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Better Call Saul – S2E8 – Fifi
John and Chris are back for a second year of obsessive chat centered on the story, the characters, the craft, and the philosophical ins and outs of AMC’s Better Call Saul.
The eighth episode of the season, Fifi, opens with a masterful single-take scene which follows an ice cream delivery truck through a border checkpoint as it enters the United States from Mexico. When the driver pulls over a few miles later to retrieve a gun from beneath a rock, it’s not hard to draw a line between this truck and the yogurt/ice cream place that the Salamancas used for their meeting with Mike. And sure enough, as the episode progresses, we see Mike staking out that very location, and eventually the same Regalo Helado delivery truck arrives to unload some boxes.
Mike is more interested in another person who pops up there, Hector Salamanca, driving his own car. Mike tails Hector and formulates a plan that involves driving nails through a length of garden hose, but the episode ends before this item is put to use.
Jimmy and Kim, meanwhile, are pursuing a plan of their own. Jimmy said yes to Kim’s suggestion that they share a roof but not a law practice and as they try to secure office space Kim goes through major ups and downs with Mesa Verde, an account she hopes to take with her from HH&M, but which is retained by that firm after Chuck intervenes. Without a big client to keep the lights on, Kim has to be pep-talked by Jimmy to sign a lease, but in the end her optimism wins out. Jimmy seems to want whatever will make her happy. It remains unclear how easily he fits in with that.