After the break, Skyler is following her script perfectly at dinner, having just finished her and Walter's tale of gambling and misery (and hundreds of thousands of dollars). Walt is doing a remarkable job of seeming shell-shocked, mostly because he IS shell-shocked by this Gale business. Hank's very non-skeptical reaction is more of a "Holy shit, Walt, I didn't think you had it in you." But the one reaction Skyler called to a T is Junior's, as he beams at his dad and calls him a "stud." He asks how much Walt won, and Skyler interrupts to say simply that it's enough -- after taxes OF COURSE -- to buy a car wash, and maybe a couple college educations. Yes, whoever ends up adopting Junior and Holly after Walt and Skyler are brutally murdered by the cartels will have quite the nest egg to provide for them with. Junior continues with his admiration for his dad, asking why he quit (your bitch mom, probably) and if he can get a car for his birthday. Okay, Junior, that adorbs smile you just flashed is going to keep me from yelling at you for that crap, but just barely. Walt speaks up now, and whether he's too frazzled to remember anything else he came up with, or else these are the only words from Skyler's speech he can latch onto, he looks downward and says he's "terribly, terribly ashamed" of what he's done. The table fails to burst into spontaneous sobs -- sorry, Skyler; no Oscar for you -- but they certainly aren't questioning Walt's penitence.
Episode Report CardJoe R: A- | 925 USERS: C+
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