Characters

Ted BenekePlayed by Christopher Cousins

Ted Beneke

Ted Beneke, a divorced father of two, was Skyler's boss at Beneke Fabricators. Ted harbors romantic feelings for Skyler, which she downplayed until she began an affair with him to retaliate against Walt.

"I f—ed Ted," Skyler announces to Walt, who confronts Ted in front of Skyler's co-workers and gets thrown out of the building. This doesn’t phase Skyler, and she continues the affair.

As head bookkeeper at Beneke, Skyler discovers accounting irregularities in their books. Ted pleads with her not to report him, claiming that he’s just trying to save his employees' jobs.

Skyler never fully opens up to Ted, and the relationship cools. Months later, Ted informs her that the IRS is auditing the company's tax returns. As a signatory on false statements, Skyler worries that she (and therefore Walt) will be investigated, too.

Skyler pretends to be a ditzy harlot at a meeting with Ted and an IRS agent. Her performance convinces the agent that negligence, not fraud, is responsible for the inconsistent accounting. However, Ted has no assets and can't pay the back taxes, so Skyler has Saul Goodman inform him that he's inherited several hundred thousand dollars from his "Great Aunt Birgit."

Ted infuriates Skyler by refusing to pay his IRS debt, even after she reveals that she provided his "inheritance." Just paying the taxes won’t solve his money woes -- he needs more money to keep his home and his business afloat. Skyler accuses Ted of blackmailing her for more cash.

At Skyler's behest, Saul sends two operatives to Ted's house. They force him to write a check to the IRS. After he does, Ted tries to escape -- but trips on a throw rug, slamming his head into a kitchen counter and knocking himself out cold. When he wakes up in the hospital, he promises Skyler that he “will never breathe one word of this.”

 

Ted Beneke Quotes

“Being that rock takes everything you’ve got.”
Season 2, Episode 10: “Over”
“My dad built this company from nothing. We make things here. The people that work here are like family — I can’t let that fall apart because a couple of bad years. Sky, don’t report this.”
Season 2, Episode 11: “Mandala”
“I’d tell them their old man might have feet of clay, but everything I did, I did thinking about them.”
Season 3, Episode 2: “Caballo Sin Nombre”
“I’ve never thought that far ahead. Skyler, I’m just trying to keep my head above water.”
Season 3, Episode 2: “Caballo Sin Nombre”
“Hey, uh, Walt, I’m in the middle of something right now.”
Season 3, Episode 4: “Green Light”
“Is there some reason for secrecy I’m not getting?”
Season 3, Episode 9: “Kafkaesque”
“With your knowledge of how the books got the way they are, maybe there’s some way you could undo what’s in there.”
Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“It’s the captain they want, not some cashier at a car wash. No offense.”
Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“I don’t have any assets. There are no assets left to sell.”
Season 4, Episode 9: Bug
“I got a very unexpected cash infusion. I guess someone’s looking out for me.”
Season 4, Episode 10: Salud
“Paying my debt with illicit gambling winnings, I don’t know. It feels wrong.”
Season 4, Episode 11: Crawl Space
“Just because I pay some stupid fine doesn’t make my life any less ruined.”
Season 4, Episode 11: Crawl Space
“This is crazy. Skyler would never do this to me.”
Season 4, Episode 11: Crawl Space