Season 3, Episode 7
Hank's increasing volatility forces a confrontation with Jesse and trouble at work. Skyler pressures Walt to make a deal. Gus' actions have severe consequences.
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In Mexico, two young boys — the Cousins as children — fight over a toy until one breaks it. Nearby, a much younger, spryer Tio talks on his cell phone, disparaging the "Chicken Man" as a "dirty" South American.
The call finished, one young Cousin, Leonel, complains to his uncle about the broken toy, claiming that he wishes his brother was dead. Tio calls the second Cousin, Marco, over and shoves his head in a tub of icy water. "This is what you wanted -- your brother dead. Right?" asks Tio as he's drowning Marco. Leonel starts hitting Tio, who finally releases Marco. "Family is all," declares a bloody-nosed Tio.
In the present, the Cousins light candles at a makeshift Santa Muerte shrine. In the center, they place a photo of Hank.
Hank follows Jesse to his house and attacks him. "You had my wife's name!" Hank screams as he brutally punches Jesse. "Who are you working with?" he demands, but Jesse, unconscious and bleeding, doesn't answer. Realizing he's gone too far, Hank stops himself and backs away.
Later, as paramedics wheel Jesse away, ASAC Merkert approaches Hank. "Maybe you want to talk to a lawyer," he suggests.
At the hospital, Saul snaps a photo of Jesse's battered face. "That's your 'Get-Outta-Jail FREE' card," laughs Saul. Walt arrives, noting that they'd be in jail if they hadn't tricked Hank. "What happens now?" Walt asks Saul.
"Your scumbag brother-in-law is finished," says Jesse, who vows to destroy Hank with a lawsuit and haunt him "until the day he sticks a gun up his mouth and pulls the trigger just to get me out of his head."
Saul, concerned that he may have overstated Jesse's degree of cover with the DEA, tries to dissuade Jesse, who drops another bombshell: He plans to start cooking again. If he gets caught, Jesse says, "I make a deal to give up the great Heisenberg."
"He'll come around," Walt later tells Saul, who isn't so sure. "If he doesn't, there may come a time to talk options," the lawyer responds.
At the DEA, Hank makes a statement about what happened at the junkyard, but pleads the Fifth when it comes to his actions at Jesse's house. One of the detectives informs Hank that Jesse is filing charges.
Hank, leaving the office, meets Marie on the elevator. She holds Hank as he sobs on the ride down, but they compose themselves before the doors open.
Skyler visits Walt at his new condo and asks him to convince Jesse not to press charges. "Hank is your family," Skyler says. "Not currently," Walt retorts.
At the superlab, Gale has anticipated Walt's needs, performing several preliminary tasks for the day's cook. "This might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship," Gale jokes. Walt is not convinced.
In the desert, the Cousins meet with a talkative trucker hawking weapons. He gives them a free hollow point bullet — nicknamed "Black Death" — and shows off his bulletproof vest, which the Cousins test by shooting him point blank. When he survives, they purchase two vests.
Back at the lab, Walt accuses Gale of making an error. Gale insists that he followed Walt's instructions. "Dump it all," growls Walt. "This batch is ruined."
At home, Hank rejects Marie's suggestion to lie about his confrontation with Jesse. "I'm supposed to be better than that," says Hank. "I've been unraveling," he admits, since he shot Tuco. "I think I'm done as a cop," he says.
Walt calls Gus to let him know that Gale isn't working out, and he wants to replace him with Jesse. "I was told the lab is mine," Walt reminds Gus, who begrudgingly approves Jesse's return.
At the hospital, Walt pitches the job to Jesse, who mocks it as a ploy to save Hank. Walt says that he wants to be partners again. "One-point-five million dollars," he adds.
"I want nothing to do with you," says Jesse. "Ever since I met you, everything I've ever cared about is gone." Besides, Jesse adds, "You said my cook was garbage."
"Your meth is good," Walt admits. "As good as mine."
Outside his condo, Walt receives a call: Jesse agrees to the partnership.
At the DEA, Hank admits to assaulting Jesse. Merkert suspends Hank without pay and confiscates his gun.
As Hank departs, Merkert says that he's heard Jesse isn't pressing charges after all. "Maybe you have a guardian angel," muses Merkert.
Later, Hank is in his SUV in a shopping center parking lot. His cell phone rings. "Two men are coming to kill you," says an electronically altered voice. "You have one minute."
Panicking, Hank dials Gomez while he scans the parking lot. He goes for his gun, then remembers it's been confiscated. One minute passes, and just as he relaxes he spots one of the Cousins, Leonel, who shoots out the rear window and puts a bullet in Hank's arm as Hank hits reverse and pins Leonel against another car.
Marco, striding toward Hank's driver's-side window, fires multiple shots and hits Hank in the side as Hank grabs Leonel's gun and dives out of the car. Writhing on the ground, Leonel tells his brother, "Finish him."
Marco walks back toward Hank, shooting a passerby along the way. As Marco reloads, he drops the "Black Death" bullet on the pavement. Hank empties Leonel's gun in Marco's chest, but his vest protects him. Marco shoots Hank twice in the chest. Badly injured, Hank drops to the ground.
Marco aims his gun at Hank's head, then reconsiders. "No. Too easy," he says, walking away. Hank grabs Leonel's gun. His hands fumbling and slick with blood, he tries to load the "Black Death" bullet.
Marco returns with a silver axe. As he swings at Hank, Hank fires straight at Marco's head.
The axe blade lodges in the pavement as Marco falls to the ground, dead.