Jesse tells Walt he hasn’t cleaned out the Roomba in over a week, so Walt tells him to pop the damn thing open. And sure enough, there’s the “ricin”. (Or really, the table salt, but to Jesse it looks just like the ricin).
So there ya go, Jesse. The ricin has been found. No unfortunate soul is going to find it on the street somewhere and accidentally step on it or something. Problem solved. Walt disposes of the ersatz ricin and suggests they crack a beer.
Hold on. Jesse sits with the Roomba dumbstruck. The full weight of the situation dawns on him, at least as it appears to him. Remember last season, when Jesse thought Walt had poisoned Brock and went over to his house to confront him? Jesse pulled a gun on Walt.
And now Jesse is morfitied. And now, Walt is such a goddamn badass manipulator, that not only has he managed to satisfy Jesse’s doubts, he’s also managed to get Jesse to beg his forgiveness. Bonus!
Just like last week, when Walt “forgave” Skyler for her infidelity, without acknowledging that his decision to lead a double-life directly led to it, Walt “forgives” Jesse for the suspicion that we know was entirely understandable, and even correct! What a psychopath.
So Walt forgives Jesse. But not just because he’s a good guy and because it’s a nice thing to do. He forgives him because he needs Jesse’s help in all future meth-related endeavors.
Yep. They’re not done yet. And that’s news to Jesse.
After last week’s scramble to destroy Gus’s laptop, now Mike has a little time to chill out. He cracks open a beer and sits down to watch some military guy movie or other. (I don’t know what movie it is. I SHOULD know. Anyone help me out?) Mike winces and checks his bullet wounds, which still don’t look completely healed yet. And then, there’s a knock at the door.
It’s Walt and Jesse. Mike doesn’t look happy, but apparently he’s already agreed to this meeting. They come inside.
Walt and Jesse have come to talk business. Walt has a proposal. He, Jesse, and Mike will restart the meth business—or, more accurately, they’ll take over Gus’s old meth business. They will split the business three ways. Walt and Jesse will handle manufacturing, while Mike will handle logistics, and particularly, gathering raw materials. (Remember the first couple seasons of this show, when Walt and Jesse struggled to find Sudafed and then had to raid a chemical facility to steal the methlamine? They want someone else to deal with that hassle now). Really, Mike would be perfect.
Mike’s response is quintessential Mike, and hilarious: “Thanks, but no thanks.”
Walt thinks this is because of last week’s dustup. Walt remembers how furious Mike was when he found out Gus died, and he thinks now Mike is letting his emotion get in the way. Walt urges him to reconsider. But Mike coolly replies that no, it’s not an emotional decision. It’s a rational one. He sees Walt as a time bomb, and he doesn’t want to be around when he goes off. (Which…if you think about it, is kinda true. Walt IS walking around with a death sentence from the cancer, which would make him pretty reckless, no?)
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