Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 9 “Fall” (B+)

Watching Jimmy work is always mesmerizing, as I’ve said before, though usually it seems like his crimes are victimless. In this case, he engineered things so that he could pull out the right size sneaker from his trunk to give to a poor old lady to manipulate events so that she would be hated enough by her friends to be highly motivated to sign the deal and bring the class-action to a close far ahead of schedule. As usual, Jimmy is operating completely all out on his own, and therefore when he burst in to celebrate with Kim, she wasn’t in the headspace to hear it because she was heading out to close another deal, not content to wait for a lucky windfall on which to rest her laurels. After a smooth recovery from a near-disaster, she was way too overworked and seems to have fallen asleep at the wheel, causing an accident that banged her up a little but symbolically sent all her carefully-organized papers blowing in the mind, leaving her no real way to pick up the pieces. Lydia hiring Mike as a security consultant was an interesting scene, and it’s cool to see them meet in this way knowing how things ended up turning out for them in the show where we first met them both. Chuck really has willed himself back to health, casually cooking in his kitchen and holding a mixer while it’s on, and he’s done that in part as an act of defiance to Howard’s attempt to push him to retirement, something he’s obviously not going to take sitting down.

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