Friday, April 17, 2020

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 5, Episode 9 “Bad Choice Road” (B+)

As if Jimmy’s ordeal in the desert wasn’t harrowing enough, the final extended scene of this episode was even more intense. We know that Jimmy survives long enough to appear in “Breaking Bad,” a time period that’s not all that far away now, but we don’t know anything about Kim’s fate, and it was looking like she might not survive this hour. If there’s any question that Rhea Seehorn has been Emmy-worthy in the past, this episode should put that rest. Lalo was so casual with Jimmy when he showed up extremely sunburnt with the $7 million in cash, and then when he was about to be out of the picture for good, he realized that something about Jimmy’s story didn’t add up. Mike calling him while driving fast to tell him to put the phone down somewhere it wouldn’t be seen made the stakes clear, and Kim standing up to Lalo when she knew that Jimmy hadn’t been truthful with her was incredibly bold and potentially foolish. Yet somehow she convinced him, which was astounding after she took charge of her life and quit her high-profile job while Jimmy, who made $100,000 for his traumatizing endeavor, wasn’t even as courageous as her. It’s going to be hard for Jimmy to get past this, especially since his Saul Goodman and Jimmy McGill lives have now come dangerously close together. It’s hard to know what the finale of this penultimate season will entail, but what an incredible and superb ride it’s been.

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