Meanwhile, Walt and Skyler prepare to fill Hank and Marie in on their new cover story - involving their purchase of the car wash and Walt's supposed gambling addiction - and Skyler insists on going over everything in excruciating detail, even dragging him along to a Gamblers Anonymous meeting. Walt soon loses his patience with her and the plan, worried that it'll cast him in a negative light, though as Skyler points out, he's actually a failed teacher who cooks meth, so a degenerate gambler is pretty much an upgrade.
Once Walt and Skyler actually visit Hank though, there's a bigger problem in store for Mr White - Hank, now back on the trail of Heisenberg, still has that copy of Gale's lab notes. Hank shows his brother-in-law an amateur video of Gale singing karaoke, and while the former DEA agent laughs, Walt is far from amused. He's able to deflect Hank's investigation somewhat - attributing the "W.W." mentioned in Gale's notes to the poet "Walt Whitman" - but also learns that fingerprints were recovered at Gale's home, which sounds like bad news for Jesse.
Walt pays a visit to Jesse to question him about the night of Gale's death, and is shocked by what he finds - his meth partner's "party" is still going strong and Jesse is unable (or unwilling) to answer Walt's questions. Though Walt is agitated about the discovery of prints, Jesse dismisses his concerns, convinced that he'd have been brought in already if the cops had enough evidence. Frustrated with Walt, Jesse pays his new "friends" to escort him from the house - by force.
Determined for his party to continue, Jesse snatches up some of his cash reserve and heads out to gather up more food and drugs. Returning sometime later, Jesse finds that his cash is gone - stolen by one of the party-goers - but seems unconcerned and begins playing video games. There's something definitely not quite right with Pinkman. Meanwhile, Walt meets with Saul to share his concerns about the investigation into Gale's murder, but Saul is not convinced that the bed-ridden Hank poses much of a threat. Nevertheless, he offers Walt a way out - he could leave town with his family and assume new identities, starting fresh somewhere new.
Sometime later, Jesse receives a surprise visit from Mike and Gus's latest henchman Tyrus. They return his stolen $78,000 and also deliver the thief - tied-up with a bag on his head. Though Mike intends for his actions to instil fear in Jesse, they do just the opposite - young Mr Pinkman is defiant and stands strong against Mike's scare tactics.
However, turns out this was a bad move - Mike heads straight to Gus, now convinced that Jesse is a "liability" who must be dealt with. Gus apparently approves, as we next see poor Jesse being driven into the desert, trapped with Mike. Walt races to Jesse's home, but finds that the house is now empty and that his partner's cell phone has been left behind...
Breaking It Down...
* Jesse has been on a downward spiral since Gale's death, and it'll be intriguing to see how (or if) he gets out of his latest mess with Mike. Will Walt race to his rescue, or is he powerless to help his partner?
* It'll be interesting to see if Saul's offer to Walt resurfaces again this season. As his life descends further into darkness and violence, it would certainly make sense for Walt and his family to seize this chance and race off into the sunset. Though surely it's not going to be that easy?
* He makes a brief return in this episode, but are we the only ones missing Gus? He's only made fleeting appearances so far this season, and the news that (*SPOILER*) Giancarlo Esposito has signed up for a new show makes us worry about the character's future.