Hazard Pay is in many ways a real workhorse episode. We're three episodes into an eight-episode mini-season, and the writers are realising, "Uh oh, we have to go somewhere with this story quickly." As such, it moves the tale of Walt, Jesse and Mike's new joint business venture along at a comparatively breakneck speed, in comparison to the series' usual crawling storytelling. In this one episode, we establish the new meth business, fully stock it, complete a cook and divide the spoils. It's a lot to take in one shot, but the writing pulls it off. It works because whilst a lot goes on in "Hazard Pay," it isn't an action-heavy episode. There are no guns fired and no shouting, apart from one particular scene.