Anyway, the who in the picture is not important. When the frame crashed against the wall, it caused the picture frame to shatter and the photo inside to slide around. Revealing underneath, handwritten in pencil, details for a bank account in the Caymans.
Another of Gus’s secrets! Wonder where this will lead.
Saul is filling Walt in on what’s been going on in the Skyler storyline. Walt is not happy to hear that Saul has been working with Skyler behind Walt’s back, particularly when he learns Saul helped Skyler give $622,000 and change to Ted, the guy who she was sleeping with. (Remember, this is the source of Ted’s head injure at the end of Season Four).
Also, in a callback, when Saul is telling Walt about how he always thought it was a bad idea to give Skyler control of the money, he takes his own “I told you so” celebratory lap. So where Hank was too wrapped up in the case to give a damn about getting credit, Saul is all too happy to.
Walt’s not so much pissed that Saul gave away so much money, he’s pissed that Saul’s been disloyal. Walt’s primary interest these days is in being in control of things, and this makes him unhappy.
Saul tries to turn the tables on the meeting, and he takes out the poisoned cigarette to give it back to Walt—this is the cigarette Walt used to get Jesse to go against Gus and return to his side. Walt gave the cigarette, poisoned with ricin, to Saul. Saul then had his henchman Huell sneak the poisoned cigarettes into Jesse’s pocket where Brock could find them and get a hold of them.
Saul’s heard about Brock winding up in the hospital, and this is the last straw. Even Saul has limits. He refuses to be involved with plans that harm children. He tells Walt to take the cigarette and fuck off.
And Walt get up and walks around to Saul’s side of the desk. Menacingly. He tells Saul matter-of-factly that they’re through when WALT decides they are.
WALT AND SKYLER’S HOUSE
Walt comes into the house to find Skyler with Baby Grace. He tells her he’s heard about Ted. Skyler tries to be business-like about it, assuring Walt that Ted isn’t going to talk.
But Walt isn’t concerned about that. Walt embraces Skyler and whispers into her ear. He forgives her. That’s some Michael Corleone shit there.
If you’re new to my recaps, this is where I put all my random thoughts and reflections from the episode…
-I hate to say it but I have mixed feelings about this episode. Sure, while I was watching it, I was hooked. This show is amazingly consistent in its ability to deliver an entertaining half-hour of television. This week, they did it with the ol’ GSU, which readers of the scriptshadow screenwriting blog know is “Goal-Stakes-Urgency”. These are standard plot structural devices that keep a story moving forward and keep the viewer engaged. When you have these three things, you’ve usually got a halfway decent story. In this case, the goal was to erase Gus’s hard drive. The stakes were that, if Walt and Jesse fail to do this, it’ll lead the cops right to them and they’ll be fucked. And the urgency is that if they don’t do this NOW, the longer they wait, the more times the cops have to find them.
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