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* AnalogyBackfire: Hank tells Walt about how he had personally wanted to apprehend Heisenberg, by waving at him like [[Film/TheFrenchConnection Popeye Doyle at Frog One]]. Walt recalls that Popeye never actually caught Frog One in that film.

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* ChekhovsGunman: Saul brings up for the first time that he knows a person who specializes in helping people disappear and setting them up with new lives, who finally becomes important in Season 5B.

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* ImportantHaircut: An understated example with Jesse, who buzzes his head down to the barest follicles as he continues his downward spiral and sets himself up as kingpin of the squatter junkies who have come to fill out his social circle.


As Walt grows more worried still when noticing Gus's surveillance cameras watching Jesse, Jesse returns home after work to find that his money had been stolen: one of the tweakers camping out in his house saw him go into his room, come back with a wad of cash, and connected the dots. Jesse, however, has fallen into such a state of self-loathing and despair that he can hardly muster the energy to care. Instead, he continues to prevent himself from having to confront his demons by bringing a girl up to his room to play ''Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing''.

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As Walt grows more worried still when noticing Gus's surveillance cameras watching Jesse, Jesse returns home after work to find that his money had been stolen: one of the tweakers camping out in his house saw him go into his room, come back with a wad of cash, and connected the dots. Jesse, however, has fallen into such a state of self-loathing and despair that he can hardly muster the energy to care. Instead, he continues to prevent himself from having to confront his demons by bringing a girl up to his room to play ''Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing''.
''VideoGame/SonicAndSegaAllStarsRacing''.


** The special effects used to create the illusion of cold temperature when Mike is in the truck (to elaborate, Jonathan Banks inserted a little box of dry ice into his mouth to simulate cold breath) is a technique that was used in several BrianDePalma films.

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** The special effects used to create the illusion of cold temperature when Mike is in the truck (to elaborate, Jonathan Banks Creator/JonathanBanks inserted a little box of dry ice into his mouth to simulate cold breath) is a technique that was used in several BrianDePalma Creator/BrianDePalma films.


** Hank really wanted to catch Heisenberg, overtly styling himself as a modern-day [[TheFrenchConnection Popeye Doyle]]. Walt notes that Popeye never actually caught his suspect.

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** Hank really wanted to catch Heisenberg, overtly styling himself as a modern-day [[TheFrenchConnection [[Film/TheFrenchConnection Popeye Doyle]]. Walt notes that Popeye never actually caught his suspect.


* EpicFail: Walt cannot play blackjack ''at all.'' He and Skyler both agree to forego teaching him to count cards and just say he's "in recovery".

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* EpicFail: Walt cannot play blackjack or count cards ''at all.'' He and Skyler both agree to forego teaching him to count cards and just say he's "in recovery".

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* EpicFail: Walt cannot play blackjack ''at all.'' He and Skyler both agree to forego teaching him to count cards and just say he's "in recovery".


"You got me." Walt sarcastically answers, hands raised in mock resignation.

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"You got me." Walt sarcastically answers, hands raised in mock resignation.
resignation. He then suggests that "W.W." simply referred to Walt Whitman, an author that Gale was fond of.


As Mike deals with cartel goons trying to hijack a Los Pollos Hermanos truck (losing a piece of his right ear in the process), Walt and Skyler concoct a story to explain Walt's newfound wealth: he earned money through gambling, but had become addicted and had to stop. After proving that Walt has no acumen when it comes to card-counting, Skyler goes over a carefully prepared script for when they break the news to the rest of the family.

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As Mike deals with cartel goons trying to hijack a Los Pollos Hermanos truck (losing a piece of his right ear in the process), Walt and Skyler concoct a story to explain Walt's newfound wealth: he earned money through gambling, but had become addicted and had to stop. After proving that Walt has no acumen when it comes to card-counting, Skyler goes over a carefully prepared script for when they break the news to the rest of the family.
family. Walt is less than enthused with the script Skyler concocted, thinking that it made him appear weak and "out of control", but agrees to go with it when Skyler reminds him that he would still come out of this ordeal ahead of her, being successful at gambling while she was being vilified as the "bitch mother" who gave Walt a hard time.


* ManipulativeBastard: Walt shows his hand here when it comes to manipulating Hank into showing him the Gale/Heisenberg investigation.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Walt shows his hand here Walt's claws come out to some extent when it comes to indirectly manipulating Hank into showing him the Gale/Heisenberg investigation.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Walt shows his hand here when it comes to manipulating Hank into showing him the Gale/Heisenberg investigation.


That night, Walt and his family visit the Schraders. There, Mike shows Walt and Junior a video that he received while investigating a meth superlab: it was a video of Gale Boetticher, singing "Major Tom". Hank pokes fun at the nerd on the video, finding it hard to believe that such an unassuming man could possibly be Heisenberg. Walt, however, is hit with a pang of guilt as he comes to realize Gale's humanity, and feels regret at having had him killed...

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That night, Walt and his family visit the Schraders. There, Mike Hank shows Walt and Junior a video that he received while investigating a meth superlab: it was a video of Gale Boetticher, singing "Major Tom". Hank pokes fun at the nerd on the video, finding it hard to believe that such an unassuming man could possibly be Heisenberg. Walt, however, is hit with a pang of guilt as he comes to realize Gale's humanity, and feels regret at having had him killed...


Mike gets a visit from a couple of Cartel goons while riding in the back of a refrigerated truck, and loses part of his right ear. Walt and Skyler attempt to get their gambling story straight so as to make it plausible that an unemployed high school teacher could get the necessary capital to buy the car wash. Hank decides to pick Walt's brain about all this chemistry stuff he found in Gale's lab notes. Mike realizes that Jesse has spiraled too far out of control to be trusted, and asks Gus's permission to take care of the problem.

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Mike gets a visit from a couple of Cartel deals with cartel goons while riding in the back of trying to hijack a refrigerated truck, and loses part Los Pollos Hermanos truck (losing a piece of his right ear. ear in the process), Walt and Skyler attempt to get their gambling concoct a story straight so as to make it plausible that an unemployed high school teacher could get the necessary capital to buy the car wash. Hank decides to pick explain Walt's brain about all this chemistry stuff newfound wealth: he found in earned money through gambling, but had become addicted and had to stop. After proving that Walt has no acumen when it comes to card-counting, Skyler goes over a carefully prepared script for when they break the news to the rest of the family.

That night, Walt and his family visit the Schraders. There, Mike shows Walt and Junior a video that he received while investigating a meth superlab: it was a video of Gale Boetticher, singing "Major Tom". Hank pokes fun at the nerd on the video, finding it hard to believe that such an unassuming man could possibly be Heisenberg. Walt, however, is hit with a pang of guilt as he comes to realize
Gale's lab notes. humanity, and feels regret at having had him killed...

Afterwards, Walt and Skyler break the news of Walt's "gambling addiction" to the family. Walt excuses himself to avoid probing questions, but also to take a look in Hank's room for information regarding Gale's murder. As he leaves, he nearly runs into Hank, and to evade more probing questions, offers Hank whatever counsel he could about Gale's death. Hank reveals that some of Gale's notes make reference to "W.W.", someone who Gale seems to admire, but he doesn't know what it could refer to.

"Who do you think that is, y'know?" Hank asks Walt. "Woodrow Wilson? Willy Wonka? .....Walter White?"

"You got me." Walt sarcastically answers, hands raised in mock resignation.

Walt makes his way to Jesse's house, is taken aback by the state of disrepair it has fallen into as a result of Jesse's ongoing drug parties, and finds Jesse, who had his head shaved. Walt tries to ask Jesse details about Gale's murder, but Jesse refuses to think back on that horrible night. When Walt presses him, Jesse pays a couple of junkies at his party a hundred dollars to kick him out of his house.

The following day, Walt vents to Saul about Jesse's self-destruction, Gus wanting to kill him, and Skyler buying a car wash as though he could simply walk away from Gus once his contract with Gus ends. Saul proposes having Walt get into contact with someone he knows of: a "disappearer" who can help Walt vanish off the face of the earth and give him a new identity. Walt dismisses the idea, leaving him at an impasse.

As Walt grows more worried still when noticing Gus's surveillance cameras watching Jesse, Jesse returns home after work to find that his money had been stolen: one of the tweakers camping out in his house saw him go into his room, come back with a wad of cash, and connected the dots. Jesse, however, has fallen into such a state of self-loathing and despair that he can hardly muster the energy to care. Instead, he continues to prevent himself from having to confront his demons by bringing a girl up to his room to play ''Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing''.

The following morning, Jesse is awaken by Mike, who had chased off all of the tweakers squatting in his house, retrieved his money, and bound the tweaker that had stolen his cash as if to have him executed. Jesse takes back the cash, but doesn't really care about what happens to the thief (noting that
Mike realizes wouldn't have blindfolded him if he intended to kill him), nor does he really care about anything else; and returns to his room. Mike meets with Gus afterwards, relaying to him Jesse's behavior that is making him a liability, and that something has to be done about him, whether Walt likes it or not.

The following day, Walt is left to operate the lab by himself, as Jesse is missing. When he goes to Jesse's house after work, however, he finds
that Jesse has spiraled too far out of control to be trusted, is missing: the reason he hasn't been answering his calls is because he left his cell at home, and asks Gus's permission there is no telling where he is! Walt returns to take care the lab, glares into one of the problem.
cameras, and growls to Gus: "''Where is he?!''"

Jesse is riding in a car with Mike. Mike asks if Jesse knows what's going to happen, but Jesse says "No", completely detached and emotionally numb...



* BaitAndSwitch: While Walt's rehearsing the gambling story, this line:

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* BaitAndSwitch: BaitAndSwitch
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While Walt's rehearsing the gambling story, this line:


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** After Jesse discovers his cash is missing, he brings a tweaker girl up to his room, as if to have sex with her. Instead, he just plays video games with her.

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