But Walt has an idea. He spots a rolled up fumigation tent like you’d drape over an infested house. Bingo…
A HOUSE SOMEWHERE
Our four heroes sit outside a house that is being fumigated right now. Walt lays out his plan…
They will work in conjunction with the extermination company. The company usually fumigates three or four houses a week. So, every week, the meth operation will move into one of these tented houses, cook a batch, and leave for the exterminators to bug-bomb it. Nobody pays attention to a fumigated house, so they’ll be able to operate practically in plain sight.
Jesse sees some problems. Won’t it be difficult to set up and take down the meth lab over and over? Walt sees this as a challenge, but not a deal-breaker.
Saul gives them the rundown of the extermination business. When he said earlier the owner was amenable, he meant it, because the owner is a criminal himself. Saul points to one of the exterminators, a man named Ira who has a ponytail. (Also, one of the employees, Todd, is introduced. This is Landry). Ira runs a “second story” burglary operation out of the extermination front…meaning, they go into a house and kill the pests, but they also take note of where the valuable are and then sell this information to other burglars. Saul’s had dealings with them for years and he knows they’re not only reliable but also trustworthy. Mike will still have to vet them, but Saul assures them Ira and his men won’t ever snitch.
Mike is sold but he wants to put it to a vote. To Walt, that’s unnecessary. Walt’s mind is made up.
Know who we haven’t seen for a while? Badger and Skinny Pete! Dudes!
They’re in a music store right now. Badger is dicking around with a double-necked guitar and actually looks like he knows what he’s doing. Surprised? Me neither. However, Skinny Pete is playing on a Yamaha keyboard and looks and sounds like he’s had some classical training. Bitchin’!
But they’re not here to look at instruments. They talk to a sales rep and ask for some roadie cases, the biggest ones they have. Skinny Pete wants four of them. And this is how Walt’s meth operation will be getting the equipment into the fumigated houses.
They’ll be paying cash and the salesman offers some free stenciling to put their band name on the cases.
And cut to them wheeling the cases into the extermination business. Badger and Skinny Pete had the sales rep put “Vamanos Pests”, which it turns out is the name of the pest control business and not some shit they made up for fun.
Jesse is in the process of setting up the mobile cooking equipment. He’s got a container of methylamine ready and slaps a sticker for pesticide over the label to hide it. Then Jesse accepts the cases and pays his buddies for the job.
We get a sad little moment here next…Badger and Pete can tell Jesse is back in the meth business, and they want to help out any way they can. However, Jesse knows they’re not the caliber of operative they need any more. Mike looks on in the doorway and gives Jesse a “get them out of here” look, and Jesse evades their question.
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