Next thing we know, Walt is Saul's office, trying to blend into the furniture as Saul finishes up a schmooze-heavy phone conversation with whoever's palm he had to grease to get Walt's car-burning charges bumped down to "Misdemeanor Trash-Burning." Of course, there are fines and penalties, to the tune of $52,000 (!!) -- all so Walt wouldn't have to drop $800 to the car dealership. This seems like a decent metaphor for how Walt has been conducting his life lately. Walt is unenthused by Saul's heroics; Saul thinks he deserves at least an "atta boy" for keeping the case out of the system (and thus keeping Skyler from finding out). But Walt is still bummed about the whole "Gus is going to kill me before I can kill him" thing. Oh, are we back on THAT again. Saul's like, "I thought Pinkman said he needs you too much." The "Pinkman says" part of that really bothers Walt, but he plows ahead to ask Saul about finding a "third party" to help him with his problem. Saul knows he means a hitman, to which he responds, "That's what the kids call epic fail." Oh, Saul. So hip. Walt just wants a phone number for a guy, but Saul's problem is that all the assassins he knows, he knows through Mike. And even if they go fishing out of network for someone, what are the odds that he'll be able to get past Mike to get the job done. I love the symmetry of Walt's two closest criminal cohorts deferring so much to Mike. That has REALLY got to bother Walt. Anyway, Saul's point is that merely "winging" Gus Fring isn't going to help anybody's situation. Walt is frustrated that he can't get near Gus himself. To which Saul's like, "Why don't you ask your partner about that last part?"
Episode Report CardJoe R: B+ | 1211 USERS: B-
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