Final flashback of the episode. Michael waits on a park bench for Susan, who shows up with an impossibly cute Walt, looking about, I don't know, two? Three? Four? She apologizes for being late, since packing's "been a disaster" and the plane leaves first thing in the morning. Michael's unsure what to say, so he shows Walt the stuffed polar bear he brought for him. Funny how being attacked by a polar bear a while ago didn't make Michael think of this.
So Michael has a touching scene with his son as he talks about how they're not going to see each other, but Walt's going to have a great life, and his mommy's going to take really good care of him, as is Bryan (it clearly takes a little effort for Michael to say this pleasantly). "But you know what? I just want you to know, that no matter where you go, I...that your daddy...yeah, your daddy, he loves you very, very much. And I always will. Always. 'Kay?" Walt says nothing. Susan apologizes, but Michael says it's okay, and he stands up, and he hands over a bag to Susan and asks her to let Walt know sometime that it was from him. She smiles warmly and says she will, then says goodbye. "Goodbye," says Michael, trying not to cry as he does so, which gets harder as Susan and Walt turn their backs and walk away.
So Michael loves his son and it was tough to give him up? And here I was thinking we didn't learn anything from these flashbacks.
Present-day Michael is on the pontoon, sobbing. And it is getting a little dusty in here. I'm not saying the Walt custody thing wasn't well-acted or anything, just that it didn't really present anything we didn't know. And I don't buy the argument that we're supposed to make a connection between Michael losing his son back then and losing his son now. There's a huge difference between giving your son up because you think it's better for him (even if it sucks for you), and having your son kidnapped by biker gang pirates. Besides, would Michael feel any better now if he'd kept Walt all these years?