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TV Review: Better Call Saul - Season 2, Episode 3

03.01.2016
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This recap/review of Better Call Saul is written with the expectation that everyone who reads this and comments below will have seen the episode already. Thus, if you've yet to see the episode in question, DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER. SPOILERS!

EPISODE: Season 2, Episode 3: Amarillo

PLOT:  Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) tries to make a big impression with the partners at Davis & Main with a risky venture. At the same time, Mike (Jonathan Banks) takes steps to get his daughter-in-law out of a bad situation.

REVIEW:  Based on the conclusion to this week’s episode of Better Call Saul, it looks like Jimmy’s going to be out of Davis & Main faster than any of us thought, with the episode ending on a foreboding note that suggests Clifford (Ed Begley Jr.) is going to cut him loose. This comes after Jimmy went behind his back to produce a TV spot designed to increase the number of plaintiffs in the Sandpiper case, with Jimmy shirking a respectable tone do something more in the vein of old Slippin’ Jimmy.

This all came about thinks to Chuck’s (Michael McKean) meddling, with him accusing Jimmy of soliciting clients – an ethical breach that could torpedo the case – even if that’s not exactly the case. As the teaser shows, Jimmy, while clearly skirting the edge of what’s permissible and not, uses his con man shtick to just stop short of violating any law, but achieving his result at the same time.

What’s really interesting about this episode is how it’s shown that Jimmy really doesn’t need to break the law to be a success as his ideas almost always bear fruit. However, it’s the fact that his way of business defies the respectable veneer Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill and Davis & Main go for that’s landing him in trouble. You can see why Jimmy might assume he’s better off without them, although by manipulating the emotions of prospective clients he’s dipping his toe into Saul Goodman territory and hastening his transformation. My prediction – by the end of the season Jimmy will be in full Saul mode.

The biggest collateral damage here is clearly going to be his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn), who clearly disapproves of his more unsavory side and is still trying to make him respectable. Whether or not the relationship will simply peter out or come to a more cataclysmic conclusion remains to be seen. Jimmy’s relationship with Chuck is probably past the point of no return, but it’s losing Kim that’s going to be Jimmy’s biggest tragedy.

Like I said last week, season two of Better Call Saul has interesting parallels to Breaking Bad in that it’s showing a good man’s slow decline, and while Saul was mostly a comic figure on BB, here he’s nearly as tragic a guy as Walter White. Speaking of Breaking Bad, we’re starting to get into darker territory with Mike, at the episode’s end, weighing a job opportunity from Nacho (Michael Mando) which involves killing. It looks like the fixer Mike we knew is on his way back. I’d love to see Gus Fring somehow become part of the show once he gets into that world.

Breaking Bad Crossover:  I didn’t notice any explicit callbacks, but Mike’s daughter-in-law seems to be on the verge of a mental collapse, imagining that she’s hearing gunshots every night. Caring for her and his grand-daughter is clearly what makes Mike get up-to-his-ears in murder for the cartel, so as much as Jimmy’s on a path to becoming Saul, Mike’s on another one of his own.  

UPDATE: As per JoBlo.com's own Nick Bosworth - "In the latest episode of BETTER CALL SAUL, the toy that Mike puts batteries in for his granddaughter is the same one that he used to distract the hitman trying to kill him in Season 5 of BREAKING BAD. Also Jimmy and Kim are watching the film ICE STATION ZEBRA at the end of the latest episode which later shares the same name of Saul Goodman's holding company "Ice Station Zebra Associates".

Source: JoBlo.com

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6:57PM on 03/01/2016
Funny reading complaints about it being slow, duh. Breaking Bad was the same exact way. Anyway, I think something happens with Kim that just makes Jimmy go full Saul. Be it screwing someone else, or even getting killed, she is the one that will make him break bad. And Mike... I think his daughter in law has some mental problems or something.
Funny reading complaints about it being slow, duh. Breaking Bad was the same exact way. Anyway, I think something happens with Kim that just makes Jimmy go full Saul. Be it screwing someone else, or even getting killed, she is the one that will make him break bad. And Mike... I think his daughter in law has some mental problems or something.
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3:57PM on 03/01/2016
First episode of the series that I thought was just ok. Not sure tension over doing a sneaky commercial is on the same par as some of the drama i've come to expect.
First episode of the series that I thought was just ok. Not sure tension over doing a sneaky commercial is on the same par as some of the drama i've come to expect.
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6:56PM on 03/01/2016
That really depends on your investment in the character(s).
That really depends on your investment in the character(s).
10:23AM on 03/01/2016
Every week this show amazes me at how well they've done a spinoff to Breaking Bad. I'm guessing once Jimmy is ousted from Davis & Main, he'll fall back into graces with Mike and start representing his "employers". This will give him enough money to eventually open up his own office.

I'm hoping we get one or two full seasons with Saul Goodman before he met Walter White. It would be cool to see what he did/does outside of helping Walter White. It would also be cool to see how Saul
Every week this show amazes me at how well they've done a spinoff to Breaking Bad. I'm guessing once Jimmy is ousted from Davis & Main, he'll fall back into graces with Mike and start representing his "employers". This will give him enough money to eventually open up his own office.

I'm hoping we get one or two full seasons with Saul Goodman before he met Walter White. It would be cool to see what he did/does outside of helping Walter White. It would also be cool to see how Saul Goodman connects to Gus Fring, I hope they bring him back for at least a small story arc in the show.

This is my prediction for the show - Jimmy's issues with his brother will come to a head. He'll fully embrace his Slippin' Jimmy ways and fully become Saul Goodman. He becomes hugely successful (even if it's all off the books), much to his brother's dismay. Over season 3 and 4, while representing much of New Mexico's more seedy residents, Jimmy tries to hide what he's doing from his brother/Kim/whomever else only to end up alienating all of them. By the end of season 4, the show will jump ahead to present day and will go on to show Jimmy's attempt at redemption and reconciliation with everyone he hurt as Saul Goodman. In Shakespearean terms, Breaking Bad was a tragedy. I'm thinking Better Call Saul is a comedy, so expect a happy ending out of all of this.
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3:26PM on 03/01/2016
That's a cool way to end this series. I mean they do keep showing Saul in present day so it's not so farfetched but seriously, we need to see Jesse. I want to know what the fuck happened to Jesse after BB.
That's a cool way to end this series. I mean they do keep showing Saul in present day so it's not so farfetched but seriously, we need to see Jesse. I want to know what the fuck happened to Jesse after BB.
9:41AM on 03/01/2016
Another excellent episode. It infuriated me that Jimmy couldn't wait for approval and just had to break the rules. And that cliffhanger.....oh boy.
Another excellent episode. It infuriated me that Jimmy couldn't wait for approval and just had to break the rules. And that cliffhanger.....oh boy.
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9:16AM on 03/01/2016
There were two references to stuff in Breaking Bad in Amarillo, one tiny, one HUGE.
The tiny one: Grandpa Mike gets little Keeley a cute little battery powered pink toy that rolls around on the floor... which in Season 5 of Breaking Bad he uses to distract an associate who betrays him, before shooting him dead moments later. Nice present, pop-pop.
The HUGE one - Ice Station Zebra is one of Kim's favourite movies. So what? So this: Saul Goodman's holding company in Breaking Bad is called Ice
There were two references to stuff in Breaking Bad in Amarillo, one tiny, one HUGE.
The tiny one: Grandpa Mike gets little Keeley a cute little battery powered pink toy that rolls around on the floor... which in Season 5 of Breaking Bad he uses to distract an associate who betrays him, before shooting him dead moments later. Nice present, pop-pop.
The HUGE one - Ice Station Zebra is one of Kim's favourite movies. So what? So this: Saul Goodman's holding company in Breaking Bad is called Ice Station Zebra Associates!!! Which suggests that Kim is somehow going to be involved in Jimmy's/Saul's schemes in the future, no matter how much she disapproves of them right now...
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3:22PM on 03/01/2016
Awesome find dude!
Awesome find dude!
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2:32AM on 03/01/2016
Speaking of Gus... I wonder if the guy he wants to "get rid of" is Gus. That'd be pretty awesome. And it'd show how Mike got involved with him. Maybe Gus made him a counter offer he... couldn't refuse. 😉😉😉 I'm betting as this season progresses it'll end on a Breaking Bad cliffhanger and as we enter season 3 and the series develops it'll be more Breaking Bad-esque and delve in BB territory.
Speaking of Gus... I wonder if the guy he wants to "get rid of" is Gus. That'd be pretty awesome. And it'd show how Mike got involved with him. Maybe Gus made him a counter offer he... couldn't refuse. 😉😉😉 I'm betting as this season progresses it'll end on a Breaking Bad cliffhanger and as we enter season 3 and the series develops it'll be more Breaking Bad-esque and delve in BB territory.
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