Sunday, April 17, 2016

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 8 “Fifi” (B+)

I like that Jimmy and Kim are going to be partners - in a fancy egalitarian dentist’s office no less - but they’re still not seeing eye to eye on what kind of lawyers they are going to be. That’s because Jimmy is right, and the first thing that Howard did when she quit, something he responded to very casually and almost dismissively, was to ask his secretary to call Mesa Verde while she was still within earshot. Had she gone with Jimmy’s way, she could have convinced them long before anyone knew she was leaving HHM that they should stick with her. Fortunately, she did a terrific job, and it was nice to see her so happy for once. Unfortunately, Chuck worked his magic and managed to sway them the other way. It took a lot out of him, and that’s what makes Jimmy such a complex character, there to take care of his brother but also taking advantage of his weakened state to plant altered documents in his files. I’m not sure exactly what his plan is and how he’s going to ensure that the wrong address ends up making HHM look very bad, but it is great to watch him work. When he commits to something, he really commits, as evidenced by his war hero effort so that he can get his video guys to make him a new commercial. Ending with a quiet moment involving Mike amping up the security in his granddaughter’s house after operating the drill with her was eerily calm and peaceful, a state I can’t imagine will last long.

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