|By Seth Levi|
You know the end is near when Saul shows up to a police station with his comb-over poorly composed, revealing the extent of his hair loss. When he extracts Jesse from Hank’s interrogation — picking up where last episode left off — his hair hasn’t been evenly distributed across the dome of his head; it’s clumped together in several large strands, revealing his baldness.
Despite his good timing, Jesse didn’t need the help. Hank tries to flip Jesse, accurately assessing that he and Walt are on the outs, but Jesse still holds a grudge against Hank for beating him up in season 3 over the fake emergency call about Marie (which Hank now realizes Walt was behind); he’s not going to talk to Hank.
I couldn’t help think that the location represented both the absurdity of the situation — a high school teacher turned meth drug lord meeting with his DEA brother-in-law to try and come to terms with his criminal activity — as well as of the facades and dualities on the show. Both Hank and Walt see themselves as macho tough guys — like gun slingers — but they’re not (and I love how in the next scene we see the large painting of gun fighters in Hank’s house).
But Walt has another plan.
And it works, at least momentarily.
Notice how Walt has never said anything in the past about Jesse drinking alcohol after leaving rehab — taking the weed was a gesture that Walt could have done but never did. He permitted and participated in behavior (drinking with Jesse) that could cause a relapse. And it was actually Mike and Gus who helped Jesse stay clean after rehab.