Breaking Bad | Season 5 | Episode 6 | “Buyout”
Just as Walt finally gets the raw materials necessary to build his meth empire, his partners decide that the business isn’t worth what it costs them anymore. Oh, for this level of clarity in season two.
With experience in body- and evidence disposal dating back to season one, the Heisenberg crew is getting pretty polished. They’re using a solution of hydrogen fluoride to do the dissolving, which unfortunately won’t affect the plastic components of the bike. As before, I would not be so cavalier as to use that stuff with only gloves and a mask to protect me from it.
Is Walt’s escape plan a valid one? Well, yes and no. It could possibly work, but (as before) there are significant risks involved and other options to explore. Bringing live electrical wires together would produce an electrical arc, but this would most likely result in a fuse blowing or a breaker tripping (especially with a power bar involved). Walt also didn’t need to stick the wire underneath the zip-tie; he could have made the arc just on top of the tie to similar effect with less injury. I’m assuming that Mike used a police-grade tie, as regular ones used to tidy cables are quite easily broken or unzipped. Before going for the electrical option, I would have attempted to dismantle the coffee maker and perhaps get a sharp piece of the metal base (using the radiator for leverage). Still, it says a lot about Walt’s level of conviction/delusion.
So, what is Walt’s new and improved master plan for founding his empire and getting Jesse and Mike out with their money? My guess is that he’ll try and cut the Phoenix crew a deal and offer to cook meth for them, but that does seem a little simplistic given that he’s just wriggled out of one industrial-scale meth operation.
Elements in the credits
|Steven MicHael Quezada||Hydrogen|
|StewArt A. Lyons||Argon|