Back at America's Meth Kitchen, Walt is polishing his industrial vats to a robust shine. He may have ceded his entire life over to Gus, but damn it, he's still the master of his own lab. Across the room, Jesse's weighing another box of meth. Walt asks for the yield, and Jesse distractedly tells him it's 201.8. Only for real, it's 202.1. Not sure at what point in the process Jesse plans to skim off the excess, but the man clearly has a plan.
After the break, we're back at recovery group. Jere Burns is commenting on the new faces he sees in the group. The camera pans around the circle, and if you haven't figured it out yet, you do once the camera moves behind a ski-capped white boy hunkered down across from Jere. Badger introduces himself as "Brandon," and starts spinning his tale of woe. He's actually halfway decent talking about how he's here because of meth and he tried to kick it a couple of times, but now there's this new stuff out there. In a wonderful perspective-switching shot, we see Skinny's across the circle as he chimes in, "Not that blue stuff!" Like someone would say "That's why I use Bounty brand paper towels!" After Skinny apologizes for talking out of turn, he bullshits that he wishes he never heard of the stuff. "It was like lighting my whole head on fire." We start to see quick glimpses of the other addicts, and the glimmer of recognition in their beaten-down faces. Badger lies that at least it's gone away now, before Skinny helpfully chimes in, "No, it's back now." Two or three heads almost imperceptibly perk up at that notion, and Jesse smirks without ever looking up. And it's funny -- Badger and Skinny feigning rehab solidarity is absurd in the best way -- but I am suddenly sure of exactly one thing on this show: This is the worst thing Jesse will ever do. It's been said before that as much as Breaking Bad shows the destructive effects of the meth trade on ostensibly good people like Walt and Jesse (and, this season, even Skyler) but not a lot of the destructive effects of meth on the end user. I think this development is fixing to correct that imbalance in a brilliant and terrible way.