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GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS Walt ties up all his loose ends.
Gretchen -- and I keep wanting to write Susan, because I will forever see her as Carol's lesbian lover on Friends -- notices her ex-boyfriend standing in her house, and screams. Elliott looks like he's about to crap himself. Walt calmly tells them he has something to show them in his stolen Volvo. Elliott brandishes a small knife.
"Elliott, if we're going to go that way, you're going to need a bigger knife," Walt admonishes.
Gretchen and Elliott shouldn't have worried. Walt's big reveal is his money -- a little over $9 million dollars. The two of them, Walt explains, are to place it in an irrevocable trust for Walt Jr. when he turns 18. You see, Walt can't give the money directly to his son, the government would take it. (And Walt Jr. clearly wouldn't accept it from his father, regardless of the legal implications.) However, if Walt Jr. thinks its coming from a rich benefactor, he will take it. (And later on Talking Bad, RJ Mitte says he believes Junior would accept the money.)
Walt insists that if there are taxes or fees involved with the trust that Gretchen and Elliott are to use Walt's money, not theirs, to cover it. Oh and Walt has paid two of the best hit men in New Mexico to follow Gretchen and Elliott, just in case they don't follow through. If Walt Jr. doesn't receive the money, the Gray Matters co-founders will be dead. (In reality, the red dot that appeared on Gretchen's and Elliott's chests were laser pointers wielded by Skinny Pete and Badger, not the light from a sniper's rifle.)
With the matter of the money settled, Walt gets a moment with his family.
Marie calls Skyler to warn her that her husband is back in town. "That arrogant asshole thinks he’s some criminal mastermind, but he’s not," Marie says, sure that the police following her and Skyler will catch Walt.
Little does Marie know that Walt is standing in Skyler's kitchen. Skyler says she'll give him five minutes. After his confessional, he asks to see baby Holly once more. Skyler allows him the time with his daughter. And as Walt Jr. gets off the bus, his father watches from a distance, with the cops oblivious that the fallen Heisenberg is so close. Walt can be at peace knowing he's seen his children again. And even husband and wife receive a small amount of closure. (Plus, Marie and Skyler have come to a truce. The Lambert sisters will be alright.)
Now for Lydia, Todd, Jack, the Nazis, and Jesse.
Lydia and a dressed up Todd meet in the diner, with Walt sitting at the counter unbeknownst to the two of them. Lydia grabs the only pack of Stevia left at the table and orders her tea. Walt interrupts Todd's attempts to flirt with his boss. Walt offers Lydia and Todd a new recipe for meth that doesn't require methylamine, and he's only asking $1 million for it. Todd is hesitant. Lydia seems amenable, but she dismisses Walt when the waiter comes back to the table with the tea.
"Of course, we’re not doing business with him. Todd, please, don’t make me walk you through this," she says to Todd when he starts to protest working with Mr. White again. Lydia pours the Stevia into her tea, and it ominously dissolves.
Escorted to the Nazi compound, Walt negotiates with Jack.
"The thing is, we’re not really in the market," Jack says.
"Todd, please, would you explain things to your uncle?" Walt asks.
"You really shouldn't have come back, Mr. White," Todd says, semi-apologetically, and a gun is pulled on Walt.
NEXT: Walt's last heroic gesture