'Breaking Bad' Recap: It's Ladies' Night in Albuquerque
Skyler White (Anna Gunn) in the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode, 'Buried.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Buried" episode of "Breaking Bad" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Say her name: It's Mrs. Heisenberg. Because after five seasons of letting husband Walter White run the show, Skyler White took a stand.
Skyler had her chance to turn Walt in. Picking up from last week's explosive clash between Walt and Hank, in which the DEA agent told his brother-in-law he knew all about (well, mostly about) his meth-cooking operation, Walt and Hank both rushed to their phones to call Skyler. Hank got to her first and set up a meeting at a diner.
A shaken Skyler listened to him call Walt a monster and an animal, tell her to bring Walt Jr. and Holly to his house for safety, and then ask her to tell him the whole crazy Heisenberg tale while he ran a digital recorder.
But Skyler wasn't talking. She asked if she should get an attorney. But aside from that, as the wheels in her head were turning, she talked little, and listened to Hank. Hank was concerned for her and her kids, but it was just as evident that he desperately wants to get that monster. And, Skyler determined, it was just as evident that he had little evidence. So she admitted nothing, created a scene, and got out of the diner as fast and as admission-free as she could.
Later, after an exhausted and weakened Walt returned home and passed out in the White bathroom (the very bathroom where this portion of the "BB" saga began, with Hank's Walt Whitman discovery), Skyler assured her husband she had told Hank nothing. Walt said he would turn himself in if Skyler would only promise to keep all the money he's earned. But as much as she had, at various times, just wanted Walt out of her life, in whatever way that would be possible (once telling him she was waiting for his cancer to kick back up and kill him), she now decided this: "You can't give yourself up without giving up the money. That's the way this works, Walt. So maybe our best move here is to stay quiet."
The Whites vs. The Schraders
And in the other corner: Skyler's sister and Hank's wife, Marie, who also now fully (or mostly) knows what Walt and Skyler have been up to lo these many seasons. Marie knows what Hank knows about Walt, but more crushing to her is that she now knows Skyler knew about Walt's activities for quite a while, specifically before Hank got shot as a direct result of Heisenberg's dealings.
Marie answered Skyler's apology — the furthest she went to admitting anything in "Buried" — with a hard slap across her sister's face, and a brutal scene in which she tried to take baby Holly from the White house. And after Hank made her leave the baby behind as they got in their car and left, Marie made it clear where her loyalties lie, telling Hank, "You have to get him."
The revelations about Walt, and Walt and Skyler, not only pitted the sisters against each other, but showed the key aspects of their husbands' personalities that are likely to ultimately determine how "Breaking Bad" wraps up.
Walt's first instinct, upon finding out that Skyler met with Hank, was to assume that she spilled everything to her brother-in-law. He then went to Saul and arranged for his huge stash of money to be brought to him so he could bury it in the desert (hiding it from Skyler).