Season 5, Episode 12
An unusual strategy starts to bear fruit, while plans are set in motion that could change everything.
Looking for Jesse, Walt approaches the White house and spots Saul's car parked haphazardly across the driveway. He cautiously enters the house, gun at the ready. The living room is soaked with gasoline, but Jesse has vanished. Walt searches Saul's car and finds traces of meth powder on a CD.
Huell retrieves Saul’s car and assures Walt that he and Kuby are looking for Jesse. Walt calls his former partner and leaves a voicemail thanking him for not following through with his attempted arson. He promises to make things right.
Walt orders a locksmith to replace the splintered door jamb and the broken lock without any rekeying, hoping to hide the incident from his family. To Walt's chagrin, the cleaners are unable to completely remove the smell of gasoline from the living room carpet.
It's time for Plan B. Walt takes off everything he's wearing and douses his clothes with gasoline. He throw the gas can away in a neighbor's trash bin, but then realizes his story is not yet complete. He retrieves the gas can and sloshes liquid all over the driver's seat of his precious car.
Skyler arrives home to find a box fan in Walt's car window. Walt blames the living room odor on a faulty gas station pump that drenched him in gasoline. Walter, Jr. urges Walt to stop lying: "You fainted, didn't you?" Junior asks. "Cause you're sick again." Walt feigns denial, but eventually goes along with the story and proposes the family stay at a hotel for a few days to escape the fumes.
Walt meets Saul and Kuby in the hotel parking lot and learns that Jesse is still at large. "Jesse is upset about the boy," Walt reasons. "I just need to explain to him why that had to happen." Saul compares Jesse to Ol' Yeller, and suggests that it may be time to put the rabid dog down. Walt is disgusted.
"Do not float that idea again," he says adamantly.
In their hotel room, Skyler confronts Walt about his meeting with Saul and orders him to level with her. Walt admits that Jesse tried to burn down their house, but promises that Jesse would never truly hurt anyone. Skyler is skeptical. To Walt's horror, she too suggests that Walt kill Jesse.
"We've come this far," Skyler sighs. "What's one more?"
Flashing back to earlier in the day, Jesse careens Saul's car into Walt's driveway and snorts some meth before storming into the house with a gas can. He douses the living room with gasoline and attempts to spark a lighter. Hank bursts through the door and stops him.
"You wanna burn him down?" Hank offers to Jesse. "Let's do it together."
Hank buckles Jesse into his car, and drives away just before Walt's car pulls around the corner. They barely missed each other! Hank suggests that things will go easier for Jesse if he agrees to act as a witness. Jesse scoffs, reminding Hank of the brutal deaths of the last witnesses against Walt in local lock-up.
In therapy, Marie describes her fury at a "close family friend" who kept a secret from her and Hank. She admits that she hasn't been sleeping or eating, just staying up late researching deadly poisons on the internet.
"I wouldn't hurt anybody," she assures her disquieted therapist. "It just feels good to think about it."
Hank meets Marie at the door when she arrives home and attempts to send her on an impromptu spa trip. Refusing, she demands to know why he's trying to get her out of the house.
Hank shows Marie the guest bedroom, where Jesse is fast asleep. He launches into a lengthy explanation about why their house is the safest place for Jesse. Marie interrupts, and asks if having Jesse there will be bad for Walt. "Very," Hank confirms.
"Good," she replies. "I'm staying. I'll heat up lasagna."
Jesse's cell phone rings. Hank checks the voicemail and listens to Walt's message, a plan already forming in his mind.
By the hotel pool, Walt tells Junior not to worry about his cancer. "How could I not worry?" his son asks, reaching out to hug Walt. After Junior leaves, Walt considers his options, then makes a phone call.
Jesse wakes up to find Hank and Gomez waiting for him in the Schraders' living room. "You're never gonna catch him with a camcorder," Jesse says as Hank sets up a video camera. He argues that it's his word against Walt's, now that Walt is retired. Hank waves off Jesse's misgivings, and asks him to describe on camera everything he remembers about Walt's business dealings and criminal activity.
Afterward, Gomez tells Hank privately that he believes Jesse, but agrees that they have no physical evidence against Walt. He's at a loss as to how to proceed: should they pursue Lydia, Vamonos Pest, or maybe the Drew Sharp case?
"I say we start with this," Hank answers, pulling out Jesse's cell phone.
Hank plays Jesse the voicemail that Walt left him, in which Walt asks Jesse to meet him at noon the next day in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza "to talk." Jesse balks, suspecting that Walt will kill him at the meeting.
"He's the devil," Jesse insists.
Hank admits that Jesse's right, but points out how much Walt seems to care for Jesse. He argues Walt would never try anything in public, and doesn't allow Jesse to refuse.
While Jesse is in the bathroom, Gomez tells Hank that he agrees with the kid: Walt might be setting a trap. Hank is unperturbed.
"Pinkman gets killed?" he shrugs. "We get it all on tape."
Later at Civic Plaza, Gomez sets up surveillance while Hank tapes a wire to Jesse's chest. After giving him a quick pep-talk, Hank ushers Jesse out into the Plaza.
Jesse nervously approaches the meeting point and spots Walt sitting on a bench. Nearby, a hard-looking dude in a leather jacket is surveying the crowd. Suspecting he's a hired gun, and seemingly with new purpose, Jesse veers away and heads to a pay phone, where he calls Walt.
"Nice try, asshole," Jesse hisses. "This is just a heads up to let you know I'm coming for you."
As Walt leaves the Plaza, a young girl runs up and hugs the hard-looking dude — he was only a random bystander. Walt was just there to talk after all.
Hank hurtles toward Jesse and forces him into the car, blasting him for backing out of the meeting. "There's another way to get him," Jesse promises. "A better way."
Meanwhile, grim Walt calls Todd. "I think I might have another job for your uncle," he says, heart-broken.