Better Call Saul: S2E9…This Show Can Do No Wrong

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This was the best episode of Better Call Saul so far… It a little of everything. A little theft, a little violence, a little family drama, and a little trespassing on school property. More than anything else, this episode showed how well it could balance the stories of Jimmy and Mike’s…two stories that, at this point, don;t even effect each other…Here are my thoughts…

1. The Intro Was Perfect:

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I’ve consistently enjoyed this show’s intro scene’s… last week we saw the Salamanca ice cream truck slowly make it’s way across the border. This episode didn’t waste any time as Mike’s spike strip (which I honestly didn’t think the show would use right away) knocked over the Salamanca ice cream truck. Breaking Bad made a tradition of knocking over trucks carrying illegal goods…I’m glad this intro payed homage to that.

 

2. Mike’s Story Was Perfect:

Intro aside, Mike’s personal vendetta with the Salamanca’s has become story telling gold. His obsessive hate for the Salamanca’s (I mean look at the way he watches Hector’s restaurant) makes it easy to see why he’ll side with Gus Fring in the end… and if drama wasn’t bad enough, now Mike know’s that his actions killed the witness who found the ice cream truck…

By the way, the best Mike moment was watching him pay for everyone’s drinks in that bar. The look of satisfaction on his face was so damn awesome…

 

 

 

3. Jimmy And Kim’s Story Was Perfect:

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…and suddenly Mesa Verde was Kim’s again, and all was right in the world… except Jimmy’s forgeries made it happen…

That bring’s us to the first great encounter of the episode…the showdown between Chuck, Kim, and Jimmy. I was fully convinced that Chuck had sold Kim on Jimmy’s crime. So when she stood up for him, and called Chuck out instead, I felt so bad… I thought…this is how Kim and Jimmy’s relationship will end…at some point she’ll discover the truth and leave him over it. However…within seconds…Kim reveals that she in fact believes Chuck, and in doing so proves how well this show is at making good characters…

The moment Kim decided to basically cover for Jimmy, her loyalty became synonymous with all that violates her ethics. Her relationship with Jimmy is more a crime now than it has ever been. Now I would’ve been happy if the episode had ended with Jimmy and Kim in bed…but then I looked at the DVR, realized there were ten minutes left in the episode, and immediately thanked Zeus…

The final scene brought the Jimmy/ Chuck rivalry to a new level. In an attempt to find evidence of Jimmy’s forgery, Chuck checks up on the local Fedex, or Kinkos, or whatever. I honestly thought that worker was going to fold, but fold he did not. Instead, his resistance got the better of Chuck…leaving Jimmy with a very time sensitive choice…as Chuck falls violently to the floor, should Jimmy help his brother, or help himself…?

 

 

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