Originally Posted by JimWinVA
I had a totally different take. In Sky's interaction w/ Hank, she was quiet so she could draw out what Hank knows, while not admitting anything. She needed to know where she (and Walt) stood. Once he started really pressing, she deftly put him off getting a statement, then when he kept pushing, she brought up a lawyer. Once she knew everything she needed to know, she fought back hard and escalated to causing a scene so she could get the hell away from Hank. Her silence was strategic, highly plausible and evidence of her acquiring the abilities/mindset of one who's given herself over to the path of Bad.
Likewise, her silence w/ Marie was strategic, highly plausible and cunning. She couldn't really say anything real- other than her eventual apology- so she lets Marie steer the conversation. She can't bring herself to lie to Marie, so she allows Marie to get the implication that Hank is right, but w/o admitting anything. She just allows Marie to keep following further down a path of horror, never admitting a thing, until her wholly inadequate apology makes Marie snap. Skyler was just playing her cards close to her vest and doing her best to manage situations that are basically her worst fears realized. All the while doing her best to try and keep Walt safe and finally going completely over to his side.
Incredibly powerful scenes- among many tonight- that were true works of art imo. My enjoyment of this show tonight is surpassed only by the excitement of what I'm sure is more and even better to come.
You nailed it, Jim. Skyler did all the listening and no talking. She gave neither Hank nor Marie a word of evidence that could be used against her or Walt. They "know," but they have no admission or confession from her. She did exactly what a smart
suspect in an interrogation should do: say nothing and demand a lawyer right away. If only half my clients were as smart as her...
As trial lawyers often point out, when it comes to proving a case in court, it's not what you "know;" it's what you can prove. Hank knows it too, and Walt knows it, and apparently Skyler does too.
Jesse and Lydia and Todd are the only non-family loose ends who could possibly help Hank prove anything. Todd seems like he would never break, but I see a dead Lydia in the show's future. Who knows what is going to happen with Jesse, but I don't see him living through the last episode. I think there's a good chance he will die by his own hand from unbearable guilt and lack of hope of any kind of future. I suspect that Walt will find out, and Jesse's death will weigh on Walt's conscience, or what's left of it, for the rest of the series. Actions have consequences, Walt, right?