Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What I'm Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 3, Episode 8 “Slip” (B+)

This episode proceeded along pretty slowly, as some of this show’s hours this season have thus far, but there’s an undeniable intentionality to it that resounds well. It’s easy to forget that Jimmy is a con artist, and that even though the music store owners were being rude and unfriendly to him, they’re the ones being scammed. Jimmy basically forced them into agreeing to a free commercial and now he wants to charge them $6500 for follow-up work that they don’t really need since they’ve already aired a successful commercial. The quickness with which he plopped himself on the floor to extort them by making them think that he was injured was incredible, and he did that again later when he destroyed the community service supervisor and enjoyed a satisfactory moment of relaxation after his big victory. Jimmy is isolating himself more and more as he lets his cons take over, and he even tried to distance himself from Kim, who is more than happy to be associated with him even though it’s never done her much good. We saw the beginnings of Chuck, newly inspired to get better, ready to suffer another major defeat thanks to Jimmy’s latest slanderous effort, and I’m not eager to see that play out. As Nacho made a big move against Hector, we saw a quiet deal being bartered between Gus and Mike, one that’s sure to take center stage as the series progresses. Gus refusing to take anything from Mike was dignified, and I can see how the two will work well together.

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