To Mike’s dismay, Jesse sides with Walt and won’t let Mike shoot him.
Mike tries to argue. By killing Gus, Walt has royally fucked the regional narco-trafficking power structure. Which is probably true, but that gets set aside for now. Walt has a more urgent problem for them to discuss: Gus’s video cameras. This must be the source of the “oh shit” Walt had last night in his bedroom.
Walt knows that footage from the Superlab is out there somewhere, waiting to incriminate them. Since Mike was tight with Gus, Mike probably knows where the footage is. Mike isn’t inclined to help them right now, but as Walt points out, Mike’s on the footage along with them, so it’s in his best interests to play ball.
Mike lowers his gun. He tells Walt and Jesse about the laptop Gus kept in the office at Dos Pollos. They have to move fast if they want to get it before the DEA does.
DOS POLLOS HERMANOS
And sure enough, in the very next scene Hank and the DEA are collecting the laptop. Shee-it.
So now the cops have the incriminating evidence in their possession. What are Walt, Jesse, and Mike to do?
At Jesse’s house that evening, Mike is one the phone with the Albuquerque Police Department. He’s pretending to be a US Postal Service official who’s investigating Gus for mail fraud. He claims he needs access to Gus’s laptop and asks the APD if they have it. Pretty slick ruse, and it works.
He gets off the phone and the news isn’t good. The cops have it, and the APD are keeping it in their evidence room. To Mike, that’s the end of story. You can’t break into a police evidence room.
But Walt wants details. What’s the layout of the police station like. Clearly Walt isn’t giving up. The wheels are turning in Walt’s head.
Mike scoffs. It used to be that Mike could easily write Walt off as a bumbling amateur. If this were happening last season Mike might do that right now. But since then Walt’s blown up a nursing home. So now Walt is something of a mad genius.
Mike assumes Walt is beginning to plan a similar heinous scheme, and he doesn’t like it. It was bad enough for Walt to blow up the senior citizens’ home, but now Walt wants to kill cops. Mike, an ex-cop, is sour on the idea.
Walt insists he’ll just use some sort of incendiary device that’ll start a fire in the evidence room and not a full-on explosive. They go back and forth.
And while they argue, Jesse offers a solution. The footage is on a laptop, right? Why not just use a magnet and wipe the hard drive clean?
PRODUCT PLACEMENT JOKE: “Jesse, not only is that a brilliant idea, but you also clearly know that the most sensible choice in seating furniture is a rattan easy chair from Bed, Bath. You are promoted!”
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