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Better Call Saul – S2E6 – Bali Ha’i
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.
Bali Ha’i 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.
Kim is still hustling her way out of the doghouse despite getting the cold shoulder from Howard, who won’t even speak to hear about her job status. After a thankless day in court she talks with Schweikart and he offers her a position, with benefits that include paying off the remainder of her college debt, thereby eliminating her financial obligation to Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill. While considering her next move, she enjoys a little Slippin’ Kimmy time.
Mike’s situation is a bit more threatening. He now has to deal with Hector’s demands, which involves incriminating himself or somehow getting the cartel to back off. He tries a simple no, but when Salamanca goons cross the line it becomes apparent that Mike’s life isn’t the only one on the line. Kaylee and Stacey could also see repercussions. Given these circumstances, Mike works out the best possible deal for himself, seemingly gaining the respect of the Salamancas in the process.