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Better Call Saul – S3E6 – Off Brand
Adroit filmmaking and layered acting make what could have been a transitional episode of the show into a memorable, if low-key, meditation on the very state of being in flux. Jimmy is torn between celebrating his successful attempt to protect his law license and scrambling to make good on the already-purchased airtime that can no longer be used for his “Gimme Jimmy!” commercials. Mike is settling further into being a grandfather whose greatest current project may be heading up the construction of a church playground. And Nacho is beginning to feel squeezed between his life working for Hector and his life helping his father run his upholstery business. All of these characters, as Howard says to Chuck about his particular predicament, are “at a crossroads.”
For his part, Chuck starts the episode licking his wounds, refusing to even answer the door when Rebecca comes by to check on him. But by the end of the hour, he has found the inclination to test his electromagnetic hyper-sensitivity by holding batteries in his hand and going out for a walk in a busy, very electrified part of town. He also places a phone call to his doctor. Whether Chuck is truly just trying to get better or if he has some further brotherly vengeance up his sleeve is unclear, but on the surface he seems concerned wholly with his own wellbeing. Time will tell.
As it will tell about Nacho’s reaction to the pressure from Hector to bring his father’s business into the cartel as a means of smuggling product over the border. At some point, Hector’s health will take a turn for the worse, and it’s increasingly difficult to believe Nacho won’t play a part in that misfortune.