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"Get the fuck out and never come back."
Hank has Walt drive him out to Los Pollos Hermanos once more to retrieve the tracking bug placed on Gus's car. Although Hank doesn't know it, Walt knows that Tyris is tailing them. Thankfully for Walt, the bug only shows Gus travelling between work and home: nothing to implicate him in any criminal enterprise. As Walt leaves, he sees Tyris waiting outside and calls the police to report a "suspicious man", forcing Tyris to flee.
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At the laundromat, Walt is surprised to hear Jesse say he's ready to cook. He confirms Jesse still has the ricin vial.

The following day, Hank asks Walt to drive him out to the factory farm owned by Gus. Walt feigns illness in order to delay Hank, then calls Mike to tell him of Hank's plan, so that he and Jesse can hide evidence of Gus's drug business.

As Skyler cooks her books by pretending to ring up customers between actual customers, Ted Beneke pays the car wash a visit. He reveals that he is being audited by the IRS for his own book-cooking, scaring Skyler: since she was Ted's bookkeeper, the IRS would be able to investigate her, as well!

Back at the factory farm, as Jesse and Mike discuss the matter of Hank, a cartel sharpshooter begins to fire on them, killing one of Mike's men. A furious Gus steps out and starts walking in the direction of the sniper, undeterred as the shooter fires warning shots around him. That night, Gus makes a call to give a message to the cartel: his answer is yes.

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Mike and Jesse take the dead operative's body to the superlab to dispose of it. Walt is inside, and goes into a diatribe against Mike, assuming Gus killed the operative. Mike rebukes him, and warns him against calling police on his men again. After disposing of the corpse, Jesse asks Mike about why Gus "pulled that Terminator shit" at the farm. Mike explains that the cartel can't afford to kill him: they need his distribution center. Jesse is concerned that he and Mike could be considered acceptable targets by the cartel. Mike suggests asking Gus about the matter.

The next day, Ted is at the IRS office to explain the errors in his bookkeeping. Skyler arrives, obfuscating ignorance and pretending to be an airhead whom Ted hired simply because he wanted to sleep with her. With the IRS convinced that the errors in his bookkeeping were because of ignorance of the law rather than willful fraud, Skyler advises Ted to pay the IRS what he owes, but Ted claims that he has no assets: his used subcompact, now used in place of a BMW, is testament to this.

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That evening, Jesse arranges to meet with Gus at his home for dinner. Gus is sympathetic to Jesse's concerns, but wants to know if Jesse can cook Walt's formula. Realizing what this would mean for Walt, Jesse tells Gus that he would have to kill him if he wants to kill Walt. Gus clarifies that what he wants is not Walt's death, but to stop a war with the cartel...

Walt, having stealthily placed Hank's tracker on Jesse's car, reads the data from the bug as Jesse calls Walt and asks him to come over for some advice. When Walt arrives, Jesse evasively explains that Gus is trying to prevent a war with the cartel and wants him to come to Mexico with him to teach the cartel their formula. Jesse is afraid that he might die during the journey, and wants Walt's counsel. Walt asks him repeatedly if he had met with Gus. Jesse denies it, but Walt knows he is lying: the ricin cigarette has not been used, and he knew that Jesse had been to Gus's house for two hours and eighteen minutes, during which time he never used the ricin and likely had no intention to.

When Jesse asks Walt how he knew how long he was at Gus's house, Walt produces his tracking bug. Jesse is appalled and asks how Walt could place a bug on his car after all he did for him.

"What you've done for me?!" Walt barks. "YOU KILLED ME, is what you've done! You've signed my death warrant! Now you want advice?! I'll give you advice: go to Mexico and screw up like I know you will, and wind up in a barrel somewhere!"

An enraged Jesse throws the bug at Walt, hitting him in the head. Walt tackles Jesse into the wall and the two get into a bitter fist fight, with Walt throwing Jesse on the floor and kicking him in the face. The fight ends after Jesse gets the upper-hand on Walt by tripping him on the table after Walt calls it quits, punching him repeatedly in the face and breaking his glasses.

After the two have a moment to catch their breath, Jesse asks if Walt can walk. When Walt nods, Jesse tells him...

"...then get the fuck out and never come back."

This episode contains examples of:

  • Boom, Headshot!: Gaff manages to paint the walls with the brains of one of Mike's guys in his efforts to draw out Gus.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Gus is this to the cartel because they still need his distribution, hence why he steps out in front of his men arms open wide, to halt the cartel sniper.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Hank shows Walt how he used a GPS tracker to determine every location Gus's car visited, which later gives Walt the idea to use one on Jesse.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe. Jesse makes the classic "don't they speak Mexican in Mexico?" faux pas.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Walt gets in a few fair solid hits despite Jesse winning overall.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The title of the episode refers to people bugging others (putting devices on their property to get information). Hank bugged Gus by planting a GPS on his car to learn more about him. Meanwhile Walt revealed to Jesse that he bugged his car to let him know he knew Gus was at Jesse's house.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Jesse feels betrayed when he finds out Walt put a GPS on his car.
  • Get Out!: "Can you walk?" "Yeah." "Then get the fuck out and never come back."
  • Handicapped Badass: It doesn't mean he won, but Walt can thrown down pretty good for a late middle-aged man with cancer.
  • Implied Death Threat: Mike gives one to Walt after he calls the police to stop Tyrus from spying on Hank.
    Mike: Just get the barrel. And if you ever plan on calling the cops on one of my guys again, you go ahead and get two barrels.
  • Oh, Crap!: Skyler has this when she realizes that if the IRS is auditing Ted, she would be found culpable in his book-cooking.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In order to save Ted from a major audit, Skyler adopts a Dumb Blonde persona and convinces the auditor that she left income unclaimed because she's unqualified to be an accountant.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Walt and Jesse beat the shit out of each other near the ending.
  • Precision F-Strike: After Walt and Jesse's brawl.
    Jesse: Get the fuck out and never come back.
  • Unflinching Walk: Gus walks out into the crosshairs of a sniper, maintaining a brisk and pissed stride as the assassin fires shots around him. He was able to do so confidently, according to Mike, because the cartel needs him and his distribution network.
  • Villain Respect: The cartel hitman seems privately impressed that Gus was willing to step out and stare down his sniper rifle.

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