“Even conservatively speaking I can say you bought yourself some real time here.” Poor guy can’t catch a break though, as soon as he’s out, out goes Skyler, and there’s more trouble ahead now that he’s partially exposed. But at least Walt can stop worrying about the cancer for a while…say, if he no longer looks like the man we saw in the pilot, and won’t probably die anytime soon, then who exactly are we dealing with? This question is thematically addressed throughout season 3 as Walt struggles to establish his identity in the perilously devouring drug world.
“Lies on top of lies…” Similar to the episodic flashforwards, the cell-phone lie was introduced earlier in 2.01 and 2.03, planting the seeds of suspicion in Skyler. Once more in a hospital bed, once more the concerned family by his side, though this time the sedation state proves far worse than the false fugue state: Walt accidentally gives away the second cell phone secret and the facade is broken. Not surprisingly, Skyler doesn’t take it well at all, in fact she does the right thing in leaving him, using her best judgment (quoting the Doctor, not so out of place) and leaving no room for his bullshit rationales. Funnily enough, her reaction is the absolute opposite of Walt’s vision of the ” supportive” Skyler who’d comfort him with a reassuring “I understand”(see 2.02)!
“Whatever it is, I’m afraid to know.” Perhaps Walt didn’t pay close attention to the signs, of Skyler justifiably growing distant. But although the consequences prove to be at times severe, things will not stay the same.
“We’ll be here when you wake up.” Later on we see Walt and Skyler’s newfound, fruitful partnership in the criminal world, coming to a devastating end in “Ozymandias”, where in a gut-wrenching climax to the Whites’ story, it’s Walt who leaves with the baby instead.