This just illustrates the big difference in how these two operate. Mike's willing to ramp down production for a while if it means avoiding a loose cannon who could get them all arrested or killed; Jesse (and Walt) are far more willing to be reckless in order to keep business booming. Besides, says Jesse, Lydia's not a threat; she's just "uptight." Mike: "Now you're being sexist. This woman deserves to die just as much as any man." Well done, sister suffragette! Mike tells Jesse to get out of his way, just as Jesse says they have to vote on it. He votes that they have to vote on it and he appeals to Walt, who has been silently staring at his Heisenberg hat this whole time. Fingering a loose thread on it, in fact, if you're into metaphors. And much as Jesse might think it is this isn't a voting thing. This is Walt once again making the only decision that counts: the methylamine keeps flowing, no matter what. "We are not ramping down. We're just getting started. Nothing stops this train. Nothing."
After the meeting, Jesse follows Walt to his car, thanks him for the backup and hands him a box. In it is his birthday present to Walt: a wristwatch. Such a perfect son-to-father gift. Aw, Jesse. Badger and Skinny Pete raised you right.
Walt returns to his darkened home where Skyler is chain-smoking in the living room. Well, if the environment is already going to be toxic for her children, why not go the whole nine? Walt tells her that he stopped by Hank and Marie's, and Junior keeps asking what's going on, but otherwise it's fine. Also there will be some more money coming in soon and is she coming to bed? She says, "Yep," but then lights up another cig. Walt turns towards the hallway, but circles back to show Skyler his watch. See that? That was given to him by somebody who wanted him dead mere weeks ago. Pointed a gun at his head and was prepared to shoot. "He changed his mind about me, Skyler. And so will you." Great reading there, straddling the line between hopeful promise and boastful threat.
Cut to Walt settling into bed, placing his watch on the nightstand. The episode ends on a super close-up and amplified sound of the watch, ticking away. Twelve more episodes. Tick-tock.
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