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Better Call Saul – S2E3 – Amarillo
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 the season’s third episode, Amarillo, Jimmy has a scheme to sign up more clients to the Sandpiper case, and his methods work, but they invite the scrutiny of Chuck, who embarrasses Jimmy in a meeting between HH&M and Davis & Main by accusing him of solicitation. Making matters worse, Kim is suspicious of Jimmy’s judgement and demands that he walk the straight and narrow at work, as she vouched for him and any mistakes on his part will reflect badly on her. A chastened Jimmy goes back to the drawing board to devise an alternate plan.
What he eventually comes up with is using a commercial to encourage potential clients to approach the firm, an idea that Clifford Main is reluctant to pursue, but which he doesn’t rule out entirely. Jimmy, headstrong despite his boss’s discouragement, goes ahead and films the ad and buys air time during Murder She Wrote on a local affiliate that he knows Sandpiper residents will be watching.
The Gambit works, scoring over a hundred calls from interested seniors, but Cliff is furious that Jimmy went around him and used the name of the firm in the process. In a final squeamish move, Jimmy opts to conceal his deceit from Kim in the (likely) vain hope that he can meet with the partners at Davis & Main to smooth things over.
While all of this is going on, Mike attempts to help out his daughter-in-law when she tells him of gunshots in the night near her home. Even after determining that the sound she is hearing is actually benign, he allows her to maintain her delusion and offers to help her find a less dangerous place to live, an added expense that requires Mike to consider a higher level of underground work, moving from hired muscle to, possibly, hit man.