I was a little tired at the time to answer your post, nothing personal
Some things bothered me about this episode, even though overall it was great.
It's funny to see Walter and Skyler go over their lines as if they're acting in some play. Cranston really sells the scene. He looks so utterly bored, so frustrated at the ordeal. Sklyer is still trying to cover their bases, but it's also a little embarrassing to see Walt be so emasculated by it all.
I can see how you can like this scene, since you're new to the show, for my part, I found it obnoxious, let me explain:
It's been a recurrent aspect of the show to constantly mock Walter's attitude towards pretty much everything in life, the latter isn't exactly a great judge of character and is not exactly a sympathetic person, put simply, he is a jackass, there was a scene at the beginning of season 3 when a horrible accident happens and Walt is forced to give a pep-talk at his school, what he says is so horrible and so insensitive that you could've just jumped into the screen and punched him in the balls right there, there are several other examples, but I found this to be the most representative.
In my opinion, I think some of these scenes are a little overused, not saying that Cranston doesn't deliver when he has to, but we've seen Walt's irrational behavior so many times before that it's gotten old, at least for those who have been watching the show from day one.
It's nice to see Hank not be a dick for once this season. He seems like a cool guy. Hank has gone through his own emasculation this season, forced to live in mundane solitude in a wheelchair. He's energized by being around people he can let loose with. There's still the look of minor annoyance at Marie with the use of the word "rocks" when she describes his mineral collection hobby, but here he's mostly relaxed.
Then again Marie did call it "rocks" on purpose, no wonder given how Hank's dickness has been consistently increasing, but I think we can agree he laid off the annoying asshole role for the remainder of this episode.
Once again, we see Gale from beyond the grave. It's interesting, most shows make you forget that someone has died by the third or fourth episode. Here, we see Gale joyously (albeit, probably lonely) filming himself doing karaoke. Gale was such a sweet, harmless guy, filling his school notebook with recipes (regular, and illegal) and Far Side cartoons. Someone on another forum once compared him to Martin Prince from the Simpsons, a happy go lucky kid with a love of science and culture. How could you not like the guy, even a little? And how could Jesse kill him in cold blood?
I loved that scene, getting our faces rubbed in on what Jesse and Walt did is quite what makes this show unique, it pulls the right punches, it does what it feels it needs to do to make a good show, I remember hearing on other forums how people were openly defending that Jesse didn't kill Gale because we don't see the shot up-front, some people said this would never happen because it would've made the show and the characters completely irredeemable.
I wonder what they're saying now
Later, we get a surprisingly tense scene between Walt and Hank going over Gale's folder. The moment Hank tries to speculate that the W.W in Gale's notebook might refer to Walt was like seeing a lion size up his prey. Walt plays it off, and Hank goes back to being easy going, but does he suspect Walt, yet maybe not consciously know it?
From the first season I've been waiting for the moment Hank finds out Heisenberg is Walter.
When I see that scene, I shall die a happy man.
They're not just addicted to it, it physically changes their appearance. This is the world Walt and Jesse are supplying. Doesn't Walt ever consider that?
The show hasn't touched that subject at all, but if I had to guess what those two think I would pressume they don't consider themselves "morally higher" to those who they supply, they have done so much bad shit between the two that they really aren't going to dictate judgements on anyone.
Mike and the new guy clean up Jesse's situation. I was surprised by that since I thought Jesse being robbed would be a plot line in itself. Jesse just shrugs. Earlier in the episode Walt carelessly tries to make him relive the moment he killed Gale, and there's a great closeup of Jesse's face. Who needs flashbacks when you have Aaron Paul's face to tell the story? Great acting.Aaron Paul delivering ? How odd.
One thing I've loved from this season is that whenever one thinks Jesse has hit bottom, one finds himself to be wrong with each new episode.
The final scene where Mike and Jesse drive off at dusk is eerily reminiscent of the final 20 minutes of Se7en. While I doubt Jesse is going to be killed off, just what does Mike have in store for him?
I think Mike is going behind Gus' back and give Jesse a harsh lesson, whatever that is, next week shall tell.