So Mr. In Charge is next seen in the underground drug lab where he's currently indentured, followed at all times by an intrusive security camera, a camera currently being monitored by Gus Fring. We see that Gus's laptop screen is following six security feeds: the meth lab, the counter at Pollos, the chicken farm, the laundromat parking lot, maybe another parking lot, and one where I can't quite... is that the Big Brother house? OH how Gus would take care of Rachel. And despise Adam's weakness. Gus then heads out to micromanage the kid at the fry fats when the phone rings, and he answers: "Pollos Hermanos, where something delicious is always cooking." Love it. Gus doesn't get to join me in my glee, however, because the call is from the police.
Gus waits at the DEA offices and spots the wanted poster with Victor's sketched face on it. Inside a conference room, Gus is welcomed by Hank, Perd, Gomez and Merkert, who tells him they're here to ask him some questions. Gus is exceedingly polite and courteous and asks after their various families. Playing the game. Merkert offers Gus the chance to bring in an attorney, but Gus is all, "I can't see why that would be necessary, but of I course I don't know what this is even about!" Perd informs him that his prints were found at the scene of a drug-related homicide, and here, Gus does the smart thing and immediately mentions Gale. He doesn't pretend he doesn't know him; prints are prints, after all. Instead of stonewalling, he tells a story that may well be mostly true: He runs a chemistry scholarship at UNM, "named after Maximino Arciniega, a dear friend of mine who died too young." [Which, by the way, is also the name of the actor who played Season 1 DEA informant (and unsuccessful plate piece wielder) Krazy 8 - RS.] Gale was a scholarship recipient, one of three dozen or so. He hadn't seen Gale for many years, until he ran into him a few weeks ago at Pollos. Gale invited him to dinner at his home, and according to Gus, he pitched Gus on investment opportunity, which Gus saw as purely begging for cash. See, in this version of events, Gale was a brilliant chemist, but he was always looking for short cuts. "Personal shortcomings aside," Gus says, "he was a warm, gentle person, and I thought a lot of him." He declined the offer, left, and heard about the murder a week or so later. So does he have an alibi for the night of the murder? Gus checks his planner, and... aha! Fundraiser at the hospital! Imagine. Perd asks his colleagues if they have anything else anything else, and Hank, of course, does. "Is Gustavo Fring your real name?" WELL! Shit just got real. Hank goes on that Gus is supposed to be a Chilean national, but there are no Chilean records for him to be found. We get to see the difference between Walt and Gus in action right here. Where Walt would not be able to take such disrespect in stride, Gus's face does about a billion different things without moving -- calculations, suppressed anger, suppressed panic -- before he explains calmly that Generalissimo Pinochet's government, while primarily being awful for human rights abuses, was also for shit when it came to keeping records. Guess that's everything, then! The men exchange friendly handshakes -- oh, don't get up, Detective Schrader! -- and Gus exits the room. In the elevator, Gus's hand twitches while the rest of him remains still. Frighteningly still.