“The Guy For This”.
|Posted: 03 March 2020 at 12:37am | IP Logged | 8
Another great episode, with lots of interesting parallels drawn between Jimmy, Kim, and Nacho, who are all trapped in situations that they’d much rather not be in. The brilliant and bizarre opening with the ants (complete with what sounds like Swiss mountain-climber music) is a nice bit of symbolism for Jimmy abandoning the “sweet life” (ice cream) by getting involved with Lalo.
And, of course, Jimmy working for Lalo and Nacho ties up that loose end from his very first appearance in BREAKING BAD, when he feared that Lalo had sent Walt and Jesse to kill him (for reasons as yet unknown), and so he tried to blame Nacho. And, in another of the countless instances of the show being mindful of the details, Lalo mentions the incident from the very earliest episodes of BCS, with Tuco wanting to kill the twin skateboarders, and Jimmy talking him out of it.
Great scene between Nacho and his father, and one which also echoes Kim’s meeting wit the equally-stubborn Mr. Acker. One of the joys of this show is how it’s willing to play almost an entire scene between a father and son in Spanish (with subtitles). Really adds to the verisimilitude, as does Lalo’s tongue constantly slipping in and out of Spanish, himself.
We finally get a good slice of Kim’s backstory, which really crystallizes why she’s such a self-made lawyer, and why she’s determined to help the less-fortunate. Mr. Acker questioning how she sleeps at night very clearly hits home for her. And her Mesa Verde work has increasingly—for several seasons, now—become an albatross around her neck, one which has been interfering with the work she really loves: helping the downtrodden. Contrast that with Jimmy/proto-Saul, who now casually refers to his clients as “scumbags” and “@$$holes”.
No surprise, thanks to the promotional buzz for this season, but we get a welcome visit from BREAKING BAD’s Hank and Gomez. Which makes perfect sense, because Krazy-8 was said to be their informant waaaaayyyy back in episode 4 of that series. And now we finally know how that happened. Seeing proto-Saul go up against Hank also brought back fond memories, and you can start to see the proper Saul Goodman persona slipping into place, since it helps Jimmy deal with situations like the one he’s found himself in with Krazy-8.
Speaking of whom, it’s been said many times how much the cast and crew of BREAKING BAD loved working with Max Arciniega, and how much they regretted killing off Krazy-8 only three episode into BREAKING BAD. I can personally note that the exact moment I fell in love with the show was when, after Walt and Krazy-8’s heart-to-heart, Walt noticed that missing shard of broken plate, and realized that he had to kill Krazy-8. Anyway, the producers were clearly thrilled at the chance to bring Arciniega back for BETTER CALL SAUL, and now he’s getting a lot more to do, this season.
Gonna be interesting to see how this all plays out, what with Lalo basically siccing the DEA on Gus and his operation.
Not much time with Mike, this week, but what little we see is very effective. Again, we see just how driven by guilt he is when he drunkenly demands that the photo of the Sydney Opera House (a reminder of Werner) be removed from the bar.
The final scene with Jimmy and Kim chucking the bottles together in frustration is a poignant parallel to their earlier toast on the balcony. Misery loves company, but we’re starting to see the seeds of what may well end up driving these two apart for good. They both feel trapped. We know for sure that Jimmy will remain trapped in the criminal underworld. But Kim may not remain trapped in the unfulfilling world of banking law. Hopefully.