Monday, March 21, 2016

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 4 “Gloves Off” (B+)

Well, this couldn’t really have gone any worse. The fact that Jimmy’s commercial was a tremendous success in terms of getting new clients doesn’t seem to count for anything. Instead, Clifford Main is so furious at Jimmy that he’s ready to fire him on the spot for cause, which is really a shame. The worst part of all of it, of course, is how Kim is getting blamed and punished as she kept warning Jimmy she would. Rhea Seehorn really is a valuable member of the cast this season, and the way she’s played Kim over the last four episodes has been simply terrific. It’s nice to see Jimmy and Chuck talk even if it wasn’t entirely pleasant, but there’s a bond between them that’s defined by the caring way in which Jimmy treats his brother when he sees that his illness, be it physical or mental, is acting up and he’s suffering as a result. Offering to stop practicing law if Kim gets a pardon was a generous if unrealistic offer, and I think we know well that things don’t end up playing out that way. Speaking of things we know from the future, it was good – and frightening – to see Tuco Salamanca, played by Raymond Cruz from “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” He’s volatile as ever, though it was Mike who egged him on more than anything by hitting his car and then grabbing him, resulting in a likely felony change and a very bloodied, battered half of Mike’s face. It’s very intriguing to see just how far Mike went not to kill someone, a habit that isn’t going to last.

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