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Skyler considers fucking Ted.
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The one where Skyler fucked Ted.

Around the time Hank was working in El Paso, Tortuga met with his boss in the cartel, Juan "El Jefe" Bolsa. Bolsa offers Tortuga a birthday present: a live tortoise. He even paints a birthday message onto the tortoise's shell. Tortuga panics when he sees what Bolsa wrote for him: "HOLA DEA". Before he can escape, the Cousins apprehend and behead him.

After Mike leaves from bugging Walt's house, satisfied that the Cousins have been driven off and that Walt is safe from them for the time being, Skyler returns home and is disturbed to find Walt inside. She threatens to call the police and tell them about his meth cooking, but Walt refuses to leave, explaining to her that his family was everything to him, and without it, he had nothing to lose. Junior returns home and happily greets his father, and is infuriated when the police. Skyler tries to explain to the officer that Walt is trespassing and that she wants him arrested, while Walt dutifully tends to Holly and apologetically admits that he hasn't been a very "attentive" husband lately. But there is no legal excuse to arrest Walt: he and Skyler are not legally divorced or separated yet, since Walt refused to sign the divorce papers, and the house was bought in both his and Skyler's names. Since Skyler can't bring herself to reveal Walt's crimes, the officers cannot do anything to help.

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Meanwhile, Jesse sits alone in his new home: the house his aunt owned, which he bought using money from the last big meth cook. Still grieving Jane's death, he calls her cellphone, which goes to voice mail, just so he can hear her voice. Saul pays a visit and asks Jesse when he can expect Walt to get back to cooking. Jesse says he'll try to convince him, but goes back to calling Jane's cell after Saul leaves.

As Hank learns that his boss wants him to go to El Paso again, the Cousins, along with Bolsa and their uncle Hector Salamanca, meet with Gus to discuss the matter of Walter White, whom the Salamancas blame for the death of Tuco and want to exact revenge against. Gus acknowledges their right to revenge, but asserts that he is in business with Walter. Once that business is concluded, what happens to him will be none of his business; but until then, they are not to approach him.

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Hector rings his bell in furious protest as Gus and Bolsa continue to talk in private. Bolsa warns Gus that he should conclude his business with Walt as quickly as he can if he wishes to remain on good terms with the cartel. There was also no telling how long the Cousins would wait before they go after Walt again...

Still in the doghouse with Skyler, Walt is forced to sleep on the floor of Holly's bedroom, with Holly now staying in Skyler's room.

Skyler meets with her divorce lawyer, and finally admits to her, thanks to attorney-client privilege, that her husband makes meth. The lawyer suggests Skyler divorce him immediately and sue him while she contacts the police, but Skyler is reluctant to do so: she fears what would happen if her son found out the truth about his father. She also doesn't want to suffer all the blowback from turning Walt in when it's unlikely Walt will survive his cancer much longer anyways.

Hank and Gomez take a trip to a seedy bar at Hank's request, where Hank suspects two men of participating in a drug deal. Hank fights back against a panic attack in the bathroom before leaving his sidearm in his car and going back to start a brawl with the two. After they return to HQ, Gomez tells Hank that he corroborated his story to the ASAC that the other bar patrons had started the fight, but left out the fact that he left his sidearm in his car. He's concerned for Hank's reckless behavior, but Hank coldly brushes him off.

Jesse continues to call Jane's phone to hear her voice until it is disconnected. The next morning, he returns to the RV and prepares to cook once more.

Walt finally shows Skyler the stash of cash he earned cooking meth. He gives her a speech explaining that the money that he was earning would help to pay for Junior and Holly's college tuition, their mortgage, and other expenses after he has passed. He states that everything he did was for the family, and all is sacrifices would mean nothing if she did not accept it. Skyler doesn't say a word, glaring daggers at Walt all the while.

The following day, Skyler meets her boss Ted Beneke in the break room. She suddenly kisses him, then asks if his kids are home. Ted, pleasantly surprised, says "No"...

That night, Skyler returns home to Walt cooking for Junior and a friend who came over. He is eager to hear what Skyler had to say about what they discussed that morning. Skyler's response is only three words, but those words made her feelings very clear, and shake Walter to his very core...

"I fucked Ted."

This episode contains examples of:

  • Bilingual Bonus: If you know Spanish, you'll catch a funny movie shoutout in the intro with Tortuga. He says, "There are two kinds of people in this world: those who pour drinks and those who drink. Now shut up and fill my glass," which seems to be a reference to the iconic statement made by Blondie to Tuco after the Mexican Standoff from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: "You see in this world, there are two kinds of people, my friend: those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."
  • Cradle of Loneliness: Jesse does this while listening to Jane's voice on the phone.
  • Dead Star Walking: Danny Trejo gets this treatment for the second time in this series. The first time, he was killed off screen after his One-Scene Wonder turn as Tortuga. This episode begins by showing Tortuga's execution, providing a few more details concerning his death.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Hector wants revenge on Walt for his nephew's death.
  • Evil Is Petty: Walt breaks into the house against Skyler's wishes and deliberately makes her look bad in front of their son and the police.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "I fucked Ted."
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Walt is blatantly ignoring Skyler's wishes as well as showing off in front of his son, but the house is jointly owned so he can't be arrested for, "breaking and entering in his own home", as the police rightly tell Skyler.
  • Like a Son to Me: Don Salamanca's late nephew, Tuco, is referred to in this way by Bolsa.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: An old lady has the grave misfortune of being cornered by the Cousins, but the scene cuts before it's shown exactly what they do to her.
  • Off with His Head!: Tortuga, as you are aware.
  • Oh, Crap!: Tortuga practically shits a brick when he realizes Bolsa knows about his informing to the DEA, moments before the Cousins take his head.
  • Police Are Useless:
    • Played with. The cops who respond to Skyler's claim of domestic abuse defy expectations by actually being sympathetic to her, but have to break it to her that unfortunately, without claims of abuse or wrongdoing, their hands are tied, and, because Walt's name is still on the property lease, he is legally allowed to be in the house. The script even emphasizes that they have been through many domestic abuse claims and sense that something is up.
      • What's more, Skyler doesn't want Walt Jr. to know that his father is a drug manufacturer, so she has to keep that from the police.
  • Precision F-Strike: "I fucked Ted."
  • Shout-Out: Juan Bolsa's name translates to "John Sack", a reference to The Sopranos character Johnny Sack. Both are intermediaries between two criminal factions; Bolsa being one between Gus and the Juárez Cartel, and Johnny being one between the Lupertazzi family based in New York and the Tony Soprano-led DiMeo family based in New Jersey.
  • The Reveal: The cousins were the ones who killed Tortuga, while Bolsa provided the tortoise.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Walt breaks into the house against his wife's wishes and acts like Skyler has been mistreating him in front of his son, which leads to...
    • Skyler having an affair with Ted and refusing to listen to any of Walt's justifications for his actions. In a sense, probably intentionally invoked by her.
  • Uncertain Doom: The Cousins steal a handicapped woman's van for Hector, but we don't actually see what they do to her.
  • Wham Line: All together now! "I fucked Ted."
  • Would Harm a Senior: The cousins show how ruthless they can be by preying on an innocent, wheelchair-bound old lady so they can steal her ramped-up van.
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