We’ve seen so many sides to Mike before: dangerous, caring, meticulous, planning. “Hazard Pay” brings a new side of his into light: worrisome. The blowback from Gus’ men getting arrested is finally starting to get to the most infamous hitman in the show’s history, despite his reassuring others that they’ll be okay. But it seems even he’s finding it increasingly hard to believe that not a single one of his co-workers will squeal to the DEA in an effort to save their own necks. But that’s no matter, not right now: we all watch Breaking Bad to watch some blue meth being made, ain’t that the truth?

Lucky for us, Walt’s just about ready to entertain us in that sense. After finishing moving into his house (again), he heads over to Saul’s with Mike and Jesse to discuss cooking. It’s there that the two titans clash: Mike says that the only way the operation will work is if Walt keeps to himself and doesn’t try bossing Mike around. Walt nonchalantly agrees, implying he’s still the brains of the organization and will be in control in his own way. But that agreement doesn’t last long: later in the episode when they’re counting their profits from cooking, Walt snaps at Mike, saying he and Jesse shouldn’t have to be paying to keep shut the mouths of Mike’s arrested men.

But before Walt can get frustrated over how “little” (Walt would’ve killed for anything over $100,000 when he was still just a chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer a year ago, now he’s belittling it?), they need to find a place to cook, don’t they?

When they finally settle on selecting a lab from a large selection of potential meth-cooking prospects–all hand-picked by Saul–it’s not a conventional “out of sight” location: Walt decides it would be best if they cooked in fumigated houses. Yup, you read that properly: Walter White’s infamous blue meth is being cooked in plain sight, in unknowing peoples’ houses. It’s the perfect cover-up and a reflection of both Walter White’s genius and his recklessness, considering himself close to invincible.

After getting the team together and running the game-plan with the workers who’ll be posing as exterminators, Walt and Jesse head back to Jesse’s house to get ready and talk strategy. It’s there that Walt finally meets Brock, the little boy he poisoned at the end of last season to turn Jesse against Gus. While it’s not directly stated in any way, Walt feels guilty for what he did to such an innocent little thing. While Jesse and the boy’s mother, Andrea, are in Jesse’s room, Walt and Brock sit in silence, side by side on the couch. If only Brock knew the man who put him through hell was within touching distance.

The next morning, Walt and Jesse enter their first house to “fumigate” termites. It’s the first time the two have cooked meth together in a long, long time and the payoff is worth the wait. Vince Gilligan threw a few new, visually stunning scenes into the meth-making mix: all of the little chemical reactions that are supposedly taking place deep down in the molecular bounds of the blue meth compound can now be witnessed in full HD on a television near you.

While they’re waiting for the meth to cook, they drink beers and employ the host family’s television for their watching purposes, all the while discussing Jesse’s relationship status. No doubt it’s a way on Walt’s part to see if Jesse suspects him as being the reason Brock was poisoned at the end of the last season. What he ultimately does is get so much into Jesse’s head that Jesse breaks up with Andrea later that episode. We don’t see it happen but we sure as hell will see its repercussions later in the season.

Speaking of which, we’re finally starting to see the repercussions and effects of Walt’s cooking on Skyler’s behavior. In the past few seasons, it drove her to being a straight up bitch, throwing Walt out of the house and cheating on him with Ted,  but that was before she found out Walt had killed someone to keep them safe. This season, that knowledge forced her into an almost catatonic state, assisted into a break-down by Marie’s annoyingness at the car wash. When Marie confronts Walt about it, assuming (correctly) that it’s something he did, he convinces her that she’s just incredibly distressed by the fact that Ted may never walk again, simultaneously revealing the affair that took place between Ted and Skyler to his sister-in-law-in-law. Oh, Walt…you meth-cooking, conniving, sly sunnofabitch.

It’s a little ironic how things have turned out though: before it was Walt who was outcasted from the family by Skyler’s doing, now she’s been outcasted by her own doing, so removed from reality that she can’t even sit with the family while they’re all gathered watching Scarface.

Speaking of foreshadowing, this episode is chock-full of it. For starters, there was the moment where Walt and Al Pacino yelled Scarface’s trademark line in unison. We already know that it’s just a matter of time before Walt wields some major firepower of his own, but will Walt get to that drug-lord status and become so jaded with his status of “king?”

That’s another thing: this “king” business. While it may just be wishful thinking, there were a lot of shots of Walt sitting down with his hands on his knees–and not just in this episode, over the course of the season. One of these shots includes the one on the promo ad for the season, on which reads the tagline “All hail the king.” Has Walt really triumphed all and become the king of the southwest region? Or is there another person slowly rising (*cough* Hank *cough*) who can challenge Walt for this mantlepiece? After all, Marie is getting dangerously close to the truth, even if she doesn’t know it just yet…as is Hank (but he’s probably a little more aware than his purple-wearing wife is. It’s only a matter of time.

We’re almost halfway through the first half of the season, be sure to tune in next week for more Breaking Bad!