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"I.F.T." is the third episode of the third season of Breaking Bad and the twenty-third episode altogether.

Teaser

In a flashback sequence, Hank Schrader's DEA informant, the late Tortuga, holds court at a seedy Mexican cantina. Tortuga receives a birthday present — a large tortoise — from "El Jefe," his boss. "It's perfect!" says Tortuga, delighted until the boss writes "HOLA DEA" (translation : 'Hello/Hey/Hi DEA') on the reptile's back. The Cousins step out of a back room. One holds Tortuga down as the other cuts off his head with a machete.

Summary

Mike Ehrmantraut, watching Walter White from outside his house after the Cousins' clandestine visit, phones to report that Walt is still alive. "I'm assuming Saul Goodman doesn't need to know," he says.

Skyler White arrives home to find Walt inside. She insists she won't enter until he leaves. "It's my house too, Skyler, and I'm staying," Walt tells her. Skyler threatens to call the police to remove him. "This family is everything to me," Walt says. "Without it, I have nothing to lose. So, do what you have to do." Skyler asks the dispatcher to send officers immediately. Walt calmly grades papers unfazed.

Returning home, Walter White Jr. is elated to see his father. The two are catching up, eating toasties, when the doorbell rings. "You called the cops on Dad?" Walter Jr. asks Skyler. Walt is trespassing, she tells one of the officers. After questioning if she's been struck, he replies that because her husband hasn't behaved violently and the couple isn't legally separated or divorced, Walt has the right to remain if his name is also on the lease.

"I haven't been the most attentive husband lately," Walt confesses while feeding Holly a bottle. The officer indicates that Skyler needs to "help me out" if she wants Walt removed. "Is it possible maybe he's broken any laws?" he asks. Skyler doesn't respond. "It's my mom's fault," Walter Jr. tells the other officer. "My dad, he is a great guy. He's done nothing wrong."

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Jesse listening to Jane's voice

The officers leave. "Don't blame your mother for this," Walt tells his son. "Welcome home," Skyler says coldly, as she takes Holly from Walt's arms. Jesse sits alone on the floor in his empty house, calling Jane Margolis's old cell phone number to hear the sound of her voice on the voicemail greeting. Saul pays Jesse Pinkman a visit. "If you get the maestro cooking again," Saul proposes, "I'll make it worth your while." He agrees to try, then shows him the door. After Saul departs, Jesse resumes repeatedly dialing Jane's number to hear her voice.

Hank, out with Steven Gomez, informs his partner that "El Paso wants me back." The Cousins escort Tio Salamanca to a meeting with Gustavo Fring and Juan Bolsa — the man Tortuga called "El Jefe" (i.e. The Chief or Boss). Bolsa introduces Tio as Don Salamanca and the two men as Tuco Salamanca's cousins. Bolsa says that Walt supplied, then betrayed Tuco, and their tradition demands "Blood must be repaid by blood." Gus requests that they postpone vengeance until his business with Walt is concluded. Tio rings his bell furiously in response.

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The Cousins escort Tio to a drug summit

Privately, Bolsa warns Gus to finish the business with Walt quickly, "Or you risk losing the good graces of the cartel." As for the Cousins, Bolsa can't guarantee they'll listen to him and delay exacting revenge.

Walt, sleeping on the floor of Holly White's bedroom, wakes up when he hears his daughter crying in Skyler's room. Walt asks if he can come in and help, but Skyler doesn't respond. When he asks to use her bathroom, she remains silent and door remains shut. Frustrated, he urinates in the kitchen sink.

Skyler updates her lawyer about Walt's return home. "Give me all the facts," the lawyer encourages, reminding Skyler that attorney-client privilege ensures the confidentiality of anything she discloses. After contemplating, Skyler relents, "My husband makes meth." He's an amphetamine "cook", she reveals having looked online.

"Sue your husband for divorce immediately," the lawyer advises. "Let me go to the police," she continues. "This is a no-brainer." Skyler hesitates. "I don't want my son to find out that his father is a criminal," she says, adding that Walt has terminal lung cancer. "I can't see why I should lay all this on my family when things may soon resolve themselves on their own."

At a dive bar, Hank tells Gomez that errands and packing are delaying his return to El Paso. "Come on, man," Gomez says. "I'd be dying to get back in the action." Hank fights back an anxiety attack in the bathroom, then leaves to stash his gun in his SUV. Returning to the bar, he picks a fight with two "dirt-balls," repeatedly bashing one man's head against the floor before finally identifying himself as DEA.

That night, a forlorn Jesse repeatedly calls Jane's voicemail until he hears a new message: "This number is no longer in service." Jesse's crushed at the loss of the very last remnants he has of Jane. The next morning in the desert, inside the RV, a determined Jesse prepares to start cooking meth again. At home, Walt leaves a duffel bag stuffed full of cash in full view. "Can we talk?" he asks Skyler when she discovers it.

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Hank and Gomez coordinating stories

At the DEA, Gomez tells Hank the ASAC wants to see him. As far as their boss knows, the suspects attacked Hank while Gomez was outside, calling for backup. Gomez tells Hank that he didn't mention in his report "that you left your gun under the car seat before you went back inside."

Back at home, Walt reasons with Skyler that this money will put both kids through college and cover the mortgage and other expenses after he's gone. Something she could never afford on a part time book-keeping salary. "What I've done for this money, I will have to live with," he admits. "But all of the sacrifices that I have made for this family," he says, "will be for nothing if you don't accept what I've earned." Then reiterates that he definitely did earn it! Skyler glowers at Walt accusingly, listens to him, but utters not a word.

Later at Beneke, Skyler touches Ted Beneke's shoulder. They kiss surreptitiously. "Are your kids home?" she asks seductively. Ted nods no, hardly believing his luck. When Skyler returns home that evening, Walter, Jr. and Louis Corbett are watching TV while Walt cooks dinner, a pot-roast. "I feel good about our talk this morning," Walt tells Skyler. He's eager to hear how she feels, he continues as he tosses a salad. "Honesty is good. Don't you think?"

Skyler confronts Walt, grabs the salad bowl out of his hands, then coldly utters..."I fucked Ted..."  

Her arrow flung, she searches in Walt's eyes for it to pierce. Walt can hardly believe his ears. Skyler turns away from Walt, walks out the kitchen and calls the boys down to dinner, leaving a wounded Walt stunned speechless, slowly seething...  

Credits

Co-Starring

  • Caleb Jones as Louis
  • James Espinoza as Beto
  • Daniel Champine as Rookie Partner
  • Shari Rhodes as Bingo Lady

Uncredited

Official Photos

Trivia

  • The animated show that Walt Jr. and his friend are watching is an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force from season six titled: "Chick Magnet." The character on screen was Master Shake.
  • The "I.F.T" of the title is an acronym for "I fucked Ted", which Skyler quotes at the end of the episode.
  • Uncensored on home video. Skyler says, "I fucked Ted."
  • The seconds hand on the clock over the copy machine at Beneke Fabricators is not moving.
  • One of the "dirt-balls" Hank gets into a fight with is played by mixed martial artist, Keith Jardine, who formerly fought in the UFC.
  • Tortuga was killed by a machete, a possible nod/reference to the Danny Trejo movie Machete.
  • The car the Cousins steal to transport Hector from Casa Tranquila to the meeting is a 2006 Toyota Sienna. 
  • This 'S3.03' ep. the Salamanca/Gus meeting on Gus's turf is mirrored in End of Days and finally Face Off (at the end of S4) on Tio's turf - Rm '303' of the nursing home - this time it is Gus that says "Blood must be repaid by blood." Again, but with the last word, Tio rings his bell furiously in their final 'face off.' [BLAM] 
  • The owner of the transport van, the redhead lady with the black glasses who says "Hello" to the Cousins is famed casting director Shari Rhodes, who passed just months before this episode aired. This episode ends with a dedication credit to her. 
  • Tortuga makes a comment in Spanish to the bartender at the beginning of the show. The comment is: "There are two kinds of people in this world: those who pour drinks and those who drink. Now shut up and fill my glass." This comment is reminiscent of the phrase used by Tuco and Blondie in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. In that movie, Tuco starts a few statements with the same first words "There are two kinds of people in this world..." and then he finishes the statement with a comment relevant to the situation. At the end of the movie, Clint Eastwood's character, Blondie, mocks Tuco by telling him: "There are two kinds of people in this world, my friend: those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."
  • Giancarlo Esposito makes a slight mistake in Spanish in the scene when Gus meets with Juan Bolsa and the Salamancas. He misplaces the accent on the word "importará", pronouncing it as "imporTAra" when it should be "importaRA".

Memorable Quotes

"I’ve done a terrible thing. But I did it for a good reason. I did it for us. That is college tuition for Walter Junior–and Holly eighteen years down the road. That is health insurance for you and the kids. For Junior’s physical therapy, his SAT tutor. It’s money for groceries, for gas, for birthdays and graduation parties. Skyler, that money is for this roof over your head, the mortgage you are not going to be able to afford on a part-time bookkeeper’s salary when I’m gone. This money – I didn’t steal it. It doesn’t belong to anyone else. I earned it. The things I’ve done to earn it, the things that I’ve had to do – I’ve got to live with them. Skyler, all that I’ve done, all the sacrifices that I have made for this family–all of it will be for nothing if you don’t accept what I’ve earned. Please. I’ll be here when you get home from work. You can give me your answer then."
―Walter trying to justify his criminal activities with Skyler.

Walter: "Honesty is good. Don't you think?"
Skyler: "I fucked Ted."
—Skyler playing the game of honesty proposed by Walter.

Featured Music

  • "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" Unknown Artist & Anna Gunn (as Skyler) (playing in the car as Skyler drives Holly home)
  • "Unknown Track #1" by Unknown Artist (Music is heard from a passing car as Hank gets a call from Merkert)
  • "The Cousins" by Dave Porter (as The Cousins steal the car and arrive with Tio at the meeting)
  • "Loaded for Bear" by The Amboy Dukes (playing in the dive bar Hank and Gomez talk in)
  • "Tush" by ZZ Top (playing in the bar when Hank picks a fight with two customers)