I'm just in for the recaplet, but with this show that's as draining as the full recap is for most others. So a couple bits and pieces first: The DEA is keeping Mike under surveillance at all times, even when he's spending time with his granddaughter. Mike, unsurprisingly, is several steps ahead of them, but their dogged persistence (and Mike's monitoring of them thanks to the bug Walt planted in Hank's office) convinces Mike he needs to take action. Meanwhile, Skyler visits Marie and her purple shirt and purple rug and purple throw pillows and breaks down crying yet again – she wants to tell Marie the truth, and she even alludes to it, but she can't get there – but she does learn about Walt telling Marie about the Ted affair. In seasons past, I would have worried for Walt's safety, but she seems too beaten down for that – at least for now.
With the introductory elements out of the way, we pick up pretty close to where we left off last week, with a montage of the four train robbers breaking down their dump truck – and destroying the dead kid's motorcycle. Of course, then it's time to dispose of the kid's corpse, but at least the show doesn't make us watch that bit. What we do see is Landry cracking jokes at this exceedingly appropriate moment and getting Jesse's fist in his face as a result, which is nice. In the aftermath, Landry pleads his case to Walt and Mike – the kid could have gotten away on his dirt bike – while Jesse plays witness for the prosecution. Walt, with Mike's tacit approval, uncomfortably lays out their options, and Mike and Walt concur that keeping Landry on to tent houses is better than paying him to keep quiet or killing him. Of course, the last we see of Landry is him looking excitedly at the dead kid's tarantula, so maybe natural selection will do Jesse a favor here?
Regardless, unfortunately, at their next house-tent cook, Jesse sees a TV news story about the boy they killed, and is distraught. Walt feigns empathy, but when Jesse soon after catches him whistling, without a care in the world, he knows on some level that he and Walt aren't wired the same way. This leads to Walt walking into an ambush: Mike is quitting the business, thanks to the DEA surveillance – and so is Jesse, thanks to his possession of an actual conscience. Walt would be happy enough to let Mike go on his merry way, particularly if he'd train Jesse on the finer business points, but losing Jesse would be devastating. Unfortunately, he has no cards to play -- that is, until the Gus Fring contact to whom Mike was planning to sell their methylamine for a cool ten million says he needs to take it all – even Walt's share. Walt won't sell, due to his capital-issues-issues over his old business Grey Matter (recently valued at $2.1 billion, yikes), so Mike decides to detain Walt physically while he sells the kit and caboodle without his permission (while still planning to cut him in; also, in fairness, Walt was ready to steal all the methylamine himself). Unfortunately, Mike has to leave Walt alone to go watch Saul buy him a window of non-surveillance from the DEA, and thanks to Walt's willingness to chew through electrical wire and to burn his own skin, when Mike returns, he finds the methylamine gone. He's ready right there to fulfill a long-denied wish and blow Walt's brains out, but after Jesse talks him down, Walt – by the way, completely unfazed at having a gun to his head -- claims he has a way for them to sell the methylamine and still retain some for him. How that will not happen, we have to wait until next week to see.
By the way, I didn't even get into the dinner Jesse attends at the White house, at which he takes Flynn's literal place at the table and flaps his yap while his surrogate parents stare daggers at each other. That is, when Skyler isn't trying to fit her face into her goblet of wine. Jesse Pinkman, I love you and your bug eyes.
-- Couch Baron
Previously: The great train robbery turned into a terrible train robbery celebration when an unsuspecting ... or maybe he was suspecting ... hell, it's a moot point now, because Landry from Friday Night Lights killed his second person in as many series, this one an innocent little spider-wrangling kid. Jesse, and you could imagine, took it hard.
Currently: Another week, another riveting cold open, this one not as obscure as last week's. Walter, Mike, and Landry (Jesse is conspicuous by his absence) are digging the dead kid's motorbike out of the back of their truck, where they've got it buried in sand. They begin breaking the bike down into small enough parts so it can fit into the big plastic barrel. After it's in the barrel comes the acid bath. We've seen this before on this show. With Krazy-8. With Victor. This is how dead bodies go away without leaving evidence. In fact, it's because we've seen those bodies get disposed of that the scene here is so effective. We know the process here. We're old pros at the meth business and all its unsavory extracurriculars. Everything they're doing to this bike -- cutting it into pieces, shoving it into the barrel, melting it with acid -- they're going to have to do to the body as well. We don't see that part, but with the bike as stand-in, what we see is gruesome enough. The men undertake the task with grim efficiency, probably one of the reasons Jesse isn't participating. His feelings would only slow the process down. (I should note we also get a patented Breaking Bad "Stuff gets poured on the camera" scene. This show loves to pour some stuff on you.)
Outside the garage, Jesse's smoking a cig. Landry comes out to join him, which you know is his first mistake. They're both leaning against a tank of something, and Jesse won't even look at him. After an awkward attempt at making small talk ("You didn't tell me this stuff smelled like cat piss"), Landry makes his second mistake by trying to lighten the mood with a "Hey, shit happens." Jesse waits not one second before turning, punching Landry right in the face, and heading back to the garage. ...Wait, didn't Tyra do that to him on FNL too?
Let the record show that I still cannot handle the vodka ads with Aaron Paul and Diddy and Omar and Phil Leotardo and Eva Pigford and Jesse Williams all being the New Rat Pack without even the faint whiff of irony.
After the credits, the Triad are holding a debrief/interrogation/morbidity & mortality conference, seemingly at Jesse's behest, to figure out what to do about Landry's haste. Landry defends himself pretty well (you know, for a child-killer), saying that he didn't exactly relish the opportunity to blow the kid away, but he reacted quickly and neutralized a "threat" and he'd do it again. Jesse, who's been pacing this whole time, objects to the term "threat," as the kid was kind of just waving at them. Landry has a point, though (again, if you think a child-killer can have a point): They didn't know how much the kid saw, and if he started to ride the dirt bike away, they'd never have been able to catch him. Besides, Jesse had already expressed the paramount importance of them not getting caught. At these words, Aaron Paul's nonverbals in the background are off the charts. You know that thing you do where you're so mad all you can do is flex your fingertips? Jesse's doing that. Landry finally appeals to Walt, very contrite, but resolute that in the kid-or-us choice he was given, he chose the right option. Walt and Mike are both silent and likely thinking the same thing: the kid's right, even if it's ugly to admit it. Walt asks him to step outside while they talk. At this, Landry starts to get a little antsier. On his way out, he talks about how "the business" is his top priority and he wants to be a real part of this AND he's got connections, like for instance his uncle in prison and all his connections.