That night, the Whites arrive at Hank and Marie's house, with Skyler taking deep, nervous breaths. Marie, as you can imagine, is thrilled to see them, and even Hank is putting on his best face for company. He does manage to stick in a few jabs about what a lousy cook Marie is, just in case we were worried about not being mad at him anymore. The ladies head for the kitchen, and Marie suggests Hank show the boys his "rock collection" (yeah, yeah, "mineral collection"). Junior does his best to sell the notion that a teenage boy would be interested in such a thing, and Hank shrugs off Walt's attempts to help wheel him down the hallway. Cut to Hank's room, where he's showing Junior a piece of manganese rock that has turned pink. Junior asks why pink, and Hank explains that the manganese oxidizes, like rust. Predictably, Walt jumps in from there, his pathological need to be the smartest guy in the room exhibiting itself once again. "Oxidation state" this, and "minus-seven, plus-two" that. Hank is visibly crestfallen that he's been out-nerded on his own pet hobby. Luckily, he's got a backup hobby, and he asks Junior to grab his case file. He explains that he's been consulting on a case, and he grabs a DVD out of the file. After confirming it's not "a dead body or anything" (you know, on Junior's behalf), Walt puts the DVD in, and he's greeted by something even more terrifying. In truth, it is a dead body; it's just that in this case, Gale Boetticher hasn't died yet. He's just performing the world's most embarrassing rendition of "Major Tom (Coming Home)" that has ever existed. Hank and Junior are howling, but Walt is frozen in place. Once again, Hank has found himself on the trail of Heisenberg, and the telltale corpse is singing off-key right in front of him. Junior asks who this guy is, and Hank answers that it's "Albuquerque's public enemy number one," strangely enough. ...Actually, after experiencing this performance, he may be right.
Episode Report CardJoe R: A- | 937 USERS: C+
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