And so begins the tour of factories! Starting with a visit to Albuquerque's box factory! Oh boy! I'm hoping we're working a theme here and that the next couple places to scope out are the cracker factory and Krustylu Studios! Saul seems to think this place has all the amenities: lots of noisy box-making, an agreeable owner, sufficient electricity usage to mask their own spike on the power grid, a horrendous smell to mask the meth's own telltale odor, and a staff full of illegals eager and motivated to keep their mouths shut. Mike grumpily nods his approval (pending vetting, of course), but as soon as you realize that Walt has broken off from the group to wander about the machines, you just know he's going to have a problem. He muses that he once worked at a box factory and recognizes this one machine as a corrugator: it uses steam and salt to crimp cardboard. Saul's like, "Yeah, and it's hella loud and stinky while it does it!" But Walt is getting at a different point: the steam and salt will render the environment inhospitable to a cook. Per Jesse, bluntly: it'll ruin the product. Saul whines about picking up a few dehumidifiers at Costco, but everybody else is already moving on to the next place.
We're then treated to a tour of unsatisfactory locations. First, a tortilla factory that would end up producing tortillas that smelled "like cat piss" (thanks, Jesse) if they cooked there. Besides, Walt declares all food production facilities are out, as they're subject to unannounced government inspection. Jesse adorably grabs a super fresh (it's still puffy!) tortilla on his way out.
Next to be rejected, without so much as leaving the car, is the laser tag place last seen when Jesse sprinted out of there to go kill Gale. Nobody wants to remember that place. Note: Sadly, there's no visit to the nail salon! It could have been perfect, maybe! -- Rachel.]
It's nighttime and Saul's pretty demoralized when the team arrives at Vamonos Pest, a tiny little garage of a place behind barbed wire fencing. Saul makes a halfhearted case for the place, knowing Walt's just going to reject it. Which of course means Walt's going to be into it, because he's THAT asshole. Jesse and Mike hate it, so obviously Walt's going to find a reason why this is the place. And that reason seems to be the big heap of green and yellow tarp in the corner.