those assholes. Don’t they know I’m on vacation? Side note: why doesn’t iTunes provide us with this? Is it because they assume we can just pause our player and Google stuff we might be confused about? I can do that with my DVR too, dummies. (Yeah, I’m calling you dumb despite not knowing ANYTHING ABOUT THIS. Eat it, iTunes).
We open in a secure facility somewhere, where a lawyer named Dan has come to see an inmate named Dennis Markowski. Dan has brought his paralegal with him today…Mike.
I’m guessing Mike isn’t trying to move into a new line of work. He and Dan are waved into the facility and wait for Dennis Markowski. Mike and Dan don’t make small talk and they don’t seem to like each other much. Finally, Dennis enters. He’s a prisoner. Dan slips on some headphones and turns up some classic rock to drown out the conversation Mike and Dennis are about to have.
It appears Dennis is one of Mike’s associates, probably one of the eleven names Lydia brought Mike last week, one of the guys who used to work for Gus, whom Mike thoroughly vetted. Mike has come to talk business with Dennis. First, he informs Dennis that Chow is dead. Dennis didn’t know that. All he’d heard was that Chow skipped town. He looks upset.
And second, Mike tells Dennis that their deal with Gus is still in place. By “deal”, Mike is referring to the code of silence everyone took to work in Gus’s enterprise. Mike wants to know if Dennis has snitched on anyone.
Dennis starts to waffle. He says the Feds have taken away his hazard pay. He needs that money to pay his mortgage. The Feds are doing this to everyone involved. Dennis says that even though HE won’t flip, no hazard pay means eventually someone will.
So Mike’s got a situation on his hands. His supposedly strong-willed guys are starting to crack. They all know Gus is dead and the superlab is cinders. But luckily, as we saw last week, Mike has a solution. He tells Dennis that he’s got a new business opportunity. The new cook operation with Walt. Soon the money flow will be turned back on and Dennis and all the rest will be paid. Mike gives Dennis his word that things will be square soon, and then asks, menacingly, if Dennis needs more than that. Dennis knows better. They shake.