And it's a deuce! I'm impressed, Hank -- not too many people would take a shit while not on the home turf. And as one does while on the toilet, Hank begins to search for reading material. And what does he find? That copy of Leaves of Grass on the back of the toilet tank. After flipping through the pages, Hank settles on the title page, where there's an inscription: To my other favorite W.W. It's an honour working with you. Fondly, G.B. Hank flashes back to last season, the last time he saw a dedication to a W.W., in Gale Boeddicher's chemistry notebook. Maybe he remembers a moment of panic on Walt's face when he floated "Walter White" as a joke possibility back then. Maybe he remembers Walt showing him a place in the notebook where Gale had expressed an affinity for Walt Whitman. Maybe he remembers the way Gale's handwriting looked -- he certainly pored over Gale's materials enough. Maybe he's connecting the dots: the chemistry connection, Walt and Skyler's marital troubles, that second cell phone. Maybe he just figured it all out.
Now, again, to be a nitpicker, I can't imagine after the very close call we just flashed back to that Walt wouldn't have gone right home and trashed his copy of Leaves of Grass with the NEAR-IDENTICAL INSCRIPTION. I can imagine Season 5 Walt being brash enough to want to display a trophy of his dominance, but back then? He was scared shitless about getting caught. So that doesn't entirely hold up to scrutiny, BUT! The important part is that Hank knows, and now he's got eight episodes to prove it and to take his brother-in-law down. See you next year!
Joe R will say it again: keep a Ziggy as your bathroom reader and all of this could have been avoided. He can be reached for lavish praise and nothing but at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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