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TV Review: Better Call Saul - Season Two - Episode 5

03.15.2016
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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 5: Rebecca

PLOT: Kim (Rhea Seehorn) tries to dig herself out of the hole Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) dug for her at HHM. Meanwhile, Jimmy finds himself on a much shorter leash at his own office, with junior associate at the firm, Erin (Jesse Ennis) following his every move.

REVIEW: Having screened early at the PaleyFest over the weekend, this week’s episode of Better Call Saul is riding a wave of anticipation as it didn’t take long for word to leak out that a former Breaking Bad baddie had a juicy cameo. While indeed, a famed former Walter White nemesis does make his BCS debut this week, for most of the episode the spotlight is deservedly shone on Rhea Seehorn’s Kim.

A fan favorite since her first appearance right at the start of season one, her evolving relationship with Jimmy has become one of the show’s major strengths, with great chemistry between the two. When we last saw Kim, Chuck (Michael McKean) and Howard (Patrick Fabian) had banned her to “doc review” in the HHM basement for not warning them about Jimmy’s Sandpiper ad. Jimmy tried to fix things with his brother, and when we pick up on his this week he’s still trying to square himself with her, even suggesting she sue Chuck and Howard. One of the best things about Kim is how she’s able to see right through Jimmy’s bullshit, with it clear to her he’s running some kind of endgame with Davis & Main and that she’s caught in the crossfire. On her own she tries to fix things by landing the firm a huge client, only to be coldly told by Howard that her time in the firm’s gulag is far from over.

Seehorn acting, as always, is top-shelf. Its nice to see her really get an episode (almost) to herself and the extra screen-time really helps flush the character out and put a ticking clock on her relationship with Jimmy (although I worry about her smoking so much). This is especially true after a heart-to-heart with Chuck, who assures her he wasn’t behind her demotion and sympathizes with the fact that she got caught-up in Jimmy’s scam. He tells her a story about how Jimmy scammed their own father of 14K, something which may or may not be true, and it’s a story that puts him in a whole new light - if indeed he’s not lying. This is ambiguous, with this week’s lengthy teaser showing him and his former wife (Ann Cusack) having Jimmy over for dinner shortly after relocating to New Mexico, where Jimmy is able to charm Mrs. McGill, to Chuck’s dismay. It’s clear Chuck despises his brother, but is this why?

One thing we also learn is that Howard really has it in for Kim now, as he feels betrayed by her for getting him to stick his neck out for Jimmy and making him look bad, a sleight he can’t forgive. As for Jimmy, he spends the week behind shadowed by Erin, who’s tasked with getting him in-line with the rest of the Davis & Main staff, only to see that Jimmy couldn’t care less by this point, with him ducking her early on, and then belittling her when she disapproves of him trying to bride a court officer. Jimmy’s really bombing the new job, and his self-destruction is a sight to behold. I’d imagine by next week he’ll either be out on his ass or well on his way. Like Walter White though, you can’t help but root for the guy even as he does wrong.

Breaking Bad Crossover: And here’s where we come to the big climax. While many assumed (or hoped) it would be Gus Fring making his Better Call Saul debut, it wound up being Mark Margolis’s Hector Salamanca, in his pre-stroke days. Margolis is great as he negotiates with Mike (Jonathan Banks) to take some of the blame for Tuco’s assault, with Mike well-aware that he’s trapped between a rock and a hard place, with a place on the hit list a sure thing if he doesn’t tow the line. This will likely have big repercussions on Nacho (who I’m not sure is going to survive the season) but Gus fans - rejoice - as it also seems like a sure way to bring that character back into the fray. I just don’t think Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan would introduce him before the season finale.

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9:39AM on 03/16/2016
krazy 8 was in there too doing a deal wit nacho and tuco
krazy 8 was in there too doing a deal wit nacho and tuco
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12:42PM on 03/15/2016

next week promo

Based off next week's promo, looks like we get another solid Breaking Bad crossover.
Based off next week's promo, looks like we get another solid Breaking Bad crossover.
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12:27PM on 03/15/2016
It's a good show and more Breaking Bad fans need to watch it dammit!
It's a good show and more Breaking Bad fans need to watch it dammit!
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10:00AM on 03/15/2016
God I love this show!

It was cool to see Hector Salamanca. The one thing I wasn't clear on, or couldn't remember correctly from BB, is whether Gus Fring would be operating his own cartel at this point. I remember Hector and the cartel had turned Gus away, or was at least using him for their own needs. Just not sure if that would be during this time or not. If so, then I'm guessing the path to Gus Fring is that Mike will go to work for Salamancas, or Hector anyways. When Gus makes his
God I love this show!

It was cool to see Hector Salamanca. The one thing I wasn't clear on, or couldn't remember correctly from BB, is whether Gus Fring would be operating his own cartel at this point. I remember Hector and the cartel had turned Gus away, or was at least using him for their own needs. Just not sure if that would be during this time or not. If so, then I'm guessing the path to Gus Fring is that Mike will go to work for Salamancas, or Hector anyways. When Gus makes his power play to take control away from the cartels he keeps Mike around to run his security, etc. I wouldn't expect this to happen until season 3 at the earliest though. At some point Mike and Gus will need legal help and they'll turn to Jimmy which will bring him into the fold. That's my guess for how it all plays out anyway.
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2:34AM on 03/15/2016

Sooo much filler and set up this season... Hoping for some second half payoffs

Don't get me wrong, Im enjoying Better Call Saul Season 2, but Im concerned the season is too short for the amount of filler, character development, and set up that they are using. We are now at the half way point of the season and not that much has happened. If this was a 20 episode season, there would be no complaints at all, but now we are left with 5 episodes to pay this season off before we get some kind of cliff hanger and another 12 month hiatus.
Don't get me wrong, Im enjoying Better Call Saul Season 2, but Im concerned the season is too short for the amount of filler, character development, and set up that they are using. We are now at the half way point of the season and not that much has happened. If this was a 20 episode season, there would be no complaints at all, but now we are left with 5 episodes to pay this season off before we get some kind of cliff hanger and another 12 month hiatus.
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9:56AM on 03/15/2016
12 months would actually bring us right back to the end of next season. I feel ya tho
12 months would actually bring us right back to the end of next season. I feel ya tho
2:57PM on 03/15/2016
I think the halfway point is too early to tell that. Think what you will, but I think it would be more fair to reserve judgment until the end of the season. How do you know an episode like this was filler when you haven't seen where it leads. Keep in mind, the whole point of the show is telling us how he goes from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman, which I'm assuming more or less happens at the end of this season. So if by then, the whole Kim storyline had nothing to do with pushing towards
I think the halfway point is too early to tell that. Think what you will, but I think it would be more fair to reserve judgment until the end of the season. How do you know an episode like this was filler when you haven't seen where it leads. Keep in mind, the whole point of the show is telling us how he goes from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman, which I'm assuming more or less happens at the end of this season. So if by then, the whole Kim storyline had nothing to do with pushing towards becoming Saul, THEN it would be fair to say this was filler that just took up too much time in an already short season.

I got the impression from this episode that Kim is more or less at her breaking point with Jimmy and will soon be leaving him. And I'm guessing it won't be an amicable break up. I get the impression he becomes Saul Goodman moreso out of spite towards his brother, Kim, and the guys at Davis & Main.
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