Sunday, March 1, 2020

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 5, Episode 2 “50% Off” (B+)

I was wondering what it was that we were seeing at the start of this episode and how it would come back to our characters, but it was soon clear that it was the embodiment of Kim’s concern about Jimmy’s new business model: people who figured they now have a free pass to commit as many reckless crimes as possible since the legal services they could later attain from Saul Goodman would be greatly discounted. After an early scene with Lalo and Nacho that was reminiscent of a similar dynamic with Jesse and Todd on “Breaking Bad,” though it fortunately produced a happier ending, Nacho was back in the good graces of everyone above him and was picking up Jimmy on the side of the road to fix a problem he had created. I imagine that we’ll soon see Jimmy, as Saul, became the official lawyer for the entire criminal enterprise. I like that Jimmy ran into Howard, who for his part seemed oddly pleased to see him, and that he played off his invitation to lunch as of little significance to him. Stranding the ADA in the elevator so that he could hammer out favorable deals with her for twenty minutes was smart, and also showed how dedicated he is to helping his clients. Mike got very angry with his granddaughter for bringing up his son, and it’s possible that this is where his face time with his remaining family ends as he buries himself more in the dark world in which he works.

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