Walt just smiles. Tells Mike to think about it.
Meanwhile, there’s another meeting going on, this one at the DEA. Hank limps into the office and is met by Gomez. They banter a little about Hank’s impressive recovery. Two episodes ago Hank was basically immobile. Last week he was getting around on a cane and climbing down ladders into the superlab. Now he’s moving around without a cane. Pretty badass.
Today the CEO of Madrigal and a whole bunch of his lackeys have come to Albuquerque to sort things out. In the wake of Schuler’s suicide it’s become clear at Madrigal that he was involved with some serious wrongdoing. Now the CEO wants to know the extent of it, and he’s come to help the APD and the DEA get to the bottom of it so he can do just that.
After the meeting with Madrigal, Hank and Gomez sit down with George Merkert, the guy who runs the Albuquerque DEA office. Merkert pours Hank a drink and congratulates him on the Gus investigation, but congratulations come with a heavy heart. Apparently Merkert is “retiring”. Or more accurately, he’s being forced out. This is because he didn’t failed to catch Gus himself, and because he didn’t listen to Hank when he had the chance. Someone else is gonna take over for Merkert, depriving us of his soothing basso profundo vocals.
With that out of the way, they discuss the latest on the unraveling of Gus’s meth empire. We learn that Gus’s laptop was indeed destroyed in the scheme Walt, Jesse, and Mike pulled off last week at the APD station, but that the laptop was encrypted anyway, so Hank doesn’t think they would have pulled anything off it.
As far as the cops know, Hector Salamanca is the one who killed Gus, but they have no idea who supplied the bomb. Probably a dead end as far as they’re concerned. Gomez brings up the Cayman bank account info found last week…but they haven’t learned anything new yet.
But Merkert isn’t really interested in the small stuff right now. He’s on his way out, and even more than that, he’s agonizing over not catching Gus. He and Gus used to be friends, actually. He even had Gus to dinner on the 4th of July one time! And now he knows Gus was living a lie.
Makes you wonder how it’s going to affect Hank when he finds out the truth about Walt, don’t it?
Mike is sitting in a diner somewhere reading a paper, but clearly waiting for a meeting with someone. Sure enough, a sharp, well-dressed woman in sunglasses comes through the door and takes the booth directly behind his. She is clearly out of place. She wants chamomile tea with soy milk from the waitress, but the waitress only has Lipton. This is a greasy spoon, after all. Mike listens on with disgust.
The waitress leaves, and Mike speaks up. She tells him to come over to her booth, and he does. When the waitress returns, the woman tries to explain why she and Mike are suddenly sitting together, and says he’s her old friend Dwayne…but Mike is a regular here and the waitress knows it’s a lie. Clearly Mike uses this place all the time for his illicit dealings and the waitress is hip to it. And clearly the well-dressed woman is no good at spycraft.
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