I don't entirely remember what happened last night. I may have said some things that...
Things that ruined your one opportunity of throwing Hank of your trail? Yeah, you did Walt.
Hank brought up Walt’s former partner Gale Boetticher in the previous episode. He explained how he found a book of lab notes that looked to be the work of the elusive Heisenberg, and now that he is dead, Hank sees no reason to chase after him anymore. But the way Hank describes how Gale wasted his genius on cooking meth (not knowing he is really talking about Walt’s work) angers Walt incredibly.
“He was a meth chef. I mean we’re talking five star with candles and white table cloths. I can’t believe these words are coming out of my mouth, but he was a genius. Plain and simple. I mean, boy, if we applied that big brain of his to something good, who knows, he could have helped humanity or something like that. I mean how many actual geniuses are there in the world? If he had taken his life in a different direction, who knows?”
This cuts deep for Walt because Hank is really describing his story without even knowing about it. Walt’s attempt to actually help humanity through Gray Matter was a bust, so now he has to use his genius to make a product that ruins millions of lives. The source of all of Walt’s rage has always stemmed from the idea that he wasted all his potential, so this speech pushes him over the edge. His anger and his pride combined with all the wine he drank that night leads to Walt telling Hank that the lab notes look like “rote copying” off of a real genius. And saying that convinces Hank that Heisenberg is still out there. Pivotal moment in the series.
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