Season 1, Episode 3
…And the Bag’s in the River
Walt and Jesse clean up last week's mess and Walt must face holding up his end of the deal. Walt's DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris), warns Walt, Jr. (RJ Mitte) about the dangers of drugs.
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Walt and Jesse, barely able to refrain from vomiting, scrub up the acid-dissolved remains of Emilio. The grisly scene at Jesse's house flashes Walt back to his younger days. He is in a laboratory with a female lab partner and they are analyzing the human body's chemical composition. After discovering that only 99 percent of the body's makeup is accounted for chemically, Walt muses that there has to be more to a human being than that. Back in the present Walt's older self flushes another bloody bucketful down the toilet.
At Walt's house, Skyler and Walter Jr. are painting a room as Marie looks on. Walt Jr.'s cell phone rings and he departs. Skyler tells her sister that she's writing a story with a stoner character and asks her about marijuana. Marie deduces that Walt Jr. is a pothead. Skyler insists, she's only talking about a character. Marie isn't buying it.
Back at home, Jesse sneaks into the bathroom to smoke meth. Down in the basement, Krazy-8, the cousin of Jesse's former partner Emilio, is shackled to a pipe by a bike lock around his throat. He startles Walt by calling him by name and revealing other details about Walt that Jesse has apparently told him. Walt storms off to find Jesse. High on meth, Jesse refuses to let Walt in the bathroom, so Walt kicks the door down, screaming at Jesse for being a blabbermouth.
The two scuffle over a bag of meth, which Jesse tosses out the window. Walt has a coughing attack while chasing him down the stairs and he barely recovers in time to catch Jesse after he has jumped into his car. Walt says there's more work to do, but Jesse disagrees, "We flipped a COIN, you and me! Coin flip is sacred! Your job is waiting for you in the basement."
Elsewhere in the city, Hank interrupts a drug bust he's conducting to respond to a phone call from Marie. She tells him Walt Jr. is smoking pot and that Hank needs to scare the kid straight. Although Hank thinks that's Walt's job, he agrees to talk to Walter, Jr.
Hank drives Walt Jr. to a rundown motel patronized by meth heads and prostitutes. When the boy starts laughing, Hank warns him that pot is a gateway to heavy drugs. He calls over a trampy-looking prostitute to try to prove his point and gets her to show Walt Jr. how meth has corroded her teeth. But she's so out of it that Hanks finally tells her to get lost. She does, entering one of the motel rooms, where she meets Jesse.
Walt sits on the toilet in Jesse's bathroom, jotting down the pros and cons of killing Krazy-8. He comes up with several arguments in support of clemency. The sole entry in the "Kill Him" column: "He'll kill your entire family if you let him go." Walt calls Skyler to explain why he's running late, but she catches him in a lie. She knows he's been fired from the carwash and she tells him to spend the night wherever he is. He makes Krazy-8 a sandwich but collapses on the basement floor while delivering it, shattering the plate.
After regaining consciousness, Walt tells Krazy 8 he has lung cancer, scoops up the plate shards, and leaves to make another sandwich. Upon returning, Walt tries to get to know Krazy-8, who advises Walt that this won't make killing him any easier. Walt acknowledges that he's looking for a reason to spare Krazy 8. "Sell me," he implores.
Krazy 8 tells Walt about college and his musical aspirations. The two make an emotional connection as Krazy 8 reminisces about being the son of a local furniture-store magnate seen on late-night television commercials. Walt recalls buying a crib for Walter Jr. from the same store. When Krazy 8 asks Walt whether he's told his family about the cancer diagnosis and the answer is no, Krazy 8 figures out that Walt's cooking meth so he can leave money for his family. He offers to write Walt a check then suggests Walt isn't cut out for murder. After Walt says he'll get the bike-lock key upstairs, Krazy 8 lets out a sigh.
Upstairs Walt gets the key, but a sudden inspiration prompts him to piece the broken plate back together; he realizes a large knife-shaped shard is missing from the plate's remains. Back downstairs, Krazy 8 stands quietly as Walt approaches and motions his hostage to turn around so he can slip the key into the lock. When Walt hesitates, Krazy 8 gently commands him to unlock it. As Walt grasps the lock, he asks Krazy 8 if he's going stab him with the shard once set free. Krazy 8 stabs backward wildly and Walt pulls back hard on the lock. As Krazy flails wildly the improvised knife hits home, stabbing Walt in the leg before Krazy 8 finally expires.
It's a sunny suburban morning when Jesse returns home to find everything perfectly cleaned up. In the basement, he finds the bike lock but no trace of Krazy 8.
Out in the desert, Hank's DEA team has uncovered Walt and Jesse's "cook site." He and his partner Gomez quickly put together a theory: a mobile meth lab caught fire, and after putting out the blaze the occupants sped off. But a low-rider car has been left behind, and Hank wonders why until he discovers some meth hidden behind the stereo. Gomez confirms: "Somebody croaked our snitch."
Also in the desert, Walt sits in his car on the shoulder of a freeway overpass, resuming his reverie about human chemistry. Something's missing, his younger self says about the minute percentage of bodily chemicals he and his classmate can't account for. "What about the soul?" she asks. He chuckles. "There's nothing but chemistry here," he replies. Back on the overpass, Walt starts his car and drives away.
At his house Walt finds Skyler sobbing in their bedroom, her back to him. "Skyler," he says softly. "There's something I have to tell you."