Summary: A flashback shows Jimmy passing the bar, but Howard doesn't hire him at HHM. Jimmy visits a client at Sandpiper Crossing Retirement Home and notices that they are overcharging their residents and begins to investigate. Nobody takes him seriously at first, but Chuck ultimately comes on board and helps Jimmy turn it into a RICO case. Chuck's illness mysteriously vanishes when he gets caught up on working on the case. Mike goes to see the vet to find some work again.
The Good: This was a very good episode, almost great but not quite.
This episode had more excitement and energy than any other in this season so far. Seeing Jimmy working to solve the Sandpiper case was tense and exciting and it was genuinely enjoyable to see what he would do next to try and get to the bottom of things. Every step along the way was logical and it was satisfying to see the stakes slowly increase through the episode. This is how to perfectly convey a law drama, and I was gripped from start to finish.
The flashback was extremely good too and spoke a lot about this episode. Jimmy is capable of a lot of things, but he is stopped at every corner. The flashback set this up by showing us exactly why Jimmy despises Howard so much. He worked so hard and passed the bar and yet Howard denied him a job. And the worst thing is that Howard wasn't the only one who didn't believe in Jimmy but Chuck too. Chuck thinks it's a joke at first, and doesn't seem to process pride and the consideration of hiring Jimmy as a lawyer until Jimmy brings it up himself. It's surprising to see that even though Chuck seems to care about Jimmy, even he doesn't believe that Jimmy is capable of much.
We get to see this storytelling pay off in the episode too. Jimmy is constantly being stopped and denied by people, be it the receptionist at Sandpiper telling him to leave, Schweikert the confident lawyer dismissing his claim, and once again Chuck constantly assuming that Jimmy used some extralegal means to accomplish what he did. But it works out in the end and Jimmy is finally able to prove himself as he has now been gifted a class-action case to work with. A reward for all of his hard work and struggles. And boy did we get to see him earn it, with keen observations, smooth talking to the elders, writing a demand letter from nothing and going dumpster diving for the sake of some evidence. It was funny to watch, but more than that it let us see the tough work Jimmy is doing to get this case.
It was nice to see Jimmy and Chuck teaming up too. It was an emotional moment for Jimmy and it's easy to root for them. We get a good idea of the close bond between them too. I wonder if they are the last of their family? That would also make things between them much better by default. They have a nice contrast in character too as Chuck is very serious, logical and moral to contrast with Jimmy's eccentricities as a lawyer.
The Mike scenes were decent too. Nothing special, but they were a solid continuation of his story. It should be interesting to see what kind of work he is going into and who he will be working for. Gus perhaps?
The Bad: This was going very well, but the ending was too cheesy for me. There was a certain, I'll say, Looney Tunes aspect to Chuck not noticing he was outside until Jimmy called him. It is an interesting development to see his condition just vanish (see: The Unknown), but the reveal felt very unrealistic and clichéd.
The Unknown: The ending is very interesting. What will it mean for the show now? Will Chuck have to return to HHM and will he take the Sandpiper case with him? That could be another step in bringing Jimmy closer to Saul if the fruit of his labour is completely taken by Howard and his own brother.
What is Jimmy and Kim's relationship? Kim kissed him in the flashback so they may be more than friends to some degree.
Best Moment: I really liked the flashback. It conveyed a lot in such little time and provided a beautifully constructed emotional moment at the end without the use of dialogue. Just a printing machine going off over and over. It was very well done.
Character of the Episode: Jimmy again.
Conclusion: This episode upped the tension and excitement by quite a bit and was very enjoyable. Another strong episode for this show.
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