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Walt goes back where he began to hide his success.
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After having been forced to face the reality that Hank knows his identity, Walt rushes back to his car and calls the car wash, asking for Skyler. She cannot be reached, because she was already talking with somebody else. Walt realizes just who she is in talks with...

Skyler meets with Hank at a Mexican diner. Hank wants Skyler to tell him everything she knows about Walt's criminal enterprise, but Skyler feels very uneasy about Hank's gung-ho desire to apprehend Walt and ponders if she should contact a lawyer. Hank tries to assure her that he's only interested in her safety, as well as her family's. Skyler cannot help him, however, and tries to leave. She asks Hank if he is arresting her, causing a scene before leaving hurriedly.

As Kuby and Huell are sent to collect Walt's money from storage, Walt vents to Saul about how Skyler could think to go to Hank before him. The two decide to go over their options, with Saul suggesting "sending him to a trip to Belize", where Mike already was. Walt angrily shoots down the idea; he would not have his family killed, and threatens to send Saul to "Belize" for this offensive suggestion.

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Huell and Kuby return to Saul's office, reporting that they had taken all of Walt's money and placed it in barrels in a rental van. After compensating the two, Walt sets off for To'hajiilee. Throughout the day and into the night, Walt works to create a pit to bury his money for safekeeping. Afterwards, he takes note of the money's coordinates: +34° 59'20", -106° 36'52". After subscribing the coordinates to memory, he has a lottery ticket printed out with the same numbers as the coordinates, for his own personal reference.

Marie visits Skyler and tries to talk to her about Walt. She asks Skyler how long he had known about Walt's criminal activities, to which Skyler can do naught but cry and apologize. Realizing Skyler knew all along of what Walt was doing, Marie smacks her across the face, accuses her of not cooperating with Hank because she thought he would get away with it, and storms out of the room. She tries to take Holly with her, but Skyler stops her. Hank enters the house as the two sisters scream at each other while Holly cries in Marie's arms. Realizing the situation was precarious, Hank instructs Marie to give Holly back to Skyler before they leave. Appalled at her sister being a willing accomplice to a meth kingpin, Marie quietly tells Hank: "You have to get him."

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Walt returns home early in the morning, covered in sweat and dirt. Skyler follows him into the bathroom as an exhausted Walt prepares to take a shower. Skyler explains that she said nothing to Hank and pleads with Walt to talk to her, only for Walt to collapse and lose consciousness. Skyler tends to Walt until he comes to. He tells her that he would turn himself in on the condition that she not return the money he made, so that everything he had done for the family would mean something. Skyler, however, tells Walt that Hank doesn't know anything, so the best thing they can do is keep silent...

Meanwhile, out in Arizona, Lydia meets with Declan and his crew; after taking over Heisenberg's operation, the quality of the blue meth had declined sharply. She is displeased with the unkempt, filthy state of their lab and suggests Declan hire Todd, who worked under Heisenberg and would know how to make quality meth. Declan adamantly refuses, however. With Declan no longer proving to be of any use, Lydia signals for Todd, Jack, and his neo-Nazi gang to come and deal with them. As Declan and his cook leave the lab to investigate, gunfire rings out. Todd eventually comes to retrieve Lydia, guiding her out of the lab and through the junkyard where Declan operated as she closed her eyes so as to not see the death and carnage wrought upon Declan's crew. Jack personally executes Declan as Todd escorts Lydia away.

Back in Albuquerque, Marie suggests that Hank get ahead of the situation and reveal to his colleagues that Walt is Heisenberg. Hank, however, is reluctant to do so; he saw first-hand how his old ASAC, Merkert, was sacked after it came to light that his friend and associate, Gustavo Fring, was a meth kingpin. To reveal that his brother-in-law was the infamous Heisenberg would be career suicide. If he was going to reveal Walt's true identity, he wanted hard, irrefutable evidence that would ensure his downfall, so he wouldn't end his career in vain. Until then, however, he had no choice but to bide his time...

When Hank goes back into work, he learns from Gomez that Jesse Pinkman was in custody yet again, having been brought in after being reported throwing around large quantities of money from his car. Hank sees Jesse sitting in the interrogation room in a state of catatonia, paying no heed to the officer questioning him, and asks to be given a few minutes alone with him...

This episode provides examples of:

  • Book-Ends: The episode begins and ends with Jesse nearly comatose and in a state of Heroic BSoD.
  • Call-Back: When Kuby and Huell go to get Walt's money, Huell is tempted to take some for himself and travel to Mexico. Kuby quickly reminds him that Walt had ten men killed in under two minutes.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Saul asks if Walt wants Hank to take a "trip to Belize", like Mike did. Walt is supremely offended by the suggestion.
  • The Dreaded: At least when it comes to Kuby and Huell, Walt is not someone you want to steal from, though it is implied by Walt's "close enough" and their shared side glances that they, in fact, did.
  • Family Values Villain: Saul suggests killing Hank. Walt is disgusted at the notion of killing a family member.
  • Fan Disservice: Walt stripping in silence to take a shower, before collapsing on the bathroom floor.
  • Wham Episode: Marie learns that Walt is Heisenberg, and Skyler learns that Hank and Marie know. Despite Hank's best efforts, Skyler decides to protect Walt rather than cooperate with the DEA, believing that Hank's mission to take down Heisenberg is going too far. Meanwhile, Walt buries his drug profits in the New Mexico desert, which takes up the entire day. Jesse has had a nervous breakdown and is now being questioned by the DEA about his drug money, and Todd and Lydia have taken over Declan's operation with help from Jack Welker and his crew.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When Declan and his men are not capable of cooking meth that is pure enough, Lydia uses Todd's connections to take them out.

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