Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 3 “Amarillo” (B+)

Jimmy really knows how to work a room. Or, in this case, a bus full of senior citizens whose rights may or may not be subject to being constantly infringed on by Sandpiper. He has an incredible way with old people, and it’s no wonder people decide to sign whatever he wants when he makes such a targeted and genuine-sounding pitch. For however much Chuck was trying to be rude and pick on him in the meeting, he does know his brother, and it’s fair to assume in almost every situation that Jimmy is schmoozing his way across some ethical line. It’s so interesting to see Kim stick with Jimmy as she constantly warns him that he needs to be careful about how far he goes when he just shrugs off compromises and sins of omission. Going ahead to make the commercial without getting approval from the boss was a bold move, one that paid off in terms of incredible client registration but may have cost him the cushy respect he’s received thus far if Cliff’s fury over the phone is any indication. It’s good to see Mike figuring back into the plot in a continuation of his family story, with his daughter-in-law experiencing what may well be hallucinated scenes of danger, in need of some form of support regardless of the legitimacy of what is actually happening. That he was specifically requested by Nacho is surely intriguing, and I think we may be starting to see the seeds of what will eventually lead to a change in status for the current parking lot attendant.

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