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Better Call Saul – S2E9 – Nailed
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.
In a way, the penultimate episode of this season catches all of our protagonists at a low point. Chuck is under attack but ultimately his own pride is as much his undoing as his brother’s sabotage. Mike tries to spare a life and finds that his actions have lead to the death of an innocent. Kim is pulled into complicity with one of Jimmy’s schemes but stands to benefit from the lie. And Jimmy perches in a dangerous spot where his very humanity seems to be in question, as he watches Chuck’s crumpled form on the floor of the copy shop and ponders his personal risk if he reveals himself.
So heading into the finale we have a few lingering questions.
How far will Mike take his one-man war against the Salamanca clan? It seems that some kind of collision with Hector is inevitable, possibly centered around the fate of the Regalo Helado driver.
Will Kim be able to hold onto her client and her ethical code? She still hasn’t officially broken anything off with Jimmy but she clearly understands who she’s with.
Is Chuck dead? If he’s alive, will he still be himself? And what does his predicament say about the moral standing of our increasingly shady title character?
Also, and perhaps most importantly, how awesome will that commercial be? The viewers of Diagnosis: Murder don’t know what’s about to hit ’em.