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Better Call Saul – S2E5 – Rebecca
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.
Determined to get her way out of the doghouse at HH&M, Kim refuses any help from Jimmy, especially his cockamamie suggestion that she sue her employer for extortion, and attempts to play by the rules. She cold-calls anyone she can think of who might help her land a big account, while also busting her ass on the doc review duties that the partners have saddled her with. When her efforts bear fruit, and Mesa Verde Bank—which represents a quarter million in billable work, according to Chuck’s estimate—begins talks about retaining the firm, she expects to be plucked from her banishment and reinstated in her office upstairs to work on the deal. But for some reason Howard is unmoved, and decides to hand the Mesa Verde account to another associate.
Chuck, whose presumed ex-wife (the titular Rebecca) we meet for the first time, via flashback, pulls Kim aside for a chat, but instead of talking to her about her career, he uses this as a chance to badmouth Jimmy, alleging that his younger brother was responsible for their virtuous, hard-working father losing the family store.
We also get a glimpse of what increased scrutiny looks like at Davis & Main, as Jimmy is hounded by a ‘babysitter,’ Erin, who intends to keep him on the straight and narrow, even if it means following him around all day and stymying his usual loosey-goosey methods one by one.
Lastly, Mike’s decision to spare Tuco immediately bites him on the ass. He’s approached by a pre-stroke Hector Salamanca, seeking a way to limit his hotheaded nephew’s sentence that requires our favorite future fixer’s compliance.