Episode 5: Breakage

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Tensions and bills mount at the White household. Hank makes progress at work, but struggles with some residual effects from his encounter with Tuco. Jesse takes charge and assembles a crew of dealers to get their product out on the streets. Read more...

Two men carrying small bundles swim across a muddy river. Once ashore, one of them stumbles and turns to find he's tripped over a dental grill encased in a Lucite cube: Hank's souvenir from his encounter with Tuco.

Following a chemo session, Walt's doctor recommends he be cautiously optimistic about his chances. But Walt's optimism fades quickly when he sees the final bill for the treatment.

At home, Skyler tells Walt that the three-day hospital stay following his fugue state cost an additional $13,000. She asks if this is something Elliott and Gretchen could cover in addition to his cancer treatment. He tells her they will, and promises to handle it. That night, he counts his drug money, realizing that after everything he's been through he has almost nothing. Later, Walt retches into the toilet and finds it's clogged when he tries to flush. As he plunges, up floats a pack of cigarettes.

At the office the next day, Hank tells his boss that so far no one has filled the meth-supply void created by Tuco's death, though agents keep hearing the name "Heisenberg" on the street. Praising Hank for his sharklike qualities, his boss gives him a promotion to the Tri-State Border Interdiction Task Force. He'll now be splitting his time between El Paso and Albuquerque. On the elevator down to a congratulatory lunch, Hank suffers a panicked dizzy spell, and struggles to breathe.

"You're even dumber than I thought," Clovis tells Jesse when he shows up at the repair yard. Jesse pays him for services rendered and damages to his fence and toilet, then makes a deal to stash the RV at the yard and buys a used station wagon.

Searching for an apartment, Jesse meets Jane, a droll chick with longish black hair who manages a duplex. She asks Jesse to provide proof of employment and a former address to rent the space, but cuts him a break when he tells her about his parents kicking him out of his house because he's a disappointment. She raises the rent, though, and demands more money up front. "D.B.A.A.," she warns him. "Don’t Be An Asshole."

Marie expresses dismay when she discovers Hank has called in sick the day after his promotion so he can brew "Schraderbrau" beer in his "man cave," the garage. While he's capping bottles of beer, one shatters and cuts his hand.

Out in the desert, Walt and Jesse cook meth and quarrel about their partnership. Walt wants Jesse to sell small quantities again to avoid dealing with "yet another homicidal lunatic," like Tuco. Jesse protests, saying the "DEA's up my ass," so he can't be out on the street himself. "We gotta be Tuco" and distribute the product ourselves, Jesse says.

Walt rejects this strategy, but Jesse says that he's making all the business decisions again, or he'll walk. "I sure as hell didn't find myself locked in a trunk or on my knees with a gun to my head before your greedy old ass came along," Jesse says. "You need me more than I need you."

Setting out pretzels and soda in his new apartment, Jesse presents a business opportunity to Skinny Pete, Badger, and Combo. He'll front them each an ounce at a time of "the best schizz ever" and they sell it for $2,500. $2,000 goes to Jesse, their cut is $500. "This is the ground floor," he tells them. "D.B.A.A., Mo Fos."

Walt's family visits Hank and Marie. Alone with her sister, Skyler demands she apologize — "now or never" — for stealing the baby tiara and nearly getting Skyler arrested. Marie resists at first, but tearfully apologizes when Skyler says, "I need my sister back." Meanwhile, Walt listens as Hank regales Walter Jr. with the story of his confrontation with Tuco. Hank compares criminals to cockroaches: If you see one, "you don't think about it. You stomp him down."

Badger, Combo, and Skinny Pete sell Jesse's meth all over town. Everything goes fine until Skinny Pete is held up by a pair of junkies who make off with an ounce of meth. "What the hell do you want me to do?" Jesse later asks Walt, arguing that they need to accept a little "breakage" as the cost of doing business — "like K-mart." "You think Tuco had 'breakage?'" Walt asks. "I guess it's true. He did. He broke bones."

Back at his house, Walt shows Skyler the crumpled cigarette package he retrieved from the toilet, and accusingly asks if she knows anything about it. "Perhaps," she responds. "And then again, perhaps I don't, Walt. Perhaps I smoked them in a fugue state."

Skyler admits to having smoked three-and-a-half cigarettes before disposing of the pack and says that of course she feels ashamed. "This is so unlike you," Walt says. "How would you know?" she replies.

That night, Hank and Marie are awakened to loud gunshot-like pops coming from inside the house. Gun drawn, he heads to the garage, visibly shaken, only to find that they're hearing the sound of his Schraderbrau bottles exploding.

Walt shows up at Jesse's apartment, handing him the gun Jesse bought to defend himself against Tuco. "You asked me what I want you to do," Walt says. "I want you to handle it."

In daylight, Hank stands at a river's edge, takes a deep breath, and heaves Tuco's grill into the water.

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Guest stars:
Skinny Pete - Charles Baker
Spooge's Woman - Dale Dickey
Dr. Delcavoli - David House
Badger - Matt L. Jones
Clovis - Tom Kiesche
Gomez- Steven Michael Quezada
Jane - Krysten Ritter
Combo - Rodney Rush
Spooge - David Ury
ASAC - Michael Shamus Wiles
Written by: Moira Walley-Beckett
Directed by: Johan Renck

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