March 24, 2020 at 2:31 pm #1203393031
This could be a strong writing contender, besides the finale.March 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm #1203393037
That last scene was baffling. Like, huh? The conference room scene was absolutely riveting, and I of course love seeing Mike work for Gus and Nacho being caught in the middle.March 30, 2020 at 3:38 am #1203400674
Episode Title: “JMM”
Synopsis: Jimmy and Kim build a legal firewall with help from Huell; Kim sets things straight with her clients as Jimmy is compromised by his; Gus calms troubled waters in service of his plot to build an empire; Mike does damage control.
Discuss.March 30, 2020 at 9:07 pm #1203402055
Great episode. All six principle were very strong tonight. Either Odenkirk (that ending speech) or Esposito (the unflinching chicken explosion walk) were my MVP here. Last week’s final line now makes much more sense. Jimmy and Kim’s wedding was a good mix of awkwardly funny, kinda cute, and sad. The Kim of just one season ago would’ve never married Jimmy so that he can cheat the law system. Their relationship may be endearing, but it’s clear that he’s got his hooks into her, even if he’s not really trying to do so. Moving back to the comedy of the scenario, when I get married, I want Huell as my best man. I love that guy.
It’s always a delight to see Jimmy and Mike working together. I was a bit worried that their prior phone call might be their only interaction this season after they only met for scene which ended with them not teaming up in season 4, so it’s good to have more of them together this time around. Odenkirk and Banks have a wonderful chemistry together, and while I don’t want them to be forced into each other’s company, it’s still a bit of a shame that they’re separated from each other so frequently.
While not his worst action (I’d say that’s his horrifically cruel treatment of poor Irene in season 3), Jimmy’s treatment of Howard here might just be his pettiest. Last finale seemed to make it clear that Jimmy’s got no love left for Chuck (who can blame him), so lying to Howard that his actions against him have been revenge for killing a brother he hates, even though he was the real catalyst for it, and already saw how broken up Howard was about falsely believing he’s responsible is, to put it lightly, a major dick move. I personally wonder if everything’s he’s done against Howard is due to Jimmy having non resolved guilt regarding Chuck’s death. Jimmy may no longer have affection for his older brother, but their relationship was extremely complicated, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s been harboring pain for his involvement in Chuck’s undoing all this time. Seeing Howard could have brought that out, and caused him to take his feelings out on him instead of actually acknowledging them. I don’t know, it’s just a little theory of mine. I found the execution of this moment very interesting. After giving Jimmy a humanizing moment of remorse, we’re reminded of just how nasty he can be. Cause, despite all his charm and moments of sympathy, Saul Goodman is still a nasty individual.
Mentioning Chuck, I hope we can get another cameo from him before the season’s done. I’ll understand if they can’t fit him in, as there’s only so much they can do with flashbacks, but I hope they can find a meaningful way to show us another glimpse of Chuck again like last time. The show’s remained strong without him, but Chuck and Michael McKean’s towering performance have definitely been missed.
Moving back to the actual episode, I wonder how much longer Nacho is going to remain in the narrative. It feels like his plot is really starting to get down to the wire, and I don’t know how much longer it can be stretched out. I wouldn’t be too shocked if we see him make his exit in this season. If that happens, in a similar vein to what I said about Chuck and Michael McKean, Nacho and Michael Mando will be missed. Also, since I’m talking about Nacho, let me talk about that scene between him and Gus.
Honestly, it made me feel like I was watching Breaking Bad again. Breaking Bad had a knack for turning what sounds ridiculous into something awesome. Better Call Saul has done so as well, but less frequently. But this might top anything in either series when it comes to the sheer ridiculous awesomeness. I never thought that a Mexican drug lord who runs a fast food joint blowing up his restaurant with a chicken while walking away without even looking (an overused cliche, but it’s very much in character for Gus) could be so cool. In the hands of most shows, such an idea would come across as utterly laughable and stupid, but here, the sheer seriousness of how the scene was played brought it that classic Gilliganverse style, while actually accelerating the humor of it. I’d say this was probably Giancarlo Esposito’s best work this season so far.
Overall, a lot to like in this episode. As I said before, every main cast member was very game here, which is probably the first time that’s happened this season, with at least one of them usually being out of focus, absent, or just not having showy material. As always, I’m looking forward to next week.
CORRECTION: It was a turkeyMarch 31, 2020 at 10:21 am #1203402824
This episode was insane from start to finish it didn’t let up. I was just saying in a previous post that I was hoping Esposito would get more to work with…and boy did he. He was absolute perfection in this episode and would make a winning submission, hopefully he makes it in he so deserves to. Odenkirk continues to awe me as Saul and just how much further down the rabbit hole he goes. Everyone was fantastic and this is another iconic episode.March 31, 2020 at 11:04 am #1203402955
The season is shaping up to be a terrific one. Odenkirk has a winning tape, but I’m actually happy that Esposito got good material. The episode was superb, from start to finish.March 31, 2020 at 11:54 am #1203403115
This episode would be a great tape to Odenkirk.
Emmys FYC: Freddie Highmore in Best Drama Actor for "The Good Doctor", Jane Levy in Best Comedy Actress for "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist", "What We Do in the Shadows" and "After Life" in Best Comedy Series, "Ozark" and "Better Call Saul" in all categories.April 1, 2020 at 7:25 am #1203404561
I actually enjoyed last week’s episode, but this one just seemed par for the course for the season. I increasingly find it hard to believe that anyone puts up with Jimmy’s antics. Peter Gould is really hyping the remaining episodes though.
With the slate of Barry, Chernobyl, Fleabag, Russian Doll, Succession, Watchmen and When They See Us being wiped clean because of shows ending or being delayed, Better Call Saul is looking good to finally rule the top-ten lists at the end of the year.April 1, 2020 at 8:03 am #1203404576
For some reason, I’m predicting Seehorn now.
Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, SurvivorApril 2, 2020 at 3:44 am #1203406021
Definitely one of my favorite series, I can’t wait to continue. I like to review it
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Finally some meaningful screentime for Giancarlo Esposito! It feels like he hasn’t been utilized well so far this season, so Gus’s scenes were nice to see. Seeing Lydia still pop up in this story makes me smile. Laura Fraser is great every time she’s on here. Loved the scenes between Nacho and Mike. I’m kinda hoping the endgame for Nacho is that he gets out of all this alive somehow, but having to play both sides between Gus and Lalo can’t end well. Jimmy and Kim’s “marriage,” meh whatever. As fulfilling as it should have been to see Saul tell off Howard in public like that, it so wasn’t for some reason. Very uncomfortable scene there, and Bob Odenkirk really overdid it at the end. It doesn’t feel like only three episodes left for the season. What will I do lol? Wish the season had been longer, especially now.April 6, 2020 at 8:19 pm #1203413448
Wow. Brilliant episode. One of the series’ best, and so far, the best of this season. I think this’ll be their contender in writing and directing. It felt a lot like Breaking Bad. While Better Call Saul undeniably shares a similar style and feel with its sequel, the show has still differentiated itself enough to feel like its own thing, which makes this episode feel so special.
It’s funny looking back on how I wrote about enjoying Saul and Mike sharing a scene last episode after it seemed like their short phone call a few episodes ago might’ve been their only interaction this season. I’m so glad that wasn’t the case. It’s great that the show’s finally found a way to have nearly a whole episode between them, showcasing their excellent chemistry. Both of them were exceptional tonight, some of their very best work on the show. Based on what we’ve seen so far, this should be Odenkirk and Banks’ tapes. They’re both win worthy this season, and I’d love to see one of them pull it off.
Seehorn and Dalton were also great in their two scenes here. This is probably the former’s best season yet. She’s managed to top herself every season so far. The latter continues to prove why adding him to the main cast was a great decision. He’s a different kind or villain then we usually see in this universe, and a very exciting one. I don’t know if it’s going to happen this season or the next one, but I’m fairly certain that Kim and Lalo meeting is going to lead to some pretty bad shit. You could see the wheels turning in his head. Combine that with Mike’s questioning of Jimmy telling her about his business, and you know that things are likely going to get dangerous for Kim. Fingers crossed she’ll be okay.
Hats off to Vince Gilligan’s direction. The whole thing looked great, and you could really feel the growing exhaustion of the characters throughout the runtime. Props to Gordon Smith’s writing as well. Almost the entire episode was two guys who we know won’t bite it walking through the desert, and yet, I never felt bored.
Someone posted on here a little while back that there were rumors about this episode being big. Turns out, they were right. This is definitely a contender for the best season of the show. I’m very excited for next week. We’ll get to see how everything tonight ends up paying off, and it’ll be good to see tonight’s absentee actors back in action after sitting this one out. Overall, another great night of television from Better Call Saul.
And that was probably the best piss drinking I’ve seen since Silicon Valley.
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