Summary: A flashback shows Jimmy working with his father at is convenience store. Jimmy's father gets conned. In the present, Jimmy gets himself fired without cause at Davis and Main so he can keep his bonus money. He goes to Kim with a deal to be partners in a new firm he wants to create with her. Kim declines and chooses to go to her interview with Schweikart. However, she realizes that she needs to be a solo practitioner and offers Jimmy a new deal: 2 different practices working together. Mike frees Tuco of the gun charge but keeps his gaze set on Hector.
The Good: This was another very good episode of Better Call Saul which continued to move things along nicely.
The opening sequence in this episode was terrific. It ties back to Chuck's story from "Rebecca" but this time we see Jimmy's story and it's easy to understand why he did what he did. His dad was a sucker and was already destined for failure; after all if Jimmy wasn't taking money from the till, his father would be giving it out to random strangers who are conning him. I love this because it features a very realistic element of life: the fact that when there is a conflict, there are always 2 sides to each story. We can understand why Chuck blames Jimmy for what happened to their father, but we can also understand why Jimmy did what he did and why it seemed to be the right thing for him to do. This is excellent exploration of morally grey territory and it helps us realize that in this brotherly conflict, neither Jimmy nor Chuck are completely in the right. This brotherly relationship has silently been the best thing about this season despite Jimmy and Chuck only having interacted a total of 2 times in this season. That's a sign of some expert writing.
I also enjoyed that we got to see Jimmy and Mike together again, albeit briefly. their storylines have diverged a lot, so it is good to see them coming together even if it is for just a single scene. Their interactions remain hilarious and I loved seeing Jimmy trying to talk to Mike about Tuco but getting rebuffed by an irritated Mike. It was a funny scene but it also served to tell us that Mike till feels some anger towards Hector and isn't ready to let this situation go just yet.
I think the Jimmy storyline was the absolute highlight in this episode though. After taking a bit of a backseat in the past few episodes, Jimmy becomes the focus again and I is fantastic. His firing from Davis and Main was superbly executed from start to finish. The initial letter he tried to make Omar write was great and it allowed for a hilarious moment of realization when Jimmy realized he would lose his money if he quit. Of course that comedy was nothing compared to the amazing sequence that followed (see: Best Moment) which had me laughing hard every 10 seconds with a new joke. More on that stellar sequence later though. Back to Jimmy though, I enjoyed him trying to at least be decent to those that were good to him when he quits. He is kind to Omar and tells Cliff he's a good guy (and Cliff has a hilarious response). It showed Jimmy's humanity after all the colourful antics he performs to get himself fired.
The follow up on the Jimmy storyline may not be as awesome to watch but the storytelling remains impressive. I was happy to see him try to make a deal with Kim; he had tried once before and it makes sense that he would want to continue working with her. Their relationship has been well developed throughout the season and I can buy that they would both really want to work together. But more than that, I can also buy that Kim is aware of Jimmy's "colourful" nature and would want to stay away from that. Their conversation as nice and I loved that they both accepted that Jimmy would be Jimmy no matter what. A lesser show would take these conflicting ideals and use it to create drama later on, but Better Call Saul is smarter than that. This show acknowledges that these 2 are long time friends and no each other and would be honest to each other. It's a brilliant touch which I respect a lot.
Kim's story was also very good in this episode. Her ultimately making the decision to listen to Jimmy was given the appropriate time, which I was happy about. her decision could have come out of nowhere, but just a few scenes of her contemplating her next move and the small "Howard" she said to Schweikart helped make the decision feel real. And buy the time Kim came to Jimmy with her new idea, I believed that she would have come up with it and that she would be excited t follow through with something like that.
Lastly, I loved Jimmy's return into the nail salon. The Cocobolo desk getting a conversation was some nice downtime and it fit in with what e know of Jimmy. I like that Omar got a little more development too. he was a genuinely likeable person and I wouldn't complain if he makes a quick appearance later in the show. Jimmy changing his voicemail was a fantastic little character moment too, showing how he has changed from the man he was in season 1. And of course, it's great to have that crappy yellow car back. I missed it more than I ever imagined.
The Bad: The only flaw I have with this is the inconsistency of time. Jimmy's sequence looks like it should have taken about a month or so considering how many things he does and how many different suit combinations we see him wearing but then we see that Kim hasn't even been interviewed yet by the time he is fired. It's a small issue but it still exists.
The Unknown: Will Jimmy agree to Kim's offer? I am sure that he will since I can't imagine him saying no.
What does Mike want from Hector? What good will stalking him do? What plan does he have in mind? Will he communicate with Nacho about it?
Why did Jimmy have the film crew in his office? What is he planning to use them for? Is he making another commercial?
Best Moment: The sequence was really incredible. There was some really special editing and effects throughout which made it a very visually pleasing sequence; probably the most beautifully constructed montage on the show thus far. I appreciated the short scenes intertwined in the sequence too as they always had some really hilarious lines and moments. Whether it was Jimmy not flushing or "dude, I'm from Michigan", I was laughing non-stop throughout. And to top it off, I love the idea that Jimmy was inspired by one of the big inflatable men; that was a hilarious touch.
Character of the Episode: Jimmy of course. This was all Jimmy throughout.
Conclusion: This was another solid episode, but its score was improved by the stellar firing montage which is one of the show's best scenes to date. This season hasn't had a weak episode yet and I'm getting more and more excited as it nears its conclusion.
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