Better Call Saul – S03E08 – Slip

As the season draws to a close, several plot lines are near their boiling point. But with the deliberate, slow burn pacing of Better Call Saul, “Slip” is less of an explosive episode than one suffused with a creeping sense that our characters are all taking crucial steps.

Jimmy is merging his bitter vindictive side with his ability to provide legal assistance to those who might otherwise be crushed by the system. Mike has struck a handshake deal with Gus Fring to launder his ill-gotten money so that Stacy and Kaylee can benefit from it. Chuck appears to be making an honest run at recovery but is about to receive bad news about this malpractice insurance.

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Better Call Saul – S03E01 – Mabel

Season three of Better Call Saul picks up right where it left off, with Chuck procuring an incriminating tape of Jimmy and Mike out in the desert, shocked to find that someone has outsmarted him. And while the first hour is more intriguing than explosive, the stage seems to be set for some big, inevitable events. Jimmy and Mike, as different as their arcs may be, are inching ever closer to the characters we knew on Breaking Bad.

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Saul Searching – Bonus Episode – Girlfriend’s Day

John and Chris pop back in after a long break to announce that they will indeed be covering season three of Better Call Saul when it returns in April, as well as to chat about Bob Odenkirk’s new Netflix movie, Girlfriend’s Day.

Girlfriend’s Day is a satirical noir set in a sideways universe where greeting card writers are treated like respected novelists, and Odenkirk plays Ray, a once-prolific wordsmith who, unable to repeat past successes, is let go from his job. Months later, stymied by writer’s block, Ray is dragged into a shady scheme involving a new holiday, a murdered colleague, and a woman who just may be the answer to his heart’s desire. The catch is, in order to untangle the mess, he has to pen the best card of his career. As intrigue swirls around him, Ray sits down to do some work. Will it be enough?

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Better Call Saul – S02E10 – Klick

The finale of season two leaves a couple of major questions looming, but finds a certain amount of resolution in terms of character development. As the episode ends, we are more sure than ever that Jimmy has a decent streak that runs deep within him, and we are more sure than ever that Chuck, whatever his attributes, is ultimately a petty man driven by his bitter feelings towards his brother.

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Better Call Saul – S02E08 – Fifi

The eighth episode of the season 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.

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Better Call Saul – S02E07 – Inflatable

Inflatable is an episode of big changes for Jimmy and Kim, as they both draft letters of resignation to their respective firms. Jimmy ends up changing his plan when trusty Omar alerts him to a clause in his contract requiring him to repay his signing bonus if he works for the firm less than a year. From that point, the goal is to get fired by the partners at Davis & Main

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Better Call Saul – S02E06 – Bali Ha’i

This episode finds Jimmy, Kim and Mike all in a state of flux, as they ponder options and consequences.

Jimmy is working at Davis & Main under the iron fist of ‘Pixie Ninja” Erin, feeling squelched. His disquiet extends to his living arrangements; in order to get a simple night’s sleep he has to flee the comfy but anonymous corporate apartment provided by the firm for the familiar shoddiness of the pull-out sofa in his old office at the nail salon.

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Better Call Saul – S02E03 – Amarillo

In the season’s third episode, 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.

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Better Call Saul – S02E02 – Cobbler

Jimmy has taken the job at Davis & Main, with all its perks. And while it isn’t quite clear how comfortable he is in his cushy new surroundings, Kim is sincerely happy for him (and maybe even a little envious of the company car). Chuck, on the other hand, isn’t so supportive, and emerges from his seclusion to crash a Sandpiper meeting at the offices of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, all the better to check in on his little brother as well as, perhaps, just to see and be seen.

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Better Call Saul – S02E01 – Switch

The new season begins right where it left off, or even slightly before, as Jimmy decides whether to take the dream job at Davis & Main or strike out on his own path. The only thing that seems to matter to him now is what Kim thinks, and hearing that her feelings have nothing to do with his career choices, Jimmy abandons the law and reverts to his cavalier con-man routine, lounging by the pool and racking up charges under the presumably fraudulent name “Mr. Cumston.”

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