After the break, it's to the strip mall to meet with Saul. And contrary to what his demeanor has been the last few weeks, it's Saul who is calming Walt down and telling him not to worry. Walt thinks that Hank's prior knowledge of Jesse's connection to the blue meth could lead him right to Jesse as Gale's killer. Saul's like, "What's he gonna do, roll up on his in his little scooter?" He admits that might not have been so sensitive. But the point is: don't worry about it. Of course, Saul hasn't seen Jesse's current living conditions. "It's like Skid Row," Walt raves, kind of adorably old-fashioned. "He has actual hobos living there." Walt continues down the path of fucked-up directions things have gone lately, from Mike "sucker-punching" him to Gus and his box-cutter." "Let me ask you," Walt says, in all seriousness, "when did this stop being a BUSINESS? Why am I the only person capable of behaving in a professional manner? " Oh MY, Walter, have we gotten our feathers ruffled lately, huh? If the methamphetamine business can't be run with strict ethics and best practices, what business can?! Saul thinks better of responding -- best to just let Walt rant. He's feeling the pressure of trying to keep his family and Jesse safe, and of this car-wash idea that he's now committed to. Walt says Skyler is clinging to this idea that he has this neat-and-clean job where he puts on a white lab coat from 9 to 5, and when his contract is up, he'll be able to walk away from it all. "How did everything get so screwed up?" Oooh! Oooh! I know this one! Saul admits Walt does have "a little shit-creek action" happening; but, to continue his metaphor, "you can buy a paddle." In this case, that means disappearing. Off the map completely. Saul knows a guy, of course. A "disappear-er." For a substantial fee, of course. "This is an end game," Saul assures him. No coming back from it. It's a bridge too far for Walt, who never seems to opt for the choice that gets him out of the business completely. I mean, we wouldn't have a show if he did, but it's hard to ignore the pattern either. Saul brings up the fact that Jesse seems to be the top guy on the list "when it comes to imminent demise." Walt is convinced that Gus won't risk the police coming after Jesse.
Episode Report CardJoe R: A- | 931 USERS: C+
YOU GRADE IT