Can you believe that the last four and a half seasons have only taken place over the course of one year, Walter White time (a slightly different variation of GMT and EST)? Even harder to believe is that the events of next few episodes–leading up to Walt’s 52nd birthday in his new, New Hampshire life and ultimately the series finale–will have to transpire in one-fifth of the time the rest of the series took to tell Walt’s story. Until then, we’ll have to “wait.”

Speaking of “waiting,” remember to tip your servers at restaurants well that’s been quite a theme in this week’s episode. But we’ll get to that later: you’ll have to “wait” to read it, if you will.

The episode commemorating Walter White’s 51st birthday starts off with him and Jr. fixing up his car; you know, the one that’s been beaten up time and time again in his blue meth exploits. It’s travelled a long, hard, gun-shot ridden road and it deserves the best makeover a car can get. But after putting $18,000 into fixing his iconic mode of transport, however, Walt sells it to the mechanic who had just been praising it moments before. How much does Walt get for it?

$50. While it’s certainly not enough to put a dent in the $600,000 he needs to earn back before the cancer kills him, it’s a nice shout-out to the fact that this is Breaking Bad’s 50th episode. Oh, and it gives Heisenberg a chance to make a brief reappearance when Walt rediscovers his bowler hat.

Following Walt’s going down in history as being the worst car-salesman of all time, he decides to celebrate by taking Jr. out to get each of them a new, leased car. Much to Skyler’s dismay, this only formulates more opportunities for Walt and his son to bond. Additionally, it contradicts her views from last season that Jr. shouldn’t have the high-horsepower sportscar that he’s currently attracting girls with.

While it’s never explicitly stated, Walt celebrates the fact that he’s almost seamlessly fitting back into his family; the almost here spelled “Skyler wants either Walt or the kids out of the house as soon as possible.” Luckily for her, it doesn’t take too long for her to get her wish–in that, she finds her own little celebration. In fact, this very celebration takes place while a mix of celebrations converge at Walt’s 51st birthday get-together.

The birthday scene plays as one of those “everything that can go wrong will go wrong scenes” out of a terribly written romantic comedy, probably one starring Katherine Hiegel as the florist who falls in love with an arsonist.

On the way to the White residence, Marie revealed to Hank that his sister-in-law had an affair with Ted and for this very reason the marriage has hit a rough patch. While this put a damper on Hank’s celebrating the fact that he’s practically promoted to head of the DEA, it also makes the sit-down at the poolside table in Walt’s backyard very awkward. While Walter Jr. is rambling about how great his car is, the adults are tense and hoping to avoid drama, albeit each couple have very different ideas of what the drama at hand is. Walt attempts to defuse the tension, nonchalantly rambling about how life has changed since he was diagnosed with cancer 364 days ago, while Skyler is in the background, staring into the pool. It’s almost poetic how, while Walt is indirectly talking about how “blue” changed his life, Skyler is contemplating ending hers in the blue in front of her. And before Walt gets to blow out his candles, she jumps in to drown herself. In a way, she found a way to blow out his metaphorical candle. And thus her celebration begins.

With such an unstable environment in the White residence, Hank and Marie are forced to take in the kids for a few days, leaving Walt and Skyler to sort out their disagreements. Skyler considers this a victory because the kids are far away from the potential harm Walt could bring upon his residence. Walt tries to reassure Skyler that Gus was the danger and he’s gone now, that everything is safe. And then Skyler snaps back with the thought that was on all of our minds: “I thought you were the danger.”

While she has no plans to keep the kids away from Walt for good (not any that Walt could foil without breaking a sweat), she does have one that’s virtually fool-proof: “wait.” Wait for the cancer to kill Walt and all of this to be over. Needless to say, Walt won’t be getting that “birthday sex” everyone seems to rave about.

In the meantime, Walt’s got some waiting of his own to do as well: one of the key ingredients to their making blue meth is either allegedly being tracked by the DEA or is in the hands of a crazy woman, the Lydia we met a few episodes back. Either way, it’s not going to be easy making blue from here on out, not with Lydia involved in the situation. For this reason, Mike catches a plane to kill her–you know, just your average business trip.

Luckily for Walt, he can count the time that passes until their operation starts up again by staring at the birthday gift Jesse got him: a gorgeous Rolex watch. But, aside from just being the watch, it’s commemorative of how views on Walt can change in the blink of an eye. Just like Skyler wants the cancer to kill Walt, Jesse had wanted Walt dead not too long ago–and look how that turned out.

As mentioned earlier, there was a great deal of the “waiting” them in the episode, or time in general, as blatantly portrayed in the final shot of the episode. As Walt dozes off, the shot focuses in on the watch Jesse got him: clocks are the literal interpretation of “waiting.” We pass time by staring at clocks, even if not actively so. Time is in the back of our minds and it’s only a matter of time–now that Hank has been promoted–that Walt will have to go head to head with his brother-in-law. It’s only a matter of time before Jesse’s trust and compassion towards Walt is betrayed when he finds out Walt poisoned Brock. And it’s only a matter of time before we’re in that Denny’s, a year from now and almost exactly two years after Walt’s cancer diagnosis, ready to see where life has taken Walt.

Equally significant was the importance of breakfast, for once. While it’s typically just a way to have Walter Jr. in the show, breakfast signified the time gap between the halfway point of the season and the opening scene of the season, with Walt doing his traditional “break the birthday bacon over the eggs” ritual in a Denny’s. So, what we do know is that Walt won’t die from the cancer in the upcoming year–or die at all for that matter–but he may have been going out in a final blaze of glory in the opening scene of the season. It’ll be interesting to see if that scene will be continued in this half of the fifth season or–like the teddy bear in season two–if it will simply set up the events for the last half of season five next summer.

Until then, we’ll just have to wait.