Back at the car wash, we see a shaken Skyler on the phone, barely responding to Hank, staring at her vibrating cell. But by the time Walt screeches into the car wash parking lot, she’s already gone.
Somewhere across town, Skyler enters a diner looking like she’s going to fall apart if someone so much as looks at her. There are so many tchotchkes on the walls, you guys, and I have decided that they represent Skyler’s cluttered psyche. She’s there to meet Hank, who calls to her from across the diner. My initial worry is that he’s going to be angry/horrified at her or, worse, that he’ll assume she knows nothing and have his illusions come crashing down. But he’s a better cop than that. He’s already put together the pieces about Skyler’s breakdown, the pool party “incident,” et cetera. So when he wordlessly embraces her, it’s with a decent amount of knowledge about what she knows. Skyler can’t seem to process this reaction, nor relax for more than a few seconds.
As their conversation ("conversation," really, since Hank is doing all the talking) continues, Hank assures her that her days of being Walt’s victim are over. He’s going to take that son of a bitch down. The tragic thing is that the Skyler of last season really needed this intervention. The Skyler of right now seems to have arrived at a place of relative calm and peace. He tells her that they will take her and the kids back to his house, where they will be safe. The first sentence she’s able to croak out is a half-formed thought about whether Marie knows yet. Hank says no, they can get to that later.
He then barrels forward, making a tactical error, if an understandable one. He pulls out a voice recorder and asks Skyler to just tell him the whole story -- everything she knows. This way, they can build enough of a case that they can arrest Walt ASAP. For one thing, he’s asking Skyler to basically confess all the worst secrets of her life in a crowded diner with cow skulls on the walls. He also doesn’t know just how guilty she feels -- both justifiably and not -- about what her family life has become. He needed to play this much slower and more carefully, but it’s tough to blame him for wanting to get it the heck over with. He even blurts to Skyler about how Walt intends to run out the clock, what with his cancer being back and all. Skyler is, of course, rocked by this revelation and moreover, she clearly blanching at the idea of putting her story on tape. Despite Hank’s many assurances that he’s going to protect her, she doesn’t want to go on the record.