by Billie Doux
Hank was so angry and freaked that he wasn't thinking things through. Calling Skyler turned out to be a tactical error of immense proportions, because while Hank had (correctly) assumed that Skyler was also Walt's victim, he hadn't considered the implications of the car wash, or that Skyler took the kids back and stayed with Walt. How could he possibly expect Skyler to turn on a dime and testify against Walt, just like that?
Skyler is so smart -- probably as smart as her husband. She is very aware that she is in danger of going to jail, at the very least for money laundering, and quite possibly as an accessory to murder, too. She met Hank in order to find out what Hank knew, and she gave him nothing. When he wouldn't back down, she made a scene in the restaurant and made Hank back down. Awesome.
In a second epically bad move, Hank sent Marie in for the win. I know he loves Marie, but really -- what could he have been thinking? Morally, Marie was within her rights to slap Skyler for her part in getting Hank shot, and yes, justified in trying to take baby Holly out of the White house, which is certainly not a proper home for a baby. But things haven't been exactly easy for Skyler, and no matter what the circumstances, you don't walk off with your sister's baby. (Dan thought at first that Marie was wearing a wire. That wouldn't have worked on Skyler, anyway, because she again said nearly nothing.) Very upsetting baby tug-of-war scene -- it got to me.
What can Hank do? He's right that he is boxed in. (Buried.) If he takes his suspicions to his higher ups without proof, his career is over. If he does nothing, he could wind up in jail, too. I doubt that he's going to get anything out of the practically comatose and clinically depressed Jesse, although I could be wrong.
Walt certainly has grit. A dying man, digging a huge hole in the desert all by himself, that's impressive. So was memorizing the coordinates and buying a lottery ticket. (It would be really funny if that number actually won, wouldn't it?)
I was expecting another nude shower scene, to go with all of the dirty water imagery in this show, but interestingly, Walt stayed dry and passed out this time. I don't think Skyler will be too upset if and when Walt dies, but I think she's absolutely with him when it comes to the money for their kids. I liked Walt at the beginning of the series, but grew to strongly dislike him in the past three seasons. I'm almost starting to like him a little again, now that it's again all about leaving his family money when he dies.
Meanwhile back in the meth biz, Lydia (in a bright blue jacket because it's all about the meth) did something drastic about her quality control problems. So much for Declan and Declan's guys. (When the scene began, I thought it was toast for Lydia; I should have been concerned for Declan.) In a show that has practically constant imagery and symbolism to support the story, I was very amused by a buried bus. This episode was about very important holes in the ground, holes that many people have died for.
Skyler and Lydia. Two women doing what they have to do to stay alive and free. Except that Skyler is still a human being. I can't imagine her setting up half a dozen guys that way, or allying with Todd the child killer. The thing is, it doesn't sound like Todd is doing all that much better than Declan's guys, and I bet Lydia is still in trouble. It all comes back to Walt, doesn't it?
My favorite moment was (of course) Huell and Kuby lying down on the money. It was also funny that there was no chance that they'd take any; they were both too afraid of Walt. Lucky that Walt didn't take them up on their offer to help hide the money, because I'm sure Walt would have killed them when it was done.
-- What are those round spinning playground thingies called? At any rate, the one Jesse was on was green (for money).
-- The kid's remote control car escaped getting crunched *again*. I wonder if this is a little hint that the Schraders are going to be okay?
-- In the restaurant, as Hank and Skyler hugged, a brand new RV went past in the window behind them. That had to be deliberate staging.
-- Hank was wearing dark blood red in the first part of the episode, and bright meth blue later on. He never wears either color.
-- Saul was still wearing a blue ribbon for the plane crash victims.
-- Skyler is still wearing white; she's on Walt's side right now. And Walt moved all that blood money in a white van. In plastic barrels. We all know what barrels like those have been used for on this show.
-- The episode opened at the Schrader garage, where it left off. Loved the little "high noon" touch when Walt and Hank faced each other. I could swear I heard an off key whistle, too.
-- Skyler now knows that Walt's cancer is back.
-- The two cops (agents) with Jesse were the same as the ones that interrogated him about Brock and the ricin comment in "Face Off".
Skyler: (screaming) "Am I under arrest?"
Kuby: "We are here to do a job, not channel Scrooge McDuck."
Saul: "Have you given any thought to sending him on a trip to Belize?"
That's pretty much the best euphemism for a hit I've heard yet.
Three out of four very important holes in the ground,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.