Originally Posted by 19braves77
Lot of parrells with the characters in this episode:
Jessie one time asked Walt if he just wanted to hang out and ride go carts. Walt asked the vacuum man to stay. it's the first time Walt has no one to talk too.
When Skylar is asked is she is even listening, she responds the same way Walt did when the doctor is informing him he has cancer.
When skyler was talking to Todd in Holly's room she said the same thing that Ted said to her when she visited him in the hospital. "I promise I will never breathe a word about this....
When Crazy 8 was held captive by Walt! he was offered a sand which. Tonight Todd offers Jesse ice cream.
When Walt is telling Walt Jr that he has cancer, Walt jr. Gets upset because Walt isn't willing to fight because of the potential money strain treatment will put on the family. he says in season 1: "Then why don't you just die already? Just give up and die. Tonight he says, " Why don't you just die already? Just die."
Did Gray Matter cause Walt to leave the bar or hearing that Blue Magic is still on the streets ?
I noticed all of these except the last one. I didn't pick up on the Walt, Jr. callback.
As far as your question, in my opinion, it was both. It was sort of piggybacking on Walt's biggest fear as recalled to Jesse in the first half of season one that he once missed out on one empire, and he didn't want to miss on a second. Hearing Gretchen and Elliot outright dismiss his contributions to the company basically went hand in hand with hearing the blue meth was back on the streets. For one, he knew that Jack never killed Jesse because both Lydia and Jack kept telling Walt that Todd couldn't get the recipe right, but for two, it meant that Jack was stealing Walt's money as well as his work. Given he already wanted to kill Jack's crew for murdering Hank and, in his mind, ruining his family, I think they both kind of led to him deciding to fight back rather than surrender to the DEA.