(Side note: when they’re negotiating about the deal Dennis will get from the DEA, the DEA lawyer offers Dennis something called “Queen for a day”. Which is not some kind of prison sex term, actually. It’s slang for something called a proffer agreement, which is something less than full immunity from prosecution. Basically, if Dennis took the deal, Hank wouldn’t be able to use anything Dennis tells him against Dennis, but he could go after Dennis for other crimes).
I hope you appreciate the work I do in recapping these. Proffer agreements don’t even have a goddamn Wikipedia page
But Hank isn’t even interested in vague promises like that, because there are eight other people Hank could go bug about this. Hank doesn’t say what it would take from Dennis to offer immunity, but I bet it’s Heisenberg’s identity or nothing.
Lydia’s at a café somewhere. She’s pouring that weird sugar substitute into her tea, the stuff she asked for when she and Mike met at another café earlier in the season and didn’t get because it’s too fancy. Must be bringing her own now.
Walt enters. He’s wearing his Heisenberg hat and some wraparound shades. He joins her. She tries to get him to order some coffee to make their meeting look more natural but he declines.
So they talk turkey instead. Walt wants the names of Mike’s nine associates—or actually, he needs ten names now because he needs to get rid of the lawyer who was paying him, i.e. Dan the cake pop-loving sleaze. Lydia has them stored in her head. Only, she isn’t ready to give him the names yet.
For starters, how does she know Walt won’t just whack her once he takes care of the other ten? She’s seen his face. He might think of her as loose end. Walt doesn’t really have an answer to that, so he just mocks her. “What am I gonna do, take the list from you and then kill you right here in the café?” Douchebag.
Lydia is also worried, because she knows Mike wouldn’t stand for Walt trying to knock off the ten guys. She wants to know, does this mean Walt knocked off Mike? By not answering, he confirms her suspicions.
Walt can tell Lydia wants something in return, more than just his agreement he won’t kill her. So he asks what Lydia wants. And it turns out she’s got a hell of a pitch for him…she offers to help him expand his business.
So, Lydia works for Madrigal, the multinational, complex corporation. Her job is logistics. She moves things all around the world. She also knows a lot about the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic has the highest demand for meth in Europe. Over there, 5% of the total population of 10 million is on meth, and in the Czech Republic meth is usually only 60% pure—nothing near the 99.1% Walt can make. Lydia will handle the distribution. If Walt gives her 25 lbs a week, she can bring back $2 million. Even better, Walt would be selling his product 6,000 miles away from where he lives.