After Flynn heads off to his room, Walt hands Skyler the check for Marie's first bill. Skyler looks at it and asks who "Ice Station Zebra Associates" are. Walt tells her it's a loan-out and not to worry about it. But Skyler clearly wants to worry about it. "I have a guy," Walt tells her. "My guy is a top guy." Skyler is somehow not convinced (I know!) and starts talking about New Mexico tax code and such. Already, you can see Skyler investing herself in this enterprise. She's bringing her finance expertise to the table. She wants to participate. But Walt doesn't even want to give her Saul's name. "This money has to be unimpeachable when it reaches Marie and Hank," Skyler stresses. Walt says it is ... or it will be. When Skyler is somehow still not convinced after that confidence-inspiring statement, Walt plays what he thinks is a trump card, asking her, "Do you really want to know?" The look on Skyler's face says she does.
So it's off to the truly horrifying waiting room outside Saul's office. Take all the places you least like to wait for service -- the emergency room, the DMV, the unemployment office -- and combine them into one. Crying babies, cholos with bleeding head wounds, hookers, coughing. I just took an antibiotic simply having to watch that scene.
The interaction between Saul and Skyler is like watching a slow-moving car wreck, or one animal devouring another in the wild. She clearly hates him regardless, while he keeps trying to win her over with flattery. Well, Saul-brand flattery ("Clearly, Walt's taste in women is the same as his taste in lawyers: only the very best...with just the right amount of dirty."). Skyler wants to get right down to business. After telling Saul she knows how money laundering works (putting the kibosh on one of his awesome jelly bean-based teaching examples), she asks about specifics. "Where are we saying this money came from?" Saul says Walt came up with this great story about gambling winnings, actually. Walt is forced to interject that it was actually Skyler's story. For the only time in this scene, it's Skyler who looks abashed, while Saul fawns over her with praise for her deceitful mind. Saul then says that the "gambling winnings" will then be used as seed money for a small business. And what is this business? Laser tag! You know, with the lasers? And the kids? And the ... you know, vests? Skyler knows what laser tag is. She just finds it somewhat laughable as a business for Walter. "Do you even know Walt?" Skyler asks, a question with more implications than even she realizes. Saul knows one Walt. The drug kingpin. The angry, petty criminal. Heisenberg. Saul knows Heisenberg. He doesn't know Walt the schoolteacher; the husband and father. Skyler is rapidly waking up to the former. Saul's still totally in the dark about the latter. Anyway, Skyler says laser tag just doesn't add up. "It adds up perfectly," Saul insists. "Walt's a scientist. Scientists love lasers." Saul Goodman, don't ever change. Skyler's not nearly convinced. "'Hey, everybody!'" Skyler begins, with mock enthusiasm, "'Walt suddenly decided to invest in laser tag!' Really? That's what we're supposed to tell our family? Our friends? The government?" Not surprisingly, Skyler's approaching this from a PR perspective. How are they going to make this look to their family and friends? How good a story can Skyler come up with so she doesn't have to always think of how big a lie it is. We saw her spin that gambling story last week. More than the security of not wanting to get caught, Skyler is looking for the security of a narrative that makes sense. Ask your nearest philandering politician. Or Survivor jury. Or recovering drug addict. The narrative is important.