But now I just hit the halfway mark of season four, and holy crap do I just want to highlight a true Crowning Moment of Awesome.
For a character who can be a bit of a big galoot at times, and who's spent the past season's worth of episode recovering from being shot (and often, being a dick while doing so. Minerals?), my goodness is it satisfying at the end of "Problem Dog" when Hank takes tiny pieces of evidence, starting with a serial number on a Los Pollos Hermanos napkin, to put it all together:
Hank: I mean, what do we know about Gustavo Fring, huh? This whole "friend of law enforcement" thing? Could be a case of keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. I mean, he's got the money to finance this operation, maybe he's got the connections, too. Maybe - just maybe - he's our guy.The way he sells that last portion, knowing about the last bombshell he's about to drop, wow. All he does it sit back and let it sink in.
Merkert: Hank, no offense, but I think you're really reaching.
Gomez: If your guy had his meeting at KFC, you wouldn't immediately assume that he's sitting down with Colonel Sanders.
Hank: You know, I couldn't agree more, guys. Gustavo Fring, blue meth...Whole thing is off-the-map nuts. I ought to be wearing a tinfoil hat, you know? Except I can't seem to wrap my mind around this one little thing, and that is [pause] what are Gustavo Fring's fingerprints [pause] doing in Gale Boetticher's apartment?