Robert Maxwell wrote:
I knew Walt was going to concoct the malfunctioning gas pump story just before he did.
His downfall with these made-up stories is that he has to explain them in such detail. It's what makes him such an obvious liar. A good lie is short and simple. The longer you spin out the tale, the more it's obvious you're trying to convince the listener that it's true, rather than take it as a given.
Good point. All Walt really needed to say was that he spilled some gas on his clothes at the gas station, and it got into the carpet. End of story. No need for all the theatrics.