Friday, May 13, 2022

What I’m Watching: Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul: Season 6, Episode 5 “Black and Blue” (B+)

There’s always been a somewhat foreboding nature to this show, and we got to see that play out with Kim barricading the door in the middle of the night with a chair and being unable to go back to sleep. We didn’t actually see much of Kim in this episode aside from her recommendation that Jimmy use his bruised face to help his catchphrase about how he’ll fight for his clients. Instead, we got to see Gus as the paranoid one, stepping in to help out at the counter at the restaurant and then going out nervously in the parking lot. It’s no surprise that Jimmy is having trouble finding people who want to work with him, and the toilet just hanging out in the middle of his new office space doesn’t exactly help. But he’s always ready to be crafty and figure out a way around the obstacles in his way, like offering to double a salary and then mentioning a signing bonus. What he doesn’t get is that all of his toying with Howard has done him in, and now, after confronting him in a truly unexpected manner that Howard thought would give him an opportunity to get his childishness and pettiness out of his system, he’s going to be monitoring Jimmy very closely, which won’t be good given his activities. I wasn’t initially sure what was going on with Lalo’s pursuit of Margarethe, which dredges up an old storyline that’s another dark instance of someone good falling victim to an impossible and inescapable situation.

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