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BETTER CAUL SAUL? Saul and Walt argue outside of the White family car wash.
The thing is -- Hank has Jesse's phone, and he listens to the message. "Nice try, asshole," Hank mutters as he shuts the phone. Hank walks into his house and explains to Gomez and Jesse that he found the white van, and to his dismay, learns that there was no GPS in the system. He realizes, however, that Walt doesn't know that vital piece of information. Suddenly, Hank hatches a plan.
At the car wash, Saul pays Walt a visit. Saul, wearing a bullet-proof vest, informs his client that Huell is missing. Saul asks if Jesse is dead. Walt says Jesse hasn't shown his face at Andrea's. "He's probably as high as a kite and hasn't gotten her message yet," Walt says."Or he got it loud and clear and figured out it's a setup. The kid is not as dumb as you think," Saul says. And that's part of Walt's problem, too. He underestimates the people closest to him.
Walt receives a photo message. It's a picture of a buried barrel full of money. Ominous, Inception-esque music plays, cueing Walt's freak out. The cell rings. It's Jesse. He tells Walt that he found his buried treasure, and wants Walt to meet him where it is. Walt races to the desert, trying to reason with Jesse, telling him the cancer is back and that all the money is for his family. He names everything he's done for Jesse -- paying for his rehab, killing the drug dealers to save his life. He even pleads that poisoning Brock was for him and that he had it all planned out. He knew exactly how much to give the boy so that he wouldn't die. Shouldn't Jesse know how smart Walt is?
Up until now, I was ready to overlook last episode's faults. Walt just had a conversation with Saul, insinuating that Walt doesn't believe Jesse is that smart. Then all of the sudden, he readily believes that Jesse has somehow found his money, stupidly leading Hank, Gomez and Jesse right to it? Nope. Sorry. That doesn't work for me.
Walt reaches his money, and realizes that no one is there. A car pulls up in the distance. Walt hides and calls Jack. He wants Jack to come get him and kill Jesse. He tells Jack that he's in To'hajiilee, giving him the coordinates -- 34 59 20 106 36 52. (Seriously, do these numbers have more meaning?) When Walt catches a glimpse of Hank in the car, he calls the hit off. Hank screams out to Walt, and Walt eventually surrenders.
Hank asks him how he liked the barrel photo, right next to the barbecue grill, where they had all their cook outs. Hank gloats that he knew Walt's "greedy ass" wouldn't notice the dirt didn't match. "Looks like I was right," Hank says.
Then, Jesse takes a sentimental shot at Walt. "Yo, I remember this place. It's the very first place we cooked, like ever. It is. Isn't it?"
After Hank officially arrests Walt, Walt calls Jesse a coward, causing Jesse to spit in his face. Walt lunges at him and they fight. Gomez and Hank pull the two apart. Hank puts Walt in his car, Gomez forces Jesse to get into Walt's. Hank instructs Gomez to stay with the kid and Walt's car. Gomez congratulates his boss. Hank says he'll call the tribal police before bringing back the DEA to dig up the barrels.
Before he calls the police, though, Hank has a much more important phone call to make -- to Marie. And even before knowing what happens next, their conversation sounded a lot like they last one the two of them will ever have.
"Hey baby, I got him. Dead to rights," Hank says.
"You got Walt?" she asks, breathlessly.
"Yeah, I got him in handcuffs as we speak. Want me to wave to him for you?"
"Oh my God, you did it," Marie says, with tears of joy in her eyes.
"It's going to be a little rough for the next couple of weeks, but it will get better. Baby, you okay?" Hank says.
"I'm much better now," Marie answers.
"I got to go. It may be a while before I get home. I love you," Hank continues.
"I love you, too," Marie says. They hang up.
NEXT: A shootout at the To'hajiilee corral