After the break, we're in the classroom with Mr. White as he stands, zoned out at the front of the classroom, with his expectant students all waiting for him to do something. What the hell kind of high school students are these? A catatonic teacher and they're just sitting there? Waiting to learn? Nerds. Finally, one girl -- we'll call her Snitchy -- returns to class, and soon after, Principal Carmen is peering inside. "Mr. White?" she approaches. "Hi!" Walt chirps, unnaturally, as he sips from his World's Greatest Teacher mug. Sadly, mug-based contracts appear to be non-binding, as Walt is anything but the world's greatest teacher today.
Next thing we know, we're in Carmen's office as she gingerly tries to broach the subject of why Walt's been acting like such a fucking freak. She talks about the stresses Walt must be operating under, and blah blah blah, obligations to the students. Walt's more interested in wandering across the room and asking about the photo of Carmen's dogs. She brings it back on task, which in this case is Walter's absenteeism and general weirdness. Walt's answer to that? He creepily advances on Carmen and, after Carmen offers to call Skyler to pick him up, tries to kiss her. "Walt, what's wrong with you," Carmen screeches in her Lea Michele voice. Girl, you don't even have the time.
Marie and Hank are at the airport curbside dropoff. It's time for Hank to head to El Paso. Surprisingly, he's not the most upset one in the car. Marie, who may be kind of a lunatic but has shown herself to be emphatically not an idiot, knows something's up and that Hank doesn't want to go. But he'll never admit that. It doesn't help that Hank defends his decision to go with stone-faced statements about paying dues and answering the bell and how he could get killed crossing the street. Marie's not happy but she drives off anyway. After she does, Hank gets a phone call, and from his end, we can tell it's about somebody getting a lead on the blue meth. Suddenly armed with an excuse -- and a pretty damned good one considering the blue meth had become Hank's white whale -- Hank hails a cab and heads back to town.
Walt exits the school with a box of his personal effects. He's almost to his car when Jesse honks his car horn and alerts Walt to his presence. Walt seems more nonplussed to see Jesse than anything, but Jesse's got the gleam in his eye of a kid who just got As on his report card and wants to tell Dad. After getting the lowdown about Walt moving back home (that's good) and getting indefinitely suspended from school (not so good), Jesse invites Walt inside the car. Hilariously, Jesse's like, "Should we go off somewhere," but Walt doesn't think it matters. That's the spirit, soon-to-be murdered by the cartel guy! Anyway, Jesse wants to gets in touch with Walt's "guy." He means Gus, but he doesn't know Gus's name, because Walt's kept him about as far out of that particular loop as he can keep him. Jesse's standing next to Marie, in this scenario. Walt casts his head down, disappointed. Jesse says he wants to do this -- "it's the one thing I'm good at." Walt begs to differ: "You're good at a lot of things, son." And you guys? I actually felt warmhearted at such an uncommonly sweet, fatherly sentiment coming from Walt. Guesses at how long that lasted?