At the restaurant (Paul's Monterey Inn -- ooh, fancy), they stare at each other silently, their drinks half-drunk, before Walt finally says "What?" I love scenes like this that start in the middle, yet the characters apparently sat down, waited for a server, waited for their drinks, so easily 10-15 minutes of just, what, staring at each other? No way either one of them is that patient. Anyway, Jesse finally tosses a tiny bag of the blue meth onto the table. Walt scrambles to hide it, but Jesse just wants him to confirm that it's theirs. It is. Jesse says he bought it from the two guys who killed Combo. I'm not sure what kind of reaction Jesse was looking for here, but considering Walt's reaction to Combo's death the first time around was a pair of shrugged shoulders, the fact that Walt shakes this news off as "hearsay" shouldn't be much of a surprise. Even when Jesse tells him that the two scumbags ordered a 10-year-old kid to do the killing, and Walt finally looks shocked, his reaction isn't close to the vibrating coil of rage that is Jesse Pinkman. Jesse says Tomas can't be the only kid they're using either. They use kids because they're easy to control and because they'll only get juvie if they're caught. "Hearts and minds," Jesse says, recalling Walt's own words. "Get 'em young and they're yours forever." The rage in Jesse is directed outward, yes, towards those two scumbags, but the accusatory way he looks at Walt when he says things like "hearts and minds" contains some revulsion at the part the both of them have played in this cycle. One more feather in Aaron Paul's cap, who needs to win an Emmy this year. And he deserves it in the lead category, but I'll take supporting.
When Walt finally asks Jesse what he wants him to do about it, Jesse puts his head down and admits he needs Walt's help. "I need ricin," he says, at which point Walt immediately puts on the brakes. Jesse's contention is that Frick and Frack need to die, and as Walt taught him two short seasons ago, ricin is effective and untraceable. He can have Windy the whore put it in the burgers she delivers to them daily. Walt nearly chokes that Jesse would put the whole plan in the hands of a meth-head (like, um, Walt has done with Jesse). Jesse brings up the Tuco situation, how Walt was all set to use ricin on him. The whole world, Jesse says, would be better without these two guys. Walt's bottom line is that Tuco was going to murder them; Frick and Frack are not. It's the difference between self-defense and murder. Jesse tries again, hissing through clenched teeth that "Combo was one of us! Does that mean nothing to you?" Jesse still doesn't realize that it completely does not mean anything to Walt. He might shed a tear for Jane while hopped up on sleeping pills, but he's well beyond feeling any kind of kinship or guilt for Combo. Walt twists the knife a bit, saying Jesse is only finding out now because he was too wasted to find out when it happened. Back then, he might've been able to take care of it. Now, he's sober. And "murder is not part of your 12-step program." It's manipulative and kind of mean, but it's also the most caring point Walt can make: Jesse is not a murderer. "I'm not and you are not. It's as simple as that." Walt's a pragmatist above all ("This accomplishes nothing!") but he cares about Jesse, clearly.